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'Resilience and strength': Photos show the untold history of Indigenous people

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - November 10, 2019 - 6:52pm
Photo 1 from Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun by Paul Seesequasis

Paul Seesequasis has spent years collecting archival photos of Indigenous people that picture their resilience, strength and humour. He says this view is a mostly untold history of Indigenous people in Canada.

Categories: CANADA

Bison killing grounds 'was a shrine to us'

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - November 10, 2019 - 1:10pm

Coal company was not held accountable for desecrating bison site


Closing time at Navajo power plant

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - November 10, 2019 - 12:59pm

'As coal markets end ... we stand to benefit from the development of clean-energy projects'


Pot or not? Widespread confusion about what counts as hemp

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - November 10, 2019 - 11:44am

A drug bust that 'sure seemed like marijuana'


First Indigenous president calls for new elections in Bolivia

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - November 10, 2019 - 11:37am

Under pressure, Bolivian president calls for new election


Supreme Court takes up high-profile case over young immigrants

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - November 10, 2019 - 11:31am

Corporate leader: "Only legislation can bring a permanent sense of stability for all of these people"


'Everything is at stake' for older Dreamers

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - November 10, 2019 - 11:22am

Stakes are high over the 'elder Dreamers' who have children, careers, responsibilities


'This is what our people need': gathering an alternative to MMIWG national inquiry

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - November 10, 2019 - 9:46am
Mamawe! Mekowishwewin-Miyomachowin red dresses

Hundreds of people with one shared connection — a missing or murdered loved one — gathered in Regina over the weekend to share their stories, build connections and heal.

Categories: CANADA

'Like losing a loved one': Quebec dam renaming painful for some Cree

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - November 10, 2019 - 6:05am
Jamie Moses in 2005

This week, Hydro-Québec officials and Quebec premier François Legault announced the renaming of a dam and generating station in honour of former Quebec premier Bernard Landry. Some Cree leaders support the re-dedication, but for others, it is a painful reminder of all that development has cost.

Categories: CANADA

I grew up in youth protection. Now, I work to give the homeless the support I didn't get

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - November 10, 2019 - 6:00am
annie ste croix child

With an inquiry into Quebec’s youth protection system ongoing, Annie Ste-Croix tells her story of growing up in that system.

Categories: CANADA

Treaties in Ontario: what are they and what do they do?

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - November 10, 2019 - 4:00am
Treaty Medallion

Since 2016, Ontario has held Treaty Recognition Week in the first week of November to honour the importance of treaties and raise awareness about treaty rights and relationships.

Categories: CANADA

Cherokee Nation Unveils Preliminary Renderings of Cherokee Nation Veterans Cemetery

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - November 10, 2019 - 12:00am

Preliminary rendering of the Cherokee Nation Veterans Cemetery arbor.

Published November 10, 2019 

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. announced Friday that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has cleared the first phase of a Cherokee Nation Veterans Cemetery. Chief Hoskin made the announcement during the tribe’s annual Veterans Day Celebration in Tahlequah.

Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner unveil preliminary renderings of the Cherokee Natio Veterans Cemetery.

“It is my belief that not only do we need to honor and take care of our veterans while they are living, but we must also commit to caring for them when they are laid to rest. That is why I am honored to announce this new national veterans cemetery, which will be solemn ground where our veterans can be laid to rest,” Chief Hoskin said. “Thanks to the support of the Council of the Cherokee Nation and an initiative that began under the leadership of my predecessors, former Principal Chief Bill John Baker and former Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, who is also our new Secretary of Veterans Affairs, we are able to take another step in honoring our veterans who have sacrificed so much for their country and the Cherokee Nation.”

Under the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there is only one other national cemetery in the state of Oklahoma operated by a tribe.

“While there is still a lot of work the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center must do, including creating a process that will be used to take applications for this new veterans cemetery, it’s a blessing to know we have received initial approval from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to move forward,” said Secretary Crittenden. “The Cherokee Nation has always held our veterans in high regard and I believe this is one more way to honor them.”

Work on the cemetery is expected to begin in 2020 after the tribe has chosen a location and conducted an environmental assessment to ensure the site is suited to be used as a national cemetery.

Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. greets Vietnam veteran Charlie Crittenden at the Cherokee Nation Veterans Appreciation Day event.

The Cherokee Nation Veterans Cemetery would have the look and feel of other national cemeteries, such as those in Fort Gibson and Arlington.

“I can’t think of a better way to be interred,” Army veteran David Hall said. “This would be a central location for tribal members who are veterans. Without this cemetery, you would have Native veterans that are buried at other cemeteries, whereas the Cherokee Nation Veterans Cemetery would be a central location, which would be best.”

Chief Hoskin and Deputy Chief Warner unveiled preliminary renderings of the new cemetery during Friday’s event. Afterward, the tribe provided a meal for veterans. The ceremony also included a wreath-laying and musical performances.


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Graham Roland Finds Success on TV & Silver Screen

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - November 10, 2019 - 12:00am

Graham Roland

Published November 10, 2019

ADA, Okla. — Graham Roland returned to the Chickasaw Nation – his childhood summer home, where his Chickasaw roots remained – to share his story and spread a message during the Imanoli Creative Writers Conference in Ada.

Roland is a successful screenwriter, producer and Iraq War veteran who served in the United States Marine Corps.

His work has materialized in both television and cinema with shows like “Lost” and “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” and movies like “Mile 22.”

Roland’s message to Chickasaw writers, especially young ones, was this: “Embrace your story, whatever that story is. It is interesting. It is what makes you you. It doesn’t matter where you’re born. You’re just as talented and probably have more to say than most,” Roland said.

“There’s such a unique experience people are having here, and I think that’s where great art comes from, communities like this. Having stories inside you with life experience is invaluable. You already have that. Use it. Write about what you know, sing about what you know, paint about what you know, start there.”

He speaks from experience. Drawing from his own life’s story, he said, played a large role in landing his first Hollywood writing gig on “Lost.”

“I went into the Marines to, among other things, pay for college, get stories, meet interesting people, grow up,” Roland said. “All of those things happened. I wrote a screenplay I could not have written had I not gone to Iraq. It was the texture.”

After his time in the military, holding onto his enjoyment of storytelling, Roland set himself down the path to making a living with his writing. He said making the purposeful decision to do so was like flipping a switch. It transformed him into a professional, rather than someone who just enjoyed writing.

“I was a nobody, a complete unknown. And to be plucked out of that and put on ‘Lost’ was mind blowing,” Roland recalled. “The reason it happened was, out of all the pile of scripts they read trying to fill this one position in the writers’ room, mine stood out because I had lived it.”

He lends no credit to the idea his success is owed to being the best writer in the room. Instead, he believes his work stood out because it had the ring of truth. Not a magical piece of jewelry, but an echo of a life lived. He was looking back to his own experiences instead of trying to run from them, which gave him an extra edge, Roland said.

Writing what he knows

A large chunk of Roland’s filmography has tapped into his military experience – a sign he practices what he preaches in regard to good writing.

Considering future endeavors, he is looking to draw from an entirely different part of his background while maybe breaking a few Hollywood tropes along the way.

He recalled the first time he saw Native American representation in a movie where they were the good guys. It was the 1970 film “Little Big Man,” starring Dustin Hoffman. The movie “Dances with Wolves” is similar, but both suffer from what Roland explained is the same trope of a non-Native who comes in contact with a Native community, exploring what then happens.

“I’ve wanted to tell a Native American story for a long time,” Roland said. “I look forward and hope I’m able to tell a story that celebrates a Native American community without the white character coming into the story. Just having everyone, all of the heroes, be Native American. It’s always been on my mind.”

He might have the chance, if all goes well.

“This year I’ve been working with HBO to do a show about Native Americans. I don’t know if they’ll make it, but they’re interested enough to have me write a script,” he explained.

Chickasaw roots in Oklahoma soil

Roland was born and grew up in Ardmore, Oklahoma. He left with his mother to move to California when he was 8, but continued to spend summers back in Oklahoma with his father.

“I’ve always been tied to Oklahoma. The Oklahoma I remember is summertime, catching fireflies at night,” Roland said. “I think of tornadoes. I think of catfish. I think of the people. And I think of green. Where I’m at now everything is so brown.”

His Chickasaw ties were passed down from his great-grandmother through his grandmother and mother.

His great-grandmother, Caroline Milligan, who was full-blood Chickasaw and lived to be 107, would host big reunions, bring everybody in and cook a big pot of pashofa. He said he goes out of his way to eat pashofa when he visits Oklahoma.

His grandmother, Geneva Ducote, lives in Madill, Oklahoma, and used to work with Chickasaw children in the foster care program. She is a big part of what brings Roland back to Oklahoma as an adult.

“My dad passed recently. He was Choctaw,” Roland explained. “It just made me in general want to, you know… I didn’t want to lose connection. Geneva just turned 90 in May. She’s in good health. I’m trying to get those traditions and stories from her, learn what she went through and what her childhood was like. That became important to me.”

Family is one way Roland stays Chickasaw-connected. Another is giving back.

“I had benefited from the Chickasaw Nation. They gave me assistance for studies. If I got sick or got hurt, I’d go to the medical center. They took care of me, so I want to give something back,” Roland said.

Sharing his insight during the Imanoli Creative Writers Conference was one way he was able to give back. Summed up, his writing advice included: 1) Always learn, be an eternal student; 2) write every day; 3) build community, don’t be an island; 4) follow your passion, write about what you know; and 5) persevere, keep at it.

“If you want to do something, you have a great resource here in the Chickasaw Nation,” Roland said. “All Native Americans, Chickasaws included, have such a rich history in storytelling. There’s a lot of really creative talent in this community. They just need something to set them down the right path.”

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Construction in Indian Country Reconizes 2019 Outstanding Achievement Award Receipients

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - November 10, 2019 - 12:00am

Former Navajo Natioin President Dr. Peterson Zah

Published November 10, 2019

TEMPE, Ariz. — Recipients of the 2019 Outstanding Achievement Awards for individuals, companies, and construction projects in Indian Country that substantially contributed to the enhancement of Tribal communities, will be recognized at the Construction in Indian Country’s (CIIC) Achievement Awards Gala on November 7, at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Events Center.

CIIC and the 2019 National Conference are privileged to be a platform for recognizing “quality design and construction in the built environment” and appreciates all those who submitted nominations. The award categories include Community Enrichment; Design and Planning; Construction; and Lasting Impact:

Outstanding Community Enrichment Award, Souers Construction, Inc., Leon Shirley Architects & Navajo Housing Authority, “The Kayenta AZ12-050 Housing Project”

Souers Construction, Inc., Leon Shirley Architects and Navajo Housing Authority’s Kayenta AZ12-050 Project was selected for enriching the Kayenta Township community through the collaboration in design and construction process. The homes were fitted to homeowner and tenant needs by integrating Diné (Navajo) culture, family-oriented design, accommodating the Diné love of agriculture and strengthening relationship to the earth.

The Native Owned firms hired over 100 employees and provided training in certifiable safety classes. Employees were offered opportunities for continued education through personal growth, on-site training, safety and heavy equipment trainings and promotion opportunities.

Outstanding Design and Planning Award, Seven Generations Architecture + Engineering, “Gateway to the North”

The ‘Gateway to the North’ masterplan and conceptual design was selected for excellence in land development planning that exudes innovation, exceptional engineering, modernization, or sustainable construction design. The design intent was for a destination with venues for visitors, hikers & bikers, Casino seekers, Culture and Craft connoisseurs and more.

The 156 acre and heavily wooded property was coined as “A Beautiful Place Beneath the Trees” and was planned and positioned for potential development along several market sectors to support local tribally-owned economic development, vacation goers, and reflect the tribal heritage of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indian people.

Outstanding Construction Award, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Hotel & Casino, “Harrah’s Ak-Chin Hotel & Casino Expansion Project”

The Harrah’s Ak-Chin Hotel and Casino Expansion project was selected for enhancing the local community through innovative and artistic construction. Completed in December of 2018, the expansion was a monumental project for the Ak-Chin Indian Community, as it serves to preserve symbolic tribal heritage, strengthen sovereignty and provide the rising generation with greater opportunities for employment and education.

The expansion includes the addition of an 11-story concrete hotel tower, a luxurious spa, 20,460 SF of new gaming space, several food and beverage venues, a new multi-purpose event/banquet center, a 750-car parking garage, and a new bingo hall.

Lasting Impact Legacy Award, Peterson Zah

Peterson Zah, Former Navajo President and Chairman  of the Navajo Nation was selected for the lasting positive impact he’s made in tribal communities. He was central to increased Native American enrollment and retention and in creating the Native American Achievement Program which provides students scholarships, mentoring and advising.

Zah is a co-founder of the CIIC National Conference in response to how Indian gaming was driving construction in the Native American communities. He promoted the use of local labor and resources into the construction process and conflict resolution between tribal and non-tribal entities.

Zah served ASU as Special Advisor to the President on American Indian Affairs and a CIIC Industry Advisory Council member; a committee of individuals from Arizona and New Mexico Indian tribes partnered with the Del E. Webb School of Construction.

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Thirty years since Berlin Wall fell

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - November 9, 2019 - 6:31pm

Nov. 9 also marks anniversary of the so-called Night of Broken Glass, an anti-Jewish pogrom in 1938 that foreshadowed the Nazi's Holocaust


MMIWG advocate criticizes 'disheartening' decision to pull Winnipeg police from exploited persons task force

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - November 9, 2019 - 6:21pm
Hilda Anderson-Pyrz

An advocate for missing and murdered Indigenous people is questioning the recent announcement that Winnipeg police will be pulled from a task force assigned to cases involving vulnerable people, in order to focus on the city's recent spate of violent crime.

Categories: CANADA

Virginia's first 'Madam Speaker'

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - November 9, 2019 - 6:18pm

A 'tremendous honor' says Eileen Filler-Corn of Fairfax County


Texas justice? Questioning the death penalty

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - November 9, 2019 - 6:10pm

Will Texas governor halt the execution; family says consider the evidence


Voters reject ballot measure in Utah opposed by Navajos

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - November 9, 2019 - 5:42pm

Updated: Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and others called the measure an attempt to undermine Native American voices


Inuit craft fair allows artists to showcase their talent, sell directly to public

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - November 9, 2019 - 5:13pm
Gabriel Nuraki Koperqualuk

Sealskin earrings, ulu knives and digitally edited archival photos were among some of the art for sale at the craft fair put on by the Southern Quebec Inuit Association.

Categories: CANADA


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