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press release American Indian Movement West: No to Bolivia Coup! Hands Off Venezuela, Cuba!
(California) -- We, the people assembled in the American Indian Movement West conference in San Francisco, November 25 and 26, declare: Whereas, Evo Morales is the first...
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Alcatraz

article Two coastal gatherings for 'prayer, thanksgiving, and solidarity'
(California) -- There is always that question: “What do Indians think about Thanksgiving?” On two coasts Native people offered prayers. In the San Francisco...
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BIA

press release USDA, BIA Partner To Spur Economic Development, Strengthen Tribal Communities In Indian Country
(Oklahoma) -- The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to improve tribes...
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Canadian Land Issues

article Former top public servant calls on western premiers to settle outstanding Indigenous land claims
(Canada) -- Canada's former top federal public servant says uncertainty over Indigenous land title in the West is holding back the regional economy — and is...
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Census

article Klamath Tribes gear up for 2020 Census
(Oregon) -- As the nation prepares for upcoming census the Klamath Tribes are also preparing to launch a campaign to increase tribal member participation in the 2020...
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Cherokee Nation

article Overall: Cherokee Nation wants to create its own National Register of Historic Places
(Oklahoma) -- Twenty-four years before Oklahoma statehood, the Cherokee Nation allocated $9,000 to build a set of nine courthouses spread across northeastern Indian...
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Citizen Potawatomi

article Jett named 2019 Visionary Leadership Award Winner
(Oklahoma) -- Shane D. Jett, CEO of the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation, recently received the 2019 Visionary Leader Award in recognition for his...
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Coeur d’Alene Tribe

article Tribe bows out of lake management efforts
(Idaho) -- Idaho Gov. Brad Little has called for a third-party assessment of Lake Coeur d’Alene’s water quality while the Coeur d’Alene Tribe is...
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CSKT

article LETTER: Water compact nearing ratification
(Montana) -- On Thursday, Nov. 21, the Montana Association of Conservation Districts passed a resolution asking our congressional senators and representative for their...
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Dakota Access Pipeline

article Mark Ruffalo won't put down his megaphone
(Washington D.C.) -- Shortly after moving to Callicoon, New York, in the late aughts, Mark Ruffalo received an invitation to make the brief journey to Dimock,...
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Hopi Tribe

article Hopi commits to reducing arsenic in water at cultural center
(Arizona) -- Federal officials say the Hopi Tribe has failed to meet a deadline to reduce arsenic in drinking water at the tribe’s cultural center. The Hopi Tribe...
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Makah Tribe

article A U.S. tribe wants to resume whale hunting. Should it revive this tradition?
(Washington) -- Each year at this time, gray whales begin the roughly 6,000-mile journey south from their summer feeding grounds in Alaska to their calving and breeding...
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Marijuana & Hemp

article Wyoming tribe considering hemp and medical marijuana to diversify reservation economy
(Wyoming) -- A Wyoming tribe is looking to hemp and medical marijuana as potential ways to bolster the Wind River Reservation economy and treat illnesses, an approach...
article As Noem opposes hemp, tribes see opportunity
(South Dakota) -- As Alex White Plume gathered his children and grandchildren along the bank of Wounded Knee Creek to harvest hemp in September, he was one of just a...
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MMIW

press release Statement from Abigail Echo-Hawk regarding executive order to establish federal MMIWG task force
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, the Trump Administration issued an executive order to establish a federal task force to address the missing and murdered Indigenous women and...
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Navajo Nation

article NMMI student organizes raising of Navajo flag
(New Mexico) -- Through perseverance and planning, Diné (Navajo) students worked to leave a legacy honoring and representing Native American students at New Mexico...
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Redskins

article EDITORIAL: Happy Thanksgiving, Native Americans. Neshaminy can keep saying ‘Redskins’
(Pennsylvania) -- It’s fitting that the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission ruled on Neshaminy School District’s use of the “Redskins”...
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Spokane Tribe

article Deb Abrahamson blames mining pollution for her cancer, keeps fighting toxic legacy on Spokane reservation
(Washington) -- Even when Deb Abrahamson talks about herself – about being diagnosed with a cancerous, newborn-sized tumor in her uterus, about the misdiagnoses...
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Warm Springs Tribe

article Only a matter of time before wolves settle in Central Oregon
(Oregon) -- Wolf packs have established themselves in all points of the compass from Central Oregon, and it’s probably only a matter of time before one settles in...
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Other News

article State announces tribal economic development funding
(Montana) -- Native American owners of small businesses on the Flathead Indian Reservation sometimes struggle to qualify for a bank loan, but they can get $7,000 grants...
article AMBER Alert System upgrade caters to Native Americans
(Oklahoma) -- Native American communities now have access to resources to help better protect their children through an upgrade in the AMBER Alert System. Through a...
article Winnipeg Bear Clan moving to bigger den in new year
(Winnipeg) -- The original Bear Clan will be moving to a bigger, better den as the safety patrol group prepares to open a second location in Winnipeg this winter, its...
article Meet Doris Peltier, an advocate for Indigenous women living with HIV
(Canada) -- Doris Peltier has dedicated her life's work to advocating for the wellbeing of Indigenous women living with HIV/AIDS. The 63-year-old Anishinaabe mother...
article New leader takes reins of Indigenous health group in Yellowknife
(North Canada) -- A new director has taken the reins of the organization leading the charge on traditional healing services in Yellowknife, as work continues toward...
article Patients, relatives benefit from smudging at area hospitals
(South Dakota) -- Richie Richards remembers gathering with 20 of his relatives to visit their dying cousin in 2016. The group helped Joseph Marshal stand up next to his...
article Beyond the curriculum: How Matawa Learning Centre brings culture to the classroom
(Thunder Bay) -- Matawa High School in Thunder Bay offers First Nations teens a holistic education. In addition to standard curriculum courses — like math and...
article Native students find success at well-funded SD Catholic school
(South Dakota) -- As South Dakota education officials work to close the achievement gap between the state’s Native American students and their white peers, a private...
article Students tap into Native American art projects
(Montana) -- The approximately 250 students who attend Cayuse Prairie School have embarked on art projects with a larger purpose. Each grade level is working on an art...
article 'We took a giant leap forward': Northern B.C. First Nation holds 1st potlatch in 73 years
(British Columbia) -- For the first time in more than seven decades, the Lheidli T'enneh First Nation hosted a potlatch celebration on its traditional territory....
article Tamastslikt museum shows Oregon history through a Native American lens
(Oregon) -- There are plenty of historical museums and park sites in Oregon that walk visitors through the history of our state, but none tells the story quite like...
article Mi'kmaw artist draws on past abuse for first illustration project
(New Brunswick) -- When Mi'kmaw artist Pauline Young was commissioned to illustrate two picture books she didn't hesitate to take on the project. But she admits...
article Water temperature problem in local creeks regains attention
(Washington) -- The state Department of Ecology is refocusing on a water quality problem in the Skagit River watershed that’s gotten little attention over the past...
article New hockey class aims to support First Nation youth in Thunder Bay
(Thunder Bay) -- Mike Kompon left home at 16 to play junior league hockey. He still remembers the tough transition of moving away from his family. His experience helps...

11/30/2019

article New York’s Mohawk tribe works to restore their culture
(New York) -- For decades, Native American children were forcibly removed from their families and lands to attend boarding schools where English was mandatory and their...
article Federal Task Force To Address Crime Epidemic Against Native Women And Girls
(Washington D.C.) -- Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday creating a White House task force on missing and slain American Indians and Alaska Natives. The task...
article Mullin, Cole support murdered and missing indigenous people initiative
(Washington D.C.) -- Oklahoma’s two tribal member congressmen, Markwayne Mullin and Tom Cole, endorsed the Trump administration’s initiative for addressing...
article Native leader says Trump's empty promises won't halt crisis of murdered and missing Indigenous women
(California) -- President Trump's promise to halt the crisis of murdered and missing Indigenous women is no more than an empty promise aimed at getting votes, says...
article Belated bill to help solve indigenous cold cases gains steam
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill originally meant to help law enforcement investigate cold cases of murdered and missing indigenous women has floundered in Congress for two...
article Navajo Country Music Pays Tribute to ‘Indian Cowboys’ and Outlaw Legends
(New Mexico) -- They started out from hamlets deep in the Navajo Nation, driving hours on washboard roads. When the Saturday night crowd finally arrived at Redd’s, the...
article 50 Years After the Occupation of Alcatraz, Native American Activists Gather—and Resist
(California) -- Frigid air and wet ground did little to deter the 4500 people who gathered before dawn on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay this Thursday for the...
article Colin Kaepernick speaks at Native American 'Un-Thanksgiving Day' held on Alcatraz
(California) -- Colin Kaepernick spent the holiday at a Native American 'Un-Thanksgiving Day' on Alcatraz, later criticizing the US government 'for stealing...
article Art as service: U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s work has its mystical qualities and yet belongs to everyone
(New Mexico) -- Joy Harjo, the U.S. poet laureate, was born and raised in Oklahoma, but New Mexico has been her second home. She thinks of herself as a “dual...
article 'Things are shifting': Tanya Talaga sees change in Thunder Bay
(Thunder Bay) -- Eight years ago, Toronto Star reporter Tanya Talaga was sent on assignment to Thunder Bay. She went there with a plan of writing about why First Nation...
article Native Americans from across New England gather in Plymouth for National Day of Mourning
(Massachusetts) -- As we mark Thanksgiving, many are also marking the 50th National Day of Mourning. It's a day Native Americans recognize the oppression of their...
article Top 5 atrocities committed by Christopher Columbus
(North America) -- It’s difficult to think of a more perverse hero than Christopher Columbus, the Italian who led Europe’s first landing party in the...
article Members of local tribes raise their hands to end the silence on missing, murdered indigenous women
(Utah) -- In response to the growing problem of missing and murdered Native American women, a local indigenous organization held a rally to raise awareness on...
article NENEMA: Governor Inslee should revoke support for smelter project
(Washington) -- A proposed smelter that threatens the health and natural resources of the Kalispel Tribe of Indians was named a project of “statewide significance...
article Photograph of climate activist at Standing Rock to be preserved at Library of Congress
(North Dakota) -- When 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg visited the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation last month, she squeezed in a brief photo shoot to...
article 'It's beautiful': Fort Good Hope elders welcome N.W.T.'s newest protected area
(Northwest Territories) -- It's the end of November and the early afternoon twilight fades to darkness, but Vicky Orlias doesn't seem to mind. The elder stands...
article Warren Names NM U.S. Rep. Haaland, a Native American, Co-Chair of Her Campaign
(Washington D.C.) -- Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has picked New Mexico U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland as one of three female co-chairs of her campaign. Haaland, a...
article Lawsuit: County officials wouldn’t release daughter’s body
(Idaho) -- Two parents who are members of a Northern Idaho tribe have filed a lawsuit contending Kootenai County officials refused to return their daughter’s body...
article McSally Calls on VA Secretary to Improve Native Veterans’ Access to Mental Health Care
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senator Martha McSally (AZ) yesterday asked Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to improve Native Americans veterans’...
article Michigan tribe awarded grant for e-cigarette education
(Michigan) -- An Upper Peninsula nonprofit organization is supporting a program that educates young people in the Hannahville Indian Community about the dangers of e-...
article Santa Ynez Chumash Tribe donates $250,000 for high school aquatics complex
(California) -- The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians donated to the building of an aquatics complex at Santa Ynez High School on Friday. The Tribe gave $250,000 to the...
article New Minnesota History Center exhibit tells stories of the state and its land from a Native perspective
(Minnesota) -- Every time you say “Minnesota,” you’re uttering a Dakota word that describes the reflection of the sky onto water. Tribal peoples have...
article Sisseton Wahpeton Nation created through movement, sometimes willing but sometimes forced
(North Dakota) -- The Lake Traverse Reservation of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate juts into the southeastern edge of North Dakota, while the rest of the triangular stretch...
article Christian Allaire: Vogue’s most fashionable Ojibwe
(New York) -- Seen on social media wearing the latest cowboy boots, leather pants, western fringed shirts, a smart blue ascot, or any other chic, contemporary styles,...
article Maria Campbell on the pain and relief of re-releasing Halfbreed with uncut account of RCMP rape
(Canada) -- Nearly five decades after Maria Campbell first published her seminal memoir Halfbreed, she says she finally feels like it's finished. That's because...
article 5 things to see at Indio Powwow this weekend
(California) -- The annual Cabazon XXXVIII Indio Powwow from the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians returned to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino for a three-day cultural event...
article On Lake Titicaca in Peru, villagers want to draw tourists--but on their own terms
(Peru) -- In the beginning, there was a lake cradled in the mountains of a high plateau in the Andes. How it got here was simple: The universe cried, and its tears...

11/29/2019

article How small pox brought the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribes together
(North Dakota) -- In western North Dakota, on a nearly 1,000,000 acre tract of land, sits the Fort Berthold Reservation, where the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribes...
article AG, Interior secretary back CSKT water compact
(Montana) -- Two members of President Trump’s Cabinet have voiced their support for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes water compact, but Montana's...
article 'We Can Do This Together': Navajo Lawmaker Says Families Of Missing, Murdered People Need Help Now
(New Mexico) -- When Tyrannus White, 41, went missing here in March, his parents ran into a dizzying maze as they sought help from law enforcement to find their son....
article New task force will address epidemic of missing American Indians and Alaska Natives
(Washington D.C.) -- Attorney General William Barr and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt will oversee the effort, which targets new and unsolved missing person and...
article 'Our worst nightmares are being realized': Experts say First Nations need more power to save B.C. salmon
(British Columbia) -- In the aftermath of a massive landslide on B.C.'s Fraser River, just a single female chinook salmon managed to complete the journey to her...
article Is digging for copper at Oak Flat like mining Mt. Sinai?
(Arizona) -- It’s not getting a lot of media attention, but a former chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, Wendsler Nosie Sr., is walking roughly 45 miles from...
article How the Native American occupation of Alcatraz turned sour
(California) -- The previous Portals told the story of how 78 Native Americans, most of them college students, sailed to the former federal prison on Alcatraz Island on...
article Mass Shootings Are Connected to America’s Legacy of Anti-Indigenous Violence
(Indian Country) -- There have so far been more mass shootings in the U.S. in 2019 than days of the year. According to the Gun Violence Archive (GVA), there were 381...
article The sea wanted to take this California lighthouse. Now, it's part of a conflict between a town and two tribes
(California) -- It stood like a pretty sea siren atop the coastal bluff overlooking the rocky outcrops of Trinidad Bay. The cheery little lighthouse, with its cherry-red...
article Tisquantum: The Native American horticulturalist who rescued the Pilgrims PART 2
(Massachusetts) -- A Pawtuxet Wampanoag Indian named Tisquantum may very well have been the first American ambassador. His story begins during the summer of 1605, when...
article Maine water quality debate pits Penobscot Nation against paper industry
(Maine) -- State environmental officials last week heard arguments on a statute that would give Maine some of strictest standards for water quality in the country....
article "Baby Shark" ready to dive in with a Navajo language song version
(New Mexico) -- The catchy "doo doo doo" of "Baby Shark," the internationally popular children's song about a family of sharks, will soon have a...
article BLACKWATER: Time for the ‘well-meaning man’ to return spectrum rights to Native American tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- Henry Laurens Dawes didn’t see himself as a bad man. Nor did the men in Massachusetts who voted the abolitionist attorney into Congress just...
article Activists rally in Baltimore to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day
(Maryland) -- About 50 people gathered by the statue of Christopher Columbus in the eastern Inner Harbor on Friday afternoon to demand that Baltimore and Maryland...
article MORON ALERT: Duluth TV news director resigns after Facebook incident
(Minnesota) -- The news director for Duluth television station Fox 21 resigned Monday following objections to what was called a racist Facebook post he made last week....
article Provinces need to recognize First Nations authority on cannabis
(Canada) -- Federal lawmakers ignored the call to delay cannabis legalization until First Nations could be adequately consulted on the regulation of recreational sales....
article Why B.C.'s Indigenous rights bill is 'impractically broad' and inconsistent with Canadian law
(British Columbia) -- British Columbia’s Bill 41, aimed at implementing the Universal Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) into provincial...
article Native Americans Continue Fight Over Oil Pipelines
(South Dakota) -- It's been three years since Native American communities attempted to block an oil pipeline in the Standing Rock protests. After a spill from...
article Could Indigenous ownership kick-start energy sector?
(Canada) -- There’s an idea being floated out West, a means to restore a little hope to the bleak prospects for investors in Canada’s energy sector:...
article Police discussed stopping Keystone XL protesters ‘by any means’
(USA) -- U.S. law enforcement officials preparing for fresh Keystone XL pipeline protests have privately discussed tactics to stop activists “by any means”...
article Saving Oklahoma's prairies, a vital weapon against climate change
(Oklahoma) -- The late October morning is so bitterly cold that the vaccine a hardy Oklahoman cowboy is trying to administer to an impatient bison has frozen. The...
article Historically left out of Western water talks, tribes intend to have greater influence in future
(Arizona) -- Earlier this year, Arizona, one of seven states that rely on the Colorado River, was in the midst of a heated discussion about Colorado River water. “...
article Nooksack entrepreneur sells company to Snoqualmie Tribe; will stay on as CEO
(Washington) -- A Nooksack tribal member has sold his native art business to the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe in a move that’s expected to grow the company and protect...
article Vicki Eagleman’s story: Forgotten on the reservation
(South Dakota) -- Who killed Vicki Eagleman? That's a question that's been left unanswered on the Lower Brule Lakota Indian Reservation for more than 13 years....
article 'Quit fighting and bickering,' Sask. chief says to feds, Sask., after northern suicides
(Saskatchewan) -- Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation Chief Ronald Mitsuing wants federal and provincial governments to work together to address a suicide crisis in northern...
article Where Most Native Americans Live
(Indian Country) -- The number of people in the U.S. identifying as American Indian has climbed in recent years, with California, Arizona and Oklahoma accounting for the...
article Native American, Vietnam gunner lives by warrior culture
(Maryland) -- Ernie Wensaut, a former Army machine gunner for the 1st Infantry Division, was born in a traditional Potawatomi tribal family home, on their reservation in...
article New app teaches the Potawatomi language spoken by Indiana's only federally recognized tribe
(Indiana) -- Hoosiers looking to really get into the Thanksgiving spirit, or just generally interested in broadening their cultural knowledge, now can learn the language...
article Black Belt Eagle Scout Inspires Indigenous Kids
(Washington) -- In 2007 Katherine Paul, or KP, left home to go to to college. Her home was the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, about halfway between Seattle and...
article Evo Morales and the Rights of Mother Earth
(Bolivia) -- I lived in Bolivia for about 9 months in 1991, in a small town near Vinto. Vinto is the place where, a couple of week ago, a mob of thugs dragged the mayor...
article Agnes Baker Pilgrim, of Oregon’s Takelma tribe and global advocate of indigenous rights, dies
(Oregon) -- Agnes Baker Pilgrim, the oldest member of Oregon’s Takelma tribe and a vocal advocate for clean water and Native American rights, has died. She was 95...
article SEATTLE TIMES: Honor the Makahs’ treaty right to hunt whales
(Washington) -- The 1855 Treaty of Neah Bay could not be clearer: The U.S. government agreed the Makah Tribe, natives of the northwest tip of the Olympic Peninsula, had...
article Fond du Lac offers first Lake Superior netting, but no takers
(Minnesota) -- The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa were ready to allow band members some limited netting on Lake Superior this fall, but no one showed up. The...
article Minneapolis teacher helps students reconnect with culture during buffalo hunt
(Minnesota) -- At Minneapolis' South High School in room 134, you won't find too many worksheets, tests, or textbooks. "I like that idea," said All...
article Red Cliff Tribe Awarded $1M To Expand Community Food System
(Wisconsin) -- The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has been awarded a roughly $1 million grant over the next three years as part of plans to expand food...
article Native Community Development Financial Institutions hold successful summit in Washington
(Washington D.C.) -- This past week, the Native CDFI Network (NCN) hosted their 2019 Policy Summit at the National Indian Gaming Association building on Capitol Hill in...

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