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Supreme Court dismisses First Nations' challenge against Trans Mountain pipeline

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - July 2, 2020 - 7:00am

The Supreme Court of Canada will not allow an appeal from a group of First Nations in B.C. looking to challenge the federal government's second approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

Categories: CANADA

N.W.T. entrepreneur wants to help communities build their own internet networks

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - July 2, 2020 - 7:00am
Lyle Fabian

Fabian’s company, KatloTech Communications, plans to build a broadband network that will run its first line of fibre optic cable from High Level, Alta., to Hay River, N.W.T., and then will eventually expand through the Dehcho region and parts of northern Alberta, British Columbia and Yukon. 

Categories: CANADA

Repairing Indigenous issues from a global perspective

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - July 2, 2020 - 7:00am

Model United Nations: Indigenous is a program giving high-school students experience and tools to advocate for human rights, and seeing ‘how influential you can be’


Enduring Indigenous Values and Finding New Ways to Tell Our Stories During This Time of Pandemic

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - July 2, 2020 - 6:28am

N. Bird Runningwater – Courtesy of the Sundance Film Festival

This is a guest column by N. Bird Runningwater (Cheyenne/Mescalero Apache), director, Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program.

This year the world changed in a way that many of us would never have dreamed possible. The Covid-19 pandemic has swept across the planet and has left none of us untouched. 

Our Indigenous nations, communities and families have been impacted — some more than others — by this new and devastating illness. It has left many people around the world frightened, consumed by sadness, and filled with deep uncertainty for the future, as seen in Finding Hope in Lockdown, directed by Indigenous Program alumna Erin Lau (Native Hawaiian).

Adjusting to a New “Normal”

What has this meant for us at Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program? Sundance, like all other arts and cultural organizations around the U.S., has had to adapt to another way of working in the midst of a “new normal” that has emerged. For the foreseeable future, we are unable to travel and present at film festivals, host community screenings and public programs in Native communities across the U.S., and organize workshops and labs that have always been held face-to-face with our program fellows, creative advisors and alumni. 

Because our Indigenous Program family resides in places — some very remote — around the world, we have had to make adjustments in our daily work lives and navigate new and creative ways to fulfill the Indigenous Program’s commitment to supporting Indigenous filmmakers and giving them several platforms to tell their own stories, including the annual Sundance Film Festival to filmmaking labs, fellowships and workshops.

Reflecting on What’s Most Important to us as Indigenous Peoples

During this time of lockdown and sheltering in place, we also have had time to reflect on what’s most important in our lives. Throughout time, we have found strength in our Indigenous traditions and values. Today, we are again drawing upon the ways of our ancestors and the knowledge passed down to us through generations to keep ourselves and our relatives protected and healthy.

We are all connected to one another. There is great resiliency among our Indigenous nations and peoples. We stand together, take care of and support our relatives and communities, and do what we can to stay safe. These simple yet powerful values, imprinted on our DNA for centuries, have helped us confront and cope with unimaginable realities, illness and many other hardships during the darkest of times. Even during this time of pandemic crisis we have been reminded to stand in solidarity with our Black relatives as the protests and national reckoning around racial justice have swelled. Our #IndigenousFilmcommunity stands with #BlackLivesMatter and joins in the fight against white supremacy.

Finding New Ways to Tell our Stories

Indigenous peoples have always been storytellers. During times of the greatest adversity, our ancestors continued to tell and pass down their stories to younger generations by whatever means they had — orally and later on paper. Today many of us communicate and share our stories in an ever-changing digital world. In the midst of present-day uncertainty, we continue to find inspiration and new ways to communicate with one another virtually and to tell our stories through a unique Indigenous lens. 

So, despite many facets of our everyday lives being turned upside down during this time of pandemic, what emerges is a different kind of opportunity for creativity to emerge and flourish. Social media and other digital platforms are continually being shaped and utilized in new ways by artists and storytellers not only to connect with one another but also to get our stories out into the world.

Our daily routines have changed. Our lives have altered in ways that may never again be what they once were. The way we work individually and as part of a team has changed. But throughout history, Indigenous peoples always have had to adapt to changing times.

Encouraging and Empowering Indigenous Filmmakers

We are finding out there is immense creative energy and vibrancy in the midst of this pandemic. This is an extremely challenging time for our Indigenous Program family. That’s why it’s so important for us to devise new and safe ways for us to continue coming together, to learn from one another, and to share our work. 

The Indigenous Program is committed to carving out safe and dynamic environments for creativity to flourish. We are constantly discovering new and exciting ways to encourage and empower Indigenous artists so they can continue the important work of making their films, telling their stories and, in the process, find hope, fortitude and healing during this time.

New Video Series Debuting Soon

Stay tuned. In the coming weeks, we’ll be kicking off a video series spotlighting Sundance Institute-supported Indigenous filmmakers and what they’ve been doing and creating over the past few months during the Covid-19 crisis. 

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Indian Country Headlines for July 2, 2020

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - July 2, 2020 - 4:01am

New CEO at Minnesota Indian Women’s Center; Rage control tips; Removal of conquistador symbols; Sexual assault survivors’ stories; Donated medical supplies to Alaska


Navajo Nation Reports 64 New COVID-19 Cases; Five More COVID-19 Related Deaths

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - July 2, 2020 - 12:00am

Roadblocks on the Navajo Nation to let tribal citizens the curfew will be enforced.

Published July 1, 2020

5,455 recoveries, 64 new cases, five more death reported as Nez-Lizer leads “Operation First of the Month” to help protect elders from COVID-19

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – On Wednesday, the Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 64 new COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and five more death. The total number of deaths is 369 as of Wednesday. Reports from all 12 health care facilities on and near the Navajo Nation indicate that approximately 5,455 individuals have recovered from COVID-19. 56,599 people have been tested for COVID-19. The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 7,613.

Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by Service Unit:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 1,956
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 662
  • Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 480
  • Gallup Service Unit: 1,280
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 1,079
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 1,228
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 656
  • Winslow Service Unit: 267

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

President Jonathan Nez, Vice President Myron Lizer, Division Directors, and staff members under the Nez-Lizer Administration were out in full force at Bashas’ Diné Market locations on Wednesday, for “Operation First of the Month” to help Navajo elders and to help provide a safer shopping experience to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Navajo Nation worked with Bashas’ to provide Navajo elders the chance to purchase essential items from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. when a vast majority of elders received monthly benefits.

“The Elderly Shopping Day helps to keep our elders safe and close to home while they shopped for their essential needs, such as groceries, household items, and livestock supplies. Having our elders shop locally reduces travel to border towns and decreased their risk of COVID-19 exposure. We need to consider every preventative measure to protect the well-being and health of our grandmothers and grandfathers,” said President Nez.

Informational booths were also hosted outside of the stores by the Navajo Nation Division of Economic Development, Navajo Department of Health, and Navajo Nation Shopping Enterprise.


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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Columbus hauled away in namesake Ohio city

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - July 1, 2020 - 9:46pm

Updated: Wisconsin community will decide the fate of a similar statue


Court: Administration's plan to divert money for wall ‘unlawful’

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - July 1, 2020 - 9:16pm

Border wall opponents hailed the decision as a 'critical step in upholding the checks and balances that are integral to our democracy'


Father of 8 was a gifted cook, jack-of-all-trades

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - July 1, 2020 - 8:47pm



Congress Extends PPP To August, Mulls 2nd Round Of Loans

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 1, 2020 - 5:55pm
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday to reopen the Paycheck Protection Program through Aug. 8, sending the Senate-approved measure to the president as lawmakers discuss a possible second round of forgivable loans.

Mont. Gov. Escapes Enviros' Yellowstone Bison Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 1, 2020 - 5:24pm
A Montana federal judge has let Montana Gov. Steve Bullock exit a suit brought by a conservation group claiming the state and federal governments mishandled Native American tribes' bison hunting on public land near Yellowstone National Park, finding that the governor is not a proper defendant in the dispute.

Matawa First Nations requesting additional funds to support students return to school in September

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - July 1, 2020 - 5:09pm
Matawa First Nations Management

The Matawa Chiefs Council said the core funding provided for the new school year will not be sufficient to ensure the safe return of students in September, according to a press release on Wednesday.

Categories: CANADA

Indigenous activists take to Halifax streets to call for government accountability

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - July 1, 2020 - 5:00pm
Indigenous rights rally

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Halifax  to rally for multiple causes on Wednesday, including Indigenous rights — which was highlighted by the 153-year anniversary of Canada's confederation.

Categories: CANADA

Colorado Sen. Floats Broadband Bill With $1B For Tribes

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 1, 2020 - 4:10pm
Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., on Tuesday introduced legislation to provide $1 billion to tribal governments and $30 billion to states that proponents say could boost competition and better service in parts of the country with limited broadband access. 

Chief raises concerns over heavily armed RCMP officers on Wet'suwet'en territory

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - July 1, 2020 - 4:04pm
RCMP officers patrol Wet’suwet’en smokehouse

A Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief is raising concerns about police presence at a smokehouse which is traditionally used to prepare food. RCMP officers with assault rifles were captured on camera patrolling the area on June 10 and June 18.

Categories: CANADA

Winners and losers (Hint it's DC's NFL team)

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - July 1, 2020 - 3:59pm

Washington's NFL team loses support after group of investors asks FedEx, Pepsi-Co and Nike, to terminate all business relationships with the team until the name is changed


California Legislation Would Encourage Schools, Parks, Libraries and other Public Institutions to Recognize Tribes as Traditional Stewards of the Land

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - July 1, 2020 - 3:33pm

The California Assembly has passed legislation that would encourage public institutions to recognize American Indians as the original stewards of the land. (Photo: Andre M / CC-BY-SA-3.0)

SACRAMENTO — Bipartisan legislation in the California Assembly would encourage the state’s public institutions to recognize Native American tribes as traditional stewards of the land where schools, parks, libraries or museums are located.  

The legislation would encourage such public institutions to present accurate historical information that concedes past wrongs and broadens cultural understanding by recognizing past tribal guardianship of lands where their facilities are located. 

Introduced in January by Assembly Member James C. Ramos (D-40th District), the Tribal Land Acknowledgement Act of 2021 (AB 1968) passed the California Assembly on June 8 by a rare 76-0 vote.  

A resident and immediate past Chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Ramos is the first American Indian elected to the California State Assembly and serves as the current chair for the Select Committee on Native American Affairs.  

Jame C. Ramos, 40th District, California Assembly

“Land acknowledgment also serves to remind us of Native history and treatment of the state’s original people,” Ramos said in a statement. “We cannot begin to remedy past injustices without acknowledging and educating ourselves about the forced removal of people from the lands where they lived and worked.”

More Native Americans live in California than any other state, and this legislation is the first effort to formally encourage land acknowledgment statewide.  Even so, California’s 109 federally recognized tribes today possess a fraction of the millions of acres they were promised in 18 treaties with the state and federal government that have not been honored. 

“California tribes today collectively possess only about seven percent of the territory they originally occupied,” Ramos said. “AB 1968 would encourage us all to consider the past and what it means to occupy lands that were initially and still are inhabited by Native Americans.” 

The legislation originated from multiple sources and discussions with California tribes including dialogue the Assembly member had with his own Serrano/Cahuilla tribe, according to Ramos’ Communications Director Maria Lopez.

In order to recognize past tribal guardianship of lands where facilities are located, the act encourages public educational, cultural, and recreational institutions to voluntarily adopt land acknowledgement processes through means such as printed statements, plaques, websites, and social media. 

“Curriculum is up to each entity, and we encourage them to place plaques or memorials, and all is voluntary,” said Lopez.

The Tribal Land Acknowledgment Act legislation was referred to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water and is awaiting review. The California State Legislature reconvenes from Summer Recess on July 13th.

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DOI Escapes Tribe Members' Suit Over Election Petition

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 1, 2020 - 2:33pm
A South Dakota federal judge has tossed a suit by Oglala Sioux Tribe citizens seeking more time from the U.S. Department of the Interior to set up an election to amend the tribe's constitution, saying the DOI wasn't under any obligation to extend the deadline to collect signatures needed to secure the vote.


NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - July 1, 2020 - 2:13pm

Paul McDaniels, Jr. Kiowa, Beadwork, ©2004

The Indian Arts and Crafts Board (IACB), an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior, was created by Congress to promote the economic development of American Indian and Alaska Natives (Indian) through the expansion of the Indian arts and crafts market.

A top priority of the IACB is the implementation and enforcement of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act (Act) of 1990, as amended, a truth-in-advertising law that provides criminal and civil penalties for marketing products as “Indian-made” when such products are not made by Indians, as defined by the Act.  The IACB also facilitates the participation of Indians in the expanding commercial market for Indian art and craftwork, and promotes economic development through educational seminars, special museum exhibitions, and other promotional endeavors like the online Source Directory of American Indian and Alaska Native Owned and Operated Arts and Crafts Businesses.  Furthermore, the IACB conducts consumer outreach through publications, Indian art and craft markets, and targeted media campaigns.


Under the Act, it is illegal to offer or display for sale, or sell, any art or craft product in a manner that falsely suggests it is Indian produced, an Indian product, or the product of a particular Indian tribe resident within the United States.

The Act covers all Indian and Indian-style art and craftwork produced after 1935.  Every art and craft product must be marketed truthfully regarding the Indian heritage and tribal affiliation of the producer so as not to mislead the consumer.


While the beauty, quality, and collectability of authentic Indian art and craftwork make each piece a unique reflection of our American heritage, it is important that buyers be aware that fraudulent Indian art and craftwork competes daily with authentic Indian art and craftwork in the nationwide marketplace.  The IACB receives and carefully evaluates all complaints of possible Act violations.  While some complaints are outside the scope of the Act, and the IACB administratively handles other Act complaints, additional Act complaints are referred to the appropriate law enforcement agency for further investigation and possible prosecution.  If you become aware of any market activity that you believe may be in violation of the Act, please contact the IACB with the relevant information, such as websites, photographs, suspicious advertising, receipts, business cards, etc.  Complaints may be filed online or by calling its toll free number below.


As part of its program to promote Indian art craftwork, the IACB produces the online Source Directory of American Indian and Alaska Native Owned and Operated Arts and Crafts Businesses.  There are approximately 400 businesses listed in the Source Directory. These businesses include Indian arts and crafts cooperatives and tribal arts and crafts enterprises; businesses and galleries privately owned and operated by individuals, designers, craftspeople, and artists who are enrolled members of federally recognized tribes; and a few nonprofit organizations, managed by enrolled members of federally recognized tribes, that develop and market art and craftwork.

Some of the businesses listed in the Source Directory maintain retail shops or open studios; others sell through the Internet, by appointment, or mail order only.  This information is provided in the listing, along with business hours, contact information, major products, catalog information, mail order, and special services offered.  Businesses are listed alphabetically by state.


To avoid purchasing counterfeit or misrepresented Indian art and craftwork, buy from a reputable dealer.  Ask the dealer for written verification that the item is authentic Indian art or craftwork.  The dealer should be able to provide you with this documentation.  Before buying Indian art and craftwork online, at powwows, annual fairs, and other events, check the website policy page or event vendor requirements regarding the authenticity of products being offered for sale.  Many events list the requirements online, in media advertisements, promotional flyers, and printed programs.  If the event organizers make no statements on compliance with the Act or on the authenticity of art and craftwork offered by participating vendors, you should obtain written verification from the individual vendors that their Indian art or craftwork was produced by tribal members or by certified Indian artisans.

Want to learn more?

To learn more about the IACB and its services to the public, please contact us:

Indian Arts and Crafts Board

U.S. Department of the Interior

Tel: 1-888-ART-FAKE or 1-888-278-3253

Web: www.doi.gov/iacb

Email: iacb@ios.doi.gov

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Detroit’s American Indian Services Closes Doors After Nearly 50 Years

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - July 1, 2020 - 2:12pm


“There is a lesson to be learned from all of this and the world needs to go in a different direction,”  says Fay Givens, who served as the executive director of the American Indian Services for more than two decades.  (Courtesy photo.)

DETROIT — For 27 years, Fay Givens (Choctaw/Cherokee) has walked the hallways of American Indian Services, Inc. (AIS), which provides health and wellness services, youth programs and other resources for the Urban Native population in metro Detroit.  

As one of only two executive directors in the organization’s 49-year history, Givens maintained a positive and supportive workplace with little employee turnover. Families utilized the organization’s services and participated in cultural events there for decades. 

Now, Givens must say goodbye to coworkers she’s known for over 20 years.

The Lincoln Park, Mich.-based nonprofit was already vulnerable from funding shortfalls before additional budget cuts and dwindling Medicaid funding appeared on the immediate horizon.  Despite the CARES Act and grassroots fundraising, the economic constraints of COVID-19 have taken its toll on AIS. 

After much discussion and assessment, Givens and the AIS board thought it best to suspend operations as of July 10, 2020.

“I’ve been blessed to do this every day for our people,” says Givens.

Amidst the need to its furlough employees, all ten AIS staff continue to come into the office to tie up loose ends. Since the start of the pandemic, every Wednesday the team would deliver medication, pickup supplies and make food deliveries to their more vulnerable clients.

“Our [Native] values are so good,” claims Givens. “What we value, we protect.”

Detroit’s Urban Native population equates to 30,000 people who identify as full or partial American Indian. AIS provides support to all 12 tribes in Michigan, especially the Sault St. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

According to Givens, 75% of Native people live in Detroit city limits and will be deeply affected by the closure.

While American Indian Health and Family Services will remain open in the city, AIS went beyond healthcare and acted more as a home away from home for many Natives in the area.   

AIS programs and resources include trauma-based therapy, after-school youth programs that focus on bi-cultural issues, food distribution to approximately 6,000 people, case management, a myriad of referral options, weekly fitness groups, and cultural activities.

Givens reminisces about past powwows and art shows, where AIS partnered with Wayne County to bring different communities together, including a mini-powwow at a local prison.

“[It] gave me inspiration,” says Givens. “It’s important to have avenues for [Native] art to be pursued and seen.”  

Recognizing the need for Native voices to be heard, especially in urban populations, Givens and her team would regularly advocate for Native rights by speaking annually with the United Nations, enforcing ICWA regulations and collaborating with other local organizations. 

Detroit priorities do not seem to align with Native concerns, and Native people are frequently excluded from diversity and inclusion conversations. Like many marginalized communities, Native people have to fight relentlessly to explain their perspective and history to seemingly deafen city officials and other authority figures.

“For 27 years, I’ve given Indian lessons,” says Givens about the adversarial relationship with the Detroit government. “They don’t care at all about us. They’ve done nothing. Red lives don’t matter a whole lot.”

According to Model D’s Metro Detroit’s cultural history, “the underrepresentation of Indigenous peoples in Detroit, especially contemporary inhabitants as opposed to historical groups, has allowed the narrative of Detroit’s Native Americans to focus far too much on the past, rather than current issues facing families in Detroit.”

Michigan has its own history of racial segregation, especially in Detroit. For the past 60 years, the city’s population has declined as more youth move away as the city combats urban decay, auto industry collapse, segregation and politics. 

In a 2018 US Census ACS Survey, Detroit’s population breakdown showed only the Native population at 0.34% or 2,285. Meanwhile, many Natives could also fall into categories like “Some Other Race” or “Two or More Races,” which only further obscure results and do not accurately represent numbers that affect city budgets. 

Demographic breakdown image from Detroit, Michigan Population 2020

Givens hasn’t lost faith and will continue to support the Native community to the best of her ability. She plans on remaining in Michigan with her three children and 12 grandchildren. Her love of art and culture may one day provide safe spaces for Native artists to develop and showcase their work.

“There is a lesson to be learned from all of this and the world needs to go in a different direction,” claims Givens.




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