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Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort Announces Partnership with The Stars Group Inc. Sports Betting Hits the North Country

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - July 11, 2019 - 12:01am

Published July 11, 2019

AKWESASNE, N.Y. — The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribally-owned casino, Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort (AMCR), today announced an agreement with global iGaming leader, The Stars Group. The alliance will support AMCR’s introduction of retail sports betting to the North Country Region, a milestone for AMCR as New York State moves toward regulated sports wagering. The agreement also grants The Stars Group an option to operate and brand real-money online sports betting, poker, and casinos in New York on a first-skin basis, subject to license availability, state law, and regulatory approvals.

Earlier this month, the New York Gaming Commission approved rules and regulations for licensing, opening, and operating sports betting facilities in the state. Todd Papineau, General Manager of Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort remarked, “Our highly experienced team is thrilled to announce a state-of-the-art sports betting experience in partnership with The Stars Group. With online betting and gaming solutions and FOX Bet and PokerStars brands, we believe The Stars Group is positioned to become a leader in the U.S. online betting and gaming industry — and our casino is excited to connect our sports enthusiasts with the next generation of interactive gaming.” Wagers will be accepted through kiosks as soon as the state permits sports wagering.

In anticipation of sports betting regulations permitting wagering in the state, the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort’s renovation planning kicked off months ago, and construction of the 5,200 square-foot interactive venue, Stick’s Sports Bar & Sports Book, is starting. The luxury sports lounge, featuring a high-definition video wall and 25 television screens, is expected to open in the fall of 2019. Expanded dining and beverage options will feature the on-premise seasonal craft brewery selection from Maple Brewing and a new menu, offering even more excitement to the 130,000 square-foot casino floor.

Robin Chhabra, CEO of FOX Bet, stated, “We are excited to announce this agreement with the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort, which further strengthens our market access as we work to build our FOX Bet business into one of the leaders in the emerging U.S. online betting and gaming market.”

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Haaland Calls For Climate Change Emergency Declaration

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - July 11, 2019 - 12:00am

Rep. Deb Haaland

Published July 11, 2019

WASHINGTON —  Congresswoman Deb Haaland is calling for a climate change an emergency declaration signing on to the Democratic resolution that acknowledges climate change as an existential emergency. The Climate Emergency Resolution, introduced by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls for the United States to join 740 local governments and sixteen countries in declaring a climate emergency.

“Our children deserve to inherit a planet that has clean air, drinkable water, and manageable weather patterns, but right now climate change is threatening their future,” said Congresswoman Deb Haaland, Vice Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee. “By declaring climate change an emergency, we’re acknowledging the threat to our families and communities so we can act on climate with a full range of resources.”

Haaland is working to make New Mexico a leader in addressing climate change while boosting the renewable energy economy through her role as Vice Chair of the Natural Resources Committee. As Chair of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands, Haaland is making it a priority to reduce the carbon emissions produced on public lands. She continues to support new legislation, including the Green New Deal, to help protect New Mexico’s land, air, and water.

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Technology is Changing Education | Here’s How

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - July 11, 2019 - 12:00am

Published July 11, 2019

The modern-day classroom is packed with technology. From tablets top projectors, innovation is changing the way learning occurs. Over the past few years, there has been a development of massive online courses. These trends, together with the use of technology in the classrooms, hold much potential for the educational sector. Technology in education can become an important tool in terms of connecting with younger generations and as pedagogical resources. Here are the top vital concepts to understand what is the role of technology in education!

Improved Engagement with Learning Material

Technological applications are exciting and interactive. They encourage students to learn through doing, conducting research, and obtaining feedback. As a result, school and college-goers become more passionate about the course material. Instead of looking at a picture during geography, instructors may ask students to use Google Maps.

Use of Real-World Scenarios

Technology allows the incorporation of real-world scenarios in the classroom. Students can use the internet to research actual issues happening at the very moment, which are connected to the curriculum. In the process, the learners get to understand the connection between the theoretical concepts and actual issues in real life.

Simulation and modelling also help to bring real activities into the classroom. For instance, particular tools can allow students to see how tornadoes develop or how dinosaurs lived.

Use of Instructional Design

Instructional design is a pedagogical method is a creative way of developing course material in a student-led and intentional way. The approach targets all the learning experiences gained through the course to be acquired and applicated to the real skills by students. The method follows a system of assessing needs, designing a process, creating materials, and assessing effectiveness. Through the use of interactive technology, the approach has encouraged the creation and developing of more interesting pedagogical technics.

Improvement of Mobile Learning

Learning has become more mobile than ever, thanks to technology. Genuinely mobile learning supports not just moving from one end of the class to another, but also reaching communities in different parts of the world. Today, students in India can unhinderedly attend lessons in the United States without leaving their local towns. The teaching arena will expand considerably, thanks to apps like Skype.

Ease of Advanced Research

Nowhere has technology penetrated the education system like in research. Cloud storage has made it possible for students to collect and store data. Researchers no longer have to peruse through volumes of books to locate specific citations for improving their assignments. Data analysis has also become simpler and faster. Students who are swamped with projects can also seek term paper help from freelancers or assignment writing companies.

Incorporation of Discussion and Debate Forums

Through the use of the internet and software tools, students are now able to create online groups, virtual communities, and Web pages that connect them in real time with teachers and students anywhere in the world. Technology also allows learners to give and receive feedbacks. By listening to the opinions of others, students get to refine their own thinking, attaining higher levels of understanding and comprehension.

Effective Use of Working Groups

Technology-focused pedagogy does not confine students to learning by themselves in classrooms. Instead, it allows the formation of working groups, where learners can debate and discuss issues, as well as take part in peer-to-peer tutoring.

Improved Communication

One area in which technology has transformed education is through enhanced communication. Effective communication is a critical element of any activity. Technology not only bridges the gaps in the flow of knowledge but also makes the packaging appealing. Whether in a virtual or conventional classroom, online collaboration tools allow everyone to interact. Teachers can just assign projects in real time, and students can seek clarification.

Individualized Learning at One’s Own Pace

Self-paced learning is another useful feature that has come with technology. When you choose to confront any difficulty or learn a particular concept, you can carefully research it and save the information for future reference.

Open Education

In this technologically savvy world, there are numerous opportunities from prestigious universities. You do not have to travel around the globe to get a quality education. You can simply access the internet using your device and seek options.

We have examined the different ways in which technology is revolutionizing education. Due to this revolution, it became much easier to get access to any kind of information, and it’s a waste not to use such tools in gaining knowledge. The world is changing, and educationists have no choice but to adapt.

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Is Education Really the Key to Success?

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - July 11, 2019 - 12:00am

Published July 11, 2019

There is a saying that Education is like the ocean. It has no end. In many settings, both on the local and global scene, so much emphasis is put into education, and it has now become a common belief that the only way to make it in life is by attaining heaps and heaps of degrees.

The process of acquiring an education is not cheap. Over 70% of graduates leave college with two things: a degree and a student’s loan, so huge one barely knows where to start. These loans are readily available during your study season, but you are expected to start paying them as soon as you get out of school. What if you are not fortunate enough to get a job soon after campus? Is it fair that the loans come with an increased annual rate for payment?

Then again, not everyone is fortunate enough to access these loans because getting the school fee in itself is a problem. Does it mean that these individuals should be treated less than their counterparts who have graduated when it comes to the job market?

When this happens, employers always end up with the same complaint, that these graduates come with the theoretical know how of the job but when it comes to skill application, they are worse than those who have studied off class.

A Change in the System of Learning Is Paramount

It is not a rare thing to find students in most academic levels going online to search for a professional essay writer to help finish their assignments. Why is this? The education system puts so much on the student that they do not know how to divide their time. Assignments, classes all day, end of semester term papers, research works, and other projects are the things students need to be mentally prepared for when joining the school. This is not to consider those students who are engaged in extra curriculum activities and other social activities.

This is why universities and colleges end up releasing cramming machines into the job market because that is how students have been programmed in schools. It is paramount that the system changes to focus more on the growth of these students. How can this be done?

  • Make classes more practical than theoretical

Students should be able to understand more than just a theoretical study of something. Practical classes mean going to the fields and being able to collect data, analyze it, and draw your conclusions. These methods often bring about a better understanding.

  • Shorter syllabuses

Take a lecturer who has been told to finish 13 wide topics in three months. Most of these lecturers will decide to teach some topics and give others as assignments for students to read on their own. There is a very high chance that students end up hiring writing services to help in these tasks so they will not go through the hustle of learning these topics. With fewer topics to cover, a lecturer can comfortably take the students through them within the semester.

  • Focus more on projects as opposed to examinations

You find that the grading system in schools has brainwashed students into thinking that passing an exam is more important than understanding the scope of their study. How can one gauge a student’s understanding of a whole semester by testing them for an examination done in 2 hours? One can suggest that group projects promote better understanding. This is because students are given a chance to air their views, compare their ideas with each other, and come up with the best conclusions. This is far much better than cramming for the sake of an examination.

  • Encourage out-of-class skills

Not everyone is born with a witty mind that grasps everything taught in class. Some people are born to be athletes, others as musicians, and others are gifted in art. It does no one any good to lower the esteem of these students just because they have not scored high grades in class. There should be an evaluation system put in place that makes it easy to determine where the talent of every student lies.

It is worth to note that not all lessons can be learned within the four walls of a classroom. Parents should not focus so much on their children attaining numerous degrees only to end up putting them on a bottom shelf somewhere because they were not of much use. It is advisable to tap into the skills and talents of everyone and let the education system focus on expanding that talent.

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Education Exchange Programs: What Is All the Fuss About?

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - July 10, 2019 - 10:00pm

Published July 10, 2019

Have you noticed that the number of international students in your college seems to be on the rise lately? This is a new system that is being adapted to bring about diversity in the learning culture. Nowadays, it is not uncommon to find yourself being posted to work in another country.

Most people who find themselves in these situations may have difficulties adapting to the new environment because of the difference in lifestyles in different countries. Say you live in a country where classes run all through the day. There are other students, especially in the USA and UK who are used to studying and working at the same time. Their classes hence tend to be shorter, and their education schedules are more flexible to accommodate other aspects of their lives.

It is only through such exchange programs that one can experience life through other perspectives apart from the one you are accustomed to.

What are the Likely Benefits of This System of Learning?

Below are some of the advantages of exchange programs:

  • Diversification

When you enter the job market, most companies nowadays want to work on a global scale. How advantageous would it be for you then if, say Chinese investors will be visiting your company, yet you once participated in an exchange program with Chinese students? This automatically places you as the best candidate for the job, and such relations have a way of expanding one’s horizon.

  • Develop an open mind

If you have lived in a certain place for over two years, you automatically find yourself behaving the same way as those around you. Even in educational institutions, you may find that students of a particular course almost always end up applying for the same jobs and wanting to live a particular way of life. With an exchange program, it allows you to get out of your comfort zone and experience how people in other countries live.  There are so many possibilities out there that one may never venture into if you only restrict yourself to one kind of environment.

  • Deep down, we all have the desire to travel

A famous philosopher once said the ‘’the world is a book and those who have not traveled only read one page.’’ This is true for education too. Traveling to other areas may make you discover skills you never had. Say you are in a class of mathematical geniuses, but you have never considered yourself one because everyone around you is skilled in math. Through an exchange program, you may find yourself interacting with other students who are always asking, ’who can do my math homework for me?’ This will open up your chances of earning some income on the side while doing something that does not come as a struggle to you.

  • Learn new languages

Foreign languages are rarely taught in local universities. When one gets to travel to another area locally or even internationally, by default, you find yourself learning the new tongue being used in those areas. Mastery of many languages opens up opportunities for people in many ways. You can work as a translator anywhere or be in charge of a new production line that your company wants to open in that country. The possibilities are truly endless.

These are just but a few benefits associated with engaging yourself in exchange programs.

How to Overcome Challenges of Exchange Programs?

Most students are afraid of such experiences because they do not know what to expect on the other side. The best way to go about it is first to conduct a thorough research of the country you will be going to. One should be able to know how the economy stands in the country they are going to. For instance, how much are foods, accommodation, and other basic commodities? What are the cheapest and easiest means of transport? What common jobs can one do to improve their financial status? This should not worry you so much though because the institution arranges such programs. The high chances are that your host campus will cater for your accommodation.

You ought not to feel so restricted to where you were born. Should such opportunities arise in your college, the wisest thing to do would be to apply and pray that the odds are in your favor. You may never know how your life will end up by embracing such chances.


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Attawapiskat residents want Canadian military help to deal with water 'state of emergency'

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - July 10, 2019 - 6:33pm
drinking water

During an emotional community meeting Tuesday evening, residents of a northern Ontario First Nation, grappling with water problems, demanded their chief and council ask the Canadian military to step in. 

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Opioid Crisis Not Ex-J&J Subsidiary's Fault, Exec Testifies

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 10, 2019 - 6:19pm
An executive of an opioid ingredient supplier formerly owned by Johnson & Johnson testified Wednesday in Oklahoma's trailblazing trial accusing J&J of causing the opioid crisis, saying the supplier only sold as much raw opioid ingredients as federal regulators allowed it to and that it bore zero responsibility for the crisis.

Red Lake Conservation Officer Passes Away in Line of Duty; Minn. Governor Orders Flags to be Flown at Half-Staff

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - July 10, 2019 - 5:40pm

Office Shannon “Opie” Barron, a 19-year veteran of the force passed away in line of duty on Sunday.


Published July 10, 2019

RED LAKE INDIAN RESERVATION — The Red Lake Nation is mourning the loss of Red Lake Conservation Officer Shannon “Opie” Barron, who walked on this past Sunday while in the line of duty.  Officer Barron was 48.

Tribal officials say Officer Barron responded to a call that someone was suspected of illegal harvesting north of Red Lake. After investigating the incident, Officer Barron requested EMS assistance because he was not feeling well. Upon arrival to his location, officers performed life-saving procedures and he was transported to a hospital where he passed away.

A conservation officer for Red Lake Department of Public Safety since March 2000, Officer Barron graduated from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Indian Police Academy) in Artesia, New Mexico. a

The Red Lake Tribal Council issued the following statement:

It is with Deepest Sympathy that we announce the sudden passing of our Red Lake Conservation Officer – Shannon “Opie” Barron #32.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Opie’s family, all his friends & the entire force at the Red Lake Department of Public Safety.

Chi-Miigwetch for protecting our lands and lakes of the Red Lake Nation for the past 19 years, Opie will be greatly missed.

Minnesota GovernorTim Walz has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Thursday, July 11, 2019.

“Conservation Officer Barron was an outstanding conservation officer who was admired and respected by his colleagues, and served with dignity and pride,” said Gov. Walz. 

“Even to the last moment, officer Barron gave his life in protecting the resources belonging to the people of Red Lake Nation,” the Red Lake Police Department said in a social media post. “There are countless stories where Opie would show up out of the blue to back up officers regardless on the type of call they faced even though not called upon.”

Funeral service on Thursday, July 11th all to be held at the Red Lake Humanities Building in Red Lake, Minnesota.

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Native film producer receives invite to join 2019 class of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - July 10, 2019 - 5:00pm

N. Bird Runningwater will have ability to vote for Academy Award recipients


'For us, it's always an uphill battle': Report finds two-thirds of kids on Manitoba reserves live in poverty

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - July 10, 2019 - 4:45pm
Chief Christian Sinclair

According to a new study, more than half of First Nations children living on Manitoba reserves live in poverty, but one Manitoba community is investing in their local economy to boost their standard of living.

Categories: CANADA

Indian Gaming Commission Chooses Phoenix Region Director

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 10, 2019 - 4:24pm
The National Indian Gaming Commission said it has tapped a Pascua Yaqui Tribe member with a legal background and casino experience to serve as the new director of the agency’s Phoenix region, where he will guide compliance matters for 59 Indian gambling facilities owned and operated by 49 federally recognized tribes.

Texas Judge Kicks Tribe Members' Pipeline Suit To ND

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 10, 2019 - 4:09pm
A Texas federal judge transferred litigation alleging that an oil pipeline trespasses on Three Affiliated Tribes reservation lands, noting that another proposed class action raising similar claims is already pending in North Dakota.

Earthquake: Mother Earth is powerful 'and there's nothing you can do about it. Nothing'

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - July 10, 2019 - 4:05pm

Two longtime residents caught by surprise of the 7.1 earthquake say it's better to be prepared


Finally. ‘Crucial that there’s somebody in the White House’ working on tribal issues

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - July 10, 2019 - 4:04pm

White House brings in Cherokee citizen in the year three of President Donald J. Trump


FWS Says Condors Can't Be Protected As Cultural Property

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 10, 2019 - 2:40pm
The U.S. government has urged a California federal court to toss a suit from Native American and environmental activists over a development on a ranch property they claim will harm critically endangered California condors, arguing Tuesday that there is no evidence the plan would impact tribal cultural traditions tied to the bird.

Atty Says Tribal Immunity Ruling Backs RICO Appeal

LAW360 (Native feed) - July 10, 2019 - 2:29pm
An attorney sentenced to prison for helping to provide payday loans with illegally high interest rates through Native American tribe-owned companies told the Third Circuit on Tuesday that a recent decision from another circuit supports his claim that tribal immunity shielded the companies' businesses.

Tlicho annual gathering begins with travellers' arrival, financial update

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - July 10, 2019 - 2:28pm
Trails of our Ancestor paddlers

The meetings began in Gameti, N.W.T., after dozens of delegates arrived by canoe in the early morning hours of Wednesday. On Tuesday, those assembled heard that the Tlicho government has almost $190 million in financial assets.

Categories: CANADA

Disappearance of Ashley Morin now believed to be a homicide, say RCMP

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - July 10, 2019 - 2:26pm
Heather Bear and Diane Morin

Saskatchewan RCMP now believe Ashley Morin, a Saskatchewan woman last seen July 10, 2018, is the victim of a homicide, they announced on Wednesday, the one-year anniversary of Morin's disappearance.

Categories: CANADA

Thunder Bay calls for other municipalities to host evacuees as city nears capacity

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - July 10, 2019 - 1:58pm
City of Thunder Bay Emergency Operations Group meets

Evacuees from Pikangikum First Nation are arriving in Thunder Bay Wednesday, city officials said.

Categories: CANADA

The First exhibition for Native American Women’s artists at Minneapolis Institute of Art

POWWOWS.COM - July 10, 2019 - 1:20pm

The First exhibition for Native American Women’s artists at Minneapolis Institute of ArtThe exhibit is called “Hearts of our people: Native Women's Artists.” and it showcases the art and works of over 115 Indigenous women from the US and Canada.  In an article published by The Guardian it states: Hearts of Our.....

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