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Cherokee Nation

article Community organizations receive Cherokee Nation funding (12/14/2018)
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Community & Cultural Outreach awarded more than $274,000 in grant funding to Cherokee community organizations throughout the tribe...
article Grim steps down as CN Health Services head; Jones named acting deputy director (12/14/2018)
(Oklahoma) -- Dr. Charles Grim stepped down Thursday as executive director of Cherokee Nation Health Services, and R. Stephen Jones has been named acting deputy director...
article Cherokee Nation EMS Collecting Donations for Cherokee Nation Angel Project (11/28/2018)
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation EMS is collecting donations for this year’s Cherokee Nation Angel Project, which provides gifts for Cherokee children who live within...
article Cherokee Nation kicks off 2018 Angel Project (11/23/2018)
(Oklahoma) -- Nearly 2,000 angels are ready to be adopted as part of the 2018 Cherokee Nation Angel Project, which kicked off Tuesday. Each year, the project provides...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Eastern Band of Cherokee

article Council merges Qualla Housing and Tribal Housing (12/14/2018)
(North Carolina) -- Citing a need to better serve tribal members’ housing needs, Tribal Council passed an ordinance to combine the services of Qualla Housing...
article Tribal housing reorganization still stalled (11/14/2018)
(North Carolina) -- For the second time in less than a month, an ordinance that would abolish the Qualla Housing Authority and place all Cherokee’s housing...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Mental Health

article What People Get Wrong About Suicides On Tribal Lands (12/13/2018)
(New York) -- Native American communities experience a much higher rate of mental health issues, such as substance abuse and suicide, than any other racial or ethnic...
article Suicides are at the highest rate in decades, CDC report shows (11/29/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- The suicide rate is the highest it’s been in decades, the latest warning sign of a worsening public health issue in America that needs far...
article Native American suicides: Coping with trauma saved this woman's life (11/28/2018)
(Indian Country) -- With practiced precision, Shelby Rowe uses a small needle to lift each bead, stitching it into fabric, coaxing it to become something more. Her black...
article National Inuit group to host two-day forum on child abuse (11/19/2018)
(Ottawa) -- “Normalized” suicide. The very notion is unfathomable to most Canadians, but it is the reality for Inuit communities in the Arctic, says Natan...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Swinomish Tribe

article Swinomish clinic seeks to expand (12/13/2018)
(Washington) -- A year after the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community opened an addiction treatment center, plans are being made to expand. John Stephens, programs...
1 Article on this Issue

Indian Children Welfare Act (ICWA)

article Challenges to law could redefine Native American foster care, adoptions (12/12/2018)
(Arizona) -- Gilbert resident Mimi Condon calls the struggle to make her oldest son part of her family her “39-month labor.” That’s how long it took to...
article RECTOR: Why conservatives are attacking a law meant to protect Native American families (11/21/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- My grandmother Inez was a striking beauty, and quiet. Seen but not heard. She was the second youngest of 8 children in a family that lived in...
article Tribes Appeal, Seek Stay on Indian Child Welfare Act Ruling; Feds Yet to Act (11/21/2018)
(Texas) -- Several tribes have formally appealed last month’s decision in a federal district court that the 40-year-old Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is in part...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Massachusetts Gaming

article State officials launch Holiday Responsible Gambling Campaign (12/12/2018)
(Massachusetts) -- The Holiday Responsible Gambling Campaign warns about the dangers of buying lottery tickets for children or encouraging any form of underage gambling...
1 Article on this Issue

New York Gaming

article State opens pair of problem-gambling help centers (12/12/2018)
(New York) -- New York state has opened the first two of five planned problem gambling centers funded by fees paid by commercial casinos, the Office of Alcoholism and...
1 Article on this Issue

Opioid Crisis

article Combating Opioid Addiction In Native American Communities A Challenge (12/12/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- Congress approved the Affordable Care Act more than eight years ago, and it continues to be a political flash point, both here in Arizona and in...
article For One Rural Community, Fighting Addiction Started With Recruiting The Right Doctor (12/9/2018)
(Wisconsin) -- The 32-year-old lives with her sixth-month-old daughter on the Lac Courte Oreilles Indian Reservation in northern Wisconsin. She's struggled with...
article Alberta government to support safe withdrawal site for Blood Tribe (12/6/2018)
(Alberta) -- A new safe withdrawal management site will provide substance use treatment services for people in the Blood Tribe community.
article Leech Lake Hosts Opioid Response Summit (12/5/2018)
(Minnesota) -- The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe’s Opioid Response Summit broke new ground in the first stages of developing a strategic plan to stop the opioid crisis.
article The Pokagon Band Receives Recognition for Innovative Substance Abuse Program from State of Michigan (11/27/2018)
(Michigan) -- The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is pleased to announce they have received the Treatment and System Transformation Award from the Michigan Department...
article CSKT Council addresses opioid epidemic (11/26/2018)
(Montana) -- Last year, the Federal Government declared opioid addiction a public health emergency with reports that over 2.1 million Americans are addicted to the drug.
article This City’s Overdose Deaths Have Plunged. Can Others Learn From It? (11/25/2018)
(Ohio) -- Dr. Randy Marriott clicked open the daily report he gets on drug overdoses in the county. Only one in the last 24 hours — stunningly low compared to the...
7 Total Articles on this Issue

IHS

article Violated: How the Indian Health Service betrays patient trust and treaties in the Great Plains (12/9/2018)
(South Dakota) -- Doctors pulled Kathy Boyd’s heart out of her chest. Hundreds of miles from her home on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, the 57-year-old wife and...
article Demonstrators want the federal government to remain in charge of Sioux San Hospital (12/9/2018)
(South Dakota) -- On Saturday people from the Native community took to the streets to voice their concerns about Sioux San Hospital. About 30 people rallied outside the...
article Congress Is Starving the Indian Health Service and South Dakota Tribes Are Paying With Their Lives (12/5/2018)
(South Dakota) -- BThe federal government’s refusal to adequately fund the Indian Health Service is slowly killing two South Dakota tribes. The Argus Leader...
article Violated: Inside South Dakota's Native American health care crisis (12/5/2018)
(South Dakota) -- Before South Dakota became a state, its original inhabitants were offered a promise. Trade tribal land and natural resources to white settlers in...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

IGRA

article Violated: Inside South Dakota's Native American health care crisis (12/8/2018)
(South Dakota) -- Before South Dakota became a state, its original inhabitants were offered a promise. Trade tribal land and natural resources to white settlers in...
1 Article on this Issue

Yakama Nation

article Tribal housing moves forward (reg req) (12/7/2018)
(Washington) -- An affordable housing project by Yakama Nation Housing Authority dubbed Wishxum is planned for property south of Third Avenue, seen here at right, and...
1 Article on this Issue

First Nations

article Saskatoon Tribal Council improving harm reduction services (12/3/2018)
(Saskatchewan) -- A multi-year funding agreement will help a harm reduction program led by the Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) improve its services for Indigenous people...
article Ottawa to hand over child welfare services to Indigenous governments (11/30/2018)
(Ottawa) -- Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott said Friday that the federal government plans to hand over control of child welfare services to Indigenous...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Puyallup Tribe

article City and tribal leaders discuss issues of common concern (11/30/2018)
(Washington) -- In an effort to improve communication and work on issues of common concern, Tacoma City Council and Puyallup Tribal Council met on Nov. 20 at Tacoma...
1 Article on this Issue

Oneida Nation

article Oneida Indian Nation Police honored for 25 years of service (11/28/2018)
(New York) -- With a collective 1,000 years of service under their belts, members of the Oneida Indian Nation Police Department were recognized by local, state and...
1 Article on this Issue

Marijuana & Hemp

article First Nations Health Authority Launches Cannabis Awareness Campaign (11/27/2018)
(British Columbia) -- The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) has launched a public health campaign aimed at reducing cannabis use among Indigenous children and youth...
1 Article on this Issue

CSKT

article CSKT Tribal Health Kidney Keepers wellness club members (11/26/2018)
(Montana) -- What started out as a challenge between two Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Health employees to run a half marathon turned into a challenge for...
article Flathead Reservation Pharmacy Fined $95K for Missing Opioids (11/21/2018)
(Montana) -- A pharmacy on Montana's Flathead Indian Reservation has been fined $95,000 for failing to account for 2,500 oxyodone tablets from March 2017 to March...
article Tribal pharmacy to pay $95K settlement (11/19/2018)
(Montana) -- The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ pharmacy will pay more than $95,000 to settle alleged violations of federal drug laws. These issues were...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Pokagon Band

article Pokagon Band invests $25M for health services expansion (11/24/2018)
(Michigan) -- The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is investing $25 million to expand health services in southwestern Michigan. The project is expanding the Pokagon...
1 Article on this Issue

Blackfeet Nation

article Helping The Blackfeet Tribe With A Loan (11/23/2018)
(Montana) -- Officials say an $8 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help the Blackfeet Tribe build a long-term senior care facility to replace an...
article Grant will help build senior facility for Blackfeet Tribe (11/22/2018)
(Montana) -- Officials say an $8 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help the Blackfeet Tribe build a long-term senior care facility to replace an...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Frank LaMere

article Town Hall Meeting opens dialogue about Native American concerns (11/22/2018)
(Nebraska) -- “There are solutions out there, but you’re going to have to trust us,” said a member of the Native American community during a town hall...
article Native Americans March For Their Children Placed With Foster Families (11/21/2018)
(Iowa) -- Members of the Native American community journeyed on foot through Sioux City on Wednesday to memorialize Native children who have been removed from their...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Chumash Tribe

article Chumash tribe announced as fifth nominee for Valley of the Flowers Peace Prize (11/20/2018)
(California) -- The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has been announced as the fifth nominee for this year’s Valley of the Flowers Peace Prize. The tribe was...
1 Article on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Begaye Against New Medicaid Rule (11/20/2018)
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye has a problem with a new change in requirements for Medicaid recipients. The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid...
article Navajo Delegate Wants HUD Secretary to Visit (11/15/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- It’s no secret that the Navajo Nation has a serious need for housing, and Council Delegate Walter Phelps wants Ben Carson, the secretary of...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

San Carlos Apache

article OP/ED: Who is responsible? (11/20/2018)
(Arizona) -- The recent revelation of the financial fiasco at the tribal Housing Office has been a shock to San Carlos tribal members and others outside the tribal area...
1 Article on this Issue

St. Regis Mohawk

article Akwesasne food pantry getting support from Tribal Council, other community efforts (11/20/2018)
(New York) -- On Nov. 10 at the monthly tribal meeting, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe (SRMT) provided the Akwesasne Food Pantry with a $19,300 donation to help support...
article Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe victim advocate receives regional child advocacy award (11/14/2018)
(New York) -- Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Victim Advocate Kerry Jacobs has been recognized as the 2018 Outstanding Advocate for Child Victims Award from the Clinton County...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Muscogee Creek

article Muscogee (Creek) Nation Council House renovation complete (11/16/2018)
(Oklahoma) -- In the five years that Heather Sumner has served as the executive director of Main Street Okmulgee, she’s been cultivating a relationship with the...
1 Article on this Issue

Native Voices

article TRAHANT: Indian health was on the ballot: A few wins and Alaska is at risk for a big loss (11/16/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Indian Health system was on the ballot across the country last week (even if the words were not explicit.) A few wins. And Alaska is at risk for...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Teen who died in care was let down by systems designed to help, children's advocate says (12/13/2018)
(Manitoba) -- A 17-year-old girl who died of an accidental drug overdose was the victim of repeated sexual exploitation and didn't get the help she needed during her...
article Council merges Qualla Housing and Tribal Housing (12/12/2018)
(North Carolina) -- Citing a need to better serve tribal members’ housing needs, Tribal Council passed an ordinance to combine the services of Qualla Housing...
article Great Plains Health Board wants to reassure community members about changes (12/12/2018)
(South Dakota) -- The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board held a presentation Wednesday at the Journey Museum to answer questions from the community about the...
article State Health Department offers 6 tips for 'problem gamblers' during the holidays (12/12/2018)
(Michigan) -- The holidays can be a stressful time of the year for problem gamblers, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
article Barrick honored with American Indian Achievement Contributor/Supporter of the Year award (12/11/2018)
(Nevada) -- The Nevada Indian Commission hosted its annual American Indian Achievement Awards Banquet at the Stewart Indian School Gym in Carson City to recognize...
article Group discusses tensions at Minneapolis homeless encampment (12/10/2018)
(Minnesota) -- Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and leaders in the American Indian community met on Sunday to discuss the tensions at a South Minneapolis homeless encampment...
article Homeless camp move out begins Tuesday (12/10/2018)
(Minnesota) -- It's the beginning of the end for a homeless encampment that has flourished for months in a busy intersection in the south side of the city. People will...
article Tensions run high at Minneapolis homeless camp on eve of move to city's tents (12/10/2018)
(Minnesota) -- The first of more than 200 homeless people are expected to move Tuesday from a camp in south Minneapolis to three large heated tents near the Franklin...
article Billings Clinic Receives Major Donation For Montana's First Psychiatry Residency Program (12/10/2018)
(Montana) -- Montana’s first-ever medical residency program for psychiatrists received a quarter-million-dollar gift Monday. Advocates are hopeful that establishing...
article Disability advocate, Innu leader and poverty activist lauded for human rights efforts (12/10/2018)
(North Canada) -- A St. John's woman who has devoted her life to advocating for people with disabilities and for better access to education won the Newfoundland and...
article Drug counselor helps with Native American recovery program (12/10/2018)
(Massachusetts) -- Twenty-nine years ago Stephanie Tobey-Roderick, a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, entered her first drug rehab program. She went to a treatment...
article Flour, frozen fruit get increased subsidies in major Nutrition North update (12/10/2018)
(North Canada) -- Diapers, macaroni, spaghetti, dried beans and frozen french fries are among the new items now going to be subsidized under the Nutrition North program...
article 6 people lived for years inside this 1-room shelter: Why villagers say overcrowding is a crisis (12/9/2018)
(Alaska) -- Outside Hannah Coffin’s front door, iced trails disappear toward the horizon in one of the most sparsely populated places in all of the United States....
article From child to elder, here’s what 9 Alaskans living above the Arctic Circle would do if they were governor (12/9/2018)
(Alaska) -- Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s choice of Noorvik for his inauguration ceremony placed a spotlight on a corner of rural Alaska that is often forgotten in campaign...
article Native American groups meet to iron out tensions ahead of this week's homeless camp move (12/9/2018)
(Minnesota) -- Community members and tribal leaders called a meeting Sunday to try and iron out tensions surrounding Minneapolis’ homeless encampment transition to...
article Investigation of generic ‘cartel’ expands to 300 drugs (12/9/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- Executives at more than a dozen generic-drug companies had a form of shorthand to describe how they conducted business, insider lingo worked out...
article Homeless camp residents, American Indian leaders discuss tensions, plans to move this week (12/9/2018)
(Minnesota) -- Mayor Jacob Frey and American Indian leaders made an impassioned plea for unity Sunday at a crowded public meeting, which was hastily called in response...
article Minneapolis prepares to move people from homeless encampment to navigation center (12/9/2018)
(Minnesota) -- Leaders in Minneapolis are preparing to close a homeless encampment and move the people there to a temporary shelter this week. City officials said people...
article American Indian leaders condemn 'deplorable' actions of street outreach group at Mpls. homeless camp (12/8/2018)
(Minnesota) -- Leaders in the Twin Cities' American Indian community are strongly condemning a street outreach group associated with a south Minneapolis homeless...
article American Indian leaders condemn acts of some at encampment (12/8/2018)
(Minnesota) -- American Indian leaders have condemned the actions of a group working in a homeless encampment in Minneapolis. The head of the Metropolitan Urban Indian...

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