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Bears Ears

article Native Americans prepare to battle Trump over Utah national monument
(Utah) -- When word came down on Dec. 28 that President Barack Obama had created a 1.35 million-acre national monument called Bears Ears, Jonah Yellowman celebrated. So...
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Dakota Access Pipeline

article Pipeline company reports 'physical attacks' along route as oil set to flow
(North Dakota) -- Recent “coordinated physical attacks” along the Dakota Access Pipeline route have posed threats to life, physical safety and the...
article US appeals court rejects emergency request to stop oil from flowing through Dakota Access pipeline
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Saturday rejected an emergency request [order, PDF] from two...
article Spiritual wounds from Dakota Access Pipeline protest won't soon heal
(North Dakota) -- The Dakota Access Pipeline protest started with Standing Rock Sioux tribal council concerns over leaks and water purity and involved spirituality and...
article Standing Rock warriors try to create a new environmental movement
(USA) -- It is snowing in Washington — strange in early March after an insanely warm winter, but nothing compared to the cold many of the activists and tribal...
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Enrollment

article Disenrollments could cost Nooksack tribe sovereignty
(Washington) -- The sovereignty of the Nooksack tribe is in jeopardy. This comes after the tribe kicked out about 15 percent of its members — members the tribe...
article Federal government may take over Nooksack tribe
(Washington) -- The federal government may have to take over the Nooksack tribe. The tribe kicked out nearly 300 people, but did it without a duly elected tribal council...
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Federal Recognition

article Kaine and Warner push for federal recognition for 6 Virginia tribes
(Virginia) -- On Tuesday, the 400th anniversary of the burial of Pocahontas, Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) will reintroduce a bill that would grant...
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Indian Children Welfare Act (ICWA)

article Federal judge throws out Arizona challenge to Indian Child Welfare Act
(Arizona) -- A judge has thrown out a challenge to a federal law that critics claim is racist because it places the desires and rights of Native American tribes over the...
article Federal Law Will Stand Despite Challenge That It Places Tribal Interest Over Children's Safety
(Arizona) -- A federal judge has thrown out a challenge to a nearly 40-year old law originally written to re-unite Native American children with tribal relatives. Two...
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LGBT News

article Osage Nation votes ‘yes’ for gay marriage
(Oklahoma) -- Shouts of joy and hugs were abundant after the results of the Osage Nation’s 2017 Special Election were announced. In a historic vote, Osages voted...
article Cherokee Tribal Member Wants Tribe To Vote On Same-Sex Marriage
(Oklahoma) -- Osage Nation voters approved to amend the tribe's definition of marriage from one-man-one-woman to "two persons." Now, the Cherokee Nation is...
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Mascot Issue

article Paw Paw keeps racist mascot, state ups ante
(Michigan) -- It almost causes me physical pain to say this, but the high school football team in Paw Paw, Mich., should be allowed to keep its racist mascot.
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Mining & Drilling

article Maine lawmakers to consider latest push to jumpstart mining
(Maine) -- Environmental and fishing groups that have opposed rules to jumpstart mining in the state are now backing efforts to strengthen existing laws and regulation....
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Missing Women Crisis

article Indigenous women’s inquiry, Ottawa locked in data dispute
(Ottawa) -- The federal Minister of Indigenous Affairs says her government has provided the names of hundreds of missing and murdered Indigenous women to the inquiry...
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Mohegan Tribe

article Agreement for former Norwich Hospital property to go to voters next month
(Connecticut) -- A purchase and sales agreement between the town and Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority for a plan to redevelop the former Norwich Hospital property will go...
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Residential Schools

article 'Nothing good' about residential school system, Anglican Church tells Senator Beyak
(Canada) -- Leaders of the Anglican Church of Canada have penned a strongly worded letter to Lynn Beyak, the Conservative senator who recently mounted a defence of the...
article 'Up to society' to make reconciliation reality: Senator Murray Sinclair
(Canada) -- While Canadian society is beginning to move towards reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the federal government still has a long way to go. That's...
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Seminole Tribe

article Former Seminole Tribe chairman Howard Tommie dies at 78
(Florida) -- Howard Tommie, who helped usher in a new age of self-sufficiency for the Seminole Tribe as its chairman in the 1970’s, died Friday in a car accident,...
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Supreme Court

article Supreme Court nominee fares well in review of Indian law record
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribes and their advocates have already praised U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and a new analysis reveals the strength of his Indian law...
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Swinomish Tribe

article Community marches to bring attention to addiction
(Washington) -- More than 100 people came together Monday and marched about three miles through the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community reservation to bring attention to...
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Trump & Tribes

article Donald Trump's 'beachead' teams still operating across federal agencies
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump has installed more than 400 officials in top positions across all federal agencies, including the Department of the Interior...
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Tulalip Tribe

article Tulalip Tribes members elect first woman-majority board
(Washington) -- For the second time in its history, the Tulalip Tribes will have a woman leading its board. On Saturday, the Tulalip Tribes membership voted in two new...
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Winnebago Tribe

article Little Priest Tribal College prepares students for career, preserves Winnebago tribe culture
(Iowa) -- The Little Priest Tribal College (LPTC) is a local public community college operating in the states of Nebraska and Iowa. LPTC serves all students from all...
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Other News

article Gravesend marks the life of Native American princess Pocahontas
(UK) -- A commemorative procession will celebrate the life of Native American princess Pocahontas who died in Gravesend 400 years ago. School children and artists have...
article Pocahontas's Heacham mulberry tree legend faces DNA test
(UK) -- She was famed as a colonial peacemaker - but now DNA analysis is to be used to test part of the 400-year-old legend when Pocahontas came to England.
article Will the real Pocahontas please stand up?
(USA) -- She is among the best known Native Americans in history, but the modern-day descendants of Pocahontas, who four centuries ago married an English colonist and...
article Court Turns Down Challenges To EPA For Coal-Fired Power Plant
(Arizona) -- A federal court has denied two legal challenges to federal clean-air regulators' plan for reducing haze by limiting emissions from the Navajo Generating...
article First Solar starts commercial operation of 250MW solar project in US
(Nevada) -- Photovoltaic (PV) manufacturer First Solar has commenced commercial operation on 250MW alternating current (AC) Moapa Southern Paiute project in Nevada, US.
article Native American agriculture continues to sustain pueblos
(New Mexico) -- Long before New Mexico was known for signature crops like green chile, for centuries one of the primary foods came on a cob. Corn not only helped pueblo...
article 'Drone Territory': B.C. First Nation hopes drone tourism will take flight
(British Columbia) -- A B.C. First Nation is trying to use Canada's new drone regulations to its advantage. Members of the Klahoose First Nation are hoping their...
article Selling rice to Japan? Minnesota tribes marketing wild rice to the world
(Minnesota) -- The Washington lobbyist for Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe flew this month to Japan with 10 pounds of wild rice, displaying them alongside offerings of salmon...
article Where did all the Sacagawea dollar coins go? In Ecuador, they’re everywhere
(Ecuador) -- Busy selling fruits and vegetables on a recent weekday, Luzmila Mita dug into her apron and pulled out a fistful of coins embossed with the image of a...
article Pallister to cycle 160 km to honour 200th anniversary of Selkirk Treaty
(Manitoba) -- Premier Brian Pallister plans to pedal thank-you letters on a three-day journey to mark the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Selkirk Treaty....
article Fond du Lac Band's retired human services director honored by UMD
(Minnesota) -- Early in Phil Norrgard's career as director of human services for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, a locally-compiled cookbook was sold to...
article Indigenous man wins human rights settlement after jail denied request to practise spirituality
(New Brunswick) -- The Department of Justice and Public Safety and its jail in Shediac have apologized to a former Indigenous inmate who was denied access to traditional...
article Vancouver law firm seeks legal grounding of unwritten Indigenous laws
(British Columbia) -- A Vancouver law firm is trying to give unwritten Indigenous laws more legal sway. The project, spearheaded by West Coast Environmental Law,...
article Reservation crime would nearly double South Dakota stats
(South Dakota) -- The 2016 crime report was released by the South Dakota Attorney General’s office Monday, revealing some interesting trends. While violent crimes...
article For Nisqually tribe, a house that’s more than a home
(Washington) -- It’s a three-bedroom, 1,506-square-foot new construction rambler on the Nisqually Indian Reservation. And, oh, it’s so much more than that....
article Budget cuts target after-school programs, aid to Native schools and teacher development
(Nebraska) -- A group of fifth- through eighth-graders spent the tail end of spring break at Goodrich Middle School puzzling through the engineering, mathematical and...
article Calgary university celebrates storied history of indigenous education
(Calgary) -- The Iniskim Centre is turning 10. The centre, whose name reflects the inii (buffalo), offers programs and services for indigenous students at Mount Royal...
article Canada's $1M teacher on how she won and what she'll do with the money
(Canada) -- Maggie MacDonnell has travelled the globe working as a teacher, with stints in Botswana, Tanzania and Congo. But it was her seven-year experience in Salluit...
article Maple sugar harvest part art, part science
(Saskatoon) -- Lee-Ann Ketchemonia says tapping a maple tree is part art, part science. Ketchemonia is one of the finalists in a provincial science fair for First...
article A non-Indigenous reporter's first sacred pipe ceremony
(North Canada) -- There was something different about the tobacco that burned at the sacred pipe ceremony in Dettah, N.W.T., this weekend. It was poignant and everywhere...
article Bev Sellars on reclaiming Canada's Indigenous history
(Canada) -- Award-winning author Bev Sellars is a survivor of the residential school system. Her 2013 memoir, They Called Me Number One, tells the chilling details of...
article BOOK: Former Minnesotan’s new book shares lessons from Native American life
(Minnesota) -- In these anxious times, we’re all looking for some peace and spiritual comfort. So let’s begin with Kent Nerburn’s newest journey into...
article Broken Treaties: An Oral History Tracing Oregon's Native Population
(Oregon) -- “We have been here since time began,” Don Ivy, chief of the Coquille Indian Tribe, said. “We have been here since the first human got here...
article How To Respectfully Dispose Of An Old Totem Pole
(Washington) -- How do you dispose of an old totem pole? Fortunately, this is not a problem we regularly face. But a tall totem gifted by Seattle to its sister city in...
article NMU traditional pow wow offers opportunity to share Native American heritage
(Michigan) -- This weekend the Northern Michigan University Native American Student Association continued a long standing tradition, with their 24th annual "...
article Setauket’s Mixed Heritage Community Seeks National Recognition
(New York) -- The Bethel AME Church in Setauket was built more than 150 years ago next to land the town designated as a “negro burial ground.” The community around the...
article Halifax church changing name due to namesake's treatment of Indigenous people
(Nova Scotia) -- The Cornwallis Street Baptist Church will change its name because Halifax founder Edward Cornwallis was an "oppressor of our First Nations brothers...
article Connecting Art And Culture: Native American Artists In Oregon
(Oregon) -- In its 17 years, “Oregon Art Beat” has traveled everywhere — from Salem to Pendleton, from Vancouver to Burns — to profile some of...
article This interactive exhibit is turning Mi'kmaq language lessons into art
(Newfoundland) -- St. John's locals are getting a Mi'kmaq language lesson — all with the help of text messaging. The Eastern Edge Gallery in downtown St....
article ‘Longmire’ set to begin filming final season
(New Mexico) -- Longmire is all set to saddle up for its sixth and final season. The fan-favorite neo-Western series, which has called Northern New Mexico home since...
article ‘Rez Life’ exhibit opens in Port Angeles on Tuesday
(Washington) -- The Elwha Klallam Heritage Center will host an open house and presentation featuring photographer Jeff Ferguson and his exhibit “Rez Life: A Glimpse Into...
article Healing power of pow wow
(Michigan) -- Alexis Syrette came to Central Michigan University because of its relationship with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. The Mishawaka, Indiana sophomore...
article Local Historians: Native American Story Will Not be Left Out of Tricentennial
(Texas) -- Plans are taking shape to make San Antonio’s approaching Tricentennial a year of nonstop cultural celebrations. Drawing from 300 years of history, organizers...
article Northwest Tribes Say Salmon Recovery Is Requirement Based On Treaty Rights
(Idaho) -- The state of the salmon population in Idaho’s Snake River was the topic of a passionate discussion during a conference hosted by members of Idaho’...
article CSKT Plans Public Meetings On Aquatic Invasive Species Threats
(Montana) -- Even one confirmed detection of quagga or zebra mussels could have devastating economic and environmental consequence for the Flathead Reservation. The...
article DNA research offers new date for bison migration to North America
(Montana) -- The ancestors of Yellowstone National Park’s bison migrated to North America much later than previously believed, according to newly published research. “...
article Organized sport bringing Indigenous students back to school in northern Alberta
(Alberta) -- When Danielle Cardinal started at the reserve school at Peerless Lake First Nation, she rarely stayed late. Now, as she finishes Grade 12, the 19-year-old...

3/19/2017

article Next steps in the battle against the Dakota Access and Keystone pipelines
(Washington D.C.) -- Last week in Washington, DC, members of American Indian tribes and their supporters demonstrated against the construction of the Dakota Access...
article Oil Could Flow in Dakota Access Pipeline as Early as Monday
(North Dakota) -- Oil could be flowing through the embattled Dakota Access pipeline as early as Monday as a U.S. appeals court shut down a request Saturday from a Native...
article Trump 2018 Budget Would Cut Needed Services to Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- While seeking to increase the defense by $54 billion, the Trump administration sent a budget to Congress this past week that recommends a 12 percent...
article Concerns remain over Swinomish boundaries
(Washington) -- For more than 140 years, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community has felt it was shortchanged when the boundaries of the tribe’s reservation were set...
article Officials mark completion of tribal land solar power plant
(Las Vegas) -- Elected officials and tribal leaders helped Friday to power up a sun-to-electricity array that, in 2012, was the first utility-scale power production...
article EXPLORING THE TRIBAL ADVANTAGE: How non-tribal companies can benefit from working with West Michigan tribes
(Michigan) -- Because Native American tribes are sovereign nations, they’re tax-exempt and have their own statutes and regulations, although they must follow...
article Former Seminole Tribe chairman Howard Tommie dies at 78
(Florida) -- Howard Tommie, who helped usher in a new age of self-sufficiency for the Seminole Tribe as its chairman in the 1970’s, died Friday in a car accident,...
article Sister of Fallen Navajo Police Officer Remembers Her ‘Baby Brother’
(New Mexico) -- Tamarra Largo described her baby brother, Houston James Largo, 27, the only way a protective and loving big sister would. “I clearly remember the...
article New domestic violence hotline starts service
(New Mexico) -- A new nationwide crisis hotline is using culturally appropriate responses to help Native Americans affected by domestic violence and dating violence.
article Largest Study of American Indian Students Shows Mixed Results
(USA) -- The good news is that Alaska Native and American Indian students’ scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) held steady from 2005...
article Hawaiian Language Revival Used as Model for Other Indigenous Languages
(Hawaii) -- Advocates of endangered languages gathered at the University of Hawaii at Manoa this month for the fifth International Conference on Language Documentation...
article These are just 8 of the Native women you should have learned about in history class
(USA) -- Anyone who follows the No DAPL movement realizes Native women make history. Anna Lee Rain Yellowhammer — a 13-year-old member of the Standing Rock Sioux...
article John Trudell and Jim Northrup Share Posthumous Honor
(USA) -- The Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas has announced that its 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award will be shared by two Native poets, John Trudell and Jim...
article Indigenous Bolivians have some of the healthiest hearts
(UK) -- Deep in the Bolivian Amazon lives a group of indigenous people who spend their days hunting and farming. Researchers say this may be partly why they have some of...
article Yellowstone & Montana are Killing the Last Wild Buffalo
(Montana) -- More than 1,200 of America’s last wild buffalo have been killed this winter, and it isn’t over yet. Hunting along Yellowstone’s boundaries...
article Colten Boushie’s mother fears property-defence resolution will stoke racial tensions
(Saskatchewan) -- The mother of a young man killed on a Saskatchewan farm said she fears recent political developments threaten to escalate racial tension in the...

3/18/2017

article Judge upholds tribal rights in adoptions
(Arizona) -- A federal judge has thrown out a bid to void federal laws that challengers claim is racist because it places the desires and rights of Native American...
article A Federal Appeals Court Won’t Block The Dakota Access Pipeline As It Nears Completion
(Washington) -- A federal appeals court on Saturday rejected a last-minute request to block the Dakota Access Pipeline, just a few days before the company building it...
article Out of Standing Rock, the Birth of a New Environmental Movement
(Washington D.C.) -- It is snowing in Washington — strange in early March after an insanely warm winter, but nothing compared to the cold many of the activists and...
article Utility pulls plug on Moapa coal-fired plant
(Nevada) -- Environmental advocates and members of an Indian tribe who live nearby hailed the closure Thursday of an embattled coal-fired NV Energy power plant 40 miles...
article Disenrollments could put Nooksack tribal sovereignty in jeopardy
(Washington) -- The sovereignty of the Nooksack tribe is in jeopardy.This comes after the tribe kicked out about 15 percent of its members — members the tribe says...
article Pressure builds as missing, murdered Indigenous women inquiry prepares public hearings
(Ontario) -- More details were released this week about how the national inquiry into Canada's missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls will proceed, but some...
article Bigstone Cree Nation monitor traffic entering community in dispute with oil companies
(Alberta) -- The Bigstone Cree Nation has set a toll station on the highway into community of Wabasca-Desmarais in an effort to control entry. The First Nation is...
article EPA reimburses another $90,000 for Gold King Mine spill costs
(Colorado) -- More than $90,000 in additional reimbursements for costs associated with the Gold King Mine spill in 2015 was awarded to five entities in Colorado and Utah...
article Predator Bloodbath: ‘Secretive’ Federal Agency Wildlife Services Kills 1.6 Million Native Animals in 2016
(Washington D.C.) -- Wildlife Services (WS), a little-known wildlife-killing program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health...
article Tribal group says elimination of Bears Ears would be tragic
(Utah) -- Members of a newly formed tribal advisory commission for the Bears Ears National Monument reminded Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in a letter Friday that his...
article First Nations in Alberta 'encouraged' province will spend $100M on safe drinking water
(Alberta) -- Some kids growing up at the Frog Lake First Nations don't know what it's like to grab a glass and fill it with clean drinking water from their taps...
article Tsuut’ina Nation tells Calgary to take its dam somewhere else
(Alberta) -- In 2013, thousands of Calgarians were displaced, and hundreds of homes damaged in what was called the most destructive flood in the history of Alberta. Now...
article The million-dollar market for Seattle's Native American legacy
(Washington) -- Traces of Seattle’s Native American heritage are everywhere, from the Seahawks logo to totem poles at the Pike Place Market. After all, Seattle is...
article Death of tribal officer highlights dangers to policing vast Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- The first time Houston Largo faced deadly gunfire as a Navajo police officer, he and other tribal police had swarmed a patch of desert near the Chuska...
article Audit: Manitoba chiefs organization used training, child care dollars to cover debts
(Manitoba) -- A Manitoba chiefs organization representing some of the poorest First Nations in the country used over $1 million in training and child care funds destined...
article Oklahoma Brags About American Indian Students
(Oklahoma) -- On March 7, the Oklahoma Department of Education put out a press release crowing about its American Indian students and the results of the 2015 National...
article Eccentric Millionaire Returns Manhattan Building To American Indians
(New York) -- Jean-Louis Goldwater Bourgeois plans to return his small part of Manhattan to the Lenape Indians by transforming the building into prayer house.
article OPB documentary features Klamath tribal history
(Oregon) -- There are many tragic events recorded in history books about the Wild West’s mistreatment of Native American tribes from the Trail of Tears to Wounded...

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