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Allergan Patent

article Allergan documents due to address patent ‘sham’ question
(New York) -- Allergan has until tomorrow, Friday October 13, to address the question of whether its patent licensing deal with a Native American tribe was a sham.
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Land Issues

article Minnesota band taking back land, to ease tribal homelessness
(Minnesota) -- An American Indian tribe in northern Minnesota, saying they want to address their growing homelessness problem, has decided not to renew nearly 350...
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Oneida Nation

article Turning Stone to partner with International Boxing Hall of Fame
(New York) -- Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona plans to announce details soon of a new three-year partnership with the International Boxing Hall of Fame in...
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Trump Adminstration

article Where’s Zinke? The interior secretary’s special flag offers clues
(Washington D.C.) -- At the Interior Department's headquarters in downtown Washington, Secretary Ryan Zinke has revived an arcane military ritual that no one can...
article Congressman seeks probe of Energy Secretary Rick Perry's chartered flights
(Washington D.C.) -- A Democratic U.S. congressman is asking the Department of Energy's watchdog to investigate Energy Secretary Rick Perry's travel on chartered...
article OP/ED: Secretary Zinke, it's time to call it quits
(Washington D.C.) -- Secretary Ryan Zinke, last week I turned in my US Department of the Interior credentials and reluctantly walked away from public service. Today, I...
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Yurok Tribe

article Yurok Tribe welcomes introduction of bill to add important lands to reservation
(California) -- Support is growing for a bipartisan bill that would restore important lands in California to the Yurok Tribe. When Rep. Jared Huffman (D-California),...
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Other News

article Bill to create Native American studies curriculum in California signed into law
(California) -- Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 738, authored by Assemblywoman Monique Limón, D-Santa Barbara, that requires California to create a model...
article South Dakota homecoming game, dance canceled after racist stunt
(South Dakota) -- A South Dakota high school has forfeited its homecoming football game against a school from a nearby American Indian reservation and has cancelled its...
article Sturgis Homecoming Cancelled Amid Racist Photo Investigation
(South Dakota) -- Schools officials in Sturgis have cancelled all homecoming events scheduled for Friday, after photos surfaced on social media of students destroying a...
article Dead Indian Memorial Road: Public Debates Whether Name Should Change
(Oregon) -- People are divided over whether the name of a well-traveled road in Jackson County should be changed. Jackson County Commissioners held a public hearing...
article NSU builds support center for Native Americans
(Oklahoma) -- NSU has recently welcomed the Native American Support Center. NASC is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Title III grant. This grant is to support...
article Project Aims to Increase STEM Access for Native American Students
(Montana) -- Native Americans make up 1.2 percent of the overall U.S. population, yet only account for just 0.4 percent of all engineering bachelor's degrees, Sandia...
article Bringing Native Languages Back From The Vanishing Point
(Wisconsin) -- Language shapes how people view the world, build ideas and communicate with others people — it’s an integral part of community culture and...
article Pueblo project focuses on historic plaza
(New Mexico) -- The adobe home that has been passed down on the mother’s side of Thanay Binford’s family for several generations sits on the outskirts of...
article The Shenandoah Has Captivated Americans Since Before the Revolution. This is Its Story.
(Washington D.C.) -- Thomas Jefferson loved the Shenandoah Valley. As a young man, he crawled past stalagmites and mirrored pools in the Valley’s limestone caverns...
article The Sioux Chef revitalizes Native American cuisine
(South Dakota) -- There's something special about eating the way your ancestors did. I remember one Christmas, my sister and I chose to make an authentic British...

10/10/2017

article Zinke: If We Take Down Confederate Statues, ‘Indians’ Will Complain About Union Ones
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says that the Trump Administration will not remove Confederate monuments from federal lands out of consideration for...
article Lack of agreement between Mille Lacs Band, county leaves tribal officers without policing power
(Minnesota) -- When Pete Nayquonabe was growing up on the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe reservation, he knew everyone in the community. These days, things are different....
article BLOG: Native Americans Set to Save the Patent System
(Washington D.C.) -- As readers of this blog are aware, there has been a great deal of publicity generated by the recent patent sale and assignment by Allergan to the St...
article Northern Cheyenne tribal council ousts president
(Montana) -- A Montana Indian tribe has voted to oust the tribe's president for reportedly neglecting his duties and violating tribal bylaws.
article Teton Times: Standing Rock citizens secure injunction in constitutional dispute
(North Dakota) -- Citing the tribe’s traditions and customs, Chief Judge Michael Swallow granted an Injunction filed by the Long Soldier District to stop proposed...
article USET meeting opens in Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- Leaders of over 20 federally-recognized tribes gathered in Cherokee this week to discuss numerous issues affecting Indian Country. The USET (United...
article Tribal custody battles are subject of new lawsuit
(Minnesota) -- A lawsuit filed Tuesday targets the Minnesota Department of Human Services and Scott County, organizations the plaintiffs allege are violating federal law...
article Supreme Court puts end to case challenging Colorado River Indian Tribes lease
(Washington D.C.) -- It looks like a long-running lease dispute between the Colorado River Indian Tribes and a non-Indian tenant is finally over. Without comment, the U....
article Are Federal Courts Harsher on Native American Offenders?
(USA) -- One hot afternoon in September 2016, Ramah Navajo tribe member Tracey Beaver and three friends set off on an hour-long drive from Pinehill, New Mexico to the...
article MORON ALERT: Ben Shapiro apologizes for Columbus Day video slammed as racist
(Washington D.C.) -- Conservative pundit Ben Shapiro apologized on Tuesday for a Columbus Day video posted on his website that depicted Native Americans as cannibals. In...
article Updated! Depicting Native Americans as Bloodthirsty Savages on Columbus Day
(Washington D.C.) -- Today was (or still is, as of this writing) Columbus Day, one of the fakest of all fake ethnic holidays (and trust me, they're all fake). For...
article Support growing for reset to national MMIWG inquiry, say groups
(Saskatoon) -- Support for a reset to the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is growing, according to grassroots groups. More than 180...
article 'Truth-telling helped us, and it's helping Canada,' says residential school survivor
(Saskatoon) -- Amanda Adrian knew there was something wrong with her dad, Ted Quewezance. For years, she and four sisters didn't know what was causing the drinking,...
article Navajo Nation Holds Out Hope For Navajo Generating Station Buyer
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is reviewing potential buyers of the West’s largest coal-fired power plant. The tribe is under a tight deadline to keep the plant...
article Why One Native Family Is Donating Their Fracking Proceeds to Benefit Indian Country
(North Dakota) -- The environmental damage versus the income producing benefits of locating fossil fuel projects in Indian Country has divided some resource-rich Native...
article Keystone XL pipeline approval back in court
(Montana) -- The Trump administration says a federal court has no authority to second-guess a presidential permit for the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.
article 'We do belong to the land': Missanabie Cree First Nation inching closer to establishing reserve
(Sudbury) -- A northern Ontario First Nation is getting close to ending a century-long wait for designated land. The Missanabie Cree are trying to finalize a settlement...
article SMSC seeks 74 acres for housing, retail
(Minnesota) -- The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community has requested the federal government declare nearly 74 acres of land part of the reservation to be used for...
article Blackfeet tribal lawsuit about illegal actions on water rights
(Montana) -- A recently passed water compact in the Blackfeet nation, is under-fire because of a group of tribal members. They claim the agreement between the state and...
article Seal meat on the menu at Toronto restaurant sparks duelling petitions, online debate
(Toronto) -- A petition calling for a Toronto restaurant to remove seal meat from the menu has sparked an online debate between people who believe the Canadian seal hunt...
article Cut out 'middlemen' and fund First Nations in N.W.T. directly, says Dene Nation chief
(North Canada) -- The national chief of the Dene Nation wants Ottawa to fund First Nations communities in the Northwest Territories directly instead of funneling money...
article The Métis complained of having been excluded from the agreement
(Ottawa) -- An association dedicated to the defence of the interests of aboriginal children victims of the roundup of the 1960s denounced the agreement last Friday with...
article Edmonton women's prison failing Indigenous women, inmates with mental illness, advocates say
(Edmonton) -- Poor treatment of Indigenous women and inmates with mental illness is behind the growing tension at the Edmonton Institution for Women, prisoner advocates...
article Community invited to talk about racism, reconciliation in Thunder Bay, Ont.
(Ontario) -- Residents in Thunder Bay, Ont., interested in learning more about what they can do to address racism and build relationships with the city's Indigenous...
article New book helps kids from remote communities feel more comfortable heading to the hospital
(Manitoba) -- When kids from northern communities have to fly south to see a doctor it can be scary to see the tall buildings and bustling streets for the first time.
article OOPS!! Moose Jaw, Sask., teacher mistakenly hands out assignment with racist terms
(Saskatchewan) -- A teacher's decision to hand out an extracurricular activity package to some Grade 3 students at a Moose Jaw, Sask., elementary school has been...
article Title of ‘chief’ phased out across the Toronto school board
(Toronto) -- The Toronto District School Board is completing a phase out of the word ‘chief’ from job titles, out of respect for Indigenous people. Titles...
article A Territorial Land Grab That Pushed Native Americans to the Breaking Point
(Washington D.C.) -- It was one treaty too far. William Henry Harrison, at the time, governor of Indiana territory (covering present-day Indiana and Illinois), had for...
article Agua Caliente cultural center will showcase tribe’s heritage and traditions
(California) -- The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians plans to build a 5.8-acre cultural center in downtown Palm Springs. The project will include a museum, spa and...
article Lorraine Loomis: ‘A warrior for the tribes’
(Washington) -- Lorraine Loomis’ office resides just a short walk from the Swinomish Channel in Skagit County. Across the waterway, with its fishing vessels...
article Second lobster boat torched amid tensions over Indigenous fishery in Nova Scotia
(Nova Scotia) -- A Nova Scotia fisherman whose boat was stolen and burned Monday says he believes it was targeted because he is Aboriginal, as tensions continue over the...
article B.C. race pulls 'First Nations-inspired' medal after appropriation backlash
(British Columbia) -- Organizers of a Vancouver race won't be handing out First Nations "inspired" medals it commissioned for a run this month, following a...

10/9/2017

article Trump Calls Columbus a “Man of Faith” in Holiday Proclamation
(Washington D.C.) -- In a presidential proclamation declaring Monday, October 9, 2017 as Columbus Day, President Donald Trump calls Columbus was “a man of faith....
article Trump does not mention Native Americans in Columbus Day proclamation, breaking with Obama
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump does not acknowledge Native Americans in his first proclamation of Columbus Day, breaking with his predecessor. Trump’s...
article Tigua sculpture vandalized with red paint, words 'Columbus Day'
(Texas) -- Members of the Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo were hurting Monday and wondering why a sculpture on tribal land that honors women was vandalized with red paint, a cross...
article The 15th-century doctrine that let Columbus ‘discover America’ is now the basis of Indian policy
(Washington D.C.) -- On October 12, 1993, I sat in my first-grade classroom with a mountain of Popsicle sticks on my desk. I had just been taught that Columbus was a...
article How Racism Is Fueling a Pharma Scandal Over a Billion-Dollar Patent
(New York) -- An unprecedented deal between a pharmaceutical company and a Native American tribe has sparked a backlash, including a new bill to prevent an unusual legal...
article Judge Questions Allergan plc Patent Agreement With Mohawk Tribe
(New York) -- A Federal judge raised questions about the legitimacy of Allergan plc Ordinary Shares (NYSE:AGN)’s patent deal with the Native American Mohawk tribe...
article New bill would end Native American “sovereign immunity” for patents
(Washington D.C.) -- Allergan's move to stop its patents from being reviewed by handing them off to a Native American tribe is winning support from few people...
article Scott County faces lawsuit over tribal custody cases
(Minnesota) -- Two parents are suing Scott County and the Minnesota Department of Human Services commissioner claiming discrimination in custody cases involving the...
article Robert Weaver Nominated to Head IHS
(Washington D.C.) -- Robert M. Weaver has been nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as director of the Indian Health Service (IHS), an federal agency with the...
article BLOG: Native American Leaders Meet to Discuss Cannabis Businesses on Tribal Lands
(Las Vegas) -- As cannabis legalization unfurls across the United States, a number of Native American tribes are looking to the plant as an economic boon to help their...
article Legislation aims to reduce violence against Native American women
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, a Democrat from New Mexico, joined in introducing legislation to combat the epidemic of murdered and missing Native...
article TRAHANT: Children’s Health Insurance Should be an East Vote, but Not So in This Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- Here we go again: Congress is finding new ways to complicate health care. It really boils down to the philosophy that government-funded health care...
article Racist threat left on door of Native American students at Sheridan College
(Montana) -- When Whisper SunRhodes and her roommate, Braylee Armajo, returned to their Sheridan College dorm room late on Sept. 27, they found a racial slur written on...
article Christopher Columbus statues in Connecticut defaced, police say
(Connecticut) -- Police have stepped up security after two Christopher Columbus statues were vandalized with red paint in Connecticut. Authorities say the statues at...
article Two new resignations within the inquiry on aboriginal women
(Canada) -- The announcement signed by Marion Buller, commissioner-in-chief, occurred on the day following the entry into office of its new director general. Two other...
article California Tribe Wants to Bring Their Salmon Home From New Zealand River
(California) -- With dark late September clouds roiling above, about 20 Winnemem Wintu tribe members paddled dugout cedar canoes through stiff winds and three-foot...
article Native Americans Face Environmental Threats from Alaska to New Mexico
(New Mexico) -- Recent proposals that would affect rural environments have again fallen under the radar as other political issues are amplified, but, as Native Americans...
article Riverworld
(Canada) -- At 71, Leon Andrew still travels and fishes on the vast and vital river he has known since he was a child. "I've had a good life," said the...
article Town ‘blindsided’ by tribal deal
(Rhode Island) -- News of the Narragansett Indian Tribe’s agreement to supply backup water for the proposed Invenergy power plant in Burrillville blindsided Town...
article Native Americans Bid To Keep Amazon In Washington And Other HQ2 Pursuit Updates
(Washington) -- An Atlanta suburb is offering to rename itself "City of Amazon" to win the biggest economic development prize in modern history, Amazon's...
article The Sioux Chef: New cookbook shares traditional Native American dishes
(South Dakota) -- Indigenous cuisine uses traditional, centuries-old subsistence methods such as foraging, hunting, fishing, and drying — practices that have been...
article Gov. Anoatubby: “Chickasaw Nation has Never Been Stronger”
(Oklahoma) -- During his October 7 State of the Nation address, Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby outlined decades of remarkable growth. Addressing a crowd which...
article Minnesota Governor Campaign Puts White Earth Band of Ojibwe Front and Center
(Minnesota) -- A member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe has been named as a running mate in the Minnesota governor’s race. State Rep. Peggy Flanagan of St. Louis...
article Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council Votes to Oust President
(Montana) -- A Montana Indian tribe has voted to oust its president for reportedly neglecting his duties and violating tribal bylaws, but President Jace Killsback says...
article Resident raises concerns about Snoqualmie Tribe’s candidate forum
(Washington) -- Here is a consideration for local voters regarding the Oct. 17 Snoqualmie Valley Candidate Forum, hosted by the Snoqualmie Tribe. Outside influences on...
article Ex-Tulsa cop heads for 4th murder trial Monday
(Oklahoma) -- A former Tulsa police officer charged with murder will return to the courtroom for a fourth murder trial Monday. Shannon Kepler has already undergone three...
article Red Fawn Fallis trial delayed to January
(North Dakota) -- Chief Judge Daniel Hovland has continued the federal jury trial of Red Fawn Fallis to late January. Fallis is charged with discharging a handgun as...
article ‘Always been fighting’: At UC Berkeley, Native American students determined to reconcile past, present
(California) -- The Native American community at UC Berkeley is small, but it is determined to not be forgotten. Native Americans students on campus represent less than...
article Agua Caliente tribe announce new cultural center in downtown Palm Springs
(California) -- The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians announced plans for a 5.8 acre cultural center in downtown Palm Springs.
article Are Mexicans Indigenous?
(Mexico) -- As many US states and municipalities have begun to eschew the colonial tradition of "Columbus Day" in favor of adopting Monday's holiday as...
article Wooden canoe found in Florida could be linked to the 1600s
(Florida) -- Florida researchers may be closer to figuring out the mysterious origin of an old canoe that surfaced after Hurricane Irma. Using a technique known as...
article Link Wray's Daughter Talks Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nomination: 'Dad Is the Trunk of the Rock and Roll Tree'
(California) -- After the rockabilly legend was nominated in 2014, she says his induction is overdue and feels good about his chances this time around.
article ‘We’re still here’: New Native-focused radio station aims to lift indigenous voices
(Alaska) -- "Trail of Tears and we still here. Wounded Knee and we still here. Sand Creek and we still here. Cortés and we still here. Slavery and we still here....
article Renowned indigenous leaders call for end to uncontacted 'genocide'
(Brazil) -- Three of Brazil’s most prominent Indian leaders have denounced their government’s concerted attack on indigenous rights as “genocidal....
article Tribal leader sentenced to 30 years for sex abuse
(North Dakota) -- A former Standing Rock Sioux tribal leader has been sentenced to 30 years in sexually abusing a girl. Fifty-four-year-old Robert Fool Bear was...
article Tribe says Navajo Code Talker has died in New Mexico at 94
(New Mexico) -- A Navajo Code Talker who used his native language to outsmart the Japanese in World War II has died in New Mexico, Navajo Nation officials said.
article Gallup secretary a victim of Las Vegas shooting
(New Mexico) -- After a mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip, Gallup learned that they had lost one of their own, and the Navajo Nation shared the loss.

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