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Teslin students win contest after making website on Tlingit culture and language

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 14, 2019 - 5:26pm
Teslin community school students

Students in Teslin, Yukon, won a field trip to Manitoba after winning Parks Canada's Coolest School Trip contest.

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Bay Mills Indian Community Legalizes Recreational Marijuana on Its Reservation

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - April 14, 2019 - 4:50pm

Published April 14, 2019

BAY MILLS INDIAN COMMUNITY — The Bay Mills Indian Community, based in Brimley, Michigan, has legalized the recreational use of marijuana. By doing so, the Bay Mills Indian Community becomes the first tribe of twelve federally-recgonized tribes in Michigan to legalize marijuana. The reservation is 15 west of Sault Ste, Marie in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Below is the statement distributed by the tribe:


Bay Mills Indian Community continues to be a leader in Indian
Country. The tribe that launched the first tribally-owned gaming establishment in
Michigan is now the first tribe in the State of Michigan to legalize the recreational
use of marijuana on the reservation.

On April 8, the Bay Mills Executive Council formally adopted an ordinance allowing
individuals to cultivate, possess, and use marijuana. The move comes at the
direction of the General Tribal Council, the governing body of the tribe. In January,
the GTC voted in favor of legalization, authorizing the Executive Council to create an
ordinance within 90 days.

BMIC’s ordinance mirrors state law in regards to personal possession, cultivation
and use. Michigan voters approved recreational marijuana use last November. By
mirroring state law, tribal members are now on equal footing with state residents.
Commercial marijuana businesses are not being authorized on the reservation at
this time, as marijuana use is not permitted in public. Under the Tribe’s new law,
only those age 21 and older are permitted to use and possess marijuana. Individuals
who have previous convictions in tribal court for marijuana-based offenses can
move to have those convictions vacated. BMIC will no longer criminalize marijuana
offenses, as long as the guidelines of the ordinance are followed.

“Our tribal government does not necessarily promote the use of marijuana, but we
believe that criminalizing it is bad policy,” said BMIC Tribal Chairman Bryan
Newland. “Our new tribal law ensures that people on our lands are no longer at risk
of prosecution for actions that are lawful everywhere else in Michigan.”

Across the country, several tribes have asserted their sovereign power to legalize
recreational marijuana use, but of Michigan’s 12 federally recognized tribes, Bay
Mills is the first to act.

The National Congress of American Indians also supports these actions, citing,
“Indian tribes are sovereign governments with the inherent right to set local laws
addressing marijuana, including its medical and industrial uses, according to the
public health and economic needs of their unique communities.”

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Anger mounts as Kashechewan First Nation declares state of emergency due to flooding

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 14, 2019 - 4:34pm
Kashechewan evacuees

Frustration with the federal government is mounting as Kashechewan First Nation, a northern Ontario community that routinely floods every year, declares a state of emergency and prepares to evacuate.

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Indigenous athlete combats mental illness by teaching Thai kickboxing

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 14, 2019 - 10:28am
Three Suns.jpg

Siksika Nation members partner up to spar during their noon hour Muay Thai kickboxing workout at the Siksika Sportsplex. Kendrick Three Suns instructs the class, one of five he teaches each week.

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The Kansas City Star: Congress Has Never Seen Anyone Quite Like Davids

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - April 14, 2019 - 9:11am

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., left, poses during a ceremonial swearing-in with Rep. Sharice Davids, D-Kan., second from right, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 in Washington during the opening session of the 116th Congress.. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ALEX BRANDON THE ASSOCIATED PRES

Published April 14, 2019

The Kansas City Star highlights Sharice Davids, (Ho-Chunk) first year in office.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — In an article entitled, “Not a showff,” Sharice Davids’ quiet approach endears her to Democratic leaders,” The Kansas City Star calls new congresswoman a team player. In yesterday’s edition, Davids, one of two first American Indian women in Congress gains praise as being “methodical… nailing all the fundamentals” in her approach to as a freshmen member of the Congress.

“Congress has never seen anyone quite like Davids: Cornell Law School-educated MMA fighter, one of the first two Native American women in the House, the first LGBT person to represent Kansas.” writes The Kansas Star in the article.

Davids represents Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District in the 116th Congress.

Rep. Sharice Davids in The Kansas City Star interview.

“I think that it’s a mistake to assume that because you’re taking a position from somebody else who you might disagree with—or you know you disagree with on some things—to assume that you disagree with on everything and to not look at each policy on its own merits,” Davids said in the article.

“When I talk to folks I’ve asked them… when you had the chance to talk to my predecessor what were the things that were helpful and what were the things that you would like to see different and asking those questions I think gets to core of why somebody should be sent to D.C.”

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Nunavut musician and children's TV host Riit recognized for her work

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 14, 2019 - 8:30am

The Youth media Alliance is recognizing Nunavut's Rita Claire Mike-Murphy, also known as Riit, for her work hosting an Inuktitut and English-language children's TV show.

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This really is a Montana debate: Support coal or else forget Medicaid

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - April 14, 2019 - 8:25am

Sen. Jason Small, Northern Cheyenne, is a Republican, and the sponsor of the Medicaid legislation. He calls the impact of Medicaid “incredible.”


What works and what doesn't in the way the media represent Indigenous people?

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 14, 2019 - 8:00am
indigenous panel

CBC Montreal gathered a panel at the intersection of media and Indigenous heritage to discuss how Indigenous stories are told in news, television, film and other media.

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U.S. Department of Education begins investigation into discrimination against Native students in Montana’s Wolf Point School District

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - April 14, 2019 - 8:00am

Native students and parents in Wolf Point School District will speak with U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights’ investigators this coming week


Métis artist shares Indigenous 'tattoo medicine' on the prairies

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 14, 2019 - 7:00am
Stacey Fayant

The first traditional Indigenous tattoo Métis artist Stacey Fayant did was on herself. Now, she's brought the cultural practice to Regina.

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Residents raise concerns about high salinity of brine from Alton Gas project

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 14, 2019 - 5:00am
Alton natural gas site

Newly released documents show salinity levels of brine will be 6 times higher than what's considered safe for fish.

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OPINION | It's disrespectful for non-Indigenous artists to make a profit off our designs

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 14, 2019 - 5:00am

Myrna Pokiak says there should be no debate over whether non-Indigenous artists sell products at Inuvik's market. After having her own words 'stolen,' she says it's disrespectful to make money off someone else's art.

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USDA Publishes SNAP Final Rule; Implements Key Eligibility Reforms, Safeguards

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - April 14, 2019 - 12:01am

Published April 14, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture published a final rule on Friday designed to ensure that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) standards on eligibility for students and restrictions for lottery winners and convicted felons are consistently applied, and that program integrity is secure.

The rule, published in the Federal Register, reforms SNAP by:

  • Restricting SNAP eligibility for those with lottery and gambling winnings;
  • Ensuring that exceptions to the prohibition on student SNAP eligibility focus appropriately on educational programs that deliver skills needed for the current job market;
  • Requiring consistent use of a system of robust data verification technology for income, eligibility, and immigration status to protect integrity; and
  • Implementing the statutory prohibition against SNAP receipt for certain convicted felons who are fleeing or otherwise not in compliance with the terms of their sentence or parole.

“Americans lose confidence in our oversight of the SNAP when there is a chance benefits go to millionaire lottery winners and convicted felons violating parole,” said USDA Acting Deputy Under Secretary Brandon Lipps, “which is why I am pleased that we have completed action on this rule that strengthens integrity in this critical nutrition assistance program.”

States have long had the authority to impose a number of these requirements at their option but did not do so consistently. The final rule clarifies the specific standards for their implementation and reflects careful consideration of comments from program stakeholders.

This rulemaking is the latest in a series of actions that USDA has taken to promote integrity in SNAP, including:

  • Modernization of the SNAP Quality Control system, which assesses the volume and causes of improper payments, through updated guidance and training for states to improve data quality;
  • The SNAP Fraud Framework, a toolkit designed to help state agencies detect and prevent fraud, and to sharpen their investigative techniques; and
  • Updating the Memorandum of Understanding between FNS and USDA’s Office of Inspector General to increase the expeditious investigation and pursuit of suspected SNAP retailer violations.

USDA will continue to work with all who are interested in its programs, their participants, and the taxpayers who make it possible, to ensure that every dollar invested in the program is used wisely.

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) works to reduce food insecurity and promote nutritious diets among the American people. The agency administers 15 nutrition assistance programs that leverage American’s agricultural abundance to ensure children and low-income individuals and families have nutritious food to eat. FNS also co-develops the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which provide science-based nutrition recommendations and serve as the cornerstone of federal nutrition policy.

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Mahota Textiles Takes Spot iin First American Art Magazine’s List of Top Art Events

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

The Chickasaw map design depicted on this blanket uses almost entirely straight lines and filled in circles. It is fashioned after a 1723 historical map – an illustration of how the Chickasaw people visualized relationships with other tribes at the time. It is one of three designs of Mahota Textile’s “Heritage Collection.”

Published April 14, 2019

SULPHUR, Okla. — Since its launch in October 2018, Mahota Textiles has already made waves in the Native American art world. The First American Art Magazine named the founding of Mahota Textiles to its Top 10 Native Art Events of 2018.

“I think the story really begins with Mahota and the Chickasaws,” Wheeler explained, referring to a Chickasaw matriarch in her lineage – the namesake for both her co-op and the new business.

“In 1844, she came from Mississippi during Removal and was a widow,” Wheeler explained. “She wound up coming to what is Burneyville today, in Indian Territory. She was an older woman when she came. That is, to me, where my story begins, with the Chickasaw named Mahota.”

The threads of Wheeler’s history are depicted in Mahota Textile’s company logo. With an aesthetic similar to early hand-carved Native American glyphs, or perhaps the age rings of a tree, the logo traces five generations of Chickasaw women: Mahota, Nancy Mahota, Juel, Rubey and Margaret.

This blanket shows the sun circles motif from Mahota Textile’s “Heritage Collection.” Sun circles have been found on a range of objects including burial items, adornments and stone disks used as paint palettes. They often include concentric circles, spirals and may contain a cross or inverted scalloped lines within a circle.

Out of this lineage across three centuries of Native American history, Wheeler developed as a painter, sculptor, educator, Native historian, weaver and 2010 Chickasaw Hall of Fame inductee.

The founder of Mahota Textiles, Margaret Roach Wheeler (center), displays an assortment of new products from the “Heritage Collection” alongside Bethany McCord (left) and Taloa Underwood.

“We are makers of art, of story – the threads that connect the inspiration of our ancestors to all of us in a modern world,” Wheeler said.

Wheeler’s labor of passion is shared with a small team of hardworking women.

“It is all love. It is all things I love to do, people I love to be with,” Wheeler said. “People have come in that are so talented to help me with this venture. It is not happenstance, but how things are supposed to go and fit together. It is wonderful.”

At Wheeler’s side are a student of weaving named Taloa Underwood and the business-savvy Bethany McCord.

Using three new designs crafted by Wheeler, Mahota Textiles launched its first line of blankets, pillows and bags called “The Heritage Collection.”

As part of Mahota Textiles’ “Heritage Collection,” the Chickasaw map design uses almost entirely straight lines and filled in circles. It is fashioned after a 1723 historical map, an illustration of how the Chickasaw people visualized relationships with other tribes at the time. The map was originally crafted onto deerskin and delineates an understanding of population, power, influence and diplomacy within a 700,000-square-mile area, including waterways and trade routes.

The sun symbols design, thanks to its inspiration, had no way around being round. The sun was frequently represented in Southeastern design through what are now called sun circles. Sun circles have been found on a range of objects including burial items and adornments to stone disks used as paint palettes. They often include concentric circles and spirals, and may contain a cross or inverted scalloped lines within a circle.

With these new heavily-researched and uniquely-designed products in hand, Mahota Textiles began spreading the word.

“We mailed books out to the Smithsonian, the Heard Museum, all major museum gift shops to get some interest there,” Wheeler said. She gave heavy credit to Underwood, who came in after her college courses to iron out samples and prepare envelopes for shipping.

Wheeler said she sees Mahota Textiles as a way to give back to the tribe which has supported her on her journey. She will pass the baton, relinquishing ownership to the Chickasaw Nation and operations over to the women who have made the business possible.

She said she is happy to carry on the title of founder and donate new designs to the company going forward.

“I am truly blessed with who I have come in contact with,” Wheeler said, referring to her team at Mahota Textiles. “I am putting all my eggs in their baskets so they can carry this on.”

Upcoming product lines for Mahota Textiles will be themed after the summer and winter solstices and designed by Taloa Underwood. Plans to include guest artists like Joanna Underwood Blackburn are also in the works.

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Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) 2019 Spring Powwow

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

Photos from 2017 IAIA Spring Powwow. Photos by: Jason S. Ordaz

Published April 14, 2019

SANTA FE — The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) presents its 2019 Spring Powwow on Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm (with Grand Entry at 11:00 am) on the IAIA Campus — 83 Avan Nu Po Road, minutes from the intersection of Rodeo Road and Richards Avenue, on the south side of Santa Fe. For directions and a map of the campus, click here.

This will be a contest powwow along with a drum contest, with over $4,000.00 in cash prizes awarded throughout the day. In addition to the Powwow activities, visitors will be able to enjoy many food and arts and craft vendors throughout the site. The 2019 IAIA Spring Powwow is free of charge, and open to the public. Informational hand-outs will be available to the public while supplies last.  10:00 am Gourd Dancing 11:00 am Grand Entry Invocation Colors Flag Song Victory Song Welcome by IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation) Powwow Staff Headman: Michael R.L. Begay (Diné/Santo Domingo Pueblo) Headlady: Shundina Nanamkin-Spencer (Diné/Apsaalooké/Colville)
Head Gourd Dancer: TBD Host Southern Drum: Pawnee Brave Scout Host Northern Drum: Hawk Soldier (Lakota/Navajo) Master of Ceremonies: James Edwards (Pawnee/Northern      Cheyenne/Comanche) Student MC: Bryson Meyers (Chippewa Cree) Arena Director: Aaron Frye (Cherokee/Chickasaw) For more information, contact Nocona Burgess (Comanche) at 505.424.2339 or nburgess@iaia.edu.

Photos from 2017 IAIA Spring Powwow. Photos by: Jason S. Ordaz

Booth Space Information

Space is limited and provided on a first-come, first serve basis. One 6′ table with two chairs will be provided. There is no guarantee that electrical outlets will be available at your table. Set up is from 8:00 – 9:00 AM. Vendors are responsible for their own merchandise, loading and unloading. All sales are between vendor and customer.

For more information please visit https://iaia.edu/happenings.

The vendor application: https://iaia.wufoo.com/forms/z19gtn151ruubde. For more information on vending, contact Phil Cooney at pcooney@iaia.edu or 505.424.2384. IAIA is an Alcohol & Drug Free Campus

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month Walk Monday

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

The Navajo Nation Council Chamber in Window
Rock, Ariz.

Published April 14, 2019

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Office of the Speaker and the 24th Navajo Nation Council invite the public, media, and Navajo Nation citizens to participate in a Sexual Assault Awareness Month Walk on Monday, April 15, 2019 in Window Rock, Ariz.

The walk is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. and will conclude at the Navajo Nation Council Chamber at 10:00 a.m. Participants and groups are asked to meet at the Wells Fargo parking lot at 8:00 a.m.

Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty (Beclabito, Cove, Gadi’i’áhi/To’Koi, Red Valley, Tooh Haltsooi, Toadlena/Two Grey Hills, Tsé ałnáoz’t’I’í), a long-time advocate for sexual violence prevention, said the awareness walk is an opportunity for communities and leadership to show their support of sexual assault awareness, prevention, trauma-informed care and healing, and supporting survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

“Since 2016, the Navajo Nation Council and programs have held this walk to create awareness regarding sexual assault. With that in mind, we must also keep survivors and missing and murdered relatives in our thoughts in prayers. The work we do to make meaningful changes is for survivors, for our people, and for our children” said Delegate Crotty.

Delegate Crotty expressed her appreciation to Speaker Seth Damon, President Jonathan Nez, and Vice President Myron Lizer for designating the month of April as the Sexual Assault Awareness Month for the Navajo Nation.

WHAT: Sexual Assault Awareness Month Walk (SAAM Walk)

WHEN: Monday, April 15, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.

WHERE: Wells Fargo Parking Lot (meet-up); Navajo Nation Council Chamber (end location)

WHO: Public and Media Are Invited to Participate

For more information regarding the awareness walk, please contact the Office of the Speaker at (928) 871-7160.


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'Telling the stories is healing' in Globe Theatre's Making Treaty 4, performer says

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 13, 2019 - 5:35pm
Making Treaty 4

A performer in Globe Theatre's Making Treaty 4 says the play touches on issues that have personally hit home to her, including residential schools and addictions.

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Native Nerd: I’m over 50 years old. My 10 bits of advice for Native youth and future graduates

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - April 13, 2019 - 12:55pm

I am not an elder yet, but I’ve learned a few things and hopefully, I can give you some insights to learn as you move ahead in life


Lummi Nation calls for 'state of emergency' to aid dwindling orca population

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 13, 2019 - 12:00pm
Chairman Jay Julius, Lummi Nation

Members of the Lummi Nation held a ceremony close to the U.S. San Juan Islands to pray for the dwindling southern sesident killer whale population.

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Liberals move ahead on Indigenous agenda after SNC affair, caucus ousters

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 13, 2019 - 11:56am
SNC Lavalin Indigenous 20190413

Justin Trudeau's Liberals say they are still hearing support from Indigenous people and leaders, despite concerns raised publicly about Trudeau's expulsion of two ex-ministers who had been central to work on reconciliation.

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