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Thursday, May 9, 2019

May 9, 2019 - 12:34pm

Western Shoshone tribal leaders say a nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain would expose their land and people to too much risk. (Photo-Johnny Bobb)

South Dakota water managers hear from tribal opponents about Keystone XL pipeline Western Shoshone Nation leaders and allies protest Yucca Mountain nuclear waste plans Tribal leaders again call on President Trump to end use of Pocahontas as political jab IAIA alumni call on tribal college to take action on staff member accused of sexual assault https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/nnn050919.mp3

The post Thursday, May 9, 2019 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

May 8, 2019 - 12:13pm

Supporters of high school student Tvli Birdshead attend a Latta school board meeting regarding the senior’s request to wear traditional items at graduation in Oklahoma. (Photo-R. Daniel Carter, Conner & Winters LLP)

Native groups call appeals court ruling win in efforts to protect Chaco Canyon Native student’s request to wear traditional items at graduation approved Democratic Senators urge for passage of bills on violence against Native women Native community says men and boys also going missing and murdered https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/nnn050819.mp3

 

The post Wednesday, May 8, 2019 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

May 7, 2019 - 11:50am

Members of the Native community and a group of Cleveland council members are urging the city for official recognition of Indigenous Peoples Day. (Photo-Lake Erie Native American Council, Facebook)

Group seeks city recognition of Indigenous Peoples Day in Cleveland Alaska Native community gains ground as top cruise ship destination https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/nnn050719.mp3

 

The post Tuesday, May 7, 2019 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.

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Monday, May 6, 2019

May 6, 2019 - 12:18pm

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

Events raise awareness on national day for missing and murdered Indigenous women Navajo Nation to study air quality near former uranium mine site with EPA grant Agencies assess damage in South Dakota for federal relief after storms and flooding https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/nnn050619.mp3

The post Monday, May 6, 2019 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.

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Friday, May 3, 2019

May 3, 2019 - 12:11pm

Events are planned across the country this weekend to honor and raise awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Canadian court sides with Washington state man in tribal sovereignty hunting case Missing and murdered Indigenous women awareness day to be held in Rapid City https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/nnn050319.mp3

The post Friday, May 3, 2019 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

May 2, 2019 - 12:34pm

Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) is introducing a bill designed to prevent convicted child sex abuser Stanley Patrick Weber from receiving his federal pension (Photo: video screenshot)

Federal elected leaders and administration officials work to deny a convicted child sex abuser of his federal pension Indian Country Today is set to expand coverage in Alaska A bi-partisan bill aims to better coordinate federal missing and murdered Indigenous women prevention efforts https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/nnn050219.mp3

The post Thursday, May 2, 2019 appeared first on National Native News, by Art Hughes.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

May 1, 2019 - 12:02pm

American Indian Month celebrations start off with a parade in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo-American Indian Month MN 2019, Facebook)

Pipeline opponents prepare for Keystone XL water permit hearing Senators examine 2020 budget proposal for Indian Health Service Minnesota American Indian Month celebration kicks off with parade https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/nnn050119.mp3

The post Wednesday, May 1, 2019 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.

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North Dakota’s voter I.D. law draws comparisons to boarding school era and ‘poll tax’

April 30, 2019 - 4:35pm

By Christine Trudeau

Despite record-breaking Native voter turnout for the 2018 midterm election in North Dakota, tribes and voting rights advocates remain concerned about a controversial voter I.D. law. State officials show no sign of changing the law, but the issue received added attention at a U.S. House of Representatives committing hearing in the state.

North Dakota Rep. Ruth Buffalo (Photo: video screenshot)

The 2020 election is a year and a half away and there is no indication North Dakota lawmakers will make any changes to the voter I.D. law that threatens to exclude thousands of Native and rural voters. Last fall tribes and voting rights organizers had just a matter of weeks to help voters come into compliance. The effort to counter the law galvanized Native voters, drawing record numbers to polls. But newly elected Rep. Ruth Buffalo warned in a recent congressional committee hearing on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation that this is not a long term fix.

“The true history of our people needs to be told,” Buffalo said at the field hearing for the elections subcommittee for the House Administration Committee. “Comments saying, you know, ‘well, turnout was great wasn’t it?’ That is inappropriate and unacceptable because that’s almost saying like, ‘we mandated your children to be sent to the boarding schools to become civilized but they’re educated now aren’t they?’ It’s the same thing and it’s inappropriate but it’s due to a lack of education truly of who we are in which land we stand on today.”

To help members comply with the law, tribes incurred a significant cost printing thousands of tribal IDs listing physical addresses. The tribes waived the fee to tribal citizens. Subcommittee Chairwoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH), who represents a majority black district, compares the North Dakota law to one of the historically reviled strategies to prevent people of color from voting.

“By requiring that people go out and buy an I.D. that they don’t need for any other reason, but to vote; they don’t need it to drive because they don’t drive,” Fudge said. “They don’t need it for any other reason. So, in fact, the state has created a poll tax on your reservations and all of the people who live in them.”

The subcommittee plans to release a report next fall, in the hopes to update a formula so protections provided by the Voting Rights Act can be implemented in states like North Dakota, with a “fully functioning preclearance.”

Lawsuits to overturn the current voter I.D. law are ongoing and representatives from non-profit groups like the Sacred Pipe Resource Center say they remain committed to providing resources for Native voters.

“Part of this ongoing effort I think to help people understand how the voting system works and how important their vote is and how important it is for them to be vocal about what they want and what our needs are as native people and as tribal people,” said Sacred Pipe’s Executive Director Cheryl Kary. “And so that’s going to that’s kind of be our effort in the in this off year.”

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.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

April 30, 2019 - 12:08pm

North Dakota Representative Ruth Buffalo. (Screenshot)

Work continues on Native American voting rights issues in North Dakota Native community and some politicians want to keep Bde Maka Ska name https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/nnn043019.mp3

The post Tuesday, April 30, 2019 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.

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Monday, April 29, 2019

April 29, 2019 - 12:10pm

A signing ceremony is held for a New Mexico executive order to protect land in the Great Chaco region. (Photo-New Mexico Indian Affairs Department, Facebook)

Maine replaces Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day North Dakota tribes work on 2020 Census outreach efforts New Mexico’s land office signs order to protect sacred land https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/nnn042919.mp3

The post Monday, April 29, 2019 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.

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Friday, April 26, 2019

April 26, 2019 - 4:46pm

Natalie Stites Means is running for mayor of Rapid City, S.D. She’s one of five Native women running for city office (Photo: Natalie Stites Means for Mayor Facebook)

Two tribes say Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy and his administration aren’t doing enough to consult with Native leaders on big issues facing the state A record number of Native women are running for city council in Rapid City, South Dakota https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/128NNN_FRI_042619.mp3

 

The post Friday, April 26, 2019 appeared first on National Native News, by Art Hughes.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

April 25, 2019 - 12:15pm

No members appointed to a Utah advisory panel for Bears Ears National Monument supports the monument designation (Photo: Tim Peterson)

Montana’s Native American graduation rate dropped slightly last year Officials plan to repatriate remains taken from San Nicholas Island to at least four California tribes A new committee named to manage the Bears Ears National Monument includes no one who supported the monument designation https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/nnn042519.mp3

The post Thursday, April 25, 2019 appeared first on National Native News, by Art Hughes.

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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

 

 

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 

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