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article 'Abject failure': Sen. Murray Sinclair criticizes federal response to Mi'kmaw fishery dispute (10/19/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- The federal government's response to ongoing tensions over Indigenous fishing rights has been "an abject failure," Sen. Murray Sinclair said. "I'm...
article Canadian tribal lobster fishing tensions in the Gulf of Maine turn violent (10/19/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- Vandalism, physical intimidation and suspicious fires have broken out in Canada as tensions rise over indigenous fishing rights, according to Canadian...
article Moderate livelihood fishery in Cape Breton is peaceful. But selling catch a challenge (10/16/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- While there are ongoing tensions between Indigenous and non-Indigenous fishers in southwest Nova Scotia, a Cape Breton First Nation says its moderate...
press release Fishery growth has had positive impact on First Nations in the Maritimes: report (10/1/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- An increase in band-held commercial fishing licences since the Marshall ruling on Indigenous treaty rights has generated dramatically higher revenues...
article Controversial Discovery Islands fish farms pose 'minimal risk' to wild salmon, DFO says (9/28/2020)
(British Columbia) -- The battle to have 18 open-net fish farms removed from a critical salmon migration route is heading for more consultation after Fisheries and...
article Listuguj impatient with failure to define 'moderate livelihood' in fishery (9/24/2020)
(New Brunswick) -- Listuguj's fall lobster fishery is underway in the Bay of Chaleur, and the First Nation's plan to sell part of the catch isn't covered by its licence...
article Mi'kmaw community says rights-based fishery regulations rival those of DFO (9/23/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- The First Nation community operating a new, self-regulated lobster fishery in Nova Scotia says its harvesting regulations rival and may even exceed the...
article Mi'kmaq planning their own moderate livelihood fishery outside DFO seasons (9/11/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- Canada's Minister of Fisheries and Oceans is downplaying plans by Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq to create their own moderate livelihood fishery,...
article Tensions rise as big-game hunters enter Tahltan Nation territory despite quarantine (9/3/2020)
(British Columbia) -- The Tahltan Nation is setting up checkpoints at 40 access points to its large northwestern territory to keep out hunters and the threat of COVID-19.
article Tseshaht First Nation protests over fishing rights on Somass River (9/2/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Members of Tseshaht First Nation have blocked the boat ramp at Clutesi Haven Marina as they wait for a response from the Department of Oceans and...
article Saskatoon Wildlife Federation Forms Partnership with First Nations (8/24/2020)
(Saskatoon) -- The Saskatoon Wildlife Federation and Saskatoon Tribal Council have signed seven memorandums of understanding with a number of Indigenous communities in...
11 Total Articles on this Issue

Mi’kmaq

article Treaty education lacks amid N.S. fisheries dispute, Mi’gmawei Mawiomi Secretariat says (10/18/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- People from across the country are watching the situation unfold in southwest Nova Scotia as the fishery dispute continues. Mi’gmawei Mawiomi...
article Nova Scotia calls on Ottawa to define 'moderate livelihood' fishery (10/18/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- Calls for Ottawa to define a “moderate livelihood” fishery mounted on Sunday, as hundreds gathered in support of Indigenous lobster fishers...
article Woman woken up by lobster plant fire ‘knew what it was’ before seeing flames (10/18/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- Flames from a fire at a lobster pound used by Indigenous fishers in Nova Scotia were so intense, they woke up a nearby resident who filmed the...
article First Nations chief calls on Trudeau to help settle Nova Scotia lobster dispute (10/15/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs to do more than send tweets to settle an increasingly violent dispute over an Indigenous-led lobster fishery in Nova...
article Mi’kmaq lobster boats surrounded by Acadian commercial fishing vessels as traps are stolen, cut (9/21/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- The Assembly of Nova Scotia Chiefs met with federal ministers Monday morning to talk about the conflict surrounding the Mi’kmaw fishery. The...
article Ottawa summoned by Indigenous and non-Indigenous fishermen in N.S. to settle dispute (9/21/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- Indigenous chiefs in Nova Scotia are calling on the federal government to denounce what they described as racism and violence directed towards the Mi...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Water Issues

article The Elwha dams are gone and chinook are surging back, but why are so few reaching the upper river? (10/18/2020)
(Washington) -- They were the king of kings in Puget Sound, the biggest chinook of them all, strong enough to muscle up the falls at the Goblin Gates and power on all...
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Mi'kmaw

article Fire destroys lobster facility in southwest Nova Scotia amid escalating fishery tensions (10/17/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- A fire that police are calling suspicious destroyed a lobster pound in Middle West Pubnico, N.S., early Saturday. The blaze broke out at one of two...
article N.S. fishermen's union head quits, says lobster dispute is 'too much of a toll' on his family (10/17/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- Joel Comeau says it's no longer safe for him to be the president of the Maritime Fishermen's Union Local 9 in Nova Scotia. Comeau stepped down...
article Indigenous services minister calls raid on N.S. fishing facilities an 'assault' on Mi'kmaw people (10/15/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller today called Tuesday night's raid on fishing facilities in southwest Nova Scotia an "assault" on...
article Angry mob trap Mi’kmaw fishermen at a lobster pound in southwestern Nova Scotia (10/14/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- An angry mob of non-Indigenous lobster fishermen trapped two Mi’kmaw fishermen inside a lobster pound in southwestern Nova Scotia late Tuesday...
article ‘Terrorizing our people’: N.S. Mi’kmaw fishers have property vandalized, lobsters destroyed (10/14/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- A work van was set on fire and a catch of lobster was destroyed when a crowd of commercial fishermen vandalized two fishing compounds in southwestern...
article Second Mi'kmaq fishery creating 'a big excitement' in small Cape Breton band (10/4/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- The leader of a First Nation in southern Cape Breton that has started Nova Scotia’s second self-regulated commercial Indigenous fishery says it...
article Mi'kmaw parliamentarians call for new body to deal with conflict over lobster fishery (10/1/2020)
(Canada) -- Three Mi'kmaw parliamentarians are proposing a new approach to the conflict over the lobster fishery in Atlantic Canada that would bypass the system in...
article GTC Grand Chief Kenny Smith proclaims support for Sipekne’katik First Nation in Nova Scotia fishing row (9/29/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- Newly minted Gwich’in Tribal Council Grand Chief Kenny Smith is wasting no time making it clear where the Gwich’in Tribal Council stands on...
article Mi'kmaw lobster fishery in Nova Scotia adds 3 boats (9/28/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- An Indigenous-run lobster fishery off the coast of southwestern Nova Scotia is increasing the size of its fleet to 10 boats from seven, creating a total...
article Halifax solidarity event supports Mi'kmaw fishers (9/26/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- Close to 500 people gathered at the waterfront in Halifax on Saturday morning in solidarity with Sipekne'katik First Nation, the Mi'kmaw...
article Hundreds attend Halifax rally in solidarity with Mi'kmaw fishers (9/26/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- Hundreds of people stood in solidarity on the Halifax waterfront Saturday morning in solidarity with the Mi’kmaw fishers in southwestern Nova...
article Mi'kmaq push for legal lobster sales for non-Indigenous buyers (9/26/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- The Mi'kmaw community in Nova Scotia that recently launched its first self-regulated lobster fishery is now pushing the province to change laws...
12 Total Articles on this Issue

Food Sovereignty

article Local Chef On Indigenous Food Sovereignty Movement And A Moose Hunt In Maine (10/11/2020)
(Maine) -- Beginning in 2021, Abenaki people can apply for free and permanent hunting and fishing licenses in Vermont. Moose hunting, however, is still managed through...
article NAC: Nut harvest time (9/23/2020)
(Indian Country) -- Gathering, processing and cooking indigenous nuts like acorns and pine nuts is in full swing in late summer and early autumn. These small gifts of...
article Native rights group backs Kake in lawsuit over emergency subsistence hunt (9/8/2020)
(Alaska) -- An Alaska Native rights group is backing the federal subsistence board’s decision to allow a village in Southeast Alaska to hunt out of season during...
article Hidden harvest: UW-Madison study finds recreational fishing catch rivals supermarket sales in Wisconsin (9/7/2020)
(Wisconsin) -- A new study from UW-Madison confirms what more than a million anglers already know: Wisconsin’s lakes are a major source of food.
article Alaska tribal group sues over commercial fishing system (8/18/2020)
(Alaska) -- An Alaska tribal group has filed a lawsuit against state officials claiming the commercial fishing permit system unfairly prevents local anglers from fishing...
article Tribal members shouldn’t need state permits to fish in Metlakatla’s traditional waters, lawsuit argues (8/17/2020)
(Alaska) -- Metlakatla Indian Community is suing Gov. Mike Dunleavy and senior state officials over fishing rights. The state’s sole Native reservation says the...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

St. Regis Mohawk

article Akwesasne hunting, fishing restriction remains in place (10/8/2020)
(New York) -- Due to fishing tournaments being held in the surrounding areas, the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe are reminding the general...
1 Article on this Issue

Federal Recognition

article "Extinct" Sinixt hunter heads to the Supreme Court of Canada (10/7/2020)
(Washington) -- Rodney Cawston, the Chairman of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation (CCT) says that all sn̓ʕaýckstx (Arrow Lakes/Sinixt) people are...
article Canada court to consider rights of U.S. Native Americans north of border (10/7/2020)
(Washington) -- It was a frosty October morning when Richard Desautel aimed his Mauser 98 bolt-action rifle at a cow elk in the Arrow Lakes area of British Columbia,...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

MGM Springfield

article As a fishing dispute in N.S. sees no swift end, it wasn't always this way (9/27/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- The fishery has always been essential to the inhabitants of what is known today as Nova Scotia, but a conflict has erupted over who benefits from the...
1 Article on this Issue

Karuk Tribe

article Karuk Scientist Talks to NPR About How Indigenous Burning Methods Could Help Prevent Massive Wildfires (9/25/2020)
(California) -- Today’s episode of the National Public Radio program “Science Friday” with host Ira Plato features an interview with Bill Tripp,...
1 Article on this Issue

Red Lake Tribe

article Brainerd man pleads guilty to illegally hunting bear on reservation (9/19/2020)
(Minnesota) -- According to the plea agreement, a Brainerd man shot a large black bear and used a saw to remove its head for a trophy as he couldn't move the bear...
article Peterson, Klobuchar, Smith, Urge Inclusion of Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians' Tribal Fishery in Upcoming Relief Package (9/10/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Representative Collin Peterson and U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith (D-MN), are pressing Congressional appropriators to make the Red Lake Band...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Bears

article Brainerd man pleads guilty to illegally hunting 700-pound bear, cutting off its head, on the Red Lake Reservation (9/18/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Brett James Stimac, 41, of Brainerd has pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of wildlife trafficking and trespassing on Indian land, after removing...
article Cherokee Natural Resources seeking bear harvest information (9/3/2020)
(North Carolina) -- The bear season is now open and will run through Dec. 31. Hunters play an essential role in collecting management information for sustainable bear...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Environmental study on Nunavut mine undervalues Inuit knowledge, hunters say (9/18/2020)
(North Canada) -- Communities close to Mary River Mine say environmental impacts that the mine's operator calls insignificant are exactly the opposite for Inuit....
1 Article on this Issue

Pine Ridge

article The great cattle heist: Modern rustlers organize like drug cartels (9/14/2020)
(South Dakota) -- It may sound like something out of a John Wayne movie, but the Wild West is alive and well in South Dakota when it comes to cattle rustling.
1 Article on this Issue

MMIW

article Native rights group backs Kake in lawsuit over emergency subsistence hunt (9/3/2020)
(Alaska) -- An Alaska Native rights group is backing the federal subsistence board’s decision to allow a village in Southeast Alaska to hunt out of season during...
1 Article on this Issue

Shoshone-Bannock

article As 9 salmon make it back to Pettit Lake, Sho-Ban Tribes play critical role to save sockeye (8/29/2020)
(Idaho) -- The return this month of nine endangered Snake River sockeye salmon that spawned in Pettit Lake in the Sawtooth Valley underscores the critical role the...
1 Article on this Issue

COVID-19

article Northwest Arctic Borough pushes for restricting outside hunters over COVID-19 concerns (8/27/2020)
(Alaska) -- On Tuesday, the Northwest Arctic Borough passed a resolution pushing for restrictions on outside hunters, guides, and transports on their lands. It comes in...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article NDP, Liberal cabinet ministers call for emergency debate over mounting N.S. fishery dispute (10/19/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- Four Liberal cabinet ministers called for an emergency debate in the House of Commons after a dispute between commercial fishermen and Mi'kmaw fishers...
article Ojibwe bands in Minnesota continue moose hunts to maintain tradition, treaty rights (10/17/2020)
(Minnesota) -- In late September, Jeff Tibbetts walked quietly through the Superior National Forest north of Isabella, past a spot where, the day before, he had startled...
article State asks federal court to dismiss suit over Metlakatla tribal members’ fishing rights (10/17/2020)
(Alaska) -- State attorneys are asking a federal court judge to dismiss a fishing rights case brought by Metlakatla Indian Community at the southeastern tip of the state...
article Bands continue moose hunts to maintain tradition, treaty rights (10/12/2020)
(Minnesota) -- In late September, Jeff Tibbetts walked quietly through the Superior National Forest north of Isabella, past a spot where, the day before, he had startled...
article Indigenous-owned scallop company finding success on B.C. north coast (10/11/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Prince Rupert has a long and storied history in the seafood industry, once home to large-scale commercial fishing operations, canneries and...
article Northwest governors pledge to work with tribes, others for salmon recovery (10/10/2020)
(USA) -- The governors of the four Pacific Northwest States pledged in a letter of agreement to work together, and with Native American Indian tribes and regional...
article When White People Stopped Indigenous Elk Hunts In Jackson Hole (10/1/2020)
(Wyoming) -- On July 13, 1895, a party of Bannock Indians awoke in their camp to find themselves surrounded by 27 armed white men. The Bannock party resembled a family...
article How tribal hatcheries promote good science, salmon recovery, and feed orca (9/29/2020)
(Washington) -- Chinook and other salmon are returning to rivers across Washington, and state and tribal hatcheries play an important role in buffering the wild...
article For this family, keeping Alaska wild and pristine is a decades-long mission (9/25/2020)
(Alaska) -- The first brown bear appears as soon as we’ve set up camp. It emerges as if from thin air in the fields of sedge grass and lupine that sprawl at the...
article Gwich’in Tribal Council supports Mi’kmaq fishers in Nova Scotia (9/24/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- In a news release on Thursday, the GTC stated it “supports the right of Indigenous groups such as the Sipekne’katik First Nation to exercise...
article Kill fish to save fish: Behind Colorado’s effort to revive the Rio Grande cutthroat trout (9/24/2020)
(Colorado) -- On a beautiful early September day, Ken Gierhart hiked a trail familiar since boyhood to Music Pass in the Sangre de Cristo mountains above Westcliffe. As...
article P.E.I. Mi'kmaq chiefs say they will launch a livelihood fishery after community consultation (9/22/2020)
(Prince Edward Island) -- The chiefs of P.E.I.'s two First Nations, Abegweit and Lennox Island, say they are in the first phases of community consultation over what...
article Elderly Cree woman and daughters' annual moose hunt a family tradition (9/22/2020)
(Manitoba) -- Pretty much everyone loves a good moose hunting tale… but it's even better when the group that brings down the bull is made up of an elderly...
article Fishermen say they are removing Indigenous lobster traps in western Nova Scotia (9/20/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- A flotilla of non-Indigenous fishing boats moved into St. Marys Bay off western Nova Scotia on Sunday to remove lobster traps set by fishermen from the...
article Mi'kmaq senators contiune call for livelihood defintion (9/20/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- Two Mi’kmaq senators issued a joint statement saying they support the Mi’kmaq Chiefs in Nova Scotia and their rights to make a moderate...
article Federal judge deals blow to state’s challenge to Interior subsistence hunts (9/19/2020)
(Alaska) -- The state’s challenge to the feds limiting a big game harvest north of the Glenn Highway to federally qualified subsistence hunters has been dealt a...
article Métis residents want hunting, fishing rights recognized in southern Saskatchewan (9/17/2020)
(Saskatchewan) -- A legal group is asking the Saskatchewan government to recognize the right of Métis people in the Qu’Appelle Valley and area, including the city...
article Sturgeon researchers forced to buy salmon bait from supermarket due to poor sockeye runs, First Nation says (9/9/2020)
(British Columbia) -- A First Nation in central B.C. says low salmon runs this year are forcing its members to buy expensive food-grade fish from local grocery stores to...
article Being Frank: Tribes, state team up on harbor seal survey (9/9/2020)
(Washington) -- What we don’t know about populations of harbor seals and California sea lions in western Washington could be hurting salmon, orcas and other marine...
article Bighorn sheep hunting licenses up in North Dakota amid record hunter interest (9/7/2020)
(North Dakota) -- State wildlife officials are slightly increasing bighorn sheep licenses for a second straight year, amid record demand and positive population surveys.

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