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Indian Children Welfare Act (ICWA)

article PEMBER: How the Indian Child Welfare Act Preserves and Strengthens American Indian Families (6/22/2017)
(Wisconsin) -- To this day, I have no idea what made me call my tribal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) office back in January 2005. “No, there are no children who...
article Arizona court rules against tribe in girl's adoption (6/17/2017)
(Arizona) -- The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a couple trying to adopt a Native American girl despite protests from a tribe over a decades-old act that...
article Arizona Supreme Court Clears Way For Adoption of American Indian Child by Non-Native Parents (6/16/2017)
(Arizona) -- In considering the rights of Native American foster children, should the emphasis be placed on their status as Native Americans or as children?
article Arizona Supreme Court: Tribal rights in adoptions not absolute (6/15/2017)
(Arizona) -- The ability of tribes to intercede in adoption of Native American children not living on the reservation is limited and not absolute, the Arizona Supreme...
article Arizona Supreme Court ruling allows non-Native American couple to adopt Native child (6/14/2017)
(Arizona) -- A non-Native American couple can adopt a Native American child,the state Supreme Court decided Tuesday in a ruling that clarifies the limits of a federal...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Cherokee Nation

article Cherokee Nation Health Services earns award (6/21/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Health Services recently received the Public Health Innovation Award from the National Indian Health Board at a national conference, a news...
article Cherokee Nation Dietary Program Patients Experience Major Success (6/16/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- Thousands of Cherokee Nation citizens across the 14-county jurisdiction are changing their lives through the tribe’s dietary program.
article Cherokee Nation Donates $75,000 to Backpack Programs (5/26/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation recently donated $75,200 to 20 area organizations in northeastern Oklahoma who participate in backpack programs that provide students...
article Creating better opportunities for Cherokee families to foster (5/19/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation has a strong Indian Child Welfare program, and we have always emphasized the importance of protecting our children.
article Cherokee Nation Donates $10K to Pryor City Pool (5/18/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation recently presented Pryor city officials a $10,000 check to help keep the city pool open. When the idea of closing the pool for...
article Klein: Cherokee program provides a helping hand to homeless veterans (5/17/2017)
(Oklahoma) -- Dennis Christie has a place to call his own. “It’s great to finally have a nice place,” he said. “It’s good to have some...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Nevada Gaming

article Reno family homeless no more after casino owner donates $1.5 million for housing (6/20/2017)
(Reno) -- Less than two months after Gold Dust West CEO Jeff Jacobs donated $1.5 million to the Reno Housing Authority, a homeless family stepped foot into a new...
1 Article on this Issue

Suicide

article Indigenous people need resources 24/7 to cut suicide rates, committee recommends (6/20/2017)
(Canada) -- Canada's Indigenous people need resources round the clock, and culturally appropriate programs and services that are community led and controlled as part...
article Commons committee issues Indigenous suicide study with 28 recommendations (6/19/2017)
(Ottawa) -- A House of Commons committee looking at the issue of Indigenous suicide is urging the federal government to make sure Aboriginal communities have resources...
article First Nations child welfare agency responds to concerns after death in Wapekeka First Nation (6/19/2017)
(Thunder Bay) -- Tikinagan Child and Family Services is responding to concerns after a 12-year-old, who had been in the care of the First Nation child welfare agency,...
article Native American Mental Health ‘Starts With Us,’ Says Suicide Prevention Advocate (6/17/2017)
(New York) -- Teressa Baldwin’s uncle committed suicide when she was only 5 years old. While she did not fully grasp the significance of the event, she did know...
article Two vulnerable kids released from care in midst of suicide crisis in Wapekeka First Nation (6/16/2017)
(Ontario) -- A child welfare agency in northern Ontario sent two high risk youth home to Wapekeka First Nation last week, against the community's wishes. One died by...
article Trudeau Liberals’ failure on human rights ruling played role in First Nation girls’ suicides: Tribunal (5/26/2017)
(Canada) -- The federal government’s continued failure to implement ordered changes to the way it delivers health care for Indigenous children played a role in the...
article Cree Health Board calls for careful viewing of popular drama 13 Reasons Why (5/18/2017)
(Quebec) -- Health officials in the James Bay region of Quebec have added their voices to the criticism of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. The show is a fictional...
article Why are little kids killing themselves? Suicides blamed on bullying, social media, more (5/13/2017)
(Pennsylvania) -- Some of the victims are in elementary school. An increasing number are young girls. All have chosen to end their lives as a youth suicide epidemic,...
8 Total Articles on this Issue

Native Voices

article TRAHANT: Republicans write health reform bill behind closed doors (6/19/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- I have been wondering what I should say about the Republican health care legislation in the Senate. We do know that there is a policy split among...
article WALN: Life Is Hard For Many Lakota People (5/25/2017)
(South Dakota) -- Life is hard for many Lakota people. It may be especially difficult when you are living on the land where your ancestors grew up. There are times in...
article Arne Vainio: Expressing gratitude for the people we have around us (5/19/2017)
(Minnesota) -- I was at a two day medical conference a few weeks ago getting caught up on my continuing education credits. Some of these can be done online, but some are...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Another costly Navajo housing project: $447K modular homes (6/19/2017)
(Arizona) -- After failing to spend nearly a half-billion dollars in federal housing funds over a decade, a Navajo Nation agency has been pouring money into a project to...
article No easy answer for stray animals on the Rez (6/11/2017)
(Arizona) -- The June afternoon heat had hit its peak last week as two dogs lay quietly in the dirt. Brown and black with scruffy hair, they lingered in a scrap of shade...
article McCain makes recommendations to Navajo Housing Authority after mismanagment of funds (6/7/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- On June 1, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) released findings and recommendations about his office’s investigation into claims the Navajo Housing...
article Senator suggests cap on funds until Navajo Housing Authority corrects issues (6/6/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- There may be serious problems coming for thousands of Navajo families waiting on housing. The 4 Investigates team earlier this year exposed how the...
article Cronkite News: Navajo Nation homes still without running water (5/16/2017)
(Arizona) -- On the outskirts of Monument Valley, touching the Arizona-Utah border, a water well is encased in a brick building behind a barb-wired fence. A few cattle...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Trump & Tribes

article America Spent Centuries Mistreating Native American Children. Trump Is Making It Worse. (6/16/2017)
(USA) -- A century ago, the U.S. government forced hundreds of thousands of Native American students to attend boarding schools where authorities shaved their heads,...
article Native Americans’ health threatened by denial of Medicaid expansion (5/25/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- America has broken several centuries worth of promises to its indigenous people. And we’re poised to do it again. The consequences of this...
article Task Force to Examine IHS (5/21/2017)
(Arizona) -- A federal task force will examine Indian Health Service and look for ways to improve the beleaguered program. IHS provides primary health care for the...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Kickapoo Tribe

article Grant will help Kickapoo tribe (6/13/2017)
(Kansas) -- The Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas recently received some help for its mental health and substance abuse programs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services...
article Kickapoo Tribe welcomes $1.18M grant for child and family programs (6/8/2017)
(Kansas) -- The Kickapoo Tribe plans to use a $1.18 million federal grant to boost child and family programs for its citizens in Kansas. The tribe received the funds...
article Kickapoo Nation nurse earns national recognition for care (5/9/2017)
(Kansas) -- A registered nurse from the Kickapoo Nation Health Center recently received a national award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for her work...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Pine Ridge

article Pine Ridge native is rare cardiologist for IHS (6/10/2017)
(Arizona) -- Dena Wilson never doubted what she wanted to do with her life while growing up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Her mother worked at...
article Native American doctors offer a cultural connection with patients; many programs exist to combat shortage (6/9/2017)
(South Dakota) -- Dena Wilson never doubted what she wanted to do with her life while growing up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Her mother worked...
article What an Indian Reservation Can Teach Us About Trauma (5/23/2017)
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is the site of the 19th-century Wounded Knee Massacre and the 20th-century American Indian Movement...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Whiteclay

article Whiteclay task force envisions transformation in village (6/6/2017)
(Nebraska) -- The saga of this century-old source of alcohol isn’t over, even if beer sales here never resume. State lawmakers, nonprofit groups and Native and non...
article If the beer stores in Whiteclay, Nebraska, stay closed for good, what's next for the tiny village? (5/22/2017)
(Nebraska) -- When State Sen. Tom Brewer was confronted Saturday by a stranger in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South...
article Whiteclay task force envisions transformation (5/22/2017)
(Nebraska) -- The saga of this century-old source of alcohol isn't over, even if beer sales here never resume. State lawmakers, nonprofit groups and Native and non-...
article Whiteclay task force envisions transformation (5/20/2017)
(Nebraska) -- The saga of this century-old source of alcohol isn't over, even if beer sales here never resume. State lawmakers, nonprofit groups and Native and non-...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

LGBT News

article Two-spirit talking circle held in Regina for Indigenous LGBT youth (5/29/2017)
(Saskatchewan) -- A group of Indigenous two-spirit and LGBT youth gathered in Regina on Sunday to share experiences and support one another. The talking circle was...
1 Article on this Issue

Red Lake Tribe

article Red Lake Reservation Housing Authority named Project Team of the Year (5/29/2017)
(Minnesota) -- Red Lake Reservation Housing Authority (RLRHA), housing authority for the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, was named Project Team of the Year at the...
article 12th Annual Youth Conference Held at Red Lake (5/18/2017)
(Minnesota) -- Hundreds of young people descended on Red Lake High School for the 12th Annual Red Lake Nation Youth Leadership Conference held Wednesday thru Friday, May...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Wind River

article Family Service Concerns on the Wind River Reservation (5/24/2017)
(Wyoming) -- Two separate Wind River Reservation court systems concern many about the efficiency of family services programs. The concern is children, taken from their...
1 Article on this Issue

Arizona Gaming

article Arizona lottery change could mean more money for foster child advocates (5/22/2017)
(Arizona) -- Lottery players aren't the only ones who could win more this fall when the Mega Millions game changes. The ticket price will double, from $1 to $2, and...
1 Article on this Issue

Snoqualmie Tribe

article Don O’Neill: Thank you, Snoqualmie Tribe, for putting community first (5/22/2017)
(Washington) -- We want to thank the Snoqualmie Tribe because they heard something on our show and they took action. King County Sheriff John Urquhart joined the show a...
article Snoqualmie Tribe donates 200 defibrillators to police (5/21/2017)
(Washington) -- The Snoqualmie Tribe donated 200 defibrillators to the King County Sheriff’s Department, Snoqualmie Police Department and the Snoqualmie Tribe...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Missing Women Crisis

article MMIWG inquiry gets failing grades in NWAC’s latest report card (5/21/2017)
(Quebec) -- The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls continues to bear the brunt of criticism from across the country. Today the...
1 Article on this Issue

Yurok Tribe

article How a remote California tribe set out to save its river and stop a suicide epidemic (5/19/2017)
(California) -- The Yurok people live in a stark land of salmon runs and steep, misty mountains, where giant salamanders hide under rotting logs and Bigfoot is said to...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Grants announced for community development groups on Flathead Indian Reservation (6/22/2017)
(Montana) -- The Montana Community Foundation (MCF) announces the opening of the Oleta Smith Endowment Fund grant cycle. This fund was endowed by the late Oleta “Pete”...
article Tribe comes under fire as mold creeps through homes (6/22/2017)
(Wisconsin) -- Sometimes it looks like pitch-black residue, coated on musty basement walls and infected in crevices between bricks. Elsewhere, in kitchens and bedrooms...
article South Dakota Native Americans Struggle With Homelessness (6/21/2017)
(South Dakota) -- Webster Allen Two Hawk Jr. had not had a drink in six weeks – one of the conditions for getting a bed at the Rapid City, South Dakota rescue...
article Horse power helps First Nation members heal, deliver message of unity (6/21/2017)
(Manitoba) -- The horse is generally known as an animal for its speed, stamina and hard-working demeanour. But for people on a western Manitoba First Nation, the horse...
article Vegas Casino Workers Are Leading the Fight to Save Obamacare (6/20/2017)
(Las Vegas) -- Nevada is no one's idea of a liberal stronghold. Gallup polling places it squarely in the ideological middle of the country, with 36 percent of...
article 'Killing our youth': Natuashish leaders call for crackdown on bootlegging (6/20/2017)
(Labrador) -- A community leader in the remote First Nation reserve of Natuashish, N.L., says it's time to get tough on bootleggers and drug dealers to eradicate...
article Senate GOP leaders will present health bill this week, even as divisions flare (6/20/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- McConnell told reporters that he would “lay out a discussion draft Thursday morning; you’ll be able to take a look at it” —...
article 'I just started hating myself': Young people dying as stigma, misunderstanding prevent HIV treatment (6/19/2017)
(Saskatoon) -- When Saskatoon man Ian Longman found out he had HIV, it was two years before he sought treatment. He thought the diagnosis meant certain death, and he...
article Blackfoot-based teachings help Alberta women fleeing violence (6/19/2017)
(Calgary) -- A women's shelter in Calgary that incorporates Blackfoot-based teachings has been working to fight violence against Indigenous women for the last 25...
article Shake-up at Department of Interior includes Arctic, BIA (6/18/2017)
(Alaska) -- As many as 50 senior bureaucrats at the Department of Interior are being shuffled into other roles than the ones they had under President Barack Obama,...
article For Native Mothers, a Way to Give Birth That Overcomes Trauma (6/18/2017)
(New Mexico) -- Nicolle Gonzales has the stamina of a long-distance runner, which she is, and the authority that comes from guiding nervous mothers-to-be through...
article Peru’s Ticuna Indians Trying to Free Selves from Amazonia Drug Trafficking (6/18/2017)
(Peru) -- Near the triple border of Peru, Brazil and Colombia, many members of the Ticuna Indian tribe are working as laborers for cocaine drug traffickers, a business...
article Native American adoptions (6/17/2017)
(Arizona) -- The ability of tribes to intercede in adoption of Native American children not living on the reservation is limited and not absolute, the Arizona Supreme...
article Susan La Flesche Picotte: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know (6/17/2017)
(Internet) -- Doctor and reformer Susan La Flesche Picotte is the subject of today’s Google Doodle. June 17th, 2017, would be her 152nd birthday. Picotte is best...
article No state money for gambling addiction in Arkansas (6/17/2017)
(Arkansas) -- It does not say under the "Play Responsibly" tab on the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's website that Arkansas is one of only six states...
article Bismarck leaders tackle unbalanced treatment of Native American youth (6/17/2017)
(North Dakota) -- As Native American juveniles are more likely to be arrested by police or disciplined at school than their white counterparts, a group has formed in...
article Kristi Noem: Enough is enough - It's time to fix the Indian Health Service (6/16/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- For years, federal reports have documented shocking cases of mismanagement and poorly delivered care within the Indian Health Service – more...
article Second hearing scheduled on bill to reform the Indian Health Service (6/16/2017)
(Washington D.C.) -- Efforts to reform the Indian Health Service continue to see attention on Capitol Hill. The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native...
article Senators Demand Fixes on Failing BIA, BIE, IHS (6/16/2017)
(Washington) -- If you’ve been on Capitol Hill long enough, you knew a public bloodletting was coming when the Government Accountability Office (GAO) showed up at...
article “It’s just another way of killing our people” (6/16/2017)
(South Dakota) -- One April evening last year, Kathy Boyd stepped onto her deck and lit a cigarette, as she often did after dinner. She loved the quiet and majesty of...

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