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Cultural Appropriation

article Opinion: Concerns of Cultural Insensitivity at Steele Indian School Park
(Arizona) -- The Lost Lake Festival, a 3-day music festival is coming to the Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix Arizona in October 2017. The Lost Lake Festival was...
article When is cultural appropriation OK? Never, say some Native Americans [audio]
(Washington) -- The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 makes it illegal to knowingly sell non-Native made goods as authentic Native American art or craft. More than 600...
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Dakota Access Pipeline

article Appeals court refuses to stop oil in Dakota Access pipeline
(North Dakota) -- An appeals court on Saturday refused a request from two Native American tribes for an “emergency” order that would prevent oil from flowing...
article Next steps in the battle against the Dakota Access and Keystone pipelines
(Washington D.C.) -- Last week in Washington, DC, members of American Indian tribes and their supporters demonstrated against the construction of the Dakota Access...
article Oil Could Flow in Dakota Access Pipeline as Early as Monday
(North Dakota) -- Oil could be flowing through the embattled Dakota Access pipeline as early as Monday as a U.S. appeals court shut down a request Saturday from a Native...
article With his Pipeline protest, Wisconsin's Bronson Koenig gains a heartfelt Brewers admirer
(Arizona) -- Brewers reliever Joba Chamberlain wants to shake hands with 22-year-old Wisconsin basketball star Bronson Koenig. Not because Chamberlain is a die-hard...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

LGBT News

article Iqaluit resident applauds new transgender protection
(Nunavut) -- Nunavut has just passed an amendment to its human rights act giving transgender people greater protection. APTN spoke to one of the major motivations for...
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Lumbee Tribe

article Tribe steps up for vets
(North Carolina) -- The director of the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Fayetteville urged veterans Saturday to join in her efforts to establish a veterans...
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Native Voices

article MAILHOT: A Poor Indian Makes the Best Philosopher and Theorist
(British Columbia) -- Being a poor Indian was like being invisible, or worse, they notice you and your shoes, your lack—of cash flow, or car, or insurance, or...
article RUSSELL: Aliens and Predators I: Hunter-Gatherers as Prey
(Texas) -- You can’t steal something that has no owner, and this obvious fact was the moral cover for virtually all of the real estate in the Americas—the so...
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Navajo Nation

article Navajo Nation Responds to Possible Closure of the San Juan Generating Station
(Arizona) -- President Russell Begaye released the following statement in response to the possible closure of the San Juan Generating Station in the Farmington area.
article Sister of Fallen Navajo Police Officer Remembers Her ‘Baby Brother’
(New Mexico) -- Tamarra Largo described her baby brother, Houston James Largo, 27, the only way a protective and loving big sister would. “I clearly remember the...
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Seminole Tribe

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

article Concerns remain over Swinomish boundaries
(Washington) -- For more than 140 years, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community has felt it was shortchanged when the boundaries of the tribe’s reservation were set...
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Trail of Tears

article Painful truth: Trail of Tears topic of Tuesday meeting
(Tennessee) -- The whole truth of what’s come to be known as the Trail of Tears may never be known, but a group based in Georgia is attempting to piece together as...
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Trump & Tribes

article Trump 2018 Budget Would Cut Needed Services to Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- While seeking to increase the defense by $54 billion, the Trump administration sent a budget to Congress this past week that recommends a 12 percent...
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Whiteclay

article Editorial: New approach to enforcement of liquor laws in Whiteclay
(Nebraska) -- Moves to more aggressively enforce Nebraska’s liquor laws could one day close the sad chapter of tiny Whiteclay and its beer stores that prey on...
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Other News

article LETTER: Everything will be fine
(California) -- A recent letter ups the ante in the Napa HS mascot debate, apparently targeting Patrick Sweeney, Annie Petrie, and every single school board member with...
article Officials mark completion of tribal land solar power plant
(Las Vegas) -- Elected officials and tribal leaders helped Friday to power up a sun-to-electricity array that, in 2012, was the first utility-scale power production...
article EXPLORING THE TRIBAL ADVANTAGE: How non-tribal companies can benefit from working with West Michigan tribes
(Michigan) -- Because Native American tribes are sovereign nations, they’re tax-exempt and have their own statutes and regulations, although they must follow...
article Klamath Tribes holds youth initiative meeting
(Washington) -- Friday kicked off the Klamath Tribes Youth Initiative Leadership Opportunities meeting, at the Klamath Tribes administration offices in Chiloquin.
article Longest Walk 5.2 in Ely, Nevada is Blessed with Walking Shoes by Obōz
(Nevada) -- Dave Dolfh was driving along Hwy 50 in Nevada when he spotted flags of all colors and people walking on the side of the highway. Dolfh pulled over to...
article New domestic violence hotline starts service
(New Mexico) -- A new nationwide crisis hotline is using culturally appropriate responses to help Native Americans affected by domestic violence and dating violence.
article Largest Study of American Indian Students Shows Mixed Results
(USA) -- The good news is that Alaska Native and American Indian students’ scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) held steady from 2005...
article Native American Club Launches for Students at BHSU-Rapid City
(South Dakota) -- Since coming aboard six months ago, the student success advisor and disability liaison for the BHSU-Rapid City campus Valeriah Big Eagle has made large...
article Native American education committee pulls back due to budget
(New Mexico) -- A committee focused on helping the Los Alamos School Board help the district's Native American population succeed academically will scale back its...
article Student summit in Winnipeg lets racialized, Indigenous students share common experiences
(Manitoba) -- A summit in Winnipeg over the weekend is bringing together students to talk about their common experiences with issues like colonialism, racism and sexism.
article Teacher wins $1M global prize for work in northern Quebec
(Quebec) -- A Canadian woman has won a global teaching prize worth $1 million US for her work in Salluit, an Inuit community in northern Quebec.
article Bear aware: NunatuKavut teaching, learning about polar bears
(Labrador) -- The NunatuKavut Community Council is promising to both teach — and learn — about polar bears in Labrador education sessions this month.
article DELGADO: Native American graves and repatriation protection emerge once again
(Minnesota) -- Many discussions regarding the Native American Graves and Repatriation Protection Act (NAGPRA) are popping up all over the country. Now, with the increase...
article Drum circle delivers 'powerful medicine'
(Idaho) -- Feeling like you’ve lost your mooring in a world gone mad? Maybe it’s time to get back to your roots. One local man has been gathering people on Wednesday...
article Hawaiian Language Revival Used as Model for Other Indigenous Languages
(Hawaii) -- Advocates of endangered languages gathered at the University of Hawaii at Manoa this month for the fifth International Conference on Language Documentation...
article New Indigenous language radio show in Inuvialuktun
(Nunavut) -- There's a new show to catch this weekend on CBC North Radio One — Quliaqtuavut. It means "our stories" in Inuvialuktun. "It gives...
article Should non-Indigenous Canadians learn Indigenous languages?
(Canada) -- "If I'm not Indigenous, is it ok for me to use Indigenous languages?" That's the question The 180's Kathryn Marlow asked herself, a few seconds after she...
article Sugar Bush Time in Ojibwe Country
(Wisconsin) -- It’s sugar bush time in Ojibwe country, which means my five-year-old cousin, Howie, is busy. He is the official taste tester at the Maday family sugar...
article These are just 8 of the Native women you should have learned about in history class
(USA) -- Anyone who follows the No DAPL movement realizes Native women make history. Anna Lee Rain Yellowhammer — a 13-year-old member of the Standing Rock Sioux...
article Un Canadien errant
(Quebec) -- In Songs Upon the Rivers, Robert Foxcurran, Michel Bouchard, and Sébastien Malette reframe the American West from a perspective focused on the contributions...
article 50 Must-See Modern Native Films and Performances
(USA) -- Dear Fellow Movie Lover, If you’re tired of stereotypical movie “Indians” … If the lack of strong Native movie characters makes your head hurt … If you can’t...
article John Trudell and Jim Northrup Share Posthumous Honor
(USA) -- The Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas has announced that its 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award will be shared by two Native poets, John Trudell and Jim...
article The Steeles and Indigenous at the Ordway
(Minnesota) -- The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts will welcome two exciting one-night-only acts to its stages on April 21. Blues-rock band Indigenous will appear...
article Disney's plan to make Pocahontas star Scottish
(UK) -- IT is the romantic tale which has captivated the minds of generations, telling of the love affair between a native American princess and the young British...
article Monday Sees Unveiling of Pocahontas Plaque
(UK) -- Residents are invited to go along and see a memorial plaque in honour of a former famous Hounslow resident, Pocahontas, unveiled in the borough on Monday, 20...
article Pow wow brings cultures and communities together
(Michigan) -- Hundreds of people filtered in and out of McGuirk Arena on Saturday to watch and participate in the celebration of Native American culture at Central...
article Indigenous Bolivians have some of the healthiest hearts
(UK) -- Deep in the Bolivian Amazon lives a group of indigenous people who spend their days hunting and farming. Researchers say this may be partly why they have some of...
article Guyana tribe goes hi-tech to protect its land
(Guyana) -- Eleazer Mawasha speaks haltingly. English is not his first language, and Skype not his preferred method of communication. An elder of Guyana's Wai-Wai...
article Ho-Chunk Bronson Koenig and His Badgers in the Sweet 16 for Fourth Straight Year
(New York) -- Indian Country’s pride, Bronson Koenig, a tribal citizen of the Ho-Chunk Nation in Wisconsin, and his Wisconsin Badgers have advanced to the NCAA Men...
article Yellowstone & Montana are Killing the Last Wild Buffalo
(Montana) -- More than 1,200 of America’s last wild buffalo have been killed this winter, and it isn’t over yet. Hunting along Yellowstone’s boundaries...
article 'We want the violence to stop': Dozens gather at vigil for Jeanenne Fontaine Saturday night
(Montana) -- When Kimberley Kostiuk thinks about the two young Indigenous women who were shot in Winnipeg within 48 hours of each other, she is afraid for her own...
article Police allege Robin Wortman drugged and sexually abused teenaged boy
(Alberta) -- Police have charged Robin Wortman with allegedly drugging and sexually abusing a 17-year-old boy who came forward in January.
article Colten Boushie’s mother fears property-defence resolution will stoke racial tensions
(Saskatchewan) -- The mother of a young man killed on a Saskatchewan farm said she fears recent political developments threaten to escalate racial tension in the...

3/18/2017

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

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...

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