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Homeless people explain decision to camp by CRAB Park as they prepare to fight port authority injunction

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 2, 2020 - 1:17pm
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Despite the promise of shelter, medical attention and access to a safe supply of drugs given to the residents of Oppenheimer Park, many chose instead to keep living on the streets. The camp by CRAB Park has grown steadily in size and currently has about 60 people.

Categories: CANADA

Tribes Ask For Quick Win In Puget Sound Fishing Dispute

LAW360 (Native feed) - June 2, 2020 - 12:49pm
Three Native American tribes have asked a Washington federal judge to stop the Lummi Nation from acting on its plans to begin winter crab fishing in their essential fishing territories north of Seattle in violation of a federal fishing plan, saying that the tribe has only recently decided to fish there after staying away for 45 years.

Michigan’s Gun Lake Tribe Issues $7.9 Million in Spring Revenue Sharing Payments with State and Local Governments

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - June 2, 2020 - 12:17pm

Michigan’s Gun Lake Casino, which reopens on June 8, issued more than $7.9 million to state and local governments.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — As it prepares to reopen the doors next week on its shuttered Gun Lake Casino, the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawtomi Indians announced that it shared more than $7.9 million of spring revenue sharing payments with state and local governments.  

The tribe, commonly referred to as the Gun Lake Tribe, said it distributed $4.4 million to the State of Michigan and $2.2 million to the local revenue sharing board. GLIMI, a tribally owned non-gaming economic development agency, received $1.3 million.  The revenue sharing payments are from electronic gaming revenues collected by the casino between Oct. 1, 2019 and March 30, 2020.  

“This is the most important revenue sharing distribution we have ever made because it comes at a time when all units of government are dealing with terrible financial impacts due to the global pandemic,” said Bob Peters, chairman of the Gun Lake Tribe.  

The next revenue sharing distribution for the April to October period will suffer a dramatic loss due to the casino closure and limited operations upon reopening, according to Peters. 

The casino voluntarily shut down on March 16 as the COVID-19 pandemic began to sweep through Michigan.  

Gun Lake Casino plans to reopen to the public on June 8, 2020.  The tribe said the casino will offer limited slot machines and table games to adhere to social distancing and other safety plans. The casino’s buffet restaurant and other non-gaming amenities will remain closed until further notice.  

The Gun Lake Tribe has shared more than $95 million with the State of Michigan, which directs the payments to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.  The MEDC uses the funds to make grants to businesses that invest in Michigan and create jobs. 

The Tribe’s state revenue-sharing payments are dependent on the continued preservation of exclusive gaming rights within its competitive market area, as defined by the tribal-state gaming compact, which also includes statewide expansion of certain lottery games.  The market area includes the cities of Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Lansing, as well as the entire counties of Kent, Kalamazoo and Ingham, among others.

Since 1994, Native American tribes operating casinos in Michigan have paid more than $497 million in revenue sharing payments to local units of government and revenue sharing boards, according to the state of Michigan.  

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

NATIONAL NATIVE NEWS (nativetimes.net) - June 2, 2020 - 12:12pm

The Native community gathers at a memorial site for George Floyd in Minneapolis for a jingle dress dance. (Screenshot-Women’s Indigenous Media)

Wind River reservation stays locked down as Wyoming restrictions eased Jingle dress dancers respond to call to dance in Minneapolis for healing https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/nnn060220.mp3

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The Navajo Nation Hit the Highest COVID-19 Infection Rate in the Country. What Does That Mean for Its Tribal College?

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - June 2, 2020 - 11:43am

Diné College – a Navajo tribal college serving more than 1,500 students across Arizona, New Mexico and Utah – has been busy weathering this crisis. Students and faculty alike were infected with the coronavirus during the spring semester. Now, summer enrollment is down roughly 25%.

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Night seven: More unrest, arrests, death and a president who says: 'Dominate the streets'

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - June 2, 2020 - 9:47am

In Nashville more than 60 National Guard members put down their riot shields at the request of peaceful protesters who had gathered in front of Tennessee's Capitol to honor George Floyd


White people have to step up to identify systemic racism in Canada, labour expert says

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 2, 2020 - 9:44am
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The burden of identifying systemic racism and oppression shouldn't fall on people of colour, says a Vancouver-based labour relations specialist, who adds white people need to also take responsibility.

Categories: CANADA

Say their names & tell their stories

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - June 2, 2020 - 9:29am

Protesters invoke different stories to decry police treatment


Two American Indian Congresswomen Stand in Solidarity with African American Community Following Killing of George Floyd

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - June 2, 2020 - 8:19am

Rep. Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo and Rep. Sharice Davids (Ho-Chunk)

Published June 2, 2020

WASHINGTON —  On Monday, the first two Native American women to serve in Congress, Congresswomen Sharice Davids (KS-03) and Deb Haaland (NM-01), released the following statement in solidarity with the African American community:

“We share in the heartbreak and pain felt by millions across the country in response to the killing of George Floyd, as well as the countless other Black Americans who have died at the hands of brutality and injustice in this country. We mourn for the lives lost, for the families grieving, and for every person who has been affected by the systemic, pervasive injustices across the United States.

“The pain our country feels is rooted in generations of institutional racism. We recognize that the anger in our communities is a sincere and justifiable reaction to the long-standing failure to reform those institutions–especially our criminal justice system. Even amid a global pandemic that is disproportionality impacting people of color, the circumstances are too much for many to bear silently or alone.

“It is inspiring to see people come together to stand up for each other and demand justice. At the same time, a very small minority are compounding this pain by resorting to further violence and destruction. As President Obama said today, ‘If we want our criminal justice system, and American society at large, to operate on a higher ethical code, then we have to model that code ourselves.’

“Though we will never know the experience of being Black in America, we know that Indian Country stands in solidarity with our Black brothers and sisters—committed to fighting for justice and channeling our frustration into meaningful action and change. Together we can build a more equitable and just society—one that lives up to the ideals we expect of our nation.”

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Tulalip Reservation was on Lockdown after Looting & Vandalism

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - June 2, 2020 - 8:15am

Quil Ceda Village was on lockdown on Sunday night. Courtesy photo.

Published June 2, 2020

TULALIP INDIAN RESERVATION — The Tulalip Indian Reservation in the state of Washington went on lockdown on Sunday night after the reservation was hit with looting and vandalism.

Tribal officials said the looting and vandalism came under the pretense of a Black Lives Matter protest in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death by excessive police force in Minneapolis.

Approximately 40 people showed up in Tulalip, Wash. in an attempt to loot and  vandalize businesses within the tribe’s Quil Ceda Village, which includes a Walmart, Cabela’s and a Home Depot. Several suspects were arrested for criminal trespass. Once police began to arrest suspected looters, others fled, according to a press release distributed Monday by the tribe. 

Tulalip citizens, community members, and law enforcement mobilized to meet the potential threat and closed down the parameters of Quil Ceda Village, along with the Tulalip Resort Casino and the Quil Ceda Creek Casino.

Tribal officials said property damage, rioting, and looting will not be tolerated; those who are responsible will be apprehended and booked into jail.

“Our community came together, and as we always do, shared wisdom, unity, and teachings. We stood in defense of our lands, along with our local law enforcement. The people who came to Tulalip last night were not here to change the system. This was an attempt to loot and only target the innocent. I do not understand why anyone would want to target Tulalip, a sovereign nation that has suffered generations of historical trauma,” Tulalip Chairwoman Teri Gobin said.

“We stand with George Floyd’s family and the families of every person who has been a victim of racial inequity and violence. Our people have lived through oppression; we know this pain. My heart breaks for anyone who has lost a loved one due to racial violence. His death did not need to happen, someone should have stopped it, and they should be held accountable. We raise our voice and drums in solidarity with you,” Gobin continued.

In addition to the Tulalip Tribal Police, the Snohomish County Sherriff’s and their SWAT team, Washington State Patrol, Everett Police Department, Stanwood Police Department, and Marysville Police Department assisted in Sunday’s lockdown.

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Native candidates adjust campaigns amidst COVID-19

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - June 2, 2020 - 7:49am

‘When you're having to use any sort of support mechanisms outside of face-to-face interactions with voters, it becomes a lot more expensive’ #NativeVote20


Ottawa's lack of co-operation over residential school claim records 'tragic,' says Murray Sinclair

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 2, 2020 - 4:00am
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Ongoing litigation over records from the residential schools compensation process undermines the federal government's reconciliation agenda and commitments made to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, according to Sen. Murray Sinclair, who chaired the commission.

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Our recovery from COVID-19 should be rooted in reconciliation

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 2, 2020 - 4:00am
Kiersten McLeod Stanley Mission

We are living in the middle of a story we will tell for decades to come. In telling this story we may be asked, “and then what happened?” I hope I’ll be able to say that we chose a recovery rooted in reconciliation. I’m working hard to make that a reality. I hope you will too.

Categories: CANADA

The Latest: Police say 4 officers shot in St. Louis protests

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - June 2, 2020 - 3:42am

The officers were taken to a hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, authorities say



NATIVE KNOT - June 2, 2020 - 1:00am

Navajo Gaming prepares to reopen all four of its properties by mid-June, including deep cleaning and sanitization of each property: Twin Arrows Casino Resort in Flagstaff, AZ; Fire Rock Casino in Church Rock, NM; Northern Edge Casino in Upper Fruitland, NM and Flowing Water in Hogback, NM.

During the temporary closure, all Navajo Gaming properties undertook deep biohazard cleaning and sanitization processes to significantly reduce the risk of human exposure to known contractible viruses such as COVID-19.  Over the past 50 years, these processes continue to be perfected and have proven to significantly reduce the risk of exposure to biohazardous material. Cleaning processes include: a) cold fogging with a commercial-hospital grade sanitizer and electrostatic device; b) sanitization of all areas, including high contact areas of human skin, saliva or mucus discharge (even from breathing). Additionally, Ozone gas is used as an effective method in some areas where environmental control is required, such as in IT equipment zones.

Electrostatic spraying is an application of a Bioesque fog layer from floor to ceiling in every room. Virtually every surface in every room is sanitized, disinfected and wiped down, including surfaces most likely to have been touched, sneezed on or breathed on, as well as furniture, fixtures, equipment, chairs, handles, cords, wall sockets, control switches, counter and desktops, windows, windowsills, computer desktops, laptops, screens, keyboards, calculators, shelves, books, hand rails, sinks, toilets and partitions, to name a few,

"These processes are promulgated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as well as the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, a nonprofit educational society, whose goal is to train and certify cleaning professionals. Premier Property Restoration Services Incorporated has been trained and certified in cleaning methods with over a decade in experience," stated Thane C. Caird, Owner, Premier Property Restoration Services Inc. who is partnering with Navajo Gaming on this critical process.

"Since our closure March 17, our executive team members and the Board of Directors have worked very closely with Navajo Nation Leadership, adhering to all executive orders issued by the Office of the President and Vice President," shared Interim CEO Brian Parrish. We continue to monitor this pandemic and follow all protocols set forth by the Navajo Nation Department of Health and U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention," Parrish added.
Each property has implemented a pre-opening plan that includes, but is not limited to, the following countermeasures:

·       Issuance of personal protective equipment (PPE) to patrons and team members. Team members will be required to wear masks during the duration of scheduled shifts. Patrons will not be required to wear masks but are encouraged to do so during their visit to each property.

·       All team members will receive comprehensive training on infections, disease prevention and mitigation of the spread of COVID-19 as they return to work.

·       Physical distancing on casino floor, food and beverage locations, as well as other high traffic areas. Each property will open at 50 percent capacity and a 6 feet social distancing requirement throughout the facilities. Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, signage and placards will be in place with information on social distancing, sanitation stations, handwashing and other precautionary procedures as indicated.

·       Independent Healthcare Service Providers will conduct temperature readings with an infrared device that does not require physical contact.  Patrons and team members with temperatures of 100.4 or higher will not be allowed to enter.  Patrons will be asked to use hand sanitizer before they enter.

·       There will be one entrance for patrons and one entrance for team members.

·       Buffets, self-service food and beverage stations will be closed until it is prudent to reopen these amenities.

·       Deep cleaning of properties will occur during the hours of 2 p.m. to 6 a.m. on a daily basis. High-touch and high traffic areas will be cleaned continuously utilizing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
"Within the next two weeks, we hope to have all our team members returning back to work in a sterile clean environment with training on the use of PPEs and COVID-19 mitigation protocols according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines," stated Quincy Natay, Chairman, Board of Directors Navajo Gaming.

Navajo Gaming is one of many Navajo Nation-owned and operated enterprises that is charged with the mission of creating jobs, increasing revenues and stimulating incremental economic development. To learn more visit www.NavajoGaming.com<http://www.NavajoGaming.com>

For the latest news and information visit Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprises' website: www.navajogaming.com<http://www.navajogaming.com> and Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/NavajoNationGamingEnterprise/> page.

Stay safe, stay healthy and stay connected!
Please be polite by wearing your coolest mask.
Ahéhee' (Thank You)



NATIVE KNOT - June 2, 2020 - 1:00am

In a move to strategically align its operations with evolving customer preferences and technology, Vast Bank, N.A. (“Vast Bank”) has entered into definitive agreements with Armstrong Bank and Oklahoma State Bank under which Vast Bank will divest six of its branch locations.

Armstrong Bank, headquartered in Muskogee, Oklahoma, will acquire certain assets and deposits associated with the Catoosa, Collinsville, Oologah, and Owasso branch locations of Vast Bank. Oklahoma State Bank, headquartered in Vinita, Oklahoma, will acquire certain assets and deposits associated with the Langley and Ketchum branch locations of Vast Bank.

“We are very pleased to expand our footprint in Oklahoma,” said CEO of Armstrong Bank, Billy Taylor. “As a family-owned community bank established in 1909, we are honored to bring our unwavering integrity, exceptional customer service, and access to innovative financial products to the communities of Owasso, Collinsville, Catoosa, and Oolagah.”

“The Langley and Ketchum locations will strengthen our commitment to provide a strong loan and deposit base to the South Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees market,” said Heath Hartley, CEO of Oklahoma State Bank. “Additionally, we are delighted to welcome the Vast employees to the OSB family, as they continue providing exceptional products and customer service to the community they serve.”

The closing of the respective transactions is expected to occur in September 2020, subject to the parties’ receipt of required regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. The customers of these branches will receive additional information regarding the transaction in the near future. All other Vast Bank locations will remain unchanged and under the same ownership of the Biolchini family.

“Vast Bank has been forging a new path over the last several years to provide the best service possible to our customers in a rapidly changing world where consumer preferences and technology are both evolving quickly,” said Vast Bank President and CEO Brad Scrivner. “We have made the promise to understand customers deeply, build authentic relationships and embrace constant improvement. Our commitment remains to be a market-leading bank that leverages top-notch customer service with the best of modern technology.”

Vast Bank remains committed to the innovative people who make this community such a vibrant place to live and work. They plan to continue offering experiences that are relevant, convenient, comprehensive and secure in order
to make banking surprisingly easy. Vast Bank will host the postponed grand opening of its new downtown Tulsa headquarters in fall 2020.


Tear gas, threats for protesters before Trump visits church

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - June 2, 2020 - 12:54am

'I am your president of law and order and an ally of all peaceful protesters,' Trump declared, before demanding that governors across the nation deploy the National Guard 'in sufficient numbers that we dominate the streets'


Navajo Nation Adds 131 New COVID-19 Cases; Death Toll Stands at 248

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - June 2, 2020 - 12:45am

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez meeting with medical staff.

1,920 recoveries reported

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. The Navajo Department of Health in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service reported 131 new cases of COVID-19 for the Navajo Nation. The total number of deaths has reached 248 as of Monday. Preliminary reports from nine health care facilities indicate that approximately 1,920 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, with more reports still pending. The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation has reached 5,479.

Navajo Nation cases by Service Unit:

  •  Chinle Service Unit: 1,415
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 534
  • Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 292
  • Gallup Service Unit: 922
  •  Kayenta Service Unit: 828
  • Shiprock Service Unit: 894
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 460
  • Winslow Service Unit: 103

*31 residences are not specific enough to place them accurately in a Service Unit

“The number of cases and recoveries illustrates that we are still fighting the battle against COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation. Today is also Navajo Nation Treaty Day, which recognizes and honors the strength and resiliency of our ancestors and past leaders.  We have to remind ourselves that we can overcome this hardship by working and praying together. We ask our citizens to continue to practice safety measures, such as washing our hands, wearing our face masks, maintaining a distance of six feet from others, and obeying all public health orders. Please take care of one another,” Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said on Monday evening.

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 primary Navajo Health Command Operations Center, please call (928) 871-7014.


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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'Start by changing your team name': Inuk MP responds to Edmonton Eskimos post referencing racism

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 1, 2020 - 8:46pm
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A social media post by the Edmonton Eskimos referencing racism drew criticism over the weekend given the ongoing controversy over the team's name, which is widely considered a racial slur.

Categories: CANADA

‘President of law & order' calls for military response to protests

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - June 1, 2020 - 7:39pm

Updated: The president says he'll mobilize 'thousands and thousands' of soldiers to keep the peace if governors don't use the National Guard to shut down the protests



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