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Bears Ears

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...
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Dakota Access Pipeline

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 San Francisco Votes No on DAPL
(California) -- The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a resolution asking the municipal treasurer to filter out Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)...
article Local tribes show solidarity with Standing Rock through art
(North Dakota) -- Local tribes showed solidarity with the Standing Sioux on Saturday, unveiling a sculpture by artist Ed Archie NoiseCat during the Nisqually Indian...
article Sami people persuade Norway pension fund to divest from Dakota Access
(Norway) -- In an act of international solidarity between indigenous peoples, the Sami parliament in Norway has persuaded the country’s second largest pension fund...
article Water Protector to National Museum of the American Indian: Staff Needs Cultural Competence Training
(Washington D.C.) -- With thousands of American Indians in the nation’s capital city last weekend for the Native Nations Rise March to support Standing Rock on...
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Indian Children Welfare Act (ICWA)

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...
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Land Issues

article How should northern on-the-land programs be evaluated?
(Northwest Territories) -- The first pan-territorial On the Land Summit concluded with a frank exchange of views in Dettah, N.W.T. A panel discussion of how on-the-land...
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Mining & Drilling

article Natural gas line through Polk County creates little clamor
(Florida) -- Oil and gas pipelines have become magnets for controversy. Nationally, the Keystone XL Pipeline, a crude oil system now under construction in the West, has...
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 Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in court settlement 'augurs well' for relations with Yukon, says lawyer
(Yukon) -- The Yukon government and the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation have avoided another court case over First Nations rights. The First Nation filed a...
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Missing Women Crisis

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 Toronto tattoo artist raising money and awareness for MMIW
(Ontario) -- When two young girls went missing and were later found dead in Kenora last year Jenn Liles felt it was important not to let their deaths go unnoticed or be...
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Native Voices

article OP/ED: Australia’s Response to the Doctrine of Discovery
(Australia) -- In 2012, at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Kate Gumley, then Head of the Australian Delegation, delivered an intervention titled “The...
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Navajo Nation

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...
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Nooksack Tribe

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...
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Residential Schools

article Sen. Beyak’s residential school comments hit close to home in northern Ontario
(Ontario) -- Sen. Lynn Beyak is from Dryden, Ontario. It’s a small town in the northwestern part of the province – an area with the scars of residential...
article Tragic story of Chanie Wenjack inspires garden at Canada Blooms show
(Ontario) -- "Do Something." These words are displayed in moss on a wall at Canada Blooms, an annual flower and garden festival that runs this week in Toronto...
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Trump & Tribes

article Melissa J. Gismondi column: Trump visits Andrew Jackson’s gravesite, revisits his Native American policies
(Washington D.C.) -- On Wednesday, Donald Trump laid a wreath at the gravesite of President Andrew Jackson, who was born 250 years ago, on March 15, 1767. Supporters...
article OP/ED: Must-See TV: Donald Trump and the Reality Show Called Presidency
(Washington D.C.) -- Donald Trump has created the greatest TV reality show of all time, and the national media and consumers are going along for the ride. Whether you...
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Other News

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 Coachella Suing Urban Outfitters For Trademark Infringement
(California) -- Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and promoters Goldenvoice have filed a lawsuit against Urban Outfitters for trademark infringement, as LA Weekly...
article Conrad Black: Pull yourselves together, senators — Don Meredith and Lynn Beyak don’t deserve to be kicked out
(Ottawa) -- The poor, benighted Canadian Senate is struggling to restore its credibility, but it is approaching it by self-consciously persecuting its own members. First...
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 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 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 Small First Nation mulls becoming latest community to banish drug dealers
(Nova Scotia) -- A Nova Scotia band councillor who says his Indigenous community is being hurt by drug abuse wants to create a law to banish drug dealers. Alex MacDonald...
article UPEI names Indigenous advisory group
(Prince Edward Island) -- The University of Prince Edward Island announced plans for an Indigenous advisory group Friday, as part of honouring the recommendations of the...
article Mother of Jeanenne Fontaine speaks: She was the most loving
(Manitoba) -- Lana Fontaine is struggling with the loss of her baby girl Jeanenne Fontaine. “She was the most loving, most beautiful, just fun loving, bubbly crazy...
article Bannock burger sales aim to change 'negative stigma' in Thunder Bay neighbourhood
(Ontario) -- You can put your hankering for a bannock burger to good use Saturday in Thunder Bay, Ont., at a fundraiser for youth activities in a low-income...
article Meet Sarah Arngna’naaq: On-call firefighter and Crown prosecutor
(Northwest Territories) -- Fighting fires in Yellowknife is a part-time job for Sarah. Her full-time work is as a lawyer — she works as a Crown prosecutor with the...
article New housing to help Indigenous women and children fleeing domestic violence
(Nova Scotia) -- Indigenous women and children fleeing domestic violence will have a safe place to go once four new homes are built in Halifax. At a news conference...
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 Amy and Steve investigate terrifying paranormal activity in Sedona, Arizona on The Dead Files
(Arizona) -- This week on The Dead Files, Amy Allan and Steve DiSchiavi head to Sedona, Arizona, where they investigate some downright scary paranormal activity. Steve...
article Cahokia Mounds Mark Spring Equinox
(Illinois) -- Spring is coming on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 6:29 a.m. EDT. But the Cahokia Mounds in Illinois aren’t waiting until then to commemorate the vernal...
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 Exchange brings Inuit teens to Ottawa for taste of city life
(Ottawa) -- A group of teens from a remote community in northern Quebec is in Ottawa this week to meet other young people and learn about culture and life in the city.
article He defended the sacred lands of Mexico’s Tarahumara people. Then a gunman cut him down
(Mexico) -- Isidro Baldenegro Lopez, a son of the jagged and often lawless terrain of the western Sierra Madre, had no illusions about the threats he faced from sundry...
article National sacred pipe ceremony makes Yellowknives Dene community its first stop
(Northwest Territories) -- The beginning of a sacred pipe ceremony — an Indigenous tradition that was repressed during the residential school era — is...
article New book takes a detailed look at ‘Indian Hospitals’
(Ottawa) -- Canada had segregated healthcare for Indigenous people for decades. They were known as “Indian Hospitals” and were notorious for their abuse,...
article Wyoming researcher explores thunderbird art link to golden eagles
(Wyoming) -- When Bonnie Smith first saw three golden eagle nests on a cliff above an ancient American Indian thunderbird petroglyph, she had to wonder if there was a...
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...
article Love and tributes for Ojibway storytelller Richard Wagamese
(Ontario) -- Thomas King, author of The Inconvenient Indian: Richard was able to do what all great writers are able to do and that is to put themselves in a vulnerable...
article Inquest into death of Nadine Machiskinic scheduled for end of March
(Saskatchewan) -- An inquest into the death of Nadine Machiskinic has been scheduled for the end of March. Machiskinic was found at the bottom of a laundry chute in...

3/17/2017

article Federal court finds no child endangered by Indian adoption law
(Arizona) -- A federal judge threw out a bid March 16 to void federal laws that challengers claim is racist because it places the desires and rights of Native American...
article Trump's budget an 'all-out assault on Puget Sound'
(Washington) -- In a budget marked by deep cuts across most federal agencies, science and environmental programs took some of the biggest hits in President Donald Trump...
article Preston agency approves land deal with Mohegans; town meeting, referendum to be set
(Connecticut) -- The Preston Redevelopment Agency on Friday unanimously approved the 150-page purchase-and-sales agreement with the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority that...
article A hidden tribe, a disastrous school and finally, a cry for help
(Arizona) -- Not yet noon, and already class was out at Havasupai Elementary. There was no bell. No line of buses waited outside. Nothing announced the day’s end...
article Judge combines 4 tribal suits over Dakota Access pipeline
(North Dakota) -- A judge has combined lawsuits filed by four Sioux tribes over the Dakota Access pipeline, streamlining the drawn-out legal battle over the $3.8 billion...
article Standing Rock Tribal Leader Stresses Unity in DAPL Resistance
(Washington D.C.) -- While the battleground of the Dakota Access Pipeline has shifted from the plains of North Dakota to the courts of Washington, D.C., with the...
article Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Issues New Fact Sheet in Form of Q & A with Chairman Archambault
(North Dakota) -- Standing Rock Sioux Tribal chairman David Archambault II has been a part of the resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline project’s intrusion...
article Osage Nation to vote Monday on gay marriage question
(Oklahoma) -- Osage Nation voters will consider next week whether to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. The tribe already recognizes gay marriages from other...
article Supreme Law: Tribal Leaders Discuss Treaty Rights Under New Administration
(Idaho) -- Members of Idaho’s Nez Perce tribe are concerned about their treaty rights under a new president. That was the topic of the day at a conference that...
article Collector creates full-scale Oval Office replica in his home
(Minnesota) -- Glynn Crooks is the commander-in-chief of his Prior Lake, Minnesota, house. He does paperwork inside an oval-shaped room, seated at a desk inspired by the...
article BEGAYE: Washington must help the Navajo Nation prevent the loss of coal jobs
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is made up of strong and resilient people. Our community has overcome great challenges to ensure that we are able to live on our homeland...
article Pressure builds as missing, murdered Indigenous women inquiry prepares public hearings
(Thunder Bay) -- More details were released this week about how the national inquiry into Canada's missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls will proceed, but...
article MORON ALERT: Conservative senator's comments on residential schools show 'lack of knowledge'
(Ontario) -- A prominent Indigenous leader in Sudbury, Ont. says recent comments by a Conservative senator show a misunderstanding of Canada's residential school...
article As hopes for drilling in ANWR rise, Native corporations argue over potential riches
(Alaska) -- With some Alaskans increasingly hopeful the new Congress will open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling after decades of failed attempts, some...
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 How should northern on-the-land programs be evaluated?
(North Canada) -- The first pan-territorial On the Land Summit concluded with a frank exchange of views in Dettah, N.W.T. A panel discussion of how on-the-land programs...
article First Nations in Alberta 'encouraged' province will spend $100M on safe drinking water
(Edmonton) -- 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 Tribe-owned business inks deal with Marine Corps
(North Carolina) -- The chief operating officer of Lumbee Tribal Enterprises, a tribe-owned company, told members of the Lumbee Tribal Council on Thursday that it has...
article Sundberg appointed California’s first Native American coastal commissioner
(California) -- Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Humboldt County’s 5th District Supervisor Ryan Sundberg to the California Coastal Commission on Thursday, making...
article Judge who halted second Trump travel ban is only Native Hawaiian on federal bench
(Hawaii) -- The judge who blocked President Donald Trump’s revised hard-line immigration ban is the only native Hawaiian serving on the federal bench. Derrick...
article CHIEF BAKER: Women play essential role in our history and our success at Cherokee Nation
(Oklahoma) -- Historically, the Cherokee Nation has been a matriarchal society and has always looked to strong women for guidance and leadership. Cherokee women are...
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 New hotline designed for Native American survivors of domestic violence
(Texas) -- A new service designed for Native American survivors of domestic or dating violence made its debut earlier this month. The Austin, Texas-based StrongHearts...
article OKC, Chickasaw Nation Nearing Deal To Resume Work On American Indian Cultural Center
(Oklahoma) -- The Oklahoma City city council has finally reached the approval stage for a contract with the Chickasaw Nation to help operate the American Indian Cultural...
article Burrowing Under Luminous Ice to Retrieve Mussels
(Quebec) -- For eight months a year, the flat bay around the village of Kangiqsujuaq in far northern Quebec freezes beneath a white expanse of ice and snow, leaving...
article Udall, Tester, Cantwell Introduce Measure To Create Jobs By Fostering Entrepreneurship In Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and former committee chairs Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and...

3/16/2017

article Washington Supreme Court Ruling Touted As 'Landmark' For Tribal Sovereignty
(Washington D.C.) -- A state Supreme court decision Thursday gives a Washington tribe the right to transport goods and services across state lines without taxation....
article Tribes get White House pitch for Gorsuch
(Washington D.C.) -- Western American Indian tribes got the hard sell from the White House on Wednesday to back Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.
article Native American Radio Bridges Cultures, Communities
(USA) -- Never in a million years did Tom Eagle Staff, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and a retired federal worker, imagine he’d end up a broadcast...
article Donald Trump brings bad news to Indian Country with first budget
(Washington D.C.) -- Republican President Donald Trump is promising to "Make America Great Again" by making major cuts to Indian Country programs. In his very...
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 US taxpayers might be on the hook for pipeline protest costs
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota officials appear poised to go after the U.S. government — and thus U.S. taxpayers — to recoup more than $38 million in state...
article Whiteclay beer stores ask judge to block any liquor commission action on licenses
(Nebraska) -- The four beer stores in Whiteclay are asking a judge to block any action by the state liquor board to take away the stores’ licenses. In court...
article Praise for a heroic Navajo lawman
(New Mexico) -- Even as a young boy, Houston James Largo had dreams of one day wearing a uniform and a badge and helping communities on the nation’s largest...
article Small First Nation mulls becoming latest community to banish drug dealers
(Nova Scotia) -- A Nova Scotia band councillor who says his truck was torched by a drug dealer wants to create a law to banish drug dealers from his Indigenous community...
article Oregon School Districts Work To Keep Native American Mascots Through Tribal Agreements
(Oregon) -- At least seven Oregon school districts are working to keep their Native American mascots by getting the support of local tribes.
article Sudbury police to launch missing and murdered Indigenous women strategy
(Sudbury) -- Police in Sudbury say they will soon have an official strategy in place to help deal with female Indigenous victims of crime. According to the Greater...
article Why Does Trump Love Andrew Jackson? 7th President Was Slaveholder Who Persecuted Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit the grave of one of his 44 predecessors, Andrew Jackson, Wednesday, in what will be just the latest...
article Quebec's Indigenous inquiry to explore 'climate of tension and mistrust'
(Quebec) -- The retired judge presiding over a probe into the treatment of Indigenous people in Quebec says he wants find out what led to a "climate of tension and...
article MORON ALERT: Calls mount for Senator Beyak to step aside from Aboriginal committee after residential schools remark
(Canada) -- The chair of the Senate's Aboriginal Peoples committee is asking Senator Lynn Beyak to consider resigning from her post after she made "ill-informed...
article Trump budget proposal revives Yucca Mountain spending
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump budget proposal would boost Energy Department spending on managing the nation’s nuclear stockpile and reviving the Yucca Mountain...
article Bigstone Cree Nation monitor traffic entering community in dispute with oil companies
(Edmonton) -- 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 Film documents Louisiana tribe's displacement by coastal land loss
(Louisiana) -- Rapid land loss along the state's coast will lead to the displacement of thousands. Among the first to be displaced is a Native American tribe...
article City of Highland honors Tribe for job growth and contribution to San Bernardino economy
(California) -- San Manuel Tribal Chairman Lynn Valbuena recalled how she waited for the welfare truck to come to the reservation. and recalled how the citizens of...
article Governor Signs Bill To Bring Indian Education For All
(Wyoming) -- Last week, Governor Matt Mead signed the Indian Education For All Act that requires the Wyoming Department of Education to teach the history and culture of...
article A powerful tool and symbol: Sheila Watt-Cloutier on the ulu knife of Inuit women
(Canada) -- "This is not just your typical knife that you pick up at Costco or a store, it is tradition that goes way back," says Sheila Watt-Cloutier, author...
article OPB history series puts lens on state's Indian tribes
(Oregon) -- A new documentary by Oregon Public Broadcasting aims to tell the little-known story of the state's Indian tribes. "I think that the average...
article Louise Erdrich, Matthew Desmond Among Winners of National Book Critics Circle Awards
(New York) -- Louise Erdrich’s novel “LaRose,” which centers on two Native American families in North Dakota whose lives are upended by a horrific...
article NCAIED announces award winners, honorees from national conference
(Las Vegas) -- The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (the National Center) recognized Native American business leaders, advocates, and...

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