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Supreme Court says companies must pay for Grassy Narrows mill-site maintenance

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - December 6, 2019 - 8:30am
Grassy Narrows

Two forest-product companies are on the hook for looking after a mercury-contaminated site near Ontario's Grassy Narrows First Nation, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled.

Categories: CANADA

Pow Wow Calendar Update – December 6, 2019

POWWOWS.COM - December 6, 2019 - 8:25am

Pow Wow Calendar Update – December 6, 2019Check the list below for the latest Pow Wows added to our calendar and ones coming up in the next couple of weeks! Find Pow Wows in your state or province! Plan your Pow Wow trips! NWI December 2019 Trainings.....

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Navajo coal company looks to a future without tribal guarantee

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - December 6, 2019 - 7:39am

Coal bankruptcy plan approved amid bonding uncertainty


Uber report: More than 3,000 sexual assaults; 1.3 billion rides

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - December 6, 2019 - 7:30am

Company's effort to be more transparent on its safety record


'A celebration of a life well lived'

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - December 6, 2019 - 7:20am

Pearl Harbor vet's interment to be last on sunken Arizona


A locker, a chirp: How tiny clues help solve child sex cases

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - December 6, 2019 - 7:03am

The work of Homeland Security Investigations agents has led to thousands of child exploitation-related arrests


Always an entrepreneur ... and now she adds new business skills

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - December 6, 2019 - 6:55am

Native women with business startup ideas (and business plans to be successful)


From seals to belugas, scientists describe worrying signs for Arctic 'sentinels'

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - December 6, 2019 - 6:00am
St. Lawrence beluga

Scientists attending a national gathering of Arctic researchers are outlining a widening range of climate change risks for so-called 'sentinel' species, such as ringed seals and beluga whales, which have sustained Inuit for millennia.

Categories: CANADA

Indian day school settlement claims process delayed due to court challenge

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - December 6, 2019 - 5:00am
Kahnawake Day Schools

The claims process to compensate thousands of First Nations, Métis and Inuit for harms suffered while attending federally-operated Indian day schools could be indefinitely delayed pending a court challenge.

Categories: CANADA

Jody Wilson-Raybould to push for Indigenous rights recognition framework

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - December 6, 2019 - 4:00am
Jody WIlson-Raybould

After being honoured by First Nations leaders during a ceremony that saw her called a hero, a trailbreaker and an icon, Jody Wilson-Raybould said pushing again for the creation of landmark legislation on Indigenous rights is one of her main priorities heading into the coming minority session of Parliament.

Categories: CANADA

Gov. Inslee Names First Native American to Washington State Supreme Court

NATIVE KNOT - December 6, 2019 - 1:00am

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Jay Inslee helped usher in a historic day for the Washington State Supreme Court when he appointed Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis as the first Native American justice Wednesday in Olympia, Washington.

Montoya-Lewis, 51, has more than 20 years of judicial experience, including five on the Whatcom County Superior Court. She spent years working with tribal communities in Washington and elsewhere, and is uniquely familiar with the challenges that tribal and rural communities face. She also worked on issues to protect children from exploitation and received the Children’s Advocacy Center Community Leadership Award in 2018.

“Because Judge Montoya-Lewis is Native American, many will focus on the historic nature of this appointment,” Inslee said. “And it’s entirely appropriate to do so. But I want the record to show that Judge Montoya-Lewis is the kind of exceptional judge I want serving on the highest court in our state because she is the best person for the job.”

The governor said Montoya-Lewis embodies intelligence, courage, compassion, temperament, and fairness — qualities that every judicial officer should possess.

“Whether we spoke to the lawyers who practiced before her or the judges who reviewed her work — we’ve heard one thing over and over: that she’s exceptional,” Inslee said. “Some even used the word ‘superstar’. Everyone kept telling us she is the best trial judge they’ve ever had.”

Attorney General Bob Ferguson attended Wednesday’s announcement at the Temple of Justice.

“I was honored to attend today’s historic announcement,” Ferguson said. “Judge Montoya-Lewis is a respected jurist who will be a tremendous addition to the court. She also brings a unique perspective on issues facing rural and tribal communities, and I know she will serve our state well.”

Whatcom County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Richey said he fully supports Montoya-Lewis’ appointment.

“Throughout my career as a prosecutor, I have had the distinct pleasure of being in front of many judges,” Richey said. “While they all have strengths in certain areas, Judge Montoya-Lewis has — without a doubt — set the bar for excellence. I am thrilled Judge Montoya-Lewis is going to be our next Supreme Court Justice.”

Montoya-Lewis said she was honored to join the court and that she looks forward to continuing her lifelong commitment to justice in this new role.

“I have served as a judge for 20 years, in tribal courts and in Superior Court, and I know the struggles and challenges that land people in front of our hardworking judges at every level of our judicial system,” Montoya-Lewis said. “I bring each of the stories I have heard over my career to being a Supreme Court Justice and I hope to honor and serve the people, my colleagues, my ancestors, and my family with the integrity and honor each of them have shown me over these many years.”

Montoya-Lewis takes Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst’s place when she retires from the court in January.

“I’m very excited to have Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis taking my place,” Fairhurst said. “She follows a long line of wonderful justices to serve in Position No. 3, including Chief Justice William H. Williams, Justice William C. Goodloe and Justice Charles Z. Smith. I’m thrilled to welcome our first Native American to serve on this court. I only regret that I won’t be able to work with her.”

The Supreme Court elected Justice Debra L. Stephens from Spokane to serve as the incoming chief justice.

During Inslee’s seven years in office, he has addressed the longstanding historical inequities of the state judiciary composition. He appointed women to about half of those judicial vacancies, and judges of color to about a quarter of the vacancies to build a judiciary more reflective of the people that it serves. The governor’s last State Supreme Court appointment was Justice Mary Yu in 2014.

Inslee praised Montoya-Lewis, saying she will bring new stories, new voices, and the kind of fresh perspective the state needs to represent Washington communities across the state.

“Judge Montoya-Lewis brings intellectual humility, the courage of conviction, and a personal commitment to improving access to justice for all of our communities,” Inslee said. “I look forward to her professional mark in our state history and on our state’s highest court.”

Montoya-Lewis is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Isleta and a descendant of the Pueblo of Laguna Indian tribes and will be the only Native American Supreme Court judge in Washington. She has served as chief judge for the Nooksack Indian Tribe, Upper Skagit Indian Tribe, and Lummi Nation Tribal Court. She taught for more than 12 years at Western Washington University.


CBD Gummies: What Are They & What You Need to Know

NATIVE KNOT - December 6, 2019 - 1:00am

You may be wondering what all the hype over CBD gummies is all about. Or you may already know that CBD is a powerful supplement that can reduce inflammation, anxiety, and chronic pain, and help you get a better night’s sleep.

If you are ready to learn more about the way CBD works to balance every system in your body, and what to look for when you make that first purchase, this article is for you. If you are just looking for the best CBD gummies around, then click here: https://vermafarms.com/collections/cbd-gummies.


The endocannabinoid system is a recent discovery in the medical field. Despite the fact that we only became aware of its presence about 25 years ago, the endocannabinoid system is present in every animal, and it has probably been an evolutionary part of development for thousands, if not millions, of years.

The endocannabinoid system is responsible for maintaining homeostasis in the body. It is a network of neuroreceptors, neurotransmitters, and enzymes that act as a messenger to every other system. When something happens to throw the body out of balance, the endocannabinoid system kicks in and brings the body back to baseline.

Scientists believe that the endocannabinoid system being out of balance leads to numerous physical and mental health complications. It’s like having a broken control panel. If this system does not function properly, then it cannot tell the other systems in your body how to function properly.

The CBD in CBD gummies helps bring balance to the endocannabinoid system itself. It opens up blocked neuroreceptors and neurotransmitters, and aids communication between systems again. CBD has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiseptic, and neuroprotective properties, all a result of the balancing effects of the supplement.


You may be overwhelmed with all the options for CBD gummies on the market today. The CBD gummy industry has exploded over the last year or so, because of the recent legalization of industrial hemp. Since then, new CBD gummy companies have been opening for business on a daily basis. In addition to the endless flavors and varieties, websites and packages have designations like CBD isolate, broad-spectrum CBD, and full-spectrum CBD. The first thing you need to decide when choosing which CBD gummies to go with, is which kind of CBD you want.


Hemp contains dozens of cannabinoids including THC. The extraction process for CBD isolate removes all other cannabinoids and leaves you with pure CBD. CBD isolate is the only kind of CBD that is completely free of THC.

CBD isolate gummies are a good choice if you are hesitant about any exposure to THC are very sensitive to it, or you are regularly tested for drugs for any reason. It is also a good choice if you are looking to use high doses of CBD without being intoxicated by THC.


Broad-spectrum CBD gummies are for anyone who wants to get what’s known as the “entourage effect,” without exposure to THC which can make you feel lethargic or dizzy. The “entourage effect” is the combined effect of all the cannabinoids contained in hemp. Broad-spectrum CBD’s extraction process keeps all the cannabinoids except for THC.

Though some packaging for broad-spectrum CBD gummies makes claims that the product is free of THC, it does still contain a nominal amount. Including other cannabinoids makes it impossible to completely remove all traces of THC. Because of this, you could still fail a drug test. A normal dose of broad-spectrum CBD does not usually contain enough THC to make you intoxicated, but higher doses will expose you to more THC. This increases your chance of intoxication.


Full-spectrum CBD is made with the whole plant. Though industrial hemp used to make CBD only contains 0.3% THC or less, it is enough to cause you to fail a drug test. But if you are not worried about your exposure to THC, then full-spectrum CBD gummies can get you the full, unadulterated “entourage effect”. Just be careful, they may make you drowsy.


Let’s cut through the noise of all the packaging and attention-grabbing graphics on CBD websites. There are some basic quality-markers you need to know before you make your purchase. These quality-markers are not just a measure of whether you are getting a good product or not. They are also a measure of the safety of your CBD gummies, so these are an essential part of your consideration.


Hemp grown in the United States is absolutely a must. Some companies source their hemp from other countries that may not have strict regulations on their agricultural practices. This can lead to hemp grown in polluted soil, irrigated with polluted water, and sprayed with dangerous pesticides and fertilizers. The USDA has some of the strictest farming regulations in the world. So if the hemp used to make your CBD gummies are domestically-grown, this is a safer option.

Even with hemp grown in the United States, however, you can still end up with CBD extracted from plants that have been sprayed with pesticides and fertilizers. Because hemp absorbs everything in its environment, this can lead to higher concentrations of these chemicals in your CBD. If you ensure your CBD gummies are made with certified organically grown hemp, you are protecting yourself from exposure to harmful chemicals.


Some extraction processes damage the integrity of the CBD’s potency and purity by using higher temperatures and adding solvents to the mix. A CO2 extraction process requires no solvents or additives, and it uses lower temperatures. This way, there is more control over the end result, which is the purest most potent form of CBD available.


Third-party lab results let you know that what is on the label is accurate. When companies send their product out to be tested by a third-party lab, you can be confident about what you buy.


Once you have decided whether you want CBD isolate, broad-spectrum, or full-spectrum CBD gummies, the next step is making sure your gummies are the highest quality available. Lower-quality gummies can be mislabeled or contain harmful chemicals not represented on the packaging.

Verma Farms CBD gummies set the example for how all CBD gummies should be made. The hemp used to make your CBD gummies should be organically grown in the United States. The extraction process should be free of solvents, maintaining the integrity of the CBD being distilled. And finally, you should be able to easily find third-party lab results verifying the potency and purity of your product. Now that you know what you are looking for, get out there and shop!


Watermark Art Center in Bemidji Exhibit Opening: Akinomaage

NATIVE KNOT - December 6, 2019 - 1:00am

BEMIDJI, Minn. — Watermark Art Center will hold an opening reception for “Akinomaage – Teaching from the Earth” December 6 from 5 to 7 p.m., with photographer and author Vern Northrup speaking at 6 p.m.

Interpreter, educator, learner are three words that describe the lens Vern Northrup (Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa) looks through when photographing the world. Akinomaage, Teaching from the Earth, is the Ojibwe word for what Northrup seeks to do with his photography. As an interpreter, educator, and learner, Northrup wants to gain knowledge from the earth.

Using only the camera on his smartphone, Northrup captures the setting of where he grew up, creating nostalgia for those familiar with the area, and a curiosity for those who aren’t. He uses photography as a tool to educate both himself and the viewer about the rhythm of nature, the preservation of tradition, and the relationship between resilience and sustainability. Northrup recognizes the ability of the land to act as a narrator and uses photography to reveal the story in landscapes.
“Akinomaage” will run from December 6 through February 28 in Watermark’s Miikanan Gallery. Watermark is free and open to the public. 505 Bemidji Avenue N. in Bemidji, Minnesota. watermarkartcenter.org.

Navajo Gaming Acquires Flagstaff’s Iconic Horsemen Lodge Property

NATIVE KNOT - December 6, 2019 - 1:00am

Navajo Gaming Acquires Flagstaff’s Iconic Horsemen Lodge Property,

Retains Team Members and Regular Business Operations

Flagstaff, Arizona - The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (Navajo Gaming) has purchased a 14.1-acre parcel and buildings in Coconino County known as The Horsemen Lodge. The restaurant and adjoining parcels both north and south along U.S. Hwy. 89 near Flagstaff, comprise of an iconic southwestern steakhouse established in 1975. 

“This distinct Flagstaff destination offers a unique opportunity for Navajo Gaming to expand and diversify our business operations, create new jobs and cross-market our existing facilities and products to new customer groups visiting the region,” shared Brian Parrish, Navajo Gaming Interim CEO. “We entered into a lease-back agreement with the former owners and management team that maintains existing operations while keeping the current employees on staff.”

“It was very important to us that we ensure the Horseman Lodge staff members were able to retain their jobs,” Parrish explained.

“With the shutdown of the Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta Mine in Northern Arizona, it is incumbent upon Navajo-owned Enterprises to find opportunities to overcome the ill effects resulting from these closures.  The loss of jobs for area residents and approximately $40 million in annual revenues being returned to the Navajo Nation is a tremendous hardship,” stated Quincy Natay, Chairman of the Navajo Gaming Board of Directors.

“We believe this purchase of the Horsemen Lodge fits well into our fiscally-disciplined growth strategy for Navajo Gaming and it enables us to expand and diversify our business,” shared Natay.

“Navajo Gaming is also in the final stages of completing construction on our new Navajo Blue Travel Plaza, which will launch the introduction of several new Authentic-Navajo business products, including our Navajo Fizz Craft Soda Company, Navajo Beef & Sausage Company, and the Twin Arrows Fudge Company.  We will be offering a new line of specialty craft sodas with all-natural ingredients, six different flavors of Navajo beef jerky, breakfast sausages and blue-corn tamales, along with fresh, hand-crafted fudge and candy.”

“This is a very exciting time for us because these new product lines give us the opportunity to showcase new authentic Navajo products that have all been developed, sourced and produced internally on the Navajo Nation. The quality of these new products is superior and it creates another way for us to diversify our business and share Navajo culture with our guests,” noted Parrish.

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

About Navajo Gaming

Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise, in less than 10 years with the completion of four successful casinos, created over 7,425 direct, indirect and induced jobs with an overall economic output of over a billion dollars. The award-winning AAA’s coveted Four Diamond Twin Arrows Casino Resort shares Navajo Culture through architectural nuances and local artists. Each of the property dining eatery establishments features “Navajo Beef,” and traditional cuisine of the Navajo people. An invitation to stay, play and relax at one of our properties is an open welcome to the Navajo Nation’s beautiful scenic transformation.

For the latest news and information visit Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprises’ website: www.navajogaming.com and Facebook page.


IHS and AAP Release Clinical Recommendations to Improve Care of American Indian, Alaska Native Women & Infants Impacted by Prenatal Opioid Exposure

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - December 6, 2019 - 12:01am

Published December 6, 2019

ROCKVILLE, Md. —  On Thursday, the Indian Health Service and the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Native American Child Health   released clinical recommendations on neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome, or NOWS, for IHS, tribal, and urban Indian organization health care facilities. These recommendations provide standards of care surrounding screening, diagnosing, and treatment of pregnant mothers and infants affected by prenatal opioid exposure.

“Infants born withdrawing from opioids represent one of the most heartbreaking aspects of our country’s addiction crisis, which has hit American Indian and Alaska Native communities especially hard,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “The new clinical recommendations will help elevate the quality of care offered to mothers and infants affected by the opioid crisis, and this cooperative project reflects the priority that the Trump Administration has put on addressing substance abuse and increasing the quality of care provided through the Indian Health Service.”

“At IHS, we recognize that preserving the infant-mother relationship is of the utmost importance,” said IHS Chief Medical Officer Rear Adm. Michael Toedt, M.D. “These recommendations further establish the need for ongoing monitoring and clinical management of opioid-exposed infants to improve health outcomes as part of our comprehensive strategy to address the opioid epidemic.”

The recommendations will serve as a resource to improve identification, care, and outcomes of infants at risk for NOWS. The recommendations were developed based on critical feedback the IHS received on the importance of prenatal opioid exposure in opioid listening sessions and tribal consultations throughout the past year.

“American Indian and Alaska Native women face significant barriers in obtaining appropriate care for substance use disorders while pregnant, which may delay early intervention efforts that are best for the newborn’s health,” said Shaquita Bell, M.D., FAAP, chair of the AAP Committee on Native American Child Health. “AAP is proud to partner with IHS to support efforts to prevent neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome, to provide the most appropriate and effective treatments for infants and keep them connected with their families and communities.”

The recommendations are also a companion guide to clinical recommendations to improve care of American Indian and Alaska Native pregnant women and women of childbearing age with opioid use disorder, which were announced by IHS and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in March 2019.

Maintaining relationships and forging new partnerships with tribes and tribal health organizations in rural and urban Indian communities are essential to addressing the opioid epidemic and caring for American Indian and Alaska Native mothers, infants, and families affected by NOWS. The IHS engages with communities and partners with tribes to promote evidence-based programs and policies to support recovery, as well as prevention efforts. The IHS is committed to developing strategies to implement these new recommendations that include sharing best practices in comprehensive care approaches, collaborating with community service providers, and sharing training and patient education resources.

NOWS occurs in 55-94 percent of infants prenatally exposed to opioids and varies in severity from mild to, in rare cases, life-threatening. Management of NOWS begins with identifying women at risk for opioid withdrawal to improve outcomes for both mothers and newborns and help to keep the family unit together.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has identified ending the crisis of opioid addiction and overdose in America as one of the department’s top priorities and an area of focus as an impactable health challenge. In 2017, the Department declared a public health emergency   and announced a 5-Point Strategy to Combat the Opioid Crisis   .

The IHS National Committee on Heroin, Opioids and Pain Efforts, or HOPE Committee, was established to promote appropriate and effective pain management, reduce overdose deaths from heroin and prescription opioid misuse, and improve access to culturally appropriate treatment.

The IHS, an agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services   , provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for approximately 2.6 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. Our mission is to raise the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level. Follow the agency via social media on Facebook   and Twitter  .

The American Academy of Pediatrics

For more than 50 years, pediatricians from the American Academy of Pediatrics   have been meeting to advocate for the health needs of American Indian and Alaska Native children. The AAP Committee on Native American Child Health   , offers its expertise to individuals and groups concerned about the issues facing Native American children. The committee meets twice a year to address the major problems that affect Native American children and youth and how committee members and pediatricians can deal with these problems.

The recommendations are available https://www.ihs.gov/opioids/childhealth/.

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Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Receives More Than $5 Million Additional Dollars in Transportation Funding

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - December 6, 2019 - 12:01am

BIA Route 8 on Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation is only one of several roads that have been severly damaged due to weather. Photo courtesy Cheyenn River Sioux Tribe.

Published December 6, 2019

EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. — An unrelenting season of disastrous weather events in the first half of the year has wreaked havoc on the transportation infrastructure on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe reservation.

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier, Transportation Director Dakota Longbrake and Councilmembers such as District six Councilman Tater Ward have worked hard to secure more than $5 million dollars in additional transportation funding to help repair damaged roads and transportation infrastructure. Multiple trips to Federal agencies and a lot of paperwork culminating in a visit with Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

The funding comes at a time when the weather severely restricts the amount construction that can be performed but repairs are expected to begin as soon as possible to restore roads to the more remote areas of the reservation.

Tribal officials are continuing to press the federal government to fund repairs and improvements to the roads on federal inventories. While $5 million dollars seems like a large amount of money it falls well short of the estimated $120 million dollars to repair the major projects on the reservation.

Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier stated, “I’m happy that the Federal agencies we have been able to assist us with these funds. We are still a long way from fixing all our roads but I am working to secure additional funds to get our roads in better shape.”

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Rep. Cole Thinks Congress Being Unfair to Trump on Impeachment Issue

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - December 6, 2019 - 12:00am

Rep. Tom Cole addressing the National Congress of American Indians at Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. in February 2019. Native News Online photograph by Levi Rickert

Published December 6, 2019

WASHINGTON — Sticking with the GOP line of the impeachment of Donald J. Trump, the 45th president of the United States, Rep. Tom Cole, (R-OK – 4) released the following statement after Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced this morning that she is directing chairmen of the relevant House committees to draft articles of impeachment.

“I am disappointed by Speaker Pelosi’s decision to move forward with articles of impeachment to remove President Donald Trump from office,” said Cole. “While the details of potential articles are still unclear and the timing of a vote is uncertain, it is now evident that a vote in the House is inevitable.

“On something as consequential as impeaching the President of the United States, it is a disservice to the American people for one political party to dictate the terms and make up the rules of the process, as Democrats have done since day one. Based on what I have seen so far, I do not think the House has grounds to move forward on this serious matter. And as things stand today, I will certainly be voting against impeachment when it comes to the floor of the House.

“While I am not on the committees responsible for drafting articles of impeachment, I was directly involved in consideration and debate on the impeachment process resolution when it came through the House Rules Committee, where I serve as the top Republican. As I said at that time, the process prescribed solely by Democrats is not fair, open or transparent. Reflecting on how things have played out in the weeks since then further affirms my earlier judgment that this flawed process was crafted to ensure a partisan, pre-ordained result. Certainly, this cannot be viewed as legitimate. It is my hope and expectation that the president will be treated more fairly in the Senate than he has been in the U.S. House of Representatives.”

Cole is a tribal citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and is one of four members of Congress who are American Indians. The others are: Sharice Davids, (D-KS – 3), who is a tribal citizen of the Ho Chunk Nation, Deb Haaland (D-NM – 1), who is a tribal citizen of the Laguna Pueblo; and Markwayne Mullin (R-OK- 2), who is a tribal citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

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Tribes, City Governments Granting Nature Rights in Effort to Protect Environment

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - December 6, 2019 - 12:00am

Published December 6, 2019

Long before environmental organizations and green movements were formed, tribes all over the world were the primary carers and protectors of Mother Earth. In their own unique way, they have shown how people can rely on and peacefully coexist with nature without abusing or polluting it. From a young age, tribal people have considered nature their home, thus recognizing it’s their duty to protect and preserve it. As mentioned in our post about the Protecting Mother Earth Conference, environmentalists, tribal leaders, and frontline grassroots groups looking for solutions to global environmental problems have often come together to join forces to protect Mother Earth. Similarly, in a renewed effort to further push for the protection of their natural resources, Ohio residents, who are composed of a significant number of people belonging to different ethnicities, have found a way to protect Lake Erie.

Vox reports that everything started with a group of people who had agreed that the government wasn’t doing enough to protect Lake Erie. The citizens of Ohio held a poll on February 26 of this year, asking whether the iconic Lake Erie should be granted the same legal rights as a person. As they were the very individuals directly affected by the pollution of the lake, it was no surprise that the poll overwhelmingly decided that yes, Lake Erie deserved personhood status.

Reports from the Chicago Tribune have revealed that granting personhood status to environmental entities has been effective in protecting specific watersheds, habitats, and species legally. Although the Lake Erie Bill of Rights is the first rights-based legislation geared towards protecting an entire ecosystem in the US, the approach has long been used by many environmental activists from other countries such as New Zealand and India. An article by The Guardian explains that the residents and tribal people of Ohio consider the Lake Erie Bill of Rights to be their way of taking responsibility for the welfare of the lake. They see it as the first step in helping to bring Lake Erie back to a healthy state, particularly due to the state’s unreliable access to clean potable water.

Studies from Closing the Water Gap found that communities across the Ohio Valley are among the 2 million Americans who do not have access to clean water, and that Native American households are 19 times more likely to lack indoor plumbing than white households. Steep declines in federal funding for water infrastructure – as well as historical discrimination – play large roles in the lack of access to clean water for many Ohio Valley residents. These issues have gone largely unaddressed since the 1980s, even as institutions have found ways to address other environmental issues. Capital Community Bank, a Utah bank that provides loans in Toledo, has introduced flexible loans for Toledo residents who want to go green and install solar panels in their homes, even partnering up with a local solar panel provider. Yet no institutions – whether federal or private – have thought to address the lingering problem of unclean water across the Ohio Valley. This has led Ohio residents to take matters into their own hands, resulting in the Lake Erie Bill of Rights.

Sadly, many companies across Ohio are already challenging the Lake Erie Bill of Rights through various lawsuits, and critics in the business and government sector also argue that the overly broad declarations could hinder the development of infrastructures in the area. Moreover, the law, as it stands, presents another challenge, as it recognizes nature as human property, thereby giving corporations the privileges to utilize it as they deem necessary. Immediately after the passage of the Lake Erie Bill of Rights, the Ohio General Assembly also approved a budget that would prohibit legal standings for the ecosystem. Despite all these challenges, residents are fighting with renewed vigor to ensure that the Lake Erie Bill of Rights won’t be the last impactful action they take.

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What Marketers Need to Know About IGTV

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - December 6, 2019 - 12:00am

Published December 6, 2019

Instagram TV, better known as IGTV is a standalone app that also has a section within the regular Instagram app. It introduces long form video to the platform, and gives marketers yet another way to connect with audiences to share content. It’s about catering to the ability to watch videos on mobile devices, and is thought to be Instagram’s answer to Facebook Watch, YouTube, and Snapchat’s Discover features. Here’s what you need to know about it.

Anyone with an Instagram account can set up an IGTV channel, using either your smartphone or desktop. You’ll connect your Instagram account to the IGTV app and start the setup process from there if you’re on mobile. On a desktop, you’ll have to go to Instagram.com and login to your account – then open the IGTV tab to get started.

Because IGTV is linked to and accessible through Instagram, you can still automatically buy Instagram followers – but you won’t be able to automate IGTV itself. IGTV is basically longer versions of Instagram Stories, so if you’re already familiar with it, you should be successful with IGTV, too.

IGTV recommends multiple videos to anyone who uses the app, which increases the chance your content will be distributed to new followers who have expressed interested in content similar or related to your own.

  1. Videos are only allowed in portrait format.

IGTV only allows videos in portrait format so that mobile users do not have to turn their phones to watch. There’s no word about when or if landscape video will be added. Since the main target is mobile users, it stands to reason that landscape will not be added in the future, because the whole point is to ensure people can watch with ease.

  1. You can’t record video in the IGTV app.

IGTV is strictly a video-only platform, but as of now, you cannot record video directly within the IGTV app. This may change in the future, but currently it’s only possible to upload external video files to your channel.

The videos must be in vertical mode, with the ideal size being 16:9 aspect ratio as Instagram users are already accustomed to. 4:5 is also supported, but in this aspect ratio, the video will not fill the entire screen.

There is no limit to the number of videos you can upload, but they must be at least 15 seconds long. Once it’s uploaded, any of your existing Instagram followers can see it. All your current followers will automatically follow your IGTV channel. They are only able to unfollow your channel by unfollowing your Instagram account.

  1. Ads aren’t available for IGTV…yet.

Because the IGTV platform is still fairly new – it debuted in June 2018 – it’s still trying build the brand. As such, advertising is not currently available on any IGTV videos or channels.

There is no word about when this feature will be added, or how it will work. It’s possible content creators could be paid for clicks when ads are shown on their content much like the YouTube model, but until they include the feature, it’s not something marketers need to even consider as an option.

  1. Stick with 10 minutes.

Unless you’re a huge brand, chances are you’ll be limited to videos that are maxed out at 10 minutes long. In the future, according to ViralRace, it’s possible you’ll be able to post videos that are up to an hour long. Right now, there are some brands with this ability, but the average account is capped at 10 minutes. Instagram has already said they do what to eventually remove time limitations on the uploads.

  1. Plan titles, descriptions, and thumbnails in advance.

After choosing the video you want to upload to your channel, you can edit the title, description, and cover image. You’ll want to make sure you give your video a descriptive title that fits the content, but also entices your audience to watch. Titles are cropped off the thumbnail at around 20 to 25 characters so make sure the title is either short or includes the most important information at the beginning.

When you upload content from a mobile device rather than a desktop, your titles and descriptions cannot be edited after you post it. Knowing this, make sure you double check for typos and have all the information you want to include before you post.

Though you can edit titles and descriptions from the desktop app if needed, planning both your titles and descriptions in advance can help reduce or eliminate the need to go back to your desktop and make changes later.

Each video you upload to IGTV will also have a thumbnail image. It’s typically generated from a frame of your video, and in most cases, isn’t really a good fit. Though you can choose any frame in the video, most people create their own thumbnail art for each video, as seen on YouTube. By planning your videos in advance, you can also take the time to create custom thumbnail art to upload, creating a more professional look for your IGTV channel.

Though the platform isn’t without its quirks, there is a lot of potential for this to grow in the future. Learning the ropes now, and planning to have a regular series or consistent content – whether it be behind the scenes looks at your company, webinars, product demos, interviews, or something else entirely, will put you ahead of the rest of the game as the app grows.

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New Tsuut'ina Nation chief lays out priorities after election

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - December 5, 2019 - 9:09pm
Roy Whitney

When Tsuut'ina Nation Chief Roy Whitney was first elected in 1984, he began to explore possibilities for a potential ring road in Calgary alongside then-premier Ralph Klein.

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