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Holly T. Bird Joins Staff of Water Protector Legal Collective as Co-Executive Director

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - December 2, 2019 - 4:00pm

Holly T. Bird

Published December 2, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Holly T. Bird (San Felipe Pueblo/Apache/Yaqui/Perepucha) has been named co-executive director of the Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC). Previous to joining the staff as Co-Executive Director, Bird was honored to serve as the Civil Ground Coordinator for WPLC for the Standing Rock / Oceti Sakowin camp.

Prior to being named co-executive director, Bird has served on WPLC’s board, and continues to work as part of the civil legal team for the Dundon v. Kirchmeier litigation. Bird also maintains a private practice in Traverse City, Michigan, concentrating in matters of Native American, family, criminal, civil, probate, tribal cannabis/hemp, employment and business law.

In addition, she has served as an Associate Judge, Chief Judge, and currently, an Supreme Court Justice for several tribal courts. Bird also founded and serves as the executive director for the Michigan Water Protectors Legal Task Force, a project of the National Lawyers Guild. She has presented to the United Nations twice regarding the violations of Indigenous human rights.

A graduate of Michigan State University and DePaul University College of Law, she’s authored the publications: “Jumping Through Hoops: Traditional Healers and the Indian Health Care Act,” (1999) and “Making the Cross-Cultural Case; Educating the Judge about Race, Religion, and Ethnicity” (2004). After law school, Bird was a hearing officer for Chicago Public Schools, and was appointed as a guardian ad litem for the Cook County Public Guardian’s Office in 2000, where she represented hundreds of  children in the abuse/neglect system. Founder of the Illinois Native American Bar Association, she’s credited for using her advocacy to remove offensive sports mascots from several Illinois schools. A mediator, peacemaker, and the very first Native American arbitrator, Bird was awarded the prestigious American Arbitration Association’s Higginbotham Fellowship in 2013.

Bird also serves as a member of the Mindimooyenh Healing Society, a traditional Anishinaabek women’s society based in Northern Michigan. She resides in northern Michigan with her husband, Percy Bird (Grand Traverse Band Odawa), and their four children.

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FCC Cements Tribal Filing Window, Outreach Plan For 2.5 GHz

LAW360 (Native feed) - December 2, 2019 - 3:23pm
The Federal Communications Commission on Monday set a window of time for Native American tribes to claim spectrum licenses that are being temporarily reserved for them.

Navajo Landowners Say They Belong In NM Anti-Fracking Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - December 2, 2019 - 3:17pm
A group of Navajo landowners pressed a New Mexico federal court Friday to allow nearly 200 more tribe members to intervene in a challenge from environmental groups to the Bureau of Land Management's approval of more than 250 oil and gas drilling permits in the Mancos Shale.

RCMP to provide update on investigation into death of Cassidy Bernard

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - December 2, 2019 - 2:18pm
Cassidy Bernard

RCMP are planning to make an announcement Tuesday in relation to the death of Cassidy Bernard, who was found dead in her home on We'koqma'q First Nation in Cape Breton Oct. 24, 2018.

Categories: CANADA

9th Circ. Affirms IHS's Win In Navajo Man's Amputation Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - December 2, 2019 - 2:09pm
The Ninth Circuit has affirmed the dismissal of a suit accusing an Indian Health Service physician's assistant of negligently treating a Navajo Nation citizen, causing a partial foot amputation, saying the patient’s medical experts were not qualified.

Tribe Says Showtime Can't Bail On 'Billions' Defamation Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - December 2, 2019 - 1:20pm
The Cayuga Nation and a council member have urged a New York state judge not to toss their suit claiming Showtime's "Billions" defamed them, saying an episode trafficked in Native American stereotypes in its portrayal of a female character sharing the official's last name and tribal role.

Bison Star Naturals – 10% Off – 2019 December Deals

POWWOWS.COM - December 2, 2019 - 1:18pm

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Steve Bullock’s issue was tribal sovereignty … now he’s gone

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - December 2, 2019 - 1:10pm

Montana Governor Steve Bullock is ending his 2020 presidential campaign #NativeVote20


Monday, December 2, 2019

NATIONAL NATIVE NEWS (nativetimes.net) - December 2, 2019 - 12:28pm
Cheyenne and Arapaho people hold healing run marking anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre The Makah tribe in Washington seeks federal waiver to resume traditional whale hunt https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/nnn120219.mp3

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Chemical Maker Says 9th Circ. Gave Tribes Too Much Reach

LAW360 (Native feed) - December 2, 2019 - 11:47am
Chemical manufacturer FMC Corp. said that a recent Ninth Circuit panel decision requiring the company to pay $1.5 million in yearly permit fees to store hazardous waste on the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes’ reservation should be reheard en banc because it improperly expands the jurisdiction of tribal courts.

A National Day of Mourning for U.S. Indigenous

INDIANZ.COM - December 2, 2019 - 11:43am
The official proclamation of Thanksgiving, 16 years later, has its origins in slaughter, gore and carnage.

Trump creates panel on issue of missing, murdered indigenous women

INDIANZ.COM - December 2, 2019 - 11:37am
President Trump authorized creation of an eight-member panel to coordinate the federal response to the problem of murdered and missing indigenous women.

YES! Magazine: Native youth take care of their ancestral lands

INDIANZ.COM - December 2, 2019 - 11:23am
The Tribal Steward Program introduces young people to land conservation and restoration in Northwest tribal communities.

Having a good time on the Oprah Winfrey Show

INDIANZ.COM - December 2, 2019 - 11:00am
Suzan Shown Harjo, Michael Haney and I were seated in the small dining room in a hotel, waiting for a car to take us to the Oprah Winfrey Show.

A Thanksgiving Day memory – Those ‘derned’ Pilgrims

INDIANZ.COM - December 2, 2019 - 11:00am
Years ago, I moved from the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, the only home my children knew,, to the nation's capital.

'I don't feel safe around cops'

INDIANZ.COM - December 2, 2019 - 11:00am
The slap heard round the world, or at least Indian Country, has caused quite the commotion.

New Cherokee Health Center will transform health care for generations

INDIANZ.COM - December 2, 2019 - 10:51am
The largest tribal outpatient health facility is now open in the capital of the Cherokee Nation.

Community prepares to throw switch on solar farm 100% owned and operated by First Nation

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - December 2, 2019 - 9:05am
Tsilhqot'in solar farm

The chief of a small First Nations community in British Columbia's Interior says he expects the power to go on any day now for what will be among the first solar farm 100 per cent owned and operated by a First Nation in the province.

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First batch of recipients named for Order of Yukon

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - December 2, 2019 - 9:00am
Order of Yukon

Former commissioners, Indigenous elders, and land claim negotiators will be among the first recipients of the Order of Yukon.

Categories: CANADA

Diné College Hosts Elderly Appreciation Celebration

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - December 2, 2019 - 8:55am

Carmelita Litson wove her way through a throng of student and administrative helpers Wednesday as they talked and mingled with dozens of senior citizens gathered for the second annual Elder Appreciation Celebration.

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