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Buffalo & Bison

article Telling the story of the National Bison Range
(Montana) -- By 1870, American bison were all but wiped from existence. Homesteading, land expansion, cattle ranching, fur trade, and mass slaughter had taken its toll...
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Canadian Land Issues

article Huge southern Alberta land claim fight wraps up in Federal Court
(Alberta) -- A judge in Calgary is hearing the final arguments in a long-running Aboriginal land claim that affects a big swath of territory in southern Alberta. Lawyers...
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Cherokee Nation

article Display touts memories of first Cherokee Christmas
(Oklahoma) -- Originally built in 1844, the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum is Oklahoma's oldest building and frequently features exhibits on how Cherokee...
article An influential young Native American
(Oklahoma) -- Chiminising Band member Amikogaabawiikwe Adrienne Benjamin didn’t always recognize her own potential. When Adrienne was 25, she was part of a staff...
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Chickasaw Nation

article Tribe, Dustin Mater honored for unique special operations patch
(Oklahoma) -- Governor Bill Anoatubby joined renowned Chickasaw artist Dustin Mater to celebrate a Mater-designed patch to be worn by a special operations unit....
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Elizabeth Warren

article Elizabeth Warren Is Reportedly Starting to Regret That DNA Test
(Washington D.C.) -- Two months after Elizabeth Warren released the results of a DNA test to show that there is “strong evidence” of her Native American...
article Elizabeth Warren Stands by DNA Test. But Around Her, Worries Abound.
(Washington D.C.) -- The plan was straightforward: After years of being challenged by President Trump and others about a decades-old claim of Native American ancestry,...
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Haskell

article Regents seek to restore confidence in Haskell after federal investigation, criticize lack of communication from administration
(Kansas) -- The temporary leader of Haskell Indian Nations University on Wednesday sought to reassure the Haskell Board of Regents that the university was seriously...
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Jamestown S’Klallam

article Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe seeks to rename clamming beach
(Washington) -- The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe is seeking to rename a beach at the mouth of Dean Creek near Blyn. The tribe filed paperwork with the state...
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Marijuana & Hemp

article Meet the Former Cop Behind Canada’s First Indigenous Licensed Cannabis Producer
(Montreal) -- Eighty years ago, the police chief on the Caughnawaga reserve across the St. Lawrence river from Montreal spent weeks supervising the picking, carting, and...
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Mascot Issue

article ‘Indians’ mascot name draws defenders, opponents at Skowhegan meeting
(Maine) -- It should be up to the people being portrayed by nicknames, images and sports mascots to determine if the portrayal is offensive, say supporters of a movement...
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Mining & Drilling

article Alaska Native tribes allege human rights violation over Canadian mine pollution
(Alaska) -- Fifteen Southeast Alaska sovereign tribal nations petitioned an international commission for human rights to take action against Canada regarding violations...
article Alaska Native tribes seek help from human rights commission
(Alaska) -- Fifteen tribal nations in southeast Alaska have petitioned an international commission for human rights for help in influencing the Canadian government to...
article Tribe celebrates removal of nuclear waste
(Oklahoma) -- A semitrailer quietly left the former Sequoyah Fuels Corporation site near Gore last week, hauling away the last of 511 loads of nuclear waste that has...
article CBC calls for clean up of illegal Keller dumpsite
(Washington) -- Keller - The scene is disgusting. There is human excrement. There is garbage, including needles. There are books. There is household waste, such as the...
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MMIW

article Alaska Native groups ask Dunleavy to investigate missing and murdered indigenous women
(Alaska) -- Several Alaska Native organizations asked Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Thursday to fund investigations and prosecutions of cases of missing and murdered indigenous...
article Groups to Dunleavy: Fight violence against indigenous women
(Alaska) -- Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy says that as a father of three girls, his heart goes out to families who have lost loved ones to violence. Dunleavy made the...
article Native organizations seek funds to investigate murdered, missing Indigenous women
(Alaska) -- It's an alarming statistic that hits close to home — a study by the Urban Indian Health Institute found that Anchorage has the third-highest number...
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Navajo Nation

article For delegates, it’s travel time
(Las Vegas) -- It’s December, and for some Navajo lawmakers that means: Vegas, baby! Members of the Resource and Development and Budget and Finance committees will...
article Navajo Police Department to hold listening session in Shiprock
(New Mexico) -- In an effort to improve service and to hear from the public, the Navajo Police Department has been conducting listening sessions in communities on tribal...
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Opioid Crisis

article Alberta government to support safe withdrawal site for Blood Tribe
(Alberta) -- A new safe withdrawal management site will provide substance use treatment services for people in the Blood Tribe community.
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Peggy Flanagan

article Lt. Gov.-elect Peggy Flanagan promises to uphold tribal rights in listening tour
(Minnesota) -- Lieutenant Governor-elect Peggy Flanagan (DFL) used a listening session last week at the Upper Sioux Community Center to reaffirm her incoming...
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Residential Schools

article Ottawa reaches agreement in principle to settle Indian Day School class-action lawsuit
(Ottawa) -- The federal government says a "dark and tragic chapter in Canadian history" is one step closer to resolution with a deal on a potentially...
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Trump Adminstration

article Trump's environmental rollback rolls on
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of the Interior unveiled plans to allow oil drilling on millions of acres that have been off-limits to protect the greater sage...
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Turtle Mountain

article Feds award $15 million to rebuild road in the Turtle Mountain
(North Dakota) -- The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $15 million grant to the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians for a road construction project....
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Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

article Supreme Court hears arguments in ‘separate sovereigns’ double jeopardy case
(Washington) -- The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in Gamble v. United States, a case that will decide whether a longstanding exception to the...
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Voter Suppression

article Why the case for election fraud in North Carolina is strong
(North Carolina) -- The North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics last week voted against certifying Republican Mark Harris' 905 vote win over Democrat Dan...
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Whiteclay

article Arrowhead Bar Replaced With Art Space
(Nebraska) -- The town of Whiteclay is set for a makeover as the liquor establishments have been pushed out and are being replaced with new entities. The nonprofit...
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Yakama Nation

article Body of missing woman found
(Washington) -- Authorities say the body of a missing Yakima woman has been was found and her death is under investigation as a homicide. The body of 30-year-old Jedidah...
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Other News

article Native Americans On Tribal Land Are 'The Least Connected' To High-Speed Internet
(USA) -- Just over half of Native Americans living on American Indian reservations or other tribal lands with a computer have access to high-speed internet service,...
article WSU research center to help Native people fight alcohol abuse
(Washington) -- With support from a five‑year, $7.1 million NIH grant, a new WSU‑led national research center is working toward identifying and promoting effective...
article La Plata County Economic Development Alliance looking for new leader
(Colorado) -- Roger Zalneraitis, who has led the La Plata County Economic Development Alliance for eight years, has accepted an offer to become economic development...
article Tourism promotion board established to drive economic expansion through tourism development
(California) -- Lodging operators in Lake County are coming together to form a new assessment district solely devoted to marketing the county as one of Northern...
article Lt. Gov.-elect Peggy Flanagan promises to uphold tribal rights in listening tour
(Minnesota) -- Lieutenant Governor-elect Peggy Flanagan (DFL) used a listening session last week at the Upper Sioux Community Center to reaffirm her incoming...
article Six weeks later, no answers yet in suspicious death of Cassidy Bernard
(Nova Scotia) -- The RCMP are appealing to people to come forward with information about the suspicious death of a young woman on the We'koqma'q First Nation in Cape...
article Teens struggle to maintain a connection to their native tongues — and their cultures
(New Mexico) -- Kaylene Quam (Zuni), a senior at the Santa Fe Indian School, still remembers the first time she heard the Zuni language being spoken by her older brother...
article BLOG: Look Back: Hartsville man’s link to Seminole Indian War
(Tennessee) -- This summer, I was contacted by a Florida historian and writer wanting some information. I was more than happy to give him a few details for an article he...
article Oral culture finds its way to print in epic Wenatchi Indian tale
(Washington) -- Randy Lewis has a story to tell, as old as the Wenatchee River valley. Twin heroes, raised by the animals in the time before man, were given a quest, to...
article Box Elder woman wins “I Love My Librarian Award” from American Library Association
(Montana) -- Out of approximately 1,000 nominations nationwide, only 10 people each year are picked for the prestigious “I Love My Librarian” award from the...
article First Nations Dialogues Presents A Series Of Indigenous-led Performances, Discussions, Workshops, And Ceremony Across New York City
(New York) -- First Nations Dialogues Lenapehoking/New York is an initiative that provides unprecedented exposure and a focus on Indigenous performing arts and artists...
article Cree Nation bans Indigenous harvest of George River caribou
(North Canada) -- The Cree Nation Government has voted in favour of a ban on Cree hunters harvesting caribou from the George River herd, whose numbers have seen a...
article Efforts being focused on protecting moose in Cariboo-Chilcotin
(British Columbia) -- A roundtable discussion involving provincial and local officials is focusing on efforts to protect moose in the Cariboo-Chilcotin. Minister of...
article Fishers once considered extinct in Washington state released in North Cascades
(Washington) -- State, federal, and partner biologists released six fishers today in the Skagit River watershed of Ross Lake National Recreation Area, a unit of the...
article Amanda Swimmer, Potter and Keeper of Cherokee Traditions, Dies at 97
(North Carolina) -- Amanda Sequoyah Swimmer was born in North Carolina at a time when Native American children were forced to attend boarding schools, as part of a...

12/5/2018

article Indian Child Welfare Act remains in force after appeals court order
(Texas) -- A federal appeals court granted a stay requested by the four tribes on Monday to preserve the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act. “The law is going to stay...
article Supreme Court takes up closely watched double jeopardy case
(Washington D.C.) -- The Constitution says you can't be tried twice for the same offense. And yet Terance Gamble is sitting in prison today because he was prosecuted...
article A New Voice In Congress: Deb Haaland On Women's Focus
(Washington D.C.) -- Deb Haaland, one of the first two Native American women (along with Sharice Davids) to be elected to Congress, joins Carol Boss for a live interview...
article The Dakota Access Pipeline Project Lost Billions by Failing to Consult With Local Tribes
(North Dakota) -- In 2016, Energy Transfer Partners—the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline—became a poster child of corporate greed when it ignored...
article Congress Is Starving the Indian Health Service and South Dakota Tribes Are Paying With Their Lives
(South Dakota) -- BThe federal government’s refusal to adequately fund the Indian Health Service is slowly killing two South Dakota tribes. The Argus Leader...
article Violated: Inside South Dakota's Native American health care crisis
(South Dakota) -- Before South Dakota became a state, its original inhabitants were offered a promise. Trade tribal land and natural resources to white settlers in...
article Feds try to squash Blackfeet medical marijuana legalization
(Montana) -- Blackfeet Agency Superintendent Thedis Crowe of the BIA rejected the Blackfeet Tribal Council's legalization of medical marijuana, which is aligned with...
article The DNA industry and the disappearing Indian
(Washington D.C.) -- Amid the barrage of racist, anti-immigrant, and other attacks launched by President Trump and his administration in recent months, a series of...
article Lambert not giving up on future run for chief
(North Carolina) -- Patrick Lambert was removed from office following a controversial impeachment process in 2017, but with the 2019 election season underway he’s...
article Ruth Buffalo Wears Traditional Native American Dress For Historical Swearing in Ceremony: 'It’s Part of My Identity'
(North Dakota) -- Ruth Buffalo — the first Native American Democratic woman elected into North Dakota’s state legislature — wore a traditional Native...
article 75 Years Later, Leupp Japanese Internment Camp On Navajo Nation Remembered
(Arizona) -- During World War II after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt signed an executive order to lock up 120,000 Japanese-Americans in...
article Dying in Silence
(Utah) -- A new report attempts to document the number of indigenous women missing or murdered in 71 cities across the U.S. According to its data, Salt Lake City ranks...
article Salt Lake City Has One of the Highest Cases of Violence Against Native American Women: Native Students at the U Believe it
(Utah) -- In a report released by the Urban Indian Health Institute, Salt Lake City is one of the top 10 cities in the United States to hold one of the highest cases of...
article Human rights complaint filed over transboundary mining in British Columbia
(Alaska) -- Canadian mines upstream from Southeast Alaska violate the human rights of tribal members. That’s the thrust of a 215-page petition filed Wednesday by a...
article Is China using a Native American front to build a state-owned oil refinery?
(North Dakota) -- An oil company with deep ties to Chinese state-owned enterprises is attempting to quietly set up a refinery near a historical site in western North...
article Court battles, stalled legislation, new plans mark year since Trump slashed Utah monuments | KSL.com
(Utah) -- A year ago this week, President Donald Trump with great fanfare and the state's top Republicans standing behind him, signed an order downsizing two Utah...
article Federal Hearing Set on Lawsuit Following Tobacco Raid in Winnebago
(Nebraska) -- Oral arguments are set for Monday, December 10th at the Federal Courthouse in Omaha regarding a lawsuit filed by Ho-Chunk Incorporated distribution against...
article Public Meeting on Tribes Air Request
(Washington) -- A meeting will be held in Newport this week to take public input on a plan by the Kalispel Tribe to change their air quality regulations. The Kalispel...
article Whiteclay beer store owners settle appeal over tax decision with the state
(Nebraska) -- The owners of four now-closed Whiteclay beer stores have settled their dispute with the state over taxes, according to court documents filed last week. In...
article Tohono O’odham Nation's fight for representation in Arizona
(Arizona) -- Native Americans have lived on the land we know today as Arizona for hundreds of years before the first European settlers arrived. Now, 22 tribal nations...
article Eureka City Council votes to return Indian Island to the Wiyot Tribe
(California) -- Eureka City Council, by a unanimous vote, will transfer Indian Island back to the Wiyot Tribe. Two points of clarification were made Tuesday evening. The...
article Sault Tribe objects to lame duck ram-through
(Michigan) -- Aaron Payment, chairperson of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, has issued a statement calling on the Michigan legislature and current...
article Opioid deaths lead Forest Co. Potawatomi to launch major ad, law enforcement campaign
(Wisconsin) -- It became one funeral too many for Ned Daniels Jr. "We had some funeral services," he said. "All of a sudden, it started to get repeated...
article Man charged with felony after Facebook post allegedly threatening White Earth secretary-treasurer
(Minnesota) -- A Mahnomen man has been charged with making terroristic threats, a felony, for a Facebook post that allegedly threatened White Earth Secretary-Treasurer...
article APS superintendent apologizes for Cibola racial incident
(New Mexico) -- Amidst an apology from the district and comments from many others blasting a Cibola High School teacher accused in a racist incident, some parents have...
article Navajo artist blends indigenous and queer identities
(New Mexico) -- This past Friday, the University of New Mexico Arts Research Technology Science (ARTS) Lab hosted an artist talk and performance event featuring Ryan...
article UW tools help Pacific Northwest and Western tribes plan for climate change impacts
(Washington) -- As more communities try to figure out how they can prepare for climate change impacts, it can be difficult to take large regional climate data and drill...
article Counterpoint: Remember the trauma of the Dakota in recalling the 1862 war
(Minnesota) -- On Nov. 7, 2002, Dakota people marched from the Lower Sioux Agency to Fort Snelling, site of a concentration camp in which Dakota people suffered from...
article Arlee dancer shares culture with the world
(Montana) -- If dancing is a universal language, a man from Arlee has a lot to say. Along the way, he’s helped promote his people to a world that shares a passion...
article You don’t look Native to me by Maria Sturm
(North Carolina) -- “I was striving to create images that challenge our perception," says Maria Sturm of her project You don't look Native to me, which...
article ‘Growing Native’ explores four Native American communities
(Arizona) -- “Growing Native” is a four-part series that takes you on adventures throughout Indian country Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. on Arizona PBS....
article How three generations of women artists in one indigenous family tell the story of a century of change
(California) -- Collectively, their work — including keenly observed renderings of Arctic wildlife, Inuit tradition and private domestic scenes — weaves...
article Sea of plenty? Native Alaskans celebrate indigenous whaling victory
(Alaska) -- A few days before whaling crews set out to brave the frigid Arctic seas in October, a congregation of several hundred Native Alaskans gathered at the...
article Dramatic video shows couple crashing car into Chandler shop, stealing guns
(Arizona) -- Chandler police have just released the video of a man and woman crashing a stolen car into a store, then stealing almost two dozen handguns.

12/4/2018

article Justices call for more briefing in dispute about Oklahoma prosecutions of Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- Now that the justices have had a few days to consider last week’s oral argument in Carpenter v Murphy, it appears that they are looking for...
article Ryan Zinke To Oil Reps: ‘We’ve Gotten A Lot Better As Industry’
(Washington D.C.) -- It was clear Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke felt at home Tuesday addressing representatives of the industry that was a top donor to his congressional...
article Zinke picks fight with key Dem at an odd time
(Washington D.C.) -- Rep. Raúl Grijalva is prepared to work with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who on Friday tweeted that it is “hard” for the Arizona...
article Kansas sees LGBTQ milestones, yet big change may come slowly
(Kansas) -- Kansas will swear in its first two openly LGBTQ state lawmakers next month and the new Democratic governor promises to end a ban on discrimination over...
article Tribe’s Free Press Act might be restored
(Oklahoma) -- After a month without it, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation may be reinstating its Free Press Act. The Muscogee (Creek) National Council’s Business,...
article ‘Per cap’ meetings highlight Tribal council differences
(Arizona) -- A series of public meetings about proposed per capita (per cap) payments have opened up a debate about the best use of Tribal resources and whether there...
article First Native Woman Democrat In N.D. Statehouse Takes Oath In Traditional Dress
(North Dakota) -- In North Dakota’s state Capitol on Monday, Ruth Buffalo stood in the chambers with her hand raised and made history as the first Native American...
article How One Chief Justice Used The Church To Dispossess Natives From Their Land
(Washington D.C.) -- One of the founding principles of the U.S. government is the separation of church and state. Yet there are many unseen ways in which the religion of...
article Study: Trump plan to shrink national monuments could lead to rare bee species' extinction
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump's plan to shrink two national monuments could lead to the extinction of multiple rare bee species, scientists concluded in a...
article A year after size reduction, Bears Ears National Monument fight continues
(Utah) -- A year ago President Donald Trump signed an executive order that essentially reduced the size of Bears Ears National Monument and created two units within the...
article Co-chairman of Chief panel has 'cautious optimism' after first meeting
(Illinois) -- Eric Jolly has experience helping communities through traumatic events, from Northern Ireland’s Troubles to the aftermath of 9/11. Now, he hopes to...
article A teacher called a Native American teen a 'bloody Indian' and cut another's braid, students say
(New Mexico) -- When McKenzie Johnson walked into her Advanced Placement English class on Halloween, her teacher, Mary Eastin, was already in costume as the "Voodoo...
article Some chiefs want ban on oil tankers in northern B.C.
(British Columbia) -- Senators on Parliament Hill were asked Tuesday to support legislation that would ban large oil tanker traffic off British Columbia’s north...
article Tribal plea: ‘The Salish Sea cries out to us’ against pipeline
(Washington) -- Four Washington Native American tribes won’t let international borders stop their voices from being heard. Representatives from the Salish Sea...
article Eureka Considers Moving Forward with Indian Island Transfer
(California) -- The Eureka City Council is slated tonight to decide whether to move forward with transferring ownership of Indian Island back to the Wiyot Tribe. The...
article KBIC updates plan to manage forests
(Michigan) -- A new draft of a forest stewardship plan for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) has been posted for public comment and is available on the KBIC...
article Pala Band Of Mission Indians Sues Opioid Manufacturers, Distributors
(California) -- The Pala Band of Mission Indians in San Diego announced Monday that they have filed a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors in an effort...
article Navajo Nation leaders amend recall process
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation officials have changed an aspect of the process for registered voters to recall elected officials under the tribe's election laws....
article Cherokee Nation supports Chelsea FFA toy drive
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Keith Austin gave $1,500 to the Chelsea High School FFA to help with the group’s annual toy drive. Austin presented...
article California's Native Americans lay their ancestors to rest — one last time
(California) -- On a bright Saturday morning in late November, about 25 Native Americans from the Gabrielino/Tongva San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians gathered to bless...
article Code talkers: The 'unbreakable' code
(Ottawa) -- The U.S. first used Native American code talkers in the First World War. Most were Choctaw Indians who used their tribal language to transmit orders and...
article Sealskin bracelet blasts into space with Canadian astronaut
(Quebec) -- A little piece of Inuit art travelled to space Monday with Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques. Saint-Jacques and two international colleagues joined the...
article Indigenous comics push back against hackneyed stereotypes
(British Columbia) -- In 2016, Cole Pauls released Dakwäkãda Warriors, a language revival comic that stars two Native power rangers, Wolf and Raven, as they fight...
article Indigenous comics push back against hackneyed stereotypes
(British Columbia) -- In 2016, Cole Pauls released Dakwäkãda Warriors, a language revival comic that stars two Native power rangers, Wolf and Raven, as they fight...
article Were These Killings a ‘Massacre’? And Who Gets to Decide?
(Australia) -- Jack Johncock, a local leader of the Wirangu people, pointed toward the spot near Waterloo Bay where a group of Aboriginal Australians were pushed to...
article In a tribal first for Oklahoma, Cherokees seek direct federal assistance following tornadoes
(Oklahoma) -- In what is believed to be a first for an Indian tribe in Oklahoma, Cherokee Principal Chief Bill John Baker declared a state of emergency seeking direct...
article ‘A place of decency’
(Idaho) -- Daiya Vargas's eyes lit up as she watched eagles settle into their newly built home at the Coeur d'Alene Tribe's aviary on Monday. "It's...

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