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Allergan Patent

article Drug company hands patents off to Native American tribe to avoid challenge
(New York) -- A drug company has found a novel way to avoid challenges to some of its most prized patents: handing them off to a Native American tribe for safe-keeping....
article Mylan attacks Allergan over its Mohawk-allied patent strategy — but the CEO is sticking to his guns
(New York) -- Mylan didn’t wait long before challenging Allergan’s bid to safeguard its patents for its blockbuster eye drug Restasis by flipping the rights...
article Tech entity has tribal patent deal similar to Allergan's
(New York) -- The Native American tribe that agreed to hold patents for the drug company Allergan Plc in an attempt to shield them from U.S. administrative review is...
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Cherokee Nation

article Cherokee Nation honors veterans in September
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation honored three U.S. Navy veterans with the Medal of Patriotism at the September Tribal Council meeting on Monday.
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Chukchansi

article Painting Chukchansi history in the Fresno Flats museum
(California) -- Shonna Alexander’s love of drawing and expressing herself through art began with her fascination of the stories artists were able to convey through...
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Columbus/Indigenous Day

article Native American Group Wants Christopher Columbus Statue in Lancaster Removed
(Pennsylvania) -- An American Indian group wants a Pennsylvania county to remove a statue of Christopher Columbus near its courthouse. The Lancaster County Chapter of...
article Orono council votes to swap Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day
(Maine) -- Orono town councilors Monday night unanimously voted to observe Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of Columbus Day, becoming the third Maine community to...
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Dakota Access Pipeline

article 'Not invisible anymore': Standing Rock a year after pipeline protests
(North Dakota) -- A year ago, protest camps near North Dakota's Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation swelled with thousands of people intent on stopping the Dakota...
article Red Fawn Fallis trial moved to Fargo
(North Dakota) -- Red Fawn Fallis will proceed to trial in December, but not in Bismarck. The Dakota Access Pipeline protester accused of shooting at officers will go to...
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Eastern Band of Cherokee

article Incumbents ousted in Tribal Council elections
(North Carolina) -- Cherokee voters delivered a clear message to the sitting Tribal Council when they cast their votes in the General Election Thursday, Sept. 7 —...
article ‘Maybe we can start over’: Desire for change drives Cherokee voters
(North Carolina) -- If Election Day interviews conducted with Cherokee voters swinging by Food Lion the afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 7, are any indication, anti-...
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Federal Recognition

article Federal recognition bill for six tribes in Virginia inches another step forward
(Washington D.C.) -- It's been more than two decades since Congress passed a stand-alone federal recognition bill but six tribes in Virginia are hoping to turn the...
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First Nations

article MORON ALERT: Sen. Lynn Beyak says First Nations should give up status cards
(Canada) -- After vowing to the take the summer months to meet with Indigenous peoples after a series of controversial remarks, Conservative Sen. Lynn Beyak says she now...
article Nothing for Indigenous people in Canada to celebrate on 10th anniversary of UN rights declaration
(Canada) -- Ten years ago this week — on Sept. 13, 2007, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the UN's General...
article Where does Canada sit 10 years after the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples?
(Canada) -- It's been 10 years since the world's Indigenous Peoples celebrated the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples...
article OP/ED: Trudeau's promise of a renewed relationship with Indigenous Peoples seems to be all talk
(Ottawa) -- The seemingly never-ending string of transgressions from a government that's supposed to be resetting its relationship with First Nations, Inuit and...
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Land Issues

article Bolsa Chica Land Trust marks 25th anniversary while fighting to preserve Native American site
(California) -- As the Bolsa Chica Land Trust celebrates its 25th anniversary this weekend, the group is focusing on acquiring 11 acres of developer-owned property on...
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Marijuana & Hemp

article Yerington Paiute Tribe has plans for marijuana dispensary
(Nevada) -- The Yerington Paiute Tribe has asked the city of Yerington and Lyon County to enter into a compact to open a medical marijuana dispensary within city limits...
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Mining & Drilling

article Native Youth “Paddle to Protect” Minnesota’s Water from Another Enbridge Pipeline
(Minnesota) -- On Aug. 12, a group of six indigenous teenagers and four adults from different tribes in Canada and the United States met at the headwaters of the...
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Narragansett Tribe

article Judge tosses Narragansett Indian Tribe lawsuit over DOT viaduct
(Rhode Island) -- A federal judge this week dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Narragansett Indian Tribe that accused the state of reneging on an agreement to transfer...
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Native Voices

article TRAHANT: Sen. Sanders prepares bill to fully fund the Indian Health Service
(Washington D.C.) -- Bernie Sanders is expected to introduce his version of health care reform, a plan he calls “Medicare for all.” At least fifteen...
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Navajo Nation

article Family searching for missing Navajo woman
(Arizona) -- The mother of 26-year-old Katczinzki Ariel Begay, also known as "Kat", is pleading with the public to call authorities if they think they may have...
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Payday Loans

article $2B Payday-Loan Hustle Hid Behind Tribes, Gov't Says [sub req]
(New York) -- Federal prosecutors went to trial Tuesday in Manhattan federal court against a racecar driver and a lawyer who allegedly stole $2 billion from consumers in...
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Residential Schools

article Residential school survivors share paintings, stories at the Canadian Museum of History
(Quebec) -- Jeff Cook spent 13 years of his childhood at the Alberni Indian Residential School on Vancouver Island. He says he doesn't share much about the time he...
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Saginaw Chippewa

article Tawas Lake land purchase deemed culturally significant for Chippewa
(Michigan) -- In what he referred to as a huge win for the tribe, Erik Rodriguez said the recent purchase of property on Tawas Lake by the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe...
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Trump Adminstration

article Interior’s ‘unusual’ transfer of senior executives spurs official probe
(Washington D.C.) -- It doesn’t smell right, so maybe an official probe will tell if it’s rotten. The Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General...
press release Secretary Zinke Names John Tahsuda III the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced that he has named John Tahsuda III, a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, as DOI’...
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Water Issues

article Senators introduce Hualapai Tribe Water Rights
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) introduced S.1770, The Hualapai Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act to settle the water...
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Whiteclay

article Girl, 6, killed in third alcohol-related crash since Whiteclay beer stores closed
(Nebraska) -- A 6-year-old girl died last weekend in the third alcohol-related fatal crash south of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation since beer sales ended in Whiteclay...
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Other News

article Point Edward sod turning celebrates Mi’kmaq role in proposed terminal
(Nova Scotia) -- The power of positive thinking was on display during a sod turning Wednesday at what is to be the site of a possible logistics park if a container...
article Cree community of Chisasibi aims to return to its roots through gardening programs
(North Canada) -- Vegetable gardening may be making a comeback in the Northern Quebec Cree community of Chisasibi, where ambitious greenhouse projects are aiming to...
article How Florida's Native Americans Predicted and Survived Hurricanes
(Florida) -- Osceola drove the point that Native Americans' experiences and responses to hurricanes and other natural disasters stem from a deep connection and...
article Tribe, NorthStar to discuss VY site cleanup
(Vermont) -- For Rich Holschuh, the Vermont Yankee property is rife with contradictions. On one hand, it’s an idled, contaminated nuclear plant in need of the...
article Convention shows growth of Native American tourism
(Wisconsin) -- Loretta Webster wanted to find a wider array of Native American artists to showcase in the next Woodland Indian Art Show. The annual art show, which...
article Get sexist language out of the Indian Act: Editorial
(Canada) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised a new era in relations between Canada and Indigenous peoples. As recently as August he split the Indigenous...
article Tribal Council candidacy announced
(Montana) -- Editor, Engaging one another with utmost respect and honor are two important values of our tribal people, both of which empower people to live in a...
article First-Ever Abuse Hotline Open for New Mexico Native Americans
(New Mexico) -- For the first time, Native Americans living in New Mexico can call a free crisis hotline to report domestic abuse. Compared with other groups in the U.S...
article Saskatoon Indigenous homelessness initiatives receive federal boost
(Saskatoon) -- The fight against homelessness in Saskatoon received an injection of funding Wednesday afternoon. Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) and the...
article Cattail cookin’: Class learns to make cattail cakes at Leech Lake Tribal College
(Minnesota) -- The process of cooking cattail cakes does not look appetizing. To mix the batter, a chef must pull apart the flower head to collect the dandelion-like...
article South Dakota Indian students will hear original works played
(Minnesota) -- A composing boot camp is allowing teens and adults from a South Dakota American Indian reservation who may never have written a piece of music before to...
article In Quinhagak, An Ivory Carver Pays Tribute To The Ancients' Work
(Alaska) -- After uncovering hundreds of artifacts, an exhausted team of archeologists on the Bering Sea coast just finished their dig at Nunalleq for the year. They...
article A Family of Artists Creates a Portrait of Inuk Life Across Three Generations
(Canada) -- Three generations of artists from Kinngait, the renowned center of Inuit printmaking best known as Cape Dorset, are on view in an exhibition that consists of...
article Christi Belcourt brings traditional Métis beadwork to this artistic fashion collab
(Canada) -- When Christi Belcourt met Ela Aldorsson of Ela handbags, the idea of collaboration became a no-brainer. The connection between the Canadian luxury handbag...
article Photographer Captures Modern Potawatomi Regalia
(Michigan) -- Chicago photographer and Potawatomi member Sharon Hoogstraten has been photographing Potawatomi people in their regalia for the past eight years. She’ll...
article Regina Symphony Orchestra announces tour to Sask. First Nations with Buffy Sainte-Marie
(Saskatchewan) -- The Regina Symphony Orchestra is going on the road with Buffy Sainte-Marie in hopes of reaching new audiences in Saskatchewan. On Wednesday, the...
article What this 1800s film about Sitting Bull says about terrorism in 2017 and the Dakota Access Pipeline
(Hollywood) -- In the first scenes of the new film “Woman Walks Ahead,” widow Catherine Weldon (played by Jessica Chastain) sheds her corseted life as a...
article BLOG: Santa Fe brutalizes Native activists
(New Mexico) -- ON FRIDAY, September 8, approximately 200 people rallied in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico, to demand that the city of Santa Fe abolish the racist re-...
article Surveillance photos causing stir between ranchers, Yakima Nation
(Washington) -- The photo has caused a big stir in this small ranching hamlet in southern Washington. Posted on Facebook and forwarded to law-enforcement, it shows a man...
article 'You can feel it in your heart': Powwow dancing provides healing for former inmate returning to school
(Saskatoon) -- Megan Mandes stomps her feet, waves her arms and shakes her head to the left. Her heart is pounding. She mimics the steps of her aunt and mentor Dr....
article Soboba to host Inter-Tribal Pow Wow
(California) -- Soboba Casino in San Jacinto hosts its 21st-annual Inter-Tribal Pow Wow from Friday, Sept. 15, to Sunday, Sept. 17, at the casino’s arena.
article Nearly all Indigenous adults in remote NT are not literate enough for workplace, study finds
(Australia) -- Nearly nine out of 10 Indigenous adults living in remote areas of the Northern Territory do not have the literacy skills to cope in the workplace, a study...
article Prospectors reportedly detained in killing of Amazon tribe members in Brazil
(Brazil) -- Brazilian prosecutors are investigating reports that gold prospectors may have killed members of a so-called uncontacted tribe in the Amazon. Brazil's...
article The Indigenous Tharu People of Nepal Risk Losing Their Once-Mandatory Art of Tattooing
(Nepal) -- For centuries, tattooing has been an integral part of life for the indigenous Tharu people living in the southern plains of Nepal. Now, as the Tharu people...
article Blood Tribe evacuees recount thick smoke and falling embers from wildfire
(Alberta) -- Barry Jacob and Nathan Amable were staying at the Kainai Treatment Centre Tuesday when they were told they needed to evacuate. “One of the counselors...
article Electrical fire damages tribal building
(Washington) -- An electrical fire in the attic of the Klamath Tribes Congregate Building on Saturday forced evacuations and damaged one nearby apartment, but fire crews...
article Nunavik girl, 18, harpoons 14-metre bowhead whale on first-ever hunt
(North Canada) -- While many people around the country were casting back on their memories of summer, Jessica Pilurtuut was coming up with a whopper. A whale, really....
article Nanticoke had emotional journey to join UAlbany lacrosse
(New York) -- University at Albany freshman attack Tehoka Nanticoke cried when he found out he was going to be on the cover of this month's Inside Lacrosse magazine...

9/11/2017

article A federal court has ruled blood cannot determine tribal citizenship. Here’s why that matters.
(Washington D.C.) -- On Aug. 31, the rights of descendants of African Americans formerly enslaved by Cherokee Indians were vindicated. The U.S. District Court in...
article Allergan Patent Deal Isn't Just Unusual. It's Ugly.
(New York) -- Late last year, at a Forbes magazine health-care conference, I heard Brent Saunders, the chief executive of Allergan PLC, talk about drug prices. He said...
article LePage cuts last direct ties with tribes on public health
(Maine) -- Gov. Paul LePage’s administration has cut off state funding that the four federally recognized Native American tribes in Maine were using to plan an...
article 'She's mine': DNA results confirm the parents of the baby found in suspects' apartment in Fargo
(North Dakota) -- Ashton Matheny, boyfriend of the slain Fargo woman, Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, said DNA test results have confirmed that he and LaFontaine-Greywind...
article Bill proposes criminalizing revenge porn on Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- A Navajo Nation Council delegate is proposing that the distribution of sexually graphic images without a person's consent be listed as a criminal...
article This Replica of a Tlingit Killer Whale Hat Is Spurring Dialogue About Digitization
(Alaska) -- Initially, the Killer Whale clan crest hat, or Kéet S’aaxw, seems indistinguishable from the model beside it. Both depict a killer whale emerging from...
article Red Fawn Fallis awaits halfway house, change of venue
(North Dakota) -- A Dakota Access Pipeline protester accused of shooting at officers last year awaits her release to a halfway house as attorneys debate a change of...
article COOK: Through Our Eyes: A Mohawk Remembers the World Trade Center Job Site
(New York) -- My father had a picture in his workshop. I noticed it when I was around 10 years old. The picture was a reprint of a painting created by my cousin, John...
article LaMERE: More justice needed at Whiteclay
(Nebraska) -- I recently saw and read a resolution passed by the Nebraska Democratic Party in Chadron calling for the cessation of alcohol sales at Whiteclay. It said...
article Native Americans at UCLA celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day naming
(California) -- Clementine Bordeaux, a member of the Rosebud Lakota tribe, said she was surprised when the Los Angeles City Council voted to replace Columbus Day with a...
article Pop stars sometimes resort to cultural appropriation
(Worldwide) -- From Katy Perry saying, "I'm so obsessed I want to skin you and wear you like Versace," when talking about Japan during a 2012 Jimmy Kimmel...
article Cheney bill seeks to put oil and gas development in state hands
(Washington D.C.) -- Rep. Liz Cheney is co-sponsoring a bill that would hand more control of oil and gas development on federal lands to the states, stoking fears from...
article Pokanoket Nation Rallies Support with March to Brown
(Rhode Island) -- A Sept. 5 march through the leafy, tree-lined streets of the East Side, down Thayer Street to the iconic gateway at Brown University, brought added...
article Hualapai Agree To Settle Water Rights Conflict
(Arizona) -- The Hualapai Tribe has agreed to end a decades-long conflict over Colorado River water rights in exchange for a $134 million pipeline that will supply water...
article Coquille Indian Tribe names Mark Johnston new executive director
(Oregon) -- Coquille Indian Tribe has named Mark Johnston new executive director. Johnston will head the tribal government administration, a job he has held on an...
article Creek Council candidate would like to return to council
(Oklahoma) -- McIntosh District Seat B candidate Tom Pickering said he brings years of experience on the Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council and a deep knowledge of...
article Two newcomers join Grand Ronde Tribal Council
(Oregon) -- Newcomers Michael Langley and Lisa Leno, in addition to incumbent Chris Mercier, were elected to the Grand Ronde Tribal Council Saturday.
article OIPRD to hold public meeting in Thunder Bay, Ont.
(Thunder Bay) -- The Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) will hold a public meeting in Thunder Bay, Ont., this month as part of the ongoing...
article Betsy DeVos to visit Casper, Wind River Reservation on Tuesday as part of nationwide tour
(Wyoming) -- U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will visit schools in Casper and on the Wind River Reservation on Tuesday on her first stop of a six-...
article Building bridges: Kevin Kickingwoman fosters healing, understanding
(Montana) -- Bridges are the sinew that holds Missoula together. They cross the Clark Fork River throughout town, but are so commonly used that they are almost invisible...
article After Many Requests, Boarding School Children's Remains Returned To Northern Arapaho
(Wyoming) -- For over a decade, the Northern Arapaho tribe has been requesting that the remains of children buried in a cemetery at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School...
article Woman Walks Ahead review – Jessica Chastain historical drama is a sturdily liberal portrait
(Hollywood) -- Screenwriter Steven Knight and director Susanna White have here created juicy roles for Jessica Chastain and the charismatic Canadian actor Michael...
article Authorities: Gold miners at a bar bragged about slaughtering members of a reclusive Brazilian tribe
(Brazil) -- The outside world might never have heard about the suspected massacre if not for some barroom boasting by a group of miners fresh from working an illegal gig...

9/10/2017

article Cherokee Nation accepts court ruling and welcomes Freedmen for citizenship
(Oklahoma) -- It's official: a long-running dispute affecting the descendants of former slaves held within the Cherokee Nation is over. The tribe is accepting a...
article Allergan Shares Rise on Novel Patent Pact for Restasis
(New York) -- The drugmaker unveiled an agreement that transfers patents for Restasis, Allergan's longstanding dry eye medication, to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe,...
article Interior Department tries to streamline lengthy environmental review process
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of the Interior is attempting to reform the lengthy environmental review process, an initiative that could benefit Indian Country.
article Can’t sue us: Tlingit Haida wins against Douglas Indian Association
(Alaska) -- A dispute between the Douglas Indian Association and Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska has been decided in favor of Central...
article Savanna Greywind: Dad Shares First Photos Of Baby
(North Dakota) -- Ashton Matheny, the longtime boyfriend of Savanna Lafontaine-Greywind, has shared the first images of their newborn baby, who was cut out of her mother...
article Nooksack Tribe clears path for new election in hopes of resolving leadership crisis
(Washington) -- The Nooksack Tribe has reached an agreement with the Trump administration that could resolve a long-running governance crisis on the reservation.
article Surveillance photo of fire fuels tensions between ranchers, Yakama Nation
(Washington) -- Tensions between ranchers and the Yakama Nation over water rights have been heightened since a surveillance photo appeared on Facebook, showing a man in...
article COMING HOME: Lost Lakota warrior's remains returning home
(South Dakota) -- After 66 years, a Lakota warrior is coming home. Philip James Iyotte was born in Mellette County on Nov. 19, 1929, to Joseph and Florence (Menard)...
article ROLO: Belated justice for Cherokee slaves
(Oklahoma) -- A U.S. district court has ruled that descendants of Cherokee slaves have a constitutional right to be enrolled as full members of the Cherokee Nation....
article MORON ALERT: Native American groups call Utah town’s battle re-enactment ignorant, racist
(Utah) -- Several groups and a number of people are speaking out against an annual celebration takes place each Labor Day in Wellsville, saying it’s racist and...
article We Matter campaign partners with Facebook to bring hope to Indigenous youth
(Canada) -- Canada's We Matter campaign, founded by siblings from the Northwest Territories, is partnering with social media behemoth Facebook in the lead-up to...
article Wisconsin residents push back against mine looming just over state line
(Wisconsin) -- As Wisconsin lawmakers consider a bill aimed at attracting mining jobs, state residents are standing up against an open pit mine proposed for a site in...
article Indigenous artists unite to create Edmonton, Ottawa murals focused on water protection
(Canada) -- Two well-known Indigenous artists and environmentalists have partnered to create murals in Edmonton and Ottawa that they hope will raise awareness about the...
article Inuit leader frustrated with agenda of Oct. 3 first ministers meeting
(Canada) -- The head of Canada's national Inuit organization says he's not impressed with the way the Liberal government announced a meeting with premiers and...
article Trump’s Voter Fraud Panel, No Stranger to Controversy, Creates Another One
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump’s commission on voter fraud, which has ricocheted between controversies since its creation in May, is scheduled to hold its...
article NAFSA Files Amicus Brief in Key Tribal Sovereignty Case before the Supreme Court
(Washington D.C.) -- The Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA) submitted an amicus brief this week in support of the plaintiffs in Great Plains Lending...
article Official with Alaska Native health agency made $1 million, and now another health group says the payment was wrong
(Alaska) -- A legal fight between two tribal health care powerhouses has led to revelations that the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium board boosted its chairman...
article Traditions Revived at a Tribal Culture Camp
(California) -- The gathering known simply as “Uncle Dave’s camp” begins at daybreak on the pebbled banks of the Klamath River, the age-old spruce and...
article Talk circle at Great Dakota Gathering in Winona turns strangers into 'relatives'
(Minnesota) -- Rick Thomas has had many identities. Father. Veteran. Recovering addict of 42 years. Cancer survivor. But only one, he said, keeps him grounded and gives...
article ‘Uncontacted’ Amazon Tribe Members Are Reported Killed in Brazil
(Brazil) -- They were members of an uncontacted tribe gathering eggs along the river in a remote part of the Amazon. Then, it appears, they had the bad luck of running...
article ‘We hope and pray that fishing will continue, so when they’re of age, they can be on the river’
(Washington) -- On the Baker River just outside the town of Concrete, dozens of men, women and children from the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe gathered in early July to net...
article California native women leaders join forces to protect sacred sites and salmon
(California) -- Ohlone leader Corrina Gould of the Confederated Villages of Lisjan and Chief Caleen Sisk of the Winnemem Wintu held a press conference at the West...
article Nuiqsut lands first whales of fall
(Alaska) -- Crews from the North Slope village of Nuiqsut have landed the first bowheads of the fall whaling season. The Ipalook Crew, lead by Captain Herbert Ipalook...

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