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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

April 24, 2019 - 12:50pm

Rena Newell, non-voting representative to the Maine Legislature from the Passamoquoddy Tribe speaks in favor of bill eliminating Native mascots in public schools (Photo: screenshot)

New Mexico is committing more than three million dollars to boost census participation, especially on tribal lands and rural areas. The Maine House of Representatives passed a bill banning the use of mascots or imagery related to Native Americans in schools https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/nnn042419.mp3

The post Wednesday, April 24, 2019 appeared first on National Native News, by Art Hughes.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

April 23, 2019 - 2:18pm
A federal judge has dismissed key parts of a tribe’s water lawsuit Details remain scarce in the police shooting of a Lakota man during a Palm Sunday church service The U.S. Supreme Court hear argument today about adding a citizenship question to the U.S. Census, a proposal many Native leaders oppose https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/nnn042319.mp3

 

 

The post Tuesday, April 23, 2019 appeared first on National Native News, by Art Hughes.

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Monday, April 22, 2019

April 22, 2019 - 11:37am

Investigators with the U.S. Department of Education examine claims of racial discrimination in Montana. (Photo-Wolf Point Public Schools)

Investigators meet with Native students in Montana about discrimination claims Federal government report examines tribal consultation on infrastructure projects https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/nnn042219.mp3

The post Monday, April 22, 2019 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.

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Friday, April 19, 2019

April 19, 2019 - 11:39am

A table full of single-side earrings represents Indigenous women who’ve been abducted or murdered.  (Photo-Brian Bull)

Traveling exhibit of single earrings represents missing and murdered Indigenous women Investigation begins on allegations of discrimination against Native students in Montana https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/nnn041919.mp3

The post Friday, April 19, 2019 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

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.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

April 17, 2019 - 11:55am

Witnesses at a congressional field hearing on voting rights in the Dakotas. (Screenshot)

Asylum seeker from southern Mexico says violence forced his family to leave Congressional field hearing examines Native vote challenges in the Dakotas https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/nnn041719.mp3

The post Wednesday, April 17, 2019 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

April 16, 2019 - 12:06pm

A U.S. House subcommittee field hearing on air quality and sacred sites in Santa Fe, New Mexico. (Photo-Rep. Raul Grijalva, Twitter)

Tribal leaders urge lawmakers to protect Greater Chaco region from development Lakota creation stories picked for summer reading for students in South Dakota https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/nnn041619.mp3

The post Tuesday, April 16, 2019 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.

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Native youth utilize organizational skills to rally young voters

April 15, 2019 - 1:12pm

by Christine Trudeau

North Dakota’s Native youth played a significant role in parts of the state to help get out the Native vote last November. Youth-led groups like the Turtle Mountain Youth Council reached out through numerous Facebook Live events and other forms of social media leading up to Election Day to help get young voters engaged. College students and other young people were among those who were affected by the state’s voter ID law during the 2018 midterm election.

Longtime North Dakota Native vote organizer Prairie Rose Seminole, a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes said, in a state of “do-er’s” the Turtle Mountain Youth Council stepped up to join that tradition in a big way.

“I went up there, and they’re calling through the phonebook for the second time to make sure people had rides, knew where they voted, and then they were marching in a blizzard,” Seminole said. “You know I just was so in awe of what the young people were doing a Turtle Mountain.”

Colten Birkland, Youth Council vice president, was among the young people sending numerous Facebook Live updates nearly round the clock in the days leading up to and throughout election day. In one he’s marching with other young people from their local high school to a nearby polling site in temperatures close to single digits.

“We made it,” Birkland said in the video. “This is a statement for anybody who is watching, and everybody
who is listening, we’re here and we’re not going anywhere.”

But their get-out-the-vote efforts didn’t start or stop there. With help from voting rights advocacy group Four Directions, and the Turtle Mountain Tribal Chairman Jamie Azure, they organized a hundred volunteers on Election Day, from poll monitors to attorneys with the Native American Rights Fund and drivers who provided rides to and from each polling site, all day. The Youth Council also set a goal to surpass the previous voter turnout for Rolette County, which includes the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians Reservation. Then Youth Council Chairwoman Alexis Davis documented the moment on Facebook Live when they hit their goal.

“4,619? We had to beat 4,169?” Davis asks while filming herself on video. “We beat it! We beat it! We beat it!”

Their continuous social media updates, volunteer calls-to-action, and appearances on local tribal radio station KEYA appears to have helped boost voter turnout. The final ballot count for Rolette County was just over 5,100–a new record.

This story is a joint project with National Native News, Prairie Public Broadcasting and Solutions Journalism Network looking into how a potential setback for tribal members in North Dakota turned into a win for tribes, voters and Native candidates.

 

The post Native youth utilize organizational skills to rally young voters appeared first on National Native News, by Art Hughes.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

April 15, 2019 - 1:02pm

Longtime North Dakota Native vote organizer Prairie Rose Seminole says Native youth deployed impressive organizing skills in the days leading up to the 2018 midterm election (Photo: Christine Trudeau).

Three Arizona tribes are suing over a proposed open-pit copper mine A Congressional field hearing will focus on Native voter suppression and disenfranchisement Young Native groups helped voter turnout in the 2018 midterm election in reaction to North Dakota’s voter ID law https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/nnn041519.mp3

The post Monday, April 15, 2019 appeared first on National Native News, by Art Hughes.

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Friday, April 12, 2019

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

The post Friday, April 12, 2019 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

April 11, 2019 - 11:51am

Posters for a march in Billings, Montana to raise awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous women. (Photo-Native American Achievement Center at Montana State University Billings, Facebook)

March raises awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous women Heavy snow hits tribes on Plains still recovering from spring flooding https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/nnn041119.mp3

The post Thursday, April 11, 2019 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

April 10, 2019 - 12:08pm

New Mexico Chaco Cultural Heritage proposed protection map.

Pipeline opponents fight Keystone XL project in court as Trump administration seeks to help construction Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation introduce bill to protect land around Chaco Canyon https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/nnn041019.mp3

The post Wednesday, April 10, 2019 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

April 9, 2019 - 11:55am

Stephanie Savoy announces her run for city council in Rapid City, South Dakota. Other Native women candidates (left to right) are Cante Heart, Ramona Herrington and Natalie Stites-Means. Not pictured is Terra Houska. (Photo-Lee Strubinger)

Record number of Native women running for office in Rapid City Tribes recovering from spring flooding prepare for more storms https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/nnn040919.mp3

The post Tuesday, April 9, 2019 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

April 8, 2019 - 11:35am

Native women support a bill in Arizona to conduct a study on missing and murdered Indigenous women. (Photo-Navajo Nation)

Indian health advocates weigh in on battle over Affordable Care Act Arizona bill on missing and murdered Indigenous women advances https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/nnn040819.mp3

The post Monday, April 8, 2019 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.

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Friday, April 5, 2019

April 5, 2019 - 12:30pm

A red balloon with “MMIW” at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The tribal college hosted a discussion on missing and murdered Indigenous women. (Photo-Antonia Gonzales)

Congresswoman Sharice Davids presides over House vote on VAWA Tribal college hosts missing and murdered Indigenous women roundtable Native Women Lead hosts second Native Women’s Business Summit https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/nnn040519.mp3

The post Friday, April 5, 2019 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

April 4, 2019 - 11:59am

A tortoise shell processed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department as part of its tribal repository program. (Photo-Arizona Game and Fish Department)

Arizona wildlife program provides items to tribes for cultural and ceremonial use Missing and murdered Indigenous women healing center is open in Rapid City https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/nnn040419.mp3

The post Thursday, April 4, 2019 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

April 3, 2019 - 12:09pm

The Nebraska Indian Child Welfare Coalition was created to work on education, advocacy and to help keep Native families together. (Photo-Antonia Gonzales)

Grassroots group creates Nebraska Indian Child Welfare Coalition Navajo Nation announces clean energy development as its priority Indigenous Peoples Day becomes official holiday in New Mexico https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/nnn040319.mp3

The post Wednesday, April 3, 2019 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

April 2, 2019 - 12:38pm

U.S. Census Bureau hosts Census Day in Washington, D.C. (Photo-U.S. Census Bureau, Twitter)

Chickasaw Nation governor talks about 2020 Census  Tribal health advocates discuss work on HIV/AIDS https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/nnn040219.mp3

The post Tuesday, April 2, 2019 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.

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Monday, April 1, 2019

April 1, 2019 - 11:57am

Native women’s advocate Sarah Deer is honored at Haskell Indian Nations University. (Photo-Rhonda LeValdo)

Native women’s advocate speaks at Haskell Indian Nations University Blessing ceremony held for Native hall at Montana State University https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/nnn040119.mp3

The post Monday, April 1, 2019 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.

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Ruth Buffalo: North Dakota legislature through an Indigenous lens

March 29, 2019 - 4:54pm

By Christine Trudeau

The election of Ruth Buffalo to the North Dakota legislature is already paying dividends for Native issues in the state. Buffalo is the first female Native American Democrat elected to the state’s House of Representatives.

Just months into her first term as state representative, North Dakota joined a handful of states allowing high school students to wear traditional regalia for graduation ceremonies. It’s the first bill introduced by Buffalo to be signed into law.

“Students can wear their eagle feathers and eagle plumes freely during their graduation ceremonies,” Buffalo said. “So, we’re pretty excited about that. Kind of sad in a way that needs to be enacted into law.”

Buffalo is a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation. The regalia law is an example of what she says is unique about the perspective someone like her brings to elected office.

“It’s so important to have Native women in the legislature because we do bring, not only an Indigenous lens, but we understand the struggle that our ancestors have gone through and also as have mothers we have this inherent right to protect our communities,” Buffalo said

Buffalo is also the prime sponsor for several items currently in the legislature aimed at the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. If passed, the legislation would build data repositories for all missing persons, including a designated one for missing Indigenous people.

Buffalo was elected in south Fargo, a district not largely affected by the state’s controversial voter I.D. law requiring a physical address. But she ousted the incumbent Republican, Randy Boehning, the original sponsor of the law. Inaction on the voter I.D. law since the election has Buffalo concerned, as rural residents–many on reservations with a housing shortage–continue to have difficulties getting state verified physical addresses.

“It’s not only in our tribal communities…where the right of the people is being challenged by our current legislature,” she said. “So, there’s much work to be done and making sure that every citizen is able to exercise their right to true democracy.”

Buffalo says even though the voter I.D. law remains in effect, the last election proved Native people can still be a strong voting bloc. She and other voting rights advocates say it may even inspire other Native candidates to step forward in 2020.

Until then, Buffalo said, she hopes to engage Native voters and to help promote the visibility of Native people at in the political process.

“I want to invite everyone to come to the Capitol every day, just encouraging everyone to continue to ask questions, continue to stay engaged and extending a welcome to our elders to provide prayer,” she said. “We begin each of our sessions with a prayer. So it would be great to have Native American elders provide prayer here at the Capitol.”

(Photo: Ruth Buffalo right after taking the oath of office for the North Dakota House of Representatives; Courtesy–Lea Black Photography).

This story is a joint project with National Native News, Prairie Public Broadcasting and Solutions Journalism Network looking into how a potential setback for tribal members in North Dakota turned into a win for tribes, voters and Native candidates.

 

The post Ruth Buffalo: North Dakota legislature through an Indigenous lens appeared first on National Native News, by Art Hughes.

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