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Shaun Chapoose Officially Announces Candidacy for President of the National Congress of American Indians

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - October 5, 2019 - 12:02am

Shaun Chapoose

Published October 5, 2019

UINTAH AND OURAY INDIAN RESERVATION — Shaun Chapoose, a member of the Ute Indian Tribe and resident of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Utah, has officially announced his candidacy for president of the National Congress of American Indians. The election will be held during the 76th annual NCAI Convention & Marketplace in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Oct. 20-25.   Chapoose, a formal tribal chairman, currently serves as chairman of Utah Tribal Leaders, which comprises leadership from Utah’s eight federally recognized tribes. He also is the Uncompahgre Band representative for the Ute Indian Tribe Business Committee, and the co-chair of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition.    Over the years, Chapoose has gained extensive experience working with all of the federal agencies, and all facets of tribal business, including oil and gas management, environmental issues, farm operations and cultural rights. He said he would like to see NCAI work with tribal leadership across the country to lead the charge in three main areas: sovereignty, self-determination, and tribal lands and resources.   “As Native peoples, we have inherent sovereignty, which has existed since time immemorial,” Chapoose said. “It was not bestowed upon us by the U.S. government, therefore it cannot be taken away. NCAI must join with tribal leaders to demand that the federal government uphold tribal sovereignty, respect the trust relationship, and honor the promises and commitments their ancestors made to ours over the past two centuries. We can, and we must, do more.”   Chapoose also is passionate about self-determination, noting that Native nations need to lead the discussion regarding what is in their communities’ best interests. He said it’s about more than having a seat at the table; rather, it’s about standing up for all tribes and insisting that the federal government honor existing treaty rights.   “We cannot go back in time,” he said, “but we also cannot forget who we are. We must work within the confines of today’s society—using the tools we have available—without losing sight of our ancestors, our traditions and our cultures.”   Chapoose’s concerns range from protecting health care and the Indian Child Welfare Act to preserving tribal lands and resources, including sacred sites and that most precious resource of all, water.   “We’re tied to the lands on which we’re born and raised,” he said. “They preserve our cultures, traditions and life ways for future generations. We must protect them, effectively manage them, and when and where necessary, develop them for the benefit of future generations.    “We also must take a leadership role in addressing climate change,” he added. “We were here first, and we’re still here. We have the knowledge and expertise to make America what it was supposed to be.”   Chapoose’s ties to NCAI run deep. Seventy-five years ago, Ute tribal leaders and other tribal leaders —including his grandfather— returned to Colorado, the Utes’ original homeland. Together, they formed NCAI in direct response to the threat of a U.S. policy seeking termination of their sovereignty.    “Because it originated in Utah, our tribe was on the front lines of the termination policy,” Chapoose said. “We can bring our extensive experience to the national level, so we can work together with all tribes to address these critical issues facing Native peoples today. It’s time for us to write the history.”   For up-to-date information, follow Chapoose on Facebook (facebook.com/shaunchapoose) and Twitter (@chapooseshaun). 

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NEXT WEEK in Albuquerque: Udall to Chair Indian Affairs Field Hearing, “America’s Nuclear Past: Examining the Effects of Radiation on Indian Country”

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - October 5, 2019 - 12:01am

Published October 5, 2019 

Will be joined by Reps. Luján, Haaland

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Next Monday, October 7, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, will chair an official Indian Affairs Committee oversight field hearing entitled “America’s Nuclear Past: Examining the Effects of Radiation on Indian Country” at the Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI). The committee will examine the unique history and legacy of the atomic age in Indian Country and discuss efforts to ensure that the federal government lives up to its obligations to compensate Native communities hurt by America’s Cold War activities, as well as clean up and properly maintain abandoned uranium mines and sites.

Udall will be joined by U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), as well as two panels of witnesses.

During the hearing, Udall will discuss his legislation to expand coverage of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) to cover victims in New Mexico and Indian Country, including the Post-1971 Uranium Workers and the Tularosa Downwinders. Udall has worked for years to expand the original RECA legislation.

Witnesses will include:


DAVID W. GRAY, Deputy Regional Administrator, Region 6, Environmental Protection Agency, Dallas, TX


PETER O’ KONSKI, Deputy Director, Office of Legacy Management, Department of Energy, Washington, D.C.

Dr. LORETTA CHRISTENSEN, Chief Medical Officer, Navajo Area, Indian Health Service, Window Rock, AZ


THE HONORABLE MICHAEL CHAVARRIA, Governor, Santa Clara Pueblo, Santa Clara Pueblo, NM

THE HONORABLE JONATHAN NEZ, President, Navajo Nation, Window Rock, AZ

RYAN RILEY, Council Representative, Laguna Pueblo, Laguna, NM

PHIL HARRISON, Advocate, Navajo Uranium Radiation Victims Committee, Shiprock, NM

TINA CORDOVA, Co-Founder, Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium, Albuquerque, NM

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Osage Nation to Co-host Drone Conference that Focuses on Public Safety

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - October 5, 2019 - 12:00am

Published October 5, 2019

TULSA, Okla. — Drones have proven to be effective to combat crime, help firefighters and assist with
search and rescue while keeping individuals out of harm’s way. As more and more law
enforcement agencies, first responders, and emergency management organizations use
Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or drones, the need for training and sharing best practices

“The integration of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems has significantly increased the safety of law enforcement personnel and the efficiency in which investigations are completed,” Matt Varney, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics agent in charge/sUAS program manager said.

A study by Bard College estimated 910 state and local police, sheriff, fire and emergency services agencies in the U.S. had drones in 2018, increasing more than 80% from the year before. That number is only expected to continue to rise this year.

The 2019 Public Safety Drone Conference will bring together experts for three days, November 5-7, 2019, in the field for demonstrations, presentations, industry panels and networking opportunities. Industry leaders, FAA experts and presenters from California, Colorado, D.C., Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas will take part. Day passes or full conference passes are available.

“Public safety uses for drone technology continue to grow.This conference will provide valuable information to help build and operate an effective program,” Mason Goode, Osage Nation Police Department officer said.

The conference is open to federal, state, local and tribal agencies, fire departments, emergency medical professionals, and disaster response and emergency management. Law enforcement officers licensed in the state of Oklahoma can receive up to 24 hours of mandatory continuing education credit by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training. Attendees from other states may seek reciprocal accreditation through their respective state’s training accreditation authority.

The event is presented in partnership with Osage Nation and Tulsa Community College.


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Candi Brings Plenty Joins ACLU as Indigenous Justice Organizer

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - October 5, 2019 - 12:00am

Candi Brings Plenty

Published October 5, 2019

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Candi Brings Plenty has joined the American Civil Liberties Union as the organization’s new indigenous justice organizer for South Dakota and North Dakota.

As indigenous justice organizer, Brings Plenty works to build the ACLU’s public education and advocacy programs through coalition-building, leadership development, communication, and lobbying and is responsible for advancing the ACLU’s civil liberties and civil rights campaigns in the two states.

“Candi’s commitment to social justice, along with her background and experience in advocacy and organizing, made her a natural fit for this position,” said Heather Smith, executive director of the ACLU of South Dakota. “The ACLU has wanted to expand its work on indigenous issues in the region for a long time. With Candi on board, our capacity to create change in is bigger than ever.”

The indigenous justice organizer is a new position for the ACLU of South Dakota, spurred on this year in part because the “riot boosting” bill Gov. Kristi Noem introduced and signed into law in the final days of the 2019 legislative session without consulting South Dakota’s nine tribes, many of whom have been vocal opponents of TC Energy’s Keystone XL pipeline.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit challenging the “riot boosting” act and two other South Dakota statutes that threaten activists who encourage or organize protests – particularly protests of the Keystone XL pipeline – with fines, civil liabilities, and/or criminal penalties of up to 25 years in prison. A federal court blocked enforcement of the unconstitutional provisions of several South Dakota laws in September.

But pipeline protests and free speech are not the only area Brings Plenty will focus on. She also will be working to strengthen voting accessibility to tribal communities as 2020 approaches, focusing on the long-lasting epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, and promoting Two Spirit inclusion, among other issues.

As a Lakota cultural practitioner and through her spiritual activism, Brings Plenty works to bring her medicine to the Oyaté and advocates especially for the empowerment and visibility of Two Spirit warriors to reclaim their walk of life in the sacred circle.

Prior to joining the ACLU of South Dakota, Brings Plenty was the campaign adviser and executive proxy for the tribal president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the executive director of the EQUI Institute, a trans and queer health clinic, in Portland, Ore. She also was the founder of the Two Spirit Nation and led the Two Spirit encampment at Standing Rock for 11 months during the peaceful prayer movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Brings Plenty graduated from Oglala Lakota College in Rapid City and earned graduate certificates in public and nonprofit management and public administration from Portland State University in Portland, Ore. Brings Plenty is an Oglala Lakota Sioux tribal member and a descendent of Crazy Horse’s Band. She grew up in the Black Hills and on the Pine Ridge Reservation and is deeply rooted in her Lakota culture, spirituality and language.

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Your Simple Insightful Guide On Buying Glasses

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - October 5, 2019 - 12:00am

Published October 5, 2019

Some of us may not like the idea of wearing glasses? We immediately resolute to contact lenses to escape the trauma of having to wear glasses.But glasses are actually quite great and can contribute to enhancing your facial features while simultaneously giving you a different look. There is no doubt that glasses offer so many benefits over contact lenses, especially when we consider the safety of wearing glasses over them. In today’s article we’ve provided you with a general guide on what to look for when purchasing glasses.

There are many places to go to when trying to find the right pair of glasses, but we recommend you go for Firmoo Optical. Firmoo Optical is an online eyeglasses store that was founded in 2009. They offer varieties of prescription eyewear to the public that are both high in quality and affordable.Firmoo makes glasses for everyone of all ages and gender – visit their website firmoo.com now to see what they have to offer. Below we’ve provided you with some tips on what to consider before you pick the glasses that will not only enhance your appearance but help you see properly as well.


The type of lenses you choose is very important when selecting glasses. Let’s look at some types of lenses you can opt for.

Glass Lenses

These lenses are made of glass, and they offer great optical quality, and they are scratch-resistant. On the flip side, glass lenses are heavier, easily breakable, and they may be hard to find in the market.

Plastic lenses Plastic lenses, as the name suggests, are made of plastic. These lenses are lightweight, economical and can be easily tinted. However, similar to glass lenses they don’t offer UV protection, they can be easily scratched, and they aren’t impact resistant. Polycarbonate lenses

Probably the best lenses for children and athletes to opt for, these lenses are impact-resistant, lightweight, and the least likely to break. On the other hand, they are expensive and can be scratched easily.

Trivex Lenses

These lenses are similar to polycarbonate lenses, and they too are great for athletes and children.  Trivex lenses are lightweight, impact-resistant, and offer 100% UV protection. However, they are easily scratched and expensive.

Aspheric Lenses

Aspheric lenses are the last on our list, and they are thinner, lightweight and give a flatter, and not curved appearance when compared to other lenses. These lenses also provide a more panoramic view and peripheral vision. On the downside, they are expensive.

Glasses Shape

Face shape is a major consideration when looking for the right shape of glasses to purchase. The shape of the glasses goes a long way in accentuating your overall facial features. Below is a brief guide to help you when selecting a frame for your glasses.

Oval Face Shape

If you have an oval face, you would have a slightly rounded forehead and chin, with fairly balanced proportions. Fortunately, almost all frame shapes will suit you, so you can be adventurous when choosing a frame. However, try going for glasses that are a little wider than the widest part of your face.

Heart-Shaped face

Heart-shaped faces are widest at the forehead, and they gently get narrower towards the chin. To enhance the natural wideness at the top half of your face, select frames that are a little wider than your forehead or have an exaggerated browline like a cat-eye or Club master-inspired style.

Rectangle Face Shape

Rectangular faces have a deeper forehead, longer nose, with a stronger jawline. People with this face shape should go for glasses with a strong brow line in a deep, square shape. Don’t go for rounded, softer frames that won’t make the most of your angular features.

Square Face Shape

Square shaped faces have the width and length of their faces in equal proportions. They also have a broad forehead and a strong jaw. In order to create more length in the face and to enhancethe strong features in this face shape, you should opt for narrower styles that are still angular in shape to complement your face.

Round Face Shape

Round faces are fairly short, with a wider forehead, full cheeks, rounded chin and softer jawline. It’s best to choose styles that will complement your softer features, so we suggest you go for rounder frames rather than angular frames.


There you have it – a short, but an insightful guide to help you with deciding which lenses and frames to select when you purchase glasses. Glasses don’t need to be expensive, choose what you like that will help you not only see properly but make your face stand out. You can choose a frame with a color that you prefer. Always ensure to choose a frame that complements your face shape and lenses that will benefit you in the long run.

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Ala. Tribe Proposes $275M Casino For Chicago Suburbs

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 4, 2019 - 5:37pm
A company that operates a growing number of casinos for an Alabama-based Native American tribe said it is seeking approval to build a $275 million casino in the Chicago suburbs, according to local news reports.

4 High Court Cases Enviro Attys Should Watch This Term

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 4, 2019 - 4:38pm
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to decide several important cases of interest to environmental attorneys this term, beginning with a hotly contested battle over whether the Clean Water Act covers pollution that travels through groundwater.

House Wants Voice In 9th Circ. Border Wall Funding Fight

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 4, 2019 - 4:20pm
The U.S. House of Representatives asked to participate in oral arguments in November when the Ninth Circuit takes on lawsuits over the Trump administration's attempt to use $2.5 billion of defense funds to build a wall along the southern border.

‘Joker’ review: Hold your breath, its a deep, anxious dive into an origin of sorts

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - October 4, 2019 - 4:14pm

#NativeNerd movie review: One of the years’ most highly anticipated films delivers a dark, grotesque story of DC’s most twisted criminal mind in ‘Joker’


Dear Indigenous teenager

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - October 4, 2019 - 4:03pm

Angelique EagleWoman's message for Native youth: The greatest gift from the Creator is the life we live. Make the most of who you are.


25 AGs Say Purdue, Sackler Suits Should Proceed In Ch. 11

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 4, 2019 - 3:46pm
A group of 25 attorneys general on Friday asked a New York state bankruptcy court to allow state suits to continue against opioid maker Purdue Pharma LP and its owners the Sackler family, arguing the suits will actually help speed resolution of Purdue’s Chapter 11 case.

Latest Update: AUPE Protests Bill 9

RADICAL CITIZEN MEDIA - October 4, 2019 - 3:28pm

Labour: AUPE Protests Bill 9 (October 3, 2019)

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School board hires police to patrol Saunders Secondary after racial tensions flare

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 4, 2019 - 3:21pm
Saunders secondary school

The Thames Valley District School Board will hire a police officer to patrol Saunders Secondary School next week after Indigenous students reported being taunted by others at the school this week.

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Native Judges Still Looking For Room On Federal Bench

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 4, 2019 - 2:27pm
Native Americans bring knowledge of Indian law and perspectives on their communities that are often sorely lacking among federal judges, but better connections to pipelines for judicial candidates and a stronger commitment to diversity are needed to improve their woeful rate of representation on the federal bench, experts say.

Urban Planet responds to request for removal of racial slur

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 4, 2019 - 2:21pm
urban planet

Clothing retailer Urban Planet has sent an apology to the Indigenous teacher in Moncton who requested the word "savage" be removed from the company's clothing.

Categories: CANADA

Yalitza Aparicio named UNESCO goodwill ambassador for Indigenous Peoples

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 4, 2019 - 2:04pm
Oscar Nominations - Actress

The United Nations' cultural agency UNESCO has appointed Yalitza Aparicio, Oscar nominee for Roma, as its goodwill ambassador for Indigenous Peoples.

Categories: CANADA

On day to honour MMIWG, Indigenous women reflect on national inquiry, Viens Commission

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 4, 2019 - 1:52pm
Rebecca Belmore

Indigenous Women, Embodiment and Sovereignty is a two-day symposium happening Friday and Saturday at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montreal.

Categories: CANADA

Bearing witness: Artist turns gathered objects into monument to residential school survivors

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 4, 2019 - 1:51pm
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Carey Newman and his team visited about 80 communities and spoke with more than 10,000 people, to collect stories and items for "The Witness Blanket".

Categories: CANADA

Calif. Tribe Urges Justices To Rebuff Ex-Employee's Petition

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 4, 2019 - 1:38pm
The Cedarville Rancheria of Northern Paiute Indians urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to reject a petition by the tribe's former administrator, saying her powerful position at the tribe gave the tribal court the right to hear claims she lost some $1.2 million of the tribe's money.

Hundreds march in Pictou Landing in support of Northern Pulp deadline

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 4, 2019 - 1:19pm
Pictou Landing Walk Together March

More than 300 people marched through Pictou Landing First Nation today, wearing red T-shirts, encouraging the provincial government to honour the closure deadline for Northern Pulp.

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