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A taste of Toksook Bay, Yup’ik culture and a way of life

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - January 21, 2020 - 6:47am

'We get moose. We have muskox. From the sea, we get seals, walrus, whales and different types of fish, winter fish'


Supreme Court Won't Speed Up ACA Petitions

LAW360 (Native feed) - January 21, 2020 - 5:54am
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Democrats' push to fast-track consideration of whether a congressional change to the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate rendered the landmark law unconstitutional, likely pushing any potential ruling past the 2020 election.

Native people did not use fire to shape New England's landscape

INDIANZ.COM - January 21, 2020 - 3:16am
According to scientists, Native peoples in New England cleared forests and used fire to improve habitat for the plants and animals they relied upon. It turns out that may be wrong.

YES! Magazine: Welcome to the newest national park in New Mexico

INDIANZ.COM - January 21, 2020 - 2:30am
Shifting sands make New Mexico's White Sands National Park a geological wonder, a prehistoric time capsule, and an economic driver for the region.

Tribal Nations Working Together: Everyone Wins

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - January 21, 2020 - 12:02am

Two Potawatomi tribes co-invested in the 18-story Greek revival-style tower, McKay Tower, in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. Courtesy photo


Published January 21, 2020

Last week, the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe) and the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians (Huron Potawatomi), announced they co-invested in the purchase of McKay Tower, an iconic 18-story building in my hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The McKay Tower sits where an Indian village was located along the Grand River prior to European contact. Back then, the Potawatomi were part of the Confederacy of the Three Fires with the Ottawa and Ojibwe tribes. Today, the Potawatomi still exist in Michigan, along with the Ottawa and Ojibwe. Each June, the Homecoming of the Three Fires Powwow is held in a park near downtown Grand Rapids.

Press conference held on January 15, 2020 to announce the two tribes purchase of the McKay Tower. Native News Online photograph

Last week’s announcement was exciting for a variety of reasons.

The purchase of the McKay Tower for $17.5 million by the two Potawatomi tribes demonstrates the positive movement tribes are taking to think way beyond Indian gaming for tribal economic development, which ultimately impacts tribal citizens lives in a positive manner. In any given year, it is incumbent on tribes to build their tribal economies. Strong tribal leaders think in terms of the next seven generations.

These two tribes — through tribally owned investment arms — are thinking long-term by making progressive investments in manufacturing companies and professional services that help local economies. Now they are property owners in downtown Grand Rapids.  That will allow them to emerge as key participants in the economic vitality of downtown Grand Rapids, even as they build their base of tribal assets.  

Last week’s announcement was significant because it debunks a myth that tribes cannot work together. As a proud Potawatomi man who has lived in Grand Rapids his entire life, I love it when I see our local tribes working together in collaboration and harmony. It further demonstrates great strides that tribes are making to work together in the spirit of collaboration by partnering in commerce. The partnering of the two tribes to purchase the McKay Tower benefits the tribes both internally and externally.

It should be reiterated that the tribes are from Michigan. They are local tribes, and that’s important. In an era where national private equity firms and global investors are snatching up and then flipping properties, the West Michigan community assuredly welcomes the type of “patient capital” that the tribes are investing in this deal. No one will never have to worry about the tribes shipping profits out-of-state or relocating to some foreign country—because they are home, where their ancestors once lived. They’re not going anywhere. Grand Rapids is their homeland.

Levi Rickert

The purchase of the McKay Tower represents one of the largest acquisitions of non-gaming property by tribes in the United States. It ranks up there with the Forest County Potawatomi Community of Wisconsin, the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians co-investment in the Residence Inn Capitol by Marriott, four blocks from the U.S. Capitol. 

It ranks up there with the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation purchase of the Terra Towers (now called the Ho-Chunk Tower) in downtown Sioux City, South Dakota. 

It ranks up there with the Mille Lacs Tribe Band of Ojibwe purchase of the Crown Plaza, DoubleTree and Intercontinental St. Paul-Riverfront in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, which makes it the owner of more than one-half of hotel rooms there.

Last week’s announcement was exciting because, as property-owners, these tribal entities have made more than simply a financial investment. These two tribes—at the beginning of 2020, a new decade—are sending a message they believe in downtown Grand Rapids. 

Knowing the people at both tribes, as I do, I know they are willing to roll-up their sleeves and work together with others to ensure success. They have invested in the further growth and prosperity of downtown Grand Rapids. This investment makes us, as a community, all winners.

Levi Rickert, a tribal citizen of the Prairie Band of Potawatomi Nation, is the publisher and editor of Native News Online.


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Toronto apparel firm launches new collection of hand-crafted parkas by Inuit designers

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - January 21, 2020 - 12:00am

Camada Goose Courtesy Photo

Published January 21, 2020

TORONTO — Apparel maker Canada Goose has launched a new collection for Project Atigi, a social entrepreneurship program featuring hand-crafted parkas by Inuit designers in Northern Canada. 

Established in 2019, Project Atigi celebrates the heritage and craftsmanship that has enabled the Inuit to live in some of the planet’s most formidable climates and conditions. This year’s Project Atigi collection features 90-bespoke pieces, created by 18 Inuit designers from 12 communities across Inuit Nunangat in Northern Canada.  

Proceeds from the sales of the Project Atigi collection will benefit Inuit communities across Canada through a partnership with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), a federally registered charity that promotes the interests of more than 65,000 beneficiaries of Inuit land claims agreements in Canada on a wide variety of social, health, cultural, environmental and political issues and challenges on the national level.  

“Project Atigi was born in the North, created by the North and for the North,” Canada Goose President and CEO Dani Reiss said in a statement. “We’re leveraging our global platform to share Inuit craftsmanship with the world and to create social entrepreneurship opportunities in the communities that inspire us. When you purchase a Project Atigi parka, you’re making an investment in the place and people that shape them.”

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Gun Lake Casino chefs, staff feed hundreds at Michigan ministry for homeless, disadvantaged

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - January 21, 2020 - 12:00am

Gun Lake Casino staff donated time to feed the needy. Courtesy photo

Published January 21, 2020

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Nearly three dozen volunteers from a Native-owned casino in western Michigan helped feed hundreds of homeless and low-income residents at Dégagé Ministries in downtown Grand Rapids.  

Chefs Keenan Fifield and Travis Narlock of Sandhill Café, a 24/7 eatery in the Gun Lake Casino, prepared meals at the annual charitable event for Dégagé Ministries. Volunteers from Gun Lake Casino served more than 300 plates during lunch and breakfast. The casino donated fresh food and an assortment of refreshments and desserts. A local musician provided live entertainment during the event.  

Gun Lake Casino, which has supported Dégagé Ministries since 2011, also provided $2,500 in funding to support the mission of Dégagé Ministries.

Courtesy photo

“We are honored to continue our partnership with Dégagé Ministries,” Sal Semola, president and chief operating officer of Gun Lake Casino, said in a statement. “Each year, our team members eagerly volunteer to participate in this occasion. There is nothing more gratifying than serving those who need it the most.”

Dégagé Ministries, an ecumenical Christian organization supported by many religious denominations, works to ensure homeless and low-income residents in Grand Rapids receive basic supplies for daily living. Hundreds of individuals receive vital necessities at Dégagé including meals, drinking water, winter clothing and hygiene products. 

Courtesy photo

Gun Lake Casino is owned by the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi, commonly known as the Gun Lake Tribe.   

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Former Asst. Interior Secretary Ada Deer Given City-County Humanitarian Award Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - January 20, 2020 - 10:00pm

Photo courtesy: Madison 365

Published January 21, 2020

MADISON, Wisc. — Ada Deer, who served as the assistant secretary of the Department of the Interior–Indian Affairs, has been given a prestigious award that honors the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  

Deer was given the City-County Humanitarian Award by the city of Madison, Wisconsin and county of Dane at the annual City-County Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance on Monday, Jan. 20, at the Overture Center Capitol Theater, 201 State Street in Madison.

“Ada Deer has been a leader and mentor to thousands of Wisconsinites for many years. She is a true inspiration,” said Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway in a statement released last Friday.

Deer grew up in poverty on the Menominee Indian Reservation in Wisconsin. She received a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University School of Social Work.

In 1971, she became the first woman to serve as chair of the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin. Her strong persistence helped the tribe regain its federal recognition during her tenure as chairperson of the Menominee Tribe.

After the election of President Bill Clinton, she applied to be the assistant secretary of the Department of the Interior. She was nominated for that position by President Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. She is proud that she helped get 226 Alaskan Native villages, as well as American Indian tribes in California and Michigan receive federal recognition during the time she served as assistant secretary.

Deer’s autobiography, Making a Difference: My Fight for Native Rights and Social Justice, was released in late 2019.

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B.C., Alta. Indigenous leaders call on federal government to kill Teck Frontier mine project

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - January 20, 2020 - 8:12pm
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Members of the Indigenous Climate Action, the Tiny House Warriors and the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs were among those who were protesting Monday in North Vancouver outside the office of Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.

Categories: CANADA

Body of Crow Teen, Selena Faye Not Afraid, Found by Search Team

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - January 20, 2020 - 7:40pm

Photo by: Big Horn County Sheriff

Breaking News

HARDIN, Mont. — Big Horn County Sheriff Lawrence C. Big Hair announced that the body of Selena Faye Not Afraid was found by Department of the Interior search team on Monday morning.

The 16-year-old teen went missing on New Year’s Day when she walked away from a broken-down vehicle at rest area between Harding and Billings, Montana.

“At about 1033 hours a Department of the Interior Team found her during a systematic grid search of an area southwest area along I-90 between Hardin and Billings,” said Sheriff Big Hair in a press statement released.

The sheriff says an autopsy will be conducted, but foul play is not suspected at this time.

The search for Selena gained national attention. Just Monday morning The New York Times published a story about her being missing and the tragic high number of Native females missing in Montana.

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Woman denied settlement for sexual assault on way to residential school because she wasn't yet a student

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - January 20, 2020 - 6:55pm
Therese Keenatch

Justice Brenda Brown dismissed Therese Keenatch's case in a ruling delivered on Jan. 9. Keenatch's IAP claim was rejected on grounds she wasn't technically a student when she was sexually assaulted by a federal employee on the way to a Saskatchewan residential school.

Categories: CANADA

'I try my hardest not to think about it': 12-year-old recounts handcuffing at BMO

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - January 20, 2020 - 4:30pm

A 12-year-old girl and her grandfather are speaking out about being handcuffed on a busy downtown Vancouver street after being falsely accused of a fraud.

Categories: CANADA

Food that has ‘sustained for generations’

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - January 20, 2020 - 2:45pm

‘alter-Native: Kitchen’ from Independent Lens by Native filmmaker Billy Luther highlights three Indigenous chefs


White House tells Senate that impeachment is 'flimsy' and 'a constitutional travesty'

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - January 20, 2020 - 2:32pm

President Trump's lawyers urge dismissal of 'flimsy' impeachment case


N.W.T. courts' travel policy sets accused up to fail, defence lawyer says

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - January 20, 2020 - 1:17pm
Peter Harte

A prominent defence lawyer in Yellowknife is protesting a change in the application of a court travel policy that, he says, is going to leave people who have been released on bail either stuck in jail or homeless on the streets of Yellowknife.

Categories: CANADA

Studies question assumptions on industrial damage to Wood Buffalo park

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - January 20, 2020 - 12:52pm
Fort Chip

Canada's largest national park is drying out, but new research suggests it's more the result of long-term climate change than upstream hydro dams.

Categories: CANADA

Feds give $500K to project to help promote northern mining

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - January 20, 2020 - 12:20pm
Larry Bagnell

At the annual Mineral Exploration Roundup conference in Vancouver, the federal government announced it's spending $500,000 to lure investors to develop untapped mineral resources in Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Categories: CANADA

Monday, January 20, 2020

NATIONAL NATIVE NEWS (nativetimes.net) - January 20, 2020 - 11:27am

People gather for a missing and murdered Indigenous women listening session at the University of Oregon in Eugene. (Photo-Brian Bull)

Listening tour in Oregon focuses on MMIW Alaska legislators look to fix safety program https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/nnn012020.mp3

The post Monday, January 20, 2020 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.


Native Sun News Today: Gerry Robinson publishes new book about early Cheyenne history

INDIANZ.COM - January 20, 2020 - 11:00am
'The Cheyenne Story: An Interpretation of Courage' starts from the first days after the Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876.

Tim Giago: How many clowns can one fit into the Senate car?

INDIANZ.COM - January 20, 2020 - 11:00am
I expect that the impeachment of Donald Trump hearings will closely resemble a circus by the time the head clown and his supporting clowns go into their acts.


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