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Hualapai Tribe Passes Alcohol Prohibition Resolution to Combat Covid-19

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - June 30, 2020 - 4:15pm

Hualapi Tribe Offices in Peach Springs, Ariz. (Google Maps Photo)

PEACH SPRINGS, Ariz. — The Hualapai Tribe of  northwestern Arizona has passed a temporary prohibition resolution to help keep its tribal members safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The Hualapai Tribal Council passed Resolution 44-2020 at a special meeting on June 25 as a way to “reduce public intoxication, domestic disputes in relation to alcohol consumption, minimize public activity, and to support efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 and promote public safety,” according to the resolution.  

The new resolution is really just a case of doubling down on an existing prohibition, due to the problems  presented by Covid-19, said Hualapai Tribal Council Chairman Dr. Damon R. Clarke. 

“The prohibition has been there forever, we’re just trying to enforce it,” Clarke said.  “Our enforcement needs to be more strict around it.” 

And although the resolution is deemed “temporary,” Clarke said, “It will never be lifted.”

Clarke said all tribes have a similar prohibition, and that the Navajo Nation is also currently working harder than ever to crack down on alcohol consumption on reservations for the same reasons. 

Controlling the spread of coronavirus is crucial for the Hualapai, which has about 1300 tribal members on its reservation in northwestern Arizona near the Grand Canyon. With more than 100 cases of COVID-19 on the reservation — and 13 deaths — “almost ten percent of our population has been hit,” he said. 

The penalties for alcohol use and abuse have not been altered for the new resolution, Clarke said. 

A first offense for public intoxication results in 30 to 90 days of prison, and/or a fine of up to $300. Second time offenders will be removed from the reservation until they seek and complete treatment. 

Possession of alcohol in a public place carries a first offender penalty of 30-120 days imprisonment, and/or a fine of up to $5,000. Penalty for second time offenders is the same as for public intoxication. 

Those caught selling alcohol face up to 6 months in prison and/or fines up to $4,000. 

Plus, The Hualapai Tribal Police are authorized to search homes and vehicles without a warrant. If any alcohol is found, it will be confiscated, and the possessors will be prosecuted. 

Clarke said some of the issues that have increased during the pandemic are bootlegging and selling alcohol to youth. The reservation has gone on and off of lockdown since early May and has been under a stay-at-home order since early June.  

Clarke said when the Stay-At-Home order was implemented and the lockdown lifted, incidences of public intoxication and domestic violence resurfaced. 

He said more Tribal Police are desperately needed to enforce the prohibition.

“We need manpower,” Clarke said. “We don’t have any tribal members who are police officers. We used to and we’re trying to reach out to our own people to become police officers, but we usually get them from the outside.”

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Pride Month: 'Back to Indigenous values'

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - June 30, 2020 - 4:00pm

June is Pride Month and there is a history of tribes historically accepting LGBTQ and Two Spirit people


Montreal production company, Health Canada to retire industry term after First Nations man flags its racist connotation

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 30, 2020 - 3:19pm
Montreal production company, Health Canada to retire industry term after First Nations man flags its racist connotation  Image 1

After Cree actor and artist Daybi turned down a job due to the use of an industry term that contains racial slur in the contract that was emailed to him, the production company and its client, Health Canada, pledge to do better.

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Mining Groups Back Rosemont Copper Project To 9th Circ.

LAW360 (Native feed) - June 30, 2020 - 3:15pm
Mining interest groups have filed a flurry of amicus briefs with the Ninth Circuit supporting a bid by Rosemont Copper Co. and its parent company to overturn a lower court ruling blocking a major copper mining project in Arizona.

Mi'kmaq to rename coast guard's Edward Cornwallis icebreaker

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 30, 2020 - 3:12pm
CCGS Edward Cornwallis

The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaw Chiefs will recommend a new name for the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Edward Cornwallis. In 1749, Cornwallis issued a proclamation offering a bounty to anyone who killed Mi'kmaw men, women and children. 

Categories: CANADA

EPA Plans To End Controversial COVID-19 Enforcement Policy

LAW360 (Native feed) - June 30, 2020 - 2:36pm
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it would be ending its controversial policy that suspended monitoring and reporting requirements for certain entities during COVID-19, according to a memorandum from the agency.

Feds And Conservation Group Pause Shark Overfishing Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - June 30, 2020 - 2:24pm
A Hawaii conservation nonprofit has reached an agreement with the federal government to stay its lawsuit over the government's alleged failure to designate the oceanic whitetip shark population as overfished, with an official designation expected in August.

Regina salon owner gives back to community with day of free haircuts

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 30, 2020 - 2:19pm
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Stylists at a First Nations-owned hair salon in Regina spent Sunday providing free haircuts to clients facing financial pressure during the pandemic. 

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Film stars Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds donate to Indigenous women's program

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 30, 2020 - 1:39pm

Movie stars Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are donating $200,000 to an institute at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia to help promote Indigenous women's leadership.

Categories: CANADA

State AGs Slam Trump Order To Skirt Environmental Reviews

LAW360 (Native feed) - June 30, 2020 - 1:24pm
Attorneys general for 15 states and the District of Columbia warned the Trump administration that an executive order to bypass vigorous environmental reviews for infrastructure projects would run afoul of emergency provisions in federal law, even considering the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sask. chief meeting with Prince Albert police about arrest video

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 30, 2020 - 1:18pm
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Indigenous leaders say they're disturbed by a video showing a Prince Albert, Sask., police officer throwing a man to the ground while onlookers yell "Don't do that!" and "We've had enough of it!"

Categories: CANADA

What You Say In Online Mediation May Be Discoverable

LAW360 (Native feed) - June 30, 2020 - 1:09pm
Mediation conducted online with participants in different states makes it harder to determine where communications were made, increasing the risk that courts will apply laws of a state that does not protect mediation confidentiality, say mediators Jeff Kichaven and Teresa Frisbie and law student Tyler Codina.

DC Circ. Dumps FERC Policy That Delays Pipeline Appeals

LAW360 (Native feed) - June 30, 2020 - 12:36pm
The D.C. Circuit ruled en banc Tuesday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission can't delay requests to reconsider its approval of gas infrastructure projects in order to stave off judicial challenges, saying the agency's tolling policy unlawfully rewrites the Natural Gas Act.

Indigenous fusion cuisine coming to Caldwell First Nation's restaurant near Point Pelee

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 30, 2020 - 12:29pm
The Happy Snapper remodel

The Caldwell First Nation has a restaurant just outside Point Pelee National Park, and it has decided to make some major changes that includes a new menu featuring Indigenous fusion food. 

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

NATIONAL NATIVE NEWS (nativetimes.net) - June 30, 2020 - 12:14pm

A New Mexico judge determined the state has not made enough progress toward equitable public education yet (Photo: Don Harder via Flickr C/C).

A judge denied the state of New Mexico’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit over inequitable education Protesters plan to meet President Trump’s appearance at Mt. Rushmore The Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana is under a mandatory 14-day stay-at-home order https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/nnn063020.mp3

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The Columbus Conundrum: Why Protecting Statues Protects America’s Genocidal Past

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - June 30, 2020 - 11:56am

Christopher Columbus statue came down with a thud. Native News Online photographs by Darren Thompson


SAINT PAUL, Minn. — The toppling of the bronze Christopher Columbus statue on the Minnesota State Capitol Grounds in Saint Paul last month amplified the conversation on race and ethnicity as the nation and many other countries challenged racism, oppression, and those who protect it.

The people pulling down monuments and statues around the world say that many narratives — such as the story of Christopher Columbus — do not consider the people who have been displaced, depopulated, or exterminated as a result of the colonization of the Western Hemisphere.

What is missing in the discussion, however, is recognizing those who toppled the statues. 

Minnesota State Police were on hand with automatic weapons, but did not stop the toppling of Christopher Columbus statue.

In Saint Paul, about 40 people, mostly women, fastened a rope around the neck of the Columbus statue, rocked it back and forth, and took it to the ground. It took less than a minute. 

There were pastors, chaplains, singers, dancers, photographers, police officers, community leaders, grandparents, parents, and children, but it was the women who were fired up to pull the statue down. Although mainly Indigenous women pulled the statue down, women of all races of the human family participated. They knew the consequences as Mike Forcia, Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Wisconsin), shared with the crowd that the Minnesota State Patrol warned the gathering of criminal charges of destruction of public property. That didn’t deter the crowd. 

They were all unarmed. 

When the statue came crashing down with a hollow metallic thud as it met the pavement, the crowd rejoiced in celebration with cheers, applause, and a round dance, where everyone holds hands and dances to the voices and beats of Indigenous men in a circle.

Yet they are called perpetrators, criminals, and even the “American Taliban” by Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz. 

How could Indigenous women be compared to an oppressive religious fundamentalist organization that inflicts violence and war on Afghans, particularly Afghan women? 

There is no comparison between the two groups of people and any attempt to compare them demonstrates that someone hasn’t done their homework. Speaking to the masses who don’t understand, or care to understand, the issues and trauma that Indigenous peoples have faced since the arrival of Europeans perpetuates a harmful past. 

In other words, protecting statues is protecting a racist, genocidal past. 

Senator Cruz uses a platform that is privileged, as he should on occasions such as this, but he is wrong in his comparison and as such fails to acknowledge systematic oppression. Cherishing a racist, murderous, perverted man that immediately enslaved the Indigenous people he met, including children, and continued his dehumanization by being the world’s first trans-Atlantic slave trader is the embodiment of oppression.

From the onslaught of violence, diseases, and land theft by way of the Doctrine of Discovery, the westward expansion of Europeans into the Western Hemisphere is nothing short of genocide.

Genocide began at the arrival of Christopher Columbus and continues to this day. While there are far too many statistics to support this claim, here is an obvious one: Henry F. Dobyns estimates that before Europeans colonization of the Western Hemisphere there were between 90 and 112 million people in the Americas, which is more than Europe at the time. In many estimates, up to 95 percent of Indigenous peoples are believed to have been killed off by diseases imported by Europeans.

Today, the US Census Bureau counts Indigenous peoples at 0.9 percent of the total United States population, or as NBC News claims, “the census’ most undercounted racial group.” 

American Indian people as a whole are funded less, which affects many aspects of community health including scant infrastructure, indigent healthcare, deficient education, corrupt law enforcement, and soaring suicide rates to name a few. 

Continuing and perpetuating oppression by calling those who toppled the statue criminals while at the same denying the subsequent genocide commenced by Columbus is also denying historical trauma. Historical trauma plagues indigenous peoples. It undermines that, today, 30 percent of American Indian children are still adopted or fostered out of their homes and communities, even after the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978. We’re still being occupied while being colonized. 

Oppression is well detailed by Paulo Friere’s famous book Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Friere identifies four pillars of oppression as: internal, lateral, intra-oppressed group, and external. Only one pillar of oppression comes from the outside—external. 

When a group of people is oppressed, the oppression itself manifests inside those who are oppressed. To recite an obvious example, the “Pilgrims” sailed across the ocean and claimed to have escaped religious oppression. They didn’t escape oppression, however—they brought it with them. They oppressed each other and perpetuated oppression to blacks and Indigenous peoples. 

According to Friere, oppressors are purely materialistic. Humans are objects and by such a paradigm, individuals are able to be owned. As a result, oppressors also dehumanize themselves. 

Freire states that once the oppressed understand their own oppression and discover their oppressors, the next step is dialogue, or discussion with others to reach the goal of humanization. In order to help the oppressed, one must become oppressed, in some way. Only the oppressed can allow humanity to become fully human.

The tools the oppressed use are termed, “anti-dialogical actions,” and the ways the oppressed can overcome them are, “dialogical actions.” The four anti-dialogical actions include conquest, manipulation, divide and rule, and cultural invasion. The four dialogical actions, on the other hand, are unity, compassion, organization, and cultural synthesis.

Until the oppressor acknowledges oppression and participation in it, systems of oppression will continue.

As to the systematic change and the official processes politicians cite for removing statues, changing public art and dedicating holidays, there is a trend that began in 1990 where South Dakota, in a Year of Reconciliation with the tribes, changed Columbus Day to Native Americans’ Day. That trend of re-dedicating the second Monday in October to similarly named Indigenous Peoples Day has swelled to more than 50 municipalities and 10 States.

Notably, H.R. Res. 627 was introduced to the 116th Congress on Oct 11, 2019 by Mrs. Torres of California (for herself, Ms. Haaland, Mr. Young, Ms. Davids of Kansas, and Ms. McCollum) to the Committee on Natural Resources. It aims to designate the second Monday in October as “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” to celebrate and honor indigenous peoples and their shared history and culture.

You can read about it here: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hres627

Participating in a democracy isn’t just about representing your own interests and those in the majority all-too-often fail to consider the viewpoints of those who are affected by the systems of oppression. 

Changing the designation from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day doesn’t erase history, it corrects it and welcomes those who previously didn’t have a voice to contribute to a narrative that includes them.

“Only the oppressed can free the oppressor,” Paulo Freire once said and now it is ever more clear as white supremacy is seeing its sun fade far into the horizon. 

Darren Thompson is a photographer, writer and musician from the Lac du Flambeau Band of Ojibwe. He writes for Native News Online, powwows.com, Native Max Magazine, and Indian Country Today. He has performed at the Crazy Horse Memorial, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the Heard Museum, and the National Music Museum. Combined, he uses storytelling to teach about America’s first peoples and the cultural genocide they have endured.

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Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier on Mount Rushmore: “We Are Left Looking at Our molesters”

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - June 30, 2020 - 11:50am

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier in Washington after White House Tribal Nations Conference. Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert

Published June 30, 2020

EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. — The upcoming presidential visit by President Donald Trump to Mount Rushmore has created quite a stir in Indian Country. 

American Indian protesters will be on hand in Keystone, S.D. as a reminder that the Sioux tribes still take claim to the Black Hills, where Mount Rushmore is located.  Historically, the site was called Six GrandFathers by the Sioux.

Last week, Oglala Sioux Tribal President Julian Bear Runner said that he wants the faces of the four presidents removed from Mt. Rushmore.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier weighed in this morning with the following statement:

“Nothing stands as a greater reminder to the Great Sioux Nation of a country that cannot keep a promise or treaty then the faces carved into our sacred land on what the United States calls Mount Rushmore. We are now being forced to witness the lashing of our land with pomp, arrogance and fire hoping our sacred lands will survive. This brand on our flesh needs to be removed and I am willing to do it free of charge to the United States, by myself if I must.

Visitors look upon the faces of those presidents and extoll the virtues that they believe make America the country it is today. Lakota see the faces of the men who lied, cheated and murdered innocent people whose only crime was living on the land they wanted to steal.

The United States of America wishes for all of us to be citizens and a family of their republic yet when they get bored of looking at those faces, we are left looking at our molesters. We are the ones who live under the stare of those who have wronged us while others have the privilege to look away and move on, we cannot.

When I can remove those faces from our land, I believe I would not be alone.”

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Pharmacies Urge 6th Circ. To Boot Opioid MDL Judge

LAW360 (Native feed) - June 30, 2020 - 11:08am
CVS Corp., Walgreen Co. and other major pharmacy chains asked the Sixth Circuit on Tuesday to disqualify the Ohio federal judge supervising multidistrict opioid litigation, accusing him of exhibiting blatant bias by "directing plaintiffs' trial strategy."

Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde select sportsbook, online gaming partner

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - June 30, 2020 - 11:08am

GRAND RONDE, Ore. — The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde have selected Jersey City, N.J.-based Roar Digital LLC as its sports betting partner at the Spirit Mountain Casino in northwestern Oregon. 

As a result of the exclusive agreement, Roar Digital will open a BetMGM Sportsbook later this year at Spirit Mountain Casino, the largest casino in Oregon located about 65 miles from Portland. In addition to retail sports betting, the company also will offer an on-reservation mobile sportsbook app and plans to make the system available statewide when allowed by regulators, according to a statement. 

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Roar Digital is a 50/50 joint venture of hotel and casino operator MGM Resorts International and GVC Holdings, an Isle of Man-based sports betting and gaming firm with online and retail operations. 

“This joint venture between two of the gaming industry’s most recognizable brands will bring a world class sports betting offering to Oregon,” Stan Dillon, general manager of Spirit Mountain Casino, said in a statement. 

Courtesy photo

Spirit Mountain Casino offers nearly 2,000 slot machines, keno and poker at a campus featuring a 254-room newly remodeled lodge, 1,900-seat event center, an RV lot and more than five restaurants. 

Adam Greenblatt, CEO of ROAR Digital, called the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde “a great partner” in the project “to bring a leading retail and online sports betting experience to Oregon.”

Founded in 2018, Roar Digital is focused on the U.S. sports betting and online gaming market. The partnership leverages GVC Holdings’ technology platform and MGM’s U.S.-based physical and online sports betting, major tournament poker and online gaming businesses. 

The partners’ BetMGM Sportsbook has 13 retail locations in Nevada, Mississippi, Michigan and New Jersey. 

The Spirit Mountain Casino is the gaming venture for the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, which includes more than 30 tribes and bands from western Oregon, northern California, and southwest Washington.

The casino reopened on June 1 after a 74-day closure, during which the tribe supported staff members through 400 hours of paid time off, according to a statement. 

As part of new safety measures implemented in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the casino reduced its hours of operation to allow for deep cleaning, restricted guests to 21 years of age or older and required face masks at all table games and “strongly encouraged them for all guests, who must have their temperature screened at the casino’s entrances. 

The facility also offers hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes. 

“We have used this closure as an opportunity to make improvements throughout the property,” Dillon said.

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Committee on Indian Affairs to Hear Testimony on COVID-19 on Native Communities

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - June 30, 2020 - 10:45am

Published June 30, 2020

Will Also Consider Coverage for Urban Indian Health Providers Act Bill

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold an oversight hearing on “Evaluating the Response and Mitigation to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Native Communities.”

Additionally, the committee will receive testimony on S. 3650, the Coverage for Urban Indian Health Providers Act, a bill that would extend federal torts claim coverage for certain personal injury claims (i.e., medical malpractice liability protection) to urban Indian organizations and their employees by deeming them as part of the Public Health Service. Currently, such coverage is provided to Indian tribes, tribal organizations, Indian contractors, and their employees.


WHAT:         A committee oversight hearing on “Evaluating the Response and Mitigation to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Native Communities” and a legislative hearing to receive testimony on S. 3650

WHEN:         2:30 PM EDT, Wednesday, July 1, 2020

WHERE:      562 Dirksen Senate Office Building with the live webcast and written testimony available on the committee website here.

In accordance with guidance from the Senate Sergeant at Arms, the Senate office buildings are not open to the public other than official business visitors and credentialed press at this time. Accordingly, the hearing room will be closed to the general public. Two seats will be available for media in the hearing room on a first-come, first-served basis. The hearing will be live webcast here.


Panel I

THE HONORABLE RADM MICHAEL D. WEAHKEE, Director, Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, Maryland

  1. ROBERT J. FENTON, JR., Regional Administrator, Region 9, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C.

Panel II

  1. SCOTT DAVIS, Executive Director, North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission, Office of the Governor, State of North Dakota, Bismarck, North Dakota
  2. LISA ELGIN, Secretary, National Indian Health Board, Washington, D.C. (Virtual Witness)

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