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The Cheyenne River Youth Project’s 5th Annual RedCan Invitational Graffiti Jam Kicked Off

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - June 20, 2019 - 12:00am

Published June 20, 2019

EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. — The Cheyenne River Youth Project’s 5th annual RedCan invitational graffiti jam officially kicked off Wednesday, June 19, and it runs through Saturday evening, June 22. Graffiti artists from across the country are in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, for four days of painting, creative collaboration with local Lakota artists, youth arts education, community engagement, and cultural exchange in the heart of the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation.  On Thursday, all the artists are painting at select mural sites around the city of Eagle Butte. On Friday and Saturday, they will be painting in CRYP’s free, public Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park, where they will be joined by DJ Micah, the Lakota Dance Exhibition, First Peoples’ Fund’s Rolling Rez Arts, the Full Circle Martial Arts Academy, and a variety of youth arts workshops and activities. Also on deck: Live performances from Gunner Jules and Let It Bee at 6 p.m. on Friday, and the Sampson Bros (who also will be leading a hoop-dancing workshop for 10- to 18-year-olds at 3-5 p.m. on Saturday) at 6 p.m. on Saturday.    Thursday, June 20: Various Locations 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Artists paint at select mural sites in the community 10:30 a.m.: 5K Color Run/Walk, starting at CRYP’s campus 1-2 p.m.: Martial arts self-defense class at the Veterans Tree with Full Circle Martial Arts Academy; call CRYP at (605) 964-8200 to sign up! 1-3 p.m.: “Moon Sand and Stencils” youth arts activity in the Dairy Queen parking lot.   Friday, June 21: Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park 10 a.m.: Artists paint in the art park 12-2 p.m.: Youth art activities (“Slime/Bird Feeders” for ages 4-12, skateboard making for ages 13-18, and “Learn to Spray Paint” for all ages) 2-3 p.m.: Lakota Dance Exhibition 3-5 p.m.: Youth activities (“Ice Cream in a Bag” and “Learn to Spray Paint” for all ages, “Design Your Wall & Photography” for ages 4-18, and “Parfleche” with artist Wade Patton at the Rolling Rez Arts bus for ages 13-18) 5-7 p.m.: Community dinner 6-8 p.m.: Concert in the Park (Gunner Jules & Let It Bee)   Saturday, June 22: Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park 10 a.m.: Artists paint in the art park 12-2 p.m.: Youth art activities (“Bubble Snakes & T-Shirt Printing” for ages 4-12, “Dreamcatchers” for ages 13-18, and “Learn to Spray Paint” for all ages) 2-3 p.m.: Lakota Dance Exhibition 3-5 p.m.: Youth activities (Youth field games for ages 4-12, interactive graffiti wall for ages 10-18, “Color Pastels” with artist Wade Patton at the Rolling Rez Arts bus for ages 13-18, and hoop-dancing class with the Sampson Bros. for ages 10-18) 5-7 p.m.: Community dinner 6-8 p.m.: Concert in the Park (Sampson Bros.)

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Leading Native American Fashion Brands Bring High End Fashion to Gallup, New MexicoM

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - June 20, 2019 - 12:00am

Colleen Jennings-Roggensack — the executive director of ASU Gammage, ASU’s vice president for cultural affairs, wore a gown created by Loren Aragon at this year’s Tony’s Awards in New York.

Published June 20, 2019

GALLUP, N.M. — The love of indigenous culture in fashion along with a desire to give back to the native community has provoked Jon Riggs, CEO of Dark Whisper Productions, to bring a celebration of high end native fashion to the core of Indian country, Gallup, New Mexico. This celebration comes at an opportune time as native fashion continues to make its mark in the greater fashion industry. The “Runway Fashion Show”, scheduled for the evening of June 22nd will be a first time fashion showcase production for Riggs which will unite acclaimed couture designers JG Indie and ACONAV.

Dark Whisper Productions was conceived by Jon Riggs earlier this year with a mission to generate a greater awareness to the hidden talents within the Native American community and to showcase these talents, from all genres of the entertainment industry. This inaugural runway event highlights the work of Loren Aragon of ACONAV, who is best known for of his culturally fueled couture designs that pay homage to his Acoma Pueblo heritage. ACONAV has raised through the ranks in Native fashion with recognized fashion works for Walt Disney World and recently debuted a one of a kind creation on the red carpet at the Tony Awards in NYC. ACONAV is joined by celebrated designer, Jolonzo Goldtooth of JG Indie from the Navajo Nation who continues to make strides with his diverse designs and who was recently showcased in International Indigenous Fashion Week in Paris, France.

“The Runway Fashion Show” event will consist of pop-up boutiques by the featured designers, the anticipated runway show, and special guest appearance by comedian/actor Ernest Tsosie who will be co-hosting with Jon Riggs.

The event is scheduled to kick off at 8PM on Saturday June 22, 2019 at Downtown Gallup Conference Center, 204 West Coal Avenue. A ticket is required for entry and is an 18 + event. Tickets can be purchased by calling (505) 722-8982.


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NFL Super Bowl Champion Michael Bennett Hosts Free Sports Camp for Tribal Boys & Girls at Tulalip Sunday

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - June 20, 2019 - 12:00am

Michael Bennett with tribal youth. Photo courtesy of the Bennett Foundation

Published June 20, 2019

TULALIP, Wash.  Super Bowl Champion Michael Bennett will continue his outreach to Indigenous youth with a sports camp at the Tulalip Tribes Sports Complex on Sunday, June 23, 2019.

For the third summer in a row, Michael will take time out of his busy life to show Indigenous children that they matter, and to encourage them to live a healthy and active lifestyle.

“I believe that Native kids matter,” said Michael.  “We must amplify the voices of Native children because they are the original Americans.”

Indigenous youth are the most vulnerable youth group in the United States.  Over 25% Indian children live in poverty and 30% are obese. Native youth graduate from high school at a rate 17% lower than the national average. Native youth suffer the highest juvenile suicide rate, at more than double rate for the Caucasianyouth suicide. Native youth experience PTSD at arate of 22%—triple that of the generalpopulation.

“We all have a duty to join forces against the oppression of any people,” Michael continued.

Doing and giving what he can to improve life for Indigenous youth, Michael and the Bennett Foundation conducted a sports camp on the Lower Brule Indian Reservation in South Dakota, in 2017.  Last year, Michael hosted Lummi and Nooksack 306 youth at a closed Seattle Seahawks practice at the team’s headquarters, as well as Native girls from various Pacific Northwest tribal communities at his Girls Empowerment Summit event at Garfield High School in Seattle.

This Sunday at Tulalip, over 500 Indigenous boys and girls are expected to attend.  Michael will run sports drills and exercise with the youth and impart to them the need to eat nutritious foods, make healthy lifestyle decisions, and respect one’s self—because each of their lives are valued.

Michael’s Foundation, headquartered in Hawaii, has partnered with the Tulalip Tribes, the Snohomish County-Tulalip Unit of the Boys & Girls Club, Jaci McCormack’s Rise Above non-profit, and Indigenous rights law firm Galanda Broadman, PLLC, to hold the sports camp.

The sports camp will run from 1 to 3 PM; registration begins at noon.  Registration for youth, ages 7 to 18, is free and still open at this link.

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Hoskin, Warner Name Glory-Jordan to Head Transition Team

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - June 20, 2019 - 12:00am

Tina Glory-Jordan

Published June 20, 2019

Former Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Speaker to lead transition team for new administration

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Principal Chief-elect Chuck Hoskin Jr. today announced former Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Speaker Tina Glory- Jordan to lead the transition team in preparation for his new administration.

“As I said over and over again on the campaign, this is a critical time for Cherokee Nation. We will be prepared for leadership the first day of the new administration,” Hoskin said. “We will hit the ground running to tackle the difficult things that will make our Nation better for future generations. Speaker Glory – Jordan’s involvement will help guide us as we prepare for the challenges ahead.”

Glory-Jordan was named as the first district court judge of the Cherokee Nation by the late Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller and was also a delegate to the 1999 Cherokee National Constitutional Convention. She served on the Tribal Council from 2007 to 2015. Glory Jordan was elected by her peers on the Tribal Council to serve as Speaker during her second term.

“I am honored to serve Chief-elect Hoskin in this important role,” Glory-Jordan said. “The first 100 days of an administration are crucial to making the progress that Cherokee Nation needs and our people deserve. I am honored to help put together a team that will make the next Chief’s administration a success.”

“Former Speaker Glory-Jordan knows the ins and outs of Cherokee Nation government better than most anyone,” said Deputy Chief-elect Warner. “Having her working with us as an important part of the team will help ensure this administration is prepared to achieve all that Cherokee citizens expect of us.”

The team will prepare the incoming administration to address a number of key issue areas, including but not limited to health care, environmental protection, economic development and preservation of language and culture.

“We don’t have time to wait,” Hoskin said. “Deputy Chief-elect Warner and I are so grateful that former Speaker Glory Jordan has agreed to help us get our team up and running well before inauguration day.”

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Algonquin Nation erects wigwam opposite Parliament in protest over future of former U.S. embassy

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 19, 2019 - 11:03pm
Verna Polson

Members of the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation have erected a wigwam in front of the former U.S. embassy opposite Parliament Hill in Ottawa in an effort to draw attention to a lack of consultation on the future of 100 Wellington St. 

Categories: CANADA

Woman sues RCMP officer who asked if she was 'at all turned on' during sexual assault

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 19, 2019 - 8:36pm
RCMP interview 'turned on'

An Indigenous woman who was interrogated by a Kelowna RCMP officer in March, 2012, after reporting reporting a sexual assault, is now suing the officer.

Categories: CANADA

'You are not honourable': Dene of Saskatchewan and Manitoba accuse Bennett, Trudeau of breaking negotiations

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 19, 2019 - 7:18pm
Athabasca Denesuline demonstrators

After nearly two decades of negotiations, the Dene of northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba were close to signing a land and resource agreement with the federal government - until the deal suddenly fell through.

Categories: CANADA

J&J Exec Defends Group Okla. Witness Called 'Opioid Mafia'

LAW360 (Native feed) - June 19, 2019 - 7:03pm
A Johnson & Johnson executive in Wednesday testimony defended the company's participation in an advocacy group that has been called the "opioid mafia" by a witness for Oklahoma in the trial seeking to hold the drugmaker liable for the opioid crisis, denying that it was a "covert" lobbying operation seeking to influence pain medication policy.

High school hockey team in Cape Breton drops Redmen name

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 19, 2019 - 7:03pm
Red Cup

Riverview High School in Coxheath, N.S., is dropping the Redmen name from its hockey program in an effort to be more culturally respectful.

Categories: CANADA

Mother and daughter learn Cree together and share teaching techniques

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 19, 2019 - 7:00pm
Sienna Deschambeault

A mother and daughter in northern Saskatchewan are learning and teaching Cree language skills together.

Categories: CANADA

Saskatchewan to continue using 'birth alerts' despite calls by national MMIWG inquiry to stop

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 19, 2019 - 6:45pm
MMIWG Inquiry 20190603

The Saskatchewan government says it will continue to track or seize at-risk babies despite a call to stop from the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Categories: CANADA

California governor apologizes to California Indians

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - June 19, 2019 - 6:08pm

“I’m sorry on behalf of the state of California” for genocide, says Gavin Newsom


3 Takeaways From EPA's New Power Plant Rule

LAW360 (Native feed) - June 19, 2019 - 5:26pm
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to face immediate pushback over its claim it has limited authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, which underpins the replacement for the Obama-era Clean Power Plan the agency finalized Wednesday. Here, Law360 delves into three key takeaways from the new rule.

Chief asks why the PM makes time for a Raptors parade but hasn't visited Grassy Narrows

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 19, 2019 - 4:51pm
Chief Rudy Turtle

Grassy Narrows First Nation members are in Toronto as part of the community's campaign to secure construction and long-term funding for a care home for those poisoned by mercury pollution.

Categories: CANADA

Muscogee Creek Citizen, Joy Harjo, Named Nation’s 23rd Poet Laureate

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - June 19, 2019 - 4:10pm

Joy Harjo

Published June 19, 2019

Harjo is the First Native American to serve as U.S. Poet Laureate

WASHINGTON — Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the appointment of Joy Harjo as the nation’s 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2019-2020. Harjo will take up her duties in the fall, opening the Library’s annual literary season on Sept. 19 with a reading of her work in the Coolidge Auditorium.

Harjo is the first Native American poet to serve in the position – she is an enrolled member of the Muscogee Creek Nation. She succeeds Tracy K. Smith, who served two terms as laureate.

“Joy Harjo has championed the art of poetry – ‘soul talk’ as she calls it – for over four decades,” Hayden said. “To her, poems are ‘carriers of dreams, knowledge and wisdom,’ and through them she tells an American story of tradition and loss, reckoning and myth-making. Her work powerfully connects us to the earth and the spiritual world with direct, inventive lyricism that helps us reimagine who we are.”

Harjo currently lives in her hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and is the nation’s first Poet Laureate from Oklahoma.

“What a tremendous honor it is to be named the U.S. Poet Laureate,” Harjo said. “I share this honor with ancestors and teachers who inspired in me a love of poetry, who taught that words are powerful and can make change when understanding appears impossible, and how time and timelessness can live together within a poem. I count among these ancestors and teachers my Muscogee Creek people, the librarians who opened so many doors for all of us, and the original poets of the indigenous tribal nations of these lands, who were joined by diverse peoples from nations all over the world to make this country and this country’s poetry.”

Harjo joins a long line of distinguished poets who have served in the position, including Juan Felipe Herrera, Charles Wright, Natasha Trethewey, Philip Levine, W.S. Merwin, Kay Ryan, Charles Simic, Donald Hall, Ted Kooser, Louise Glück, Billy Collins, Stanley Kunitz, Robert Pinsky, Robert Hass and Rita Dove.

Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on May 9, 1951, and is the author of eight books of poetry – including “Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings” (W. W. Norton, 2015); “The Woman Who Fell From the Sky” (W. W. Norton, 1994), which received the Oklahoma Book Arts Award; and “In Mad Love and War” (Wesleyan University Press, 1990), which received an American Book Award and the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award. Her next book of poems, “An American Sunrise,” will be published by W. W. Norton in fall 2019. Harjo has also written a memoir, “Crazy Brave” (W. W. Norton, 2012), which won the 2013 PEN Center USA literary prize for creative nonfiction, as well as a children’s book, “The Good Luck Cat” (Harcourt, Brace 2000) and a young adult book, “For a Girl Becoming” (University of Arizona Press, 2009).

As a performer, Harjo has appeared on HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam” and in venues across the U.S. and internationally. In addition to her poetry, Harjo is a musician. She plays saxophone with her band, the Arrow Dynamics Band, and previously with Poetic Justice, and has released four award-winning CDs of original music. In 2009, she won a Native American Music Award (NAMMY) for Best Female Artist of the Year.

Harjo’s many literary awards include the PEN Open Book Award, the American Indian Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award, the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book. Harjo has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Witter Bynner Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her collection “How We Become Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2001” (W. W. Norton, 2002) was selected by the National Endowment for the Arts for its Big Read program. Her recent honors include the Jackson Prize from Poets & Writers (2019), the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation (2017) and the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets (2015). In 2019, she was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Harjo has taught at UCLA and was until recently a professor and chair of excellence at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has returned to her hometown where she holds a Tulsa Artist Fellowship.

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Fla. Tribe Wins Atty Fees In Malicious Prosecution Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - June 19, 2019 - 4:02pm
The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida won its bid to collect attorney fees after fending off a malicious prosecution lawsuit from Miami law firm Lewis Tein PL, as a state appeals court found Wednesday that the tribe had previously made a good-faith offer to settle the case.

Gov't Had No Role In Ex-Tribal Worker's Firing, Feds Say

LAW360 (Native feed) - June 19, 2019 - 3:31pm
A U.S. attorney urged a Washington federal judge to throw out a former tribal health executive's suit against the government alleging three Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe officials illegally fired him for whistleblowing about unlawful practices, asserting that the government has no control over employment decisions at the tribally owned health clinic.

Canada Again Greenlights Trans Mountain Pipeline

LAW360 (Native feed) - June 19, 2019 - 2:20pm
The Canadian government has once again endorsed the expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline, after tackling concerns about the project's environmental impact and consultation with indigenous peoples that led a Canadian court to reject the government's initial approval, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday.

Gov. Apologizes To Native Tribes For 'Dark' Calif. History

LAW360 (Native feed) - June 19, 2019 - 1:57pm
California Gov. Gavin Newsom apologized Wednesday to Native Americans on the state’s behalf for a “dark history” of murderous violence against tribes, issuing an executive order that recognizes more than a century of maltreatment and establishes a tribally led truth and healing council.

Meet the man who is helping revitalize Mohawk language through memes

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 19, 2019 - 1:34pm
Mohawk Memes

Popular movie quotes and memes are things Tehakanere John Henhawk has been translating into Kanyen'kéha as a way to promote the language.

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