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Indigenous Peoples Day celebration in Los Angeles. (2017 file photo-FNX)

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Native journalist scheduled for trial in drunken driving case

INDIANZ.COM - May 14, 2019 - 11:17am
Jenni Monet is headed to trial this fall after arriving late to a court appearance on charges of drunken driving and resisting arrest in New Mexico.

Mark Trahant: President Trump is about to make Indian Country more expensive

INDIANZ.COM - May 14, 2019 - 11:17am
Agriculture is big business in Indian Country. So is construction. Both are impacted by Trump's trade war.

Rep. Tom Cole: Don't forget to thank our military for their service

INDIANZ.COM - May 14, 2019 - 11:17am
During Military Appreciation Month, we rightly join in expressing gratitude for our service members, their families and the daily sacrifices they make on our behalf.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Some law enforcement officers never make it home

INDIANZ.COM - May 14, 2019 - 11:17am
The men and women of our law enforcement put their lives on the line each day to protect our families and our communities.

Arne Vainio: Protecting our Manoomin, our wild rice

INDIANZ.COM - May 14, 2019 - 10:30am
This is our ancestral food, this is indigenous food. It’s what we need, it’s worth cooking right and it’s forever worth protecting.

Life is about to get more expensive during the trade war with China

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - May 14, 2019 - 8:10am

Prices will go up on products from televisions to cars


Piikani Nation opioid support group first of its kind in southern Alberta

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 14, 2019 - 6:00am
Opioid Crisis Purdue Bankruptcy

The Piikani Nation now offers a free opioid support group for its community members affected by the drug. An opioid support group hosted by the Peigan Prevention Counselling Services is a first for the Piikani Nation in southern Alberta.

Categories: CANADA

Crystal meth crisis on Saskatchewan First Nation traced to 2015 wildfire evacuation

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 14, 2019 - 4:00am

The Montreal Lake Cree Nation is developing a five-year plan to put the brakes on crystal meth use in the community.

Categories: CANADA

Gene ‘Iron Man’ Smith to Present His Passioni at Artesian Arts Festival

NATIVE KNOT - May 14, 2019 - 1:00am

SULPHUR, Okla. — Native American artist Gene “Iron Man,” Smith says patrons who purchase art are getting much more than the piece that persuaded them to open their pocketbooks.

“When you buy a piece of art, you’re buying that person, you’re buying their mind, their passion, their blood, sweat, and tears,” Smith said.

Smith, based in Norman, Oklahoma, is a metal artist whose creations can weigh over 500 pounds. His “brushes” are a cutting torch, welding machine, rubber mallet, hammer, and anvil.

When he references “blood, sweat and tears” going into his sculptures, he means it.

“It’s tedious and hard on the hands,” he said. “My art is cut, curved, convex and concave. I don’t like anything straight because that’s too easy. I’ll beat on a piece of metal and curve it and shape it until it’s to the form I want.”

Smith will be joining over 100 other Native American artists showing their works at the 2019 Artesian Arts Festival in downtown Sulphur, Oklahoma, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, May 25.

Smith’s full-size horse sculpture medaled at the 2018 Artesian Arts Festival.

This year he is working feverishly to complete “Rain Dance,” a life-sized running warhorse complete with war party symbols and carrying an 8-foot spear and a war shield.

Realism in the presentation is always his goal.

“I like for my creations to look realistic,” he said. “I like it where you can’t see a weld, where it’s smoothed out. It takes a little bit more time and effort, but that’s the point I try to get to. I like that challenge.”

Another challenge is squeezing enough hours out of each day to work on his projects. Smith currently works fulltime at Haliburton in Duncan, Oklahoma, as a welder.

“My day starts at 2:30 in the morning and sometimes ends at 11:30 at night,” he said. “My art project time is after I get home from work. I’ll work for an hour or hour-and-a-half and by that time it’s 9:30-10:00, time to shower and get to bed.”

His first piece was a flower made from material used in chain link fences. His wife loved it and then one of her co-workers wanted one. Soon he was creating different kinds of Native American art which sold almost as fast as he could make them.

The Sulphur, Oklahoma, native says his heritage is half Dakota-Sioux and half Choctaw.

Along with Smith’s art, numerous other Native American cultures will be displayed through a diverse array of art media. More than 21 art disciplines will be represented at the 2019 Artesian Arts Festival. These include paintings, basketry, jewelry, sculpture, metalwork, beadwork, and textiles.

Various art demonstrations and/or discussions will take place within the ARTesian Gallery & Studios. These will include such famed artists as Oklahoma and Chickasaw Hall of Fame inductee, Mike Larsen.

Entertainment provided at no charge during the Artesian Arts Festival will include a children’s tent for make-and-take items and a senior arts and crafts area with several offerings from elder artists. Two stages will provide a venue for live performances.

Opening ceremonies will include a demonstration by the Chickasaw Nation Dance Troupe, with other tribal dance troupes performing throughout the day.

More than 15 food vendors will offer varied culinary delights. Shuttles will be available to transport patrons to and from the Chickasaw Cultural Center.

The Artesian Arts Festival takes place at the Artesian Plaza, located adjacent to the Artesian Hotel and Spa, 1001 W. First St., Sulphur.

For more information, contact Chickasaw Nation Arts & Humanities at (580) 272-5520 or email ArtistInfo@Chickasaw.net.


Top 10 Holiday Destinations for the Adventure Lover

NATIVE KNOT - May 14, 2019 - 1:00am

There is a feeling of the effervescent mix of anticipation and excitement, awe and a bit of nerve almost everyone gets every holiday season. You also have the same feeling as you plan presents and Christmas morning cocoa. It also comes when you start planning that adventure vacation you’ve always longed for.

Holiday seasons and adventure have a kind of blend that is irresistible. And who doesn’t want their holiday season to be full of wonder? The best way to plan your perfect adventure holiday is to take a unique local tour offered by local tour providers at TripsPoint and these are the Top 10 Holiday Adventures you should consider in your next holiday vacation.

  • Yachting in the Galapagos

Spend time under the sun, surrounded by friends, exotic and fascinating wildlife. You can also hop from one volcanic island to the other around the unique geologic features. There are a number of comfortable yachts where you can relax and put your feet up on deck and relax with gourmet meals and a sundowner.

  • Wildlife Viewing in Kenya

If you’re hoping for a close encounter with wildlife, there is no other place to go than Kenya. You’ll wake up with the sun for game drives, hear the calls of majestic wildlife and discover the magic of a natural world that you won’t find anywhere else.

  • “The Everything-ing” Cuba

There are too many adventures to be had in Cuba. You can start by paddling your Kayak through the labyrinths of lush mangroves before switching paddle for pedal and hopping on a bike through the waving fronds of banana trees and tobacco fields. It is too much of an adventure, but you can put your feet up, cruise in a colorful car and discover more.

  • Steppe Trekking Patagonia

The Torres del Paine National Park Tours, the stunning mountains,p domes surrounded only by Steppe, and the bright turquoise lake makes Patagonia the destination that packs a punch.

  • Hiking in Peru

The iconic Machu Picchu and the lush Huayna Picchu are two soaring mountains you would want to spend your nights under. In Peru, each trail is one of discovery – into the country’s rich Incan past, into a breathtaking natural world.

  • Cruising Antarctica

Everything in Antarctica is big and vast. Glacial walls soar over 300 feet high. Sweeping Icebergs float the cold waters, serving as floatation devices for seals. Mass colonies of penguins paint the snow in giant swathes of color. Cruising Antarctica will give you that awesome moment where it’s you, your loved ones, and panoptic views.

  • Kayaking Baja

Kayak Baja’s blues this winter, and discover why Jacques Cousteau was all about Baja. Mid-December is when Baja comes to life with blue, minke and fin whales passing by, and even the occasional orca.

  • Jungle Trekking Costa Rica

From zip-lining to sea kayaking, hiking among the toucans and the chirping monkeys to swimming in waterfall pools. Costa Rica is abundant in eco-adventures that should be in everybody’s Christmas list. You can stay in luxurious eco-lodges, or maybe simply stare at the vast jungle tapestry that wraps you in a lush world of green.

  • Safari South Africa

If you’re wild about wildlife, wine, and cast coastlines, this is the holiday destination for you. Cape Town captivates, your favorite African creatures roam the rolling Lowveld, Kruger National Park is what safari dreams are made of, you don’t want to skip it.

  • Paddling the Amazon

Fill your holiday season with wonders in the world’s greatest rain forest on an intimate jungle adventure in the Amazon Basin. Paddling through the Amazon’s lush tributaries takes you through a world greater than you could imagine. You can do as the caiman alligator does and take a bite out of the Amazon this holiday.


Sundance Institute Selects 2019 Native Filmmakers Lab and Full Circle Fellows

NATIVE KNOT - May 14, 2019 - 1:00am

Fellows will Gather at Native Filmmakers Lab on May 12-17, 2019 in Santa Fe, New Mexico


LOS ANGELES — Two Indigenous filmmakers, Kyle Bell (Creek-Thlopthlocco Tribal Town) and Peshawn Bread (Comanche) have been chosen to participate in the 2019 Sundance Institute Native Filmmakers Lab, continuing the Institute’s commitment to supporting Native American and Indigenous storytellers since its founding. This year’s recently selected Indigenous Program Full Circle Fellows also will attend the Native Filmmakers Lab.

The Lab will take place May 12-17 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. During the Lab, Fellows work with a cast and crew to shoot workshop versions of scenes from their short films under the expert creative mentorship of Indigenous Program alumni and other established filmmaking professionals serving as Advisors along with the Sundance Indigenous Program staff, led by Bird Runningwater. The Lab encourages Fellows to hone their storytelling and technical skills in a hands-on and supportive environment. Following the Lab, they will receive targeted support from supervising producers, grants to fund the production of their short films, and will attend the annual Native Forum at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival for ongoing support on their projects.

“The Native Filmmakers Lab is one of Sundance Institute’s most important annual programs for emerging Indigenous storytellers, offering them a unique and supportive space for collaboration and learning from accomplished Program alumni and Creative Advisors,” said N. Bird Runningwater (Cheyenne/Mescalero Apache). “Sundance Institute’s history of supporting talented Indigenous artists continues as we invite Kyle and Peshawn to carry out the creative process that will bring their projects to worldwide and appreciative audiences.”

“Alumni of the Native Filmmakers Lab have gone on to screen their short films at film festivals worldwide, including the Sundance Film Festival, and have advanced to attend top graduate film programs in the U.S. to further their craft,” said Runningwater. “Our labs also have served as a launching pad to begin the journey into writing and developing feature films.”

The filmmakers serving as Creative Advisors for this year’s Native Lab include: Sally Riley (Wiradjuri Nation) (Confessions of a HeadhunterRedfern Now) , Jennifer Reader (A Million Miles AwaySignature Move) , Gregory Nava (El NorteMy Family/Mi FamiliaFrida), Shaandiin Tome (Diné)  (Mud – Hastl’ishniiDeb Haaland – “Why not me? Why not now?”) and Shaz Bennett (Queen SugarAlaska Is a Drag). Peer Advisors for this year’s Native Lab include Shane McSauby (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians) (Mino Bimaadiziwin) and Erin Lau (Kanaka Maoili) (The Moon and the Night). Both are Native Lab alumni (McSauby, 2016 and Lau, 2017).

Artists and projects selected for the 2019 Native Filmmakers Lab:

Kyle Bell (Creek-Thlopthlocco Tribal Town)


A young boy gets an opportunity to play college basketball, forcing him to make a tough choice of leaving behind his family and traditional upbringing.

Kyle Bell (Creek-Thlopthlocco Tribal Town) is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Since his filmmaking career began in 2015, Kyle has won numerous awards for his documentary and cinematography work. Kyle’s work has premiered online as a Vimeo Staff Pick and, most recently, his short film Defend the Sacred, covering the Standing Rock movement, won the audience award at the 2017 Seattle International Film Festival.

Peshawn Bread (Comanche)

The Daily Life of Mistress Red

A Native dominatrix for hire whips apologies out of her White male clients.

Peshawn Bread is a screenwriter, poet, and cinematographer from the Penneducah (sugar eater) and Yappaducah (root eater) bands of the Comanche tribe. Her writing capitalizes Indigenous women, sexuality and humorous experiences. In the winter of 2015, she was introduced and welcomed as one of Sundance Institute’s Full Circle Fellows. She was a 2015-16 recipient of the 4th World-Indigenous Media Lab Fellowship supported by SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival) in partnership with Longhouse Media, Sundance Institute and ITVS. Peshawn also participated in a Screenwriter’s “Designed Obstacles” workshop led by Joan Tewksbury (Thieves Like Us, Nashville). Throughout the years she has worked on many sets, including Drunktown’s Finest (2014) and Mud (Hashtl’ishnii) (2017). She currently resides in San Francisco where she is a fourth-year student at the Academy of Art University.

Full Circle Fellowship Program

The Full Circle Fellowship Program develops and supports 18-24-year-old Indigenous storytellers and is part of the Institute’s year-round offerings for Indigenous artists at all stages in their careers. In addition to participating at this month’s Native Filmmakers Lab, the Full Circle Fellows will be mentored throughout the year by esteemed independent filmmakers and Creative Advisors and will attend the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

2019 Full Circle Fellows:

(Laguna Pueblo)

Born in Albuquerque and raised in Seattle, Xyst’s projects explore ideas of community, existential dissonance and internal turmoil. Believing in the power of cinema to bring light to unexplored contemporary issues, his films necessarily reflect social and political themes in their bedrock, if not explicitly. Having made shorts in one form or another since early childhood, Xyst’s work dives head first into playing with the structural elements of cinema in the story, technology, and emotion. In the filmmaking program at his alma mater high school, Xyst’s projects have screened across the United States, receiving honors throughout and distribution on internet channels and television. He currently studies film production at the University of New Mexico.

Lejend Yazzie (Diné)

Lejend Yazzie studies film production with a focus on directing at Arizona State University (ASU). She is an activist, filmmaker, writer, and artist who utilizes art and film as forms of activism an expression. Yazzie has written for her school’s Native college magazine, Turning Points, outlining her experiences as an Indigenous college student and filmmaker. As a freshman and sophomore, she interned at the Indigeneity session at ASU’s Human Rights Film Festival.

Jolene Patterson (Oneida)

Jolene Patterson is a photographer from Upstate New York and comes from a large family of artists who promote their Oneida culture and heritage. Jolene’s biggest influence was her grandmother, the late Maisie Shenandoah, a Wolf Clan Mother for the Oneida people who spent her life fighting for Indigenous people. Following in her footsteps and carrying her grandmother’s name, Jolene attended the United Nations forum for Indigenous peoples and spoke on behalf of Indigenous youth. Through her life’s work, she plans to bring awareness about Indigenous oppression yet carry all the beauty and knowledge to share with the world. Jolene had a talent for photography so she decided to use this medium to start her path of shedding light on Indigenous people.

Oneida Indian Nation Representative and Nation Enterprises CEO Ray Halbritter said, “Congratulations to Oneida Indian Nation Member Jolene Patterson and the other talented emerging Native filmmakers for being selected to receive this extraordinary opportunity. We are  thrilled that our collaboration with Sundance Institute has created yet another way in which our younger generation of Native youth can pursue their dreams and share our rich stories far and wide.”


Navajo Nation Housing Summit Strives to Build Stronger Navajo Communities

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - May 14, 2019 - 12:00am

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez provides the welcome address at the 2019 Navajo Nation Housing Summit
in Fort Defiance, Ariz. on May 13, 2019.

Published May 14, 2019

FORT DEFIANCE, Ariz. — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer welcomed nearly 100 attendees on the opening day of the 2019 Navajo Nation Housing Summit hosted by the Office of the President and Vice President in Fort Defiance, Arizona.

The Nez-Lizer Administration organized the two-day summit to bring together Navajo-owned residential contractors, sub-contractors, service providers, material suppliers, and other housing stakeholders to discuss issues such as the need for building codes, funding sources, and other matters to help build stronger communities across the Navajo Nation.

“We have so many stakeholders who are doing so many things on the Navajo Nation, but it’s important that we provide this forum for them to come together and talk about ways of empowering our own people to become involved in helping to build their own homes to give them that sense of pride and ownership,” said President Nez. “We can work together utilizing these different resources to exercise our sovereignty and provide for our own people while making our Nation stronger.”

President Nez also emphasized the importance of volunteerism and sweat equity in the home building process for families.

“Our people need to return to the ways of our elders, who used to help one another with building homes and other tasks that ultimately benefit our entire communities. We have many of our people who go to vocational and trade schools and have the skills and knowledge of carpentry, plumbing, electrical wiring, welders, and others, but we need to work together to bring them home and help our people,” stated President Nez.

The first day of the summit provided presentations on various topics including the “modern hogan design” by Dan Nakai, who specializes in providing floor prints and the construction of traditional Navajo hogans that can house living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, and multiple bedrooms for families who want to build a home on the Navajo Nation.

“The teaching of T’áá hwó’ ajít’éego is what we are striving to re-instill in our people, especially our youth, so they can have a real stake in the construction of their homes. If we build strong communities, that will help our Nation to move us forward in a positive direction in terms of economic development, job growth, and fighting a lot of the modern day ‘monsters’ like substance abuse, alcohol addiction, depression, and suicide,” added President Nez.

The two-day Navajo Nation Housing Summit is being held at the Window Rock Unified School District Administration Building in Fort Defiance, located west of the Tséhootsooí Medical Center.

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American Indian College Fund Named a 2019 Top Colorado Workplace

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - May 14, 2019 - 12:00am

Published May 14, 2019

DENVER — The American Indian College Fund was awarded a Top Workplaces 2019 honor by The Denver Post. Located just north of downtown Denver, Colorado, this education non-profit serving Native American college students for 30 years was ranked number 32 of 65 of Denver’s top small companies.

The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection.

Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund, said, “The College Fund’s team is very appreciative of this award as we recognize that it is a reflection not only of the great environment we strive to have for our work, but it also honors the people we serve. Indigenous people value relationships, industriousness, and creativity. We are proud to honor their values as we accept this recognition.”

“Top Workplaces is more than just recognition,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage. “Our research shows organizations that earn the award attract better talent, experience lower turnover, and are better equipped to deliver bottom-line results. Their leaders prioritize and carefully craft a healthy workplace culture that supports employee engagement.”

“Becoming a Top Workplace isn’t something organizations can buy,” Claffey said. “It’s an achievement that organizations have worked for and a distinction that gives them a competitive advantage. It’s a big deal.”

According to U.S. Census Bureau data, only 14% of Native Americans and Alaska Natives have a college degree—less than half of other groups. The dedication to the College Fund’s mission is evidenced by the 2018 Employee Engagement Survey, in which 98% of the organization’s employees responded that they were always/nearly always motivated by the mission and vision of the College Fund. Making a difference in Native American communities is not just a motivator for American Indian College Fund employees, making their work meaningful—it also makes a difference in Native American students’ and community members’ lives.

Founded in 1989, the American Indian College Fund has been the nation’s largest charity supporting Native higher education for 30 years. The College Fund believes “Education is the answer” to many challenges Native Americans face. It provided 5,896 scholarships last year totaling $7.65 million to American Indian students, with more than 131,000 scholarships and community support totaling over $200 million since its inception. The College Fund also supports a variety of academic and support programs at the nation’s 35 accredited tribal colleges and universities, which are located on or near Indian reservations, ensuring Native American students have the tools to graduate and succeed in their careers.

In addition to its dedication to serving its constituents, the College Fund is also dedicated to transparency and its relationships with its supporters. The College Fund consistently receives top ratings from independent charity evaluators and is one of the nation’s top 100 charities named to the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance. For more information about the American Indian College Fund, please visit the College Fund’s Top Workplaces page or our website.

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Travois Honors Industry “Superheroes” at Annual Conference

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - May 14, 2019 - 12:00am

Published May 14, 2019

 Honorees work in affordable housing and economic development in Native communities

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Travois, a Certified B Corporation® based in Kansas City, Mo., recognized five outstanding industry professionals and an American Indian tribal entity at a Superhero Awards ceremony on April 11. The consulting firm, continuing 24 years in business and directing more than $1.4 billion of investment in American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities, held the ceremony at its 19th Annual Indian Country Affordable Housing & Economic Development Conference in Miami, Florida.

“Since 2015 we’ve honored industry professionals doing amazing work in their communities,” said Elizabeth Glynn, Travois chief executive officer. “These honorees have filled their communities with beautiful homes, successful businesses and created thousands of jobs with the use of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit and New Market Tax Credit programs. Our annual awards ceremony celebrates the important work of Indian Country’s housing and economic development professionals and provides inspiration to all in attendance.”

Peers submitted nominations for five award categories. The 2019 award winners are:

Housing Professional of the Year: Sara Spence, executive director of the Karuk Tribe Housing Authority (KTHA); Happy Camp, CA

Sara Spence represents the highest professional standards and brings new ideas and a fresh perspective to the task of providing affordable housing.

“I am deeply honored to be named the 2019 Housing Professional of the Year,” Spence said. “To have my work recognized by colleagues and peers is incredibly flattering. Helping tribal communities in the housing arena is an extremely gratifying career. We are able to see firsthand the difference our work makes in the lives of the families we serve.”

Spence first served Karuk Tribal Housing Authority as an executive assistant. In 2017, Spence stepped into the role of executive director at the urging of many co-workers and colleagues. Since that time, she’s been directing, leading and continuing to facilitate the tribe’s vision for future housing.

With a dedicated housing team by her side, she worked diligently making sure every detail was considered on the mountains of paperwork for Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs), New Markets Tax Credits (NMTCs), the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) and Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG). Spence managed applications, requests for proposals, requests for qualifications, and design and construction and kept everything running on time and on budget.

Spence continued: “At the core of everything we do, we strive to provide an essential need; a safe, sanitary, affordable home. It is that home that will allow them to grow and succeed not only for themselves but also for their families and their communities.”

“I must first thank my husband and family for supporting me throughout my career; they have given me a foundation that has allowed me to focus on my work and successfully serve the Karuk Tribe and Karuk Tribe Housing Authority for more than 20 years. I simply would not be where I am today without them.

“I must also thank the entire staff of the Karuk Tribe Housing Authority, the Karuk Tribal Council, and the Housing Board of Commissioners for their dedication, support and hard work. I am grateful to be part of such an amazing team; it is incredible what can be accomplished when everyone works together!”

“We are happy to have established a longtime partnership with Travois; their entire team has been amazing to work with, namely Lauren Dahl and Crystal Banks-Mann, who have been with us throughout our first LIHTC project, Karuk Homes #1, from start to finish. Their support has been integral to our success,” Spence said.

Economic Development Professional of the Year – Pat Mercier, CEO of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians; Corning, CA

Pat Mercier sparks positive change in her community; she currently leads a team of three that has lofty goals. The economic development team is working to build a strong community through infrastructure, health care, education, business and other community projects. The list is long but attainable.

Plans are in motion to expand an existing clinic, develop a complex, build a community center, administration building, and wellness center, and provide elder and member housing.

“We are grateful for the recognition of our work in rebuilding the community of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians,” Mercier said. “We look forward to an exciting future from our new Community Center!”

Pillar Professional — Kristen Wamego, general manager of tribal operations for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation (PBPN), Mayetta, KS

Kristen Wamego knows how to manage a project, stretch a dollar, and battle the elements to deliver a quality product on time.

In the past year, Wamego has completed a Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) development that brought 27-single family homes to her community. This complicated process involved everything from reviewing contractor bids to performing punch list walk-throughs for completion. Her open communication skills with all parties involved ensured smooth operations through both the closing and construction process.

“I would like to thank Travois for the recognition,” Kristen Wamego said. “While I am appreciative and humbled to receive this award, I do not work alone and must recognize the PBPN team and their hard work on making our third Low Income Housing Tax Credit project a success.”

In addition, she was able to submit a LIHTC application for a rehabilitation development for community elders. More housing opportunities for Prairie Band tribal members are the direct result of her remarkable work.

Wamego continued: “Community development is vital to our nation, and providing quality, affordable homes has been instrumental in that process. It has been a rewarding experience, and I am grateful to the hard work and assistance that Travois has provided. I look forward to working with Travois in continuing to develop the PBPN community.”

Haven Professional of the Year — Elfina Kalemsa, resident services program manager for Hopi Tribal Housing Authority; Polacca, AZ

Elfina Kalemsa helps ensure Indian Country housing remains strong for the future.Kalemsa’s work ethic and dedication to helping families in her community is inspiring. She listens to the needs of both tenants and co-workers, and she works tirelessly to ensure the wheels stay in motion, the units get rented up, and the needs of her community are served. She has balanced 80 units — low rent and tax credit — all while staying active in her community and raising a family.

She is a member of the Hopi Tribe, Roadrunner Clan from the Village of Sichomovi in Arizona, and she has worked in affordable housing since 2009.

“Decent, affordable housing is a need of all in Indian Country,” Kalemsa said. “I am blessed to be able to help our own tribal members live in that kind of ‘haven’ on our reservation!”

Project Team of the Year — Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation; Smith River, CA

Tolowa Dee-ni Nation represents the best in Indian Country development. The team has used new ideas and courageous action to ensure its developments success.

The team had a long and thoughtful planning process to bring quality, affordable housing to their community where wait lists are long and housing supply is extremely limited. While these characteristics are not uncommon in Indian Country, the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation’s efforts were complicated by the extremely high costs of construction in their area, the very most northwestern corner of California.

“We would not be here but for all of the hard work, talent and expertise of everyone at Travois,” said Don Daines, housing director of Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation. “Our success is a tribal success involving contributions of effort from everyone.”

The Tolowa Dee-ni Nation, including the tribal council, planning department, housing department, construction team and TERO office, alongside their investor partner, worked diligently from the first discussions to develop a sustainable project that celebrates and preserves the culture of the nation and creates a homeownership opportunity for tribal members that would not otherwise be possible without the work of this amazing team.

The team’s perseverance, determination, and true representation of what it means to work as a team

will provide the community a development with ocean views from every home once complete. The process to develop and build on this property so close to the coast came with its own set of unique and highly complex challenges. The nation worked through these challenges diligently to ensure that the end goal of quality housing could become a reality for their community.

Daines added: “We know for whom we are doing everything and that serves as a powerful motivation for everyone.”

2019 Superheroes:

Housing Professional of the Year — Sara Spence, executive director of the Karuk Tribe Housing Authority (KTHA); Happy Camp, CA

Economic Development Professional of the Year —Pat Mercier, CEO of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians; Corning, CA

Pillar Professionals — Kristen Wamego, general manager of tribal operations for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation (PBPN), Mayetta, KS

Haven Professional of the Year — Elfina Kalemsa, resident services program manager for Hopi Tribal Housing Authority; Polacca, AZ

Project Team of the Year — Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation; Smith River, CA

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Cherokee Nation Hosts Sequoyah Day on May 18

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - May 14, 2019 - 12:00am

Sequoyah’s cabin has been restored by Cherokee National Heritage

Published May 14, 2019

Family-friendly event features Cherokee culture, art, activities

SALLISAW, Okla. — Enjoy a day of traditional Cherokee art, music and more, honoring legendary statesman and inventor of the Cherokee syllabary, Sequoyah.

Sequoyah Day begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, at Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum in Sallisaw.

“We are proud to once again bring this unique event to life. Sequoyah Day is a celebration of Cherokee culture at the home of the statesman who invented the Cherokee syllabary,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “This historic site in Sequoyah County, which Cherokee Nation now owns and operates, is the perfect environment to share our tribe’s heritage and hospitality with visitors of all ages.”

The family-friendly event features live performances, interactive activities and cultural demonstrations such as pottery, shell carving, basketry, painting, traditional weapons and more.

Activities include Cherokee marbles, blow guns, stickball, atlatl and rock sling throwing. Children’s activities include Sequoyah finger puppets, silhouette drawings and corn husk flowers.

The event includes multiple performances from the Cherokee National Youth Choir and Cherokee Adult Choir, as well as a special presentation about Sequoyah at 1:30 p.m.

The cabin was constructed by Sequoyah in 1829 and welcomes more than 12,000 visitors each year. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1966 and a National Literary Landmark in 2006. The homestead includes a one-room cabin and nearly 200 acres.

Prior to reopening under Cherokee Nation management in 2017, Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum received much-needed repairs and renovations.

The museum now features large displays that share the story of Sequoyah, his development of the Cherokee syllabary and the Cherokee language today. Additional displays showcase the history of the Cherokee Old Settlers, Cherokee Nation post-removal and the Cherokee Nation today. The museum also features a new retail space offering Cherokee Nation apparel, gifts and souvenirs.

The museum is located at Highway 101, 7 miles east of Highway 59 in Sallisaw. For more information about Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum, please visit www.VisitCherokeeNation.com.

WHAT:      Sequoyah Day

WHEN:     Saturday, May 18
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE:   Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum
Highway 101, 7 miles east of Highway 59
Sallisaw, OK


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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to Hold Business Meeting, Hearing

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - May 14, 2019 - 12:00am

Published May 14, 2019

WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 2:30 PM EDT, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a business meeting to consider:

·        S. 279, the Tribal School Federal Insurance Parity Act;

·        S. 832A bill to nullify the Supplemental Treaty Between the United States of America and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of Indians of Middle Oregon, concluded on November 15, 1865; and

·        S. 1207, the Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act of 2019

The business meeting will be immediately followed by a Committee oversight hearing titled “The President’s FY 2020 Budget Request for Indian Programs” and a legislative hearing to receive testimony on S. 1211, the AUTOS Act.


WHAT:         A committee business meeting, followed by an oversight hearing titled “The President’s FY 2020 Budget Request for Indian Programs” and a legislative hearing to receive testimony on S. 1211, the AUTOS Act

WHEN:         2:30 PM EDT, Wednesday, May 15, 2019

WHERE:      628 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Live video and written testimony for the oversight and legislative hearings will be provided here.


PANEL I – Oversight Hearing

MR. MATT M. DUMMERMUTH, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington,

PANEL II – Legislative Hearing

MR. JOHN TAHSUDA III, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC

THE HONORABLE JAMIE AZURE, Chairman, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, Belcourt, ND

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Team Manitoba brings home gold from Indigenous hockey tournament

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 13, 2019 - 11:58pm
Conner Roulette and Kevin Monkman

A group of Indigenous male hockey players has brought home a gold medal just 4 hours after winning bronze, after Alberta was booted from the gold medal game.

Categories: CANADA

2019 Manito Ahbee Pow Wow

POWWOWS.COM - May 13, 2019 - 9:14pm

2019 Manito Ahbee Pow Wow2019 Manito Ahbee May 17-19, 2019 Winnipeg, Manitoba Watch LIVE Indigenous Music Awards Manito Ahbee Pow Wow Ignite your spirit and join over 800 dancers at the 2019 Manito Ahbee Pow Wow!  Dancers will compete for cash prizes in numerous.....

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EPA Applies Eased Oil, Gas Construction Regs To Ute Land

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 13, 2019 - 5:22pm
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will let oil and gas construction go forward under streamlined regulations on the Ute Indian Tribe’s reservation despite ozone pollution problems there, according to a final rule to be published Tuesday.


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