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Bears Ears

article Beyond Division: American Indians Unite to Create Bears Ears
(Utah) -- Sitting on the ground, in a grass clearing surrounded by ponderosa pines, in the shadow of the Bears Ears butte, Angelo Baca speaks first of his grandmother....
article Check out the new book of Native American voices about Bears Ears
(Utah) -- An important new collection of Native American writers essaying the cultural significance of Utah's Bears Ears landscape will be launched with two Utah...
article LA TIMES: Shrinking Utah's Bears Ears National Monument would be one more broken promise to Native Americans
(Utah) -- Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke plans to advise President Trump to shrink Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument to a scatter of isolated sites. The...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Fighting Sioux

article Port: That Supreme Court ruling won’t change a thing with the Fighting Sioux nickname controversy
(North Dakota) -- The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling today regarding offensive trademarks, and now some supporters of the University of North Dakota’s retired...
article UND says trademark case doesn't relate to former nickname
(North Dakota) -- A man who is helping lead a social media campaign in support of the University of North Dakota's retired Fighting Sioux nickname says a U.S....
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Land Issues

article Rappahannock Tribe Regains Land at Fones Cliffs
(Virginia) -- You've likely have heard the story of Captain John Smith's famous encounter with the Rappahannock Tribe. While exploring the Rappahannock River,...
1 Article on this Issue

LGBTQ

article What being two-spirit means to Indigenous elder Ma-Nee Chacaby
(Canada) -- Ma-Nee Chacaby is a two-spirit Ojibwa-Cree elder. She uses the term "two-spirit" to mean she carries both a male and a female spirit inside. Even...
1 Article on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Interior head says public lands can make U.S. a "dominant" oil power
(Washington D.C.) -- Boosting drilling and mining on America's protected federal lands can help the United States become not just independent, but "dominant...
1 Article on this Issue

MMIWG

article 'It needs to stop': Rally draws attention to negative stereotypes of missing and murdered men
(Manitoba) -- A vigil was held in Winnipeg today to remember a some of the missing and murdered who are often forgotten or shut out: men. Laura Lafrance helped organize...
article 'A long time coming': Highway of Tears gets 2 new bus routes
(British Columbia) -- More than a decade after First Nations along northern B.C.'s so-called Highway of Tears began pleading for reliable public transportation, two...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Native Voices

article TRAHANT: Republicans write health reform bill behind closed doors
(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...
1 Article on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Another costly Navajo housing project: $447K modular homes
(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 Coal plant’s possible closure spurs Grand Canyon tram debate
(Arizona) -- The impending closure of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation could lend momentum to a project being considered by tribal leaders to build a tram...
article Navajo Generating Station Owners Deny Deadline Extension
(Arizona) -- The owners of a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona have rejected the Navajo Nation's request for a 30-day extension of a July 1 deadline for the...
article New Farmington American Indian Ambassador selected
(New Mexico) -- This year's Farmington American Indian ambassador is the first male to win the title since the contest revised its eligibility for applicants....
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Pinoleville

article Pinoleville tribe sued over failed Hopland restaurant, bar
(California) -- The former owner of the historic Hopland Inn in Mendocino County is suing the Pinoleville Pomo tribe, its chairwoman and its former business consultant,...
1 Article on this Issue

Redskins

article Advocates to fight Redskins’ name, despite court ruling in similar case
(Washington D.C.) -- Native American advocates vowed Monday to continue their fight against the “racist” name of the Washington Redskins, after the U.S....
article Criticized Team Names Get a Legal Lift, but the Price Could Be High
(Washington D.C.) -- A decision by the United States Supreme Court on Monday that could help the Washington Redskins secure legal protections for its nickname, long a...
article Justices say law on offensive trademarks is unconstitutional
(Washington D.C.) -- The Supreme Court on Monday struck down part of a law that bans offensive trademarks, ruling in favor of an Asian-American rock band called the...
article Justices Strike Down Law Banning Disparaging Trademarks
(Washington D.C.) -- In a decision likely to bolster the Washington Redskins’ efforts to protect their trademarks, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the...
article Supreme Court Ruling Is Great For Washington Redskins In Trademark Battle
(Washington D.C.) -- The law used by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to prevent the Washington Redskins from registering trademarks in and relating to the word...
article AIM co-founder blasts decision that protects "Redskins" nickname
(North Dakota) -- A co-founder of the American Indian Movement says he's disappointed in the U.S. Supreme Court for ruling that that the government cannot refuse to...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Residential Schools

article Sask. First Nations skateboard designer collaborates with artist Kent Monkman on new series
(Saskatchewan) -- Micheal Langan has made a business out of educating people about colonialism in Canada. Recently, the founder of Colonialism Skateboards, based in...
1 Article on this Issue

Sherman Alexie

article REVIEW: Sherman Alexie’s brave new memoir delves into his childhood
(Washington) -- “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” tells of the author’s youth on the Spokane Indian Reservation. His mother, Lillian, was at...
1 Article on this Issue

Soboba Band

article Soboba tribe files complaint against Sheriff’s Department over search
(California) -- The Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians has filed a federal complaint against the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department over the handling of the...
1 Article on this Issue

Suicide

article Commons committee issues Indigenous suicide study with 28 recommendations
(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
(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,...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Voter Suppression

article Justices to Hear Major Challenge to Partisan Gerrymandering
(Washington D.C.) -- The Supreme Court announced on Monday that it would consider whether partisan gerrymandering violates the Constitution, potentially setting the...
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Other News

article Secretary Zinke shuffles top Indian Affairs officials at Interior Department
(Washington D.C.) -- The three highest-ranking Indian Affairs officials at the Department of the Interior are being reassigned. Mike Black, the acting Assistant...
article Native Americans Call For Rethink of Bering Strait Theory
(USA) -- It’s one of the most contentious debates in anthropology today: Where did America’s first peoples come from — and when? The general scientific...
article Native journalist aims to cover undertold stories
(South Dakota) -- Radio anchor and producer Antonia Gonzales has featured countless indigenous people on her program, National Native News, and the issues she has...
article Human Rights Watch wants special unit to look at alleged Sask. police violence against Indigenous women
(Saskatchewan) -- Human Rights Watch is calling for the creation of a special investigative unit to look at allegations of violence by police in Saskatchewan. During...
article Report submitted to Ottawa highlights police abuse against Indigenous women
(Ottawa) -- Degrading strip searches and groping by male officers. Slamming a woman’s head on the sidewalk during an arrest. Unwillingness to report crimes due to...
article Governor General apologizes for saying Indigenous people were immigrants
(Canada) -- In a ceremony honouring leadership on Indigenous issues at Rideau Hall, Gov. Gen. David Johnston has apologized for calling Indigenous people immigrants to...
article Fort William First Nation in talks for new bridge over Kam River, says chief
(Ontario) -- The chief of Fort William First Nation says it will likely be years before a new bridge is built over the Kaministiquia River, between Thunder Bay and the...
article Rick Perry just denied that humans are the main cause of climate change
(Washington D.C.) -- Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Monday denied that man-made carbon dioxide emissions are the primary cause of climate change. Asked in an interview...
article Pioneering Machias lawyer, tribal judge wins Glassman award
(Maine) -- When she graduated from law school in Montana in 1979, Rebecca Irving and her husband wanted to live on the ocean. The West Coast was out of the young couple’...
article Prosecutor recognized for work on tribal homicide cases
(Iowa) -- An assistant United States attorney who prosecuted two homicides on the Meskwaki settlement has received special recognition.
article 'I just started hating myself': Young people dying as stigma, misunderstanding prevent HIV treatment
(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 A College Built for Canadian Settlers Envisions an Indigenous Future
(Saskatchewan) -- On a recent brilliant morning, the University of Saskatchewan transformed its college green into a powwow arena, with white canvas tepees, drum circles...
article Bill would allow cultural regalia at graduations
(California) -- Rebekah Israel said she had waited years for the moment when she would receive her high school diploma while wearing an eagle feather, a power symbol...
article 'A core part of our identity': Indigenous language law targeted for 2018
(North Canada) -- Inuit, First Nations and Métis organizations are taking the next step toward protecting Indigenous languages in Canada, as they work alongside the...
article Blackfoot-based teachings help Alberta women fleeing violence
(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 Giant eagle feathers mark tribe's Famine help
(Ireland) -- The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma were on hand at the unveiling of the 'Kindred Spirits' sculpture in Cork. It commemorates a donation made by the...
article Smithsonian representatives wrap up information meetings for Native veterans memorial
(Alaska) -- In 2013, Congress authorized the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian to establish a national veterans memorial for Natives. The Alaska...
article The Places We Called Home: Tribal elder sisters are close, but far apart
(Montana) -- Though sisters Marilyn Aubertin and Pat McKinney live in driving distance here approximately 280 miles away from the Colville Reservation, the tribal elders...
article A Tribe Called Red 2017 MMVAs: Group Gives Shout-Out To 'Black, Brown, Immigrant, Indigenous Kids'
(Toronto) -- There were plenty of bright young things at the 2017 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards Sunday night, but none arguably shone as brightly as A Tribe Called...
article After Standing Rock Protest, B. Yellowtail Brings Style With Indigenous Angle to L.A.
(California) -- The protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation captured the attention of the world in 2016, and designer Bethany...
article Exhibit gathers 350 works by Leekya family of Zuni Pueblo
(New Mexico) -- The bear tilts its head and grins, revealing a tiny tongue behind a dental gate. The handwork of the founding father of Zuni fetish carving, the quirky...
article Public art reminds us of Native Americans’ rich and troubled history
(South Carolina) -- Last month, in a ceremony punctuated by Native American dance and song, Greenville Water dedicated Prospect Green, a new park at the corner of West...
article This Former TV Writer Is Blazing A New Trail As A Street Artist
(California) -- Steven Paul Judd is blazing a new trail for Native American artists. After working as a TV writer in Los Angeles, he set out on a path to make art that...
article 'You had no choice': Indigenous Manitobans shed light on exploitative farm labour program that ran for decades
(Manitoba) -- Survivors of a little-known work scheme that saw Indigenous Manitobans forced onto farms and into hard labour are now speaking out about yet another...
article Pow wow carries powerful message of Native American art, influence
(New Jersey) -- Raritan, Ramapo, Watchung -- all are familiar New Jersey sites, yet many in the state know little about their histories. On Sunday, the Redhawk Native...
article Peru’s Ticuna Indians Trying to Free Selves from Amazonia Drug Trafficking
(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 Selkirk First Nation takes bigger role in Yukon salmon management
(North Canada) -- Traditional knowledge and community involvement are essential for managing chinook salmon, says a fisheries and wildlife officer with the Selkirk First...
article Activist Lehman Brightman, who taught and made history, has died
(California) -- Lehman L. Brightman, a proud member of the Sioux tribe, activist and longtime East Bay college history professor who rebelled against the U.S. government...
article Artifacts of a life: Onita Osborn passed away in June after a life of travel and sharing her American Indian culture
(Minnesota) -- Sharon Osborn walked through her mother’s old bedroom, gesturing at the walls of framed photographs: family holidays, graduation photos, kids...

6/17/2017

article Arizona court rules against tribe in girl's adoption
(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 Judge orders additional environmental review of Dakota Access pipeline. But will it stop oil from flowing?
(North Dakota) -- In a decision the Standing Rock Sioux and its supporters lauded as a potential turning point, a federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to...
article Native American adoptions
(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 The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Achieve an Important Win in Federal Court
(North Dakota) -- The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has picked up support in federal court following a ruling last Wednesday by Federal Judge James Boasberg. Boasberg has...
article Susan La Flesche Picotte: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
(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 Coal plant's possible closure spurs Grand Canyon tram debate
(Arizona) -- The impending closure of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation could lend momentum to a project being considered by tribal leaders to build a tram...
article Navajo Generating Station owners deny deadline extension
(Arizona) -- The owners of a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona have rejected the Navajo Nation's request for a 30-day extension of a July 1 deadline for the...
article The U.N. Is Moving To Make Cultural Appropriation Not Just Offensive, But Illegal
(Switzerland) -- United Nations delegates are finally addressing an issue that has been pushed by indigenous groups since 2001: cultural appropriation. 189 countries are...
article If Bears Ears monument gets smaller, oil and gas operators are poised to push for drilling rights
(Utah) -- In making their case for rescinding Bears Ears National Monument, Utah officials have downplayed the potential for oil and gas development on the lands that...
article Akwesasne woman facing felony charge for allegedly threatening St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, Tribal Council
(New York) -- A 60-year-old Akwesasne woman is facing a felony charge for allegedly making threats against the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe and the Tribal Council. Desiree R....
article Sculpture marks Choctaw generosity to Irish famine victims
(Ireland) -- Native American Choctaw leaders have arrived in Ireland to unveil a sculpture celebrating the financial contribution made by the tribe to starving Irish...
article Climate Change Is Shrinking the Colorado River
(Colorado) -- The nation’s two largest reservoirs, Lake Mead on the Arizona/Nevada border and Lake Powell on the Arizona/Utah border, were brim full in the year...
article Blanding, Ute tribe debate uranium mill
(Utah) -- A lively public hearing regarding a license renewal for the controversial White Mesa uranium mill drew supporters and detractors Thursday on the University of...
article Bismarck leaders tackle unbalanced treatment of Native American youth
(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 Colville Tribe expels council member
(Washington) -- The governing council for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation on Thursday expelled one of its 14 members, citing a violation of...
article OP/ED: No Thanks, Trump: Southern Arizona standing against proposed border wall
(Arizona) -- Few places in the country interact with Mexico as much as Southern Arizona, and several of the region's jurisdictions have taken a collective stand...
article Native American Mental Health ‘Starts With Us,’ Says Suicide Prevention Advocate
(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 Honorees selected for Native American Hall of Honor
(North Dakota) -- The North Dakota Native American Hall of Honor Committee, comprised of tribal representatives from each of the five federally recognized tribes of...
article Illinois first traditional Native American wedding in years
(Illinois) -- A first for the state of Illinois - for a happy reason. A couple celebrated a traditional Cherokee wedding ceremony for the first time in the modern day -...
article Springtown teacher introduces Native American culture
(Texas) -- Thursday morning, as the buses pulled into the parking lot of Goshen Creek Elementary, students in the Summer Enrichment Program were astonished to see an 18-...
article Tribe honors organizations with Community Impact Awards
(Oklahoma) -- Nearly 500 representatives of the 24 at-large and 136 in-jurisdiction Cherokee organizations traveled to Tulsa for the Cherokee Nation's 13th Annual...
article Who was Princess White Deer?
(New Jersey) -- She lived to be 100, and on her 100th birthday, received a phone call from President George H.W. Bush. In her day, she was famous in vaudeville,...
article More bones unearthed in Duluth days after state apologizes for desecrating Indian graves
(Minnesota) -- More human remains have been found at a Duluth road construction site, a week after work was stopped and a day after state transportation officials...
article Kiana Lodge Draws Both Guests Seeking a Puget Sound Retreat & Twin Peaks Fans
(Washington) -- Kiana Lodge is a beautiful timber building on a secluded strip of pebble beach on Washington State’s Kitsap Peninsula. The pine-covered islet juts...
article Ghost Adventures makes controversial trip to Skinwalker Canyon in the Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- This week on Ghost Adventures, Zak Bagans and the team head to Navajo Nation lands where they investigate Ojo Amarillo, also known as Skinwalker Canyon. Ojo...
article Bronson Koenig Works Out with L.A. Clippers and Houston Rockets, Lakers to follow
(Wisconsin) -- Over a four-year college basketball career, Ho-Chunk point guard Bronson Koenig became one of the most decorated players in Wisconsin Badgers basketball...

6/16/2017

article America Spent Centuries Mistreating Native American Children. Trump Is Making It Worse.
(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 Dakota pipeline protesters won a small victory in court. We must fight on
(USA) -- The fight against Energy Transfer Partners’ Dakota Access pipeline was supposed to be consigned to the annals of history by now – at least if Donald...
article Activists claim Dakota Access Pipeline's permit invalid in Iowa, request halt of oil shipments
(Iowa) -- Two environmental groups are asking Iowa utility regulators to halt the flow of oil on the Dakota Access Pipeline in response to a federal judge's ruling...
article 4th staffer leaves MMIWG inquiry commission amid calls for reform
(Canada) -- The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls lost its fourth staffer this week, CBC News has learned.
article Interior Secretary Zinke Threatens Safety of Bears Ears National Monument
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke, is recommending the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah be slashed and redistributed following an...
article Zinke moving dozens of senior Interior Department officials in shake-up
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is reassigning dozens of top career officials within his ranks, a shake-up that appears to be the start of a broad...
article Senators Demand Fixes on Failing BIA, BIE, IHS
(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”
(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...
article Trump nominee for key appeals court seen as favorable to tribal interests
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump is slowly filling open seats on courts across the nation and one of his picks has an important link to Indian Country.
article Controversial mascots impact on students in the U.P.
(Michigan) -- While they are a sense of identity and home pride for some students, for others they are remarkably offensive and in poor taste. “Groups of people do...
article Arizona Supreme Court Clears Way For Adoption of American Indian Child by Non-Native Parents
(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 'I've never seen anything like this': First Nation still reeling from 'racist' note
(New Brunswick) -- Chief George Ginnish of the Natoaganeg First Nation says the band council will meet with Horizon Health officials about a Miramichi doctor who posted...
article Coffee outlet's Canada 150 message adds reminder about Indigenous history
(Nova Scotia) -- A Nova Scotia coffee co-operative is getting attention from coast to coast to coast for its message about Canada's Indigenous history.
article In Minnesota, Listening to Native Perspectives on Memorializing the Dakota War
(Minnesota) -- In 1990, Cheyenne and Arapaho artist Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds installed a public installation along the Mississippi River on the east side of...
article Minister says damages for 60’s Scoop will be dealt with on case by case basis
(Ontario) -- Canada’s Minister of Indigenous Affairs Carolyn Bennett told the House of Commons Thursday that the damages awarded to Ontario 60’s scoop...
article Ryan McMahon's 12-step guide to decolonization: why land matters
(Canada) -- Paramount in the conversation about decolonization in Canada is LAND. There will be no reconciliation without land. Decolonization isn't possible without...
article Ghost Adventures Host Zak Bagans on Latest Navajo ‘Skinwalker Canyon’ Episode
(New Mexico) -- Zak Bagans is the lead investigator and co-founder of the “Ghost Adventures Crew,” one of the largest worldwide networks of professional...
article Inside Colombia's Public Beauty Pageant for Indigenous Trans Women [video]
(Colombia) -- "In this episode of Miscellania, our colleagues over at Vice Colombia explore the indigenous queer community at an Amazonian beauty pageant."

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