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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. 

Categories: CANADA

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."

Categories: CANADA

Delays in 60s Scoop settlement compensation draws criticism from survivors

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 1, 2020 - 4:00am
Sixties Scoop

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unexpected challenges in administering Canada's $875 million class action settlement agreement with Sixties Scoop survivors, including delays that some survivors say are creating a lot of frustration.

Categories: CANADA

Sunday Navajo Nation COVID-19 Update: 1,840 Recoveries, 98 New Cases of COVID-19, and Five More Deaths Reported

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - June 1, 2020 - 12:10am

Published June 1, 2020

Operation First of the Month” set to take effect

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – The Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 98 new cases of COVID-19 for the Navajo Nation and five more deaths. The total number of deaths has reached 246 as of Sunday. Preliminary reports from nine health care facilities indicate that approximately 1,840 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, with more reports still pending. The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation has reached 5,348.

Navajo Nation cases by Service Unit:

  • Chinle Service Unit: 1,392
  • Crownpoint Service Unit: 520
  • Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 287
  • Gallup Service Unit: 888
  • Kayenta Service Unit: 813
  •  Shiprock Service Unit: 862
  • Tuba City Service Unit: 452
  • Winslow Service Unit: 103

*31 residences are not specific enough to place them accurately in a Service Unit

“As we approach the end of May, let’s remain diligent and stay home and stay safe to minimize the spread of the coronavirus in our Nation. Tomorrow is also the first day of June, and many Navajo elders will be shopping for essential items, such as groceries, household items, and livestock supplies. Please take care of yourself and our precious elders. Adults 65 and older and individuals who have severe chronic medical conditions, such as heart or lung disease, and diabetes, are at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness,” Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said on Sunday evening.

The Nez-Lizer team, with coordination from the Navajo Nation Division of Economic Development, announced that all Bashas’ Diné Markets on the Navajo Nation would offer special shopping hours from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on June 1, specifically for elders to purchase essential items to help reduce the exposure of COVID-19.

Additionally, the Navajo Nation Division of Social Services and Navajo Health Command Operations Center will be at each location and distribute information on COVID-19 prevention, and homemade masks for elders. There will also be law enforcement presence to help regulate the flow of traffic.

For more information, including reports, helpful prevention tips, and more resources, please visit the Navajo Department of Health’s COVID-19 website at http://www.ndoh.navajo-nsn.gov/COVID-19. To contact the primary Navajo Health Command Operations Center, please call (928) 871-6855.


To Donate to the Navajo Nation

The official webpage for donations to the Navajo Nation, which has further details on how to support  the Nation’s Dikos Ntsaaígíí-19 (COVID-19) efforts is:  http://www.nndoh.org/donate.html.


For More Information

For more information including reports, helpful prevention tips, and more resources, please visit the Navajo Department of Health’s COVID-19 website at http://www.ndoh.navajo-nsn.gov/COVID-19. To contact the main Navajo Health Command Operations Center, please call (928) 871-7014.

For up to date information on impact the coronavirus pandemic is having in the United States and around the world go to: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/?fbclid=IwAR1vxfcHfMBnmTFm6hBICQcdbV5aRnMimeP3hVYHdlxJtFWdKF80VV8iHgE

For up-to-date information about COVID-19, Native News Online encourages you to go to Indian Health Service’s COVID-19 webpage and review CDC’s COVID-19 webpage. 

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Cherokee Nation Principal Chief: Why I Support State Question 802 Medicaid Expansion

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - June 1, 2020 - 12:01am
Guest Opinion

Published June 1, 2020

On June 30, voters will make a big decision about the future of health care in Oklahoma. State Question 802 would have a $27 million economic impact on Cherokee Nation Health Services.

That money would go to support good jobs for health care professionals and provide life-saving treatments and medicine to Cherokees. As our health care heroes battle the spread of the COVID-19 virus, it is more important than ever to provide the support they need.

I hope you will join me in voting YES on State Question 802. By bringing home our tax dollars to provide health coverage, we will improve health and family finances for Cherokees across Oklahoma, help keep rural hospitals open, and boost the economy.

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr.

Currently, 36 other states get billions of dollars in health care funding through Medicaid expansion. For the past decade, Oklahoma has chosen not to participate in Medicaid expansion, sending millions of Cherokees’ federal tax dollars to neighboring states, like Arkansas, Louisiana, Colorado and New Mexico.

Cherokee Nation’s tribal health system is partially funded by federal dollars through the Indian Health Service. However, those IHS appropriations have always been well below the full cost of caring for our tribal citizens. To make up the difference as best we can, we need Cherokees to have insurance coverage, whether through Medicaid, Medicare, the Veterans Administration or private insurance.

Passing State Question 802 will allow almost 14,000 Cherokees and other American Indian patients in our Cherokee Nation health system access to health coverage.

Expanding coverage for Cherokee citizens will dramatically strengthen the finances of our tribal health system. Expansion will allow us to provide more care at no cost to the state, because services for a Medicaid patient at a tribal facility are 100% federally reimbursed. The funds will allow us to treat more patients, provide more medications, and pay for more referrals when Cherokees need care outside our health facilities.

Cherokee Nation Health Services provides some of the best early and preventative care in the country. Unfortunately, many Oklahomans in our community are forced to put off essential medical care because they do not have health insurance. Many have gone without heart medication or cancer treatment until the problem became much worse. Even more Oklahomans have gone bankrupt or felt extreme financial stress over the cost of care without insurance. This creates a financial strain that impacts all of us. Too many rural hospitals in Oklahoma have shut down because their patients were not able to pay for care. Passing State Question 802 will go a long way toward reversing these trends.

On June 30, I urge everyone in the Cherokee Nation and across Oklahoma to vote YES on State Question 802. For this election, you have until June 5 to register to vote and until June 24 to request an absentee ballot in the mail. Visit www.yeson802.org if you would like to get involved in the campaign to pass State Question 802.

A yes vote will make a lasting difference for better health and financial security of Cherokees and all 4 million Oklahomans.

Chuck Hoskin, Jr. is the principal chief of the Cherokee Nation.

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The Latest: Tear gas. Looting. And lots of prayers

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - May 31, 2020 - 9:25pm

The latest news on the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck


Modern-day AIM makes its presence felt

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - May 31, 2020 - 9:05pm

‘It’s moccasins on the ground, connecting’


A century of  'Hands up, don't shoot'

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - May 31, 2020 - 6:03pm

May 31 is the anniversary of Tulsa, Oklahoma's Greenwood Massacre


All-Indian fastpitch softball tournaments to proceed

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - May 31, 2020 - 3:00pm

The 68th-annual event will be held July 10-12 at the Otoe-Missouria tribal complex fields in Red Rock, Oklahoma


The Latest: Marches from London to Phoenix

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - May 31, 2020 - 9:34am

The Latest on the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck



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