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UW–Madison heritage marker honors Ho-Chunk Nation, recognizes land as ancestral home

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Wilfrid Cleveland, president of the Ho-Chunk Nation, speaks to members of the Ho-Chunk Nation and UW–Madison community members during the June 18 dedication ceremony for the “Our Shared Future” heritage marker on Bascom Hill. PHOTO: BRYCE RICHTER

Published June 26, 2019

MADISON, Wis. — A new heritage marker on Bascom Hill at the University of Wisconsin–Madison recognizes the land as the ancestral home of the Ho-Chunk, acknowledges the circumstances that led to their forced removal, and honors the Ho-Chunk Nation’s history of resistance and resilience.

At a dedication ceremony June 18, UW–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank described the plaque as an important step in furthering a respectful, collaborative relationship with the Ho-Chunk Nation. About three dozen elected leaders and citizens of the Ho-Chunk Nation attended the ceremony, including President Wilfrid Cleveland.

He said the plaque addresses hard but crucial truths.

“For most non-Native people, the easiest way around these hard truths is to just ignore the real history of Wisconsin and the real history of the people who first lived here,” he said after the ceremony. “My hope is that this plaque will cause them to dig a little deeper, that it will be a spark for them to learn about the Ho-Chunk people and the sacredness we hold for this land.”

The heritage marker, titled “Our Shared Future,” is near the top of Bascom Hill, just to the side of South Hall. The plaque reads in full:

The University of Wisconsin–Madison occupies ancestral Ho-Chunk land, a place their nation has called Teejop (day-JOPE) since time immemorial.

In an 1832 treaty, the Ho-Chunk were forced to cede this territory.

Decades of ethnic cleansing followed when both the federal and state government repeatedly, but unsuccessfully, sought to forcibly remove the Ho-Chunk from Wisconsin.

This history of colonization informs our shared future of collaboration and innovation.

Today, UW–Madison respects the inherent sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation, along with the eleven other First Nations of Wisconsin.

Aaron Bird Bear, left, an assistant dean at the UW–Madison School of Education, helps Demetria Abangan-Brown Eagle create a crayon rubbing on paper of the new heritage marker on Bascom Hill following a dedication ceremony. PHOTO: BRYCE RICHTER

The plaque, developed in collaboration with representatives of the Ho-Chunk Nation, bears the Great Seal of the Ho-Chunk Nation and the seal of the university. Chancellor Blank said the plaque is a beginning, not an end.

“No plaque or monument can ever adequately convey a difficult and complicated history,” she said. “But it can start a conversation that moves us from ignorance to awareness. So today is the beginning of an intentional effort to teach our shared history.”

Blank said the university will incorporate the marker and the larger story behind it in multiple venues:

  • All campus tours offered by Campus and Visitor Relations, including those designed for prospective students and their families.
  • The Our Wisconsin inclusion program, offered to all 7,500 students living in university residence halls and others. The program promotes community among incoming students and aims to increase knowledge about cultural differences.
  • The new UW–Madison Public History Project, which is in its early stages and is intended to uncover lost voices and stories from diverse campus groups.
  • In various ways in curricula across schools and departments.

Blank said she is asking several units across campus to host the marker over the next year to make it as visible as possible. The first location will be Bascom Hall. Other locations will be announced later this year. The marker will return to its permanent home on Bascom Hill in the fall of 2020.

The university’s director of tribal relations will assist with this effort and will work with Native Nations in Wisconsin to identify other areas for collaboration, Blank said. The university is in the process of hiring for the new position.

Paul Robbins, dean of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, told the crowd the plaque is just a small part of the university’s pledge four years ago to forge a better partnership with the 12 Native Nations of Wisconsin. In 2015, the Nelson Institute convened a leadership summit with representatives from the 12 Nations. That led the following year to the creation of the Native Nations_UW Working Group. A second leadership summit was held in Madison this past May.

Many positive projects have come from the effort, Robbins said.

“All of the projects are aimed at reconciliation and recognition,” he said. “And amongst those are an effort to memorialize the history of this land so that it can be shared with students and faculty and the community with honesty.”

Members of the Ho-Chunk Nation are pictured following the June 18 dedication of a heritage marker on Bascom Hill. Several UW–Madison officials, including Chancellor Rebecca Blank, joined them for the group photo. PHOTO: BRYCE RICHTER

Aaron Bird Bear, an assistant dean at the School of Education, said there’s an incredible hunger among students, faculty and staff to know more about the land that is now the UW–Madison campus. He is among university employees who give First Nations cultural landscape tours to fill in some of that history. The heritage marker will further that goal, he said.

“We’re excited for the ability to tell a deeper human story of this space as we continue to deepen our relationship with the Ho-Chunk people,” he said.

Cleveland said he appreciates the university’s efforts and looks forward to a continuing partnership.

“A plaque is a nice gesture, but it’s really just a support for the actions that need to happen,” he said. “The past cannot be changed, so the important part is how we continue our relationship in the future.”

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Sequoyah Simermeyer Nominated for Chair of the National Indian Gaming Commission

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E. Sequoyah Simermeyer of Maryland

Published June 26, 2019

WASHINGTON— On Tuesday, E. Sequoyah Simermeyer, a tribal citizen of the Coharie Tribe, was nominated to chair the National Indian Gaming Commission. Simermeyer, previously advised the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, served under the Department of the Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, and worked for the National Congress of American Indians.

“Sequoyah Simermeyer has a wealth of experience on tribal issues working in different executive and legislative branch capacities,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. “He is the ideal candidate for this position, and I urge Congress to confirm him quickly.”

“We appreciate the President quickly nominating a new Chair of the National Indian Gaming Commission,” said Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. “Mr. Simermeyer has years of experience that qualify him for NIGC Chair including serving as Counselor and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Department of the Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, as Counsel on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and presently as Associate Commissioner of the NIGC since November 2015. We look forward to hearing about Mr. Simermeyer’s vision for the NIGC during the confirmation process.”

In his current role as a Commissioner and the Director of Self-Regulation for the National Indian Gaming Commission, Simermeyer works with federal, state, and tribal bodies on national gaming regulatory policy and compliance as well as self-regulation petitions.

Simermeyer formerly advised the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and served as the Deputy Chief of Staff and as a Counselor to the Department of the Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. He also advocated on national and international policy issues with the National Congress of American Indians and holds a law degree from Cornell Law School.

 

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First-of-its-kind fund Awards More Than $200,000 to Tribes & Native Nonprofits in Minnesota

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Published June 26, 2019

Healthy Children Healthy Nations Fund supports efforts to improve early childhood development and nutrition in Native American communities

PRIOR LAKE, Minn. — The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC), Better Way Foundation, and the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations today announced that their Healthy Children, Healthy Nations (HCHN) Fund has awarded $220,000 in grants to 10 Native American tribes and nonprofits in Minnesota. These grants will support innovation in and the expansion of early childhood development and childhood nutrition programs in Minnesota’s Native communities.

“We were astonished by the overwhelming response to this grant program, and the many impressive applications we received,” said Andreas Hipple, executive director of Better Way Foundation. “These grants will support many innovative projects, capacity building and effective programming to benefit our state’s Native American children.”

Launched in January 2019, the HCHN Fund is the first donor-advised fund committed to Native early childhood development and nutrition in Minnesota. The fund supports work that expands Native early childhood development programs, provides healthful early nutrition to children, and seeks to build whole, healthy Native children, families and communities.

“There are many tribal governments and Native-led organizations working to improve early childhood development and nutrition in our state, yet there is a critical shortage of financial resources available to them,” said SMSC Chairman Charles R. Vig. “We believe that these grants can provide some of the support they need to continue their important efforts.”

The SMSC and Better Way Foundation each committed $100,000 to seed the fund, and Casey Family Programs contributed $20,000. This grant-making fund is administered by the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations and received research support from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis’s Center for Indian Country Development.

Grants were offered to tribes and Native nonprofits whose work aligns with the goals of the initiative and who need additional support to either help advance a specific element of their work, develop a new initiative, or explore new collaborations, partnerships and strategies.

Specific recipients include:

  • American Indian Community Housing Organization – A $25,000 grant for the organization to identify a strategy to provide early intervention to Native American families dealing with historical trauma.
  • American Indian Family Center – $25,000 grant to develop an urban intergenerational healing garden.
  • Indigenous Breastfeeding Coalition of Minnesota – A $25,000 grant to hire a part-time staff member to lead planning and implementation for a community coalition workshop.
  • Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe – A $15,000 grant toward developing a Native American language summit.
  • Lower Sioux Indian Community – A $25,000 grant to support a Dakota language program for teachers at the tribe’s Early Head Start and Head Start facilities.
  • Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center – A $24,965 grant to support the organization’s GroShed Food and Medicine Project, which will provide plant medicine and cooking lessons to families and children.
  • Montessori American Indian Childcare Center – A $25,000 grant to strengthen the organization’s Ojibwe language revitalization program for children.
  • Native American Community Clinic – A $15,000 grant to support the organization’s 10-week Indigenous healthy eating and child care program for young children and families.
  • Prairie Island Indian Community – A $15,000 grant to develop a youth-focused program within the tribe’s existing Dakota language education initiative.
  • Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians – A $25,000 grant to establish a garden and develop educational materials for the tribe’s early childhood immersion school program.

“These grant recipients are doing important work to strengthen Native communities here in Minnesota,” said Eric J. Jolly, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundations. “The Foundations are proud to be a partner in the Healthy Children, Healthy Nations Fund, and we’re thankful that its leaders are supporting these innovative projects.”

In Minnesota, there are more than 5,000 Native American children under the age of five. Many are at risk of starting school behind, and are more likely to suffer adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) than kids in other populations.

“Our research shows that an extra dollar spent on the education of vulnerable children saves between $4 to $16 in future social costs related to health care, education and crime,” said Patrice Kunesh, assistant vice president and director of the Center for Indian Country Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. “These sorts of investments impact positive change not just for the grantees, but the broader community.”

This collaborative fund is an outgrowth of the Healthy Children, Healthy Nations initiative, a project of the SMSC’S Seeds of Native Health campaign, Better Way Foundation, and the Center for Indian Country Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. This joint effort issued a report in April 2018, “Charting Pathways on Early Childhood Development and Nutrition for Minnesota’s Native Children,” after it convened practitioners, funders and tribal leaders to determine ways to improve the health and well-being of Minnesota’s Native children.

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Dilkon Community Reaches Another Milestone with the Groundbreaking of the New Dilkon Medical Center

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Nation President Jonathan Nez joins other officials to break ground for the new Dilkon Medical Center facility in Dilkon, Ariz. on June 25, 2019

Published June 26, 2019

DILKON, Ariz. — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez joined officials from the Winslow Indian Health Care Center, Inc., Dilkon Health Center Steering Committee, and Dilkon Chapter on Tuesday to celebrate the start of construction of the new Dilkon Medical Center, which will provide medical services to thousands of Navajo people in Dilkon and nearby communities in the southwestern portion of the Navajo Nation.

In support of local self-governance, President Nez signed and issued a letter on May 9 to Indian Health Service that authorized the Winslow Indian Health Care Center in coordination with the Dilkon Health Care Steering Committee, to complete the design and construction of the medical center under a Title V construction project agreement with IHS.

“Today’s groundbreaking is the result of years of the hard work and persistence of local officials working in partnership with the Winslow Indian Health Care Center. This project symbolizes what can be accomplished to meet the health care needs of our Navajo people by working together and by empowering our communities,” said President Nez. “The Nez-Lizer Administration supports local self-governance.”

For many years, the Dilkon Health Care Steering Committee and Dilkon Chapter have advocated for the new medical center and for the ability to oversee the design and construction of the new facility. Winslow Indian Health Care Center Board of Directors Chairman Robert Salabye thanked the Nez-Lizer Administration for supporting local empowerment with the signing of the letter to the IHS, which allowed the project to move forward.

Vice President Myron Lizer also commended the local officials and thanked them for remaining determined to help their community members.

“The community of Dilkon has a vision for their people and that encompasses community and economic opportunities and growth. This new medical center will be a major part of developing that overall vision to create jobs, revenue, and sustainability,” Vice President Lizer stated.

The Nez-Lizer Administration continues to advocate for water projects and resources that would bring more water to the Dilkon area and surrounding communities for other development initiatives.

“If we bring water resources, the possibilities are endless for our Navajo people,” added President Nez. “The community of Dilkon is practicing the Navajo teaching of T’áá hwó’ajít’éego, or self-reliance, to be less dependent on the central government and to help build and strengthen their community.”

President Nez also recognized and thanked Norman and Marie Nez, whose family forfeited their grazing permit to allow for the construction of the medical center on their designated grazing area.

Winslow Indian Health Care Center, Inc. board chairman Robert Salabye also stated that the group is looking to secure additional funding for elderly homes in the Dilkon community. According to Winslow Indian Health Care Center, Inc., the construction of the Dilkon Health Center is expected to be completed by 2023.

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Lifeline Program Helps Native Consumers Stay Connected in Today’s Digital World

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Published June 26, 2019

WASHINGTON — Access to affordable voice and internet service is vital to the quality of life for consumers who want to stay connected to health care clinics, loved ones, and workforce opportunities. Yet affordable and accessible service remains a challenge for millions of rural and native consumers who are constrained by distance and density limitations.  The federal Lifeline program provides a way to close the affordability gap for these consumers by offering a monthly discount of up to $34.25 towards their phone or internet bill. This benefit helps those who otherwise would never have a chance to connect to their communities and families. Currently, over 9 million consumers participate in the Lifeline Program, and of those, 274,000 are native households.

How to Apply

If you are interested in receiving the Lifeline discount, there are a few ways you can apply and demonstrate eligibility to qualify for this benefit. The first is through participation in a federal program. If you are in a federal program like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Medicaid you qualify for the Lifeline discount. You also qualify if you live on federally-recognized Tribal lands and take part in programs like the Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations. You may also prove program eligibility through your income if it is at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines.

Universal Service Administrative Company staff present at National Congress of American Indians earlier this year in Washington, D.C.

To apply for Lifeline, you will need a document that proves you are eligible for the benefit. You may also need an item that you proves your identity such as an unexpired Driver’s License or Tribal issued ID and an item that proves your address such as a utility bill.  For more information regarding the Lifeline eligibility criteria, visit the program’s website which will give you additional information on the application process and which phone companies participate in this program. To find out which companies serve your area, you can input your zip code or city and state in the Companies Near Me tool on Lifeline’s website.

Additional Resources

If you have general questions about the Lifeline Program, you can contact the Lifeline Support Center at LifelineSupport@usac.org or (800) 234-9473. If you are a caseworker, social service agent, or consumer support representative and would like to be added to Lifeline’s consumer advocate and tribal distribution lists, email LifelineProgram@usac.org to receive updates on the program, upcoming events, and specific content for tribal communities.

For more information, contact Lifeline at (800) 234-9473 or visit LifelineSupport.org.

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Today in History – June 25, 1876: Custer’s Last Stand

June 25, 2019 - 6:10pm

Sitting Bull…Bismarck, D.T.. David Frances Barry, photographer, c1885. Prints & Photographs Division

Today in History – June 25

On June 25, 1876, George Armstrong Custer and the 265 men under his command lost their lives in the Battle of Little Big Horn, often referred to as Custer’s Last Stand.

Portrait of Maj. Gen. George A. Custer, Officer of the Federal Army. Brady National Photographic Art Gallery, [Jan. 4, 1865]. Civil War Glass Negatives and Related Prints. Prints & Photographs Division

Educated at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Custer proved his brilliance and daring as a cavalry officer of the Union Army in the Civil War. Major General George McClellan appointed the twenty-three-year-old Custer as brigadier general in charge of a Michigan cavalry brigade. By 1864, Custer was leading the Third Cavalry Division in General Philip Sheridan‘s Shenandoah Valley campaign. Throughout the fall, the Union Army moved across the valley—burning homes, mills, and fields of crops.

View of a Cheyenne Village at Big Timbers…. Daguerreotype by Solomon Carvalho, probably copied by Mathew Brady’s studio, between 1853 and 1860. Daguerreotypes. Prints & Photographs Division

This daguerreotype of an Indian village in Kansas Territory, taken during the Frémont Expedition in 1853, is one of the Library’s oldest images of the Plains Indians of the American West. Click on the image for a much sharper view of four large tipis (variant of teepees) standing at the edge of a wooded area.

Custer’s Division Retiring from Mount Jackson in the Shenandoah Valley, October 7, 1864, Alfred R. Waud, artist, 1864. American Treasures of the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

This sketch of Custer’s division retiring from Mount Jackson in the Shenandoah Valley on October 7, 1864, is by Alfred Waud, a Civil War sketch artist who documented the war for the press. Sketch artists provided the public’s only glimpse of battle at a time when the shutter speed of cameras was not fast enough to capture action. Waud routinely ventured dangerously close to the fighting, portraying more intimately than any other artist, the drama and horror of the Civil War.

Tapped to pursue General Robert E. Lee‘s army as it fled from Richmond, Custer himself received the Confederate flag of truce when Lee surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse. At the end of the Civil War, he was commissioned to the western frontier as part of an army campaign to impress and intimidate hostile Plains Indians with a show of U.S. military might.

After gold was discovered in the Black Hills in 1874, white miners flocked into territory ceded to the Sioux less than ten years earlier. Although the second Treaty of Fort Laramie (1868) clearly granted the tribe exclusive use of the Black Hills, in the winter of 1875, the U.S. ordered the Sioux to return to their reservation by the end of January. With many Indians out of the range of communication and many others hostile to the order, the U.S. Army prepared for battle.

On May 17, 1876, Lieutenant Colonel Custer led the 750 men of the 7th United States Cavalry Regiment out of Fort Abraham Lincoln, Dakota Territory. Commanded by Brigadier General Alfred H. Terry, Custer’s division was part of an expedition intended to locate and rout tribes organized for resistance under Chief Sitting Bull. Hoping to entrap Sitting Bull in the Little Big Horn area, Terry ordered Custer to follow the Rosebud River while he brought the majority of the men down the Yellowstone River. After meeting at the mouth of the Little Big Horn, they planned to force the Lakota Sioux and the Cheyenne back to their reservations.

Custer found Sitting Bull encamped on the Little Bighorn River in Montana. Instead of waiting for Terry, the lieutenant colonel chose to wage an immediate attack. He divided his forces into several groups and headed out. Quickly encircled by their enemy, the five companies under Custer’s immediate command were slaughtered in less than an hour. Over the next two days, the remnants of the 7th Cavalry fought for their lives as they waited in vain for Custer to relieve them.

On June 27, the Indians retreated as reinforcements arrived. Expecting to meet Custer and prepare for battle, General Terry discovered the bodies of Custer and his men. Nearly a third of the men of the 7th Cavalry, including Custer and his brother, died at Little Big Horn. A stunning but short-lived victory for Native Americans, the Battle of Little Big Horngalvanized the public against the Indians. In response, federal troops poured into the Black Hills.

While many Native Americans surrendered to federal authorities, Sitting Bull sought refuge in Canada in 1877. Four years later, with his supporters on the brink of starvation, Sitting Bull returned to the U.S. at Standing Rock Agency in North Dakota. There, he fought the sale of tribal lands under the Dawes Severalty Act and participated in the Ghost DanceMovement—a cultural and religious revitalization among Native Americans. Threatened by a religious awakening that promised the end of white dominance, federal authorities attempted to take custody of Sitting Bull in 1890. He was killed in the affray sparked by the attempted arrest.

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Tribe Leaders Call for Unity After Major Court Victory

June 25, 2019 - 12:16am

Published June 25, 2019

MASHPEE, Mass. — On Friday, June 21, 2019, Judge Rosemary Collyer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an order handing the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe a key victory in its litigation against the U.S. Department of Interior. The order issued by Judge Collyer denied a petition by the plaintiffs in the separate Littlefield litigation to have the court case against the Interior transferred back to the First Circuit Court in Boston. This early victory gives the Tribe the benefit of a legal forum that has consistently protected tribal sovereignty rights to advance its argument that the Interior was unlawfully arbitrary and capricious when it disregarded the long standing statutory interpretation that it used to take over 300 acres of land into trust for the Tribe in 2015 only to suddenly withdraw its support of the Tribe in 2018 “without sufficient explanation.” This victory comes on the heels of the Tribe’s victory on Capitol Hill last month when the U.S. House of Representatives voted in a bi-partisan fashion with a near supermajority to pass legislation confirming the reservation status of the Tribe’s lands.

Mashpee Chairman Cedric Cromwell testfying on Tuesday, July 24, 2018

As Chairman Cedric Cromwell of the Tribe points out, “The significance of this victory and its importance to our Tribe cannot be understated. Judge Collyer agreed with every single argument that we advanced and showed, as a Reagan-appointed judge that our issue is a bi-partisan plight with ‘national policy implications’ for the rights of tribes across the U.S. She was also right to point out that the Tribe has received support from pan-tribal organizations representing more than 250 tribes across the U.S. who all agree that the Interior was unlawfully arbitrary and capricious. We still need urgent support from the U.S. Senate to finish the work of the House to preserve our limited resources for the housing and caring of our members versus fighting frivolous litigation, but we are encouraged by this momentum.”

While the Tribe has made real progress in Congress and the Courts, a few of the Tribal members have seized on the delays and suffering caused by the litigation to pursue their own goals. In particular, a previously ousted member of the Tribal Council has petitioned for the recall of the Tribe’s Chairman and Treasurer and launched a smear campaign with false claims of missing funds, which have been echoed across the region with anonymous and unlawful “robo calls.” The calls wildly state that the Tribe’s Gaming Authority is unable to account for over $250 million, which is money that very publicly, and with the recorded public votes of Tribal Council each step along the way, went towards acquiring the 300 acres of trust lands for the Tribe, establishing a Compact with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, multiple cooperation agreements with local governments, and fighting legal and legislative battles from Massachusetts to Washington D.C. The calls did not identify who orchestrated or paid for the calls in an apparent attempt to flout public disclosure requirements for political campaigns, and the calls plainly violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) laws against sending robo messages to restricted call lists. The attacks go so far as claiming that absences of the Tribe’s Treasurer, which were due to a personal medical illness, and separately, a personal property disaster, are evidence of his nonfeasance.

According to the Tribe’s Treasurer Gordon Harris, these accusations are not only false, but also they are obviously intended to deceive and incite community members. “Tribal Council has laid out every single expense of the Tribe in accordance with annual and quarterly financial statements that adhere to generally accepted accounting principles and financial reporting standards. These financial statements have been prepared and made available for review by each Tribal Council member every month with periodic reports made to the general membership of the Tribe on a consistent basis for the last ten years. At no point have any Federal or private funds gone unaccounted for,” said the Tribe’s Treasurer.

“It is no coincidence that our tribal community is getting carpet bombed with these computer-programmed robo calls spewing false statements that non-tribal members are eager to print in the media with no verification at all” said Vice Chair Jessie Baird of the Tribe. “As we fight for our land and our sovereignty, our elders and the vast majority of our community members want to focus on the real progress happening in Congress and the Courts. The vile bullying and intimidation tactics being played out in the public eye are heartbreaking because they bear no resemblance to the shared vision of justice that many of us have fought for our entire lives,” said Vice Chair Baird.

“Our people have had enough of this divisiveness”, said Chairman Cromwell. “Open debate within our tribal community is normal and healthy, but let’s keep it clean and on the facts. There are many people eager to revel and write about us fighting amongst ourselves, but that does not reflect what is actually happening on the ground. As we fight to keep control of our tribal lands and our sovereignty we must stand together and not let lies and fear distract us from the real progress that our mission for justice is making.”

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U.S. Department of the Interior’s Opioid Reduction Task Force Cracks Down on Illicit Drug Trade in Indian Country

June 25, 2019 - 12:02am

Published June 25, 2019


More Than 3,200 pounds of Illegal Narcotics Seized, Estimated Value of $9.8 million

WASHINGTON – On Monday, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt highlighted the efforts made by the Department of the Interior (DOI) Opioid Reduction Task Force over the past year, resulting in the seizure of more than 3,200 pounds of illegal narcotics with an estimated value of $9.8 million dollars.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services (BIA-OJS) is the primary lead for the DOI Opioid Reduction Task Force with operational support being provided by the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, U.S. Park Police, Customs and Border Protection, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

“Last year, BIA-OJS officers successfully stopped thousands of pounds of deadly narcotics from reaching our tribal communities,” said Secretary Bernhardt.

Other tribal, state and local agencies participated in the task force efforts to disrupt illegal narcotics from being distributed to Indian Country. In FY 18, BIA-OJS successfully led 15 DOI Opioid Reduction Task Force operations in seven states, resulting in 372 arrests. States where operations were led included Arizona, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Nevada, and Washington.

“I commend the progress made in FY 2018 by the BIA-OJS through its leadership of the DOI Opioid Reduction Task Force and its stand-alone interdiction operations,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Tahsuda. “BIA-OJS law enforcement officers and officers across the Department of the Interior answer the call every day to promote public safety and end the scourge of drugs in tribal communities. I thank the BIA-OJS Officers for their daily actions to save lives, promote public awareness and confront dangers.”

BIA-OJS Director Addington was selected last year to head the development of the DOI Opioid Reduction Task Force.

“I am proud of the extraordinary men and women within our Division of Drug Enforcement for stepping up to strategically combat the increasing opioid and other illegal narcotic epidemic affecting Tribal communities across the nation,” said BIA-OJS Director Addington. “It has been a great honor to lead the development of the Task Force and the BIA-OJS effort to support the White House Initiative on Ending America’s Opioid Crisis.”

BIA-OJS Division of Drug Enforcement provides complex narcotic investigations, as well as gang and human trafficking investigations that focus on the disruption of drug distribution networks and criminal enterprise directly related to Indian Country and those impacting Indian communities.

The full report, highlighting the task force’s efforts can be view here.

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How to Clean Algae from Windows?

June 25, 2019 - 12:00am

Published June 25, 2019

Your windows are a great investment, and nothing disgusts a homeowner like seeing algae on his/her windows. This great investment should be protected, and one way to protect is by cleaning your windows. In case your windows have algae, they should be cleaned without discolouring the window glasses.

Luckily, there are various ways you get rid of the algae off your windows and make your windows new as before. Are you ready to get off algae from your Aurora windows? Continue reading these tips here.

  1. Oxygen Bleach and An Algae Removal.

You don’t have to use a lot of bleach to remove the algae, especially if you have placed plants at the base of your windows or you have pets and kids. In this case, oxygen is the best thing to choose. Oxygen is non-toxic as compared to chlorine, which is toxic, and many people prefer oxygen bleach.

It doesn’t have disadvantages of chlorine such as discoloration of the wood, especially the painted parts. It is, therefore, not harmful to humans, animals, and plants. To use oxygen bleach, utilise warm water to dissolve your oxygen bleach. Put it in a spray bottle and spray the solution to the algae. Give it ten minutes to soak and then scrub to get rid of the algae. Rinse the surface, and your windows will be clean again.

  2. Use Of TPS.

This is yet another option you can consider. TPS stands for Trisodium Phosphate, which is common in most home items such as dish detergents and laundry detergents. However, you may not see it in most households since some states have burned it due to its environmental impacts.

Therefore, this is used where the algae is stubborn to be removed. It has the same effects as chlorine bleach, such as discoloration of surfaces, and it is also harmful to plants, animals, and humans. So, you should be careful when handling it.

 3. Pressure Washing.

If you don’t want to remove the algae from your Aurora windows by yourself, then you can use a pressure washer. However, you may need to hire professionals to handle this work. If the algae are spread on various spots on your windows Aurora, this could be the best way to remove them.

If you hire a professional pressure washer, the work can be completed within a day, and the whole process will leave your windows looking admirable and new once again. The pressure washer usually uses a lot of force which destroys the algae, which is the same as when you scrub the algae using your hands with a hard-bristle brush.

You may also consider to pressure-wash your windows Aurora by yourself. However, you need to be keen when doing it to avoid breaking the window glass.

 

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Navajo Nation Division of Economic Development & Hopi Delegation Initiate Partnership Talks

June 25, 2019 - 12:00am

Meredith Qotswisiwma., Brannen Sidney, Elaine Young, Ivan Sidney, JT Willie, and Wallace Youvella Jr. at the Division of Economic Development on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.

Published June 25, 2019

SAINT MICHAELS, Ariz. – The Division of Economic Development and representatives from the Hopi communities of the First Mesa Consolidated Village met last Tuesday in Window Rock to begin discussing an economic development partnership between the two tribes.

Division of Economic Development Executive Director JT Willie and Small Business Development Department Manager Elaine Young were joined by Former Chairman Ivan Sidney, Wallace Youvella Jr. (Projects), Meredith Qotswisiwma (Administration), and Brannen Sidney (Accounts) from the First Mesa Consolidated Village on the Hopi Nation.

Both groups identified the impending reductions in major sources of tribal royalty revenues as a shared challenge. Historically, each tribe’s economic development projects have not been openly communicated between each other. This meeting was the first step in communicating directly between the new leadership of the Navajo and Hopi tribes.

Chairman Sidney, who reports to the Hopi traditional council, expressed gratitude for the meeting in the Hopi language. He reflected on a similar drive he made to Window Rock to meet then-Chairman Zah at a time when both leaders were faced with challenges in partnering and collaborating with each other.

The tribes share a complex history of land leasing and management challenges. The group acknowledged the key issues with tribal and federal land titles, the length of finalizing new leases, and attracting economic development projects on tribal trust lands.

Along with issues echoed by Director Willie, the tribes possess a common vision of utilizing and building their sovereignty and economic diversity.

“The Hopi constitution states that we are a collection of independent villages,” said Chairman Sidney. The Hopi delegation shared that, through their constitution and tribal structure, ownership of certain lands may be a benefit to the economic development projects for both tribes.

The Navajo and Hopi Nations share a census tract area that has been designated an Opportunity Zone by the Federal government, which is a program designed to attracted investments through tax incentives.

Plans for tourism and projects on lands within the Opportunity Zone should include input from those that surround Hopi, said Youvella. The Hopi community of First Mesa has been a central location for the tribe and for traffic that comes from all around.

The Nez-Lizer administration has looked to renewable energy development as a priority in addressing the shutdown of the Navajo Generating Station and the Kayenta Coal Mine. The two groups discussed the possibility of creating partnerships to develop renewable-based projects, especially along borders.

“We want to move forward together,” Director Willie said. “Our economic prosperity in the region is connected if we want to accomplish the plans and visions that our grandmothers and grandfathers laid out for us.”

The next meeting has been tentatively scheduled for the end of July. Both groups agreed to invite leadership from their respective communities and administrations.

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Ways of Scoring an Access to Airport Lounges in the UAE for Travelers

June 25, 2019 - 12:00am

Published June 25, 2019

A lot of us spend a considerable amount of time at the airport then we usually realize. Often we have to tolerate late night, early morning, and prolonged layovers (sometimes out of our control). Due to these layovers, we have ended up on recliners, rocking chairs, floors, and often twisting and turning on uncomfortable seats. However, wouldn’t it be nice to get some sleep, a shower, Wi-Fi, simple access to power ports, a delicious hot meal, and a peaceful spot for relaxing? This is the point where our mind goes towards those airport lounges in the hope that we could get access to them.

You must be wondering:

How do I get access to these elusive and comfortable airport lounges?

Here are some ways of getting access to airport lounges in the UAE.

1) Using Credit Cards for Airport Lounge Access

Obtaining credit cards with lounge access is amongst the easiest way of ensuring that you will not be stuck on concourse again. However, some of these cards charge high annual fees. 

For example, ADCB Etihad Guest Above Infinite Credit Card. For an annual fee of 2625 AED, you can get unlimited free access at over 900 premium airport lounges throughout the world. You can avail this complimentary access for yourself and an accompanying guest on every visit. This facility is available for the supplementary credit cardholder as well. You can avail this service on your airport lounge access credit card UAE through the LoungeKey program. However, you may also find credit cards with a low annual fee that provide airport lounge access. 

Caveat: Prior to applying for a credit card, go through the fine print thoroughly to ensure that traveling and spending habits make obtaining the card worthwhile.

Suitable for: Airline credit cards are suitable for big spenders who can easily bear high annual fees for more perks. These are also ideal for occasional flyers who want to pay a lesser annual fee for a limited amount of day passes for airport lounges. 

 

 

2) Buying a Day Pass for Airport Lounges

 

A lot of airlines sell day passes to their lounges, letting you relax in comfort without any long-term commitment. Some airlines provide one-day passes for the airport lounges. Check whether the airport lounge pass is limited to the lounges in the UAE airports or works internationally. Moreover, some airlines impose time restrictions on the lounge access, some offer access only to the passengers flying within the Emirates. Therefore, it is advised that you check before you buy. 

Suitable for: These day passes are suitable for casual travelers. 

 

 

3) Investing in a Membership for Airport Lounges

 

Earlier, all the business travelers as per their budget used to carry a lounge membership card along with the airline they prefer. These membership cards were often bought on the dime of their company. Membership with a particular airline is more in trend these days. If you usually fly with an airline exclusively, then you may consider purchasing its airport lounge membership. Expect comparatively high charges for an annual membership. Before you shell out, check and ensure that the destinations you travel the most to have airport lounges or not. 

Suitable for: This option is suitable for those frequent flyers who prefer a particular airline. 

 

4) Trying Third-Party Vendors to Gain Access to Airport Lounges

 

In case you are not very comfortable sticking to a single airline, then membership for airport lounges bought via a third party vendor might be more sensible. You can purchase the membership to avail access to all the airport lounges that fall under its network. You can buy the membership that suits your requirement. 

Suitable for: Apart from credit cards with lounge access and other options discussed above, this is a good option. It is most suitable for frequent flyers who go for different airlines.

 

5) Paying for Public Airport Lounges

 

There is an alternative to the airline-owned lounges. In a few airports, there are public lounges that offer you snacks, comfortable seating, small meals, Wi-Fi access, and non-alcoholic beverages. These public lounges may charge a certain fee for the same. They have been giving those legacy airline lounges a run for their money. 

Some of these public lounges may also offer drinks, meals, and showers which are crucial for those who have a long journey. Some may also offer spa and massage services at some extra charge. 

Suitable for: This option is suitable for travelers who wish for more flexibility than the airport lounges offer.

 

6) Go as Accompanying Guests with Friends or Family

 

A lot of airport lounge access credit card UAE offer the cardholder the option of taking an accompanying guest along with them without any extra charges. You can access the airport lounge across the globe or at specified airports as per the discretion of the credit card provider. This option can be availed only when traveling with a friend or family member who holds a credit card that offers free airport lounge access to them along with an accompanying guest. 

Suitable for: This option is suitable for those who do not travel alone. These people travel with the ones who have a credit card with the option of airport access lounge. 

The Closing Thought!

All of us have friends who have accessed the airport lounges and keep raving about them. The more peaceful spaces, the showers, better Wi-Fi connectivity, good food, and of course alcohol are usually the topics of discussion amongst the ones who are well-traveled. We then sit and think how did they get in when they had to pay for it? And then why have we been stressing ourselves out by sitting in the middle of a crowded food court at 5 a.m. listening to nonsensical sounds of hundreds of people? This is when we realize that even we can relax at an airport lounge using credit cards with lounge access or other options mentioned above. 

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Leadership & Cultural Lessons Learned through Remember the Removal Bike Ride

June 24, 2019 - 12:00am

The 2019 Remember the Removal Bike Ride cyclists arrived in Tahlequah Thursday after riding 950 miles across seven states to retrace the path of their ancestors on the Trail of Tears.

Guest Commentary

Published June 24, 2019

As a student of history, especially Cherokee history, there is no better education and leadership skills development than Cherokee Nation’s annual Remember the Removal Bike Ride. Every summer a team of young riders along with mentor riders and support staff from Cherokee Nation and the Eastern Band of Cherokee team up and retrace our ancestors’ route from our homelands in the East to modern-day Oklahoma. We are so proud of these Cherokee men and women. They have accomplished something very personal and special and, at the same time, allowed all of us as Cherokee Nation citizens to once again reflect on our history.

The Trail of Tears is a very important part of Cherokee history. Participation in Remember the Removal enables the riders to better understand the trials and tribulations our people faced during their journey to Indian Territory. Riders began following the Northern Route of the Trail of Tears at the former capital of the Cherokee Nation in New Echota, Georgia, then made stops at museums, gravesites, national parks, churches and other historic locations along the way. With every mile traveled, they are more versed about the Cherokee experience and the true history of our people.

Before they left, I challenged each participant to share as much as they can with as many people as they can. Not only did they do that along the way, but I know they’ll take their experience and share it with others for the rest of their lives.

When the mind and body are stretched to their limit, spiritual and personal experiences can be profound and life changing. This journey offers cyclists a chance to share something sacred with our ancestors, and this group of riders is blessed to share all of those transformative moments together, as one amazing group. The participants returned with a greater understanding not just of the hardships our people endured more than 180 years ago, but also with a better grasp of the inner and collective strength it takes to survive as a tribe, and as an individual.

They have spurred each other to great heights across the seven states and the 950-mile trek. It is a hard journey, but they know the struggles they encountered are only a small taste of what Cherokees experienced and collectively overcame many years ago.

Chief Bill John Baker

When the inaugural bike ride took place in 1984, we set a precedent for tribes doing this kind of living classroom and experience-based learning. It was an outside-the-box concept, and now others have started similar endeavors. That is wonderful, because these experiences shape and mature a young person.

I know every rider had to dig deep and find reservoirs of strength, perseverance and fortitude. Their perspective of what our Cherokee ancestors encountered along the trail is forever changed. But their perspective is sharper and they are more empathetic to the sacrifices our ancestors were forced to make on their journey when more than one quarter of our tribal population perished from exposure, starvation and disease.

Our cyclists will carry the memories and bonding moments they had with fellow cyclists forever. This bond they have formed is like family, and through it, I see true Cherokee values.

The 2019 Cherokee Nation Remember the Removal riders are:

·        Brooke Bailey, 23, Lost City

·        Joshua Chavez, 24, Tahlequah

·        Marie Eubanks, 55, Rocky Mountain

·        Kayli Gonzales, 23, Welling

·        Shadow Hardbarger, 24, Marble City

·        Elizabeth Hummingbird, 21, Peavine

·        Ashley Hunnicutt, 25, Tahlequah

·        Destiny Matthews, 21, Watts

·        Sydnie Pierce, 23, Locust Grove

·        Steven Shade, 24, Briggs

·        Kevin Stretch, 58, Tahlequah

Bill John Baker is the principal chief of the Cherokee Nation.

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For National Indigenous Peoples Day, NFB Shared Second-year Progress on Its Indigenous Action Plan

June 24, 2019 - 12:00am

(To Wake Up the Nakota Language by Louise BigEagle. Photo: © Taryn Snell/NFB)

Published June 24, 2019

NFB reaches Indigenous production spending commitment of 15% one year ahead of target; production underway or recently completed on 40 works by Indigenous creators from across Canada

MONTREAL

For National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21), the National Film Board of Canada(NFB) is marking the second anniversary of the launch of its Indigenous Action Planwith a slate of 40 Indigenous-led works in development, production or recent release—while delivering on a commitment to devote a minimum of 15% of its production spending on Indigenous works, one year ahead of schedule.

Announced on June 21, 2017, the NFB’s Indigenous Action Plan is a response to theTRC’s calls to action and systemic inequities in Canada’s screen sector facing Indigenous creators. The plan was drafted in collaboration with an Indigenous advisory group and contains 33 commitments in four main areas:  organizational transformation, industry leadership, production and distribution.

The NFB’s progress on its Indigenous Action Plan also includes advances in community engagement, online accessibility, educational resources, and hiring, as well as adopting new industry protocols for working with Indigenous creators and content.

“Over the last two years, the NFB has worked diligently and consistently in implementing its Indigenous Action Plan,” said Jason Ryle, speaking on behalf of the Indigenous Advisory Group. “During this time, the NFB has demonstrated that a determined leadership within a large national institution can take decisive, timely, and practical actions that support Indigenous filmmakers, productions, and capacity—and lead to positive change. The Advisory Group is particularly pleased to see so many Indigenous-led projects in development and production and congratulates all those involved for the successes achieved to date, while we also look forward to what is to come.”

“This current and upcoming body of work by Indigenous filmmakers brings together talented artists from across Canada, who are bringing vital stories and perspectives to Canadian and international screens. Together, they are helping to define the future of Indigenous cinema, strengthening Indigenous communities, and changing how we understand each other and share this land,” said Claude Joli-Coeur, NFB Chairperson. “At the NFB, we’re working hard to honour the commitments in our action plan, and I’m profoundly grateful to the Indigenous advisory group for continuing to work with us and guide us in this process.”

Production highlights include:

  • Tasha Hubbard’s award-winning feature doc nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up (Downstream Documentary Productions/NFB in association withCBC DOCS and APTN), following the aftermath of the shooting death of Colten Boushie. The first Indigenous film to open Hot Docs, it’s currently in theatres across Canada.
  • Michelle Latimer’s feature doc The Inconvenient Indian, an adaptation of Thomas King’s The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America, is currently winding up production. Co-produced by 90th Parallel and the NFB, with Jesse Wente as creative producer.
  • Kim O’Bomsawin’s Nin, Auass, an intimate feature doc portrait of the experience of early childhood in the communities of Pessamit, Manawan and Whapmagoostui, currently in production.
  • Alanis Obomsawin’s upcoming documentary Jordan’s Principle (working title), her 53rd film in a legendary NFB career.
  • Urban.Indigenous.Proud, a partnership between the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres and the NFB, exploring urban Indigenous culture and lived experiences within five Friendship Centre communities.
  • Angelina McLeod’s recently completed short doc series Freedom Road,about Shoal Lake 40, a First Nations community separated for 100 years from the mainland because of an aqueduct built to supply water to Winnipeg.
  • An all-Indigenous edition of the NFB’s animation mentorship program,Hothouse, in partnership with the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, with emerging animators Meky OttawaKassia Ward and Chris Grantcurrently in production on a short film. This 12th season of Hothouse has also created mentorship opportunities for Indigenous associate producers Amanda Strong and Amanda Roy, who bring a wealth of Indigenous storytelling experience to the project.
  • Meneath, an augmented reality project by Terril Calder, which explores the seven deadly sins as defined in Christianity alongside the seven sacred teachings as defined by Native spirituality.
  • Multimedia installations from Indigenous artists: Caroline Monnet and Ludovic Boney’s Hydro, an installation at the Musée de Joliette from February 2 to May 5, 2019; and from now until July 13 at Victoria’s Open Space, Dominic Lafontaine and Jessie Short’s Neither One Nor the Other (Ni l’un, ni l’autre), developed during the second edition of Déranger, a creative lab for Inuit, Métis and First Nations multidisciplinary artists working in the French language.

The NFB was also one of several organizations to provide financial support to the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival for the creation of On-Screen Protocols & Pathways: A Media Production Guide to Working with First Nations, Métis and Inuit Communities, Cultures, Concepts and Stories, released in March of 2019. The NFB is applying the principles outlined in the media production guide across its slate of productions—a process based on respect, reciprocity, humility, meaningful collaboration and consent.

Other year two highlights include:

  • The Aabiziingwashi (Wide Awake) Indigenous Cinema Tour of Indigenous-directed titles from the NFB’s collection has surpassed 1,300 screenings to date, in every province and territory. The tour is working with partners to bring Indigenous cinema and discussions to communities big and small across Canada. New titles for 2019 will include nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand UpFreedom Road, Jordan’s Principle and Christopher Auchter’s Now Is the Time.
  • Launched in early 2018, Indigenous Cinema is the NFB’s rich online collection of Indigenous-made films, now featuring more than 300 titles for free. To help mark National Indigenous Peoples Day 2019, new titles include award-winning films like Birth of a Family by Tasha Hubbard, Three Thousand by Asinnajaq and Holy Angels by Jay Cardinal Villeneuve (starting June 17); along with the premiere of the five films fromUrban.Indigenous.Proud: Kristi Lane Sinclair’s Full Circle, Darlene Naponse’s Places to Gather and Learn, Clayton Windatt’s Some Stories…, Jamie Whitecrow’s The Old Game Lacrosse and Tracie Louttit’s Zaagi’idiwin(starting June 21).
  • A trusted source of quality educational content for schools across Canada, the NFB will soon be launching a new online educational experience that draws from the NFB collection, providing Indigenous perspectives on the history and culture of Indigenous peoples in Canada, and geared for students in grades 9 to 12.
  • Indigenous employees now represent 1.25% of all staff at the NFB. The NFB has committed to achieving 4% Indigenous representation across all sectors and levels of the NFB’s workforce—a minimum of 16 Indigenous team members—by 2025.

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FDLTCC & Minnesota Dept. of Human Services to Co-host Kinship Navigator Awareness Symposium

June 24, 2019 - 12:00am

Published June 24, 2019

CLOQUET, Minn.

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

and the Minnesota Department of Human Services Child Safety and Permanency Division are co-hosting a state-wide symposium for social services professionals with a focus on Kinship Navigator Community Awareness and understanding the Family First Prevention Services Act. The two-day symposium with be held in the Great Lakes Ballroom at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Duluth, Minnesota on July 15 & 16, 2019.

Building kinship navigator awareness creates better understanding of the needs relative caregivers have to support successful caregiving outside the formal child welfare system.

Common kinship navigator goals include enhancing stability, often defined as safety and permanency, and ensuring the well-being of children at risk of formal non-relative placement such as foster care settings. The Symposium aims to provide timely education and resources related to mental health, chemical dependency, reunification, outreach and support of kinship caregivers and the children they care for, advocacy, plus two workshops on community outreach and resource mapping.

Symposium session topics include Mental Health Needs of Children and Caregivers, Early Childhood Education services, Chemical Dependency services for Parents, Kinship Navigator Program development, Kinship Caregiver Community Outreach and Support, Reunification of Parents and Children, and legal resources for kinship caregivers.

The symposium presents a schedule of well-known subject experts who are recognized for their knowledge and experience, including Becky Lourey, former Minnesota state senator and Nemadji Research Corp. owner and founder; Carly Anderson, Minnesota Department of Human Services, social service kinship navigator; Don Jarvinen, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) and Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College faculty, Chemical Dependency and Human Services; Govinda Budrow, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Early Childhood faculty; Michele Perron, Ph.D., LADC, clinical supervisor at Lionrock Recovery, Petaluma, California; October Allen, nonprofit business owner and founder; and Sunshine Day, Minnesota Department of Human Services, legal kinship navigator.

Preregistration is required. For more information, please contact Stacey Johnson, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Continuing Education Department, at 218-879-0775 or visit the Continuing Education page on the college website at www.fdltcc.edu. Online registration is available.

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Tom Porter (Mohawk), a Nationally Recognized Figure in Indian Country Since the 1960s, Received Lifetime Achievement Award

June 24, 2019 - 12:00am

Tom Porter (Mohawk)

Published June 24, 2019

Sacred Fire Foundation presented Mr. Porter with 2019 Wisdom Fellowship Award on June 22, 2019 in New York City.

NEW YORK — Tom Porter (Sakokwenionkwas – “The One Who Wins”) Haudenosaunee Educator, Elder and Spiritual Leader, a member of the Bear Clan of the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne, received the Wisdom Fellowship Award for 2019 from the Sacred Fire Foundation (www.sacredfirefoundation.org).

The Wisdom Fellowship Award is presented annually to honor the work of an elder who has demonstrated lifelong achievement in bringing wisdom, leadership and learning to their people and community.

Mr. Porter was recognized for his lifelong service and commitment to his community, located in the ancestral Mohawk Valley of New York State.

He is a champion for the revitalization of native languages and traditions, devoting his life to implementing programs that facilitate the understanding of Indigenous culture.  He has been widely recognized and honored for his work.

Mr. Porter was accompanied by his wife Alice Joe Porter as well as many members from his immediate family.  Guests from as far away as Brazil attended to witness Mr. Porter’s award ceremony.

Sacred Fire Foundation Board of Trustees President Keiko Cronin said, “Tom Porter has dedicated his life to ensuring that the Mohawk nation and tradition will thrive for generations to come.  He is an inspiration to many and we are very excited to be presenting this year’s Wisdom Fellowship Award to someone so deeply deserving.”

 

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Sen. Sinema Applauds Community Development Grants for Arizona Tribal Communities

June 24, 2019 - 12:00am

Sen. Kryston Sinema

Published June 24, 2019

Senator has long supported Community Development Block Grants for Arizona communities 

WASHINGTON — Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema today applauded the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s decision to award nearly $8 million in Indian Community Development Block Grants to tribal communities across Arizona. The grant funding will support housing, infrastructure improvements and economic development projects while encouraging additional local investment.

The grants have been awarded to the Navajo Nation, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, the Tohono O’odham Tribe, the Tonto Apache Tribe, and the White Mountain Apache Tribe.

“The grants awarded today will allow Arizona’s tribal communities to invest in housing, infrastructure and education, helping to expand opportunities for tribal members,” said Sinema.

This year, Sinema requested at least $3.8 billion in funding for the Community Development Block Grant program in the fiscal year 2020 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development appropriations bill. In 2018, Sinema also requested over $3 billion in funding for the Community Development Block Grant program.

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Chickasaw Nation Medical Center Receives Recognition for Support of Nursing Certification

June 23, 2019 - 12:01am

Hospitals and institutions around the world support the CNOR program because certified nurses are confident in their skill and knowledgeable of the latest standards of practice and care.

Published June 23, 2019

ADA, Okla. — The Chickasaw Nation recently earned a coveted designation from the Competency & Credentialing Institute that is awarded to facilities having at least 50 percent of their operating room nursing staffs CNOR certified.

Nurses who attain CNOR certification have been documented as consistently achieving exceptionally high standards of practice in providing care for their patients before, during and after surgery.

The honor is also based on the host medical facility providing continued programs that reward and recognize these nurses.

According to Ralania Tignor, senior manager of Surgical and Obstetrical Services at the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center, the award is highly sought by both medical facilities and staff.

“Through the efforts of my staff and their dedication to professionalism and desire to maintain the highest levels of patient safety in the operating room, this has been accomplished,” Tignor said.

“Personally, passing my CNOR certification is one of the highlights of my career.”

The CNOR certification program is for perioperative (operating room) nurses interested in improving and validating their knowledge and skills, while providing the highest quality perioperative patient care.

Certification also recognizes a nurse’s commitment to professional development and is an objective, measurable way of honoring the achievement of specialty knowledge beyond basic nursing preparation and registered nurse (RN) licensure.

“The CNOR Strong award recognizes health care facilities that have had at least 50 percent of their perioperative RNs successfully complete CNOR certification,” Tignor said.

“Our hospital has reached 79 percent, showing our strong commitment to excellence in perioperative patient care. Achieving CNOR certification is met via a process of validation through rigorous testing of the RN’s knowledge, skills, and abilities specific to perioperative nursing care. Obtaining this certification is a highly valued personal and professional achievement.’’

Research shows that nurses who earn the CNOR credential have greater confidence in their clinical practice. CNOR certified nurses who have mastered the standards of perioperative practice provide even more empowerment, further advancing a culture of professionalism and promoting improved patient outcomes.

Patient safety and positive surgical outcomes are of the utmost importance to the Chickasaw Nation and supporting nurses as they exceed expectations to achieve their perioperative nursing certification reaffirms the Chickasaw Nation’s commitment to its core values.

“We are fortunate to have the support needed to encourage nurses to participate in this program,” Tignor said. “The Chickasaw Nation Medical Center provides each nurse the opportunity to attend a preparation course and testing, offsetting the initial costs associated with accreditation.”

About the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI)

Established in 1979, CCI provides the CNOR® and CSSM® credentials to more than 35,000 registered nurses, making it one of the largest specialty nursing credentialing organizations and the leading certification body for perioperative nurses. The mission of CCI is to lead competency credentialing that promotes safe, quality patient care and supports lifelong learning.

For more information about the Competency & Credentialing Institute, visit CC-Institute.org.

About the Chickasaw Nation Department of Health

The Chickasaw Nation Department of Health (CNDH), consisting of four locations within the boundaries of the Chickasaw Nation, attends to the health care needs of CDIB cardholders of Native American tribes in south-central Oklahoma and beyond. The Chickasaw Nation Medical Center is located in Ada, Oklahoma, with outlying clinics in Ardmore, Purcell and Tishomingo.

The Chickasaw Nation Medical Center is a 370,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art health care facility and features a 72-bed hospital, level three emergency department, ambulatory care facility, diabetes care center, dental clinic, diagnostic imaging center, women’s health center, administrative offices and tribal health programs, as well as a centrally located “town center” bridging the centers of patient care.

The mission of the CNDH is to provide an exceptional customer service experience that focuses on health promotion and disease prevention. Its vision is to be the health care provider of choice. Chickasaw Nation Medical Center teams work daily to make the mission and vision a reality for patients.

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Is It Okay to Drink and Take Medication?

June 23, 2019 - 12:00am

Americans are increasingly taking multiple drugs. And depression is a potential side effect of many of them.

Published June 23, 2019

Alcohol is also known by its chemical name which is ethanol. It is a psychoactive substance which is an active ingredient in drinks like beer, distilled spired also known as hard liquor and wine. Alcohol has been known to have harmful interactions with many prescription medications, and also some OTC (over-the-counter) drugs, and also some herbal remedies.

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One should not take any form of medication if you have consumed alcohol. Alcohol dealings with medications may many cause problems such as:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Abnormal behaviour
  • Drowsiness
  • Fainting
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Accidents
  • Loss of coordination

Mixing alcohol with any type of medications increases the risk of complications like:

  • Heart problems
  • Liverdamage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Depression
  • Impaired breathing

In many cases, alcohol interactions have decreased the efficiency of the medications or render them useless. And in some other cases, alcohol interactions make drugs harmful or even toxic to the body.

If alcohol is consumed in small amounts, it can also intensify the side effects of medication. These are drowsiness, light-headedness and sleepiness. This can interfere with the ability to operate any machinery or concentration or drive a vehicle and this can lead to some serious or fatal accidents. This is because alcohol interacts with most of the commonly used medications. It is very important to note the warning levels and also to ask your doctor or pharmacist. Most of the doctors will advise you not to use alcohol with any medicines – herbal or non-herbal.

People taking painkillers or sedative drugs such as diazepam or valium should avoid the consumption of alcohol. People using anti-depressants such as Prozac or fluoxetine should avoid alcohol altogether.

There are many anti-biotics which basically don’t mix with alcohol. Simple put, it will make you fall sick. But there are also many commonly recommended anti-biotics, which do not cause any problems while drinking as long as your consumption is below the recommended amount.

There are some people who take long-term medications. These kinds of people should not indulge in drinking as the alcohol can make some medicines to become less effective and also the conditions of the person can get worse. Many examples of long-term treatments include medicines for diabetes, epilepsy, or drugs such as warfarin to thin the blood.

Alcohol can improve your immune system is not proven. Drinking alcohol only causes your system to become numb and any the only positive effects are just psychological.

How alcohol can interfere with medication

Consuming alcohol has its effects. The first one is that alcohol acts as a depressant. This means that it affects the way your brain works. It numbs your senses and this is the reason your sense don’t work properly. There are some medicines also that affect the functioning of your brain. If you consume alcohol, then there will be an engagement. Alcohol will increase the sedative effects of causing you to sleep and cause dizziness. This also changes your brain and body in terms of they respond to the medicines. They make it less effective than the usual time. Drugs or medicines likes Valium or Diazepam or any other drug that makes you drowsy or make you sleepy, the alcohol in your body makes the time of reaction decrease and also gets your tired faster than the usual time.

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The second effect is that the way drugs gets absorbed by the body and then are broken down in your liver. If your alcohol consumption is more than the usual and you drink it in excessive amounts, then your liver produces more enzymes. This extra enzymes help in getting rid of the alcohol in your body faster. The same enzymes then break down the medication or medicines you have taken and then leave them with no effect at all. One of the prime examples is the medications for epilepsy.

Dangerous for Old aged people & Women

Alcohol is not only dangerous to young people but also of Women who take medications while drinking alcohol are particularly vulnerable for no other reason than their bodies contain less water when compared with men. This makes the blood & alcohol than men so their blood-alcohol content rise more quickly than that of men. This means that if medicines are mixed with alcohol, then they can more damage to a female’s internal organs.

Older people are more affected more than younger people when their medicines are mixed with alcohol. It can lead to serious injuries and lead to falls. Older people usually take more than one medications which makes them more vulnerable as the medicines don’t react well with alcohol.

In accumulation, as we all age, our body’s ability to break down alcohol mostly begins to slow down. If you are still not sure about which medicine can be combined with alcohol, you should at best avoid any kind of alcohol consumption. You should first consult with your doctor and ask him/her if it is safe to mix alcohol & medicine.

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Navajo Nation & Pueblo of Zuni Unite to Promote Health & Wellness

June 23, 2019 - 12:00am

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Pueblo of Zuni Governor Val R. Panteah, Sr. at the signing for the “Running for Stronger and Healthier Navajo and Zuni Nation” proclamation in Zuni, N.M. on June 21, 2019.

Published June 23, 2019

ZUNI, N.M. – Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Pueblo of Zuni Gov. Val R. Panteah came together at the Zuni Veterans Memorial Park in Zuni, N.M. on Friday, as they signed the “Running for Stronger and Healthier Navajo and Zuni Nation” proclamation to promote health and wellness among the Navajo and Zuni people. The proclamation also highlights the upcoming “9th Annual Running for a Stronger and Healthier Navajo/Zuni Nation” that is scheduled to begin on July 8 through July 15. Participants in this year’s event will run through Navajo and Zuni communities.

The “9th Annual Running for a Stronger and Healthier Navajo and Zuni Nation” is coordinated by the Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Program in cooperation with the Zuni Healthy Lifestyles Program, which promotes healthy lifestyles, diabetes prevention, and serves to bring awareness to obesity, cancer, chronic diseases.

“The Navajo Nation and Pueblo of Zuni are committed to empowering our communities by promoting the benefits of active living and healthy eating to live better lives,” said President Nez. “Vice President Myron Lizer and I are proud to partner with the Pueblo of Zuni as we work together on this important initiative.

The proclamation states that all Navajo Nation Chapter affiliates and Pueblo of Zuni divisions and departments, health care facilities, school health, athletic programs, local communities and national organizations will combine efforts, strategic partners, and volunteers to coordinate a successful run across the Zuni Tribal lands and across the Navajo Nation.

This year’s run will officially begin at Ramah Chapter on July 8 and proceed westward to Pine Hill, Zuni Pueblo, Kamp Kiwanis, Chichiltah Chapter, Bread Springs Chapter, Red Rock Chapter, Manuelito Chapter, Tseyatoh Chapter, and then to Lupton Chapter, Houck Chapter, Pine Springs Community, and St. Michaels Chapter. On July 14, the participants will proceed to Window Rock where they will join horseback riders, bike riders, and others to commemorate the start of the 2019 Summer Council Session, which begins on July 15.

Gov. Panteah was joined by several Zuni Tribal Council and Zuni Healthy Lifestyles Programofficials during the signing ceremony, where each expressed their support for the initiative and for working together with the Navajo Nation.

President Nez also noted that the joint proclamation aligns with the Nez-Lizer Administration’s goal of working with other tribes to increase positive relationships and collaboration amongst tribal nations.

Vice President Myron Lizer also met with Gov. Panteah a few months ago and discussed possibilities of working together to create economic and community development opportunities in the Fort Wingate area, where both tribes have neighboring lands.

“We are much stronger and powerful when we work together and speak with a united voice,” said President Nez. “With the signing of this proclamation, we’re building a stronger foundation for the Pueblo of Zuni and the Navajo Nation to collaborate and work cooperatively for many years to come.”

For more information about the Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Program, please visit http://www.nnsdp.org/.

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Cherokee Nation to Host Traditional Native Games Competition in Ochelata

June 23, 2019 - 12:00am

Traditional Native Games qualifiers participate in the 2018 cornstalk shoot championship hosted at One Fire Field in Tahlequah.

Published June 23, 2019

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation will host its 14th annual Traditional Native Games competition Saturday, June 29, at the Cooweescoowee Health Center in Ochelata.

Competitions include a cornstalk shoot, Cherokee marbles and horseshoes, which all start at 10 a.m., with the hatchet throw and blowgun starting at 11 a.m. and chunkey at 12 p.m. Registration is held 30 minutes before the start time of each game.

“The Traditional Native Games are a fantastic opportunity to experience our cultural games. The games are open to the public and are no cost to the competitor or spectator, so we invite all to come enjoy a fantastic day of competition and fellowship,” Traditional Games Director Bayly Wright said.

The top three finishers in each game at qualifying events receive a T-shirt and an invitation to compete in the Traditional Native Games Championship in August. The Cherokee Nation will host additional qualifying events in Locust Grove and Jay this summer.

For more information on game times and information, contact the individual game coordinators. Coordinators for the Traditional Native Games competitions:

  • Cornstalk shoot: Brian Jackson, 918-316-4243
  • Cherokee marbles: Pam Bakke, 918-207-6562
  • Chunkey: Tonya Wapskineh, 918-399-8474
  • Horseshoes: Lisa Cookson, 918-458-1339
  • Blow gun: Jason Kingfisher, 918-316-0030
  • Hatchet-throwing: Danny McCarter, 918-871-0085

For more information, contact Bayly Wright at 918-822-2427 or bayly-wright@cherokee.org.

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