Tribe Can't Justify 800% Bump In Court Funding, Gov't Says

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 12, 2019 - 4:18pm
The federal government pushed back Friday on the Navajo Nation's bid for $15.7 million to fund the tribe's courts, telling a D.C. federal judge that the tribe hasn't come close to explaining a request that represents a more than 800% increase over prior years.

New Neb. Ballot Initiative Seeks Gambling At Horse Tracks

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 12, 2019 - 2:58pm
Two Nebraska groups have filed a proposed "Keep the Money in Nebraska" ballot initiative with the secretary of state that would let voters decide in 2020 whether to approve a constitutional amendment that authorizes casino gambling at licensed horse-racing tracks.

PTAB Will Hear Microsoft Challenges To St. Regis Patents

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 12, 2019 - 2:26pm
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has agreed to review Microsoft’s challenges to three computer patents transferred to the St. Regis Mohawk tribe by a company that works with Lockheed Martin on an Army surveillance radar system, rejecting contentions that the inter partes reviews wouldn't serve national security interests.

Teva, J&J Face Opioid Trial In 'Unreasonably Small' Courtroom

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 12, 2019 - 2:13pm
Oklahoma's lawsuit targeting allegedly deceptive opioid marketing will be held in a county courthouse, a judge has ruled, rejecting Teva Pharmaceuticals' criticism that the courtroom is "unreasonably small" and will cause attorneys to suffer in "a physically uncomfortable and unwieldy situation."

Tribe On The Hook For $255M In NY Gaming Revenue Dispute

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 12, 2019 - 1:44pm
Arbitration panel members siding with New York state have ordered the Seneca Nation to award the state $255 million in unpaid casino revenue, saying the tribe owes the money under a gaming compact that came up for renewal two years ago.

Texas Tribe Asks 5th Circ. To Rethink Bingo Block

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 12, 2019 - 1:42pm
The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas urged the Fifth Circuit on Thursday to revisit its recent ruling that the tribe can’t offer bingo under state law, saying a circuit panel extended an incorrect 1994 decision by the same court to find the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act didn’t apply to the tribe.

Allergan, St. Regis Ask Justices To End 'Blocking Patent' Rule

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 12, 2019 - 1:33pm
Allergan Inc. and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe have joined Acorda Therapeutics in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to abolish the “blocking patent” doctrine and in turn reinstate several claims that were invalidated in their patents covering the dry-eye medication Restasis.

UTTC Hosts Bone Marrow Registry to Increase Donors of Diverse Backgrounds

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - April 12, 2019 - 11:57am

Patients that need bone marrow transplants are most likely to match with someone who shares their ethnic background. This is why United Tribes Technical College is hosting a bone marrow registry drive.

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Reward in Ashley Loring HeavyRunner Case Increased to $15,000

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - April 12, 2019 - 11:56am

Loring has been missing from the Blackfeet Reservation for almost two years. She was last seen in Browning in June of 2017, but there is confusion about the exact day.

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New Sensory Garden at NWIC Early Learning Center

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - April 12, 2019 - 11:55am

The NWIC Early Learning Center’s newly installed Sensory Garden supports children’s education in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

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Friday, April 12, 2019

NATIONAL NATIVE NEWS (nativetimes.net) - April 12, 2019 - 11:42am

The 1491s theatrical production in Oregon. (Photo-courtesy Oregon Shakespeare Festival by Jenny Graham)

Posters help volunteers communicate with Indigenous migrants on southern border The 1491s play “Between Two Knees” with New Native Theatre debuts in Oregon https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/nnn041219.mp3

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Amy Goodman: Tribes fight the invisible crisis of opioids in their communities

INDIANZ.COM - April 12, 2019 - 10:03am
Drug overdoses among rural Native Americans and Native Alaskans increased by 519 percent, more than twice the national average.

Cronkite News: Vice President Pence speaks of 'crisis' at U.S. border

INDIANZ.COM - April 12, 2019 - 9:24am
Another day, another push by the Trump administration to focus on the U.S. border with Mexico.

O.J. Semans to presidential candidates: Rescind medals for massacre at Wounded Knee

INDIANZ.COM - April 12, 2019 - 8:53am
It doesn’t take modern sensibilities to recognize that the Seventh Cavalry committed atrocities at Wounded Knee.

Revamping Your Approach To Client Development

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 12, 2019 - 8:22am
As a former general counsel for both public and private companies, my advice to law firm attorneys who want to attract and keep clients is simple — provide certain legal services for free, says Noel Elfant, founder of General Counsel Practice.

All charges dropped in road rage homicide case at Ohkay Owingeh

INDIANZ.COM - April 12, 2019 - 8:08am
Federal prosecutors concluded they could not secure a conviction 'beyond a reasonable doubt' in the death of 53-year-old Phillip Glock.

UN Human Rights Committee Questions the US About Its Implementation of Convenant that Includes Indigenous Peoples

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - April 12, 2019 - 8:05am

Frank Ettawageshik contributed to document.

Published April 12, 2019

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — 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) about its implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) .  The CCPR is the UN Treaty monitoring body that reviews compliance with the Covenant by the States which have ratified the it, including the United States, based on their submission of periodic reports every 4-6 years.   For its upcoming country review, the US is being asked to respond to specific questions presented by the CCPR in advance addressing a range of issues and rights addressed by the Covenant.  The US now has one year to submit a report that includes responses to these questions.

In preparation for this UN human rights review of the US, the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) organized a coordinated submission with issues and questions from Indigenous Peoples to the CCPR on January 19, 2019.  The Sicangu (Rosebud) Treaty Council, Venetie Tribal Government (Arctic Village and Venetie, Alaska), Chickaloon Native Village (Alaska), Shishmaref Native Village (Alaska), Nation of Hawai‘i, Association on American Indian Affairs,  United Confederation of Taino People, Lakota Law Project, Indigenous World Association, Laguna-Acoma Coalition for a Safe Environment, Sixth World Solutions, Huy (Indigenous Prisoners’ Rights Advocacy), the University of Arizona Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program, the National Indian Child Welfare Association and the Indigenous Rights Center (Albuquerque, New Mexico)  were co-submitters.  The National Congress of America Indians, Native American Rights Fund, National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition and the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission also contributed to the submission.

The Indigenous Peoples’ coordinated submission addressed a wide range of critical issues impacting the rights of Indigenous Peoples and Tribal Nations whose traditional homelands are within what is commonly considered to be the political boundaries of the US.  The submission addressed US failures to implement and uphold Treaty rights, decolonization processes, Free Prior and informed Consent regarding development, environmental protection, equality in criminal justice, voting rights and political participation, cultural rights and sacred areas, protection for civilians from unjustified force by law enforcement, and subsistence rights.   It presented questions about missing and murdered Indigenous women, high rates of gender-based violence and trafficking, lack of accountability for inter-generational impacts of US boarding schools and continued disproportionate levels of removal of Indigenous children from their families and communities.

The final list of questions presented by the CCPR to the United States  contains a specific paragraph regarding the rights of Indigenous Peoples, and also includes a number of concerns submitted by Indigenous Peoples, such as voting rights, political participation, criminal justice inequalities and clean water, in the general list of questions.  IITC’s Executive Director Andrea Carmen, Yaqui Nation, noted with appreciation that in its list of questions addressing the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the CCPR expanded the questions in its 2014 US review beyond the issues of freedom of religion and protection of sacred areas to also include questions about redress for past resource appropriations.  She observed that “the CCPR calls on the US to explain the steps it is taking to protect Indigenous Peoples’ traditional ways of life as well as their sacred areas.  This can be interpreted very broadly to include cultural practices, languages, access to lands and resources, subsistence practices as well as the exercise of political sovereignty, among others.”   Andrea expressed IITC’s disappointment that once again the CCPR did not specifically address issues raised in the Indigenous submission addressing ICCPR Article 1 which affirms the rights of all Peoples to Self-Determination and Means of Subsistence.  However, she observed that “some of the questions submitted under the Article 1 rights by Indigenous co-submitters can be addressed under the questions on redress, traditional ways of life and political participation”.

Frank Ettawageshik

Frank Ettawageshik, former chairman of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and current Executive Director of United Tribes of Michigan, contributed to the submission, addressing the impacts of gas pipelines on subsistence rights in his region.  He commented on the contributions that participation in this and other international processes can make in upholding the rights of Indigenous Peoples at home, stating: “The ICCPR process provides an international venue to shed light on the struggle to hold the US and other States accountable to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and other international agreements. During the upcoming review of the United States, we believe that seeing how the US answers the recently released compilation of questions will assist Indigenous Peoples in our efforts.  Specifically, we will look for to the US responses to questions regarding the protection of traditional ways of life and sacred areas, and the protection and safety of Indigenous women”.

Laguna Pueblo attorney June Lorenzo, representing the Laguna-Acoma Coalition for a Safe Environment (LACSE) developed the section of the submission addressing continued threats to Indigenous Peoples’ sacred areas.  She commented on the CCPR’s renewed call on the US to protect sacred areas and to report on US implementation of the previous recommendations it made to the US in 2012 in this regard: “The CCPR has once again reminded the US that its obligations under the Covenant include incorporating it into domestic law at all levels.  Indigenous Peoples must engage with all levels of government to protect sacred areas, so this is critical. The question of redress is key to the realization of human rights in the USA, especially using the standards contained in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  Indigenous peoples have been seeking redress on the ground in cases such as San Francisco Peaks, Mt. Taylor, the Grand Canyon, Chaco Canyon and other sacred places for years.  This issue of vital importance addresses the fundamental rights protected and affirmed by Article 27 of the ICCPR.  The US, as a State Party to the Covenant, is legally bound to uphold these rights”.

The Nation of Hawai’i contributed to the Indigenous Peoples’ submission requesting that the CCPR ask the US to explain what they are doing to support the reconciliation process mandated in U.S. Public Law 103-150, the Hawai’ian Apology Resolution adopted by the US Congress in 1993 as a result of the US overthrow of the Hawai’ian Nation’s sovereign government in 1883 in violation of their Treaty of Peace and Friendship.  “The Committee did not ask the US to respond directly about the situation of Hawai’i, as we had recommended,” commented Pu’uhonua “Bumpy” Kanahele, Nation of Hawai’i Head of State. However, the Nation of Hawai’i is encouraged by the Committee’s request that the US provide information on the extent to and manner in which the Covenant has been incorporated into domestic law at the local, state and federal level, and that the US clarify its current legal position on the scope of applicability of the Covenant with respect to individuals under its jurisdiction but outside its territory.  The Committee also asked the US to address what it is doing to provide redress to Indigenous Peoples impacted by development, to protect our traditional ways of life, and to consult with us to obtain our Free Prior and Informed Consent.  These questions are applicable to Hawai’i and to other Indigenous Peoples impacted by US colonization and Treaty violations.  They also provide an opportunity for the US to consider practical solutions”.

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Jicarilla Apache Nation hosting special election for new president after resignation

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - April 12, 2019 - 7:23am

Nine candidates have thrown their hats in the ring after former President Levi Pesata resigned February 15


Leader of Jicarilla Apache Nation stepped down after remarks about 'loose women'

INDIANZ.COM - April 12, 2019 - 1:42am
Levi Pesata resigned from the Jicarilla Apache Nation after appearing to make light of the crisis of missing and murdered Native women.

Artists make their marks at annual TOTA show

NATIVE KNOT - April 12, 2019 - 1:00am

PARK HILL – A collection of Native American painters, sculptors, basket weavers, potters and more inspired onlookers at this year’s annual Trail of Tears Art Show and Sale.

“I wouldn’t want to be judging this,” reception attendee Sally Sutton said. “There are too many good pieces.”

Art show winners were announced April 5 during a reception at the Cherokee Heritage Center.

“I’m in awe,” Principal Chief Bill John Baker told the artists and others. “We’ve never had this big a crowd, and the quality of the artwork is absolutely stunning. You are doing such a great service to the Cherokee Nation because those pieces of artwork are telling stories. They are going to be pieces that our generations will look at so that we’re never forgotten.”

The event, in its 48th year, is the longest-running American Indian art show in Oklahoma, event organizers said. This year’s gallery featured 153 works from 89 artists. Charles Gourd, CHC executive director, said 19 tribal nations were represented.

“I think that is a very significant accomplishment,” Gourd said. “We have encouraged artists from other Indian tribes and other cultures to join us.”

For the sixth time, Cherokee National Treasure Troy Jackson won the grand prize, this year for a towering sculpture called “Faith in the Creator.”

“I think it’s pretty awesome,” he said of the win.

Jackson, 63, of Tahlequah, said his Cherokee and European ancestry inspired the clay and steel sculpture.

“I’ve always been interested in my family’s heritage,” he said. “My mother’s side was Cherokee and my dad’s side was European. I found that there were certain things that they believed in even before contact with the Europeans.”

Jackson’s bird effigy pot also took first place in the pottery category.

Painter Jerry Sutton, who has a Tahlequah studio, said he began entering the Trail of Tears Art Show in the early 1990s.

“I’ve picked up some ribbons here and there,” he said. “But whether it is culturally focused, personally focused or philosophically focused, I think the important thing is for people to look inside themselves so they can see outside of themselves. Art does that.”

Artists at the competition’s top level, Sutton said, “are as good as you’re going to get.”

“The best of the work here is on par with anything internationally as far as I’m concerned,” he said.

One of those top-tier creators, Cherokee/Pawnee artist Daniel HorseChief, of Sallisaw, earned the annual Trail of Tears Award for his painting dubbed “Renewal,” which is based on earlier work.

“The previous piece had a couple,” he said. “This piece has the couple. They’re a little older, but they also have a little girl. She’s helping them sew a seed. It’s just about regeneration and cycles of things. We’re so tied into the legacies left before us.”

While seasoned artists such as HorseChief and Jackson earned some of the show’s top prizes, Native artists of all ages shared the spotlight. Younger contestants were showcased in the Cherokee Art Market Youth Competition. 

Tahlequah High School junior Macey Conner won first place in the 2-D category for grades 11-12, as well as the Bill Rabbit Award for her pencil drawing. Aptly named “Alasgida Sudetiyvda Ganvnda” (Year Long Dance), the piece took 17-year-old Conner, a CN citizen, a year and one month to complete.

“I just started it to see where it would go,” Conner said. “My mom, she’s like let’s put this in the show. In eighth grade, I won at the Tulsa State Fair, but it’s been a few years since I won first. I was so happy.”

The youth competition’s top winner was Emma Sherron, 14, a CN citizen who crafted a woven wall hanging in her favorite colors — coral, teal, and white.

“Since this is my first year, I thought I had a chance, but I didn’t know I would get first place and best in show,” the Tahlequah teenager said. “That really excited me.”

Sherron also took first place in 3-D art, grades six-eight.

“I started weaving about two years ago,” she said. “I learned from my grandma and my aunt. Weaving is unique because not as many people do it anymore. It’s fun to do it and carry it on.”

All artwork featured at the show is available for purchase through May 5.

Cherokee artist Roy Boney Jr. won the Bill Rabbit Legacy Award for his piece, “Painting Herself to Life.” Cherokee artist Toneh Chuleewah won the Betty Garner Elder Award for his “Indian River Bracelet.”

Other first-place artists were:

• Johnnie Diacon, Muscogee Creek, painting,

• Tama Roberts, Cherokee, sculpture,

• Vivian Garner Cottrell, Cherokee, basketry,

• Toneh Chuleewah, Cherokee, jewelry,

• Melinda Schwakhofer, Muscogee Creek, graphics,

• Norma Howard, Choctaw/Chickasaw, miniature,

• Gary Henson, Cherokee, emerging artists,

• Aiden Bearpaw, Cherokee, 2-D grades six-eight,

• Caitlyn McWhorter, Cherokee, 2-D grades nine-10,

• Tanner Williams, Cherokee, 3-D grades nine-10,

• Chandler Jackson, Cherokee, 3D grades 11-12,

• Jordan Crittenden, Cherokee, youth competition judge’s choice,

• Samantha Lawson, Cherokee, youth competition judge’s choice, and

• Kelsey Morgan, Chickasaw /Cherokee, youth competition judge’s choice.

For a look at the video about this great event please click here



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