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Remember the sequester? Trump budget would make those the good old days

March 16, 2017 - 6:42pm
By Mark Trahant
News From Indian Country / Trahant Reports.com
March 16, 2017

Remember the sequester? Ah, the good old days. The new Trump Administration budget is short on details, but clear on direction. And we do know two things. First: If enacted, this budget would shrink the federal government to a much smaller size. Except for the military and the Veterans Administration. And, second, this budget guarantees chaos ahead.

Mining Moratoruim law essential to protect Great Lakes water

March 7, 2017 - 6:48pm
By AL GEDICKS
Special to News From Indian Country

State Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst)  of Wisconsin has announced his intention to repeal Wisconsin’s landmark mining moratorium law to make it easier for mining companies to operate metallic sulfide mining operations (gold, copper, zinc) without having to first demonstrate that sulfide mining can be done without polluting the environment (Wisconsin Public Radio, 1/10/17).

Water Protectors stand up in Florida against Sabal Pipeline

March 6, 2017 - 8:34pm
By Sandra Hale Schulman
News From Indian Country

While the Dakota Access Pipeline have recieved major headlines around the world, there are other projects threatening water resources across the US. In the Southeast there is a 515-mile-long interstate gas pipeline that will run from Central Alabama through Southwestern Georgia, diving deep into Central Florida.

Video Files - Food Sovereignty Symposium and Festival - March 11 & 12th, 2017

March 4, 2017 - 3:20pm

The Food Sovereignty Symposium and Festival was held March 10-12 on the University of Wisconsin campus and surrounding sites in Madison, Wisconsin.  The symposium component of the event was focusing on Indigenous and broader topics of food sovereignty that impact how communities and individuals control and manage their food systems, and the festival component was a celebration of Indigenous, local, and regional foods hosted by several very famous and mouth watering Indigenous chefs -- preparing our daily meals.

 LIVE BROADCASTING WAS BY IndianCountryTV.com :

From March 10th:

File #1 Paul DeMain, Trade Routes
Paul DeMain (Oneida/Chippewa) helps open the March 10, 2017 session on Food Sovereignty followed by Rowen White (Mohawk) making her presentation on the Sierra Seed Cooperative and efforts to revitalize the collection of seeds through-out North America.
Rowen White - Seed Sovereignty


File #2 Abi Fain with the Tribal Food Code Project
Abi Fain, of Pipestemlaw.com discusses the need for tribes to define their own food, farming, packing and other codes to incorporate local norms, needs protection of intellectual property rights with our communities.

File #3 Brian Yazzie and Dan Cornelius reflecting on Standing Rock
Martin Reinhardt on Climate Change, Treaty Rights and Natural Resources
Chris Caldwell, College of the Menominee Nation, Dept. of Sustainability Development
Jessie Conaway and Reynaldo Morales
Final Session of March 10th Food Sovereignty Symposium and Festival with Dan Cornelius and Brian Yazzie reflecting on Standing Rock, Martin Reinhardt on Treaty Rights, Natural Resources and Sovereignty, Chris Caldwell on the sustainability of the Menominee Nation forests, Jessie Conaway and Reynaldo Morales.

From March 11th:

File #4 Rowen White on Seeds, Sovereignty and Building for the Future.

File #5 Taste of Tribes Brunch - and All Star Native chef team with food stations.

File #6 Elizabeth Hoover on the status of Food Sovereignty Today.
The complete presentation of Dr. Elizabeth Hoover, Assistant Professor at Brown University on the status of today's food sovereignty movement. Because of cell broadcasting technical issues, the video aimed at the screen is currently unavailable, but the speech presentation says it all.

File # 7 Martin Reinhardt on the Decolonizing Diet Food Project (being loaded)

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Mohawk Seed Keeper Rowen White presents on Seeds, Sovereignty and Building for the Future.





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LIVE Broadcast - Food Sovereignty Symposium and Festival

March 4, 2017 - 3:20pm

CLICK MORE LINK FOR SCHEDULE and Meal Tickets: https://food-sovereignty.com/

The Food Sovereignty Symposium and Festival will be held March 10-12 on the University of Wisconsin campus and surrounding sites in Madison, Wisconsin.  The symposium component of event is focusing on Indigenous and broader topics of food sovereignty that impact how communities and individuals control and manage their food systems, and the festival component is a celebration of Indigenous, local, and regional foods.

LIVE BROADCASTING BY IndianCountryTV.com :

Friday March 10th,
1-4:30pm

#1 Rowen White - Seed Sovereignty,
Janie Hipp with the Tribal Food Code Project:

#2. Dan Cornelius, Jessie Conaway, Reynaldo Morales and Martin Reinhardt on Climate Change, Treaty Rights and Natural Resources:

#3. Elizabeth Hoover, Brian Yazzie and Richard Monette reflecting on Standing Rock.

LIVE: Saturday March 11th:
9:15-10am

#1. Rowen White on Seeds, Sovereignty and Building for the Future.

#2. Taste of Tribes Brunch - and All Star Native chef team.

#3. 12:00am with Elizabeth Hoover on Food Sovereignty Today.




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The Power of Names

March 2, 2017 - 3:52pm
By Doug George-Kanentiio
News From Indian Country

Fundamental to the well being of all humans is the need to identify oneself with a specific name and to have that name acknowledged within the family, the clan and the community. To assume a name is to assert individuality, to express uniqueness, to affirm continuity.  What we are becomes who we are.

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February 28, 2017 - 7:40pm
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Discussing the Black Snake: Pipelines, Mines and Threats

February 10, 2017 - 9:03pm
Winona LaDuke and Honor The Earth brings you a regional discussion about pipeline projects in Anishinaaabe Akiing and HoChunk territories specifically and the great Great Lakes in general. Join us on Saturday Feb. 11th from approximately 9:30am cst to the finish of the opening sessions at 12:00pm.  Also watch for a press conference on Sunday February 12th from 2:00 to 2:30pm cst.  

Native News Update February 10, 2017

February 10, 2017 - 4:49pm
This weekend's stories: U.S. Senate committee advances bill for Little Shell federal recognition; Federal judge sides with Hoopa Valley Tribe in fight to protect salmon; Upcoming film festival announces it’s name; Shakopee donate to Reclaiming Native Truth project; Lawney Reyes releases new book – “The Last Fish War: Survival on the Rivers.”

Native News Update February 3, 2017

February 3, 2017 - 7:31pm
This weekend's stories: Navajo Nation advocates for special recognition status from the United Nations; San Manuel Band of Mission Indians donates $1 million to Northern Arizona University; Cherokee Nation hospital achieves national certification; Remembering the Bear River Massacre; Havasupai launch new website for online reservations to the Havasupai waterfalls.

Native News Update with anchor Kimberlie Acosta from the studios of IndianCountryTV.com.

It ain’t easy being Indian… (January 2017)

February 3, 2017 - 12:33pm
By Ricey Wild
News From Indian Country   
Wow. Just wow. This past year has been quite the blood-fest ennit?

It’s never too late to save things

February 3, 2017 - 12:25pm
By Arne Vainio, M.D.
News From Indian Country

“Dr. Vainio, you don’t know me, but I watch you on Native Report. I know you’ve talked about cancer and colon cancer in particular, but I need to tell you that you have to keep saying it.”

Day one: A dramatic restructuring of government, budget cuts ahead

January 23, 2017 - 10:44am

Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports

President Donald J. Trump’s inauguration weekend: Pomp and circumstance. Pettiness and chaos. Huge crowds of supporters. And even larger crowds from the Women’s March in cities and small towns around the world.

If this is day one, remember there are fourteen hundred and fifty-nine to go.

The size of the marches must have been too much for the president’s ego. His press secretary took stage to denounce the media in an angry tirade.

Off-stage the Trump White House was preparing “dramatic budget cuts,” according to The Hill newspaper. The Hill learned of the cuts because senior White House officials have begun telling agency budget officers to prepare for a restructuring of government.

The plan calls for a reduction of $10.5 trillion in spending over the next decade. Except the Trump plan calls for an increase in military spending meaning that domestic programs would have to take even bigger cuts in order to reach the total. One projection: Agency budgets would be cut by at least 10 percent and overall the size of the federal workforce would shrink by 20 percent.

The framework for these spending cuts was developed by the Heritage Foundation and the House Republican Study Committee.

Heritage recommends deep immediate cuts to reach “primary balance” in the budget the first year of the new administration. (Primary balance does not include net interest.)

The Heritage plan calls for elimination of the Violence Against Women Act funding by the Department of Justice, community policing programs, and legal aid. The conservative think-tank says those programs are a “misuse of federal resources and a distraction from concerns that are truly the province of the federal government.”

Tribal governments receive Justice Department grants both in programs directed at tribes and those that are in the broader category of funding for states and tribes.

The Heritage framework proposes a radical restructuring of Indian education programs. It calls for the creation of Education Savings Accounts for students who attend Bureau of Indian Education Schools. That funding would equal 90 percent of the per pupil funding formula. The idea is that students could use this money at any school, including private ones. “Such an option would provide a lifeline to the 48,000 children currently trapped in BIE schools which have been deemed the ‘worst schools in America.'”

The idea stems from a Heritage Issue Brief on Education by Lindsey Burke. The paper says “it’s appropriate for Congress to seriously consider ways to improve the education offered to Native American children living on or near reservations. Instead of continuing to funnel $830 million per year to schools that are failing to adequately serve these children, funds should be made accessible to parents via an education savings account, enabling families to choose options that work for them and that open the doors of educational opportunity.”

The report doesn’t not address what private alternatives, or even what the public school options, are available in remote reservations communities.
Another radical restructuring plan involves Indian housing programs. The Heritage Blueprint calls for a phasing out of subsidized housing programs over the next decade. “States should determine how and to what extent they will replace these subsidized housing programs with alternatives designed and funded by state and local authorities,” Heritage said.

All Indian housing programs, or what’s left of those programs after budget cuts, would be transferred to the Department of the Interior.

The Heritage Blueprint calls for more tribal authority over fracking, limiting the regulatory oversight by the Department of the Interior or other federal agencies.

The Heritage plan would eliminate the Minority Business Development Agency, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcast. Energy programs that focus on renewable energy and climate change would also be gone.

The Heritage Blueprint does not address appropriations for either the Indian Health Service or the Bureau of Indian Affairs. However The Hill reports one of the architects for the budget is reportedly a former staffer for Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky. Paul proposed a budget in 2012 that would eliminate the Bureau of Indian Affairs and slash the Indian Health Service budget by 20 percent.

The Heritage Blueprint does not address Medicaid spending but House conservatives have routinely called for that program to become a block grant for states.

One difference between the Heritage plan and early reports about the Trump transition team is that entitlement programs would not be subject to budget cuts. Yet all of the plans call for more money for military spending. That puts all the burden on domestic programs, an idea that is unlikely to work.

The official Trump budget proposals are expected within 45 days, according to The Hill. That budget would then go to Congress for debate and approval.

Mark Trahant is the Charles R. Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism at the University of North Dakota. He is an independent journalist and a member of The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. On Twitter @TrahantReports

Reposting or reprinting this column? Please credit: Mark Trahant / TrahantReports.com

Native News Update January 20, 2017

January 20, 2017 - 1:35pm
This weekend's stories:  Obama appoints two Native American leaders to the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native children; American Indian rights lawyer, Larry Leventhal passes away; Leonard Peltier denied clemency; American Indian film festival coming to the east coast; Buffy Sainte-Marie to be recognized for her humanitarian efforts.

Native News Update with anchor Kimberlie Acosta from the studios of IndianCountryTV.com.

Native News Update January 13, 2017

January 13, 2017 - 8:51pm
This weekend's stories:  Kimball Village Site designated a National Historic Landmark; Cherokee Nation food program receives smoothie grant; Native American lawyer receives American Bar Association national award; Matilda Brooks dreams of becoming first federally recognized Native American woman to go into space; Leonardo DiCaprio’s foundation donates to Bears Ears Community Engagement Fund.

Native News Update with anchor Kimberlie Acosta from the studios of IndianCountryTV.com.

Native News Update January 6, 2017

January 6, 2017 - 7:20pm
This weekend's stories:  Bad River band denies renewal of Enbridge line 5 grant of easement; Kellytown site renamed Aaittafama; Funds available to change school mascots in Michigan; Chris Benge named Oklahoma’s state secretary of Native American Affairs; Glacier National Park passes to feature first Native American ranger.

Native News Update with anchor Kimberlie Acosta from the studios of IndianCountryTV.com.

3 Video Highlights from the 2016 Honor The Earth Pow Wow

January 4, 2017 - 8:16pm
Join IndianCountryTV and the 2016 Honor Earth Pow wow on the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Reservation for 3 special programs. #1 Saturday afternoon Grand Entry, a tribute to Anishinaabkwe (Woman) of the Year, Judy Martin and the Hand Drum contest finals. The Honor The Earth Pow Wow is held the 3rd weekend of each July and is sponsored by the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Tribe and the Honor The Earth Education Foundation.

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