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Bears Ears

article Sutherland Institute’s campaign against Bears Ears was relentless, effective and mostly funded by a tight circle of activists
(Utah) -- At 9:28 p.m. the night before President Donald Trump signed an executive order to slash Bears Ears National Monument by 85%, Matt Anderson, a policy analyst at...
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California's Genocide

article California’s Indigenous History Is a Story of Genocide and Resistance
(California) -- Every inch of North and South America is Indigenous land. With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, its mythological history still needs to be debunked,...
article California's Indigenous History Is a Story of Genocide and Resistance
(California) -- Every inch of North and South America is Indigenous land. With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, its mythological history still needs to be debunked,...
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Dakota 38+2

article MORE TO THE STORY: The Dakota attack that never came
(Minnesota) -- The early years of McLeod County must have been something to see. Not only was the landscape a wild and fruitful one, but for those coming to the region...
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Indian Children Welfare Act (ICWA)

article S.D. Attorney General to 'not take sides' in case that could determine future of ICWA
(South Dakota) -- The South Dakota attorney general had decided "to not take sides" in a high-stakes federal lawsuit that could determine the future of a law...
article S.D. Attorney General to 'not take sides' in case that could determine future of ICWA
(South Dakota) -- The South Dakota attorney general had decided "to not take sides" in a high-stakes federal lawsuit that could determine the future of a law...
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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...
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Mining & Drilling

article EPA to Ease Rules on Power Plants Storing Deadly Coal Ash
(Washington D.C.) -- Utilities soon could get federal approval for the riskiest way to get rid of coal ash. The latest Trump EPA proposal to prop up the financially...
article Government Bill Would Permit Extensive Economic Exploitation on Indigenous Lands
(Brazil) -- The federal government is finalizing a bill to be submitted to Congress that provides for the exploitation of indigenous lands, one of President Jair...
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MMIW

article Missing and murdered Indigenous women crisis
(Washington D.C.) -- According to U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) a key Senate panel has approved two measures that will improve the federal government’s...
article Missing and murdered Indigenous women crisis
(Washington D.C.) -- According to U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) a key Senate panel has approved two measures that will improve the federal government’s...
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Native Voices

article Julian Brave NoiseCat: Perhaps the World Ends Here
(South Dakota) -- On a chilly and overcast Saturday in March, I parked my rental car at the base of the hill at Wounded Knee. The week before, historic blizzards and...
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Navajo Nation

article 'Broken Circle' author warns of complacency during assembly at Rocinante High School
(New Mexico) -- It's been nearly 30 years since Rodney Barker penned a book about the horrific murders of three Navajo men here in 1974 by a trio of white Farmington...
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Pine Ridge

article Strain on communication between state and tribal leaders continues
(South Dakota) -- As of last month, the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council lifted their ban on South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem from stepping foot on the Pine Ridge...
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Southern Ute

article Southern Ute Indian Tribe appoints new director of energy
(Colorado) -- The Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council recently appointed Kourtney Hadrick as the new director of energy for the Southern Ute Growth Fund. Hadrick has over...
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Star Wars

article Star Wars inspires Indigenous art in exhibit of cosplay, droids and paintings
(Arizona) -- Tony Thibodeau was roaming around Indigenous Comic Con when he noticed a bit of a trend: Indigenous people love and relate to the Star Wars story. He...
article ‘The Force Is With Our People’ Examines Influence of ‘Star Wars’ on Contemporary Native Artists
(Arizona) -- Ast’a ho nii yee holoodo.” May the Force be with you.” Years were spent bringing Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, the original Star Wars...
article Why some Indigenous people see themselves in Star Wars icon Baby Yoda
(Canada) -- If you've been on social media lately, chances are you've come across a cute green creature. Baby Yoda — or "the child" in the Star...
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Water Issues

article Water Compact legislation fails to protect Montana
(Montana) -- Less than one month ago, Senator Daines introduced Senate Bill 3019, The Montana Water Rights Protection Act, to the U.S. Senate. In his attempt to fix the...
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Winnebago Tribe

article St. Augustine portrait dedication celebrates 14 years at Encounter Center
(Nebraska) -- "The Children of St. Augustine Indian Mission," an exhibit featuring portraits by award-winning photographer Father Don Doll, will be at 1 p.m....
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Other News

article Legislative working group recommends clarifying VPSO role
(Alaska) -- In 2019, U.S. Attorney General William Barr declared a public law enforcement emergency for rural Alaska after his visit to the state. Alaska lawmakers then...
article Cowichan First Nations in court to recover disputed lands, fishing rights in Richmond
(British Columbia) -- Nearly 200 years ago, before Richmond existed, an Indigenous settlement containing over 108 longhouses sat along the south arm of the Fraser River...
article ACLU sues school district over ‘bloody Indian’ comment
(New Mexico) -- The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico on Wednesday sued the state’s largest school district and a former teacher over a 2018 incident...
article Hopewells’ culture touched other native peoples throughout North America
(Ohio) -- The Hopewell culture that was centered in Ohio had an interaction sphere that showed a network of cultural exchange and interaction throughout the country....
article Jordan: Earthworks draw people together from around the world
(Ohio) -- Over the last six years, I’ve been one of the interpreters to greet people as they visited the Newark Earthworks sites. Many have been Ohioans, coming from...
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 Abenaki partner with Sterling College to cultivate long-lost crops
(Vermont) -- When Don Stevens asks students at Sterling College what they see in a seed, they tell him food, or life. “But when I look at a seed — at some...
article Q&A: Jessie Conaway prioritizes the 'humanity of partnership' between UW, tribal nations
(Wisconsin) -- In 2015, the University of Wisconsin-Madison hosted a centennial summit with Native American nations, the first event of its kind since the tribes had...
article Two States. Eight Textbooks. Two American Stories.
(California) -- We analyzed some of the most popular social studies textbooks used in California and Texas. Here’s how political divides shape what students learn...
article A secretive dance keeps the Native American ways alive in the mountains of New Mexico
(New Mexico) -- For a handful of days a year in the wild mountains of northern New Mexico the Native American people of Taos Pueblo gather to perform what they claim is...
article An enslaved man was crucial to the Lewis and Clark expedition’s success. Clark refused to free him afterward.
(Missouri) -- York had done his job superbly. Whether the enslaved, 30-something black man wanted to participate in Lewis and Clark’s expedition to the Pacific Ocean is...
article Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum opens Monday
(Nevada) -- The Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum opens Monday, Jan. 13, giving the public a chance to see the government boarding school that operated...
article 'Stumptown' helps Tantoo Cardinal make strides for indigenous actors
(Hollywood) -- Even though she had significant roles in films like “Dances With Wolves” and “Legends of the Fall,” Tantoo Cardinal never felt the...
article Celebrating the tradition of Jingle Dress dance and pure love shown by women on the dance floor
(USA) -- Very few pow wow dance is as symphonic or jovial as the Jingle Dress dance is. The dance performed by multiple female dancers looks amazing when they move...
article Ainu minority to file suit for fishing rights in northern Japan
(Japan) -- A group of Ainu, an ethnic minority in northern Japan, is set to file a lawsuit against the state to confirm indigenous rights to fishing salmon in rivers,...
article Why Aboriginal planners say the bush 'needs to burn'
(Australia) -- For thousands of years, the Indigenous people of Australia set fire to the land. Long before Australia was invaded and colonised by Europeans, fire...
article Ground is broken for new hatchery
(Oregon) -- The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation began construction of the Walla Walla River Fish Hatchery with a groundbreaking ceremony at the...
article 'Something needs to change in Aklavik': N.W.T. family's dog shot by bylaw officer
(Northwest Territories) -- On Tuesday night, Chrissy Bernhardt couldn't sleep. Her family dog, a husky mix named Lucy, had been missing since earlier that morning,...
article Woman accused of using tribe for fraud gets 6 months
(Texas) -- A woman accused of fooling her victims into paying for tribal membership as a way to work legally in the country was sentenced Friday to a six-month prison...
article Russell Wilson’s Parents Part of Seahawks QB’s Inspiring Story
(Washington) -- Things have not always been easy for Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his mom, Tammy Wilson, but the family has tried to maintain a positive...

1/11/2020

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 '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...
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...
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 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 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...
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...
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...
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 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 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...
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 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...
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 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 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...
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...

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...

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