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Bears Ears

article Native voices heard on Bears Ears
(Utah) -- The Bears Ears National Monument debate carries on. “They want to grab that and they want to develop it,” said Ute Mountain Ute Tribe member Terry...
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Cherokee Nation

article Supreme Court affirms ousting of Anglen as candidate
(Oklahoma) -- A Cherokee Nation Supreme Court opinion issued March 14 affirmed the Election Commission’s earlier decision to prevent longtime Tribal Councilor Buel...
article Cherokee Nation launches SoonerCare enrollment tablet giveaway
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation continues its effort to enroll Cherokee children for SoonerCare during a March 20 event at Cooweescoowee Health Center. As part of the...
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Covington

article Cooper: Lawsuits to right media ship?
(Tennessee) -- Could a 16-year-old Catholic school student be the catalyst that returns the national media from advocacy back to impartial journalism?
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First Nations

article Okanese First Nation Chief named to Order of Canada
(Ottawa) -- Chief Marie-Anne Day Walker-Pelletier has been named to the Order of Canada in recognition of her lifelong commitment to leadership of her Nation. Chief Day...
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Indian Children Welfare Act (ICWA)

article 'They are not your children': Future of Indian Child Welfare Act in hands of appeals court
(Louisiana) -- Tribal leaders expressed optimism after a federal appeals court here heard arguments in a case that will determine the fate of the Indian Child Welfare...
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Keystone XL Pipeline

article After Keystone XL bill package, S.D. tribal leaders pull out of ceremony
(South Dakota) -- A week after the Legislature pushed through Gov. Kristi Noem’s surprise Keystone XL pipeline bill package, two of South Dakota’s tribal...
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Marijuana & Hemp

article Bipartisan Bill Shields Federal Workers From Being Fired For Marijuana
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal agencies couldn’t fire employees in legalized states simply because they test positive for marijuana if a bipartisan bill that was...
article USDA Receives Hemp Legalization Feedback From States And Stakeholders
(Washington D.C.) -- On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) gave stakeholders in the nation’s hemp economy an opportunity to provide input on...
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Mining & Drilling

article Forest Service kills plan to seek oil, gas in Nevada’s Ruby Mountains
(Nevada) -- The U.S. Forest Service has struck down an unpopular plan to open federal land in the Ruby Mountains in Northern Nevada for oil exploration.
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MMIW

article House hearing addresses ‘crisis’ of missing, murdered indigenous women
(Washington D.C.) -- The issue of violence against indigenous women is not a new one, but it has recently started gaining greater notice at the federal level.
article Rep. Haaland addresses Congress on epidemic of missing, endangered indigenous women
(Washington D.C.) -- Rep. Deb Haaland addressed Congress Thursday morning on the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women. On reservations, American Indian...
article Province seeking information on 17 youth at risk of dying cited in Fontaine report
(Manitoba) -- The Manitoba government wants to find out what's happening with the 17 children at risk of imminent danger cited in a scathing report that chronicles...
article Action needed following Tina Fontaine report: FN advocate
(Manitoba) -- An Indigenous organization says more investments need to be made at the grassroots level. This comes after Manitoba’s children’s advocate says there are...
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Native Vote

article Gov. Inslee signs Native American voting bill into law
(Washington) -- Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Thursday expanding voting services on tribal reservations. The bill, sponsored by Democratic Sen. John McCoy of Tulalip,...
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Navajo Nation

article Navajo Nation Announces New Class of Navy Ships
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation proudly announces that Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer has named the new class of U.S. Navy Towing, Salvage, and Rescue ships...
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Poarch Creek

article A Native American tribe hand delivered a hefty check to cover the funerals of all of the Alabama tornado victims
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians, the only federally recognized tribe in Alabama, hand delivered a $184,000 check on Wednesday to fund the funeral costs of...
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Red Lake Tribe

article Mpls. mayor marks new partnership with Red Lake Nation on trip to reservation
(Minnesota) -- If you are a member of a Native American tribe, it's more likely that you live in a city than on a reservation. Despite that, it's rare for city...
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Redskins

article Revisiting the Redskins
(Washington) -- It was not until the very end of the meeting, around 9:15 p.m. after the Teton School Board wrapped up its agenda, that Victor resident Stephanie...
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Residential Schools

article Case involving compensation for residential school survivor moves forward
(Ontario) -- A lawyer representing a residential school survivor say a judge has ruled in her client's favour. But before the case can proceed, an administrative...
article What you need to know about the Indian Day School settlement
(Ottawa) -- There are still questions from many former Indian Day School students and their families about who is eligible for compensation after the federal government...
article Ottawa gets sealing order on court document that undercuts 'reconciliation agenda,' says NDP MP
(British Columbia) -- A British Columbia judge has sealed a document filed by Ottawa in a court case over the residential school compensation process that an NDP MP says...
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Seneca Nation

article Cornplanter Peace Pipe-Tomahawk Returns To Seneca Nation
(New York) -- Few items in American history symbolize the troubled relationship between Native Americans and the United States more than Seneca Chief Cornplanter’s...
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Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

article House Judiciary Committee Approves Tribal Provisions at Markup of H.R. 1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, the House Judiciary Committee held a markup of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R. 1585) and reported it favorably...
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Other News

article Federal Appeals Court Affirms Tribal Immunity from Bankruptcy Code
(Michigan) -- On February 26, 2019, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals - which has jurisdiction over Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee - upheld the decision of a...
article 'Champ' proponents make pitch to UI trustees; Chief defenders critical
(Illinois) -- "Champ" made his official pitch to be the University of Illinois mascot Thursday, with an ROTC student showing up in full costume to greet UI...
article What’s in the Green New Deal for Native nations?
(Washington D.C.) -- The ambitious plan put forward by congressional Democrats to address climate change, create jobs and mitigate economic inequality has a reference to...
article Merkley, Wyden, Walden Introduce Bill to Nullify Fraudulent Tribal Treaty
(Washington D.C.) -- Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, with Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR 2), today introduced the 1865 Treaty Nullification Act to...
article Suppressed Documents Raise New Questions About Arctic Refuge Development, David Bernhardt
(Washington D.C.) -- Alaska Wilderness League conservation director Kristen Miller issues the following statement on Tuesday’s revelations from Public Employees...
article Meet Dylan Tootoosis, the owner of Cree Coffee Company
(Alberta) -- Dylan Tootoosis had his first sip of coffee on the rez at 11 years old, when his grandfather gave him a shot of instant coffee when his grandmother wasn't...
article Measure aims for City of Albuquerque to consult with more tribes
(New Mexico) -- A new ordinance in the city of Albuquerque will require a city board of consult with tribes on matters that may affect them. According to the Albuquerque...
article The Alaska Roadless Rule decision is moving along. Some tribal governments say it’s moving too fast.
(Alaska) -- The U.S. Forest Service quietly hit another milestone in its ongoing efforts to consider building new roads in the Tongass National Forest. Last month, it...
article 10-year deal pledges millions for safe, affordable housing in Yukon
(Yukon) -- The federal and Yukon governments have signed a 10-year agreement worth almost $60 million to provide long-term funding for community housing in the territory.
article Inuit concerns over language bill ignored after summer cabinet shuffle: Obed
(Canada) -- Natan Obed noticed a change in attitude with the Trudeau government on the co-development of the Indigenous Languages Act after the prime minister shuffled...
article Nunavut needs Inuktitut speaker at all hours for emergency calls: MLAs
(Nunavut) -- Nunavut's justice minister says she has told the RCMP "over and over" that an Inuktitut-speaking person needs to be on hand at all hours to...
article Indigenous advocates receive Order of Canada
(Canada) -- Matthew Coon Come, a residential school survivor, and Beverley Jacobs, an activist, were surprised they were recognized with an Order of Canada.
article Lawsuit blames Indian Health Service and 'rent-a-doc' for Lakota woman's death
(South Dakota) -- The daughter of a Lakota woman who died after she was found severely beaten and unconscious near South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in...
article 'Slap in the face': Nunavut government cuts funding to Inuit college
(Nunavut) -- Inuit leaders are slamming the Nunavut government for its decision to pull funding from Canada's first and oldest Inuit post-secondary school.
article Energy Research Receives Recognition at Navajo Technical University’s 7th Annual Research Day
(New Mexico) -- Research involving energy earned recognition at Navajo Technical University’s 7th Annual Research Day with three of the competition’s top...
article Mi'kmaw education authority in Nova Scotia a national leader: Bennett
(Nova Scotia) -- Twenty years ago, only 30 per cent of Nova Scotia's Mi'kmaw students were graduating from high school. Today, that number stands at 90 per cent — the...
article Proposed bill aims to incentivize Native American students in Oregon to study health care
(Oregon) -- Oregon Senator Bill Hansell wants to make health care professions in rural, tribal areas more accessible to aspiring Native American students. If passed,...
article Angela Davis brings the message of “abolitionist feminism” to Wisconsin
(Wisconsin) -- Esteemed activist Angela Davis was the keynote speaker for the Sisterhood student organization’s No Shades, No Bounds event at University of Wisconsin –...
article Habs, Canes to play in historic Plains Cree language broadcast of NHL game
(Canada) -- History could be made later this month with the broadcast of what's believed to be the first NHL game called in the Plains Cree language.
article Beyond IHS: Navajo director takes on Grey’s Anatomy
(Hollywood) -- Sydney Freeland, Navajo, directed tonight’s episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19, both were created by Shonda Rhimes.
article Change Labs Announces New Artist “Rezidency” in Tuba City Open to All Native Visual Artists
(Arizona) -- From now until April 26, 2019, Change Labs is accepting applications for its inaugural “Artist Rezidency”program in Tuba City, Arizona.
article The Brinton to open ‘Lakota Emergence’ March 20
(Wyoming) -- The Brinton Museum will present the 14th Illustrator Show — “Lakota Emergence,” originated by the Center for American Indian Research and...
article Oglala Sioux Tribe orders lockdown after winter storm slams the reservation
(South Dakota) -- A powerful winter storm this week has stranded many emergency and medical personnel on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, forcing tribal...
article First Nations guardians gathering aims to grow movement and lobby for sustained funding
(British Columbia) -- Efforts to expand the number of Indigenous guardian groups across the country are the focus of a gathering in downtown Vancouver this week.
article Man injured by RCMP still fighting for full settlement
(New Brunswick) -- A British Columbia man continues to fight for more of the money he won in a judgement against the RCMP. Robert Wright, who now lives in New Brunswick...
article Defendant goes to trial in connection with brutal beating of Lakota woman
(South Dakota) -- Federal prosecutors have charged a Lakota man for lying to an investigator and being an accessory to an assault on a woman who they say was severely...

3/13/2019

article GOP Tries To Gut Protections For Native Women In Violence Against Women Act
(Washington D.C.) -- House Republicans on Wednesday quietly tried to repeal a major provision in the Violence Against Women Act that helps tribes respond to horrific...
article Appeals court hears Texas case challenging Indian Child Welfare Act; Judge says ‘They are not your children … they are the children of the tribes’
(Louisiana) -- The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments March 13 for the Brackeen v. Bernhardt case. The plaintiffs, who won at the district court...
article Indian Country asks appeals court to protect #NativeChildren in critical case
(Louisiana) -- Ahead of a critical court hearing here, leaders of Indian Country organizations called for the reversal of a judge's decision that struck down the...
article Ryan Zinke Did Big Coal’s Bidding and Gave Away Public Lands, Insider Reveals
(Washington D.C.) -- A dramatic congressional hearing today revealed proof that Donald Trump’s controversial 2017 decision to dramatically shrink two national...
article OP/ED: Freedom of the press in Indian Country
(Indian Country) -- With freedom of the press under attack by Donald Trump and his minions nearly every day how was it for freedom of the press in 1982? Tim Giago, the...
article Indigenous Cuisine Is Being Served in the Back of a Berkeley Bookstore
(California) -- When Europeans first arrived in California, they met Native Americans who enjoyed one of the most varied diets in the Americas. The staples of corn,...
article The Legal Argument in Nicholas Sandmann’s Defamation Lawsuits Is Basically “MAGA”
(Washington D.C.) -- Nicholas Sandmann, the high school student at the center of the viral Lincoln Memorial confrontation in January, wants to “punish” CNN...
article How Three Indigenous Chefs in Toronto Are Paying Homage to Native Cuisine
(Ontario) -- Local chefs are embracing their First Nations heritage and making waves in Toronto's food scene. Speaking from behind the stove in his hallway of a...
article States Unlikely to Enjoy Sovereign Immunity at PTO
(New York) -- Prestigious research universities that develop their own patents appear no more likely to enjoy sovereign immunity at the Patent and Trademark Office than...
article Bill to help track murdered, missing women passes
(Washington) -- Legislation by Rep. Gina Mosbrucker to further investigations of missing and murdered indigenous women and other indigenous persons gained unanimous...
article If Dene want an apology for tuberculosis treatment, they might have to ask for it
(North Canada) -- Sonny MacDonald remembers hearing boys his age cry themselves to sleep at the Charles Camsell Indian Hospital in Edmonton the 1940s. He was one of them...
article South Dakota tribes looking to take back flags in Capitol building
(South Dakota) -- Two tribal leaders have sent word to the governor that they want their tribe’s national flags removed from the state Capitol. The releases sent...
article Alton Gas asks court for order to remove Mi’kmaw protestors from Shubenacadie River site
(Nova Scotia) -- A group of 40-50 people opposed to a plan by Alton Natural Gas Storage Inc. to dump brine into the Shubenacadie River packed a courtroom in Halifax...
article The Alaska Roadless Rule decision is moving along. Some tribal governments say it’s moving too fast.
(Alaska) -- The U.S. Forest Service quietly hit another milestone in its ongoing efforts to consider building new roads in the Tongass National Forest. Last month, it...
article OP/ED: It’s raining lawsuits
(Arizona) -- Another battle over water in the desert — who’da thunk it? While Greenlee County farmers and ranchers battle with the state over the drought...
article Celebration gives folks a closer look at desert wildlife
(California) -- Guests of Tortoise Rock Casino learned more about the animals, environment and history of the Morongo Basin at a Desert Wildlife Celebration at the...
article Hemp Opportunities Growing Like Weeds
(USA) -- While farmers and other businesses across the country are eager to break into the newly legalized hemp industry since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill,...
article Trudeau’s hollow reconciliation efforts are failing Canada’s Indigenous peoples
(Ottawa) -- While the SNC-Lavalin scandal continues to plague the Trudeau government, reconciliation efforts with Canada’s Indigenous peoples still carry on.
article Cherokee Nation Tribal Council recognizes ‘Removal’ ride volunteer
(Oklahoma) -- Tribal Councilors on March 11 recognized with a resolution a volunteer who supports the Cherokee Nation’s annual “Remember the Removal”...
article Minnesota Senate panel greenlights Prairie Island push to ensure tribal police authority
(Minnesota) -- A Minnesota Senate panel on Wednesday, March 13, advanced a proposal to let the Prairie Island Indian Community maintain a police department without...
article Racist Group Identity Evropa Rebrands but Doesn't Lower Heat From Colorado
(Colorado) -- Identity Evropa, a racist group whose propaganda war in Colorado last summer ramped up in December with a disturbing call to "DEFEND THE ROCKIES,...
article Set of Yup'ik masks reunited in Alaska after more than a century
(North Canada) -- It's a reunion that's been more than a century in the making — a set of century-old Yup'ik masks have been brought back to Alaska and...
article 'A deserved and overdue honor': Navy names new ship class after Navajo tribe
(Louisiana) -- A new class of U.S. Navy towing, salvage and rescue ships will be named Navajo in recognition of the tribe and the contributions the Navajo people have...
article Met’s American Wing finally showcases Native American art
(New York) -- For the first time, a major Native American art exhibit is being shown in the American Wing of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, rather than in Arts of...
press release U.S. and Tribes Stand Together to Protect Native Children and Uphold the Indian Child Welfare Act
(Texas) -- The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments today in Brackeen v. Bernhardt, in which the United States and tribal nations stand together in defense of...

3/12/2019

article Court case centers on Native American kids in foster care
(New Orleans) -- A federal law that gives preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving Native American children is facing the...
article BAKER: Sovereign rights at stake in ICWA case
(Oklahoma) -- Native children are removed from their homes at a higher rate than most of their peers. Nonetheless, in the recent Texas v. Bernhardt case, U.S. District...
article A Local Lawmaker is Headed to DC to Testify For Savanna's Act
(Washington D.C.) -- In December we told you about a US Senate bill that would improve resources to bring missing indigenous women and children home. The bill ultimately...
article ‘Historical trauma’: Native communities grapple with missing and murdered women
(Arizona) -- One day they were there and the next they weren’t. No one talked about the Native women and girls who simply disappeared. April Ignacio knew they...
article Can Native American Tribes Protect Their Land If They’re Not Recognized by the Federal Government?
(California) -- Louise Miranda Ramirez has fought to protect her ancestral lands and cultural sites for most of her 60-plus-year lifetime. “It’s so hard to...
article Tribes: Pipeline protest bills 'destroyed' trust, hope for reconciliation
(South Dakota) -- Two South Dakota tribes are requesting that their flags not be displayed at the state Capitol, saying state elected officials have disrespected them...
article Bill expands voter access on reservations
(Washington) -- Lawmakers in Olympia last week passed legislation expanding access to democracy with the Native American Voting Rights Act. The House approved the...
article Lummi Tribal Health Center warns community of ‘a significant increase in overdoses’
(Washington) -- The Lummi Tribal Health Center issued a drug overdose warning via its Facebook page last week after a pregnant Lummi woman died from a heroin overdose....
article 'Not enough has changed': Advocate calls for action before more children die like Tina Fontaine
(Manitoba) -- Tina Fontaine didn't get a single counselling session before her death, despite ongoing recommendations for mental health support and requests from her...
article Corps fights tribal request for more pipeline study records
(North Dakota) -- Federal officials who permitted the Dakota Access oil pipeline are turning over some documents sought by American Indian tribes suing over the project...
article Fracking Sacred Ground
(New Mexico) -- On the packed earth behind the Counselor Chapter House, the local tribal headquarters for a town-sized portion of Navajo-owned lands in northwestern New...
article Heading to Berkeley? That's now Ohlone territory
(California) -- You may want to take a closer look at the welcome signs next time you go through Berkeley. Right above the population number you will now find the words...
article Albuquerque Measure Aims for More Consultation With Tribes
(New Mexico) -- Albuquerque officials say a new ordinance will require a city board to consult with tribes on any matters that might affect them. Mayor Tim Keller signed...
article GTB members part of caucus creation
(Michigan) -- Issues important to Michigan’s Native American community — including environmental, educational and domestic violence concerns — are...
article Supreme Court OKs 3 candidates, tosses Brown-Fleming
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Supreme Court on March 12 affirmed that a principal chief candidate was ineligible to run, but three other hopefuls made the cut....
article $4.5M funding to help build supportive housing for Indigenous people experiencing 'chronic homelessness'
(Ontario) -- A planned new housing facility for Indigenous people who are experiencing chronic homelessness in Kenora, Ont., received a provincial funding boost of more...
article Admissions scandal reveals why America’s elite colleges are under fire
(USA) -- Elite colleges already serve as some of President Donald Trump's favorite targets. Their fat endowments took a hit in the 2017 GOP tax law. A sweeping...
article Celebrating Salish Conference reaches 10 years
(Washington) -- In 2009, the Celebrating Salish Conference featured between 75-80 attendees at Spokane Community College. It was run on a budget of $5,000, including...
article After 200 years, Cherokee poised to regain mysterious tribal mound dating to 1,000 AD
(North Carolina) -- A 1,000-year-old sacred mound that counts as one of North Carolina’s oldest mysteries is on the cusp of being returned — at least in part...
article Report on artifacts found at pipeline site 'deeply misleading,' Unist'ot'en supporters say
(British Columbia) -- Indigenous artifacts found at the construction site of a contentious pipeline project in northern B.C. were likely not in their original location,...
article In Denver, a Sharp Focus on Westward Expansion and Its Impact
(Colorado) -- Sarah Anschutz Hunt remembers the time when all of the paintings disappeared from her house. She was still “really small,” as she recalls it,...
article Increasing Exposure for Native Artists
(Oregon) -- In the foothills of the Blue Mountains in Eastern Oregon, a short drive from the rodeo town of Pendleton and about 200 miles east of Portland, is the only...
article Navy names new ship class after Navajo tribe
(Louisiana) -- A new class of U.S. Navy towing, salvage and rescue ships will be named Navajo in recognition of the tribe and the Diné people. Secretary of the Navy...
article The Karuk Tribe fights a growing wildfire threat and a lack of funding
(California) -- Deep in California’s Six Rivers National Forest, a satisfying “crack” breaks the early morning silence as Lisa Hillman snaps a dead...
article A Native American tribe will cover the costs of the funerals for all of the Alabama tornado victims
(Alabama) -- Often times the worst situations will bring out the best in people. That's proving true once again, this time in southeastern Alabama, where residents...
article Udall, Luján Introduce Bicameral Native American Voting Rights Act
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M) led a...

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