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Second open letter to the Cherokee people

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - May 20, 2019 - 10:19am

Chad Corntassel Smith, former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation 1999-2011 addresses concerns about his allegations of 'corruption that has taken over the Cherokee Nation'


Squamish Nation Trust breaks down barriers for Indigenous entrepreneurs

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 20, 2019 - 10:00am
Lisa Peterson

In a warehouse tucked away on the heavily-industrialized shores of North Vancouver, the sounds of forklifts, stone blades, and shop vacuums, spill over into the nearby parking lot.

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Cankdeska Cikana Community College Hosts Climate Workshop in Support of Tribal Resiliency

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - May 20, 2019 - 8:23am

Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC) has been broadening its experiential learning and training options in natural resources, most recently by hosting the climate summary workshop,

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The fate of Renee: A tragic story of a ‘Stolen Sister’ in my own family

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - May 20, 2019 - 7:42am

Renee was a Tuscarora Haudenosaunee that disappeared on Christmas Day in 1974 in New Haven, Indiana. A runaway, the police did not look for her when she first went missing


Justices Say Tribe's Hunting Right Outlasted Wyo. Statehood

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 20, 2019 - 6:51am
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out a Crow Tribe member's state court conviction for crossing state lines to hunt elk in the Bighorn National Forest, ruling that the tribe's treaty right to hunt didn't end when Wyoming became a state.

Child apprehension violated charter rights, appeal argues

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 20, 2019 - 6:00am
Law Courts in Winnipeg

A Manitoba woman is appealing a court decision that terminated her parental rights after her son was apprehended at birth, arguing the process violated her constitutional right to a fair hearing.

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Ministry of Education set to release Indigenous curriculum soon; partners' input to be added later

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 20, 2019 - 6:00am
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The province is preparing to release its revised Indigenous curriculum for Ontario high school classrooms, but the Conservative government won’t be collaborating with its Indigenous partners until after the plan is released.

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Kwantlen First Nation members taking steps to conserve eulachon on the Fraser River

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 20, 2019 - 4:00am

River dredging, shrimp trawling and changes in climate are some factors that may have made this staple species for many B.C. Indigenous communities a rarity in the lower Fraser River area.

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Portrait of the late Russell Means fetches $6.3 million at auction

INDIANZ.COM - May 20, 2019 - 2:56am
An iconic portrait of Russell Means, created by Andy Warhol, went big on a night of even bigger sales.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Democrats are forcing the Green New Deal on America

INDIANZ.COM - May 20, 2019 - 2:47am
Two of the top oil and gas producing states are also the leaders in renewable power.

Pauma Band hits end of the line with labor sovereignty case

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - May 20, 2019 - 2:11am
It wasn't all good news from the U.S. Supreme Court as the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians was turned away in a closely-watched labor sovereignty case.

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: How the 'rule of law' harms indigenous peoples

INDIANZ.COM - May 20, 2019 - 1:32am
Many tribes are still in the process of trying to make colonial systems work for them.

Native Sun News Today: Native graduate inspires thousands with post

INDIANZ.COM - May 20, 2019 - 1:15am
Chantelle Blue Arm almost didn't attend graduation ceremonies for her master's degree.

Cherokee Nation to Break Ground on OSU Medical School Campus

NATIVE KNOT - May 20, 2019 - 1:00am

OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at Cherokee Nation is first tribally-affiliated medical school on tribal land


TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Leaders from the Cherokee Nation and Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences will officially break ground Monday on the approximately 80,000 square-foot OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at Cherokee Nation.

The new, accredited medical school campus will be located on the W.W. Hastings campus in Tahlequah and is the first tribally-affiliated medical school on tribal land in the United States.

“This groundbreaking marks a monumental achievement for not only Cherokee Nation, but for all of Indian Country,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. “We know that Native Americans make up only 0.2 percent of medical students nationwide. Through our work with the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine here at the Cherokee Nation, we are taking important steps to fill that gap and produce more physicians that are tribal citizens. They will positively impact rural northeastern Oklahoma with their medical service.”

The facility will feature state-of-the-art classrooms, lecture halls and cutting-edge technology such as computer-programmable manikins and medical simulation. The college is slated to open with 50 students in 2020. The medical school is expected to serve 200 students when it becomes fully operational.

“The OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Cherokee Nation have a shared vision of populating rural and underserved Oklahoma with OSU primary care physicians,” said Kayse Shrum, D.O., OSU-CHS president and dean of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. “I can’t think of a better way to achieve this vision than by partnering with the Cherokee Nation to establish the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation. The groundbreaking for this new medical school in Tahlequah marks a new day for rural and tribal health.”



Groundbreaking ceremony for the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at Cherokee Nation


Monday, May 20, 2019 – 10 a.m.


19500 E. Ross St., Tahlequah, Oklahoma


  • Principal Chief Bill John Baker

  • Chief of Staff Chuck Hoskin

  • Cherokee Nation Businesses Executive Vice President Chuck Garrett

  • W.W. Hastings Hospital CEO Brian Hail

  • Cherokee Spiritual Advisor Crosslin Smith

  • OSU Center for Health Sciences President Dr. Kayse Shrum

  • OSU/A&M Board of Regents Chair Calvin Anthony

  • OSU-COM-CN Dean William Pettit


Chickasaw Nation Lt. Governor Jefferson Keel Announces Decision to Step Down

NATIVE KNOT - May 20, 2019 - 1:00am

ADA, Okla.  —  Chickasaw Nation Lt. Governor Jefferson Keel has announced that he plans to step down, effective at the end of his current term, September 30.

Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby said Lt. Governor Keel has served the Chickasaw Nation and the Chickasaw people well.

“We appreciate him for his leadership at home and representing us on a national level,” Governor Anoatubby said. “We look forward to his continued service to our tribe.”

Keel, who is serving his fifth term as Lt. Governor, wrote a personal message to the Chickasaw people, stating that he began considering the decision when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2017.

“We have been diligently seeking the Lord’s direction since then,” Keel said. “I completed my treatments, and by the Grace of God, there is no sign of cancer. The Lord healed me and I know that He has a plan for me.”

Keel, who also serves as president of the National Congress of American Indians, said that he and Gov. Anoatubby spoke together about the decision and agreed that it was time “to begin a new chapter” in his life.

Gov. Anoatubby said that he has had discussions with Keel about continuing to serve the Chickasaw Nation in another role.


Cheyenne River Youth Project Launches RedCan 2019 Teaser Trailer

NATIVE KNOT - May 20, 2019 - 1:00am
Releases Lineup of Featured Artists and Special Guests for June 19-22 Festival

EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. — Once again, RedCan is rising on the South Dakota prairie: Just a little over a month from now, artists, musicians and performers from across the country will converge at the Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte for the 5th annual RedCan invitational graffiti jam. In preparation for this eagerly anticipated celebration of graffiti culture and Lakota culture, CRYP has just released a 2019 teaser trailer and its official lineup of invited guests.

RedCan 2019 will feature acclaimed returning artists East, Wundr, Ryoe, Cyfi, Sadat, Scape, Dwayno Insano, Siamese, Hoka, Biafra Inc., Tuke, and DeKae. All 12 artists will be painting in CRYP’s Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park, as well as at select mural sites around Eagle Butte, but they’re doing something a little different this summer.
“For this year’s RedCan, our artists will be painting their murals around the community on June 19-20,” says Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “Then, on June 21-22, we’ll bring everyone together to paint in the park. In the past, artists worked in both locations across all four days, so this is an exciting change for all of us.
“The artists have told us they love painting in a high-energy environment,” she continues. “On RedCan’s final two days, that’s exactly what the art park will be. Not only will the artists be drawing inspiration and energy from each other, but they’ll also be surrounded by traditional dancers, talented performers, young people exploring their own creativity, and so much more.”
During RedCan 2019, DJ Micah, Gunner Jules, Let It Bee and the Sampson Brothers all will be appearing on the Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park outdoor stage. RedCan attendees also may enjoy art classes at the First Peoples Fund’s Rolling Rez Arts bus, martial arts instruction from the Full Circle Martial Arts Academy, and a traditional Lakota dance exhibition.
What’s more, local artists will have opportunities to paint alongside the featured artists, exchanging ideas and sharing techniques along the way. According to Garreau, this has been a highlight of the graffiti jam in recent years.

“We’ve seen some really beautiful collaborative work,” she says. “We’ve also seen lifelong friendships develop, which is profoundly moving to all of us. At its heart, RedCan is about connection as well as cultural exchange. It’s about building relationships, and strengthening the bonds between cultures and with each other.”
RedCan remains Indian Country’s first and only graffiti jam, and it is the signature event for CRYP’s Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Youth Arts & Culture Institute. RedCan gives Cheyenne River’s young people, and the community at large, an unparalleled opportunity to experience the contemporary graffiti art movement, and in the process, learn how to express themselves and tell their own stories in a culturally relevant and healthy way.
“Art has transformative healing power,” Garreau says. “As Lakota people, we have always known this. For us, art is life. That’s why we’re dedicated to bringing RedCan to Cheyenne River each summer.
“That’s also why we’re asking our friends and supporters to join us in helping to make RedCan 2019 a reality,” she continues. “We’re deeply grateful to ArtPlace America, the John T. Vucurevich Foundation, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, the Bush Foundation, the Santa Fe Tobacco Company, Dope Paint and All Day Supply for their support, as well as to the many individuals across the country and even around the world who are helping us cover the costs associated with an event this size, from painting supplies to meals.

To make a tax-deductible contribution to the RedCan fundraiser, visit www.lakotayouth.com/donate. All proceeds will be used to purchase paint, artist supplies, food and beverages, and to help cover the artists’ travel expenses.

The public is welcome to attend RedCan, and all events and activities are free. Lodging is available at area motels; since rooms do tend to book out quickly, CRYP is offering camping for up to 100 people at its East Lincoln Street campus. 
For information about this year’s RedCan invitational graffiti jam, and to watch the new teaser trailer, please visit www.lakotayouth.org/redcan, where you also can view video documentaries and photo galleries from the first four annual events, bios for featured artists and special guests, and more. In the coming weeks, CRYP will be sharing more information about planned activities and performances through the website and social media—hashtag #RedCanRising.


Nez-Lizer Pay Tribute to Military Men and Women on Armed Forces Day

NATIVE KNOT - May 20, 2019 - 1:00am

WINDOW ROCK — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer offer their gratitude and support for all Diné men and women serving in the Armed Forces and they also encourage the public to offer their appreciation on Armed Forces Day, which is recognized across the country on May 18.

“As Diné people, we have a long and proud history of military service and sacrifice. I believe that every Navajo person has family members, relatives, and friends who are either veterans or currently serving our country around the world. On Armed Forces Day, we say thank you to them and we offer our prayers for their safe return home,” stated President Nez.

Armed Forces Day was established when former U.S. President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank military members for their service in support of our country. On Aug. 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force Days.

“Today presents an opportunity for us all to share our admiration and support for our veterans and those who continue to serve and protect our country. President Nez and I thank all of our mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, and many more who sacrifice and give of themselves to protect our freedom and our people,” Vice President Lizer said.

Throughout the Navajo Nation, chapters and veteran organizations will host parades and various appreciation events to honor our Nation’s military service men and women.

“We are grateful to the chapters, veteran groups, and community members for showing their support and contributing their resources to honor and recognize our Diné warriors,” added President Nez.


Second Annual Anishinaabe Racial Justice Conference Set for May 24th - 26th

NATIVE KNOT - May 20, 2019 - 1:00am

Native Justice Coalition hosting Anishinaabe Racial Justice Conference May 24-26

BARAGA, Mich. — The Native Justice Coalition, along with various community partners, will host the second annual Anishinaabe Racial Justice Conference on May 24-26, 2019 in the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community in Baraga, Michigan.

Tackling discussions of local and national racism, this conference empowers Native Peoples across the Great Lakes region to come together and share experiences of healing, wellness, and sobriety.

The Anishinaabe, People of the Three Fires — the Odawa (Ottawa), the Ojibwe (Chippewa) and the Potawatomi — make up the twelve federally-recognized tribes and four historic tribes of Michigan. Modern nation-state boundaries cut through Anishinaabewaki, Anishinaabe Land, which traditionally extends from the Eastern seaboard to the Great Plains region. Today, federally-recognized Anishinaabe tribes are located in Ontario, Manitoba, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Kansas, and Indiana.

Last year, panelists addressed more than 200 conference attendees who registered or dropped-in throughout the three-day event. An amazing fact is that last year the conference had 60 walk-ins from mostly the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and other local bands.

The Native Justice Coalition, directed by Cecelia LaPointe, is dedicated to uplifting the strength and spirit of the Anishinaabe community. If you would like to be involved or make a donation to sustain this important work, please contact cecelia@nativejustice.org.

Registration is free. Visit nativejusticecoalition.org for conference details.


Navajo Code Talker Fleming Begaye Laid to Rest

NATIVE KNOT - May 20, 2019 - 1:00am

CHINLE, Ariz. — Navajo American hero and World War II Code Talker Fleming Begaye, Sr. was laid to rest in Chinle, Ariz on Friday, May 17, 2019.

Despite heavy rainfall in the morning, motorcyclists from the Navajo-Hopi Honor Riders provided escort from the Silver Creek Mortuary in Tse Bonito, N.M., to a viewing at the Potter’s House Church in Chinle. Following the viewing, more than 200 attended the funeral to celebrate the life of the 97-year-old war hero.

In World War II, the Navajo men recruited by the U.S. Marines to transmit top secret combat communications using Diné Bizaad, the Navajo language, were known as Code Talkers.

In his service to country, Mr. Begaye narrowly avoided death several times. During the Battle of Tarawa, Begaye survived by swimming for his life after a Japanese bomb destroyed his landing craft.

Later, Begaye spent nearly a year in the hospital after surviving wounds endured in the taking of the Japanese base on Tinian in the Mariana Islands. Begaye also saw action on Guadalcanal.

The Navajo Code is widely thought to be the only military code that has never been deciphered, and the Code Talkers are credited with helping ensure the Allies’ victory in the Pacific theater.

Navajo Council Speaker Seth Damon (Bááháálí, Chichiltah, Manuelito, Tsé Lichíí’, Rock Springs, Tsayatoh) offered words of encouragement to Begaye’s surviving relatives in attendance and offered a Navajo Nation flag to Theo Ott, Begaye’s granddaughter.

“Fleming Begaye’s life was always dedicated to service,” said Speaker Seth Damon. “Whether it was answering the call to protect freedom in World War II or his service on the Navajo Nation, Mr. Begaye brought honor and dignity to all his endeavors. His outsized influence on the Navajo Nation will be missed by all. The Council is honored to present the Navajo Nation Flag to his family in honor of Mr. Begaye and as recognition of his devoted service to his Nation and country.”

After his military service, Begaye returned to the Navajo Nation, met his wife Helen, and served his people as a Bureau of Indian Affairs school guidance counselor. He used his savings from the position to start a series of businesses on the reservation, starting with a general store and Shell gas station in Chinle.

In addition to his business career, Begaye was a civic leader and booster for Navajo capacity-building efforts.

He served on the executive board of the Office of Navajo Economic Opportunity, the Chinle planning board, and the school board. Countless rodeos, churches, sports teams, schools, and even the Navajo police department enjoyed Begaye’s beneficence.

When Navajo Community College requested his help to get the first tribally-controlled institution of higher education off the ground, Begaye offered financial backing, goods, and equipment to the school.

In 2017, Begaye was honored by President Donald Trump in the Oval Office. He and former Navajo Nation Chairman Peter MacDonald, also a Code Talker, were honored for their World War II service at the White House ceremony.

Begaye received military honors at his internment at a family burial plot east of Many Farms. His U.S. Marine pallbearers gave a 21-gun salute and taps was played by a local trumpeter from his church of more than 30 years, the Potter’s House.

From recruitment of 420 Code Talkers, there are seven living Code Talkers alive now.

Begaye’s beginnings are common to many on the Nation. He was born on sheepskin in a hogan in 1921 in Red Valley, AZ. He attended BIA schools before dropping out to join the Marines.

Helen, his wife, passed in 2008. He is survived by his daughter, Veronica Walters, six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.


Officer-involved Shooting Leaves One Dead on Navajo Nation

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - May 20, 2019 - 12:01am

Published May 20, 2019

TONALEA-RED LAKE, Ariz. — One person is dead after an officer-involved shooting Saturday morning (May 18), said Navajo Nation Police spokeswoman Christina Tsosie.

“We can confirm at this time that there was a single death,” Tsosie said in a statement to the Navajo Times. “No officers were harmed in this incident.”

FBI Phoenix responded to investigate the incident, said FBI Phoenix spokeswoman Jill E. McCabe.

“One individual is deceased,” she said. “No officers were injured. This is an ongoing investigation.”

The case is being investigated by the FBI and the Navajo Division of Public Safety, according to Tsosie.

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

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