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Lynda Dickson re-elected as chief of Carcross/Tagish First Nation

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - July 1, 2020 - 11:54am
Lynda Dickson

Lynda Dickson has been re-elected as the chief of Carcross/Tagish First Nation in Yukon, with a five-vote margin.

Categories: CANADA

ND High Court OKs Permit For Refinery Near National Park

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 1, 2020 - 11:27am
The North Dakota Supreme Court has upheld a state Clean Air Act permit for an oil refinery near a national park, finding that the state Department of Environmental Quality adequately responded to public concerns over pollution from the project.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

NATIONAL NATIVE NEWS (nativetimes.net) - July 1, 2020 - 11:08am

Members of the Native community host an Indigenous solidarity event with the Black community in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo-Brian Bull)

Native community in Eugene hosts solidarity event with Black community Cincinnati Native coalition calls for end of high school’s R-word mascot Navajo Nation leaders extend emergency COVID-19 orders and closures https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/nnn070120.mp3

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'Settle And Sue' Malpractice Cases Have New Clarity In Calif.

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 1, 2020 - 11:03am
A California state appellate court's recent decision in Masellis v. Law Office of Leslie F. Jensen provides a road map for proving causation and damages in settle-and-sue legal malpractice cases — an important issue of long-standing confusion, says Steven Berenson at Klinedinst.

Idyllwild Native Arts Summer Lectures Go Digital Starting July 2

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - July 1, 2020 - 10:32am

Idyllwild Arts Academy (Courtesy photo)

IDYLLWILD, Calif. — Starting July 2, you can Zoom in on the minds of Native American art, society and ecology experts digging deep into of-the-moment issues in Indian Country.  

For the first four Thursdays in July, at noon Pacific Time, The Michael Kabotie Online Lecture Series is offering free food for thought with the series “Art & Ecology & Society: Indisputable New REALities.”

The series is part of Idyllwild Arts’ Native Arts Summer Program and will be available via a Zoom webinar. For more information and to sign up visit Idyllwild Arts (https://www.idyllwildarts.org/summer/nativearts/)

The Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Programs, located in Southern California on the land of The Cahuilla Band of Indians, has transferred all of its classes, workshops, lectures, etc, online due to COVID-19. 

On July 2, the lectures kick off with “California Native Resources: Effects of Climate Change & Place-Based Arts,” moderated by Terria Smith (Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla), Editor of News from Native California Magazine

The speakers are traditional arts practitioner Leah Mata Fragua (Northern Chumash), educator, language teacher, and tribal singer Stanley Rodriguez (Kumeyaay – Iipay, Santa Ysabel) and Curator of the Sherman Indian School Museum in Riverside, California and Lorene Sisquoc (Cahuilla/Apache).

The challenges of preserving California indigenous art traditions threatened by climate change, and the community-based interventions the speakers are using to improve the situation, will be discussed. 

On July 9, the series will tackle “Water Disparities in Indian Country” with Dr. Otakuye Conroy-Ben (Oglala Lakota), Assistant Professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University.

Tribal populations receive a more contaminated water supply than non-Tribal populations. Dr. Conroy-Ben will dive into environmental data to expose this dangerous inequality and propose solutions to the problem. 

For the second half of the series, presentations shift from the natural world to the new pandemic-prompted digital landscape. 

On July 16, the co-founders of the quarantine-born Social Distance Pow Wow Facebook group, will discuss “Digital Confluence: Age of the Online Pow Wow.”

With nearly 200,000 followers, Social Distance Pow Wow has exploded into an essential platform for Native American artists during the pandemic, and a welcoming, safe online space for indigenous people to share their cultures, concerns and accomplishments.  

The co-founders and speakers are Chairman of the South Dakota Humanities Council Whitney Rencountre (Hunkpati Dakota), traditional wampum shell carver Dan Simonds (Mashantucket Pequot), and traditional dancer, beadworker and quill worker Stephanie Hebert (Mi’kmaq / Muise).

The final lecture, on July 23, is “Digital Cultural Divide/What Does Tech Equity Mean on the Rez?” featuring Steven Estrada, (Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians), Vice Chairman of The Santa Rosa Tribal Council since 2007 and  Environmental Manager for the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians. 

Estrada will examine how Covid-19 has forced Tribal communities into all-online engagement, including attending school virtually, and how this major change is impacting Native Americans with limited or no internet access. 


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'Anti-racism work defeated' by new attempt to educate Senator Beyak; First Nations coalition says

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - July 1, 2020 - 10:24am
Senator Lynn Beyak

A coalition of First Nations leaders, community members and residential school survivors are continuing their call for Senator Lynn Beyak to resign or be removed from the Senate.

Categories: CANADA

AT&T Contributes $350K to American Indian College Fund

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - July 1, 2020 - 10:19am

Braided Success: Fostering Native Student Success from High School to College and Career program will link with Tohono O’odham Community College to help foster students enrolling in higher education. Courtesy photo

Charity Offering Native Student Scholarships and College Readiness Programs to Increase Number of Native Americans With A Higher Education

Published July 1, 2020

DENVER — The American Indian College Fund (College Fund) has received a $350,000 contribution from AT&T to continue its “Braided Success: Fostering Native Student Success from High School to College and Career” program.

The Braided Success program helps fund high school and college students in the Tohono O’odham Community College in Sells, Ariz. and the College of Muscogee Nation in Okmulgee, Okla. to achieve their quest for higher education.

AT&T’s contribution will also allow the College Fund to contribute $100,000 to the Braided Success program, providing scholarship support to American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) students from Oklahoma and Arizona seeking to attend a tribal college (TCU) or mainstream institution located in their home states.

“AT&T is on the leading edge of engaging best practices supporting career pathways for indigenous students through its support of the College Fund’s student success programming. This partnership builds on our shared vision of helping students achieve their dreams,” Cheryl Crazy Bull, president and CEO of the American Indian College Fund said.

The highly successful program, in its first three years, allowed the College of Muscogee Nation to partner with three local high schools, which offered three dual enrollment programs. Of the 157 Native high school student participants, 33 percent took college courses through the dual-enrollment program. Participants also enjoyed college visits.

Similarly, Tohono O’odham Community College partnered with two local high schools to launch its S.T.A.R.T. program—Students Thriving, Achieving, and Rising Together. Thirty-eight percent of all partner high school students are served by S.T.A.R.T., and of that number, 42 percent of the students participated in the dual-enrollment program with the community college. Students also enjoyed after-school programs and tutoring sessions.

The result was that students who participated in the TCU’s programs graduated from high school at rates more than 20 percent higher than Native Americans nationally.

By continuing the strong relationships forged between college the high schools and TCUs, the Braiding Success initiative also better prepares students who transition to college for an easier transition to higher education and employment.

“AT&T has a long history of supporting initiatives that help Native American students graduate from high school and succeed in college and career,” said Tom Brooks, vice president of external affairs, AT&T. “We’re proud to further our commitment to Native communities with this contribution and connect Native youth to educational pathways that lead to careers in the 21st century workforce.”

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This Year’s Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival Cancelled Due to COVID-19

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - July 1, 2020 - 10:12am

Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival is cancelled this year. Courtesy photo

Published July 1, 2020

FORT HALL, Idaho — Due the COVID-19 pandemic, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes on Tuesday announced the cancellation of the 57th Annual Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival that was scheduled for August

The Tribe’s annual event is the largest outdoor festival and powwow in the State of Idaho.

“Our annual festival brings in visitors from all over Indian Country throughout the United States, Canada and visitors throughout the world. It is the largest competition powwow and cultural sharing event sponsored by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. The annual celebration gives many families the opportunity to visit and camp throughout the four-day event,” Festival Coordinator Wendy Farmer said.

The Fort Hall Business Council officially supports the festival cancellation due to safeguarding the community from the growing concerns of the COVID pandemic.

The annual festival also includes festivities such as the powwow, arts & craft vendors, an art show, Indian relay races, rodeo, traditional buffalo & salmon feast, among other activities.

The appointed powwow head staff have been invited to the 2021 Festival and agreed to retain their titles with the Festival Committee.  

Also, the Indian National Finals Tour Rodeo and junior/senior rodeo have also been cancelled.

Despite the cancellation of this year’s Festival, the Tribes have approved several facility upgrade projects to the Festival and Rodeo grounds that include a new restroom and shower facility near the hand game area, re-leveling of the dance arena, and replacement of the horse track outside rail of the rodeo grounds.

“The Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival involves several teams of committees to make the annual event a success. We would like to thank all the committees that volunteer their time.  Please stay healthy and we hope to see you all next year, on August 12-15, 2021,” Farmer said.

Additional information on the Festival, follow them on social media:

Festival Website at www.shobanfestival.com , the Festival Facebook page, Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival and Festival Instagram page, @shobanfestival for ongoing updates.

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Knowing, rethinking a shared history

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - July 1, 2020 - 9:27am

'Conquistador' image on New Mexico water tank targeted


'COVID has just turned our world upside down'

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - July 1, 2020 - 7:00am

The White Mountain Apache Tribe is hit hard and takes strict measures as the positive cases in Arizona rise


Open letter on Canada Day calls for support, respect for all

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - July 1, 2020 - 6:00am
Sheila North

"Let's end the systemic racism at all levels of our society and institute an attitude of caring/sharing that we are capable of. To really be true, north, strong and free," advocate Sheila North says in open letter to Canadians.

Categories: CANADA

Indian Country Headlines for Wednesday, July 1, 2020

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - July 1, 2020 - 4:01am

Shoshone-Bannock festival cancelled; A call to remove Mt. Rushmore carvings; transition for coal communities; Navajo rez wildfires


Canada's history with Indigenous people is cruel and unfair, but we need to own up to it

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - July 1, 2020 - 4:00am
Kerry Benjoe

Canada Day is different this year, and not just because of the pandemic. Conversations of systemic racism are happening not only in the United States, but here in Canada. I don't believe every Canadian is racist, but most don't have any knowledge about the real relationship between Canada and Indigenous people.

Categories: CANADA

Navajo Nation Calls for 3 Additional Weekend Lockdowns in July to Help Flatten the Curve

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - July 1, 2020 - 12:00am

Navajo Police have been enforcing the nightly curfews on the Navajo Nation.

Published July 1, 2020

5,218 recoveries, 17 new cases, one more death reported as Navajo Nation extends emergency declaration, government closure, and weekend lockdowns

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Coupled with a surge of COVID-19 cases in Arizona and on the Navajo Indian Reservation, Navajo Nation officials on Tuesday have extended a state of emergency that keeps government offices and entities closed until July 26, 2020.

The Department of Health also issued another Public Health Emergency Order to implement full 57-hour weekend lockdowns from July 3, 2020 to July 6, 2020 from July 10, 2020 to July 13, 2020, and from July 17, 2020 to July 20, 2020, starting at 8:00 P.M. (MDT) on Friday and ending at 5:00 A.M. (MDT) on Monday. Additional weekend lockdowns may follow.

“The data presented by the Department of Health strongly indicates that the precautionary measures we have implemented since the start of the virus on the Navajo Nation in mid-March are working. We have to remain focused and not let up,” Navajo Nation President Jonthan Nez said on Tuesday. ”

Other states began relaxing their precautionary measures far too soon and now they are seeing the consequences with large increases in new cases, hospital visits, and hospital bed usage. Here on the Navajo Nation, we are seeing good signs, but we have to keep the weekend lockdowns and other measures in place for the time being,” Nez continued.

On Tuesday, the Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 17 new COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and one more death. The total number of deaths is 364 as of Tuesday. Reports from all 12 health care facilities on and near the Navajo Nation indicate that approximately 5,218 individuals have recovered from COVID-19. 55,626 people have been tested for COVID-19. The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 7,549.

Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by Service Unit:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 1,945
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 662
  • Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 470
  • Gallup Service Unit: 1,277
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 1,073
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 1,212
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 641
  • Winslow Service Unit: 265

* Four residences with COVID-19 positive cases are not specific enough to place them accurately in a Service Unit.

During a live town hall held on Tuesday, President Nez presented data from the Department of Health that shows a steady flattening of the curve for COVID-19 cases indicating that the weekend lockdowns, daily curfews, requiring face masks, and other precautions are working.

In addition to the weekend lockdowns, the daily curfew also remains in effect from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. on weekdays to help flatten the curve.


To Donate to the Navajo Nation

The official webpage for donations to the Navajo Nation, which has further details on how to support  the Nation’s Dikos Ntsaaígíí-19 (COVID-19) efforts is:  http://www.nndoh.org/donate.html.


For More Information

For more information including reports, helpful prevention tips, and more resources, please visit the Navajo Department of Health’s COVID-19 website at http://www.ndoh.navajo-nsn.gov/COVID-19. To contact the main Navajo Health Command Operations Center, please call (928) 871-7014.

For up to date information on impact the coronavirus pandemic is having in the United States and around the world go to: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/?fbclid=IwAR1vxfcHfMBnmTFm6hBICQcdbV5aRnMimeP3hVYHdlxJtFWdKF80VV8iHgE

For up-to-date information about COVID-19, Native News Online encourages you to go to Indian Health Service’s COVID-19 webpage and review CDC’s COVID-19

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Fairbanks Four clear hurdle in fight for compensation

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - June 30, 2020 - 10:00pm

An attorney for the Alaska men say they’re ready to get back to their main objective: proving there was ‘massive misconduct in the investigation’


Amber Alert issued for 1-year-old Montana boy

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - June 30, 2020 - 7:36pm

A 22-year-old man abducted the child from a home on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, authorities say


Kids could go hungry if there's a census undercount

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - June 30, 2020 - 7:00pm

School lunch programs – an essential lifeline during the pandemic — are going broke, and a 2020 Census undercount will damage them even more, says children's advocate Mayra Alvarez


AT&T Contributes $350K to American Indian College Fund

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - June 30, 2020 - 6:34pm

Thanks to the continued support of AT&T with a $350,000 contribution to the American Indian College Fund’s Braided Success: Fostering Native Student Success from High School to College and Career program, high school and college students in the Tohono O’odham Community College in Sells, Arizona and College of Muscogee Nation in Okmulgee, Oklahoma communities continued and will continue to be supported in their quest for a higher education.

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All charges dismissed against reporter who covered 2016 Muskrat Falls protests

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 30, 2020 - 6:02pm
Justin entering

The Crown said Tuesday morning it would not be submitting any evidence in Justin Brake’s case, bringing the almost four-year long legal battle to an end.

Categories: CANADA

Condensed Fall Semester Will Balance Online, Face-to-Face Instruction at NTU

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - June 30, 2020 - 4:22pm

Navajo Technical University (NTU) will implement a hybrid-learning environment and condensed 15-week schedule when it opens for the fall semester on August 10. Courses will be delivered online;

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