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Stephenville march held supporting murdered woman's family after killer paroled

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 6, 2019 - 1:35pm

Hundreds line streets for protest of parolee returning to Stephenville area.

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That truth: At Mauna Kea it’s mana versus money

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - October 6, 2019 - 9:06am

Ku kia‘i mauna remain steadfast in their opposition to the telescope


Keepers of the Language: 'If you don't use it, you lose it,' says Tlicho host

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 6, 2019 - 8:00am
Cecilia Boyd

Cecilia Boyd, host of CBC's Tlicho-language program, almost lost her language after residential school. She was able to relearn it with the help of family.

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'Gut punch' of crashing bird populations no surprise for retired Yellowknife biologist

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 6, 2019 - 5:00am
Snowy owl

There has been a dramatic decline of birds across North America since 1970. The largest loss is 3.2 billion migratory songbirds, many of which travel to the North to nest and raise their young. 

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Video: ‘Dramatic improvements’ to Piestewa Peak trail

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - October 6, 2019 - 4:07am

City of Phoenix celebrates grand opening of Piestewa Peak Trailhead


Misty Upham’s Father Writes about Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - October 6, 2019 - 12:03am

Misty Upham promoting “August: Osage County”

Guest Commentary

Published October 6, 2019

Editor’s Note: Misty Upham was an American Indian actress who disappeared into the night five ago. Yesterday was the fifth annivesary of her death at 32.  Her father, Charle Upham, wrote this tribute to his daughter that addresses missing and murdered Indigenous women. Up

October 5th, 2019 marks five years since Misty left us. In her absence we have continued to pursue the answers to questions that were left behind. Many groups have evolved over the years including: MMIW, No More Stolen Sisters, Futures Without Violence and Sisters in Spirit just to name a few. These movements were created to address the issue of violence against Native and Indigenous people and their voices have raised awareness to the growing problems that many families are faced with in their struggle for justice. Because of this awareness several initiatives have been implemented such as: • Canadian National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous women and Girls • National Day of Awareness for MMIW&G • House of Representatives Bill 1585 • Arizona State House Bill 2570 • Washington State House Bill 2951 • Savannah’s Act Most initiatives start out as a study by a select committee to determine the barriers such as: data collection, sharing data and solutions that allow government resources to apply to Native communities. Sound great! But has this political approach been effective? My initial thoughts bring to mind the phrase: BIG SMOKE, NO FIRE. Don’t judge me for being skeptical because I come from a culture that lives with a 500-year history of over 500 broken treaties. Why wouldn’t I ask questions?  The truth is politicians have been notorious for making promises that they do not intend to keep or cannot accomplish throughout the political spectrum. Political tactics from the past have included campaigning with a big cheesy smile, promising a better tomorrow while kissing babies in front of the camera. This could be the tribal councilperson that promises to improve tribal government to President Trump who pledges to Make America Great Again. In my opinion I feel that many of these approaches are dealing the effects of a greater problem rather than finding solutions to the root of the matter. Remember the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) that was signed into law by then President Bill Clinton on September 13, 1994. This single act, which has been reauthorized by every Presidential Administration except the current one, has provided 1.6 billion dollars annually to investigate and prosecute violent crimes against women. You would think that after 25 years and billions of dollars that this growing problem would have been eliminated by now. But it hasn’t stopped Harvey Weinstein from using his position of power to take advantage of vulnerable women nor has it addressed the disparity of violent crimes against Native peoples or how their cases are mishandled. Maybe these efforts are not meant include the “merciless Indian savage” or the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Red flags are raised in my camp. Why does it take a special initiative to grant human, civil rights and government services to Indigenous people that are afforded to every other American without question? One possible answer could be attributed to the facts that Institutional racism is perpetuated by systemic discrimination and a people govern Indigenous people that do not share the same cultural values. America has a proven track record of marginalization and discrimination of its indigenous children. No amount of money, resources or training will fix this problem. But this does not stop someone who wants to kiss the baby. In Washington State, where I reside, HB 2951 was passed to address the local issue of missing and murdered indigenous people. This is how I feel that the closed-door political conversation unfolded. “Wow! This missing and murdered indigenous issue is really gaining ground. We’re starting to look bad because we have been turning a blind eye and elections are just around the corner. We need to make a public statement that we really care. Let’s throw these redskins a bone and offer to draft an initiative that will make them think that we’ve got their backs. It doesn’t have to be effective but it just has to look good on paper. This way they can’t say that we didn’t do them any favors. Maybe then they will go away!” I have no resentment to all the red brothers and sisters who have waged a tireless campaign to make a difference. Your efforts should be applauded but don’t trust a document or handshake from politicians. This is how trail of broken treaties was started. To be effective, any system of protocol must have a series of checks and balances. • Just as the Washington State House Committee was selected to draft an initiative to order a study to determine how to increase reporting and investigation of missing and murdered Native American Women in Washington State, an over site committee should be put in place to make sure that all of the measures enacted and funding allocations are being adhered to on every level. • These measures should be mandatory so that local city government, police and emergency services are not exempt from compliance. • Consequences should in place for any state, city, agency or individual who refuses to comply, in the form of punitive damages awarded to affected families. Nothing provides motivation better than the phrase “Show Me The Money”. • Any State employee or elected official caught in defiance of these mandates should be removed from their elected office or they’re position immediately and forever barred from taking state or local government appointment. • Communication is essential to keep families and government-to-government agencies informed of case management. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to get information from an agency that refuses to inform family members or share information with other agencies that could aid in solving crimes or disappearances. • These measures should be retroactive and applied all current and past cases of missing and murdered indigenous people that were closed and or unresolved. Now imagine this type of case management for all federally recognized tribes nationwide. Could happen! To start with all federally recognized tribes are a fiduciary responsibility of the United States Government with a high standard duty of care. Under treaty agreements the federal government has a duty to enforce, not only, protection by the law but also protection from the law including legal assistance. Under the law tribal members are viewed as wards to their guardian. (Guardian being the U.S. government) The tribal status of “Ward” entitles tribes to sue officers of the United States when that standard of care is violated. In addition, because they are federal wards, tribes may seek United States assistance in litigating against states or private parties. So how did we get to this place? Missing and murdered Indigenous people and nobody seems to care. Well remember that group of kids in school who were labeled the mean girls, the boys who were bullies. These kids were just not happy unless they were making life miserable for all the other kids whom they chose to victimize. By virtue of their own egos they determined that they were better than everyone else in their social sphere and thereby obligated to remind their insignificants of their position in life. They were not born with these character flaws. This behavior was taught to them by their environmental influences as normal, healthy social interaction. Well all those kids grew up and took their baggage with them into the work place. Many of them wear badges and carry guns. Some are elected to office in local, state and federal government agencies. So why wouldn’t this thing go off the rails at some point? The way I see it the ratification of House Bills and other initiatives would not be necessary if people in power followed the current law. But that day has not arrived yet. So whom do you start with? Every time someone goes missing or is murdered, you call the police. Then a police report is made and case file is opened. What happens next is anybody’s guess because there are no existing protocols to ensure that the police will apply appropriate measures. This is why House Bills and other initiatives are necessary because the term “Duty of Care” was vague and ambiguous. This responsibility is laid at the feet of local law enforcement. But accountability lies at the door of every governing body and every individual who is a representative of this matrix. I realize that many non-Native individuals including politicians are sincere in their efforts to make a difference. Their journey has given them insight into the plight of the Red Man. But there is much more work to be done. I stand with all the Native families that have missing and murdered loved ones who have become invisible in our society. Many have told me that I am wrong, it is all in my head and that we have a system of law and order that really works for all. But I am more convinced by the ashes that fill the urn on our family mantelpiece that used to be my daughter. Always Loved, Never forgotten Support the film fund: https://www.gofundme.com/11DAYS Charles Upham is the father of Misty Upham.

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Despite Prez’s Warning, Hemp Store Opens in Shiprock

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - October 6, 2019 - 12:00am

Navajo Times | Cindy Yurth
Navajo Gold Health and Wellness CBD dispensary opened Thursday in Shiprock.

Published October 6, 2019

CHINLE, N.M. — The Navajo Nation’s first hemp products store opened in Shiprock Thursday and the Native American Agriculture Company (NAAC) has no intention of backing down in spite of a warning from President Jonathan Nez Tuesday that growing hemp on the Navajo Nation is illegal.

Dineh Benally, who heads both the NAAC and the San Juan River Farm Board, stated in a press release issued late Thursday night that the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill and Navajo Nation law both allow for hemp cultivation, and the company intends to continue and expand production.

“After the success of last year’s pilot program, we stepped up production for 2019 and plan to produce more going into 2020,” Benally stated.

According to Benally, hemp production has been legal on the Navajo Nation since 2000, when the Navajo Nation Council passed a resolution distinguishing between hemp and marijuana.

At the time, hemp was considered cannabis with less than 1.4 percent tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive ingredient. The 2018 Farm Bill lowered that amount to 0.3 percent, and the Council adopted that change last year.

Both the 2000 and 2018 resolutions state, “The enactment of this resolution does not authorize the cultivation, growth, possession, development or propagation of industrial hemp until the Navajo Nation creates a regulatory system for industrial hemp and obtains the necessary and applicable permits for industrial hemp.”

In the press release, Benally contends the San Juan River Farm Board, acting as a unit of the Navajo Nation government, developed the regulations.

Nez said Tuesday the farm board is not authorized to act as a proxy for the tribe.

According to Karen Ellsworth, who is in charge of marketing for the NAAC, the hemp products being sold at the store are not derived from hemp grown on the Navajo Nation, although that is the eventual plan.

Editor’s Note: This article was first published in the Navajo Times. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Largest Tribal Outpatient Health Facility in U.S. Opening First Phase to Patients

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - October 6, 2019 - 12:00am

The Cherokee Nation’s new four-story, 469,000 square foot outpatient health center will open its optometry, audiology, physical rehabilitation, behavioral health, radiology, lab and pharmacy services Oct. 7.

Published October 6, 2019

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. also announcing major health initiative

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation’s new four-story, 469,000 square foot outpatient health center will open its optometry, audiology, physical rehabilitation, behavioral health, radiology, lab and pharmacy services Oct. 7. Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. will also be on hand to announce a major health initiative as part of his first 100 days in office.

The new facility is the largest tribal outpatient health center in the country and is opening in phases in October.

“The Cherokee Nation is excited to open this beautiful new facility that allows us to serve more of our citizens, and offer more services than they ever had before,” Chief Hoskin said. “This facility is a real game changer that will improve our overall health system and is a huge investment in our local economy.”

The Cherokee Nation invested about $200 million of its general fund dollars into the facility’s construction and the purchase of equipment. Indian Health Service is funding $100 million per year in staffing and operating costs as part of the historic joint venture agreement with the tribe.

Following Monday’s opening of the health center’s first phase, primary care, dental and resident clinic services will open to patients on Oct. 21, and a grand opening ceremony is being planned for November 14.

Cherokee Nation operates the largest tribal health system in the country with more than 1.3 million patient visits per year.

WHAT:           Cherokee Nation’s new outpatient health facility opening first phase to patients and                                 Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. announcing major health initiative

WHEN:          Monday, October 7, 11:30 a.m. -CDT

WHERE:       Cherokee Nation outpatient health facility, east side entrance, first floor, 19600 N. Ross                             Street.Tahlequah, Oklahoma

WHO:            Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.

Deputy Chief Bryan Warner

Council of the Cherokee Nation

Secretary of State Tina Glory Jordan

Chief of Staff Todd Enlow

Interim Executive Director of Health Services Dr. Stephen Jones

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Chickasaw Nation Governor Renews Commitment to Serve

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - October 6, 2019 - 12:00am

Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby, center, is joined by his family at Chickasaw Nation Inauguration ceremonies, Oct. 1 in Ada. From left, Preslea Anoatubby, Chloe Anoatubby, Brendan Anoatubby, Janice Anoatubby, Governor Anoatubby, Lt. Governor Chris Anoatubby, Becky Anoatubby, Eryn Anoatubby, and Sydney Anoatubby.

Published October 6, 2019

ADA, Okla. — An October 1 inauguration ceremony marked the beginning of an unprecedented ninth consecutive term for Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby. The ceremony was conducted on the East Central University campus in a theater named for Chickasaw Hall of Fame member Ataloa.

“It is a great honor to serve as Governor of the great unconquered and unconquerable Chickasaw Nation,” said Governor Anoatubby. “Together, we have made great progress and accomplished much for our people and our nation. We can look forward to a bright and promising future as we continue to thrive and support the dreams of Chickasaws around the world.”

Other Chickasaw Nation elected officials sworn into office include newly-elected Lt. Governor Chris Anoatubby, Supreme Court Justice Mark Colbert and tribal legislators Lisa Johnson Billy, Linda Briggs, Derrick Priddy and Beth Alexander.

“It is an incredible privilege to work with you to serve Chickasaws,” said Governor Anoatubby.

Governor Anoatubby began his 44-year career with the Chickasaw Nation in 1975 as health services director. He was elected as Lt. Governor in 1979, and served in that role until he was elected Governor in 1987. He has led the Chickasaw Nation to exponential growth in economic development as well as a comparably rapid expansion of services.

“In 1987, we set out to develop a sound economy for the Chickasaw Nation, to celebrate our rich heritage and to safeguard our sovereignty,” said Governor Anoatubby. “We have accomplished many of those goals and found new and exciting ways to continue in fulfilling our mission.”

Currently, the Chickasaw Nation supports more than 22,000 jobs and $1.2 billion in wages and benefits as part of a $3.7 billion annual economic contribution to the Oklahoma economy. More than 100 businesses are included in a diverse portfolio, including gaming, hospitality, tourism, banking, manufacturing, fine chocolate and other industries.

“We continue to have a firm financial foundation, as our businesses strive every day to sustain our mission and enhance the lives of our people,” said Governor Anoatubby. “And they will continue to generate the revenue needed to grow our services and programs by reaching new markets, developing new business opportunities, and continuing to concentrate on good stewardship of our resources.”

Today, the Chickasaw Nation operates more than 100 successful businesses in gaming, hospitality, tourism, banking, manufacturing, chocolate and other industries. Business revenues provide the majority of funding for more than 200 programs and services available to the Chickasaw people and other Native Americans.


Education is one example. Expanded education offerings serve more students in early education as well as offering scholarships for higher education and vocational training. In addition, the tribe recently implemented a new division devoted to helping prepare Chickasaws for viable, sustainable careers.

Special emphasis is placed on developing and mentoring young Chickasaw leaders through programs such as internships, career development and a youth leadership program.

“We support these new leaders through higher education programs across all fields, from health to business to government and academia,” Governor Anoatubby said. “We have been working for many years to ensure a sustainable future for our people.”

In addition to providing grants and scholarships totaling almost $20 million annually to more than 5,000 students, the Chickasaw Nation operates four early childhood centers, in Ada, Ardmore, Tishomingo and Sulphur, which serve more than 330 students. A range of STEM programs are also offered, which introduce students to the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Other educational opportunities include a Career Technology program, adult learning, fine arts training and tribal division dedicated to preparing Chickasaws for viable, sustainable careers.

Health Care

Significant strides in health care include a state-of-the-art 370,000 square-foot hospital, four clinics, eight pharmacies, a diabetes care center, emergency medical services, four nutrition centers, eight WIC offices and five wellness centers.

An increased focus on supporting healthy lifestyles is an integral part of the health care strategy moving forward.

“We have made great strides in the area of physical health,” said Governor Anoatubby. “But we have more that we need to do in areas of prevention. This year, we are placing stronger emphasis on the complete health of each individual with a strategic focus on mental wellness.”


The Chickasaw Nation has also expanded and improved housing services to help meet the needs of Chickasaws in all walks of life. Those services include rental assistance as well as an increased emphasis on home ownership, including programs to facilitate home loans.

“As the housing market and the desires of people change, we will continue to develop innovative and creative solutions to solve housing needs,” said Governor Anoatubby.

Thousands of Chickasaw utilize home loan programs to make homeownership a reality.

Housing assistance for Chickasaws across the United States includes the installation of storm shelters as well as grants for closing costs. Repairs and home improvements.


“We treasure our elders and continue to learn much from their wisdom and experience,” Governor Anoatubby said.

Many programs are offered to enhance the lives of Chickasaw elders, including operation of 11 senior centers in communities throughout southern Oklahoma and one under construction in Achille, Oklahoma. These senior centers served more than 163,000 meals this year and offer programs which focus on fellowship and health. Chore services, a senior golf academy and a foster grandparent program are also offered to Chickasaw seniors.


“Our youth programs are an important investment in developing strong individuals, and a strong nation,” said Governor Anoatubby.

Camps, academies, sports and leadership programs are offered year-round and are designed to build character, leadership, life skills and fitness. Clothing grants and reimbursement grants are also provided to ensure that youth can focus on academics without financial distractions.


“Our cultural identity is what guides us and informs our most crucial decisions, which is why cultural preservation and education efforts are so vital,” said Governor Anoatubby.

The Chickasaw Cultural Center, Sulphur, continues its mission of telling the Chickasaw story and sharing tribal traditions and culture. Since its 2010 opening, the cultural center has hosted more than 800,000 guests from across the globe.

Expanded programs, events, cultural and language classes also help Chickasaw citizens, employees and community members learn about the Chickasaw people and customs.

Blending modern technology with historical tradition, the Rosetta Stone Chickasaw app is also available, making the Chickasaw language easily accessible. More than 120 Rosetta Stone Chickasaw lessons have been developed through a collaboration between fluent Chickasaw speakers and Rosetta Stone.

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Activists create mural at Trans Mountain pipeline terminus in Burnaby, B.C.

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 5, 2019 - 9:23pm
Greenpeace Canada Westridge Terminal protest mural

Dozens of people painted the road leading into the Westridge Marine Terminal with orcas and slogans to protest of the planned expansion of the pipeline.

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Future pilots set sights sky-high at Girls in Aviation Day

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 5, 2019 - 7:08pm
Women in aviation event

Teara Fraser still remembers the first time she got in the cockpit of a plane and took off flying. And on Saturday, the founder of Iskwew Air helped inspire the next generation of women pilots in Manitoba at the fifth annual Girls in Aviation Day.

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Latest Update: Sisters in Spirit Vigil

RADICAL CITIZEN MEDIA - October 5, 2019 - 6:00pm

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Sisters in Spirit 2019 - Edmonton



Singh targets Liberal record on Indigenous issues as government appeals human rights ruling

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 5, 2019 - 2:18pm
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NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh attacked the Liberals' record on Indigenous issues, saying the government's decision to appeal the latest ruling on compensation for Indigenous children demonstrates the kind of inaction that can be expected if they're re-elected. 

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May commits to process for First Nations to opt out of Indian Act

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 5, 2019 - 2:06pm
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The Green party is promising a framework for Indigenous communities to opt out of the Indian Act as part of its strategy for reconciliation.

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Top 10 Stories: What Indian Country read this past week as of October 5, 2019

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - October 5, 2019 - 10:36am

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Stoney Nakoda word collection helps preserve language for future generations

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 5, 2019 - 7:00am
Stoney Nakoda rapid word collection event

Stoney Nakoda elders are recordings words and spellings from their native language, which will be used by future generations of the First Nation, keeping the language alive.

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Bishop's University to transform heritage building into Indigenous gathering space

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 5, 2019 - 6:00am
Divinity House

The 127-year-old Divinity House has been vacant and at risk of demolition since 2014 due to structural problems. Now it's slated to become a gathering space and resource centre for Indigenous students.

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Trans Mountain pipeline: Why some First Nations want to stop it — and others want to own it

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 5, 2019 - 5:00am
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Since the federal government bought the Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5 billion from Kinder Morgan, a number of First Nations groups have opposed it — but several others are jockeying to operate it themselves.

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Scheer's relationship with Indigenous people is being tested in this election

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 5, 2019 - 4:00am
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Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he is committed to building an open and positive relationship with Indigenous people as prime minister, but some First Nation leaders say he has done little as an MP to build ties with reserves in his own riding of Regina—Qu'Appelle.

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