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Census

article Audio recordings in Native languages urge completing census
(New Mexico) -- Online and over the phone, U.S. census forms and interviews will be available in 13 languages, none of which are Native American. Census instructions are...
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Cherokee Nation

article Chief Chat: Cherokee Nation increases effort to save historical sites in northeast Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- Across Cherokee Nation are places rich in Cherokee history. Whether it is a refreshing spring that supplied Cherokee families with life-sustaining water, a...
article RSU to broadcast Cherokee language course for beginners
(Oklahoma) -- Roger State University’s public TV station will begin broadcasting a Cherokee language educational program Monday, the first televised language...
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Donald Trump

article Where do Native voters stand on impeachment?
(Indian Country) -- Donald Trump is only the third U.S. president to be impeached. Chances are extremely thin he’ll actually be removed from office. But the...
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Election 2020

press release Native American Presidential Forum: 7 Generations, 7 States and 77 Electoral votes - Indian Country United
(Las Vegas) -- The forum will consist of invited Candidates sitting with panels consisting of Tribal leaders, organizations, elders and youth throughout Indian Country...
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Food Sovereignty

article High stakes for small ears: Seed stewards preserve native varieties of corn, other plants
(Vermont) -- Dried ears of Koasek corn are only about 4 inches long, much shorter and slimmer than the commercial varieties sold at the grocery store. But Koasek corn,...
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Joy Harjo

article Merwin Conservancy presents event with U.S. poet laureate
(Hawaii) -- The Merwin Conservancy will present current U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo in the Green Room at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s McCoy...
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Land Issues

article Judge: County Violated Federal Indian Law In Zoning Dispute With Lake Superior Tribe
(Wisconsin) -- A federal judge has ruled a northern Wisconsin county violated federal Indian law when it enforced its zoning rules on land owned by tribal members within...
article Tribal land in East Valley may finally see development. Here's what is envisioned
(Arizona) -- Plenty of big ideas have been floated in the past for a swath of mostly vacant desert at the interchange of two busy freeways in the East Valley. The Salt...
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Mascot Issue

article Killingly mascot rift could impact district finances, town
(Connecticut) -- The town’s embrace of a high school sports mascot that many deem as racist and offensive toward Native Americans could have financial and economic...
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Mashpee Wampanoag

article The mystery of the Mayflower and the vanishing crown jewels
(UK) -- President Trump could have another cultural heritage headache on his hands in the year that celebrates the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower ship arriving in...
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Mental Health

article 'She was such a bright light': Former classmates, teachers at B.C. school honour life of Kelly Fraser
(British Columbia) -- Former classmates, teachers, friends and community members in Merritt, B.C., gathered Friday evening for a candlelight vigil to honour the life of...
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Mining & Drilling

article B.C. human rights commissioner calls on Canada to stop eviction of Wet'suwet'en people in pipeline standoff
(British Columbia) -- B.C.'s human rights commissioner is urging the Canadian government to stop the eviction of Wet'suwet'en and Secwepemc peoples who are...
article 'We don't give consent': Portage and Main round dance shows solidarity for Wet'suwet'en in pipeline battle
(Manitoba) -- Despite frigid weather, more than 100 people turned out for a round dance at the iconic corner of Portage Avenue and Main Street in Winnipeg Friday...
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Mississippi Band of Choctaw

article First elected Choctaw tribal chief, Calvin Isaac, dead at 86, according to Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
(Mississippi) -- The first elected Choctaw tribal chief, Calvin Isaac, has died, according to the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Isaac was elected in 1975 and...
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Opioid Crisis

article No Easy Answers Forthcoming on Opioid Crisis, Experts Say
(USA) -- According to the NPR article, over 400,000 Americans have died of opioid-related causes since the epidemic began in the 1990s. “Thousands of states, local...
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Pine Ridge

article Rolling Rez Arts bus success set to increase with physical building in Kyle
(South Dakota) -- With success shared from the Rolling Rez Arts bus program – by First Peoples Fund – a permanent location for artists on Pine Ridge is being...
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Seneca Nation

article Salamanca schools receive $474K grant for Seneca youth program
(New York) -- The Salamanca City Central School District has received a $474,000 grant from the State Education Department for the My Brother’s Keeper Native...
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Wind River

article Memorial sculpture garden to honor veterans from Wind River Indian Reservation
(Wyoming) -- A community-based project dedicated to honoring service members from all branches of the U.S. military, including veterans and active military is planned to...
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Other News

article Colonialism and a Hopi princess: Why Star Wars resonates with Indigenous audiences
(North Dakota) -- Star Wars is a franchise beloved by many, but it's especially loved by Indigenous fans who see parallels between the movies and the stories of...
article Native American conservation traditions subject of talk
(Oregon) -- Elizabeth Woody, executive director of The Museum at Warm Springs, will give a presentation this month in Bend about Native American creeds and ceremonial...
article Proposed bill would give Native youths a voice in Legislature
(Colorado) -- Native American youths might receive more representation in the state government through legislation introduced Wednesday in the Colorado Legislature. The...
article Alcohol-related deaths double, women at increased risk
(Indian Country) -- Alcohol-related deaths are increasing at an alarming rate in the U.S., according to a new study. Alcohol-related deaths in the U.S. have increased...
article Vancouver police chief defends handcuffing of Indigenous man and granddaughter
(British Columbia) -- Police officers followed standard procedure when they handcuffed an Indigenous man and his 12-year-old granddaughter after they tried to open an...
article Curious Nature: The Utes are the original Coloradans
(Colorado) -- According to tribal legend, the Ute Indians have lived in the mountains of Colorado since the beginning of time. They hunted, fished, and foraged for food...
article Funding the Fight Against Indian Reservation’s Opioid Epidemic
(Wisconsin) -- On Dec. 13, the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs announced awards totaling more than $333 million to combat the national opioid...
article Why Shelterhouse chose new build over renovating
(Michigan) -- This is part of a weekly series focused on educating the community about Shelterhouse of Midland and Gladwin Counties. It’s part of a local impact...
article 2020 National Native Media Conference
(Arizona) -- The Native American Journalists Association invites all NAJA members and supporters to attended annual National Native Media Conference Sept. 13-16, 2020 at...
article Cameron University Native American Student Association hosting 2nd annual PowWow
(Oklahoma) -- Native American Student Association hosting 2nd annual PowWow
article Indigenous internship program 'once in a lifetime' chance for Ulukhaktok woman
(Canada) -- Last winter, Phylicia Kagyut had just finished upgrading the courses she needed to get into a post-secondary institution. She had planned to start school in...
article Indigenous internship program 'once in a lifetime' chance for Ulukhaktok woman
(Northwest Territories) -- Last winter, Phylicia Kagyut had just finished upgrading the courses she needed to get into a post-secondary institution. She had planned to...
article Proposed bill would give Native youths a voice in Legislature
(Colorado) -- Native American youths might receive more representation in the state government through legislation introduced Wednesday in the Colorado Legislature. The...
article Social Studies Teachers Review "Indian Education For All" Standards At Riverton Workshop
(Wyoming) -- Social studies teachers from 27 Wyoming school districts gathered in Riverton this week for a two-day professional development workshop. Many used the time...
article If Tap Pilam is building a nation, it’s just getting started
(Texas) -- As the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation waits to find out whether it will be able to participate in the reburial of human remains unearthed by renovations at the...
article Regulars vs. Irregulars: The US Army and the Indian Wars at the End of the 19th Century
(USA) -- As the month of June 1876 waned, one of the largest battles between the American Army and the Indian tribes was waged, the Battle of the Little Bighorn.[i] This...
article Why Paul Seesequasis wanted to reclaim everyday Indigeneity through archival images
(Canada) -- After Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission report was released, Willow Cree writer, cultural activist and journalist Paul Seesequasis felt...
article Rebecca Roanhorse's Star Wars writing gig began with a tweet
(Canada) -- It all began with a tweet. "It started with me sort of joking around, pleading on social media for a Native author to write a Star Wars story."...
article Rolling Rez Arts bus success set to increase with physical building in Kyle
(South Dakota) -- With success shared from the Rolling Rez Arts bus program – by First Peoples Fund – a permanent location for artists on Pine Ridge is being...
article Superstition Mountain Museum and the Elvis Chapel: An Arizona hidden gem
(Arizona) -- The Elvis Chapel at the Superstition Mountain Museum is a church-like building that was featured in the Elvis Presley movie “Charro!,” among...
article TAM Presents The Naturalist & The Trickster
(Washington) -- On February 1, 2020, Tacoma Art Museum will open The Naturalist & The Trickster: Audubon/RYAN!. Although centuries apart, artists John James Audubon...
article The First Native American NFL Player Dominated the League in Its Early Days
(USA) -- If you asked most people to name the world’s greatest athlete — someone so good they changed sports forever — the odds are good that they...
article For New Zealand's Maoris, even touching this sacred tree is taboo. They let scientists climb to help save it.
(New Zealand) -- Two arborists, chest-deep in underbrush, secured a rope slung over a branch in the Waipoua Forest, close to the northern tip of New Zealand. Scott...
article Brazil's govt to propose oil exploration on indigenous land: media
(Brazil) -- Brazil's government will propose legalizing oil and gas exploration as well as hydroelectric dam construction on indigenous land, a report said Saturday...
article Escape of Atlantic salmon raises concerns
(Washington) -- Impacts of some 21,000 farmed Atlantic salmon that fled a damaged British Columbia net pen in late December remain an unknown, but concerns remain over...

1/10/2020

article Judge Orders Feds to Reevaluate Tribal Recognition Rule
(Washington) -- A federal judge declined on Friday to order the government to allow the Chinook Indian Nation to reapply for federal recognition, but he did toss out the...
article Getting rid of ‘Redmen’ sparked an uproar. So school officials voted to reinstate the ‘demeaning’ team name.
(Connecticut) -- In recent years, the number of sports teams with names like “Chiefs” or “Tomahawks” has been dwindling as schools reckon with...
article Tribe pays ransom as work continues in rebuilding of the network
(North Carolina) -- The Tribal IT Department of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) and the many tribal programs are still dealing with the aftermath of a...
article Palm Springs group pens letter to Gov. Newsom about hockey arena’s potential environmental impacts
(California) -- A group of a dozen Palm Springs residents mailed letters to state officials Thursday asking them to become involved in a proposal by the Agua Caliente...
article Federal Judge Sides With Wisconsin Tribe in Zoning Dispute
(Wisconsin) -- A federal judge ruled Thursday in favor of an Indian tribe based in northern Wisconsin, for now settling the tribe’s beef with a county over whose...
article South Dakota governor drops plans to veto hemp, but calls for ‘guardrails’
(South Dakota) -- Governor Kristi Noem is relenting on blocking South Dakota’s development of a hemp industry, provided the proposed law meets “guardrails...
article Off the Rez, Seattle's first Native food truck, opens café in revamped Burke Museum
(Washington) -- You can now access Seattle’s favorite Native American cuisine food truck, Off the Rez, without having to check where they’re rolling to next...
article Northern Arapaho receives $4.75 million to improve recreation opportunities on reservation
(Wyoming) -- Better recreation options will be coming to the Wind River Reservation thanks to a multi-million dollar donation announced earlier this week. On Wednesday,...
article Coal Mine’s Closure Leaves Hopi, Navajo Homes Without Heat This Winter
(Arizona) -- The Kayenta coal mine in northeastern Arizona shut down last year, along with the power plant it supplied. Coal from that mine used to light up Las Vegas...
article OP/ED: ‘This is the only child I have and I much desire to find him’: Confronting U.S. history of family separation
(USA) -- Anguished over family members gone missing during slavery, freedmen placed such ads in the Christian Recorder and other newspapers for at least 30 years after...
article BLOG: Students Can Be Forced to Watch Indigenous 'Cleansing' Ceremonies, Court Rules
(Canada) -- A school did not violate the religious rights of two elementary-aged Christian students when it allowed an Indigenous elder to perform a smudging ritual at...
article Sask. First Nations asking federal government to transfer $360M per year to take over child welfare
(Saskatchewan) -- New federal legislation now allows First Nations to take control of their own child welfare. But Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Chief Bobby...
article Federal Judge Ushers Forward Nez Perce Tribal Lawsuit Against Midas Gold
(Idaho) -- A federal judge in Idaho has denied a mining company’s request to push pause on a lawsuit brought by a Native American tribe while a potential project...
article Judge Won't Stop Idaho Tribe Lawsuit Against Mining Company
(Idaho) -- A Clean Water Act lawsuit filed by the Nez Perce Tribe that seeks to force a Canadian gold mining company to acquire permits for pollution discharged from its...
article Trump Administration Scores Big on Energy from Public Lands
(Washington D.C.) -- Democratic candidates for president in 2020 are proposing to ban oil and gas production on federal lands in contrast to President Trump, who is...
article Grand Canyon Skywalk celebrates after welcoming 10 millionth visitor
(Arizona) -- The Grand Canyon Skywalk, the U-shaped glass bridge that extends over Arizona’s breathtaking natural wonder, is celebrating this month after welcoming...
article Indian Country Today adds two national correspondents
(Arizona) -- Joaqlin Estus and Dalton Walker will join Indian Country Today as national correspondents. Both journalists will begin in January. “It’s clear...
article USDA approves first state, tribal hemp plans
(USA) -- The Agriculture Department’ Agricultural Marketing Service has approved the first set of plans submitted by states and Indian tribes for the domestic...
article Lawyer for Covington Catholic Student Nicholas Sandmann Launches Kentucky Congressional Primary Bid
(Kentucky) -- The lawyer for Covington Catholic student Nicholas Sandmann is launching a primary bid against Republican Representative Thomas Massie in Kentucky’s...
article Meskwaki jurisdiction: Resolve still elusive?
(Iowa) -- Prosecution of some cases filed by Meskwaki Nation Tribal Police which land in Iowa courts has a new look. Since 1948, cases being handled in Tama County...
article The man behind the satirical Walking Eagle News finally says the things he never could as a journalist
(Manitoba) -- The headline was to the point, as usual: “Woman whose ancestors stole entire continent suspects Indigenous person shoplifting.” Tim Fontaine...
article Stauber praises Savanna's Act to combat human trafficking
(Minnesota) -- In conjunction with January being Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Congressman Pete Stauber, R-Duluth, spoke on the House floor Friday, Jan. 10, to...
article 'Where God put the West' – travelling through the land of the Navajo
(Arizona) -- "Do you ever get tired of that view?" I asked, sitting in the cafe of the visitor centre. "How could I?" said the young Navajo waitress...
article Fort Peck homeless shelters close for meth contamination
(Montana) -- The only two homeless shelters on the Fort Peck reservation have been closed for months under order of Tribal Chairman Floyd Azure, who said they were...
article Wind River's Women And Girls Help Each Other Succeed In STEM
(Wyoming) -- Every Wednesday afternoon, one hallway at Wyoming Indian High School turns into a robotics arena. During an after school scrimmage in December, two teams...
article Here's the backstory on this Inuvialuit parka left at an Edmonton thrift shop
(Alberta) -- A vintage sealskin parka that ended up being donated to an Edmonton thrift shop isn't a rare cultural relic, but it's an important piece of history...
article ‘The Spirit Of Respect’ / Historic Cornplanter Tomahawk Returned To Seneca Nation
(New York) -- A meaningful piece of history has been officially restored to the Seneca Nation’s ownership. Nation leaders welcomed officials from the New York...
article ‘We used to be there’: The lost history and legacy of America’s Indian School
(Virginia) -- Several years ago as debate raged over whether two feathers stuck in the College of William & Mary logo was racist, anthropologist Danielle Moretti-...
article Brazil pushes plans for mining on tribal lands to European diplomats
(Brazil) -- Brazil's government on Friday said it was pushing ahead with plans to allow mining on tribal lands, briefing European diplomats on proposals that have...
article Indigenous knowledge saves home from wildfire in Australia
(Australia) -- Phil Sheppard believes aboriginal knowledge on managing forests saved his self-built home in a remote mountain part of Australia from raging wildfires...
article What indigenous design could teach us about surviving climate change
(Australia) -- Australia’s wildfires—which, since September, have burned 17.9 million acres of the continent—have not only turned skies vermillion and...

1/9/2020

article PODCAST: Indian Country Relocation: A One-way Ticket to Poverty
(West Virginia) -- North America’s early experiences with Us & Them come from our history with indigenous people. In the 19th century, a nascent U.S....
article Border wall construction could start in days
(Washington D.C.) -- Crews could start building a private border wall in South Texas within the coming days following a federal judge's ruling Thursday that lifted a...
article What the Wet’suwet’en case says about how Canadian courts address Indigenous law
(Canada) -- About 30 years before the Wet’suwet’en First Nation faced the possibility of a natural gas pipeline through its territory, members fought a...
article Coastal GasLink opponents monitor logging road as prospect of pipeline standoff grows
(British Columbia) -- Thirty-nine kilometres down a snow-covered logging road, four men chop wood and work to erect a canvas wall tent in a pullout area. Cody Merriman,...
article Opening the Arctic Refuge brought Alaska’s largest Native corporation $22.5 million from BP and Chevron
(Alaska) -- The Alaska Native regional corporation for the North Slope collected $22.5 million from a pair of oil companies after Congress opened the Arctic National...
article National Tribal Organizations Partner with Tribal Nations in Nevada to Host Presidential Candidate Forum
(Las Vegas) -- A collective of national tribal organizations and several tribal nations located in Nevada are proud to announce the second Native American Presidential...
article Indigenous grandfather and 12-year-old handcuffed in front of Vancouver bank after trying to open an account
(Quebec) -- Maxwell Johnson thought his appointment at the Bank of Montreal would be routine. He's been a customer since 2014 and wanted to open an account for his...
article App developed locally to connect Indigenous kids to health services is going national
(Ontario) -- A tool developed in the Manitoulin Island community of Wikwemikong to assess the health of Indigenous children is going Canada-wide thanks to a $1.5-million...
article New Chair to take a hard look at cancer outcomes for Indigenous Peoples in BC
(British Columbia) -- Dr. Nadine Caron says she hears difficult stories every day from some of her Indigenous patients in rural British Columbia facing a diagnosis of...
article Mom's challenge of Indigenous smudging ceremony denied by B.C. Supreme Court
(British Columbia) -- British Columbia’s Supreme Court says a mother has failed to establish that Indigenous ceremonies performed in her children’s...
article 7 things you should never say to a Native American
(USA) -- I don't know if there's a culture in the United States whose language, symbols, and traditions get appropriated more than that of Native Americans.
article Summit urges indigenous people to lead fight against climate change
(Alaska) -- Moving ever into the future, the debate surrounding climate change and how to address it grows, and, in Fairbanks, it’s grown into a summit. “...
article 'Landmark' Indigenous knowledge collaboration
(Indonesia) -- Commitment to preserving traditional knowledge proves successful in Indonesia. The Indonesian archipelago is one of the most biologically rich areas on...
article 'A gift of life': Buffalo returning to traditional lands through First Nations sharing
(Saskatchewan) -- Traditional drumming rang out over Saskatchewan's rolling hills as children pressed their faces up against the fence surrounding the pasture. The...
article RCMP confirm that sunken Mi’kmaq fishing boat had drill holes in the hull
(Nova Scotia) -- The RCMP in Nova Scotia say a Mi’kmaq fishing boat that was found underwater on Dec. 26 had drill holes in the hull. But the Mounties have stopped...

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