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Dakota Access Pipeline

article Tribes decry court ruling favoring Dakota Access Pipeline
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal judge ruled against tribal arguments on October 11, when he declared that the contested Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) can continue pumping...
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Marijuana & Hemp

article Las Vegas Paiute Tribe Opens the “Largest Marijuana Store on the Planet”
(Las Vegas) -- On Monday, October 16, 2017, the Las Vegau Paiute Tribe opened the NuWu Cannabis Marketplace. The new retail establishment is being marketed as the...
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Mascot Issue

article School to review Native American logo after racism complaint
(Maine) -- A Maine high school will review its “Warriors” nickname and a logo featuring a Native American in a feathered headdress after a complaint of...
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Mining & Drilling

article MPCA to kick off a week of hearings on wild rice standard
(Minnesota) -- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency kicks off a week of public hearings across the state Monday on changing a water quality standard that's meant...
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Missing Women Crisis

article 100s of Faceless Dolls representing missing, murdered women disappear from Native Women's Association
(Canada) -- Hundreds of faceless dolls created as a part of a project to commemorate murdered and missing Indigenous women have vanished from the offices of the Native...
article Bags full of tears: how the MMIWG inquiry is honouring, healing trauma
(Manitoba) -- Beside nearly every box of tissues is a brown paper bag labelled "tears." The national inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls...
article MMIWG inquiry hearings in Winnipeg LIVE
(Manitoba) -- Final day of the Manitoba sessions of hearings examining Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
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National Congress of American Indians

article 'Ominous shadow' of President Trump looms over meeting of tribal leaders
(Wisconsin) -- This week, the National Congress of American Indians — the largest intertribal organization in the United States — gathered for its annual...
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Navajo Nation

article Killer of Navajo Nation girl set to get life prison sentence
(Arizona) -- A man who pleaded guilty to the murder and sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl on the largest American Indian reservation is expected to receive a life...
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Other News

article OP/ED: Indigenous people invented the so-called ‘American Dream’
(Maine) -- When President Barack Obama created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the 2012 program that offered undocumented young people brought to the U.S. as...
article Indigenous mother's 11-year battle for disabled son's transportation to be settled
(Alberta) -- A mother from Maskwacis, Alta. was shocked to learn the federal government is looking at settling a decade-long dispute to provide funding for her disabled...
article Hoopa Valley Tribal member awarded $10K scholarship
(California) -- Onaleece Colegrove of the Hoopa Valley Tribe is one of two college students from California to receive a $10,000 Rodney T. Mathews Jr. Scholarship.
article Housing for Native Americans at Victoria and University, East Side micro-houses get funding boost
(Minnesota) -- Raised in St. Paul, Norma Jean Husemoller spent the ages of 12 to 19 moving from home to home and couch to couch, sometimes even sleeping at a hardware...
article Jobs and American Indian Sovereignty: The Challenge of Gaming
(Nevada) -- UNLV Center for Gaming Research Eadington Fellow Colleen O'Neill is an associate professor of history at Utah State University and former co-editor of the “...
article A talking online Mi'kmaq dictionary that helps preserve the language
(Nova Scotia) -- Unsure how to say "Hello" or "Thank you" in Mi'kmaq, never mind something more complex? There's an online resource where you...
article Tonto Apache Tribe celebrates a proud history
(Arizona) -- They danced in the old way. They spoke in their native tongue. They cheered the children and took pride in their beleaguered culture.
article Valley Voice: Name Palm Springs park for the late Richard Milanovich
(California) -- As the growth and expansion continue in downtown Palm Springs, things are finally beginning to take shape. The recent announcement by the Agua Caliente...
article A Tribe Called Red frontman opens up about leaving the band
(Canada) -- Ian Campeau, one of the founders of the Indigenous music group A Tribe Called Red, has announced he is leaving the group. In a statement released Wednesday,...
article More bison to join American Indian herd in Wyoming
(Wyoming) -- Ten more buffalo are set to join a nascent herd on the starkly beautiful landscape of a Wyoming American Indian reservation, a project significant to tribal...
article Study: Pollution kills 9 million a year, costs $4.6 trillion
(Worldwide) -- Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world....
article Final arguments expected to conclude today in La Loche shooting case
(Saskatoon) -- The question of whether or not a teen killer suffered from fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is expected to be central as final arguments begin Friday at...
article Former Sisseton-Wahpeton officials sentenced for embezzling
(South Dakota) -- Two former executives on the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate reservation have been sent to prison for embezzling from the tribe.

10/19/2017

article Jefferson Keel Elected President of National Congress of American Indians
(Wisconsin) -- Today Jefferson Keel, lt. governor of the Chickasaw Nation, was elected president of the National Congress of American Indians, the largest and oldest...
article AFN gains Native American backing for NAFTA Indigenous chapter
(Wisconsin) -- Native American tribal leadership is backing the inclusion of a chapter on Indigenous rights in the final draft of the currently under-negotiation North...
article National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Joins Assembly of First Nations (AFN) in Calling for the Development of a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Indigenous Chapter
(Wisconsin) -- On Tuesday, October 18, 2017, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) membership overwhelmingly moved to support Assembly of First Nations (AFN)...
article Dakota Access Pipeline Fight Continues After Court Ruling
(North Dakota) -- On October 10, a federal court ruled against the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes, permitting the Dakota Access Pipeline to remain...
article Court gives boost to legal fight against new state rule that would allow more toxins in water
(Florida) -- After a year of legal hurdles, the city of Miami and Seminole Tribe of Florida can now move forward with a lawsuit challenging a state rule that would allow...
article Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs sign agreement for Cobell buy-back program
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration has entered into the first new agreement since announcing a change in direction for the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal...
article Food law leaves Maine meat producers squealing for a fix
(Maine) -- The so-called food sovereignty law enacted in June was meant to increase local control, but federal regulators say they'll close down Maine...
article Maine Lawmakers Rush To Fix New Food Sovereignty Law Before Feds Step In
(Maine) -- Maine’s landmark food sovereignty law was on the books for less than a month before the federal government informed state officials in July the...
article Minnesota's Native American health advocates use old games as new cures for obesity
(Minnesota) -- The players stood on the field in a circle, passing burning sage to one another. One by one, they waved their lacrosse sticks over the thick, sweet-...
article Enhanced training, support rolls out for Indigenous search and rescue
(British Columbia) -- Indigenous communities on the B.C. coast have been recognized for their role in saving lives in recent marine disasters. Now, a shipping container...
article This Ontario Indigenous Community Has Never Surrendered Its Territory
(Ontario) -- Duke Peltier, Ogimaa (chief) of Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory, says his community is one of the last unceded territories in Ontario. He is one in a long...
article Karluk Tribe keeps up fight over ownership of river
(Alaska) -- Centuries of tides changed the Karluk River’s course and the Tribe that continues to claim ownership today. Storms in Shelikof Strait altered the beach...
article Cherokee Nation Chief Baker appoints Randy Campbell to Cherokee Nation Election Commission
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation citizen Randy Campbell was sworn into office as the newest member of the Cherokee Nation Election Commission Monday.
article A Medical Textbook Published Harmful Stereotypes About Minorities’ Response To Pain, & It Shows Why Medical Bias Against People Of Color Is Still So Prevalent
(Internet) -- Another day, another racist blunder in academia. Over the past few years, colleges and universities have come under fire because both campuses and...
article Students learn to cultivate plants for Native American traditions
(California) -- Typically, UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden teaching nursery staff provide instruction to an audience of university students and volunteers...
article Breaking the cycle: How 2 Indigenous parents kept their kids out of foster care
(Alberta) -- One was a child of a Sixties Scoop survivor who never had a stable home. One was the grandson of a residential school survivor who spent most of his...
article Passing on a tradition of wild rice harvest in northern Minnesota
(Minnesota) -- A job isn’t always just a job – sometimes it is a way of life. This story is part of a series exploring what it means when jobs define several...
article Taíno Figure: Ancestry and Identity
(Puerto Rico) -- The inhabitants of the islands once called Quisqueya/Kiskeya (Dominican Republic) and Borinquen/Borikén (Puerto Rico) are the people Columbus...
article After 56 years, Miss Indian Arizona crown returns to its first family
(Arizona) -- As the newly crowned 56th Miss Indian Arizona, 20-year-old Mariah Jordan Sharpe is bringing the title back to where it started. Her grandfather's sister...
article Meet Violeta Ayala, the Indigenous Director Who Gave Cameras to Bolivian Inmates for ‘Cocaine Prison’
(Ontario) -- Amid the celebrity profile documentaries and high-profile biopics that dotted the landscape of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival,...
article New store an all-Indigenous operation
(Australia) -- At the newly opened Bagala Community Store in the Northern Territory outback, $1 bottles of spring water are flying off the shelf. Water has quickly...
press release National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Elects 2017-2019 Executive Council at 74th Annual Convention & Marketplace
(Wisconsin) -- On Thursday, October 19, 2017, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) elected the new 2017-2019 NCAI Executive Council at the “We Are...

10/18/2017

article Mohawk tribe sues Amazon and Microsoft in complicated supercomputer patent spat
(New York) -- A Native American tribe and a small computer company have reportedly sued Amazon and Microsoft, claiming that they’re infringing on patents relating to...
article Sovereign Immunity and Inter Partes Review
(New York) -- Sovereign immunity refers to the doctrine that the government cannot be sued without its consent. Specifically, the 11th Amendment precludes federal courts...
article Three Candidates Vying to President of National Congress of American Indians
(Wisconsin) -- The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) members will cast their votes tomorrow to be president the nation’s oldest and largest American...
article Council OK’s regatta sale: 6-1 vote allows city manager to begin talks with Marnell Gaming
(Arizona) -- In a 6-1 vote, City Council members voted Tuesday to sell the rights and property associated with the Bullhead City River Regatta to Marnell Gaming. Council...
article Crow tribal member found guilty of illegal elk killing appeals to U.S. Supreme Court
(Montana) -- A Crow tribal hunter has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review his treaty rights case. Clayvin Herrera was found guilty by a Wyoming jury in Sheridan...
article Mi’kmaq woman to challenge fishing rules
(Nova Scotia) -- Cheryl Maloney is gearing up to go lobster fishing. She doesn’t have a commercial licence and she won’t be using one of the food and...
article Native American Leaders Meet In Milwaukee, Push For Climate Action
(Wisconsin) -- Native American leaders meeting in Milwaukee this week at the convention of the National Congress of American Indians are asking the Trump administration...
article House subcommittee takes up controversial American Indian Empowerment Act
(Washington D.C.) -- A controversial Indian lands bill that faced repeated opposition during the Obama administration is seeing new life in the Trump era. Rep. Don Young...
article Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on public safety measures
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is moving quickly on legislation to address pressing public safety and justice issues in tribal communities....
article Tribal representatives to meet, discuss repatriation issue
(Pennsylvania) -- Representatives from as many as 59 American Indian tribes will meet next month in Minnesota to discuss the next steps in the repatriation of children...
article States take on Ryan Zinke for allowing coal companies to rip off taxpayers
(Washington D.C.) -- During his confirmation hearing earlier this year, future Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke claimed that the taxpayers "should always get fair...
article Residential school survivors can proactively preserve documents: Bennett
(Ottawa) -- Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett says there is a proactive effort underway to tell residential school survivors that their records can...
article Thunder Bay city council unanimously 'denounces' Senator Lynn Beyak's comments
(Ontario) -- It took nearly one and a half hours, created lots of confusion, and even some heated comments, but city councillors in Thunder Bay unanimously agreed to...
article Global Warming Aids Gold Miners' Pursuit Of Cold, Hard Cash In Northern Canada
(British Columbia) -- The Mitchell gold deposit in northern British Columbia is the largest ever found in Canada, but "you couldn't see it until the glacier...
article London creates Indigenous working group - with no Indigenous members for now
(London) -- A former First Nations chief is praising London city councillors for working to strengthen the city's relationship with neighbouring Indigenous...
article This is how Big Weed charmed Alberta’s liquor stores
(Alberta) -- Two years ago, Alberta’s association of liquor stores wasn’t keen on weed. Many board members had negative perceptions of the drug and never...
article National Congress of American Indians looks forward to Tara Sweeney confirmation
(Washington D.C.) -- The National Congress of American Indians is looking forward to the "swift confirmation" of Tara Sweeney as the new leader of the Bureau...
article Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council refutes president's fraud allegations
(Montana) -- The Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council issued a response Wednesday to allegations of fraud in tribal government made by the tribe’s president, who the...
article $4 million donation to create new Native American center
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota State University President Barry Dunn announced a $4.1 million plan to support the Wokini Initiative, a program focused on increasing and...
article Counting the dead
(Arizona) -- Interactive exhibit at ASU Library explores toll of 1918 flu pandemic in Arizona, including the thousands of underreported Native deaths.
article Kalamazoo City Commission Votes in Indigenous Peoples’ Day – Columbus Day Out
(Michigan) -- After a long debate on Monday, October 16, 2017, the Kalamazoo City Comission voted unanimously to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day, instead of...
article Pine Ridge Immersions Program Creates Lakota Speakers
(South Dakota) -- Lakota is an original Native American language that elders on some South Dakota reservations speak today. There are efforts in a number of places...
article A Tribe Called Red co-founder Ian Campeau leaves group
(Ottawa) -- One of the founders of Juno-winning Indigenous electronic music group A Tribe Called Red announced Wednesday he's leaving. Ian Campeau, who performs as...
article A Mother’s Son
(Oklahoma) -- 214 days. That is how long it took for Mvskoke rap and hip-hop artist Sten Joddi to go from one of the worst days of his life to one of the best. On March...
article Six Nations’ Gary Farmer receives Native American Music Award Lifetime achievement award
(New York) -- Award winning Six Nations actor, and bluesman, Gary Farmer,has received a Lifetme Achievement award at the 17th Annual Native American Music Awards...
article Zapatista-Backed Indigenous Candidate Starts Mexican Campaign Tour
(Mexico) -- The Zapatistas announced in December 2016 their plans to elect a female candidate to represent the Indigenous community. Maria de Jesus Patricio Martinez,...
article Gord Downie remembered in 'the Paris of the Prairies'
(Saskatchewan) -- Even though fans of Gord Downie knew this day was coming, they still described the musician's death at 53 as a shock. Downie, the lead singer of...
article Indigenous leaders praise Gord Downie as friend, ally on reconciliation
(Ottawa) -- Aboriginal leaders praised Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie on Wednesday for showing the friendship required to heal the broken relationships between...
article National park in North Dakota to reduce bison herd
(North Dakota) -- A national park in North Dakota is reducing the size of its bison herd this week in a move that will benefit several Native American tribes. The...
article First Nations sign ‘historic’ plan to save caribou
(Quebec) -- Seven Indigenous Nations from Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador signed an “historic” caribou management plan to save two herds over two...
article Tired of waiting on government, Indigenous groups to protect Quebec caribou on their own
(Quebec) -- With caribou populations in Quebec in steep decline, seven Inuit and First Nations groups have signed a "historic" cooperative wildlife management...

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