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For Pride and Indigenous History Month, Margaret August remixed the CBC logo

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 1, 2020 - 11:30am
Margaret August

The two-spirit Coast Salish artist answers our questionnaire.

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Monday, June 1, 2020

NATIONAL NATIVE NEWS (nativetimes.net) - June 1, 2020 - 11:24am

Volunteers clean up fire damage at MIGIZI Communications in Minneapolis. (Photo-MIGIZI, Facebook)

Members of Native community keep watch on Minneapolis buildings Six Bands of Minnesota Chippewa Tribe to hold primary elections Canadian government increases Indigenous COVID-19 funding https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/nnn060120.mp3

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United Tribes Technical College Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - June 1, 2020 - 11:12am

UTTC said in a statement: “Our thoughts and prayers are with that person as they combat their illness. Any buildings where this individual worked are receiving deep and repeated disinfection and will be closed until deemed safe to reopen. Our Emergency Action plan has been activated and we are working with the ND Department of Health in regards to following all safety protocols.”

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Tipi Tragedy

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - June 1, 2020 - 11:11am

Tragedy swept through the Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU) community on May 9th as individuals woke up to news that a tipi erected to honor HINU spring 2020 graduates burned down earlier that morning.

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HINU Follows National Trend in Native American/Alaska Native Enrollment

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - June 1, 2020 - 11:09am

Data collected by the National Center for Education Statistics show national enrollment numbers for Native Americans and Alaska Natives have dropped 30.8% from 2009-10 to 2017-18 (12-month enrollment). Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU) 2009-2019 fall enrollment numbers follow the national trend mirroring the 30.8% drop.

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How to Manage Your Stress Effectively

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - June 1, 2020 - 10:31am

Let’s face it; few of us enjoy dealing with stress. However, it will always be a part of our lives – whether in the workplace, school or home. And while it’s relatively normal to feel emotionally or mentally pressured at times, excessive stress can be harmful to our health. It doesn’t just negatively affect our mood; it can affect our cardiovascular and immune systems.

Worse still, chronic stress that remains untreated can also lead to a variety of different conditions, ranging from anxiety and insomnia to high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke. Some research has even shown that stress is a contributing factor to several types of illnesses that include, but isn’t necessarily limited to, depression, obesity and heart disease.

The good news is that by developing positive habits and making healthy changes to your lifestyle, you can limit the negative emotions brought about by stress to a manageable level. Here are a few ways to manage your stress effectively.

  1. Distance yourself from your stressors

As challenging as it might be to get away from your responsibilities at work or going through your unpaid bills, it’s crucial to create some distance between yourself and your stress generators from time to time. If you step away from the situation, you’ll give yourself time to think. You may even be able to see the problem from a new angle too, and in so doing create solutions for these issues quicker as a result.

  1. Regular exercise is key 

You can ask any health professional, and you’ll get the same answer every time: exercise benefits the mind as much as it does the body. As such, it makes sense to regularly exercise each day. Half-an-hour of brisk walking or a quick jog might not seem like much, but it can generate an immediate effect on lowering your stress levels and keeping you much more relaxed as a result.

  1. Buy health products

It’s not surprising that health products like essential oils and supplements continue to remain popular with many consumers. After all, many of these products are not only beneficial to our physical health but our mental wellbeing too. And if you’re looking for immediate relief to your stressors, they’re worth considering. 

However, keep in mind that with all health products, research is crucial. So before you spend your money, you should learn more about the item. The more you learn about CBD oil, essential oils and herbal, the better it will be for safe use and protection of your overall wellbeing. In this way, you avoid the risk of buying a product that is unable to fulfill its intended purpose.

  1. Take a moment to meditate

Meditation can be beneficial to stress relief in two ways. For starters, mediating can help us clear our minds of any problems or issues that may be plaguing it. And, in turn, serves as a healthy distraction for our stressors. Secondly, it allows us to exercise breathing techniques. And by breathing in deeply, we can help calm our bodies from feeling the undesirable effects that stress brings.

Stress management may not be as easy as some might think. But it isn’t difficult either. And with the methods mentioned above, you’ll be able to keep your stress levels low and allow your mind and body to stay relaxed.

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Enoch man rallies community to clean up illegal dumping on nation land

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 1, 2020 - 10:03am
Robert Hope started organizing community cleanups of the Sand Hills area of the Enoch Cree Nation in 2018.

An Enoch Cree Nation man has for three years organized cleanups of an area of the reserve that has been used as an illegal dumping site.

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EPA Finalizes Restraints On State, Tribal Water Permit Power

LAW360 (Native feed) - June 1, 2020 - 10:02am
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday hobbled the authority of states and tribes to block projects like pipelines, export terminals and dams over Clean Water Act concerns, saying the power had been abused to unfairly restrict commerce.

Our History: Memories of the Tribal College Movement (Podcast 10)

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - June 1, 2020 - 9:15am

In this ongoing podcast, veteran TCU educator Tom Davis discusses the leadership and legacy of Sinte Gleska University president, Lionel Bordeaux.

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'Indigenous voice matters:' What to watch this June

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 1, 2020 - 9:00am
Duncan McCue

CBC host Duncan McCue shares his must-watch picks for Indigenous People's Month

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In Search of America’s Soul

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - June 1, 2020 - 8:57am

Candi Wesaw and Heather Wilcox (Pokagon Potawatomi Nation) are sisters who attended a Black Lives Matter in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan to show their support. Native News Online photograph by Levi Rickert


No one expected that in 2020, America would face such a difficult year. 

With the events and restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic upon us, life as we knew it had irrevocably changed. But over the last few weeks, we saw glimmers of hope as death and infection rates slowed and businesses began to reopen.

And then things took a turn for the worse.        

As Americans tried to cope with COVID-19 and record unemployment, we witnessed the tragic death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man, who died at the hands of police brutality. The video of Floyd’s violent death was exceptionally difficult to watch. As the week unfolded, peaceful protests in Floyd’s honor turned dramatically violent. Riots ensued in cities across America with the burning of police vehicles and buildings. The rioters continued their damage by breaking windows and looting businesses.

As American Indians, we know the violence in America did not begin with George Floyd’s death on a Minneapolis street. 

We know that this country was conceived in violence. 

We remember massacres of our people at Wounded Knee, Skull Valley, and Sand Creek, among many others, that left thousands of American Indians dead. As a means to further eliminate American Indians from our land, we remember the bounties placed on the lives of our ancestors in many states. We remember that in 1856, California passed a scalp bounty that paid a quarter for each American Indian man, woman or child. By 1860, the bounty price was increased to $5 per scalp. 

With those atrocities, American Indians find it difficult to buy into the fabricated and constructed version of history that is taught to us in public schools about God and country—or even the purported greatness of America. Even now, I cringe when I hear a Christian minister mention God and country in the same breath because it is difficult to fathom that so-called Christians were able to kill so many Indians in cold blood.

An argument can be made that America has never found its soul.

On Friday evening, a drum was called to the front lines on Minneapolis’ southside as protesters clash with the National Guard and the Minnesota State Patrol. Native News Online photo by Darren Thompson in Minneapolis.

It is easy for us to understand why Black Lives Matter advocates highlight the disproportionate killings of African Americans by law enforcement, because American Indians have endured, on a per capita basis, the same terrible treatment by law enforcement.

So, it is easy for American Indians to march and protest at Black Lives Matter rallies, as some did in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Saturday evening. 

Two Pokagon Potawatomi sisters attended the protest because as one told me, “we can relate, being Native.” Her sister nodded her head and said, “me too.” 

Levi Rickert

Up in Minneapolis, a city that has a vibrant urban American Indian community, dozens have been showing up at the rallies to show their support of the Black Lives Matter movement. On Friday evening, an American Indian drum group was asked to bring their drum down front for a song to show their solidarity with African Americans in the fight against injustice.

Beyond the rallies against senseless police killings, America needs to examine itself closely as a nation and get past the denial of its disgraceful treatment of people of color and others. It must examine the very nature of its capitalist society that through greed and profit have left so many Americans left behind and angry.

Of course, being angry is no justification to break into a building to loot and steal. Anger is a human emotion that we all have, but no one, regardless of skin color, has the right to steal from one another or destroy a business’ property.

With the recent riots, blame has been cast from both sides. Some say the rioters are being paid to go into cities to cause mayhem and destruction. Some blame the radical left; others blame the far right. The problem is that simply casting blame without any follow-through only perpetuates the problem without bringing forth any plausible solutions.

We will continue to hear rhetoric from politicians casting blame on the radical left or the alt-right that is filled with distortions. These distortions turn into serious distractions as evidenced this past week, when the shock of losing over 100,000 Americans to COVID-19 soon became forgotten as the media switched to George Floyd’s killing and its subsequent violent aftermath. 

On Saturday, Civil Rights icon, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), offered this advice:

“To the rioters here in Atlanta and across the country: I see you, and I hear you.  I know your pain, your rage, your sense of despair and hopelessness.  Justice has, indeed, been denied for far too long.  Rioting, looting, and burning is not the way.  Organize.  Demonstrate.  Sit-in.  Stand-up.  Vote.  Be constructive, not destructive.  History has proven time and again that non-violent, peaceful protest is the way to achieve the justice and equality that we all deserve.” 

As this country remains divided and angry, it is beyond time for America to not only find its soul, but for true leaders to emerge who can lead with cool heads and who have the best interest of all Americans in their minds and hearts.

Levi Rickert (Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation) is the publisher and editor of Native News Online.

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Nebraska Study Shows 73.3 Percent of Missing Native Americans are Boys 17 Years Old and Younger

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - June 1, 2020 - 8:44am

The Nebraska state legislature passed a bill to examine missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in the state.

Published June 1, 2020

LINCOLN, Neb. — In a study released late last month from the Nebraska State Patrol and other organizations reveal the majority of Native Americans missing in Nebraska are boys age 17 or younger.

The study, called LB154 Report: Prevalence of Missing Native American Women and Children in Nebraska; Barriers to Reporting and Investigating; and Opportunities for Partnerships, reports that nearly three quarters (73.3%) of the Native American missing persons are boys (age 17 years old or younger).

Named LB154 for a Nebraska legislative bill that commissioned the Nebraska State Patrol to study the high rates of missing American Indian women and children in the state. Through the 42-page  LB154 Report, it was reported that Nebraska’s missing person rate on March 31, 2020 was 25.7 per 100,000 persons. 

A majority of Nebraska’s missing persons are White (66.9%) compared to Black (19.7%), Native American (4.6%), or Asian or Pacific Islander (0.8%); 8.0% of the entries for missing persons list the race as “unknown.” 

In comparison, 88.3% of Nebraska’s population is White, 5.1% is Black, 1.5% is Native American, and 2.8% is Asian or Pacific Islander, according to the U.S. Census.  A disproportionate number of Nebraska’s reported missing persons are Black (3.9 times their population) or Native American (3.1 times their population).

More missing Native American persons are minors and Native American missing persons cases are open (unsolved) longer when compared to Nebraska’s total missing persons, the report notes.  

Requests by both Nebraska State Patrol and the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs (NCIA) at community listening sessions as well as research by the NCIA project coordinator did not uncover any unreported cases of Native American missing persons. 

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Why one American expat thinks Canadians should stand up against police brutality

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 1, 2020 - 8:39am
Anti Racism Protest 20200531

Marcus Mosely, Vancouver gospel singer, says protests can give Canadians a chance to reflect on racial injustice.

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Dehcho leaders say pandemic intensifies food insecurity, but inspires solutions

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 1, 2020 - 8:00am
Jean Marie River teepee

As countries across the globe grapple with stressed food supply chains due to COVID-19-related shut-downs, some communities in the Northwest Territories are seeing potential for more local food production.

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SpaceX's astronauts arrive at space station

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - June 1, 2020 - 7:55am

'The whole world saw this mission, and we are so, so proud of everything you have done'


Eroding civic trust (when it's most needed)

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - June 1, 2020 - 7:38am

Experts worry that public efforts to contain COVID-19 are being undermined


Nation begins a new month shaken by history, violence and the pandemic

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - June 1, 2020 - 7:29am

'We're not done,' said Darnella Wade, an organizer for Black Lives Matter in neighboring St. Paul, where thousands gathered peacefully in front of the Minnesota Capitol


Eyes on the Senate

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - June 1, 2020 - 7:05am

Election year kicks off this week in New Mexico, Idaho


Meet some of the First Nations health care workers on the front lines during a pandemic

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 1, 2020 - 7:00am
Isabelle Wallace

Here are three First Nations health care workers from across the country sharing some insight on what they do, why they do it and how COVID-19 is affecting them. 

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Lutsel K'e Dene say N.W.T. gov't could destroy long-sought lodge business

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 1, 2020 - 5:00am
Frontier Fishing Lodge

Chief Darryl Marlowe says the Łutsel K’e Dene First Nation is now trapped in a "bureaucratic mess of the GNWT’s own creation."

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