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#NativeNerd column: Free or inexpensive things you can do for mom on Mother’s Day

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - May 12, 2019 - 11:37am

Happy Mother’s Day to the moms in our lives that have put up with our nerdy antics for more than a few years. From Vincent Schilling, the Native Nerd

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Happy Mother’s Day wishes from Indian Country Today – All types of moms included

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - May 12, 2019 - 9:29am

This Mother’s Day wish is to all of the mothers out there. Birth moms, moms of four-legged kids, stepmoms, foster moms, moms no longer with us and more ...

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'Two-eyed seeing': Carcross tries on-the-land science class

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 12, 2019 - 9:00am
CTFN - Yukon College land school 6

Many students remember dissecting a frog in high school: A new class offered outside Carcross has a twist on that. Students prepare a rabbit and make stew. It's a small example of how Indigenous culture is incorporated into a new science class offered outside Carcross.

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Photographs of the 20th Annual Newe (Western Shoshone) “Walk on Sacred Land” Ceremony

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - May 12, 2019 - 8:30am

Walkers want to bring attention to the desecration of territorial land in Yucca mountain area of Nevada.

Published May 12, 2019

TONOPAH, Nev. — The 20th Annual Newe (Western Shoshone) “Walk on Sacred Land” Ceremony wraps up tomorrow in Tonopah, Nevada. The walk brings attention to the desecration of sacred land, and the storage of uranium and other radioactive materials in Yucca mountain, which is on the treaty territorial land of the Western Shoshone.

The Ceremony includes traditional Newe ceremony and a walk / run from Tonopah, Nevada  to Mercury Peace Camp/Nevada National Security Site to:

–  pray for healing of our traditional lands, contaminated by 70+ years of illegal nuclear testing and waste storage at the NNSS
–  pray for healing of all affected by radiation poisoning
–  pray for those who continue to occupy, pollute, and desecrate the land *
– raise awareness about U.S. attempts to bury nuclear waste under Yucca Mountain, a sacred site
– call attention to the broken 1863 Treaty of Ruby Valley, which affirms Newe as sovereign, does not cede land ownership to the U.S. or give the government permission for NNSS or its activities.

One added aspect of the walk this year is organizers want to also bring attention to the tragic epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Several of the walkers have been wearing red to highlight their passion to bring an end to missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Group of walkers bringing attention to Missing and Murdered Women

The is 20th Annual Newe (Western Shoshone) “Walk on Sacred Land” Ceremony led by Chief Johnnie Bobb.

Chief Johnnie Bobb

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Ask those presidential candidates to explain the mess we call an election

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - May 12, 2019 - 7:01am

A story that journalism should report often: Our election framework needs a serious fix

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120 years of Indian day schools leave a dark legacy in Kahnawake Mohawk Territory

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 12, 2019 - 4:00am
Kateri School

This month, the Federal Court of Canada will be asked to approve a settlement in a class-action lawsuit against the federal government to compensate for harms suffered by students who were forced to attend Indian day schools. Kahnawake, Que., had the second-highest number of day schools in the country.

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Sen. Udall Introduces Bicameral Legislation to Address the Lack of Funding for Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention in Indian Country

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - May 12, 2019 - 12:05am

Published May 12, 2019

Bill with Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva would provide Tribes with resources to combat child abuse and keep Native children safe

WASHINGTON —U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) in introducing the American Indian and Alaska Native Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (AI/AN CAPTA), legislation that would amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) to provide Tribal nations with resources to combat child abuse and neglect.

“When it comes to preventing child abuse and neglect, one thing is very clear: Native children are falling through the cracks,” said Udall. “Fulfilling the federal government’s trust and treaty responsibilities to Indian Country means improving access to prevention resources for Tribal communities. This critical legislation would help keep Native children safe by studying culturally-relevant prevention strategies, and improving Tribal access to federal child abuse prevention resources.”

As the primary federal law addressing child abuse and neglect, CAPTA has been crucial in protecting children in the United States. However, it has not gone far enough to address the needs of American Indian and Alaska Native children. Though CAPTA contains language regarding Tribal eligibility for discretionary grants and emphasizes American Indian and Alaska Native child maltreatment issues, Tribal nations rarely receive federal CAPTA program or research grants to implement, expand, and document culturally-tailored best practices in child welfare programing.

AI/AN CAPTA fills this gap by amending CAPTA to require Tribal nations be included in the equitable distribution criteria for allocating CAPTA federal funding. It also increases the Tribal set-aside for funding from one percent to five percent after overall CAPTA funding increases — bolstering community funding available for child abuse and neglect prevention efforts and helping to address current limitations in the development of innovative child abuse and neglect prevention program models in Tribal communities. AI/AN CAPTA also requires the Government Accountability Office (GAO), in consultation with Tribes, to identify and report on child abuse and neglect prevention best-practices efforts in Tribal communities.

In addition to Warren and Udall, the bill is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.).

The legislation is also supported by the National Congress of American Indians, the Child Welfare League of America, and the National Child Abuse Coalition.

“The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) strongly advocates for protecting American Indian and Alaska Native children, who represent the future of their tribal nations. The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act has long overlooked Indian Country and the specific needs of its young people. The American Indian and Alaska Native Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act is a strong step in the right direction to correct course by documenting and sharing effective strategies across tribal nations and increasing tribal access to prevention resources,” Jefferson Keel, President, National Congress of American Indians.

“CWLA strongly supports the AI/AN CAPTA, which would direct more resources to the prevention of child abuse among American Indian and Alaska Native children and families, and would also obtain crucial information about many dimensions of this problem.  Not enough is known either about the nature and extent of child abuse among this population nor about the culturally specific prevention services or approaches that hold promise to reduce child abuse and neglect for these children and ensure they are safe and can reach their full potential,”  Christine James-Brown, President & CEO, Child Welfare League of America.

The full text of the legislation is available here.

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Nez-Lizer Honor & Remember Fallen Law Enforcement Officers on Navajo Nation Police Officer Day 

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - May 12, 2019 - 12:00am

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez expresses his appreciation for law enforcement on “Navajo Nation Police Officer Day” on Friday, May 10, 2019.

Published May 12, 2019

WINDOW ROCK – Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer honor and thank all men and women law enforcement officers, including those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, as the Navajo Nation recognizes “Navajo Nation Police Officer Day” on May 10.

“Our Navajo police officers serve and protect our communities day after day and we have several that have given their lives to protect our Diné people,” said President Nez. “We are very grateful to them and their families for all of their sacrifices. Vice President Myron Lizer and I keep them in our thoughts and prayers each day.”

In October 2017, the second Friday of May was declared as “Navajo Nation Police Officer Day” when the 23rd Navajo Nation Council passed legislation sponsored Council Delegate Edmund Yazzie, who is also a former police officer.

In honor of Navajo police.

President Nez and Vice President Lizer acknowledge that the Navajo Nation remains in need of more police officers, but they also commend Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety Executive Director Jesse Delmar and Police Chief Phillip Francisco for recruiting more police officer candidates and increasing the number of officers in recent years.

“We’re seeing gradual improvements that will ultimately benefit the safety of our communities and our officers. On Navajo Nation Police Officer Day, we honor and remember the lives of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. We pray for them and their loved ones on this special day,” stated Vice President Lizer.

The Officer Down Memorial Page lists 14 fallen Navajo officers, which include the following:

·       Houston James Largo

·       LeAnder Frank

·       Alex K. Yazzie

·       Ernest Jesus Montoya, Sr.

·       Darrell Cervandez Curley

·       Winsonfred A. Filfred

·       Esther Todecheene

·       Samuel Anthony Redhouse

·       Hoskie Allen Gene

·       Andy Begay

·       Roy Lee Stanley

·       Loren Whitehat

·       Burton Begay

·       Hoska Thompson

“We ask all of our Diné people to pay tribute to these individuals and thank them for giving their lives for all of us,” added President Nez.

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Through A Cycle Of Nurturing, We Strive To Lift All Our Children To Prosperity

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - May 12, 2019 - 12:00am
Mother’s Day 2019

Published May 12, 2019

Editor’s Note: This article was first published on the First Nations website: Used with permission. All rights reserved.

On this Mother’s Day, I think about all those who are providing caregiving for others as mothers, aunts, sisters, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, guardians, etc.   As a mother, I am grateful for the opportunity to nurture my daughter.  She is such a joy!  On this day, I am also very grateful to my mother, my other relatives, and all the other women who have also nurtured me along the way.

Today, as on most every other day, I also think about all the families I am blessed to work with through my role as the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition, Inc. (ONAC).   Our Native-led asset building coalition serves hundreds of Native families, from various tribes, as they build their assets through financial education, Children’s Savings Accounts, family emergency savings account, foreclosure prevention, and Voluntary Income Tax Assistance programs, which ONAC supports.

Christy Finsel

Just as I try to take care of my responsibilities each day, all the mothers, fathers and other guardians ONAC works with are doing their best to take care of their own families.  As a mother to a younger child, I understand what a relief a parent/caregiver can feel when they open a college savings account to save money for their children’s future.  We all want the best for our kids and knowing that we have completed a 529 college savings account application and that such an account is open and funded starts to help us think differently about children’s future.  As account owners of Children’s Savings Accounts for the benefit of our children, we can be more hopeful and able to share more positive expectations that we think our children will graduate from college or a trade school of their choice.

I am blessed to be at ONAC Children’s Savings Account opening events and witness the pride on the youth’s faces when they know they have a college savings account in their name. It is inspiring to see twenty-something-year-old moms and dads with infants at our events who are excited to get started right away by opening an account for their baby.  We have also had 75-year-old great-grandmothers attend ONAC events, who are now taking care of their great-grandchildren, knowing that they may likely not live long enough to see their younger great-grandchildren reach adulthood, but who are determined to jumpstart their college savings.

These families are trying to build assets for their young ones. When asked if they plan to deposit more money into the accounts, we have mothers replying, “yes, our whole family wants to make donations for his future.”  At a recent account opening event, one mom shared, “learning about this Children’s Savings Account program has been such an eye-opener. My son’s future means everything to me and this has helped me gain a new perspective on his education.”

ONAC’s Children’s Savings Accounts help build the assets of Native women and their children living in rural tribal communities.  At our account opening events, we find that 86% of the account owners for the Children’s Savings Accounts and the family emergency savings accounts are mothers, aunts and grandmothers raising their families. 87% of the families ONAC serves through these programs are living at 200% or below the federal poverty level.  While we also provide account funding for Native families in larger metropolitan areas for the Children’s Savings Account program, given that we are partnering with tribes with tribal seats of government in rural Oklahoma, 99% of the Children’s Savings Accounts have been opened for families living in small towns throughout Oklahoma.

Why does ONAC care about working with Native families to open Children’s Savings Accounts and providing the $100 opening account deposit per account?   From national research, we know that instilling young people with the habit of saving is proven to have long-term benefits. In The College Savings Initiative, a joint project between the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis and the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C., researchers found that “in multivariate analysis, youth who expect to graduate from a four-year college and have an account are about seven times more likely to attend college than youth who expect to graduate from a four-year college but do not have an account.” (1)   According to the American Indian College Fund, “only 14% of American Indians have a college degree – less than half the national average.” (2)   ONAC believes that Children’s Savings Accounts can help create a pipeline for Native youth to college by helping the youth think positively about their future and their college plans.  These accounts help women to build the assets of their families.

As we celebrate Mother’s Day and I think of all of those who are helping to support Native asset-building programs in our communities, I wish to thank ONAC’s board and advisory members, funders, advocates, and tribal and Native-led nonprofit outreach partners (the majority of all these partners are women).  This work could not be done without you.  The families ONAC works with are grateful for these asset-building program opportunities, as they are not otherwise available to them. Just as it takes a number of community members to raise a child, it takes lots of partners to build assets in Indian Country.   We appreciate all those supporting Native asset-building efforts and wish you all a Happy Mother’s Day!

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1) Elliott, W. and Beverly, S. (2010). The Role of Savings and Wealth in Reducing “Wilt” between Expectations and College Attendance.  Journal of Children & Poverty, 17(2), 165-185. Also available at https://csd.wustl.edu/Publications/Documents/WP10-01.pdf.
2) Our Work. American Indian College Fund, accessed April 19, 2019, at https://collegefund.org/ourwork-2/.

 

Christy Finsel, MA, MSW (Osage) is the executive director of the Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition, Inc. (ONAC) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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Department of Justice Petitioned to Investigate After Police Shooting of Lakota Man

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - May 12, 2019 - 12:00am

Clarence Leading Fighter

Published May 12, 2019

Witness Says Clarence Leading Fighter Was Already Incapacitated When Fatally Shot in Nebraska Church

PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION — On Sunday, April 14, 2019, a 32-year old Lakota man named Clarence Leading Fighter was shot twice and killed by a Rushville, Nebraska sheriff’s deputy in the doorway of a Catholic Church. Now, an eye witness has disputed police accounts of the shooting, saying that Leading Fighter was already incapacitated when he was shot.

Donald American Horse saw the entire interaction, which followed an altercation between his sister and Leading Fighter. “[Clarence] opened that door to that church and they hit him with that taser,” said American Horse. “He fell in towards that door, he was kind of halfway in and halfway out. About the time he hit the floor that cop pulled his gun, pointed towards the ground, and pop pop. That was it. They didn’t even give him a chance.”

Activist groups including the American Indian Movement (AIM), Native Lives Matter, the Lakota people’s Law Project and the Indigenous Peoples Movement have taken up the cause of the slain man, who was father to a seven-year-old boy.

“Once again, a Native person has been murdered by police and hardly anyone is talking about it,” said Chase Iron Eyes, an attorney for the Lakota People’s Law Project. “It’s an epidemic of injustice. We Native Americans continually suffer the highest rates of violence at the hands of police, and it just needs to stop.”

Iron Eyes also heads up the Native Lives Matter group, which publishes reports and uses an eponymous hashtag to try to spread awareness of police brutality toward Native Americans.

The Lakota People’s Law Project has released a video with testimony from American Horse and others. The group is also asking attorneys in the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division for a federal investigation.

President Julian Bear Runner of the Oglala Sioux Tribe also expressed his nation’s support,

A Mother’s Day March for Justice for Clarence Leading Fighter is also scheduled on Sunday, May 12. A caravan will leave for Rushville from Billy Mills Hall at 11 a.m. MST.

Here is the text of the full letter from the Lakota People’s Law Project to the DOJ:

We hope that, as co-chair of the Indian Working Group for the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, you will find the following information worthy of further investigation.

On Apr. 14, a 32-year old Lakota man named Clarence Leading Fighter (hereafter Mr. LF) was shot twice and killed by a Rushville, Nebraska sheriff’s deputy in the doorway of a Catholic Church.

A Nebraska State Patrol press release on Apr. 14 states that an initial investigation by police indicated the sheriff’s deputy who fired his gun was justified in using deadly force. But we have interviewed an eyewitness to the shooting, Donald American Horse (Mr. AH), who describes the police as having tased Mr. LF, causing him to fall to the ground, before shooting him.

Police were pursuing Mr. LF following a domestic dispute. The state patrol press release, referring to that dispute, asserts that “authorities found a victim with a broken arm.” But the alleged victim, Deb American Horse (Ms. AH), told us she informed police that she injured her arm days prior. Indeed, the arm was in a sling when the officers arrived.

Our investigation also reveals that local reporting mischaracterized events leading to the shooting: “Deputies found Leading Fighter at the church, and a deputy shot him a few minutes later.” This implies that Mr. LF was already inside the church posing a possible threat to parishioners when he died. But according to Mr. AH, Mr. LF attempted to enter the church while fleeing from police and was apprehended and shot in the doorway without ever having physically interacted with parishioners.

During the Mass that was occurring when Mr. LF was shot, according to Father Joseph K Joseph of Immaculate Conception Church, parishioners could hear someone in the front of the church calling for help just prior to shots being fired. This suggests that, rather than intending to attack anyone inside, Mr. LF was seeking safety. Nevertheless, Lieutenant Brian Eads with the Nebraska State Patrol stated publicly that Mr. LF was “showing signs of threatening behavior,” and the initial investigation conducted by law enforcement claims that the officer who used his weapon was trying to “protect himself and the parishioners from potential serious harm.”

None of the news reports indicate that Mr. LF was armed when shot, and Jeff Brewer, the Sheridan County Sheriff, explained to us that law enforcement searched the church lawn after the shooting, presumably looking for something. It is true, according to our interviews, that Mr. LF fled the scene of the initial altercation with two box cutters — but it appears he never brandished them as weapons in the presence of police.

Nebraska State Patrol is now conducting an investigation of the incident, and there is a grand jury being convened. We hope these actions will lead to a just outcome. But our research tells us that Rushville, NE is a place where intolerance of Native Americans is common and often not adequately addressed. To provide perspective on the differing treatment of Native people and whites in Rushville by authorities, we were told by Ms. AH that, near in time to Mr. LF’s death, a Caucasian man aggressively brandished a knife inside the police station but was apprehended without physical harm.

We believe that, if left to local authorities, there is a significant threat that justice will not be served for Clarence Leading Fighter, and we respectfully request that you conduct a federal investigation. We have produced a videousing our interviews, and we also have Donald American Horse’s written statement to police, which has not been made public.

In case it is useful, Ms. AH told us she believes the first name of the officer who shot Mr. LF is Everett.

 

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Navajo Nation Mourns Passing of Navajo Code Talker Fleming Begaye, Sr.

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - May 11, 2019 - 7:35pm

Published May 11, 2019

CHINLE, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation is mourning the loss of Navajo Code Talker Fleming Begaye, Sr., who walked on on Friday, May 10, 2019. Mr. Begaye was 97.

Born on August 26, 1921 in the community of Red Valley, Arizona and resided in Chinle, Arizona. Begaye is Tódích’íi’nii (Bitter Water Clan) and born for Kinłichii’nii (Red House People Clan).

According to the Navajo Nation, Begaye served as a Navajo Code Talker in the Marine Corps from 1943 to 1945 and fought in the Battle of Tarawa and the Batter of Tinian. He spent a year in a naval hospital.

 

 

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Top 10 Stories: What Indian Country read this past week as of May 11, 2019

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - May 11, 2019 - 10:04am

Each week, Indian Country Today posts our Top 10 stories on our site accessed by our readers.

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New fund helps 'absolutely incredible' Indigenous women grow their businesses

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 11, 2019 - 8:00am
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Indigenous women leaders will have a new options to grow their businesses through a new fund offering loans.

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Year-round Tipi Camp on Carry the Kettle First Nation offers visitors full experience of living off the land

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 11, 2019 - 8:00am
Takoza Tipi Camp

The Takoza Tipi Camp may be one of the best kept secrets in the Qu'Appelle Valley.

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Culinary grad from Cambridge Bay makes hometown proud

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 11, 2019 - 5:00am
Tasha Tologanak

Tasha Tologanak is hoping to bring her culinary skills back home to the North after graduating from the culinary arts program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton.

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Inuit artists featured for 1st time at Venice Art Biennale

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 11, 2019 - 4:00am
Isuma film

One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk forms the centrepiece of Canada's official entry into this year's Venice Art Biennale, opening today. It's the first time Inuit artists have been featured in Canada's pavilion in its 60-year-history at the prestigious exhibit.

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Uncovering the story of John Nzipo, the Zulu man who spent 3 years at a residential school

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 11, 2019 - 4:00am
John Nzipo

John Nzipo, a 22-year-old student from Africa in 1892, was likely the only non-North American Indigenous person ever enrolled at a residential school in Canada, according to the researcher who has been trying to piece together his story.

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Ahead of Mother’s Day, Haaland Highlights Trauma of Family Separation Policies on House Floor

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - May 11, 2019 - 12:02am

Photo by John Moore/Getty Images

Published May 11, 2019

WASHINGTON – Ahead of Mother’s Day, Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01) highlighted the trauma of family separation policies on the House Floor. Specifically she mentioned the hundreds of children who will not be with their mothers on Mother’s Day because of the harmful Trump Administration policy.

→ WATCH: Haaland Calls for Continued Work Until Every Family Separated at the Border is United

Haaland’s House Floor Speech as prepared for delivery is below:

Madam Speaker, I rise today to stand in solidarity with families suffering from this administration’s inhumane policy of separating children from their parents.

Earlier this week was the one year anniversary of this Administration’s family separation policy.

Today, Hundreds of families are still separated. That means hundreds of children will not be with their mothers this Mother’s Day.

This week I visited a “Families Belong” Together art installation outside the Capitol, by Paola Mendoza.

It depicted a mother reaching out in anguish for her child who was in a cage.

Rep. Deb Haaland

That is the reality for these families.

And they will feel this trauma for the rest of their lives, and far into the future.

Native Americans know all too well the long lasting trauma of government-enforced family separation – our communities still struggle with the lasting impact that cruel assimilation policy has had.

This trauma cannot be undone.

Earlier this year I visited the border and met with parents who have been torn from their children.

I saw the fear that they carry long after they have been united with their children – and they told us that their children are not the same after they’ve been separated.

We cannot let this administration forget the chaos that it has created in so many people’s lives. And we must stop the racist policies it continues push.

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American Indian College Fund Awards More Than $17K of “Think Indian” Grants to Support the Vibrancy of Native American Students Nationwide

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

The American Indian College Fund’s “Think Indian” Community Awareness program awarded seven non-profit, accredited colleges and universities with $2,500 grants to promote the vibrancy of Native American students, scholarship, and communities.

Published May 11, 2019

DENVER — The American Indian College Fund’s “Think Indian” Community Awareness program awarded seven non-profit, accredited colleges and universities with $2,500 grants to promote the vibrancy of Native American students, scholarship, and communities.

“Think Indian” was originally created in 2009 as a public awareness campaign to promote the American Indian College Fund and the contributions Native American scholars make to our world. The “Think Indian” campaign was renewed in 2018 to promote the American Indian College Fund’s scholarship and support programs for Native students. The “Think Indian” Community Awareness Grants will support specific efforts of Native-serving colleges and universities, helping them better raise awareness and connect with students and tribal communities.

The following seven higher institutions were awarded grants under the program:

Idaho State University (ISU) – ISU will hold its Bengal Warrior Bootcamp July 25-26, 2019, engaging students in physical and educational challenges. Participants from the Shoshone-Bannock Tribal community will participate in two days of college preparatory workshops and obstacle course drills to prepare them for the future.

Redlands University – Redlands’ Native Student Programs will bring students and community members together this summer to create a mural to inspire Native people to seek higher education. Prospective students will write essays about what it means to “Think Indian” and share their thoughts at a ceremony unveiling this art project.

College of Menominee Nation (CMN) – CMN will reach out to the thousands of attendees of the Menominee Pageant at their annual powwow contest. They will highlight profiles of exceptional Native students and scholarship opportunities in the pageant program and distribute “Think Indian” pageant shirts to further raise awareness.

George Washington University (GWU) – GWU’s Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy will create an indigenous guide to D.C., including a walking tour map and associated mobile application. The guide will highlight sites of importance to Native people throughout our Nation’s capital. GWU will raise general awareness of the tool and incorporate it into their pre-college preparatory program for Native students.

Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC) – LLTC will implement a multi-platform promotion of the college and scholarship opportunities throughout the summer, inviting prospective students to “Think Indian: Come Find Your Place.” Using targeting info from a community needs survey, they will launch social media posts, flyers, advertisements and banners – creating new content to better reach their audience.

New Mexico State University (NMSU) – NMSU hosts a Dreamkeepers Summer Enrichment Program June 16-28, 2019, for Native American high school students in New Mexico. Student participants will create a landmark mural in Las Cruces, celebrating Native American vibrancy and resiliency. And Native hip-hop artist Tall Paul will deliver an inspirational speech and perform a free concert for their community.

White Earth Tribal and Community College (WETCC) – WETCC will host a Boarding School Awareness Campaign and Healing Event in August to educate and provide a space where Native Americans of all generations can recover from the brutal effects of colonization. WETCC will create a traveling art exhibit, communicating the timeline of boarding schools’ impact – and will host a healing ceremony with a meal and a screening of Iron Horse, a documentary about boarding schools.

For more information about the American Indian College Fund, please visit www.collegefund.org.

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Indigenous Nations Rally to Protect Medicine Lake from Extractive Industrial Geothermal Desecration

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

Published May 11, 2019

Federal Appeals Court Hearing May 14 in Seattle, Washington

Prayer Vigil & Rally, Press Conference to be held immediately following hearing.

SEATTLE — On Tuesday May 14, 2019 a federal appeals court will hear arguments in a legal battle to protect the sacred Medicine Lake Highlands from threats of geothermal desecration. The Medicine Lake Highlands are held sacred by the Pit River Nation as well as many other Tribal Nations which include but is not limited to the Wintu, Karuk, Shasta, Klamath, Yana, and Modoc peoples.

From time immemorial, Indigenous people have made pilgrimages to the Highlands for healing, religious ceremony, and tribal gatherings. However, for more than 25 years, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has attempted to desecrate and destroy this precious place of deep religious significance, with five proposed geothermal power projects increasing the extraction to a total of 500 megawatts. At issue are 26 geothermal leases, originally executed by BLM in the 1980s with only cursory environmental review and no tribal consultation. However, the federal government entities wish to move forward in appealing the last federal 9th Circuit Court decision in which the decision favored the Tribe and the other Plaintiffs.

The President’s Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (“ACHP”) has explained, “multiple lines of evidence substantiate the historic and continuing value of the Medicine Lake area and the volcanic caldera it rests in to [the Pit River Tribe and other] Indigenous Peoples in maintaining their traditional cultural integrity.

If approved, industrial-scale geothermal development would desecrate the Medicine Lake Highlands, threaten the underlying aquifer and result in the injection of toxins into the atmosphere and waters. It would have a devastating impacts on deeply-held religious views and practices, traditional cultural values, pristine environmental resources, and rare opportunities for safe and responsible recreation. This includes the peaceful enjoyment of this most Sacred of places.

 “The Bureau of Land Management’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. If BLM followed their mission, they would not continue to use United States government resources to support corporate interests over that of the public they claim to serve.  And by doing so, putting our public health and safety at risk and destroying these lands so future generations will not be able to enjoy them.  No new leases in the Medicine Lake Highlands!” ” proclaimed Pit River Tribal Chairwoman Agnes Gonzalez.

“Medicine Lake is our church. It is there we heal our bodies and our spirits.”- Cecelia Silvas, Ilmawi Band Elder

“Our sacred lands are all that remain keeping us connected to our place on Mother Earth, to our spirituality, our heritage and our lands; what’s left of them. If they take it all away, what will remain except a vague memory of a past so forgotten?” Bill George Atsugewi Band Elder

“When creating the world, when it was moist, the maker of life stopped here to rest and drink and wash and imparted himself in the water. That’s why we respect this place deep in our heart,” The Late Willard Rhodes, Itsatawi Tribal Council Member, Cultural Representative and Elder

WHAT: 

Federal Appeals Court hearing. Prayer Vigil & rally, press conference immediately following hearing. 

 WHO: Pit River Tribe, Native Coalition for Medicine Lake Highlands Defense, Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center, Save Medicine Lake Coalition, Medicine Lake Citizens for Quality Environment, Plaintiffs-Appellants; vs. US Bureau of Land Management.

WHEN:

Tuesday May 14, 2019, 8 a.m.: Prayer Vigil & Gathering

WHERE:

WILLIAM K. NAKAMURA COURTHOUSE

1010 Fifth Avenue,

Seattle, WA 98104

All are welcome & encouraged to attend.

8 AM  Rally & Prayers outside the Courthouse.

8:45 AM  Enter Courthouse Hearing on the 7th floor

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