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Columbia University Hosts Mni Ki Wakan: Water is Sacred Pre-summit Event

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - 4 hours 35 min ago

Published April 19, 2019

NEW YORK —  Columbia University is hosting “Water is Sacred, a Mni Ki Wakan: World Indigenous Peoples Decade of Water” pre-summit event.

Join indigenous peoples, youth, & allies from throughout the world community as they come together for the future of water. Learn more about the Mni Ki Wakan: World Indigenous Peoples Decade of Water Summit, August 13-15, Black Hills, South Dakota, USA. Presenters will share about water issues impacting their communities, indigenous water innovations, and traditional knowledge.

Related: Mni Ki: Wakan Water Is Sacred

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$220 Million Available for Small Businesses to Perform Uranium Mine Cleanup

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - 6 hours 20 min ago

Navajo Nation citizens have protested uranium mines for years.

Published April 19, 2019

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On Thursday, Navajo Nation Council leadership commends the announcement by U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin Heinrich, Rep. Ben Ray Luján, and the Environmental Protection Agency to award uranium mine remediation contracts over a five-year period valued at up to $220 million for sites on or near the Navajo Nation. EPA Region 9 is soliciting proposals exclusively from small businesses to address abandoned mines response and construction services.

In January, the Navajo Nation Council Naabik’íyáti’ Committee passed resolutions NABIJA-04-19 and NABIJA-03-19, both of which identify radiation and uranium exposure issues as top priorities of the nation in the states of New Mexico and Arizona.

“The Navajo Nation and the Navajo people sacrificed greatly to add to the economy of the Atomic Age,” stated Delegate Daniel Tso (Baca/Prewitt, Casamero Lake, Counselor, Littlewater, Ojo Encino, Pueblo Pintado, Torreon, Whitehorse Lake), chair of the Council’s Health, Education, and Human Services Committee. “Our New Mexico Congressional leaders greatly understand the human, water, and environmental impacts of uranium mining. I extend much gratitude to our leaders for opening this opportunity to small businesses.”

“The Resources and Development Committee identified the clean-up of the Nation’s hundreds of abandoned uranium mines as a top priority recently,” said Delegate Rickie Nez (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, T’iis Tsoh Sikaad, Tse’Daa’Kaan, Upper Fruitland), who chairs the committee. “As a Navajo New Mexico citizen, I am very grateful for our congressional delegation’s leadership on this top priority of the Nation.”

“The leadership of Senator Udall, Senator Heinrich, and Representative Luján on uranium issues is valued by the Council and the Navajo people,” stated Council Speaker Seth Damon (Bááháálí, Chichiltah, Manuelito, Tsé Lichíí’, Rock Springs, Tsayatoh). “They have fought to right the tainted legacy of uranium mining on Navajo, accelerate the rate of mine clean up, and expand the eligibility of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act for the benefit of Navajo citizens. Working together, we can accomplish great things and I look forward to continuing to resolve uranium issues for the benefit of our mutual citizens.”

Proposals are due May 28, 2019. Please visit www.fedconnect.net, click “Public Opportunities,” and search for Reference Number 68HE0918R0014 to obtain the Request for Proposals.

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Register Now for 9th Annual Gravestone Conservation Workshop

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - 6 hours 21 min ago

Published April 19, 2019

Local organizations partner on conservation workshop May 2-3

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism and Preservation Oklahoma are partnering to increase awareness about the importance of gravestone preservation. The two-day workshop demonstrates how to properly care for and preserve historical resources etched in stone.

The eighth annual gravestone conservation workshop is May 2-3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tahlequah Public Cemetery. The cost to attend is $50 and lunch is provided.

Professional gravestone and masonry conservator Jonathan Appell, member of the Preservation Trades Network, will lead the class.

An expert in cemetery preservation planning, Appell will lead the hands-on, interactive training while covering topics on how to reset stones, repair fragmented stones, repoint and clean masonry, and use infill material and appropriate repair materials. Tools and most materials will be provided for the workshops. Attendees are encouraged to bring a folding chair for comfort.

Appell has performed gravestone preservation and planning projects on many historic cemeteries throughout the U.S., including the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C.; The Granary in Boston; Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Tarrytown, New York; The First Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Greensboro, North Carolina; and The New Haven Crypt in New Haven, Connecticut.

The workshop is limited to 25 people on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve space or get more information, go to www.PreservationOK.org.

For information on Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism, including museum operations, please call (877) 779-6977 or visit www.VisitCherokeeNation.com.

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Spirit Mountain Community Fund Seeking Hatfield Fellowship Applicants

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - 6 hours 21 min ago

Traven Joseph – 2018/19 Hatfield Fellow

Published April 19, 2019

Application Deadline Extended to Friday, May 31, 2019

GRAND RONDE, Ore. — Applications for the 2019-20 Hatfield Fellowship program are being accepted through Friday, May 31, 2019. The fellowship program is funded by the Spirit Mountain Community Fund, the philanthropic arm of The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

Each year, the Spirit Mountain Community Fund sponsors a highly motivated Native American to serve as the Hatfield Fellow and intern in a congressional office. Placement of the Fellow rotates through the Oregon congressional delegation to enhance the mutual understanding between leadership in Washington, D.C. and Indian Country. Fellows are given an invaluable opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of how to navigate the political process in Washington, while working on issues that directly affect Native Americans.


The Hatfield Fellow will begin their Capitol Hill experience in November 2019 with a month-long orientation at the American Political Science Association, followed by an eight-month term in an Oregon congressional office. The Fellowship includes a monthly stipend, relocation and travel expenses.

This life-changing opportunity is extended to Tribal members from the nine federally recognized tribes of Oregon, as well as members of tribes in Washington, Idaho and Montana. Preference will be given to members of Oregon tribes. Applicants must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree (or graduating in June 2019) and be at least 21 years of age to apply.

The Hatfield Fellowship was created in 1998 to honor Senator Mark O. Hatfield’s public service to Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. For more information about the program or to apply, visit our website at http://thecommunityfund.com/grants-programs/hatfield-fellowship/

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Rep. Cole Statement on Public Release of Mueller Report

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - April 18, 2019 - 8:18pm

Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma

Published April 18, 2019

NORMAN, Okla. — Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04), released the following statement after Attorney General William Barr released to the public a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

“While I applaud Attorney General Barr for allowing Congress to review Special Counsel Mueller’s report and making it publicly available for Americans to read for themselves, it doesn’t change the prior conclusions of the 22-month investigation. Redacted or not, the report confirms that there was no collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign, nor was there sufficient evidence to justify indictment for obstruction of justice. The thorough investigation is over. The results are clearly in. Now it’s time for Democrats to also conclude with their politically-motivated investigations and their dubious charges against the president.”

Rep. Cole is one of two American Indian men iserving in the 116th Congress. He is a tribal citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, based in Ada, Oklahoma.

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Tribe Tells Full DC Circ. Not To Rehear FERC Dam Dispute

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 18, 2019 - 7:27pm
A California-based tribe on Wednesday urged the full D.C. Circuit to reject a bid to reconsider an appeal panel's decision earlier this year that a one-year time limit for states to act on Clean Water Act permit requests doesn't reset if applications are withdrawn and resubmitted.

American Indian College Fund Celebrates 30 Years of Service to Native Americans Pursuing Higher Education

NATIONAL NEWS - April 18, 2019 - 6:59pm
… 47;gala. Cocktail or traditional Native American attire is requested. For additional … About the American Indian College Fund—Founded in 1989, the American Indian College Fund … has been the nation’s largest charity supporting Native …

Postpone Opioid MDL Trial? Get Real, Judge Says

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 18, 2019 - 5:19pm
An Ohio federal judge on Thursday said that drug companies in the multidistrict opioid litigation are apparently maneuvering to indefinitely delay a bellwether trial and that the idea isn't even worthy of consideration.

Trans Mountain consultation approach 'fatally flawed' even with extension, says First Nations leader

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 18, 2019 - 4:30pm
Chief Judy Wilson Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs NEB Trans Mountain reaction

Even if the time period for consultation with Indigenous groups over the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline is extended by a few weeks, "it still doesn't make up for the approach and the flawed way the consultations are being done," says Judy Wilson.

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Gov't Says Trump Had Power To Shrink National Monuments

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 18, 2019 - 3:57pm
The federal government continued to argue that the Antiquities Act gives President Trump the power to reduce the size of two national monuments, pushing back in D.C. federal court against opposition raised by amici in support of the tribes and environmental groups challenging the presidential proclamation.

The world is learning something we all know: Indigenous people are amazing

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - April 18, 2019 - 2:53pm

American Academy, Pulitzer Prize and TIME 100 recognize two journalists, an author and an actress.


Ottawa needs to 'walk the walk' on reconciliation, says Federal Court judge

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 18, 2019 - 2:08pm
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Ottawa needs to ‘walk the walk’ on reconciliation, says a Federal Court judge in a ruling released Tuesday as part of an ongoing class action lawsuit launched by residential school day scholars and more than 100 First Nations.

Categories: CANADA

ICWA Suit Can't Go On After Adoptions, High Court Told

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 18, 2019 - 1:31pm
The federal government has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a bid to revive a proposed class action claiming parts of the Indian Child Welfare Act are racially discriminatory, saying the suit is over because the adoptions of Native American children at issue have all been completed.

Jury Trials Are In Decline For Good Reason

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 18, 2019 - 1:23pm
A recent Law360 article reported on federal judges bemoaning jury trials' nationwide decline, but these laments are unfounded as jury trials have been replaced by better alternatives, says J.B. Heaton of J.B. Heaton Research.

A Fresh Plot for Indigenous Food Sovereignty at Cankdeska Cikana Community College

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - April 18, 2019 - 12:39pm

Through a variety of outreach programs and services, CCCC is connecting with the local community and improving food security.

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Attorney Can't Skip Discovery For Pipeline Protest Docs

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 18, 2019 - 12:37pm
North Dakota's attorney general has said law enforcement agencies were right to deny requests for records of a 2016 Dakota Access Pipeline protest, concluding an attorney for a woman alleging excessive police violence must seek the records through discovery.

Mark Trahant: Choctaw citizen Gavin Clarkson makes another run for office

INDIANZ.COM - April 18, 2019 - 12:33pm
After two losses at the polls, Gavin Clarkson is back in the race in New Mexico.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

NATIONAL NATIVE NEWS (nativetimes.net) - April 18, 2019 - 11:56am

A Native honor guard dedicated to promoting a Native veterans memorial in Oregon. From left to right: Ivan Bud Jones, Bill Stam, Donald Vanderburg Jr., Tobie Davie and Albert Dean Miller.  (Photo-Brian Bull)

Nez Perce Tribe assesses community after recent flooding Native veterans and advocates work on veteran issues Sault Ste. Marie Tribe legalizes recreational marijuana https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/nnn041819.mp3

The post Thursday, April 18, 2019 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.


Ex-Thunder Bay mayor facing extortion charge involved in failed medical marijuana deal with First Nation

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 18, 2019 - 11:35am
Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs

A former Thunder Bay mayor who is heading to trial on an extortion charge was part of a business group that asked an Ontario first nation for $2.6 million to kickstart a medical marijuana grow operation.

Categories: CANADA

West Moberly First Nations chief denounces 'fear mongering' over caribou protection plan

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 18, 2019 - 11:01am
Roland Willson

Roland Willson says the plan to save B.C.'s caribou should be a "proud moment for everybody" and denounces what he called "fear mongering" over job losses and backcountry closures.

Categories: CANADA


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