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Friday, November 6, 2020

November 6, 2020 - 11:53am

The first bison arrive at the Wolakota Buffalo Range in South Dakota. (Photo-Rosebud Economic Development Corporation)

Lockdowns switch to curfew system on Navajo land Mescalero Apache Tribe to lockdown for 14-days Bison arrive at tribal range in South Dakota https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/nnn110620.mp3

The post Friday, November 6, 2020 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.

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Thursday, November 5, 2020

November 5, 2020 - 11:49am

Native organizers work on voting efforts in Northeast Arizona. (Image-Jaynie Parrish, Twitter)

Indigenous candidates make impact running for office Native Democrats organize voters in Northeast Arizona Protections for gray wolf once again to be eliminated https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/nnn110520.mp3

The post Thursday, November 5, 2020 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

November 4, 2020 - 12:07pm

Christina Haswood is one of the newest elected member of the Kansas House of Representatives. (Photo-Rhonda LeValdo)

Current Native American members of Congress win reelection Three Native women in Kansas will serve in state legislature https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/nnn110420.mp3

The post Wednesday, November 4, 2020 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

November 3, 2020 - 2:06pm

Election stickers. (Alaska Division of Elections)

Alaska Native groups host Indigenize It non-partisan election event

Canadian government announces COVID-19 aid for First Nations Navajo lawmakers approve plans to reopen gaming operations https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/nnn110320.mp3

The post Tuesday, November 3, 2020 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.

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Monday, November 2, 2020

November 2, 2020 - 11:47am

Members of the Native community in Greater Kansas City kick off Native American Heritage Month by demonstrating outside the Kansas City NFL team’s stadium. (Photo-Rhonda LeValdo)

Health officials call on YK Delta village leaders to take action as region hit hard by COVID-19 Poll locator tool intended to help voters on tribal lands in Arizona find place to cast ballot Not In Our Honor coalition members demonstrate outside Kansas City NFL stadium https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/nnn110220.mp3

The post Monday, November 2, 2020 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.

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Friday, October 30, 2020

October 30, 2020 - 12:00pm

COVID-19 testing in Red Cliff, Wisconsin. (Photo-Danielle Kaeding)

COVID-19 cases have more than tripled among Native Americans in Wisconsin Grant to help two Oregon colleges prepare Native students for higher education https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/nnn103020.mp3

The post Friday, October 30, 2020 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.

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Thursday, October 29, 2020

October 29, 2020 - 11:58am

Navajo police initiate operation to enforce court decision to stop hemp farms in Shiprock, New Mexico. (Photo-Navajo Police Department, Facebook)

Alaska Native leader upset forest protections lifted Progress unclear on AFN climate change task force Navajo Nation files lawsuit against 33 hemp farmers https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/nnn102920.mp3

The post Thursday, October 29, 2020 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

October 28, 2020 - 11:51am

The Navajo Nation Council hosts White House policy advisors and federal officials. (Screenshot, Navajo Nation Council, Facebook)

Court declines to stop Keystone XL construction FCC grants more than 150 tribal spectrum licenses Washington delegation visits Navajo Nation https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/nnn102820.mp3

The post Wednesday, October 28, 2020 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

October 27, 2020 - 11:41am

Jilkaatt Kwaan Heritage Center in Klukwan, Alaska. (Photo-Facebook, Jilkaatt Kwaan Heritage Center)

Alaska’s highest court decides home of Tlingit artifacts Senator Udall raises concerns about Indian health care https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/nnn102720.mp3

The post Tuesday, October 27, 2020 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.

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Monday, October 26, 2020

October 26, 2020 - 11:53am

The Sports Book at Isleta Resort and Casino. Tribes across the country are venturing into sports betting. (Photo-Antonia Gonzales)

Tensions flare over land dispute in Ontario Wyoming tribe to launch sports betting Gloves among PPE shipped to Bethel https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/nnn102620.mp3

The post Monday, October 26, 2020 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.

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Friday, October 23, 2020

October 23, 2020 - 12:10pm

The Coquille Tribe is the first in the U.S. to receive full authority to manage tribal forests (Photo: courtesy Brian Bull)

A judge rules against the Pascua Yaqui Tribe’s effort to reinstate the only early voting polling site on the reservation The chief of the Sipekne’katik First Nation says the lobster fishing dispute in Nova Scotia is costing his band more than $1.5 million The Coquille Tribe in Oregon is the first in the U.S. to receive full authority to manage its forests https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/nnn102320.mp3

The post Friday, October 23, 2020 appeared first on National Native News, by Art Hughes.

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

October 22, 2020 - 12:35pm

Protesters against the Keystone XL pipeline in 2013 (Photo: 350 .org via Flickr/CC)

A  judge rejected tribes’ request for a temporary hold on construction of the Keystone XL pipeline President Donald Trump has joined Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in supporting federal recognition for the Lumbee Tribe https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/nnn102220.mp3

The post Thursday, October 22, 2020 appeared first on National Native News, by Art Hughes.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

October 21, 2020 - 12:11pm

Millions of acres of Tongass National Forest in Alaska would be opened up for logging and other development if the Trump Administration lifts Roadless Rule protections (Photo: Forest Service photo by Paul A. Robbins)

Southeast Alaska tribes are protesting the Trump administration’s move to strip the Tongass National Forest of Roadless Rule protections The Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes are once again trying to stop the flow of oil in the Dakota Access Pipeline The Bay Mills Indian Community in Michigan is asking the state to reject a permit for an underwater pipeline https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/nnn102120.mp3

The post Wednesday, October 21, 2020 appeared first on National Native News, by Art Hughes.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

October 20, 2020 - 11:54am
The University of South Dakota reinstates the Institute of American Indian Studies Utah lawmakers taking steps changing place names derogatory to Native Americans https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/nnn102020.mp3

The post Tuesday, October 20, 2020 appeared first on National Native News, by engineer.

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Monday, October 19, 2020

October 19, 2020 - 11:30am
Confrontation over indigenous fishing rights escalates in eastern Canada Donald Trump Jr. travels to Arizona launching the Native Americans for Trump Coalition https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/nnn101920.mp3

The post Monday, October 19, 2020 appeared first on National Native News, by engineer.

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Friday, October 16, 2020

October 16, 2020 - 11:57am

Lobster fishermen in Nova Scotia are at odds over Native fishing rights (Photo: Dennis Jarvis via Flickr/CC)

A Montana county settles lawsuit by the Blackfeet Nation by agreeing to open a satellite voting office on the reservation A First Nations leader calls on the prime minister for help as confrontations over the Nova Scotia lobster fishery become increasingly violent The Lummi Nation is withdrawing from a COVID-19 vaccine trial conducted by AstraZeneca https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/nnn101620.mp3

The post Friday, October 16, 2020 appeared first on National Native News, by Art Hughes.

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

October 15, 2020 - 12:15pm

The push is on for Native Americans to complete the U.S. Census form (Photo: PaulSh via Flickr/CC)

Native American leaders urge tribal members to immediately complete the U.S Census form following the U.S. Supreme Court decision halting the 2020 count An Arizona congressman calls for an investigation into the police use of force against protesters at the U.S.-Mexico border on Indigenous Peoples Day https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/nnn101520.mp3

The post Thursday, October 15, 2020 appeared first on National Native News, by Art Hughes.

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Northern Cheyenne pen pal program keeps elders connected during pandemic lockdown

October 14, 2020 - 5:05pm

When Activities Coordinator Silver Little Eagle, 23, first put a call out on the Northern Cheyenne Tribe’s Elderly Program Facebook page for pen pal participants, she didn’t know what to expect. Then letters started pouring in.

“When they first got their letters they were kind of surprised that they got that much attention,” said Little Eagle. “They were thinking they were about to get a few letters or so. But each person got around 40 letters in the first batch of mail.”

And that was just the first round. 

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, as community after community went into lockdown, social media played a big role in keeping people connected, through apps like Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and new efforts like the Social Distance Powwow Facebook group. But innovative cyber hangouts often left elders and Indigenous communities without internet access behind. Six months into the pandemic, Little Eagle decided she needed a way to engage the Northern Cheyenne elders, who were also largely cut off from visitors for their own safety. 

Typically, the program’s Facebook page is focused on local outreach around the Northern Cheyenne Tribe’s reservation of roughly five thousand people and the surrounding community of Lame Deer, Montana. Little Eagle thought they’d mostly get replies from people who utilized the Elderly Program who lived off site, as dining hall meals and social activities had all been cancelled for several months by then. 

(Photo: Northern Cheyenne Elderly Program Facebook)

“We were just trying to keep our elders social while we’re in this social distancing area,” Little Eagle said. “So, we decided to do the pen pal program with residents of the Shoulderblade Complex, which is an independent living facility.”

The request for letters included the Northern Cheyenne Elderly Program’s mailing address and images of the ten Shoulderblade Complex residents, along with their names and their interests, like “Fred, interested in Bingo,” and “Adeline, interested in language preservation and revitalization.”

In the months since, every two weeks, each elder has received upwards of 40 letters from places as far away as Germany and Ireland.

“We have a lot from Canada, and a lot of the Canada ones are from other Indigenous communities,” Little Eagle said. “And a lot of them send stamps with them. It’s pretty crazy. We’re gonna get a map where we’re going to pin down where each letter came from.” 

What started as a way to keep social connections for isolated elders quickly grew into a global community. Four days after the pen pal program launched, popular social justice activist collective, Seeding Sovereignty, reposted the Elderly Program’s Facebook post on it’s Instagram page which has 230,000 followers. It received 46,886 likes.  

“It kind of surprised us when we saw it on Instagram,” Little Eagle said. “A lot of people began sending things that were needed for COVID-19, like boxes and boxes of sanitizer or things on our Amazon wishlist.”

The extra supplies came just as COVID-19 cases began to surge in their area.

“The past month we had, I think, 200-something cases on the rez, which is pretty small. But our rez is also pretty small, so there’s a large percentage,” Little Eagle said. 

In the beginning of the pandemic, the Elderly Program began doing curbside meal pick-up for elders. Later into the summer, as COVID-19 cases rose, they switched to doorstep delivery. They apply the same level of caution with the letters pouring in.

“We distribute every two weeks,” Little Eagle said. “We usually sort them first and use the PPE…and then we place them in Ziploc bags to quarantine them, because we saw online that (the coronavirus) stays on paper for a day, or 24 hours, so that’s why we quarantine our mail, and then hand them to the residents in Ziploc bags.”

It’s a lot of work for the nine staff members to keep up with, Little Eagle said, as the mail piles in, they also have to keep up with their other programs. 

“It’s been hard to fit it into our daily schedule with everything else we do here,” said Little Eagle. “We have a feeding program, which feeds about 180 elders a day, and we deliver those meals to door steps. We also have a distribution program for PPE, and a food box/grocery run.”

But Little Eagle is quick to add that the payoff of the program is invaluable for them, elder residents, and communities beyond. 

“We’ve been in contact with the Oglala Lakota Elderly Program, and we don’t know how yet, but we’re planning to set up a program with our outside elders, so the ones that utilize our feeding program and the elders that utilize their feeding program,” she said.

Right now the Elderly Program is getting a flier out to poll the elders that use their  program to see if they’re interested in participating.

“I think this really just opened our eyes on how to address different levels of health, besides our feeding program,” Little Eagle said. “We have to make sure their mental health is okay and their physical and emotional health, and that just comes with checking in with them, and making sure that they’re happy, and that’s just the biggest part in this COVID-19, is being sure they are happy and their well-being is okay.” 

Little Eagle said she looks forward to a time, post pandemic, when elders can start to socialize in person once more.  

“I can’t wait until we open again,” she said, “because I was on a roll with activities.”

Meanwhile, letters and donations continue to roll in, as staff post regular updates to their Facebook page. The latest donation made this week was from Indigneous punk band “1876,” donating all the profits from a recent album release “Pow Wow Punk Rock,” for food and household items.

The post Northern Cheyenne pen pal program keeps elders connected during pandemic lockdown appeared first on National Native News, by Art Hughes.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

October 14, 2020 - 12:01pm

Tribal organizations warn of an undercount of Native citizens following the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the Trump Administration’s decision to end Census data collection Oct. 15 (Photo: Tony Webster).

Native American groups condemn U.S. Supreme Court decision that halts the 2020 Census count early Alaska’s Supreme Court rules against state requirement for witness’s signature on mail-in ballots Southeast Alaska tribes see promise in wireless broadband to overcome infrastructure deficiencies https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/nnn101420.mp3

The post Wednesday, October 14, 2020 appeared first on National Native News, by Art Hughes.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

October 13, 2020 - 12:01pm

Police and Arizona State Patrol troopers in riot gear confront Indigenous Peoples Day demonstrators in southern Arizona. Officials arrested at least 12 people after demonstrators blocked a highway leading to a U.S. – Mexico border crossing (Photo: still from video by Rafael Samanez).

The Pascua Yaqui Nation is suing to reinstate the reservation’s only early in-person voting site Police arrest at least 12 people during demonstrations by southern Arizona tribal members at the U.S.-Mexico border Demonstrators topple monuments at Indigenous Peoples Day protests https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/nnn101320.mp3

The post Tuesday, October 13, 2020 appeared first on National Native News, by Art Hughes.

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