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Blackfeet Nation

article Former employees of Blackfeet Tribe’s Head Start program sentenced for theft and fraud
(Montana) -- Three former employees of the Blackfeet Tribe’s Head Start program were sentenced Thursday to months in prison for their roles in an overtime pay...
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Chaco Canyon

article Oil and gas development complicates effort to protect sacred sites
(New Mexico) -- The battle over oil and gas development across the high desert that surrounds Chaco Culture National Historical Park has been brewing for years. The...
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Cherokee Nation

article National Indian museum celebrates Cherokee tribes
(Washington) -- The National Museum of the American Indian celebrated Cherokee history during the sixth annual Cherokee Days festival over the weekend, featuring the...
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Choctaw Nation

article Choctaw historian at KU restoring cultural knowledge through food, fiction, family
(Kansas) -- The published works of Devon Mihesuah fill a wide space between two bookends in her office at the University of Kansas. The prolific author juggles her time...
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Comanche Nation

article Comanche Nation sets general council
(Oklahoma) -- The Comanche general council will joint together for its annual meeting to nominate officers and discuss the proposed 2019-2020 Fiscal Year budget.
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Cultural Appropriation

article OPINION | It's disrespectful for non-Indigenous artists to make a profit off our designs
(North Canada) -- Some will agree, some will disagree, some will be angry, others will learn, but this has been keeping me awake at night and giving me flashbacks to a...
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First Nations

article Liberals move ahead on Indigenous agenda after SNC affair, caucus ousters
(Ottawa) -- Justin Trudeau's Liberals say they are still hearing support from Indigenous people and leaders, despite concerns raised publicly about Trudeau's...
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Gun Lake

article Gun Lake Tribe holding free electronics recycling event
(Michigan) -- The Gun Lake Tribe is hosting an electronic recycling event on April 16th from 10 a.m-2p.m. near their “Public Works” building. The tribe aims...
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Mental Health

article Indigenous athlete combats mental illness by teaching Thai kickboxing
(Calgary) -- Siksika Nation members partner up to spar during their noon hour Muay Thai kickboxing workout at the Siksika Sportsplex. At the front of the room is...
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Mississippi Band of Choctaw

article Phyliss J. Anderson announces re-election bid for chief of Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
(Mississippi) -- Phyliss J. Anderson, Tribal Chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, announced her candidacy Saturday to seek re-election as tribal chief of...
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MMIW

article Red Dresses Raise Awareness for Missing, Murdered Native American Women
(Washington D.C.) -- Forty red dresses hang outside of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, a short distance from the U.S. Capitol. They’re...
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Native Voices

article GIAGO: After all, what’s in a name?
(South Dakota) -- It seems that behind every nickname there is a reason. I was six years old when my parents dropped me of in front of Red Cloud Hall. The building was...
article TRAHANT: This really is a Montana debate: Support coal or else forget Medicaid
(Montana) -- This is really a debate in 2019: Conservative legislators in Montana are demanding that the coal industry get state support or else they will not support a...
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Navajo Nation

article Benally Running for Congress
(New Mexico) -- Former Navajo Nation presidential candidate Dineh Benally is running for Congress. Benally is seeking New Mexico’s 3rd District seat in the U.S....
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Nisqually Tribe

article Nisqually Official Bill Kallappa Brings Tribal Perspective to State Board of Education
(Washington) -- In focusing on tribal communities, policymakers and educators tend to look at what’s missing. That, according to Nisqually Indian Tribe Interim...
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Pine Ridge

article Pine Ridge celebrates 'complete makeover' of grocery store after months without one
(South Dakota) -- After having to drive about 45 minutes to buy groceries for the past few months, Donna Dubray was first in line for the grand opening of Pine Ridge...
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Shakopee Mdewakanton

article Mdewakanton Sioux award $2.5 million in grants to tribes nationwide
(Minnesota) -- The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community has awarded nearly $2.5 million in grants to a dozen Indian tribes and Indian-related nonprofits across the...
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Sisseton Wahpeton

article Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate chairwoman voted out by council
(South Dakota) -- The Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Council voted to remove Chairwoman Ella Robertson after an executive session March 29.
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Tobacco & Cigarettes

article New Jamestown exhibition looks at tobacco boom and impact on Native Americans, slavery
(Virginia) -- For years, Jamestown's focus has been on the settlement's earliest years and how it barely got by after its 1607 founding. A new exhibition at the...
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Voter Suppression

article Congress Traveling the Country to Hear Evidence of Voting Rights Violations
(Washington D.C.) -- Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), chair of the Elections Subcommittee of the Committee on House Administration, will hold listening sessions to hear from...
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Water Issues

article Tribes, conservation groups cry foul after Trump administration signals rollback of Spokane River quality standards
(Washington) -- State regulators, local Native American tribes and environmental groups are crying foul after an apparent attempt this week by the Trump administration...
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Yakama Nation

article Yakama Nation Tribal PD investigating house fire as a possible arson
(Washington) -- Yakama Nation Tribal PD is investigating a house fire on 400 1st Street in White Swan as a possible arson. On arrival, they found the residence had smoke...
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Other News

article Native American homicide rates are soaring, but causes aren’t clear due to inconsistent data
(Montana) -- In Montana, Native Americans are nearly four times more likely to be victims of homicide than the general population, but a lack of available, consistent...
article U.S. Department of Education begins investigation into discrimination against Native students in Montana’s Wolf Point School District
(Montana) -- After years of documented instances of anti-Native racism — including the use of racial slurs and harmful stereotypes by white administrators, faculty...
article What works and what doesn't in the way the media represent Indigenous people?
(Montreal) -- How can the media shed stereotypes and tell a more honest story when it comes to Indigenous people? Four Indigenous panelists involved in journalism,...
article Idaho National Guard Lends a Helping Hand to Nearby Tribes
(Idaho) -- Situated about 150 miles south of Boise’s Gowen Field and spanning more than 500 square miles along the Idaho-Nevada border is the Duck Valley Indian...
article Pace of Bering Sea changes startle scientists
(Alaska) -- The Yupik Eskimo village of Kotlik on Alaska’s northwest coast relies on a cold, hard blanket of sea ice to protect homes from vicious winter Bering...
article 10 Beautiful Indigenous Children’s Books To Add To Your Library
(Canada) -- For centuries, Indigenous peoples have honoured storytelling. There are stories of how things are made, how the animals came to be and how our people lived...
article Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig students attend State of the Band Address
(Minnesota) -- Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig students in the Tribal Government class recently attended the State of the Band Address at Northern Lights Casino in Walker on Friday,...
article Native American students honored at first-ever Native American graduation ceremony
(Iowa) -- Friends and family gathered Friday for Iowa State’s first Native American graduation ceremony. Roughly 25 people traveled to the Cardinal Room of the...
article Native American, Hawaiian languages celebrated in summer schools
(California) -- In July, about 20 7- and 8-year-olds will gather at a summer camp in the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation in Northern California. They will sing songs,...
article Annual Time Out Wacipi celebrates Native American culture
(North Dakota) -- To the rhythm of a deep, steady beat of bass drums, rows of Native American dancers clad in brightly colored traditional regalia, jingle dresses and...
article Competing cemetery proposals could impact Alamo plans
(Texas) -- Two competing requests to designate the Alamo in San Antonio as a Historical Texas Cemetery could change how the mission is remembered.
article Handle with care: Ninepipes Museum confronts preservation challenges
(Montana) -- Every museum has signs reading “Please don’t touch.” But what if survival of the exhibits depends on occasional touching? “A lot of these things are...
article No clear heroes, villains: Modoc War more complex than first appears
(California) -- There are many benefits to be gained from the study of human conflicts in the past, but there are many pitfalls in trying to place blame for those...
article Something to celebrate? Indians’ conflicted feelings about San Diego’s 250th birthday
(California) -- On April 11, 1769, the Spaniards did not look like conquerors. Entering San Diego Bay aboard the San Carlos and its sister ship, the San Antonio, they...
article Métis artist shares Indigenous 'tattoo medicine' on the prairies
(Saskatchewan) -- An inked flower marks Stacey Fayant's thigh. Dotted grass cradles the bloom. Underneath are four long lines, painstakingly stitched with needle,...
article Nunavut musician and children's TV host Riit recognized for her work
(Nunavut) -- Nunavut-based musician and Inuktitut-language TV host Rita Claire Mike-Murphy is being recognized for her work by the Youth Media Alliance. She recently...
article Paiute artist has work on display at Nevada Legislature
(Nevada) -- Melissa Melero-Moose, a member of the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, has her art on display Nevada Arts Council’s Legislative eXhibition Series (LXS) Gallery...
article Arizona Wildlife Agency Collects Animal Remains for Tribal Groups
(Arizona) -- Native American tribes in Arizona often require animal skins, bones or other body parts for cultural and religious uses. The Arizona tribes now have a new...
article Tribal Police Search for Person of Interest
(Nevada) -- Authorities are asking for help in locating an adult male who is a person of interest, possibly involved with two violent crimes according to the Reno-Sparks...

4/13/2019

article ‘Not a showoff.’ Sharice Davids’ quiet approach endears her to Democratic leaders
(Kansas) -- When Rep. Sharice Davids arrived in Washington, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver was eager to mentor his fellow Democrat, whose district sits on the other side of the...
article Leader of Jicarilla Apache Nation stepped down after remarks about 'loose women'
(New Mexico) -- The Jicarilla Apache Nation is choosing a new leader following the resignation of Levi Pesata as president. After five terms on the council, Pesata...
article Montana panel OKs task force on missing Indian women and children
(Montana) -- A bill to help fight an epidemic of missing and murdered American Indian women and children advanced Friday in the Montana House. The House Judiciary...
article CHIEF BAKER: Making great strides in economic growth, development and diversification
(Oklahoma) -- Our tribal government is the sole owner, or shareholder, of Cherokee Nation Businesses. CNB is not just the economic engine of Cherokee Nation, but for all...
article McGill University sports teams drop 'Redmen' name amid criticism
(Montreal) -- McGill University will no longer use the name Redmen for its men's varsity sports teams after students argued the term was a racial slur. Suzanne...
article Checkerboard complicates effort to protect sacred sites
(New Mexico) -- The battle over oil and gas development across the high desert that surrounds Chaco Culture National Historical Park has been brewing for years. The...
article Tribal, congressional leaders to discuss proposed protections for Chaco Canyon area
(New Mexico) -- Congressional leaders will meet with tribal leaders this weekend to discuss the efforts to protect sacred New Mexico land and the surrounding areas from...
article Mendocino National Forest, Habematolel Pomo tribe reestablish traditional plants along Middle Creek
(California) -- The Mendocino National Forest and the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake are teaming up on a project to reestablish native riparian vegetation along Middle...
article Too early to say what effect cancellation of Laughlin event will have on Parker Tube Float
(Nevada) -- It’s still too early to determine what effect, if any, the cancellation of the 2019 Laughlin River Regatta will have on the Parker Tube Float. That...
article Staff Editorial: Tobacco age limit poses dilemma for tribes
(Washington) -- The Washington State Legislature recently passed a bill that would raise the legal age to purchase cigarettes, other tobacco products, e-cigarettes and...
article Tribal members nominate 31 to run for May 11 TGB primary
(Wisconsin) -- Lac Courte Oreilles (LCO) tribal members nominated 31 persons on Saturday, April 13 at the Sevenwinds Casino Event Center to run for the May 11 primary...
article Fond du Lac Band steps to prevent child abuse
(Minnesota) -- It’s child abuse awareness month, and communities in the Northland are doing all they can to help spread the word. That includes members of the Fond...
article Keynote: Leadership comes naturally for Native women
(Oklahoma) -- Mention Native American women and the first names to come to mind for most Americans are Pocahontas and Sacajawea. These women were known for their roles...
article Perspectives about education shared during forum
(New Mexico) -- Various perspectives were shared today at a forum featuring five panelists who shared their experiences during the "Education is Our Human Right...
article San Francisco Photo Project Replaces Controversial Statue with Living American Indians
(California) -- When San Francisco’s Arts Commission removed a controversial statue from Civic Center that depicted a fallen American Indian beneath a looming...
article When traditions fade, Native Americans dance to remember
(New York) -- For 56 years, Louis Mofsie has danced with his troupe, making Native American heritage shine and ensuring that age-old steps live on, even if their tribes...
article The cowboy way: Bullriders help finance search efforts for livestock on Pine Ridge Reservation
(Montana) -- Winter storm Ulmer wreaked havoc across Nebraska and South Dakota in mid-March, burying areas with up to 2 feet of snow and causing historic flooding, the...
article Falcon Construction puts work on hold to aid in Nez Perce Reservation flood relief
(Idaho) -- Montie Phillips, the owner of Falcon Construction, was surveying an Orofino home Tuesday morning when he discovered flooding nearby. He took action with...
article Lummi Nation calls for 'state of emergency' to aid dwindling orca population
(Washington) -- Elders and leaders of the Lummi Nation released a single Chinook salmon into the Salish Sea off western Washington State Wednesday as part of a spiritual...

4/12/2019

article Native American Women Are Facing a Crisis
(Indian Country) -- Native American women and girls are facing an epidemic of violence that is hiding in plain sight. They are being killed or trafficked at rates far...
article U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs Official Reverses Camp 4 Trust Decision
(California) -- The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs leader has withdrawn a decision to take 1,400 acres into trust for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, saying more...
article Supreme Court upholds residential school compensation for former student
(Manitoba) -- A former residential school student is entitled to compensation for abuse at the hands of a nun, the Supreme Court of Canada says in a decision that helps...
article What the drought contingency plan means for Arizona Native communities
(Arizona) -- Seven states including Arizona have already agreed to the drought contingency plan after months of negotiations between local, federal and tribal leaders....
article McGill dumps Redmen team name after calls from Indigenous community
(Quebec) -- Montreal's McGill University has announced it will change the name of its men's varsity sports teams — the Redmen — after calls from...
article Award-winning Native journalist arrested on charge of intoxicated driving
(New Mexico) -- Jenni Monet, the award-winning journalist whose reports and insights about Native issues are among the most widely read around the world, was arrested in...
article 'Foxes guarding the hen house': Trump nominee confirmed at Indian Country's most important agency
(Washington D.C.) -- A former energy industry lobbyist who has promoted mineral development as "sovereignty" for Indian Country easily won confirmation as the...
article Science is "a Democrat thing": Mantra of the Trump administration revealed
(USA) -- Science, according to a Trump appointee at the Department of the Interior, is "a Democrat thing." Those words were reportedly used to justify the...
article State 21 law does not apply to tribes
(Washington) -- With Attorney General Bob Ferguson, dozens of students, legislators and local health leaders there to bear witness, Gov. Jay Inslee signed HB 1074 into...
article 'Stop playing politics' with flood-threatened Kashechewan, regional chief says
(Ontario) -- The Grand Chief of the territory governing Kashechewan First Nation in northern Ontario is tearing into the federal government over an unfulfilled promise...
article Three Mi’maw grandmothers vow to keep up the pressure on Alton Gas
(Nova Scotia) -- The three mi’kmaw grandmothers arrested Wednesday for trespassing and ignoring a court order not to block the Alton Gas site say their fight...
article Law Professor Enumerates Flaws With President's Monument Modifications
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump clearly exceeded his authority when he lopped roughly two million acres off of two national monuments in Utah, according to a law...
article Semiahmoo First Nation charges non-band residents $50K for water
(British Columbia) -- Naomi Mitchell has lived on Semiahmoo First Nation land for decades, but if the 79-year-old doesn't come up with at least $50,000 by mid-June,...
article Jicarilla Apache Nation hosting special election for new president after resignation
(New Mexico) -- The Jicarilla Apache Nation of New Mexico is holding a highly anticipated special election for president on April 17. The former President Levi Pesata...
article Candidates from Alberta's political parties agree: Indigenous representation matters
(Alberta) -- When Vincent Rain collected enough signatures to earn the nomination as the Alberta Party candidate for Lesser Slave Lake, he was ready to start campaigning...
article Ontario budget's cuts to Indigenous Affairs a setback for reconciliation, says Carolyn Bennett
(Ontario) -- The Ontario budget released this week has some saying that reconciliation does not appear to be a priority with the new Progressive Conservative government.
article WaPo Files Countersuit Against Nick Sandmann
(Washington D.C.) -- The Washington Post fired back at Nick Sandmann's legal team this week with a motion to dismiss the $250 million defamation lawsuit filed by the...
article 6 More Sentenced In Embezzlement of $1.5M From Ute Mountain Tribe
(Colorado) -- After a 3-year investigation into the embezzlement of funds from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, 16 defendants have been convicted and sentenced for their...
article Canadians should be outraged over stories of coerced sterilization says NDP MP
(Saskatchewan) -- It’s completely unimaginable. You go to the hospital to give birth and leave never able to do so again. Over 100 women, mostly Indigenous, have...
article Kindred Spirits: When the Irish Starved, the Choctaw Tried to Feed Them (Podcast)
(Oklahoma) -- As Ireland starved, help came from an unlikely place. How the Choctaw people came to the aid of strangers on an island thousands of miles away is the...
article UN Human Rights Committee Questions the US About Its Implementation of Convenant that Includes Indigenous Peoples
(Geneva) -- On April 2nd, 2019 the United Nations (UN) Committee on Civil and Political Rights (CCPR) presented a list of questions to the United States of America (US)...

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