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Event brings communities together to celebrate partnership of local treaties

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 15, 2019 - 8:15pm
We Are All Treaty People

While the third annual We Are All Treaty People event centred around music, art and food, one of its organizers said he hopes it also helped non-Indigenous people better understand their role in reconciliation.

Categories: CANADA

First Nations medical centre to receive more than $2M in funding from health ministry

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 15, 2019 - 5:36pm
Lu'ma medical centre

The B.C. Ministry of Health and the First Nations Health Authority will provide more than $2 million to expand a medical centre focused on the health needs of urban Indigenous people in Vancouver.

Categories: CANADA

3 Ways DOJ Is Working To Improve Justice In Indian Country

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 15, 2019 - 4:02pm
As both a federal prosecutor and a member of the Choctaw Nation, I am proud of the U.S. Department of Justice's current efforts to address crime in Indian Country while respecting tribal sovereignty, says Trent Shores, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

Reservation Residents Face Long Road To Justice

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 15, 2019 - 4:02pm
Many cases from Native American reservations end up in federal court, which means indigenous victims, defendants and witnesses travel for hours to testify before jurors who have nothing to do with the community where a crime took place.

NARF’s Echohawk On Protecting Tribal Rights

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 15, 2019 - 4:02pm
Almost half a century after helping to found the Native American Rights Fund in 1971 as a young lawyer, John E. Echohawk is still working to advance the rights of Native Americans and Native tribes.

The Court Cases Shaping The Future Of Tribal Jurisdiction

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 15, 2019 - 4:02pm
Congress and the courts have not only chipped away at the judicial sovereignty rights of tribal governments, they've created a dizzying jurisdictional tangle. Cases now working their way up the courts could make it worse.

Can Deputization Pacts Ease Tribes’ Jurisdiction Woes?

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 15, 2019 - 4:02pm
Tribal communities looking to provide public safety despite a tangled jurisdictional framework have sometimes relied on cross-deputization agreements with county sheriffs, which experts say can be a big help. But they don’t work everywhere.

What matters to Indigenous voters in Manitoba?

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 15, 2019 - 12:48pm
La Salle powwow

At a powwow in La Salle, Man. Saturday, CBC News asked what the key issues are for Indigenous voters as they prepare to cast their ballot next month.

Categories: CANADA

After the Gold Rush: 160 years later, Barkerville includes First Nations' stories at living museum

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 15, 2019 - 10:00am
Mike Retasket 2

For the first time, a First Nations interpreter at Barkerville Historic Town and Park is sharing a First Nations' perspective of the Cariboo Gold Rush to tens of thousands of tourists at B.C.'s biggest living history museum.

Categories: CANADA

Former Muscogee (Creek) Nation Chief Pleads Guilty to Bribery Charge

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - September 15, 2019 - 9:10am

Former Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief George P. Tiger

Published September 15, 2019

TULSA, Okla. — George P. Tiger, the former principal chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, pleaded guilty Friday to one count of bribery of accepting $61,900 while serving as chairman of the Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town Economic Development Authority Board.

Tiger faces up to 37 months in federal prison.

In court on Friday, Tiger admitted accepting more than one bribe from Aaron Dewayne Terry Terry, who held various management and control positions in companies owned by the Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town, a 350 member tribe, located in Wetumka, Oklahoma.

“Mr. Tiger took advantage of the position of trust he had been given by the people of the Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town,” U.S. Attorney Brian J. Kuester commented. “Instead of acting in the best interests of those he was appointed to serve Tiger sought out and received unlawful profit for himself.”

Tiger won election to the principal chief position of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in 2011, but was defeated by James Floyd, who is not seeking another term this year. Tiger is currently running for the position. While Muscogee (Creek) Nation prohibits felons from serving in elected offices, Tiger name will still remain on the ballot for the nation’s primary election set for September 21.



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Family continues search for missing Manitoba man, 1 year after disappearance

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 15, 2019 - 7:00am
Dwayne Lavallee

Kelly Lavallee says all she wants is closure and to bring her son home. 

Categories: CANADA

Keepers of the Language: Inuktitut helps host stay in touch with his roots

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 15, 2019 - 5:00am
Qavavao Peter

Qavavao Peter, host of CBC Nunavut's morning radio program Qulliq, is a man between two worlds.

Categories: CANADA

In Indian Country, A ‘Maze Of Injustice’ Persists For Women

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 15, 2019 - 4:02am
Violence against Native American women in the United States is at epidemic levels, but tribes can be hamstrung in their ability to confront the problem. While changes to federal law in 2013 represented a step forward for tribes, many are still waiting for a fix.

How Georgina Island First Nation took back control of lands and resources

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 15, 2019 - 4:00am
Sylvia McCue

Almost 20 years ago, after decades under the Indian Act's land management regime, Georgina Island First Nation took back control of its own land and natural resources through the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management.

Categories: CANADA

Navajo Nation Vice President Lizer Advocates for Navajo Children & Families at the 2019 First Things First Tribal Consultation

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - September 15, 2019 - 12:02am

Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer and First Things First Navajo Nation Region representatives during the 2019 First Things First Tribal Consultation in Phoenix, Ariz. on Sept. 12, 2019.

Published September 15, 2019

PHOENIX  — On Thursday, Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer was joined by the First Things First Navajo Nation Regional Director Memarie Tsosie and First Things First Navajo Nation Region Partnership Council member Yvonne Kee-Billison, during the 2019 First Things First Tribal Consultation in Phoenix, Ariz. to advocate for healthy development and learning for young children and the strengthening of families on the Navajo Nation.

Since 2006, the First Things First Navajo Nation Region has been designated to serve as one of the critical partners in creating a family-centered, comprehensive, collaborative, and high-quality early childhood system that supports the development, health, and early education of Navajo children from birth to age of five. Approximately 10,900 children within the First Things First Navajo Nation Region are under the age of six.

“Healthy development in the early childhood years provides the building blocks for educational achievement, responsible and disciplined citizenship, lifelong wellbeing, strong kinship and self-identity, and successful parenting of the next generation. As leaders we need to ensure our young children and families have the resources and services to achieve a strong foundation of development, learning, family and cultural values, and love,” said Vice President Lizer.

The tribal consultation allows First Things First to improve the government-to-government relationship with Arizona’s 22 federally recognized tribes, and enables the tribes to advocate for early childhood development and health services and policies.

During the consultation, Vice President Lizer spoke of the need for more culturally appropriate education and professional development for early childhood professionals on the Navajo Nation. Currently, the First Things First Navajo Nation Region provides professional development in partnership with Northland Pioneer College and the Navajo Nation Child Care and Development Fund program, however, more educational programs are needed, especially in rural communities, he added.

According to the Regional Director Memarie Tsosie, accessibility to education and professional development for early childhood professionals is challenging due to the lack of adequate telecommunications and transportation. Moreover, only one of the Nation’s tribal universities, Navajo Technical University, offers a bachelor of arts in early childhood education program.

Recommendations to the First Things First board members included the creation of early childhood education programs and institutions in rural tribal communities and to hold an inter-tribal early childhood summit to begin addressing issues and concerns discussed at the session.

The Office of the President and Vice President recognizes early childhood development is key to ensuring the social and emotional health of Navajo children and families. First Lady Phefelia Nez was also recently recommended to serve on the First Things First Navajo Nation Region Partnership Council.

Other tribes present at the session included the Hualapai Tribe, White Mountain Apache Tribe, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Havasupai Tribe, Ak-Chin Indian Community, Hopi Tribe, and Gila River Indian Community.

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Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Scholarship Dinner and Auction Raised $354,458 for Student Success

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - September 15, 2019 - 12:00am

AIA Director of Institutional Advancement Danyelle Means, along with some of the volunteers from the event. Photo by Eric Davis.

Published September 15, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. — IAIA Director of Institutional Advancement Danyelle Means (Oglala Lakota), has announced that the IAIA Annual Scholarship Dinner and Auction, held on August 14, 2019, raised at least $354,458 for critically needed scholarship funds that assist IAIA students in reaching their academic and artistic goals. These funds will support 209 students, with the school awarding 520 scholarships this Fall.

The Office of Institutional Advancement (OIA) honored students, staff, and faculty volunteers with a Thank You party on September 4, 2017. Danyelle Means   thanked all for their assistance at the Dinner. Several students remarked on their experience and the rewards of giving back to the school that has done so much for them.

People who contributed works and/or experiences to the auctions at the Dinner included Representative Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo), Amangiri Resort,    Tommy Orange (Cheyenne/Arapaho) ’16,  Keri Ataumbi (Kiowa) ’96 & Atumn Borts-Medlock (Santa Clara Pueblo), Gregory Lomayesva (Hispanic/Hopi), George Alexander (Muscogee[Creek}) ’16, Patricia Michaels (Taos Pueblo) ’89, Cara Romero  (Chemehuevi) ’05, Diego Romero (Cochiti Pueblo) ’86, Rose B Simpson (Santa Clara Pueblo) ’07 and ’18, Jeff Kahm (Plains Cree) ’92, Jody Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo) ’90, Tania Larsson (Gwich’in) ’17, Kevin Red Star (Crow) ’65, Dale Chihuly, Glenda Loretto (Jemez Pueblo) ’93, and more.

Lead sponsors for the event included the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians. Additional sponsors included Stagecoach Foundation and Walt Disney Imagineering.

Director of Institutional Advancement Danyelle Means commented: “Every year the generosity of those who attend our Scholarship Dinner and Auction amazes me. From our volunteers, students, and alumni who donated their artworks — to the sponsors and attendees who came and generously gave, we are grateful. Thank you for another stellar year!”.

To arrange an interview with Danyelle Means, please contact Eric Davis at 505.424.2351, or eric.davis@iaia.edu.

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Ranchers Appear to Win Battle over Drought Relief Funds

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - September 15, 2019 - 12:00am

Navajo Times | Cindy Yurth
About 50 ranchers listen to Resources and Development Committee Chairman Rickie Nez during a meeting about drought insurance Monday at the Navajo Engineering and Construction Authority office in Shiprock. The committee agreed to facilitate a meeting with the executive branch to help the ranchers work out a conflict with the Navajo Nation Department of Agriculture that was preventing them from getting individual compensation for forage and livestock loss due to drought.

Published September 15, 2019

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — With just days to spare until the deadline to roll over their drought compensation applications, Northern Agency ranchers appear to have won their battle with the tribe over federal drought relief funds.

In a meeting Monday in Shiprock with the Navajo Nation Council’s Resources and Development Committee, which also included representatives of the Navajo Department of Agriculture, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Navajo Land Department, the ranchers reiterated their request that the Nation withdraw its application for drought insurance under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency so the ranchers could individually claim the acreage under the Farm Service Agency’s Livestock Forage Disaster Program.

Ferdinand Notah, representing the agriculture department, continued to maintain that lumping the tribal trust land in New Mexico under one umbrella would result in a program that could help all ranchers and farmers — even ones who hadn’t applied for the FSA benefits — while the ranchers said they hadn’t seen any help from the department yet and preferred to apply on their own.

Under instruction from Natural Resources Division Director Rudy Shebala, the ag department had attempted to address the ranchers’ concerns in an Aug. 20 letter to the FSA asking that the agency compensate the ranchers directly as “sub-units” of the tribe, while also leaving the tribe free to apply for drought insurance. But Ernest Diswood, representing the ranchers, said that’s not what they wanted.

“When we had talked to Dr. Shebala earlier, that’s not what we agreed to,” he said. “We agreed that Dr. Shebala would write a letter asking to return benefits to the grazing permit holders, waive the (late) fee or the Navajo Nation would pay the fee, and we would receive rollover certification for September.”

Sept. 15 — this coming Sunday — is the deadline for the current year applications to “roll over” for next year. Meanwhile, the FSA has deferred compensation until the tribe and the individual ranchers can work out their dispute. The Aug. 20 letter, Diswood said, is problematic because it doesn’t resolve the issue of the tribe and the permittees “double dipping” for the same acreage — which is the reason many of the permittees were denied benefits this year.

He also argued, as he had in the past, that the Navajo Nation has no losses from the drought and nothing to insure because it doesn’t run cattle on the land as the producers do. Notah countered that under the drought insurance program, which is separate from the FSA program, acres of land are insured rather than cattle, and the grazing permittees don’t have any acreage.

According to Diswood, the FSA calculates “virtual acres” based on the number of cattle allowed under each grazing permit in order to award compensation.

Representatives from the Farm Services Agency had been invited to the Monday meeting to clear up some of the confusion, but did not show up. RDC Chairman Rickie Nez said they had told him the agency had a mandatory meeting in Albuquerque the same day.

Former Agriculture Department manager John Blueyes argued the ranchers’ rights under Fundamental Law had been violated because they were not consulted when the tribe applied for drought insurance on their behalf. “Deadlines have come. Deadlines have gone. That bothers these people,” Blueyes said. “What more do we have to lose? We need to make amends.”

While Blueyes said the matter could be resolved administratively, RDC’s legislative counsel Shammie Begay said that’s not true, because the decision to purchase the drought insurance was enacted by legislation, which would have to be repealed.

Nez noted the ranchers could simply lobby President Jonathan Nez not to sign the drought insurance application when it comes due in November, but Diswood later said the ranchers have no problem with the tribe applying for the insurance as long as they leave the grazing permittees’ areas out of it.

Harold Dodge, grazing official for Nenahnezad Chapter, argued the tribe doesn’t even have a map of the area it’s claiming, or at least they aren’t showing it to the ranchers.

“I kept asking for maps — to this day I haven’t got one,” he said. “One-hundred, fifty-five thousand acres … we don’t even know where it’s at exactly.”

Notah said the acreage is claimed under “weather grids” used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The precipitation is recorded for the various weather grids and the awards are made according to how much rainfall each area got.

Notah said the ag department has been in “constant contact” with the USDA, FSA, RMA and Natural Resource Conservation Service and has been waiting for a “comprehensive work session” to “get into the details” of the various programs.

But Elouise Brown, grazing committee representative for Tsé Alnaozt’I’I, said the ranchers need help now. “Ashoodi, ashoodi, ashoodi, let’s get this resolved today,” she pleaded.

Committee member Kee Allen Begay agreed, noting the Sept. 15 rollover deadline. “Let’s set another meeting as soon as possible,” he said, adding that the committee could go to the FSA’s office in Albuquerque if it had to.

The committee voted unanimously to meet with the president Tuesday and apprise him of the situation. According to Diswood, the president did not show up at that meeting, but Shebala did.

“The meeting was very positive,” he said, noting that Shebala agreed to allow the ranchers to draft a letter to the FSA making their requests, and that Shebala would sign it. They would then meet with the FSA on Friday, hopefully resolving the matter before the Sunday deadline.

Diswood said the controversy has been beneficial in getting the ranchers together to present a united front, which they can continue to build on with other issues. “I think this may be the eve of a change in the way the tribe approaches issues related to land,” he said. Shebala did not return a phone call to confirm Diswood’s account of the meeting.

Editor’s Note: This article was first published by the Navajo Times. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

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What is the Role of Professional Transcription in Various Industries?

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - September 15, 2019 - 12:00am

Published September 15, 2019

If you work in transcription, then you’ll have a lot of different career opportunities to explore. Some of which can be found below.

Transcribing Speeches

When you host a conference, you’ll probably have some invited guests and you may even have people who make speeches too. All of this is designed to motivate your company and it can also act as a great deal of inspiration too. Having speeches transcribed is a fantastic way for you to refer back to them at a later date, not to mention that it also ensures that every single word is captured too. If you want to make things easier then consider investing in AI transcription services instead.


As mentioned above, a conference is a great marketing tool and it also gives you the chance to announce your profits, acquisitions, closures and more. If you don’t have an accurate record of what was said, then you may not be able to control the output of journalists and even commentators. They will be hanging on every word that you said, and if you have a transcription service to write everything down then you can help to protect yourself. This will help you to get your message out more efficiently and it will also help you to make the best decisions too.

Videos on your Site

Having a video on your site is a great way for you to boost the overall efficiency of your marketing campaign. A lot of your video content will contain great keywords and this will help you with your copy. If you have your video transcribed, then this will help you to release your keywords and it can also improve your presence on the web too.

Details in Meetings

Holding a meeting is so very important. A lot of companies leave the junior staff members to take notes, but this can lead to issues. Professional writers are great at their job and they will take down absolutely every single detail. By having a full transcript, you can then improve your business services and you can also really help yourself to highlight any key moments.

Keeping an Eye on your Competition

When your competitors are holding public events, it can be useful to have a transcription service so you can take down any details. A transcriber can help you to get an edge over your competition and they can also help you to make sure that you are always fully understanding of the industry you work in.

Transcribing HR Meetings

Disciplinary meetings are never nice. You have both sides who are trying to protect themselves and they also want to get the best outcome too. A transcription service can help you to capture every utterance and pause so you can convey the tone and even the intent of the words, rather than having the text alone without any context at all. If you use an independent transcriber then they will be completely impartial too, so you won’t have to worry about anything there.


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'Bring her home': Family holds vigil in honour of Tanya Jane Nepinak

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 14, 2019 - 10:13pm
MMIWG face paint monument

Colourful ribbon skirts and powerful prayers surrounded family and community members who gathered in Winnipeg on Saturday for a vigil in memory of Tanya Jane Nepinak, who disappeared eight years ago.

Categories: CANADA

Boy Scouts ‘have been one of the worst culprits’ of cultural appropriation

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - September 14, 2019 - 9:44pm

A century of history: The Boy Scouts ‘origin story’ has claimed ‘Native teachings and spawned several factions claiming American Indian lore



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