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Indigenous leader falls short in Manitoba election bid

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - September 11, 2019 - 2:09pm

Manitoba voters stuck with the Premier Brian Pallister who won a second term


Enviros Target Minn. Mine's Impact On Wetlands In Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 11, 2019 - 1:46pm
Environmental groups have challenged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decision to give a Clean Water Act permit to a planned open-pit copper sulfide mine and plant in Minnesota, arguing efforts to protect wetlands were improperly changed at the last minute.

Opioid MDL 'Negotiation Class' Wins Approval

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 11, 2019 - 1:39pm
In a possible turning point for a wave of opioid-crisis lawsuits, an Ohio federal judge on Wednesday approved a novel “negotiation class” that could encompass every U.S. city and county in hopes of striking global settlements with pharmaceutical companies.

Richard Oakes – Life and Legacy of Native American Activist

POWWOWS.COM - September 11, 2019 - 1:23pm

Richard Oakes – Life and  Legacy of Native American ActivistRichard Oakes impact on Native American issues is still being felt today. November 9, 2019, will mark the 50th Anniversary of the Alcatraz occupation led by Richard Oakes.  The occupation is remembered each year with a sunrise ceremony. He was.....

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No agreement between Ottawa, Grassy Narrows over proposed mercury care centre before election call

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 11, 2019 - 12:30pm
Grassy Narrows

Talks between Grassy Narrows First Nation and the federal government aimed at reaching an agreement over a proposed on-reserve care facility for people suffering from the effects of mercury poisoning broke off over the summer.

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Northern Ute Walk/Rally for Missing and Murdered Indigenous People

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - September 11, 2019 - 12:26pm

Missing and Murdered Indigenous People

Published September 11, 2019

FORT DECHESNE, Utah   The Northern Ute people will have a Walk/Rally for Missing and Murdered Indian People. The Walk/Rally, organized by the Missing Indigenous People’s Group  will take place in Fort Duchesne, Utah on November 9, 2019. 


Missing Indigenous People

The Missing Indigenous People’s Group was envisioned by Long Walker Jeff Moreno, when a few years ago a friend’s child came up missing. Damon Boyd, is the boy and he is still missing. With the help of Mary Toapum, director of A.I.M. Indian Territory they started Missing Indigenous People’s Group on Facebook. 

“This site gives families an opportunity to post about their loved ones that are missing. It is a chance to give back to our people. We have helped many families, here in the states and in Canada”. Jeff said he named it ‘Missing Indigenous People’, because the word ‘people’ represents the whole family unit: Men, women, children, grandma, grandpa, among others, says Toapum.

“We have over 20 open cases in Utah of Missing Indigenous People, some cases are considered cold cases. A few are decades old. We want to remember those missing, but also to let their families know that we haven’t forgotten them, Jeff continues.

Missing Indigenous People’s Group was endorsed by Wes Studi on his site last month. Veteran A.I.M. Wounded Knee Warrior David Hill also joined the group recently.

The purpose of the Rally is important because organizers want Utah and the five recognized tribes to know that Native people are standing in unison with them demanding justice for those missing and their families.

“The Walk is important because it shows action, not just words, says Moreno. “Utah is the new home for ‘Missing Indigenous People’s Group’ on Facebook. With the help of the mighty Northern Ute Tribe, and it’s members, we can make a difference in the constant fight to stop human/sex trafficking of our Indigenous people! We want justice, notoriety, but more importantly, we want our missing indigenous people back home with the one’s that loved them the most, their families!”

Jeff Moreno nd Dennis Banks

Jeff Moreno and Dennis Banks

Melinda Wopsock is a member of the Northern Ute Tribe of Utah and Missing Indigenous People’s Rally Coordinator. Melinda said: “Having the organization, Missing Indigenous People, here in Utah, means we can represent all five tribes of Utah in a good way! So we can all come together and demand the US Government recognize the importance of our Missing People. We currently have over twenty open cases in Utah. We want better investigation methods to find our people and Database that primarily focuses on missing Indigenous people within the state of Utah.”

The Walk will be headed by Wounded Knee and AIM Warrior, Hereditary Oneida Chief Harry Goodwolf Kindness.

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Purdue To Settle Thousands Of Opioid Suits, File Bankruptcy

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 11, 2019 - 12:21pm
Purdue Pharma LP and its owners, the Sackler family, have reached a tentative deal to settle roughly 2,000 opioid suits brought by local governments, states and tribes, with the Sacklers agreeing to pay $3 billion from their own fortune, a source involved with the negotiations told Law360 on Wednesday.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

NATIONAL NATIVE NEWS (nativetimes.net) - September 11, 2019 - 11:47am

Hate crime amendments recently passed the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council with LGBTQ protections, but not without pushback. (Photo-South Dakota Public Broadcasting)

Couple reacts to hate crime ordinance passed on Pine Ridge reservation Métis veterans receive official apology and promise of compensation Canada ordered to pay Indigenous children denied welfare services https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/nnn091119.mp3

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Witness To Racer's $2B Tribal Loan Scam Avoids Prison

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 11, 2019 - 11:45am
A Missouri woman whose testimony helped convict racer Scott Tucker of operating a $2 billion tribal payday loan scam avoided prison Wednesday when a Manhattan federal judge credited her remorse and her value as a cooperating witness at Tucker's high-profile trial.

House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples convenes hearing on #MMIW crisis

INDIANZ.COM - September 11, 2019 - 8:56am
What is the Trump administration doing about missing and murdered Indigenous women? Lawmakers are seeking answers.

Indigenous, 2-spirit couple from Alberta wins The Amazing Race Canada

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 11, 2019 - 8:52am
Amazing race winners

Anthony Johnson and James Makokis hoped being the first Indigenous, two-spirit couple to compete on The Amazing Race Canada would give them a national platform to highlight issues close to their hearts.

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More Native voters show in close North Carolina congressional race

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - September 11, 2019 - 7:00am

Native voter advocates 'worked hard' to impact special election


Nations to Nation: Tribal leaders on Capitol Hill

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - September 11, 2019 - 7:00am

Tribal leaders take to Capitol Hill to talk with members of Congress about the issues facing Indian Country


Ottawa's new Arctic policy has lofty goals, but few details on how to reach them, critics say

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 11, 2019 - 6:00am
Trudeau North 20190801

The federal government's new Arctic strategy lists health, infrastructure and economic development at the top, with calls to end poverty, eradicate hunger and eliminate homelessness, but it includes few details on how it plans to do all that.

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Former officers call on RCMP top brass to do more to recruit, retain Inuit members

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 11, 2019 - 4:00am
Niego and Lawson

For the past 15 years, the number of Inuit RCMP in Nunavut has dwindled to two out of 131 officers, while the force has failed to recruit a single new Inuk member.

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Hoskin offers language investment at State of Nation

NATIVE KNOT - September 11, 2019 - 1:00am

TAHLEQUAH – Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. on Aug. 31 proposed the largest investment in language programs in the tribe’s history and detailed more initiatives during his first State of the Nation Address.

Hoskin said he is asking the Tribal Council to approve a plan that will dedicate about $5 million in business profits to create a language program facility. The plan will also quadruple the size of the Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program, an adult immersion program that pairs novice language learners with master-level fluent Cherokee speakers 40 hours per week for two years.

“We must act boldly and quickly on language preservation,” Hoskin said. “If we fail to act now, Cherokees generations from now will be unimpressed by our health facilities. They will be unmoved by the size of our casinos. They will be bewildered as to why, in 2019, the great Cherokee Nation failed to do what was necessary to save our language. We cannot fail, we must not fail, and we will not fail.”

A second proposal, Hoskin said the CN would double the amount of business revenue it uses to pay for Cherokees to complete career training programs. The CN currently spends $1 million in General Fund dollars on career tech training, tribal officials said.

“As the grandson of an ironworker and as a man whose father also started his career in the building trades, I recognize that not every bright and industrious Cherokee wants to go to college,” Hoskin said. “I recognize that jobs across our region call for hard work and education. But, they do not all call for a college degree. If we are going to build a bright future for our people, we need to make sure that we don’t leave any of them behind. I believe firmly the Cherokee people want to work. They just need a government that has their back and will lend them a hand. From building trades to health care to information technology, we will help our fellow Cherokees get the skills they need to earn a good living.”

Over the past eight years, the CN has seen the largest expansion of services to CN citizens in its history, Hoskin said. In the coming year, the tribe is poised to continue its growth with the Tribal Council’s recent approval of the largest budget in the tribe’s history.

“Whether it is opening the largest outpatient health facility in all of Indian Country at the W.W. Hastings campus, building new or expanded child development centers in Tahlequah, Stilwell, Pryor, and Sallisaw, or honoring our veterans with a new veterans cemetery, one thing is clear, we are already on a path this year to do more for our people than ever before,” he said.

As part of his “First 100 Days” initiatives, Hoskin has announced a $30 million plan to repair hundreds of Cherokee homes, signed an executive order raising the tribe’s minimum wage to $11 per hour, created the tribe’s first Cabinet-level secretary of Veterans Affairs position and appointed CN Director of Government Relations Kim Teehee as the first CN delegate-designate to the U.S. Congress.

“The state of our Nation is strong because our foundation is strong,” Hoskin said. “Our foundation is strong because for generations when we have been allowed the God-given right to self-govern, we have looked towards the horizon and prepared as one people to meet the challenges ahead. And so, my fellow Cherokees, let us continue in that tradition. Let us aim high. Let us be bold. Let us be prepared. Let us be worthy of all who came before us. And let us get to work.”

Hoskin’s address was part of the 67th annual Cherokee National Holiday. The address was held at the Cherokee National Peace Pavilion following the holiday’s parade.

For the full video of Hoskin’s address, visit https://bit.ly/34eIONu.


Things You Can Do When Someone Passes Away

NATIVE KNOT - September 11, 2019 - 1:00am
How to Close Accounts and Cancel Benefits After Someone Dies

Losing a loved one can be overwhelming for you and your family. At such a difficult time, it can be hard to think about settling affairs. But taking care of the paperwork soon after the funeral can help protect your loved one’s estate from financial and identity theft.

Use this guide for contacting government agencies, companies, and organizations about your loved one’s death. Each may ask you for different information. You’ll need the person’s Social Security number and a photocopy or a certified copy of the death certificate to close or transfer accounts.


  • Social Security and Medicare - When you’re making final arrangements for your loved one, you can give their Social Security number to the funeral director. They will submit the information to the Social Security Administration (SSA). This step stops future benefit payments. You’ll need to return any SSA payments that arrive after the person’s death. Mail the check back or contact the bank if the payment is by direct deposit. You can also contact SSA to find out about any survivor benefits.

  • IRS personal income tax filing - If the person died before filing their individual income tax return due in April, someone will have to do it for them. You may also need to file a final tax return for the year of their death in the next tax season. Learn how to file a deceased person’s tax return.

  •  U.S. Passport - To avoid identity theft, you can mail the person’s passport to the State Department along with a letter asking them to cancel it. Include a certified copy of the death certificate and let them know if you want the canceled passport sent back to you as a keepsake or destroyed.

  • Motor vehicles office - Contact the state motor vehicles office to cancel their records, return disabled parking placards, and find out about returning their license or ID card. If the person had a vehicle, ask about transferring the title to the appropriate person.

  • Social services and benefits programs - If the person was receiving SNAP (food stamps), TANF (welfare), or rental assistance, contact the state social services office to cancel benefit payments.

  • Property tax records - If the person owned a home, check with the town, city, or county tax office about the deed and any property taxes that are due.

  • Veterans benefits - In addition to contacting the VA about burial benefits and asking about survivor benefits, notify these other VA departments if the person was

  • Board of Elections - Contact the local BOE where the person lived to remove the person's name from the voter registration list to avoid voter fraud.


  • Credit reporting agencies - Send a letter with a certified copy of the death certificate to one of the three big credit reporting agencies. They will share the information with the other two agencies. Include the person’s name, address, and Social Security number and your name and contact information. Six to eight weeks after the funeral, ask for a credit report for the person to check for possible identity theft.

  • Bank - Check the person's bank for a signature card to find out who can access the account. Find out about checking and savings accounts, loans, bank credit cards, investments, and whether there is a safety deposit box. Also, check for any direct deposits. You may have to wait until after the estate is settled and all outstanding bills have been paid to close the account.

  • Automatic payments- Review the bank statement and credit cards for any autopay accounts. These could include mortgage, home equity loan, utilities, memberships, or student loans. You may need to call each company to cancel. Also, if you wait to stop any future auto payments, it may be difficult to get reimbursed for payments that went out after the person died.

  • Credit cards - If you are a spouse, the cards may be joint accounts. Call the companies and let them know that one of the cardholders has died. Otherwise, cancel all cards to stop anyone from using them in the future, and to stop any accumulating interest or recurring payments.

  • Life insurance - If the person was still employed, there may be a policy through work. Contact the human resource department to help you. Also ask about canceling other types of insurance the person may have had through work such as health, dental, or vision.  

  • Mortgage - A bank or lender may foreclose on the home if payments don’t continue. Contact the lender right away to let them know about the death, find out how to continue payments, and how to transfer the mortgage to an heir.

  • Pensions - Check for private and government plans at current or former workplaces. Also, contact investment or financial advisors.

  • Other Insurance Policies - There may be other plans such as pet or renter’s insurance. Check the cancellation clause and the bank statement for any auto payments.

  • Prescription Plan - Medicare Part D is the prescription plan that people sign up for separately. Check to see if SSA canceled the plan. Also, check with the drug store to stop any automatic refills. This prevents someone from fraudulently picking up any medications.

Utilities and Communications

  • Stop mail delivery and forward mail - Contact the local post office to redirect the person’s mail. This prevents an overflowing mailbox that would tip off thieves to an empty home. It also prevents identity thieves from stealing mail offering new credit cards.

  • Home utilities - If you are the spouse, call to transfer the account to your name. If you are selling the person’s home, you may want to keep gas, heating oil, or electric on during the process. Check the bank statement for auto payments you may have to cancel or transfer.

  • Cable/internet and cell/home phone - Depending on the provider, payments may be bundled into one bill. Call the provider to cancel or transfer the contract. You will need the person’s phone number and Social Security number.

  • Mobile apps - App subscriptions are usually paid by credit card. Contact customer support for the mobile device’s operating system app store. You may need the person’s email, password, and a certified copy of the death certificate.

Subscriptions, Memberships, and Groups

Look in the person’s wallet for any membership cards. Check their mail for renewals, and bank or credit card statements for recurring payments. In some cases, these organizations have a person’s credit card number. Canceling the account can help avoid any fraudulent use. You may or may not need a copy of the death certificate to cancel.

  • Magazines and newspapers - Call customer service to cancel online service or stop home delivery.

  • Entertainment accounts - Check for an online movie, sports, music, or gaming subscriptions.

  • Auto club or roadside assistance - Check inside the vehicle for any paperwork.

  • Warehouse clubs, buying services, meal kits, health clubs, airline or hotel memberships, monthly subscription boxes, or dating website memberships - If it’s a national company, call customer service. For internet club accounts, you may need the password to end the membership online.

  • Affinity groups including organizations for seniors, veterans, or local business owners - In some cases, these groups may want to plan a future memorial service.

  • Religious organization/house of worship - Check for any monthly offering or commitment payments from the checking account or credit card.

  • Charities - Check for any monthly or annual donation payments from the checking account or credit card.

  • Union dues - Labor organization dues are typically paid by payroll deduction. Speak to the HR department of the employer and ask who contacts the union.

  • Unclaimed money - There maybe money from a forgotten credit union account or unknown insurance policy. Contact companies to prevent fraud.

Here are some helpful tips as you move through this process:

  • As you’re making arrangements with the funeral director, consider ordering multiple certified copies of the death certificate. The cost varies by state. You’ll typically need certified copies for canceling government benefits and identification, for credit cards and bank or investment accounts, and for transferring real estate or vehicles. Utilities and other companies may just need a photocopy. In most cases, the funeral home provides this service only to immediate family members and the executor of the estate. If you need more certified copies later, contact your county or city.

  • Learn from the Federal Trade Commission what to do about the debts of a person who has died. Find out who is obligated to pay and what to do if debt collectors call.

  • Shred the person’s old credit or membership cards once you get a notification that the accounts were canceled.


“High-energy” National Conference Takes on Native American Children’s Health

NATIVE KNOT - September 11, 2019 - 1:00am

SANTA ANA PUEBLO, N.M. — The Notah Begay III Foundation hosts its 6th annual Healthy Kids! Healthy Futures! Conference at the Sandia Resort and Casino on September 9th to September 11th. This annual event brings together Native experts, organizations, and communities to learn and share prevention strategies and methods that improve the health and happiness of Native American children. Each year, NB3 Foundation brings together motivating speakers and doers from across the country to showcase their work. This year will feature Chef Sean Sherman, Founder of The Sioux Chef, coaching certification by UP2US Sports and site visits to the Native American Community Academy and the South Valley Economic Development Center. Locally featured speakers include representatives from the Keres Children’s Learning Center, Laguna Pueblo, and Zuni Pueblo.

“This is a unique conference. You won’t be wearing suits or wingtips and sitting in boring sessions. Instead, we ask folks to bring their tennis shoes and water bottles because you will be moving while you are learning. We have people coming from as far away as Alaska to Arizona because they are all committed to improving the health of Native children. Every year, participants leave feeling energized and empowered to help Native youth achieve their full potential,” said Justin Kii Huenemann, President and CEO of the Notah Begay III Foundation.

Focusing on healthy nutrition, physical activity, youth leadership and development, and cultural connections, attendees will gain valuable hands-on knowledge and resources they can take back to their communities.

To learn more or to register, visit the www.nb3foundation.org.


NASA Summer Internships Provide Value to Navajo Technical University Students

NATIVE KNOT - September 11, 2019 - 1:00am

CROWNPOINT, N.M. — Seven Navajo Technical University students experienced summer internships and work opportunities with NASA to develop a better understanding of their respective field of study. Internship opportunities between NTU and NASA have been an ongoing collaboration for the past decade, and have grown in sophistication since NTU has expanded its academic offerings to include four-year degrees and programs with national accreditations, such as its engineering programs and ABET.

Students Marcie Vandever of Thoreau, NM and Adriane Tenequer of Crownpoint, NM participated in a two-month internship at Marshall Spaceflight Center in Huntsville, AL where they learned about materials testing and calibrating materials testing machines. Vandever and Tenequer are majors in industrial engineering and advanced manufacturing and have extensive experience working in NTU’s sophisticated fabrication laboratory. The experience with NASA furthered each students’ understanding of metrology and expanded their comprehension of how materials testing could be applied at NTU’s new Center for Advanced Manufacturing. The experience also helped validate their studies and provided them with industry insight into how materials testing is applied in a real-world work setting.

“A lot of the stuff I learned [during my internship] I was told it would help me for my course studies because it would put me a step above the rest,” recalled Marcie Vandever, who furthered her understanding of elevated and high-temperature testing over the summer. “I’m starting to understand it now with the classes I have this semester. Seeing it there and in an actual laboratory and applying it to what I’m learning in my books now, I’m pretty lucky.”

Information Technology major Nylana Murphy also had to travel out of state to participate in her internship, which landed her an opportunity working at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, TX. The internship had Murphy work under JSC’s Crew and Thermal Systems Division where she audited hardware and components that support aerospace life support systems, such as a portable life support system that allows astronauts a livable atmosphere inside their spacesuit. Murphy helped audit hardware testing rigs and she managed folder structures of Microsoft SharePoint webpages.

“The experience I gained from my internship is simply amazing, and the lessons that I learned from it are even more so,” Murphy explained, who was able to witness the 50thanniversary of the Apollo 11 mission during her time at JSC. “I never would have imagined myself learning and working alongside engineers and their hardware. This experience reinforces my decision to become a civil servant for NASA, and I hope to use my experience to influence younger, Native American students to pursue the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).”

While Vandever, Tenequer, and Murphy had to travel out of state for their internships, several students worked in Crownpoint under a NASA grant to provide support for the inaugural NTU-NASA Robotics Academy. Students worked as youth mentors for the Academy, which was developed to increase youth participation in STEM fields of study. The students who served as mentors included industrial engineering majors Jonathan Chinana, Calsey Nez, and Aaron John, and early childhood multicultural education major Marell Charley.

NTU will next be teaming up with NASA’s Glenn Research Center in hosting NASA Days on its Crownpoint campus, September 11 and 12. The event is intended to inspire students to become interested in STEM fields and provide teachers means of infusing STEM education into the class curriculum. A one-stop initiative will also be launched to provide college students information on NASA’s summer internship opportunities.

NASA Days will kick-off on September 11 with a K-12 teacher professional development from 9-4 p.m. at NTU’s Student Union Building. Educators will participate in highly engaging NASA STEM curricula and hands-on activities. The second day will be for K-12 students and will include activities such as a scientist panel discussion, interactive STEM demonstrations, and a resource fair and information tables.

“Yes, NASA is big, but it’s a huge opportunity,” explained Vandever. “If there’s an opportunity for an internship, go for it. Why not? They’re willing to take us in. They want us, and it’s a good feeling.”

For more information about NASA Days, contact Dr. Monsuru Ramoni at mramoni@navajotech.edu.


Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program Collaborates with Art House Convergence

NATIVE KNOT - September 11, 2019 - 1:00am

TORONTO — A new collaboration between Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program and Art House Convergence (AHC), a North American coalition of community-based, mission-driven movie theaters, was announced last night by Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program Director N. Bird Runningwater (Cheyenne/Mescalero Apache) at the Toronto International Film Festival. The collaboration will bring six Indigenous short films from Sundance Institute Fellows to select AHC theaters in North America during November’s annual celebration of National Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month. EclairPlay will be offering all e-deliveries to any EclairPlay-equipped cinema that orders the series free of charge.

“We are thrilled to announce this new collaboration,” said Runningwater. “This endeavor fulfills an important goal of our program, which is the diversity, creativity and immense talent of emerging Indigenous filmmakers while providing entertainment and expanding awareness of Indigenous content for film audiences around the U.S.”

“Art House Convergence is incredibly excited about this partnership,” said Alison Kozberg, managing director, Art House Convergence. “Enhancing public access to important, contemporary work by Indigenous filmmakers is directly aligned with our commitment to supporting purposeful, creative film exhibition. Just as Bird Runningwater’s inspiring call to amplify Indigenous voices in our cinemas during a major panel at our 2019 annual conference laid the foundation for this partnership, we know that this program will contribute to ongoing public and curatorial engagement with Indigenous-made films.”

Since 1990, a Presidential Executive Order has declared November as National Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month. Organizations across the U.S. observe the month by hosting programs that showcase Indigenous histories, arts, and cultures.

The six Indigenous Program-supported short films that will be screened throughout November at select AHC theaters include:

Birds in the Earth (11 minutes), Marja Helander (Sámi); Fainting Spells (10 minutes), Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga Band of Luiseño); Jáaji Approx. (8 minutes), Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga Band of Luiseño); My Father’s Tools (7 minutes), Heather Condo (Mi’gmaq); Throat Singing in Kangirsuk (4 minutes), Eva Kaukai (Inuit) and Manon Chamberland (Inuit), and Shinaab, Part II (8 minutes), Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. (Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Indians).



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