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Vancouver Island road where bus rolled has been object of safety complaints for years, say local leaders

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 14, 2019 - 7:42pm
Bamfield Road Saturday Sept 14 2019

The chief councillor of the First Nations in Bamfield, B.C. says the narrow, winding gravel road where two University of Victoria students were killed Friday in a bus rollover has been a safety issue for decades.

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Neskantaga First Nation issues state of emergency after evacuation request denied

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 14, 2019 - 6:25pm
Neskantaga classroom notice

The Neskantaga First Nation issued a state of emergency on Saturday after it said a request for emergency evacuations due to broken down water infrastructure was denied by Indigenous Services Canada.

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Lawsuit filed against news organizations

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - September 14, 2019 - 3:10pm

John Dossett seeks $6 million for alleged defamation


Mark Charles to Address Recent Questions from the Democratic Debate (With Additional Questions from Indian Country)

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - September 14, 2019 - 1:18pm

Mark Charles (in blakc shirt) with tribal leadersThe Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum in Sioux City, Iowa

Published September 14, 2019

WASHINGTON — Mark Charles, a dual citizen of both the United States and the Navajo Nation, is running as an independent candidate for the office of President of the United States. Charles is currently the leading independent candidate in the 2020 race. His campaign has been well publicized throughout Indian Country, is gaining publicity in the mainstream press and is also being covered globally by several international publications.

Mark Charles addressing press at forum

With the momentum building, The Committee to Elect Mark Charles for President is pleased to announce that Mark will host a live stream on Monday, September 16th from 8pm – 9pm EDT / 5pm – 6pm PDT to answer some of the same questions asked at the Democratic Debate that recently took place on September 12th, 2019. Because Charles is running as an Independent, he has not had access to many of the same platforms to discuss current issues alongside the other Presidential candidates. When he did share the stage with 10 of the Democratic candidates, including Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, at The Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum in Sioux City, Iowa, Charles demonstrated that not only can he hold his own, but he can stand out. Mark has proven that his vision, his understanding of the issues and his ability to connect with voters makes him a viable contender in the 2020 election.

The goal of this event is to provide a platform where the public can hear Charles’ unique perspective in response to the same questions and issues as the other candidates. Allowing his platform and message for #AllThePeople to be heard and discussed nationally.

At this event Charles will also respond to questions submitted by the public. Anyone who would like to submit a question for Mark can do so before 5pm EDT / 2pm PDT on Monday September 16 via our campaign website (https://www.markcharles2020.com/questions).

The Live Stream can be viewed at:

URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_DGUz5WiMY
Date: September 16th
Time: 8pm – 9pm EDT / 5pm – 6pm PDT

Additionally, Charles will host a virtual gaggle on Zoom after the live stream for media and press.

URL: Please request URL via email @ info@markcharles2020.com
Date: Monday, September 16
Time: 9:15pm – 9:45pm EDT / 6:15pm – 6:45pm PDT


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First by air, now by sea; Seminole Tribe boosts relief effort as new storm forms

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - September 14, 2019 - 11:30am

Seminole Tribe had been making three roundtrip flights a day with two helicopters to the Bahamas to deliver aid supplies


Top 10 Stories: What Indian Country read this past week as of September 13, 2019

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - September 14, 2019 - 10:15am

These are the top stories accessed by our readers from the past week


'We've all experienced it': Yukon women weigh in on sexism in politics

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 14, 2019 - 9:00am
Kluane Adamek

Three prominent Yukon leaders say they've seen progress, but there's still work to be done to battle sexism and gender bias in politics.

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BREAKING: Opioid MDL Judge Deserves DQ For Bias, Drug Cos. Say

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 14, 2019 - 7:14am
Drug distributors and pharmacies on Saturday launched a bold attack on the Ohio federal judge supervising multidistrict opioid litigation, accusing him of appearing deeply biased against them and deserving of disqualification.

Madawaska mural project honours community elders

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 14, 2019 - 7:00am
Noel Francis Sr

​Maliseet Auto, an automotive garage in Madawaska First Nation, got a new look over the summer, and it has nothing to do with cars.

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Grieving family says government ignoring Indigenous suicide crisis

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 14, 2019 - 7:00am
Indigenous suicide

My cousin just lost her son-in-law by suicide. Another loss, another funeral, way too soon. This is not new to Indigenous people, living with grief and tragedy. Heartsick cousin; Indigenous suicide an election issue

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Important Considerations to Make Before Purchasing a Gun

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - September 14, 2019 - 12:06am

Published September 14, 2019

Gun control is a hot-button topic across America today, and for good reason with all of the unfortunate events which have occurred across the country over the past 10 to 20 years. Millions of Americans legally own firearms today, and when used properly are positive experiences for their owners. More and more people are becoming first-time gun owners, and need lots of knowledge before they make their initial purchase. We examine the safe operation of these tools, and other important information to help guide the legal buying of firearms. 

Before Researching Gun Products, First Understand Your Local Laws

Every state and local municipality has its own set of rules and regulations for who can buy guns, how many, what types, and where they can be purchased. Before doing anything else, be sure to do lots of online research regarding what’s allowed for guns within your state and immediate area of residence. You can also go to a federal firearms license (FFL) gun dealer to learn about local laws and restrictions, but keep in mind that they aren’t entirely a neutral party as they have products to sell and money to make – not to say that they will lie to you by any means, but the most accurate information comes from government websites. 

Understand Why You Want to Own a Gun

Every gun has a different use and purpose – some are solely purchased as a collector’s item, some have been designed for sport hunting, and others are ideal for self-defense reasons. Be sure to have a logical use for a gun before even seriously researching different styles, brands, and models. Once you understand the important question of why regarding a gun, then everything can flow naturally from there. 

It Can Be a Pricey Hobby

Gun ownership comes at a cost and is one of the more expensive hobbies to have. From the pistol cost, ammo, targets to shoot at, ear and eye protection, gun safe, and potentially even having to pay a membership or session fee for a club to shoot at – everything adds up. 

Keeping Guns Safe Is Your First Mandate

It’s no surprise that guns are dangerous weapons, and certainly aren’t toys. Accidents do unfortunately happen, but as a gun owner, you are completely responsible for understanding all of the risks and for keeping your guns out of the hands of others. Keeping guns locked up in a very secure way is vitally critical, and trigger locks are certainly a proactive measure to take. 

Gun Safety and Firearms Owner Training Classes Should Be Taken

Educational learning is immensely important when it comes to owning a firearm of any kind. Operating it safely, effectively, and accurately should always be top of mind. Most jurisdictions, unfortunately, don’t require gun owners to take training classes, but the investment is worthwhile to keep yourself and others around you safe. 

Always Wear Eye and Ear Protection

Guns are loud and when fired, small pieces of metal or even shells can go flying through the air and potentially create dangerous situations. Always have and use protective eyeglasses, shooting earmuffs and earplugs. Your eyes and ears are integral to your overall quality of life, and you must protect them at any cost when operating a gun. 

Gun ownership can be a rewarding and incredible experience when they are put to good recreational uses, but safety should always be at the forefront of your mind at all times whether they are being used or being locked and stored away.

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Native American Artists Brooke Simpson, PJ Vegas & Redbone to Perform at Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration on Oct. 13 in LA

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - September 14, 2019 - 12:03am

Published September 14, 2019

Thousands expected to attend the second annual event at Grand Park

LOS ANGELES — NBC’s ‘The Voice’ finalist and pop singer  Brooke Simpson, MTV Video Music Award winner PJ Vegas, and acclaimed Native American rock group REDBONE,  will take the stage at the second annual Indigenous Peoples Day celebration at Grand Park, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell announced today.

The event  is set to take place Sunday, October 13, 4 p.m., on the stage next to the Spring Street steps of City Hall, 200 N Spring Street, Los Angeles, 90012.

Councilmember O’Farrell, who is joined by the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission as co-collaborators on the event, are using this platform to focus on the theme Past, Present, and Future, with a call to action for our state and federal lawmakers to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.

“I am thrilled to work with PJ Vegas and REDBONE once again on this very special event for the Native American community in Los Angeles,” said Councilmember O’Farrell. “The addition of Brooke Simpson will also help amplify our message that we must take this movement to the next level and inspire the entire country to affect change in their communities.”

“Our community has fought hard for this annual celebration, and for this platform to uplift the issues, talent and contributions of Native Americans in Los Angeles,” said Chrissie Castro, Chair of the Los Angeles City-County Native American Indian Commission. “Through this event, we are paying tribute to the city and nation’s first peoples, the Tongva, and rejecting the violent, genocidal man that is Columbus.”

“I’m looking forward to taking the stage once again with my father for this historic event,” said  PJ Vegas. “Redbone’s message is all about ‘love and music,’ and this is a perfect theme for an event aimed at uniting our community.”

“The performance for Indigenous Peoples Day will allow me to celebrate who I am as a human being and as an artist,” said Simpson. “Native American people have been through so much and often we are forgotten. I’m so proud to play a role in shedding light on this event.”

Other musical performances will be featured throughout the day, including artists such as:  Kelly Mejia, Doc and Spencer Battiest, Antoine Edwards, Jr., Poodeezy, and MATO WayUhi.

The celebration at Grand Park  is being billed as one of the largest Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations in the country, with a Facebook event page that has received thousands of responses from people planning on attending the special celebration.

RSVP: The Inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day celebration in Los Angeles

In collaboration with countless Native community leaders, Councilmember O’Farrell, a member of the Wyandotte Nation, led the initiative to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day during his first term in office. After numerous hearings with members of both the Native American and Italian American communities, the City Council voted in August of 2017 to establish Indigenous Peoples Day as the second Monday in October.

Nationwide, there has been a movement to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.  The long list of cities that have adopted resolutions to declare the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day include Berkeley, San Francisco, Denver, Seattle, Anchorage, Portland, Albuquerque, Minneapolis, and Santa Cruz.

Since Los Angeles replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day in 2017, other large cities such as Detroit, Tulsa, and Long Beach followed. New Mexico, South Dakota, and New Hampshire are just a few states that also celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day.

Brooke Simpson is an American singer and songwriter from Hollister, North Carolina. She finished third place of the thirteenth season on Team Miley Cyrus of NBC’s talent competition, The Voice. She recently released the singles “2 AM,” “Perfect,” and “Little Bit Crazy.”

PJ Vegas is an indigenous RnB/hip-hop artist and activist from Los Angeles. He’s a Native American Music Award and MTV VMA winner, and the son of Pat Vegas, legendary member of the Native American rock band, Redbone. PJ is the voice of a new generation of Native artists, and his latest single “Lose My Mind” can be purchased on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Music.

REDBONE is a rock band that was formed in Los Angeles in 1969 by two Native American brothers, Pat and Lolly Vegas. Two other Native Americans joined them, Tony Bellamy on rhythm guitar and Pete DePoe on drums. They produced several hit songs including Maggy, The Witch Queen Of New Orleans and Come And Get Your Love, which was also the featured track in the 2014 movie “Guardians Of The Galaxy.”

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Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program Accepting Applications

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - September 14, 2019 - 12:00am

Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program participant Mikah Glass, standing alongside his parents Dana and Mike Glass, was honored by program director Howard Paden in 2018 after graduating from the Cherokee Nation program. Applications for the next class are now being taken.

Published September 14, 2019 

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program is now accepting applications. The two-year language program is centered on a group language immersion experience and only accepts a limited number of applications each year.

“This language program is critical in how we will continue to preserve and promote our language for future generations,” said Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. “Every day that the men and women of that department work with their students is another day that they help preserve our language.”

After completing the program, students will have 4,000 contact hours with the Cherokee language and will have spent more than 40 hours each week studying and speaking the language.

“Each generation of Cherokee people have been tasked with challenges,” said Howard Paden, director of the Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program. “This generation’s greatest challenge is whether or not our precious Cherokee language will continue to exist as a living language. The Cherokee language has helped us overcome some of the greatest adversities written in history. We know, without a doubt, the values that flow over us through the Cherokee language are sacred. It is time for us as Cherokee people to save this precious gift.”

In 2014, the tribe began the program as a part of the Cherokee Nation Community & Cultural Outreach department as a way to promote the Cherokee language. Since its inception, the program has grown into its own department.

As part of his first 100 days initiatives, Chief Hoskin proposed in August the largest investment in language programs in the tribe’s history, including a plan that will dedicate millions of dollars in business profits to create a new language program facility. It also will quadruple the size of the Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program.

Applicants must be 18 years or older, be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., live near Tahlequah or be willing to relocate, and possess a strong desire to learn and cultivate the Cherokee language and culture through teaching.

The deadline for applications is Oct. 1, 2019.

Applications are available at https://language.cherokee.org/language-programs/cherokee-language-master-apprentice-program/

Submit applications to Don-Dugger@cherokee.org, or mail to: Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program, P.O. Box 948, Tahlequah, OK, 74465.

For more information, call the Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program office at 918-207-4964.

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Cheyenne River Youth Project Graduates a Record-Breaking 11 Arts Interns from Summer Cohort

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - September 14, 2019 - 12:00am

CRYP’s summer cohort of teen art interns, working hard in the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) art studio.

Published September 14, 2019

EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. — On Labor Day weekend, the Cheyenne River Youth Project officially graduated 11 Lakota teens from its summer arts internship program. This is a record-breaking number for the nonprofit youth organization, which began offering teen internships in 2013.    “Normally, we see five or six kids complete the full arts internship track,” said Jerica Widow, CRYP’s youth programs director. “This time, we doubled that number. It’s incredible.”   Not only did the teens complete their internships, they also had an opportunity to exhibit their artwork at the annual Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Powwow, Fair & Rodeo in Eagle Butte. Two of the young artists, Roberta High Elk and Roslyn Smith, took third and fourth place.   “We’re so proud of them,” Widow said. “It’s always a good experience to prepare for and participate in a formal art show, but we were thrilled to see them also receive this special recognition. It’s a milestone for them, absolutely.”  

CRYP’s summer cohort of teen art interns, working hard in the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) art studio.

Cheyenne River teens who are interested in pursuing arts education at CRYP’s Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Lakota Youth Arts & Culture Institute must first take an Art Basics course that serves as a prerequisite for the full arts internship. Once they complete the course, they’re eligible to apply to become an intern.

  During the internship, teens learn graffiti art, digital arts, traditional arts, sculpture and pottery, stenciling, graphic arts and screen printing. In addition, they have opportunities to learn more about the business side of art, with classes that include public speaking, entrepreneurship, financial literacy and merchandising; and they explore the impact of public art and discover how art can foster healing in communities.   “The teen arts internship incorporates a variety of opportunities for our young people to explore the creative process, create pieces that represent who they are and share their stories, and ultimately exhibit their work in a public showcase,” explained Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “We also give them opportunities to travel to important sites related to Lakota culture and to the arts.”   This summer, the art interns visited Wind Cave National Park. They also traveled to Hill City and Rapid City to tour the communities’ art museums.    CRYP is currently accepting applications for the fall art internship, which will run from Sept. 16 to Oct. 18. It’s open to young people ages 13-18, who can expect to log 50 hours working in various mediums and participating in core job skills trainings.   To learn more about the Cheyenne River Youth Project and its programs, and for information about making donations and volunteering, call (605) 964-8200 or visit lakotayouth.org. And, to stay up to date on the latest CRYP news and events, follow the youth project on Facebook (/LakotaYouth), Twitter (@LakotaYouth) and Instagram (@lakotayouth and @waniyetuwowapi).

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Navajo Nation FY 2020 Comprehensive Budget Signed into Law 

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - September 14, 2019 - 12:00am

The Navajo Nation Fiscal Year 2020 Comprehensive Budget was signed into law in Window Rock, Arizona on Friday, September 13, 2019.

Published September 14, 2019

WINDOW ROCK – On Friday, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, Vice President Myron Lizer, 24th Navajo Nation Council Speaker Seth Damon, Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty, and Associate Justice Eleanor Shirley gathered at the Veterans Memorial Park in the capital of the Navajo Nation, for a signing ceremony to officially adopt the Navajo Nation’s Fiscal Year 2020 Comprehensive Budget.

“Early in the budget process, Vice President and I stood on the principle that we, as a government, have a fiduciary responsibility to account for public funds, to manage finances wisely, and to plan for the adequate funding of services desired by the Navajo People. In keeping with this principle, the FY 2020 Comprehensive Budget will provide for services to our Navajo people, including our elders, children, and veterans. We did not use the presidential line-item authority with this budget, and that is a symbol of the three branches of government working together to develop this budget,” said President Nez, while also calling for the Nation to approve a five-year Capital Improvement Plan prior to considering the budget for the next fiscal year after 2020. 

The 24th Navajo Nation Council approved budget resolution CS-30-19 on Sept. 3, by a vote of 16-4. The budget legislation was sponsored by Council Delegate Raymond Smith, Jr., who also serves as the Vice Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee.

“First, I wish to thank President Nez and Chief Justice Jayne for joining the Navajo Nation Council in creating this budget. Our stewardship over the Navajo people’s resources has always been carried out with our nation’s future in our minds. The Navajo Nation Council looks now to 2021 and beyond so that we can strengthen the nation’s position based on local needs. Council Delegates will continue to bring the priorities of our Navajo communities to the nation and we will continue to work together to develop the most effective solutions. This budget reflects a collaborative effort. On behalf of the 24th Navajo Nation Council, I wish to thank everyone that helped create the fiscal year 2020 budget,” said 24th Navajo Nation Council Speaker Seth Damon.

“Ahéhee’ to the 24th Navajo Nation Council, Speaker Seth Damon, President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer for diligently working to approve a comprehensive budget for Fiscal Year 2020. Specifically, I’d like to thank our leadership and the Navajo People for the funding appropriated to the Judicial Branch.  The goal of the Judicial Branch is to provide justice and the approved budget will be used for the necessary tools and services that the Navajo people need in regards to Judicial Branch responsibility and duties,” said Chief Justice JoAnn B. Jayne.

Some notable appropriations included in the budget include the following:

·      An additional $1 million for the Navajo Department of Aging and Long Term Care Services for each of the five agencies

·      Up to $2 million for chapter officials compensation, which was previously unfunded in previous budgets

·      Two-percent General Wage Adjustment for employees and chapter administrative employees 

·      Nearly $664,000 for the Navajo Energy Office 

·      Nearly $632,000 for a gravel pit site development

·      Additional $100,000 for a prosecutor for Dził Yijiin District

·      Additional $617,000 for unmet needs for Criminal Investigations

“The Navajo Nation will face revenue shortfalls in the coming years but working together with the Navajo Nation Council we will find ways to address the need of providing services to the Navajo People. We continue to stand by our positions of staying within our budgets, being fiscally responsible, and reviewing our financial system while maintaining our service level to the Navajo People and those that work with the Navajo Nation government. We trust the Legislative and Judicial Branches will join us in working within our budgets and being fiscally responsible for the funds entrusted to us,” Vice President Lizer stated. 

“Everyone got to work. Starting with the audit on fiscal year 2018 then proceeding with revenue projections. Division directors and program managers created their budgets with guidance from the three branch chiefs and the council’s oversight committees. This is the first year federal funding has been included so that we have a more complete picture. It took council less than half a day to approve the budget once it passed the Budget and Finance and Naabik’íyáti’ Committees. I commend all those involved, particularly the Office of the Controller and the Office of Management and Budget, for working together,” said Budget and Finance Committee Chairman Jamie Henio.

The Navajo Nation’s Comprehensive Budget will take effect on the first day of the new 2020 fiscal year on Oct. 1, 2019.

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This 82-year-old director is helping launch the world's first national Indigenous theatre season in Ottawa

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 13, 2019 - 7:16pm
THEATRE NAC Indigenous Theatre 20190903

The curtain is up on the National Arts Centre's new Indigenous Theatre department. It's the world's first nationally-funded season of programming by Indigenous creators and as director of its inaugural production, Muriel Miguel says the pressure is on.

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Enviros Lose Bid To Halt Border Wall In Ariz. Wilderness Areas

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 13, 2019 - 5:12pm
A Washington, D.C., federal judge dismissed three environmental groups' bid to halt construction of the Trump administration's border wall in federally protected Arizona wilderness areas, a week after ruling that Congress has significantly limited federal court's jurisdiction on the matter. 

NDP pledge to put youth first with 25-year-old candidate in Nunavut

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 13, 2019 - 3:51pm
Mumilaaq Qaqqaq

The New Democratic Party has announced Mumilaaq Qaqqaq will be its candidate in Nunavut in the upcoming federal election.

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Friday the 13th isn't unlucky: The patriarchy was afraid of the sacred feminine

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - September 13, 2019 - 3:27pm

#NativeNerd column: Friday the 13th has historical implications related to women in history. So revolt and celebrate what I’ll call ‘Happy Sacred Feminine Day’


What does reconciliation look like in Yellowknife? Residents meet to discuss issue

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - September 13, 2019 - 2:38pm
Ernie Bernhardt and Roxane Landry

It could take many forms, including addictions support, better education, or the creation of a sacred space downtown.

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