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Gun Lake Tribe Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Federal Re-Affirmation  

August 23, 2019 - 8:04am

Published August 23, 2019

Tribe Reflects on a History of Struggle and Perseverance 

BRADLEY, Mich.  – Today, the Gun Lake Tribe (Tribe), formally the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians,  celebrates 20 years of federal re-affirmation by the United States of America.  The Tribe has a unique history which is well documented under several treaties signed by the United States government, a historic reservation in present-day downtown Kalamazoo, and an affiliation with the Methodist Church that created an Indian community that has endured since 1838.

Bob Peters, chairman of Gun Lake Tribe

“Today we celebrate a remarkable history of perseverance, community, and culture,” said Bob Peters, Chairman of the Gun Lake Tribe.  “We also recognize the tremendous hardships our ancestors endured, which our present-day elders did as well, to keep the Bradley and Salem Indian communities, and families, intact.  We are a proud people with a bright future, but we honor our past on this day.”

In the early 19th century the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band inhabited the Kalamazoo River valley.  Chief Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish signed the 1821 Treaty of Chicago that created a three-mile square reservation for the Band at present-day downtown Kalamazoo.  The City of Kalamazoo recently installed new street signs that feature 1821 reservation boundary markers.

The Chief would also sign the 1827 Treaty of St. Joseph which required the Band to relinquish the newly created reservation to the federal government in exchange for a promised payment and a new home.  The Band received neither, and instead a difficult era of relocation ensued.

D.K. Sprague, Vietnam veteran and former longtime Gun Lake Chairman D.K. Sprague

The Band avoided forced removal west of the Mississippi River, known as the Trail of Tears, by moving north to several temporary locations.  The Band found protection under the Church through the creation of the Bradley Indian Mission settlement in 1838.  The Salem Indian Mission would be established nearby.

After years of petitioning for federal recognition the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, known as the Gun Lake Tribe, achieved formal re-affirmation on August 23, 1999.  The Tribe’s citizens would later vote to adopt a Tribal Constitution which established a democratically elected governing body of seven Tribal Council members.

Today the Tribe strives to provide services to its citizens such as health care, education and language and cultural preservation.  The Gun Lake Casino opened in 2011 and now provides government gaming revenue that allows the Tribe to fund these important programs to maintain its self-sufficiency.

Gun Lake Casino has been good for Michigan’s economy. Native News Online photograph by Levi Rickert

To read more about the Tribe’s history and watch a narrated video visit the Heritage page online at

To learn more about the 1821 Treaty reservation boundaries located throughout Kalamazoo visit the City’s news section, online at

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Amnesty International: Brazilian Government’s Failures are Fueling Wildfires Across the Amazon

August 23, 2019 - 12:03am

Published August 23, 2019

NEW YORK — Responding to the news of the wildfires that have been raging in the Amazon rainforest for several weeks, Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General of Amnesty International said:

“The responsibility to stop the wildfires that have been raging in the Amazon rainforest for several weeks now lies squarely with President Bolsonaro and his government. They must change their disastrous policy of opening up the rainforest for destruction, which is what has paved the way for this current crisis.

“Earlier this year Amnesty International documented illegal land invasions and arson attacks near Indigenous territories in the Amazon, including Rondônia state where many of the fires are raging.

“Deforestation in the territories Amnesty visited has doubled this year compared to the same time period in 2018 because of illegal invaders who are felling trees, starting forest fires and attacking Indigenous communities living there.

“Despite this, President Bolsonaro has deliberately sought to weaken protections of the rainforest and undermine the rights of the one million Indigenous Peoples who live there.

“Now that the city of São Paulo, thousands of kilometers away from the Amazon, has been shrouded in darkness from the resulting smoke plume, the President has tried to smear NGOs with the slander that they started the fires.

“Instead of spreading outrageous lies or denying the scale of deforestation taking place, we urge the President to take immediate action to halt the progress of these fires. This is essential to protect people’s right to a healthy environment, as well as their right to health given the impact on air quality over wide swathes of Brazil and neighboring countries.

“And for the rest of the world wondering what they can do to protect the Amazon, campaigning for the protection of the human rights of Indigenous Peoples is key to preventing further deforestation.

“We must stand together behind the Indigenous communities and leaders across the Amazon region – from Brazil to Ecuador and beyond. For them the Amazon is more than the lungs of the world, it is their home.”

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Navajo Nation Settles Lawsuit against Wells Fargo Bank

August 23, 2019 - 12:02am

Wells argo Bank in Window Rock, Arizona on Navajo Nation. Photo by Navajo Times.

Published August 23, 2019

WINDOW ROCK — On Thursday, the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President announced a settlement with Wells Fargo Bank, settling the Navajo Nation’s lawsuit detailing the Bank’s long campaign of predatory and unlawful practices that targeted and harmed the Navajo people. Under the terms of the settlement, Wells Fargo will pay the Navajo Nation $6.5 million dollars.

“Wells Fargo’s predatory actions defrauded and harmed the Nation,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez. “We held Wells Fargo accountable for their actions and we will continue to hold other companies accountable if their business practices do not respect our people — this puts other companies on notice that harmful business practices against the Navajo people will not be tolerated.”

The Nation originally filed suit in United States District Court in December 2017. The complaint detailed a long pattern of misconduct by Wells Fargo, and brought claims under the Federal Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA), claims under other federal consumer protection laws, and claims under state, tribal and common law.  The Nation also filed a separate lawsuit in Navajo Nation District Court reasserting its tribal and common law claims.

“The Wells Fargo settlement compensates the Nation, as well as avoids the uncertainty and expense of continued litigation,” said Navajo Nation Attorney General Doreen N. McPaul.  “Our litigation team at the Department of Justice, led by Assistant Attorney General Paul Spruhan, handled the tribal court litigation and he and Assistant Attorney General Jana Werner from our Tax and Finance Unit coordinated with our outside counsel on the federal case.”

“We are proud of our work for the Navajo Nation and for securing this important settlement,” said Hueston Hennigan partner John C. Hueston, who handled the federal litigation along with Hueston Hennigan partner Moez M. Kaba.

Wells Fargo also reached a multi-state settlement with the attorney generals of all 50 states and the District of Columbia in 2018.

“The Nation is pleased with the settlement, and proud that our attorneys were able to secure more for the Navajo Nation in settlement than any other state with comparable populations,” said Navajo Nation Vice President Lizer.

The Navajo Nation is represented by Attorney General Doreen N. McPaul, Assistant Attorneys General Paul Spruhan and Jana Werner of the Navajo Nation Department of Justice, and John C. Hueston and Moez M. Kaba of Hueston Hennigan LLP.

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The Museum at Warm Springs Hosts Huckleberry Harvest Celebration & Honor Dinner at High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon

August 23, 2019 - 12:00am

More than 200 guests attended The Museum At Warm Springs Huckleberry Harvest Celebration
and Honor Dinner at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon on Saturday, August 17, 2019.
Photo Credit: Creative Images of Life

Published August 23, 2019

Event raises $105,000 for the Museum to share Warm Springs culture, history and art

WARM SPRINGS, Ore. — More than 200 guests attended The Museum At Warm Springs’ Huckleberry Harvest Celebration and Honor Dinner at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon on Saturday evening, August 17, 2019. The annual event raises funds for The Museum At Warm Springs.

The Warm Springs people have harvested huckleberries in the Mount Hood area since time immemorial. In the 1855 Middle Oregon Treaty that established the Warm Springs Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs ceded 10 million acres of land to the United States on which Mount Hood stands. In the treaty, the Tribes reserved the right to pick berries and to retain additional rights, including fishing, hunting, grazing stocks and gathering plants and medicines.

This year, $105,000 was raised through dinner ticket sales, sponsorships, additional grants and gifts, and a silent auction. “Proceeds from the event makes it possible for the Museum to continue to share the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs’ culture, history and art; to educate in the traditional arts of the people; and to preserve the Museum’s objects and archival collections,” said Museum Executive Director Elizabeth Woody (Warm Springs).

“Each year, our guests are given an opportunity to be immersed in the beauty and culture of our Tribes,” said Woody. “Traditional foods, music and art make this a unique event, one that we look forward to celebrating year after year.”

This year’s guest speaker was Dr. Phillip Cash Cash (Nez Perce/Cayuse). A renowned linguist and scholar, Cash Cash spoke to the importance of Indigenous language preservation in a presentation titled, “The Radical New Plateau Speaker.”

This year’s event included two honorees. Howard Arnett, Esquire of Karnopp Petersen LLP, Bend was honored with the Museum’s prestigious Twanat Award for his nearly four decades as an attorney for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and for his representation of other tribes on matters involving treaty rights, tribal sovereignty, Indian law development, government-to-government relations and gaming. Arnett is also a longtime supporter of The Museum At Warm Springs.

Dr. Virginia Beavert of the Yakama Nation was honored with the Museum’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Beavert is a Linguist/Scholar and Professor at the University of Oregon. She is a highly respected teacher and fluent speaker of her language, Yakama Sahaptin. Beavert has worked throughout her life to teach and preserve her Native language. She has been the Washington State Educator of the Year and in 2004 was honored by the Indigenous Language Institute for her lifetime of work on language revitalization. Beavert was awarded her Ph.D. in Linguistics in 2012.

On Sunday, August 18, at the High Desert Museum, The Museum At Warm Springs and the Confluence Project recorded Cash Cash and Beavert in conversation in Ichiskin and English. Native filmmakers Woody Hunt (Modoc/Cherokee) and LaRonn Katchia (Warm Springs) taped the three-hour storytelling and cultural presentation.

Elizabeth Woody, Warm Springs, Executive Director of The Museum At Warm Springs,
welcomes guests to the Huckleberry Harvest Celebration and Honor Dinner at the High Desert
Museum in Bend, Oregon on Saturday, August 17, 2019.
Photo Credit: Creative Images of Life

The event’s major sponsors included: The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Ken Smith, Karnopp Petersen LLP, University of Oregon, The Confederated Tribes of Siletz, Central Oregon Landwatch, Brooks Resources, Empire Construction, ASI Wealth Management, Oxford Suites and Inns, Pahlisch Homes, Portland General Electric (PGE), Warm Springs Power and Water Enterprise, The Gordon Family, Sunriver Resort, City of Bend, Miller Lumber, and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

Warm Springs Chief Delvis Heath, Warm Springs Tribal Council Chairman Raymond Tsumpti, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians Tribal Council Chairman Delores Pigsley and other Siletz Tribal Council members were among the dignitaries who attended. Citizens of the Coquille Indian Tribe, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Modoc, Nez Perce Tribe, Tohono O’odham Nation and Yakama Nation also joined the evening’s celebration.

Distinguished non-tribal guests at the event included: Oregon Supreme Court Justice Martha Walters, Bend Mayor Sally Russell, Bend City Councilor Bruce Abernethy, Bend City Manager Eric King, Dennis Pahlisch of Pahlisch Homes, Bend and Kirk Schueler, CEO, Brooks Resources Corp.

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When and How Much Parents Should Help With Homework

August 23, 2019 - 12:00am

Published August 23, 2019

With the advancement in technology, homework is sure of getting a whole new makeover. Many parents and guardians argue, should kids have homework when the focus should be on interactive learning. The education system worldwide needs to undergo a transformation and bid farewell to rote learning forever. With the increased competition and the world getting smaller day-by-day, homework is on the verge of becoming more or less a form of child abuse. On the other hand, there are many examples of how homework helps in reducing child abuse, and researchers are compiling the same in the targeted essay. Many essays on child abuse topic can be found online which address not only regular child abuse essay topics but also stringent homework and deadlines, which are only shortening the period of childhood that kids get to enjoy.

Ways parents can help with homework of their children

Parents don’t need to wrestle over a child abuse essay to see or at least start wondering how they can help their children enjoy the golden years of their lives fully and appreciatively. But it is essential to draw the line here. So, here are a few ways in which parents can help children with their homework:

1.     Encourage free creativity

Kids have an uncanny potential of surprising not just their parents but also their teachers when allowed to exert their imagination and creativity. Let your children feel free to express by encouraging unrestricted thinking and allowing them to come up with solutions for their homework problems innovatively. This not only makes their homework a fun activity but also helps them in keeping their minds sharp and enlivens their innocent spirits. Encourage your children to rethink the problem in their way, allow them to interpret it in the most relatable manner by using their everyday activities or toys and then come up with an approach to solve it.

2.     Research outdoors

There are certain topics that students when asked to ram up in closed wall classrooms, detest automatically. Parents helping with homework can rectify this situation by taking the education outdoors at every opportunity. Bringing help with homework outdoors, especially when it comes to subjects like science and mathematics because fresh air only stimulates the brain. Take your children on a hike through the wild backyard to look for leaves and study the insects for biology homework. Relate the mathematics problems with games that help them understand the topics and solve them instantly. Scientific studies have shown that children are much more responsive and have higher retention ability when studying in the open. This also comes with an added advantage of bonding time with your children.

3.     Entail professional help

Should parents help with homework? In case a student is weak in a particular subject, parental help may only make things worse. The reason is that in such scenarios, children need additional professional help from a tutor who is well versed in the said subject. There are instances when parents end up confusing their children even further or are weak themselves in certain subjects, which inevitably is detrimental to the children. Hence, it is better to entail extra help to nip the problem in the bud and straighten up the concepts for your children at the ripe age. Still, to look for some decent essay examples online, in case the child is struggling with one, is a task that every parent can cope with.

4.     Technology and aesthetics

Often students struggle with writing paper on topics that are baffling to them in the very first place. One of the best homework tips for parents is to help students in such topics by showing them videos and other interactive media on the internet. For instance, the precipitation cycle and the photosynthesis can be made much easier to understand by using video samples on the internet to help children with their visualization. This is an effective strategy for the students, however, it should be noted here that young kids should not develop an addiction to gadgets at the same time. Striking a balance is the key here.

5.     Set time frame

A major issue with children today is that even they have become habitual to become stressful and pile up pressure on themselves. Such scenarios can only be remedied by parents setting up the time frame for homework while keeping slots for pure recreation and sports. This also helps students who tend to procrastinate to get back to work and get the most done during the hours meant only for school work.

The situation with homework can be made much simpler with the help of parents. However, it is imperative to strike a balance between leading and helping. Keep your children at the steering wheel while you tag along only to help when they get stuck. Enhance the leadership of your children and let them learn to deal with the stress productively.

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Cherokee Nation Chief Hoskin Announces the Appointment of a Cherokee Nation Delegate to Congress

August 22, 2019 - 11:37pm

Cherokee Nation Vice President of Government Relations Kim Teehee speaks on how honored she is to be nominated by Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. as the first-ever nominee to represent the tribe as a delegate in U.S. Congress.

Published August 22, 2019 

Vice President of Government Relations Kim Teehee chosen as nominee for the position

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. announced Thursday that the tribe is taking an historic initial step to enact the Cherokee Nation’s treaty right to send a delegate to the U.S. Congress.

The Cherokee Nation delegate is referenced in both the Treaty of Hopewell from 1785 and Treaty of New Echota from 1835 between the Cherokee Nation and federal government. The Treaty of 1866 also reaffirms all previous treaties between the Cherokee Nation and United States.

Chief Hoskin’s Congressional delegate nomination is part of his “First 100 Days in Office” initiatives and is aimed at strengthening the tribe’s sovereignty.

“As Native issues continue to rise to the forefront of the national dialogue, now is the time for Cherokee Nation to execute a provision in our treaties. It’s a right negotiated by our ancestors in two treaties with the federal government and reaffirmed in the Treaty of 1866, and reflected in our Constitution. At Cherokee Nation, we are exercising our treaty rights and strengthening our sovereignty,” Chief Hoskin said. “We know this is just the beginning and there is much work ahead, but we are being thorough in terms of implementation and ask our leaders in Washington to work with us through this process and on legislation that provides the Cherokee Nation with the delegate to which we are lawfully entitled.”

Chief Hoskin said the Cherokee Nation has been committed to honoring its treaty obligations and hopes the federal government will follow suit.

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. announces that the tribe is taking an historic initial step to enact the Cherokee Nation’s treaty right to send a delegate to the U.S. Congress during press conference Thursday. Chief Hoskin also announce he selected Vice President of Government Relations Kim Teehee as nominee for new post.

“The Cherokee Nation honors its treaties with the United States.  Whether the United States will likewise honor its promises to the Cherokee Nation is a question that only its elected leaders can answer,” Chief Hoskin said.

Chief Hoskin also announced he is nominating Kim Teehee, the tribe’s current vice president of government relations, to serve as the delegate. Teehee’s nomination must be confirmed by the Council of the Cherokee Nation at a special meeting Aug. 29.

“Kim Teehee has worked for years advocating in Congress, on a bi-partisan basis, for the interests of Cherokee Nation and is supremely qualified for this post,” Chief Hoskin said. “We are eager to take the recommendation before the Council of the Cherokee Nation and work with our Congressional delegation from Oklahoma to move this historic appointment forward.”

Cherokee Nation Vice President of Government Relations and Congressional Delegate Nominee Kim Teehee.

Before being named the tribe’s vice president of government relations in 2014, Teehee served President Barack Obama as the first-ever senior policy advisor for Native American affairs in the White House Domestic Policy Council for three years. Prior to serving in the White House, she was senior advisor to the U.S. House of Representatives Native American Caucus Co-Chair, Rep. Dale Kildee D-MI. Serving the bi-partisan caucus for nearly 12 years, she established an impressive record of accomplishments on a wide array of Native American issues, including appropriations, education, economic development, energy, health care, housing, agriculture and transportation.

Teehee said she is proud Chief Hoskin has taken the initiative to exercise the tribe’s treaty right and honored to be chosen as the first-ever nominee to represent the tribe as a delegate in Congress.

“This is a historic moment for Cherokee Nation and our citizens. I am truly humbled Chief Hoskin has nominated me for this extraordinary responsibility,” Teehee said. “I remain supportive of his vision for the future of our tribal government and grateful for the opportunity to serve the great Cherokee Nation. This journey is just beginning and we have a long way to go to see this through to fruition. However, a Cherokee Nation delegate to Congress is a negotiated right that our ancestors advocated for, and today, our tribal nation is stronger than ever and ready to defend all our constitutional and treaty rights. It’s just as important in 2019 as it was in our three treaties.”

Teehee said the Cherokee Nation will continue working with the Oklahoma delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives to move this appointment forward.

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Buy-Back Program Returns to the Navajo Nation – Aug. 30 & Sept. 30 Deadlines Approach for Landowners

August 22, 2019 - 12:02am

Window Rock, Navao Nation Photo Credit – Carolyn Drouin


Published August 22, 2019

WASHINGTON —  In June and July 2019, the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations mailed more than $140 million in purchase offers to more than 18,000 owners of fractional land interests at the Navajo Nation.  The deadline for landowners to return their voluntary purchase offers is either August 30, 2019, or September 30, 2019, depending on the offer cover letter date.

Due to the large number of fractional land interests at the Navajo Nation, the Buy-Back Program sent purchase offers to landowners in two different mailing waves.  The two mailing waves are based on various land areas across the Navajo Reservation.  Individuals may own, and receive offers for, interests in land in multiple land areas.

Wave 1.  The first wave of offers is for interests in certain lands in New Mexico with a corresponding land area code (LAC) of 791.  These offers have a cover letter date of July 1, 2019.  Landowners with fractional interests in LAC 791 have until August 30, 2019, to consider and return accepted offers in the pre-paid postage envelopes provided.

Wave 2.  The second wave of offers has a cover letter date of August 1, 2019, and was sent to Navajo Nation landowners for interests at the following LACs:  722 (Ramah), 723 (Alamo), 724 (To’hajiilee), 790 (Arizona), and 792 (Utah).  Landowners who received offers for interests owned in one or more of these five LACs have until September 30, 2019, to consider and return accepted offers in the pre-paid postage envelopes provided.

“We are proud of the initial Buy-Back Program implementation at the Navajo Nation. The Program achieved significant results and transferred more than 155,000 equivalent acres of land to the Navajo Nation,” said Principal Deputy Special Trustee Jerry Gidner.  “We must continue our government-to-government collaboration to make the current round of implementation a success, while also ensuring that landowners understand their options, and have access to the information they need for an informed decision.”

Various informational tools are available to landowners, who are encouraged to think strategically about their options and carefully consider how to use the funds they receive from selling their land.  The Program’s website includes detailed frequently asked questions, a schedule of upcoming outreach events, and additional information to help individuals make informed decisions about their land.

Landowners are encouraged to call the Trust Beneficiary Call Center (Call Center) at 888-678-6836 or visit their local Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians (OST) office to ensure that their address on file is current, ask questions about their land or purchase offers, and request a copy of the appraisal completed for their land.

Addresses Needed for Some Landowners.  Nearly 1,700 Navajo Nation landowners do not currently have an up-to-date address on file with OST and, thus, the Program cannot mail them an offer package.  To receive an offer package in the mail, landowners must contact the Call Center or OST by the following dates:

  • August 23, 2019: landowners with interests in LAC 791; and
  • September 23, 2019: landowners with interests in LACs 722, 723, 724, 790, and 792.

Overall Program Progress.  The Buy-Back Program implements the land consolidation component of the Cobell Settlement, which provided $1.9 billion to consolidate fractional interests in trust or restricted land within a 10-year period set to expire in November 2022.  As of 8/20, approximately $285 million remain, comprised of $156 million in the land purchase portion of the fund and $129 million in the implementation portion of the fund.

Since the Program began making offers in December 2013, more than 874,400 fractional interests have been transferred to tribal governments, which represents 35 percent of the total fractional interests in 2013 at the 52 locations where Program implementation has occurred and the equivalent of 2.5 million acres of land.  As a result of the Buy-Back Program, tribal ownership now exceeds 50 percent in 17,300 more tracts of land (representing an increase of more than 142 percent for the locations where implementation has occurred), facilitating the exercise of tribal sovereignty and self-determination.

Interests consolidated through the Buy-Back Program are restored to tribal trust ownership.  Returning fractionated lands to tribes in trust has the potential to improve tribal community resources by increasing home site locations, improving transportation routes, spurring economic development, easing approval for infrastructure and community projects, and preserving traditional cultural or ceremonial sites.

The 2019 appropriations process realigned the Land Buy-Back Program from the Office of the Secretary to OST.  The realignment of the Buy-Back Program institutionalizes best practices to fulfill the Department’s fiduciary duties.  Further, it strengthens coordination efforts and opportunities to streamline processes.

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How to Improve Writing Skills For Kids

August 22, 2019 - 12:00am

Published August 22, 2019

Writing is one of the 4 learning skills that kids need to master, in addition to reading, listening and speaking. It’s the way they explain themselves and share their ideas with the world. Some parents are worried that their kids aren’t good writers. While there are naturally talented writers, this skill can also be taught and learned. Taking a look at several free essays examples can show you how different people write. While there isn’t a single way for composing an excellent essay, checking out these free examples of several essays shows you that there are several different ways it can be done.

How to Improve Writing Skills for Kids?

When given enough time and attention, your kids can become good writers with a little practice. Here are some activities and tips that can help kids with writing.

  1.     Read More

While thinking about how to help kids with writing, you shouldn’t ignore engaging them into some extra reading. Reading teaches children more vocabulary, figures of speech and ways used to explain certain ideas. Later on, they won’t face problems trying to write a difficult essay regardless of its topic, because they know how to pick the right words.

  1.     Help Them

If kids are intimated by composing sentences on their own, you can make it part of some fun or family activity. If you’re a teacher, you can show them how you write about a certain topic and let them come up with their own sentences. Show them examples of essays you’ve written and ask for their opinion. Writing compositions can also become a family activity at home where several members of the family or friends can write a single sentence in the same story and finally share it together. The idea is to make this activity as fun as possible to help kids get rid of any pressure they naturally associate with compositions.

  1.     Encourage Brainstorming

The biggest problem anyone can face while working on a task is finding the right ideas. When kids are older, they will be asked to submit a certain word count for a paper or essay. If they don’t know what to write, they might submit an incomplete essay. Teach them how to overcome this problem by writing down every idea that can be related to the main topic. Having the ideas written in front of their eyes will help them come with related words and pieces of evidence to support what they’re doing. Working in drafts shows kids that making mistakes is OK. It also teaches them the importance of editing. Later on, kids can use online and offline tools that help them improve the readability of their text by eliminating any mistakes and shortening unnecessarily long sentences.

  1.     Try Different Types of Writing

Using various activities to improve writing skills for kids will encourage all kids to take part. Some kids prefer story writing over essays. Others would love to try scripts. All these types of composition have several things in common and will come in handy later on. While older students mainly focus on finishing essays and research papers, they can still benefit from some input that makes their academic tasks more personalized.

  1.     Ask Kids to Keep a Journal

Journaling is one of the most important activities to improve writing skills. Even adults are advised to keep a journal. First, it’s an amazing way to practice writing every day. Every time you write, you’ll be talking about a certain topic and trying to deliver a specific idea. It’s also a great way for kids to express themselves in a stress-free environment. Some kids would prefer to share their journal entries with others. Encourage them to do this at home or in the class. However, others would still prefer to keep their entries private. This is also OK until they’re confident enough about sharing their work with others. Kids will open up and talk about their feelings when they know that they won’t be judged.

  1.     Encourage Free Writing

Writing for kids isn’t about sticking to a single type or genre. Kids might come up with their own topics and stories, ignoring the ones you’ve suggested in the class or at home. It’s important that you encourage this type of creativity as they’ll feel appreciated and will eventually try to do the things you’ve asked for. Kids will always prefer to write about themselves and their thoughts before they can follow a certain guideline.

These activities should be followed simultaneously by parents, guardians, and teachers. Improving writing is an ongoing process that takes time and patience. When these activities are followed, the results will be impressive.

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Public Hearing Set for DAPL Expansion

August 22, 2019 - 12:00am

Native News Online photograph by Levi Rickert

Published August 22, 2019

North Dakota Public Service Commission Agrees to Hear Feedback from Tribal Leaders in November on New Pumping Stations and Potential Doubling of Oil Flow

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Public Service Commission announced today that it will hold a public hearing around a proposed expansion of the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL). The hearing has been set for 9 a.m. on Nov. 13 at the Emmons County Courthouse in Bismarck, North Dakota.

There had been some question as to whether the public—including leadership from the Lakota nations in proximity or downstream from the pipeline—would have a chance to weigh in. Today’s decision by the Commission should provide that opportunity.

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe recently took action to intervene in the process, calling for the public hearing. More than 19,000 letters to the Commission from concerned citizens backed the tribe’s call.

The proposed changes to DAPL, including the addition of new pumping stations, could nearly double the pipeline’s flow, from 500,000 barrels daily to 1.1 million.

The Lakota People’s Law Project said, “The hearing is a good step in the right direction. The process must be fully transparent, the public must be heard, and tribal concerns about the safety of sacred lands and water must be properly addressed. We look forward to making sure those concerns are voiced in detail at the hearing, and it is our hope that the commission will use its authority to say no to the proposed expansion and prevent further danger to the environment we share.”

Further comment from tribal leaders should be available in the coming hours and days.

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Royal River Casino & Hotel $30M+ Expansion

August 22, 2019 - 12:00am

Published August 22, 2019

Project Completion and Relaunch Scheduled for October 11th-13th 2019

FLANDREAU, S.D.— Royal River Casino and Hotel is excited to announce the Relaunch Weekend October 11th-13th to celebrate the substantial completion of their $30+ Million ground up renovation and expansion project. The project was made possible through a strategic investment from the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe to the Casino Resort, which they have owned and operated since 1990. The complex has been going through a multiyear renovation and expansion with the support of Architecture Firm Leo A Daly and Construction Firm Henry Carlson.

The Relaunch Weekend will kick off on Friday October 11th with a ribbon cutting and firework show at 7:30 followed by a concert featuring World Renowned Country Act Lonestar. The weekend will continue on Saturday night with a 2nd night of amazing music featuring Eli Young Band at 8pm. Royal River Relaunch Weekend will wrap up Sunday October 13th with one lucky guest driving away in a Brand New 2019 GMC Yukon XL SLT.

“To date over $25 Million has been invested in the floor to ceiling renovation and expansion project. With each phase of the project, guests to the casino have continued to enjoy the exceptional guest service the property has become known for, while also benefiting from the continued improvements in air quality, aesthetic, and overall gaming experience” said Senior Operations Director Tim Morrissey.

Phase 1 of the project saw the completion to the hotel room renovations including updating to carpet, wall covering, room furnishing, and conversion to a 100% smoke-free hotel complex.

Phase 2 of the project was finalized in winter 2017 with the completion of the hotel corridors and hotel lobby ground up renovation. Also included in Phase 2 was the completion of a state-of-the-art Administrative Building, expansion of the Casino Gaming Floor repurposing what had previously been the Bingo Hall. Finally Phase 2 saw the addition of a new high-end VIP Lounge offering a non-smoking bar off the casino floor featuring ice cold beer and specialty cocktails.

Phase 3 of the project brought the expansion of the gaming floor repurposing what was
previously the administrative offices. Also included in Phase 3 was the reconstruction of the Casino Porte-Cochere, expansion of the Casino Grand Entry, and relocation of the table games area.

With the completion of Phase 4 guests will begin to enjoy a newly created Center Gaming Bar offering premium draft beer and the best bar top gaming option in the region. Also include in the Phase 4 completion is the renovation and expansion of the Snack Bar which will now offer delicious food and exceptional prices for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night snacks. The continued renovation and expansion of the gaming floor which will allow for future growth to over 700 of the best slot machines in the region.

The Final Phase of the project is slated for completion by October 10th, 2019 and will include the completion of the gaming floor expansion as well as a full scale Restaurant and Buffet Expansion. Throughout the final phase new air handler units to provide state of the art air filtration will come online, as well as new HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems.

“The $30+ Million investment is consistent with the casino and tribe’s mission to continuously position Royal River Casino and Hotel as the premier entertainment destination in the region. Offering the newest and best gaming, dining, and entertainment option to our guests,” said Senior Operations Director Tim Morrissey.



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Benefits of Having a Business Logo Design on Your Photo Booths

August 22, 2019 - 12:00am

Published August 22, 2019

A logo is a small symbol used in marketing a business. Folks usually design the logo during the first planning stages of the business. The logo is created based on the brand objectives of the company. Sadly, some business owners only identify with the importance of having a business logo once the business is big and lacking a powerful brand image. It is, however, essential to create the logo when the business is small so that your customers can identify with your company when they see it. There are numerous reasons why your business needs a logo design; here are a few.

  1. To Attract Customers

According to consumer surveys that experts conducted in recent years, most customers relate the value of the items they are buying to how good the packaging is. For your product to be appealing, you need a professional logo designer. Because they have a lot of experience and have studied all demographics of people, they know what your product packaging needs to look like to be truly professional. They will help you come up with a business logo design that customers can relate with and love. Their expertise gives you access to the techniques that will make your logo genuinely eye-catching.

  1. For Consistency

Your business logo design will be the visual representation of your business. This vital perception is why you must ensure that your business logo is at the center of the trade show booth you hire. By putting it in your emails and letters, you provide your audience with consistent exposure to your brand. You can also consider having promotional products like photo booths at exhibitions, or t-shirts to woo your customers. You thus expose more people to your brand image, the more people associate with your products. Over time, you will not even have to put your name on promotional materials because your logo can act as a standalone – think of Nike and Adidas products. Especially where your name cannot fit, your logo will suffice.

  1. Provides an Image of Sustainability and Credibility

There is something about a logo that speaks consistency to the customers. It tells them you are reliable. It is like a certification that customers look for before buying items or getting the services of a company. Your customers need to know that you are dependable and that they can rely on you for the best. If your business logo design does not accurately represent the purpose of your business, it is unlikely that customers will want to be associated with you. You will not make the right impression and may miss out on getting the attention of customers and thus not get the profit you expected.


Every business has a personality that people associate with it. People detect this personality from the name and the logo a company decides to use. Many businesses wouldn’t be as far ahead as they are today if they did not have a powerful image that people associated their business with. The tick on Nike products tells you that you are getting the best quality possible. A message that customers should get when they see your products.

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Trump Administration Wants to Hold Migrant Children Indefinitely

August 21, 2019 - 7:00pm

Bianey Reyes (C) and others protest the separation of children from their parents in front of the El Paso Processing Center, an immigration detention facility, at the Mexican border on June 19, 2018 in El Paso, Texas.

Published August 21, 2019

WASHINGTON  — The Trump Administrartion on Wednesday announced it will end the Flores agreement, a federal court agreement that forbids migrant children being kept in detention centers in the United States longer than 20 days. Many of the children currently being held at the U.S. southern border are indigenous tribes of Central America.

This change will allow migrant families held indefinitely.“Today, the government has issued a critical rule that will permit the Department of Homeland Security to appropriately hold families together and improve the integrity of the immigration system,” Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan said in a statement Wednesday.

“This rule allows the federal government to enforce immigration laws as passed by Congress and ensures that all children in U.S. government custody are treated with dignity, respect, and special concern for their particular vulnerability.”

Even with such rhetoric, during the past year, six migrant children have died while in the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol.

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New Program Gives Remote Native American Tribes Greater Access to Affordable Electric Vehicles

August 21, 2019 - 12:02am

New Program Gives Remote Native American Tribes Greater Access to Affordable Electric Vehicles

Published August 21, 2019

BLUE LAKE RANCHERIA — While California’s clean energy movement is expanding at a faster rate than most states, many incentives to switch over to clean vehicles are not always reaching Native Americans, who traditionally have been an isolated, underserved population.

There are a number of barriers for Native American tribes within California to transition to clean electric vehicles. Many tribes are remotely located, and the EV charging infrastructure needed is unavailable. Also, the unfamiliarity of EV charging stations and range anxiety can be intimidating for new communities to pursue the green technologies.

To help close the clean energy gap, the Blue Lake Rancheria has teamed up with GRID Alternatives and the Native American Environmental Protection Coalition to conduct direct outreach to tribal communities to provide information on incentives and funding to make electric vehicles more affordable for low-income drivers.

The One-Stop-Shop Pilot will streamline and improve access to clean transportation incentives to consumers around the state who meet income qualifications.

“Tribal communities have often been overlooked in outreach and participation in emerging technologies. We are excited to help facilitate greater access to the many benefits of clean transportation,” Stephen Kullmann, BLR’s Community Development and Resiliency Director, said. The pilot will provide outreach for low-income consumers to upgrade their existing older vehicles and apply for zero emission cars and clean mobility options.

“Electric vehicles are great because they’re a low carbon way to get transportation.

And transportation is one of the highest contributors to climate change,” Kullman said.

“With electric vehicles, you can utilize renewable to energy to charge your car and drive.”

The ‘One-Stop-Shop’ initiative addresses recommendations of the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act to increase low-income residents’ awareness of clean transportation options by expanding education and outreach, and it is part of a broader statewide effort to help transition California’s vehicle fleet away from fossil fuels to low emission options that are better for public health and the environment.

The Blue Lake Rancheria is already leading the way in climate action, with an aggressive timeline to have zero net carbon emissions by 2030. To make the transition, the tribe invests in green fuels and clean transportation.

In 2013, the tribe began migrating its government fleet to electric vehicles. There are two EV charging stations installed at BLR with more planned. The tribe is also developing a green commute program for its employees, and is exploring EV transit buses to serve part or all of its public transit services.

The ‘One-Stop Shop’ program is supported by $5 million legal settlement with Volkswagen related to the emissions test-rigging scandal. The German automaker admitted to secretly installing software in nearly 500,000 U.S. vehicles to cheat government exhaust emissions tests.

GRID Alternatives is a national leader in making clean, renewable energy accessible to low-income communities.

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US Department of Agriculture Waiver Expands Cherokee Nation Food Distribution Program access to Bartlesville

August 21, 2019 - 12:01am

The Cherokee Nation Food Distribution Program serves about 5,100 households per month. The USDA waiver allows the tribe to fill a service gap area of about 3,118 Cherokee Nation citizens in Bartlesville.

Published August 21, 2019

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a waiver request by Cherokee Nation that allows the tribe to serve citizens living in Bartlesville through its food distribution program.

Until the waiver approval, citizens eligible for the tribe’s Food Distribution Program that lived in Bartlesville could not receive benefits due to residing in an urban area. Under Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations regulations, an urban place is defined as having a population of 10,000 or more.

“We are appreciative that the U.S. Department of Agriculture recognized the need and approved the waiver that allows our tribe to better serve its citizens,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “The food distribution program can mean everything to a family, and it is so great that we will be able to now extend that blessing to tribal citizens living in the city of Bartlesville.”

Currently, the Cherokee Nation Food Distribution Program serves about 5,100 households per month through its seven food distribution centers inside the tribe’s jurisdiction. The USDA waiver allows the tribe to fill a service gap area of about 3,118 Cherokee Nation citizens in Bartlesville.

“We have had inquiries from clients requesting to apply for our food distribution program, and unfortunately, we’ve had to tell them that we were not able to serve them,” said Leah Duncan, Food Distribution Manager for the Cherokee Nation. “Now they’ll be able to get those services through Cherokee Nation.”

District 12 member of the Council of the Cherokee Nation Dora Patzkowski said the waiver is a blessing for tribal citizens living in Bartlesville needing that hand-up.

“The Food Distribution Program is such a blessing to Cherokee Nation citizens who are not necessarily looking for a hand-out, but may need a hand-up in life,” Patzkowski said. “Due to regulations beyond the tribe’s control, we were not able to help citizens in need that lived in Bartlesville until the recently approved waiver. Therefore, I am so proud and thankful for the work of our staff who spent an immeasurable amount of time and energy to secure the USDA waiver in order to serve Cherokee Nation citizens in Bartlesville.”

Eligible Cherokee Nation citizens living in the city of Bartlesville can begin utilizing the tribe’s Food Distribution Program on Sept. 3. The nearest Cherokee Nation Food Distribution Center facilities to Bartlesville are located in Nowata at 1018 Lenape Drive and Collinsville at 1101 N. 12th.

For more information on the Cherokee Nation Food Distribution Program, visit or call 800-865-4462.

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National Museum of the American Indian Launches New Online Materials

August 21, 2019 - 12:00am

Published August 21, 2019

Based on Accurate and Comprehensive Native Peoples History

WASHINGTON —The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is looking to change the narrative about American Indians in classrooms, transforming how teachers are teaching history to achieve a more inclusive, accurate and complete education. As part of its national education initiative, Native Knowledge 360 Degrees (NK360°), the National Museum of the American Indian has launched new online educational resources about the Pawnee Treaties and the Inka Empire that will expand teachers and students’ knowledge and understanding of the contributions and experiences of Native Peoples of the Western Hemisphere.

Between websites, teacher guides, teaching posters and digital lessons, there are about 30 classroom resources and numerous related materials available for educators and students that embrace a richer and more inclusive discourse about American Indians. “The Pawnee Treaties of 1833 and 1857: Why Do Some Treaties Fail?” provides Native perspectives, images, documents and other sources to help students and teachers understand the difficult choices and consequences the Pawnee Nation faced when entering into treaty negotiations with the United States.

The two new modules dedicated to the Inka Empire are available in English and Spanish versions. “The Inka Empire: What Innovations Can Provide Food and Water for Millions?” highlights how the need to feed and provide water for millions of people across a vast territory led to Inka innovations in water management and agriculture. Many of these innovations are still in use today by indigenous communities in the Andes. “The Inka Road: How Can a Road System Be an Example of Innovation?” explores a variety of sources to learn about the engineering of the Great Inka Road system and the Q’eswachaka suspension grass bridge.

“Native Knowledge 360° is aligned with the work of many Native nations, states and organizations that share a common goal of making American Indian education a priority,” said Kevin Gover, director of the National Museum of the American Indian. “Americans do not know enough about our shared history even to be properly offended at the lack of an inclusive narrative that illuminates the history of this continent in all of its complexity. By offering better materials to our educators about American Indians, we are looking to create a more empathetic and better educated citizenry.”
Collaborating with teachers, curriculum developers, national education organizations and working within state and national standards, NK360° uses innovative technology and media to engage students and enhance their learning. Mindful of today’s classroom demands and priorities, the museum creates materials that directly address Common Core, social studies and other standards and that can be scaled and adapted by teachers. Created in collaboration with Native communities themselves, the museum’s resources bring the Native voice directly into the classroom. NK360° offers teachers and students of various grade levels a rich selection of geographically and culturally diverse resources from which to choose.

NK360° was created to provide educators with essential understandings about American Indians that serve as a framework for teaching about Native American history, cultures and contemporary lives. The initiative offers pre-K to post-secondary teacher training to build new skills, awareness of classroom resources and the confidence to improve their teaching. NK360° challenges common assumptions about Native peoples—their cultures, their roles in U.S. and world history, and their contributions to the arts, sciences and literature. It advocates at the national level for teaching an American history that integrates important Native American events in the nation’s narrative and recognizes the richness and vibrancy of Native peoples and cultures today.

The National Museum of the American Indian acknowledges the support of the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation in the development of these educational resources.


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NTU trail ride from Arizona to New Mexico Raises Awareness about Higher Education and Health

August 21, 2019 - 12:00am

The trail riders were met with participants who walked a portion of the final course from the Crownpoint Rodeo grounds to the Navajo Technical University main campus.

Published August 21, 2019

CROWNPOINT, N.M. Navajo Technical University Chinle instructional site director Arlena “Bo” Benallie embarked on a 135-mile horse trail ride with students, staff, and community members to bring awareness to higher education and improving the health of the Navajo Nation. The nine-day ride began at NTU’s Chinle instructional site and crossed into New Mexico to NTU’s main campus in Crownpoint. The event also included 5K fun runs at select locations along ride to promote healthy activity.

“We are very thankful for everyone who participated in this event, especially to the families and community members who welcomed us to their residence,” said Benallie, who rode the entirety of the event on horseback from July 29 to Aug. 6. “This was a great experience for everyone involved and we hope to gain more participation in the years to come. I’m thankful for the support and welcome we received throughout the trail ride.”

The trail ride was supported by community members at designated locations along the route offering their residence for overnight rest. The first stop for the riders was on July 30th at the Silversmith residence in Nazlini AZ followed by Ann Tsosie’s residence near the Lowes Grocery store in Burnside, AZ. The following day on July 30st they satyed the evening at the home of Ron Begay and family. On Aug. 1st, the riders were hosted by the Navajo Nation Department of Agriculture on behalf of Leo Watchman Jr. and on Aug. 2 they arrived at the Smoth Rock Arena at Martinez Bahe’s homestead in Yatahey, NM. Dr. Germaine Daye welcomed the riders in Brimhall, NM on August  3 the riders spent the following evening at the Dale residence in Coyote Canyon before staying at the Perry residence near Nahodishgish, NM on the final night.

Riders make their way along Highway 264 during their ride from Window Rock to the Smooth Rock Arena at Martinez Bahe’s homestead in Yatahey, NM. The riders were welcomed to rest at community members homes during the 135-mile trail ride.

The trail riders joining Benallie throughout the duration or the ride included Vida Benally, Eddy Draper, and Elroy Dale. Other riders who joined along the route included 2017 Navajo Nation Vice Presidential candidate Buu Nygren and NTU staff members Jones Lee and Duwayne Thomas. On August 6th, the trail riders arrived to a welcoming crowd at the Main campus with community members, NTU staff, and students joining as they walked in from the Crownpoint fair and rodeo grounds.

Four fun runs were held in conjunction with the ride in Chinle, Ganado, Window Rock and Crownpoint. Over 300 individuals participated in the series, which was held in celebration of NTU’s 40th anniversary after first opening as the Navajo Skills Center in 1979. The university has since developed into a university and has expanded its reach with instructional sites in Chinle and Teec Nos Pos, Ariz. and in Kirtland and Zuni, NM.

For more information about the NTU trial ride for higher education or about NTU’s  Chinle instructional site, please contact Chinle Instructional Site Director Arlena “Bo” Benallie at (928) 674-5764 or

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Akwesasne Employment Resource Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary

August 21, 2019 - 12:00am

The Akwesasne Employment Resource Center (AERC) celebrated their 10th anniversary on Friday, Seskéha/August 16, 2019. Joining in the celebration were (from left) Receptionist (SRMT) Wendy Cook, Employment Development Officer (ACESS) Leona Francis, Employment Resource Officer (ACESS),Susan Rourke, Office Manager (SRMT),Danielle Salgado and Director of the Office of Economic Development (SRMT) James Lazore.

Published August 21, 2019

AKWESASNE — Finding meaningful employment is often an arduous process for individuals who are returning or entering the workforce for the first time. For Akwesasne residents that process has been made easier thanks to the personalized service provided by the Akwesasne Employment Resource Center (AERC), who recently celebrated their 10-year anniversary on Friday, Seskéha/August 16, 2019.

Established in 2009, the AERC began as a partnership between the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s (SRMT) Office of Economic Development and the Akwesasne Area Management Board (recently renamed Akwesasne Career and Employment Support Services, ACESS), with contributions from the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and the Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs. The partnering agencies envisioned AERC to be a “one stop shop” for job seekers in Akwesasne, which it has done exceedingly well.

“The level of commitment and professionalism made finding the job that suited me a great success,” wrote Mark Boots about the assistance received from the helpful staff of the AERC. He noted, “I am now an employee of the [New York State] Department of Transportation and thanks to the staff for all the hard work and follow-up phone calls.”

When the Akwesasne Employment Resource Center opened ten years ago, 323 Akwesasne residents utilized its services during its first year to find employment. Since that time, through various outreach and a constant presence at community events, the AERC has become recognized as an employment agency that has continually connected job seekers to the world of work. Their proven track record has helped the AERC to increase the number of job seekers using their services to 2,659 each year.

Following its creation, initially as a pilot project, the employment agency began providing a physical and electronic job board, access to resources for conducting job searches and networking, assistance with developing cover letters and resumes, help with completing job applications, and mock interviews to prepare job seekers. The AERC also began offering employment coaching and counseling sessions, as well as a free three-week Job Finding Club that bundles all of the AERC’s services into a condensed workshop for those looking to quickly find employment.

“In the future we are hoping to branch out to reach more chambers of commerce and companies to share with them the workforce we have available in our community,” said AERC Office Manager Danielle Salgado. On commemorating AERC’s anniversary, Salgado added, “It feels great to have 10 years under our belt servicing the community and we look forward to many more. Thanks to Steve Cook, Linda Lalonde and Dan Garrow for identifying the need and helping create the Akwesasne Employment Resource Center.”

For the past 10 years, the Akwesasne Employment Resource Center was located at 611 Route 37 in Akwesasne. With the increasing number of job seekers, they relocated in April 2019 to their current location at 18 Eagle Drive, across from the Heart to Heart Fitness Center, which provided an ideal location for the anniversary celebration. Surrounded by booths of collaborating agencies and businesses, AERC staff offered an open house and a day filled with fun and prizes, as well as food.

“This was an amazing opportunity to give recognition back to the efforts of the staff for helping establish the AERC as a credible source when businesses are looking to recruit in the Akwesasne community,” said Office of Economic Development Director James Lazore. Speaking on AERC’s increased outreach, Lazore added, “Not only do we assist job seekers, but we work with employers within a 2-hour distance of Akwesasne to fill their vacancies with qualified individuals.”

For more information about the Akwesasne Employment Resource Center, or to view the latest employment and training opportunities, please visit their website at, call (518) 358-3047, or stop by their office located at 18 Eagle Drive in Akwesasne, New York.

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Meetings with Crow Tribe Continue on Treaty Rights

August 20, 2019 - 11:02pm

Former Chairman Nathan Small, expressing his thanks for the gift.

Published August 21, 2019

FORT HALL, Idaho — The Crow Tribal leadership expressed their appreciation to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes for offering to assist the Crows in protecting and upholding the treaty rights for off reservation hunting, with a gift of two tipis to the current Chairman of the Fort Hall Business Council Ladd Edmo, and former chairman and current Councilmember Nathan Small. The two tribes have been engaged in council-to-council discussions on protecting treaty rights, and met in Billings, Montana last week.

Crow Chairman AJ Not Afraid stated, “On behalf of the Crow Tribe, we appreciate the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes willingness to help our Tribe, and for the hospitality we received from our previous meeting in Fort Hall. It is now our annual Crow Fair, and we invite you all to Billings to talk about the Treaty. On behalf of the Executive Officers of the Crow Tribe, I offer this 18 foot tipi to Chairman Edmo.” On behalf of the Crow Legislature, the Speaker of the House, Bryce Hugs, presented a gift of an 18 foot tipi to Councilman Nathan Small, for his support of the Crow Tribe in Washington DC, by attending the U.S. Supreme Court Hearing on the Herrera case.

Councilman Nathan Small said, “In my years of leadership and working with tribes, I have received many gifts, from Pendleton blankets, star quits, trophies and statutes — but nothing like this gift. This is overwhelming! Thank you! What I said earlier, about the importance of the treaty, and all the information we stated – all of that comes from the heart; and I have always stated, we as Tribal leaders, we do this in a good way, for the benefit of our young people. What we are doing now, in protecting the treaty, and what changes may come about, will benefit all of us in the end. If a negative outcome came about on this Herrera case, it would have devastated our people, so we are glad the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the 1868 treaty.”

Group picture of the Crow Legislature and Executive Council with Chairman Ladd Edmo and Council member Nathan Small.

In the one-day meeting, the two tribes acknowledged the historical sharing of traditions and ceremonies between our people, including the war bonnet dance and the sun dance. The inherent and treaty rights are important to the both tribes, along with the need to protect the wildlife, plants, water and lands and both tribes are ready to work together to ensure that the treaty language is upheld and exercised by both tribes. Continued council discussions are scheduled in mid-October, location to be determined.

The Crow tribal leadership shared their tribal system of government and how they made tribal laws through their three branches of government. They currently have about 14,000 plus tribal members, with approximately 7,000 who reside within their reservation boundaries.

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Grand Performances Amplifies the Voices of Native American Women

August 20, 2019 - 12:00am

Published August 20, 2019

LOS ANGELES — Grand Performances (GP) amplifies the voices of Native American artists Layla Locklear (Tuscarora/Oglala Sioux), Charly Lowry (Lumbee/Tuscarora), and Bear Fox (Akwesasne/Mohawk Nation) for a first-time collaboration in Los Angeles neighborhoods: Eagle Rock, Culver City, and Watts-Willowbrook from September 5-8, 2019. The collaboration is part of a week-long residency featuring all three artists titled Voices Making Waves: Native American Women from the Eastern U.S. The residency kicks-off the fall season of GP Amplified, which expands GP’s thoughtful programming to communities across the region.

Layla Locklear (Tuscarora/Oglala Sioux)

During the residency, GP will combine a series of free concerts with intersectional community- and artist-focused activities and conversations. To facilitate, GP has partnered with community-based organizations including Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, Brasil Brasil Cultural Center, and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

Each partner organization will act as a performance venue to initiate conversations between artists and community in pre-or post-performance convenings. “This series continues our commitment to our states’ first peoples,” said Mari Riddle, GP Executive Director. “We hope to create a dialogue that reveals and celebrates shared cultural traditions and value systems. We want to lift up and speak to the possibilities that result in bringing culture-bearers together as allies to look at how forced migration manifests in 2019 Los Angeles and the cultural riches that have come from our many communities living together.”

Charly Lowry (Lumbee/Tuscarora)

Since its founding in late 1988, GP has used the arts to raise awareness of many issues of historic and current concern to Los Angeles communities. “Our goal for all of the work presented by GP is to tell the big and small stories,” said Leigh Ann Hahn, GP Director of Programming. “We want to shine light on historical moments and the human condition, so that there is an opportunity for all participants – artists, audience, crew, etc. – to discover new art, another person’s story, or even connect more deeply with their own history.”

Artists-in-residence Locklear, Lowry, and Fox combine multi-culturally influenced and genre-spanning musicianship with deeply rooted Native American activism. Locklear is an accomplished musician, Native American rights activist, and advocate for Traditional Ecological Knowledge. Lowry makes passionate music that intersects with her activism in standing up for Lumbee and Native American rights.

Bear Fox (Akwesasne/Mohawk Nation)

Both Locklear and Lowry are former members of Ulali Project – an important and enduring Native American ensemble. The group is known for blending voice and hand percussion to create a groundbreaking contemporary sound, which was warmly received by GP audiences in 2018. Fox is a solo artist and member of the Akwesasne Women Singers, an ensemble of native voices driven to protect and preserve the Kanien’keha (Mohawk language) traditional customs.

Schedule – Voices Making Waves: Native American Women from the Eastern U.S.

Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 8pm  Free

Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

Friday, September 6, 2019 at 8pm – Free

Brasil Brasil Cultural Center, 12453 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90066

Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 2pm – Free (Space is limited)

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, 1731 E 120th St, Los Angeles, CA 90059


For more information and to RSVP for free, visit

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Will Facebook’s Libra Kill Fiat Currency?

August 20, 2019 - 12:00am

Published August 20, 2019

Facebook will finally launch its very own digital currency, Libra in 2020, and the crypto industry can’t stop talking about it. Users can exchange Libra coins or purchase products and even spend it on interoperable wallet applications. With investors like Vodafone, Spotify, eBay, PayPal, and Uber already backing Libra, experts believe it is only a matter of time before it becomes one of the most significant cryptocurrencies in the industry.

No bank account, no problem

Libra will focus on people who face regular challenges in performing basic financial services and also don’t have bank accounts. Facebook’s subsidiary organization, Calibra, will handle all the crypto dealings so that it can concentrate solely on the safety and security of the transactions. Calibra will allow Facebook users to send Libra to anyone on your mobile phone. However, the receiver must also have a Libra account to receive the payment.

According to experts, Calibra will work within a fraction of a second. Similar to sending a message, you can send Libra to your phone contacts instantly without any transaction fees. Apart from sending Libra to your contacts, you can also pay bills with only a few clicks. This is a significant plus for investors because they can check the value of Libra before making a payment.

Like all cryptocurrencies, the market value of Libra will change. So, you can check the value of Libra before investing. Trading tools like Qprofit System provide the latest details on various cryptocurrencies so that you don’t miss a fruitful deal. Go through the Qprofit System Review, and you will understand why people rate this trading tool so highly.

Clash with fiat currencies

Libra will operate differently compared to Bitcoin. The developers are attaching it to officially sanctioned currencies like Dollar, Euro, and several others. This will help to counter the sudden fluctuations of the crypto market. Libra is not like the traditional crypto coins that grow multiple times so that you can earn significant profits. Instead, it is similar to trading a Euro for a Dollar. That is why it will not kill any of the existing fiat currencies tied to other crypto coins.

Crypto experts think that Facebook’s colossal reach will help during its initial period. Every new cryptocurrency faces a challenging period, especially during the first few months when they have to convince investors why they are popular in the market. With over 2.3 billion users, Facebook will not have an issue convincing investor about how they operate and why they should trust Libra.

Since Libra offers both investment and payment options, people will utilize it more frequently than other cryptocurrencies. For example, you not only can send Libra to your Facebook and mobile contacts but also pay for expenses like buying coffee from your local store, purchasing a metro pass, and so on. Again, the wide reach of Facebook and Libra’s flexibility assures that new user will not face any challenge when it comes to using this digital currency. Like social media, it will connect people through a common payment platform.

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