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Cherokee Nation

press release PN-G not budging as Cherokee chief demands removal of Indian mascot (7/9/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Port Neches-Groves ISD pushed back Thursday against the country’s largest tribal government after the Cherokee Nation requested the school system...
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Mascot Issue

article MORON ALERT: A noisy, powerful minority is poised to ram a new baseball team name down Cleveland’s throat (7/9/2020)
(Ohio) -- Usually, I am happy to be proven correct; to make a prediction and have it come out right on the money. Doesn’t happen often, but it’s fun when it...
article Minooka Indians: Online Petition Aims To Keep School Mascot (6/8/2020)
(Illinois) -- An online petition drive launched Monday on Change.org has already collected nearly 700 signatures from people who want to keep the Indians as the school...
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Oklahoma Gaming

article MORON ALERT: Open up gaming to entrepreneurs beyond tribes (7/9/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- In 2004, Oklahoma voters made one existential strategic choice, changing organized offers of games of chance from a criminal act subject to criminal...
article MORON ALERT: Political honeymoon over for Gov. Stitt (5/11/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt’s political honeymoon has come to an abrupt end. It is unclear specifically when the honeymoon ended, but tension between Stitt and...
article OP/ED: I was wrong in part, but now I am right in full: Stitt, Comanche and Otoe-Missouria green light a better future (5/6/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- In the May print edition of The City Sentinel newspaper, I crafted a rather cautious defense of the gaming compact Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt forged...
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Supreme Court

article Ted Cruz mocked for tantrum about Gorsuch siding with Native American rights: ‘Way to channel Andrew Jackson’ (7/9/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- In a surprise move on Thursday, Trump-appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch sided with Native American rights, ruling that Oklahoma must honor a treaty...
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COVID-19

article MORON ALERT: Judge orders man who refused to wear mask in Stateline casino to follow state directives (7/8/2020)
(Nevada) -- A Douglas County, Nevada, man — who tested a Stateline casino’s resolve to require masks — was ordered to wear one after he was taken into...
article MORON ALERT: Bristol Bay health corp. executive removed after suggesting a COVID-19 conspiracy theory (4/1/2020)
(Alaska) -- A top official at Bristol Bay Area Health Corp. sent an email to other managers this month promoting the falsehood that the coronavirus pandemic is no worse...
article MORON ALERT: Cape party-goers ignoring call to self-isolate despite coronavirus (3/22/2020)
(South Africa) -- People are ignoring the call to quarantine and continue to party and gamble despite the rapid spread of Covid-19. Pay day is coming and police are...
article Squandered time: How the Trump administration lost control of the coronavirus crisis (3/7/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- The coronavirus had already begun to spiral out of control around the world when Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, during routine...
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Redskins

article MORON ALERT: On the Redskins' name, it's corporate America and the liberal media against Native Americans (7/4/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Would you be surprised if multinational corporations and wealthy, powerful, mostly white commentators in New York and D.C. got their way over the...
article Washington Redskins logo has deep connection to Blackfeet reservation, Wetzel family (7/4/2020)
(Montana) -- Lance Wetzel looks at the Washington Redskins logo and is bombarded with a flurry of positive emotions because the logo itself is symbolic of his family,...
article How Legal Sports Betting Is Factoring Into Redskins' Stadium Plans (3/10/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- The location of a new Washington Redskins stadium remains to be determined, but the odds on whether ground eventually breaks in Maryland, Virginia...
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Junipero Serra

article San Francisco Archbishop Holds Exorcism At Golden Gate Park Site Where Serra Statue Was Toppled (6/30/2020)
(California) -- Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone gathered a group of worshipers over the weekend at the site where Black Lives Matter protesters toppled a statue of...
article SF archbishop says Satan is behind defaced statues, calls Serra 'great defender' of Native peoples (6/30/2020)
(California) -- The controversial archbishop of San Francisco claimed Father Junipero Serra, the man famed for bringing Catholicism to California in the 1700s, is a...
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Mining & Drilling

article Energy lobbyists pose as Tribal Nations to promote Jordan Cove LNG pipeline (6/30/2020)
(Oregon) -- A pro-pipeline lobbying group calling itself Western States and Tribal Nations is spreading a message that directly opposes that stance of some Oregon tribes...
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Sand Creek Massacre

article Descendant of Indian chief killed in Sand Creek Massacre wanted Denver's Civil War statue to stay (6/30/2020)
(Colorado) -- Carson Antelope is a 62-year-old Native American history major at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver). He’s a first-generation...
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Lumbee Tribe

article LETTER: Behavior of Lumbees at Friday protest disappoints (6/29/2020)
(North Carolina) -- To the editor, At the Black Lives Matter march in Pembroke today (Friday), some Lumbees showed ourselves to be no better than the Ku Klux Klan who we...
article Marchers face hatred, racism in Pembroke, chancellor says (6/29/2020)
(North Carolina) -- Students and staff members at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke were harassed and met with “strong opposition” when they...
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False Idols

article MORON ALERT: Oñate sculptures need context, not banishment (6/28/2020)
(New Mexico) -- My sculptures of Don Juan de Oñate have sparked controversy since my first piece for Alcalde in 1992. The La Jornada caravan in Albuquerque caused...
article Protesters rally in support of Teddy Roosevelt statue outside Museum of Natural History (6/28/2020)
(New York) -- Protesters and counter-protesters descended on the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan on Sunday for dueling rallies over the statue of former...
article Young Republicans defend Roosevelt statue at NYC Museum of Natural History: 'We're not afraid of the mob' (6/28/2020)
(New York) -- The New York Young Republican Club plans to hold a rally in New York City on Sunday in defense of the statue of Theodore Roosevelt at the entrance of The...
article Why Buffalo Soldiers Served Among the Nation's First Park Rangers (6/16/2020)
(Indian Country) -- Among the earliest stewards of the nation’s national parks were soldiers from segregated black regiments. Starting in the 1890s, the Buffalo...
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Black Lives Matter

article MORON ALERT: Lawyer who posted Black Lives Matter 'leftist lie' video resigns from Alberta judicial vetting committee (6/19/2020)
(Edmonton) -- A lawyer appointed to a committee tasked with recommending new judges in Alberta has resigned after CBC inquired about his recent comparison of a future...
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Columbus/Indigenous Day

article South Philly residents surround Columbus statue as demonstrations unfold across the city (6/13/2020)
(Philadelphia) -- Joe Laino, 71, stood near the Christopher Columbus statue in South Philadelphia’s Marconi Plaza on Saturday while leaning on a baseball bat. A...
article ‘American Taliban.’ Ted Cruz sounds off after protesters topple Columbus statues (6/11/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Count Texas Senator Ted Cruz among those who do not agree with the dismounting of Christopher Columbus statues across the United States. Cruz sent several...
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Public Smoking

article MORON ALERT: Vegas Gambler Smokes Cigarette On Side of Medical Mask To Keep Himself Safe From COVID-19 (6/9/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- This might be the most American thing we have seen in all of 2020. A few days ago, some casinos and hotels began to open back up in the city of Las Vegas...
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California Sports Betting

article SKELTON: Newsom should gamble on sports betting to fix budget woes (6/1/2020)
(California) -- If we legalize sports betting in California, schoolkids will be the winners. Maybe also the aged poor. And working single moms looking for child care...
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Connecticut Gaming

article Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods set to enjoy regional gaming monopoly (5/28/2020)
(Connecticut) -- When Connecticut’s two tribal casinos reopen on Monday, they may enjoy a rare regional advantage, with the surrounding states of New York,...
article MORON ALERT: Butler responds to Emanuel’s claim that casinos’ economic impact is small (5/20/2020)
(Connecticut) -- odney Butler, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, which owns Foxwoods Resort Casino, took exception to remarks an adviser to Gov. Ned Lamont...
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Catawba Nation

article LET THE IDIOT SPEAK: Indians on the warpath, again, in 21st Century (5/27/2020)
(North Carolina) -- Since getting run out of Canada around 1600 and settling Down South, as the legend goes, the Catawba Indians have had to struggle for survival. They...
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Marijuana & Hemp

article Lavish Parties, Greedy Pols and Panic Rooms: How the ‘Apple of Pot’ Collapsed (5/24/2020)
(California) -- The warm California sun shone down on Adam Bierman as he stepped up to the ceremonial ribbon strung across the entrance of his latest triumph: a new...
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Card Clubs

article Reopened Grass Valley cardroom closed by California (5/22/2020)
(California) -- Towers Casino, a Grass Valley cardroom that reopened Monday against state guidelines, was ordered closed the following day by the state Department of...
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Las Vegas Gaming

article Gambling Today: Poker Pro vs Vegas Mayor (5/16/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- A recall campaign against Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman has been launched by a professional poker player after she called on the city to reopen, despite...
article SMITH: Mayor Goodman takes her increasingly reckless rhetoric to the big stage (4/26/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- All publicity is good publicity, they said. Just spell the name right, they said. Then Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman opens her mouth in the middle of...
article MORON ALERT: The mayor of Las Vegas wants to open casinos and let the number of infections determine which of them have to close (4/22/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman thinks that businesses in the city that want to reopen should be able to — that way, those businesses that see...
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Sports Leagues

article MORON ALERT: Dana White’s Profane Rant Against New York Times Shows Nastiness Of Coronavirus Debate (5/15/2020)
(USA) -- President Donald Trump laid the groundwork for sports to serve as one of the pillars of his political war to reopen America in early April, back when he was...
article Dana White says UFC close to securing private island for events (4/7/2020)
(Worldwide) -- UFC president Dana White said he has plans for a full schedule beyond UFC 249 even if he has to secure the land himself. He insists he is close to...
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Trump Adminstration

article MUST READ: Native American health center asked for COVID-19 supplies. It got body bags instead. (5/5/2020)
(Washington) -- In mid-March, as the Seattle region grappled with a coronavirus outbreak, a community health center caring for the area's Native American population...
article How Kushner’s Volunteer Force Led a Fumbling Hunt for Medical Supplies (5/5/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- This spring, as the United States faced a critical shortage of masks, gloves and other protective equipment to battle the coronavirus pandemic, a...
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Navajo Nation

article Navajo leader urges unity after mayor's alcoholism comment (5/4/2020)
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez called on elected officials in reservation border towns to work with the tribe to combat the coronavirus after one...
article MORON ALERT: Page man arrested for urging killings of Navajo over virus (4/7/2020)
(Arizona) -- Authorities in northern Arizona have arrested a man for writing a racist social media post accusing Navajo people of carrying the coronavirus and calling...
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Yurok Tribe

article Yurok Tribe responds to restaurant diner reopening on tribal land during COVID closure (5/3/2020)
(California) -- The Yurok Tribal Council is speaking out on a local restaurant in Klamath offering dine-in services during COVID-19 restrictions. At a special meeting...
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Mandalay Bay Shooting

article MORON ALERT: What Happened In Vegas — ‘Money Machine’ Unpacks The Sordid Aftermath Of The 2017 Mass Shooting (4/20/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- On October 1st, 2017, a 64-year-old man opened fire from his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. His targets were...
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Cultural Appropriation

article MORON ALERT: Friends take 1-hour 'stroll' through Target for fun despite pandemic (4/15/2020)
(South Carolina) -- Three women are being slammed as 'disgusting,' 'selfish,' and 'stupid' after taking a fun 'stroll' through Target...
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Washington Gaming

article MORON ALERT: Washington state acted irresponsibly when legalizing in-person sports betting during coronavirus pandemic (3/31/2020)
(Washington) -- In a world which is changing rapidly before our very eyes, the only logical way to wager is by using legal sports betting sites to avoid spreading...
article THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW: Don’t give tribal casinos a monopoly on sports betting (3/7/2020)
(Washington) -- There’s an urgent situation in Washington state that requires emergency legislation, according to the Legislature. Not the coronavirus outbreak,...
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First Nations

article MORON ALERT: Quebec couple fleeing COVID-19 'endangered' Yukon First Nation, chief says (3/30/2020)
(Canada) -- A Quebec couple, apparently fearing the spread of COVID-19, travelled thousands of kilometres across the country to find haven in a remote northern Yukon...
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Enrollment

article Galanda: Facebook's violence against Indigenous women problem (3/7/2020)
(Washington) -- Last month, High Country News published a feature story by local writer Jane Hu titled, “One woman took a stand against tribal disenrollment and...
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Other News

article Winnipeg Bear Clan board member steps down following outcry over social media posts (7/5/2020)
(Winnipeg) -- A board member of Bear Clan Patrol in Winnipeg has stepped down from her position, days after a series of tweets she posted led to a petition demanding her...
article Racial slur painted in Sioux City park near War Eagle Monument (6/24/2020)
(Iowa) -- The Sioux City Police Department is investigating a racial slur that derogatorily refers to Black people that was painted in a city park. Lt. Jeremy McClure on...
article White woman slapped for telling Native American to ‘go back to Mexico’ (6/8/2020)
(Arizona) -- A white woman was slapped by a Native American woman who was apparently fed up with being told to ‘go back to Mexico.’ The incident was caught...
article MORON ALERT: 'Tiger King' Star Jeff Lowe Carole's Getting Ghosts with Zoo ... Indian Burial Ground?!? (6/3/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Carole Baskin is getting more than she bargained for now that she's won control of Joe Exotic's old zoo -- Jeff Lowe says it's got at least one...
article Israeli firms need not apply for Casino du Liban online casino tech partner search (5/24/2020)
(Lebanon) -- Lebanon’s only casino operator says it’s looking for an online gambling technology partner, with a preference for mid-tier company that won...
article MORON ALERT: Petroglyph officials say not to leave ‘kindness rocks’ (4/30/2020)
(New Mexico) -- While many are looking for ways to spread kindness Petroglyph National Monument is asking people to just keep it closer to home. Over the last few months...
article MORON ALERT: Rep. Steve King mad at Land o’ Lakes butter for axing stereotypical Native American woman from package (4/18/2020)
(New York) -- A right wing Iowa congressman has found a new target — and it’s right there in your dairy aisle. Rep. Steve King is blasting Land o’...
article MORON ALERT: Anchorage state representative apologizes for village dividend comment (4/9/2020)
(Alaska) -- Anchorage Republican Rep. Jennifer Johnston has apologized for telling the managing editor of the Alaska Journal of Commerce that “social services...
article Police: Man set fire to toilet paper in Sioux Falls casino, then started throwing punches (3/23/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Sioux Falls police say they arrested a man who lit toilet paper on fire inside a casino and then punched a man over the weekend. Dustin Wade Buffalo,...
article MORON ALERT: Jamal Bryant calls out Christians who burn sage, says it’s ‘witchcraft,' 'satanic aromatherapy’ (3/7/2020)
(Georgia) -- Calling sage burning “witchcraft” and “satanic aromatherapy,” Pastor Jamal Bryant of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in...
article MORON ALERT: Alaska House’s minority Republicans put controversial Wasilla representative on probation (3/4/2020)
(Alaska) -- The Republican minority in the Alaska House of Representatives will temporarily remove Rep. David Eastman, R-Wasilla, from legislative committees for...
article Cedric Sunray: Response to recruitment incident at Harding Charter Preparatory High School (3/3/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- As a 6’4, 225lb. straight male of white racial phenotype, as well as being a former NCAA athlete and university coach, I know well the privilege and...
article Former Oklahoma Christian University Recruiter Defends Sorting Students By Skin Color and Hair Texture (3/3/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- A former Oklahoma Christian University recruiter is defending his exercise that put Black students and students of color in an uncomfortable position....
article MORON ALERT: Oklahoma College Recruiter Lined Up High School Students by Skin Color and Hair Type (3/3/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- A college recruiter from Oklahoma Christian University is no longer working for the school after he told a group of high school students to line up...
article 'A+ for effort': Confusion, frustration surrounded Oklahoma's new state brand (3/1/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Nearly three weeks after Oklahoma’s new state brand was unveiled, tens of thousands of Oklahomans have made it known that they aren't fans. On...
article Lynn Beyak has been suspended from the Senate for a second time (2/27/2020)
(Ottawa) -- With little fanfare, the Senate of Canada voted today to suspend Sen. Lynn Beyak for the remainder of this parliamentary session because she failed to...
article Indspire says Inuk athlete Johnny Issaluk will not get an award at March ceremony (2/26/2020)
(North Canada) -- A national Indigenous organization says Johnny Issaluk will not be honoured at its award ceremony next week. President and CEO of Indspire, Roberta...
article MORON ALERT: In San Francisco, a Panel Defends Controversial WPA Mural at George Washington High School (2/24/2020)
(California) -- All nine panelists at an event organized by San Francisco’s George Washington High School Alumni Association agreed that the high school’s...
article Oklahoma gets backlash for excluding Native American heritage on new branding website (2/18/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma officials were forced to revise the language on a new state branding website after backlash over its exclusion of Native Americans' roots in the...
article MORON ALERT: State brand website tweaked over Land Run reference (2/17/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s new state branding website was updated over the weekend to better account for the state’s indigenous history after outrage on social...

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