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Robot contest: It's up to young people to fix humanity's wounds

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - November 1, 2019 - 9:53am

Dubai displays tech reputation with global robotics contest


US added a solid 128,000 jobs in October despite GM strike

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - November 1, 2019 - 9:41am

US economy has been expanding for more than a decade


ProPublica: Alaska Native village loses only public safety officer

INDIANZ.COM - November 1, 2019 - 9:40am
One spring day in 2005, a man in a crisp brown uniform stood before a group created by Congress to fix rural Alaska’s lack of cops. In his soft-spoken way, Simeon Askoak explained his dilemma.

Reaction strong after racist taunts aimed at Salt River Native American high school athletes

INDIANZ.COM - November 1, 2019 - 9:12am
Racial taunts directed at a girls volleyball team from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community reflect the larger societal issue of Native American oppression.

Native American Day Parade a huge success

INDIANZ.COM - November 1, 2019 - 8:50am
The annual Native American Day Parade in Rapid City was filled with culture, traditions, color, and important social messages, including honoring murdered and missing indigenous women.

'Last wilderness': Alberta chief wants meeting on land approved for oilsands

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - November 1, 2019 - 8:45am
Oilsands Indigenous Lawsuit 20181211

The chief of a First Nation that has taken Alberta to court to protect its "last wilderness" wants to meet with Premier Jason Kenney to get him to honour the government's promises.

Categories: CANADA

No power? No medicine.

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - November 1, 2019 - 8:34am

If power outages are California’s new normal, what about home medical needs?


California’s dry, dangerous winds have mostly subsided

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - November 1, 2019 - 8:15am

Not out of woods yet, but winds driving California fires die


Urban healthcare program expands access

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - November 1, 2019 - 7:46am

Grant allows Native American nonprofit to expand medical services in Phoenix


Moose Cree First Nation looks to kick out drug deaIers— 'We want a healthy community here'

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - November 1, 2019 - 5:30am
Injectable opioid

The addiction crisis is pushing one northern Ontario First Nation to consider banishing people who sell illegal drugs and alcohol.

Categories: CANADA

How Canada could have done a better job at Confederation

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - November 1, 2019 - 5:00am
Murray Sinclair

Sen. Murray Sinclair, who is the former chief commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, is this year's recipient of the Symons Medal on Friday.

Categories: CANADA

Pipeline company CEO says Alberta premier supports an Indigenous rights challenge to Ottawa's regulatory laws

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - November 1, 2019 - 4:00am
Jason Kenney in Oct 2019

Alberta could play a role in planned Indigenous rights-based court actions against Ottawa's environmental review and tanker ban laws, according to the CEO of an energy company that says it has the backing of 35 northern Alberta and B.C. First Nations for a new oil pipeline.

Categories: CANADA

Hundreds of Pumpkins Distributed on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

NATIVE KNOT - November 1, 2019 - 1:00am

During October, lots and lots of pumpkins were distributed to children on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for Halloween! It’s all thanks to Oyate Teca Project Director Rose Fraser’s 11-year-old granddaughter, Jazlyn. She asked her grandmother if they could grow pumpkins and Rose gave her a 40x60 plot (the size is given to the other community gardeners) to grow them.

She got the seeds, made the soil blocks, planted and weeded her garden…then Pine Ridge was hit by a terrible hail storm that destroyed many people’s gardens. Jazlyn thought her garden was destroyed as well until she found out they were growing all over again! She grew a total of 193 pumpkins and harvested them with the help of her family.

“I really didn’t think the pumpkins were going to grow,” she said. “It is hard work weeding, but when we picked them I was excited because I grew pumpkins.”

Jazlyn sold several of her pumpkins at the Medicine Root Farmers Market and Oyate Teca’s pizza truck and made a total of $934 on her pumpkins. Next year, she wants to grow watermelons!

“As her grandma and employee of Running Strong, I am very proud of her,” Rose said. “She talked about how much it costs to grow and plant everything. Her soil was $14, seeds, trays and tilling were donated from the gardening program so she made a pretty good profit. I hope she continues with next year’s planting, maybe she can do both, watermelons and pumpkins.”

Congratulations Jazlyn from all of us at Running Strong! You did an amazing job!


University at Buffalo Welcomes First Female American Indian Dentist

NATIVE KNOT - November 1, 2019 - 1:00am

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Jessica Ann Rickert, DDS, visited the University at Buffalo to share her journey in becoming the first female American Indian dentist in the world.

During the event, "Change Perceptions... Go Beyond Expectations," Rickert also addressed the alarming shortage of American Indians in dental schools across the United States. The program, which was sponsored by the UB School of Dental Medicine, was scheduled for Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. in the Harriman Hall ballroom. The event was free and open to the public.
"We at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine are honored to have the first female American Indian dentist, Dr. Jessica Rickert, accept our invitation to speak at our dental school. All of our students, staff, and faculty excitedly look forward to this historical event," says Othman Shibly, DDS, clinical professor and assistant dean for diversity and inclusion in the UB School of Dental Medicine.
Nonexistent in Dentistry
Nearly 10,500 students applied to attend dental school in the United States this fall. Just 16 of those students are American Indian, according to the American Dental Education Association.
The barriers to higher education for American Indian students are numerous: inadequate federal funding of secondary education programs on tribal lands, transportation challenges, a history of social injustices, cultural dissonance and a shortage of American Indian educators. The result is that American Indians are largely nonexistent in dentistry.   

Despite American Indians comprising 3% of the country's population, they make up 0.2% of dentists, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Indian Health Services, an HHS division that provides medical and health services to American Indian and Alaska Native communities, are also severely understaffed.
"I strongly feel that an ideal solution to the shortage of dentists in Indian country is to increase the number of American Indian dentists from federally recognized tribes," said Rickert. "A dental career is not even a remote consideration for most American Indian young people. This is due, in part, to the fact that most have never even seen an American Indian dentist. I do not believe the American Indian dental dilemma is a hopeless situation. It simply requires all of us involved in the dental profession to step up and help. There are plenty of smart and capable American Indian students who could become marvelous dentists if they were guided in the right direction."

How Exterior Door Installation Can Impact Your Home

NATIVE KNOT - November 1, 2019 - 1:00am

A new exterior door installation offers you a myriad of benefits. Entry doors are the representative of your home. Every day they receive a lot of traffic while creating the first impression of your home to all the people who visit you.

That is why it is essential to keep your exterior doors functional and attractive always. They are a vital centerpiece for your home, and you pay attention to them. Here are ways in which exterior door installation influence your home both functionally and financially.

Curb Appeal.

Just imagine you are looking for a home to buy. When a seller takes you to look for the home he wants to sell to you, what is the first thing that you see? Without a doubt, the front door. Your judgment about the entire home is likely to be based on the first impression created by the front door. If it was appealing and welcoming, you are likely to fall in love with the home. On the other hand, if it appeared old and beaten, even your desire to get into the house will be backed off.

In the ever-competitive housing market, entry doors can tell more about the value of your property. They are the first elements that buyers will see when they come to see your home. They reveal so much about your home, including the level of care you take on your property. A perfect exterior door installation, which is well maintained and appealing, will start the price negotiation of your home on a positive note.

Energy Buffer.

Exterior door installation has a lot to offer when it comes to saving energy in your home. People are becoming more aware of saving energy in their homes, and they are opting for various ways to achieve that. New door and window replacement is no exception.

Exterior doors are being manufactured to meet the highest energy performance standards and be able to compete in the market. So choosing a door that uses modern energy-saving technology is the best way to keep your home comfortable during the summer and in winter. And that is not the only thing that you get. Energy-efficient doors allow you to save on energy utility costs.

Tax Asset.

This comes as an incentive for homeowners who install new windows. The government offers tax breaks for homeowners who install energy-efficient doors and windows in their homes. So a new window or exterior door installation could mean not just reduced energy utility bills, but also a break on the taxes you pay.

Prevent Break-Ins.

This is the last thing you want to go through, but unfortunately, it is a thing that happens to many people, and it could happen to you as well. It is a sad, unfortunate reality homeowner has to accept and find ways to minimize its chances of happening to them.

What you should know is that burglars are always looking for the weakest spots in your home, and those areas are likely to be your doors and windows. And when it comes to doors, your front door is the main entrance to gain access to your home, and as such, it is targeted by the would-be burglars. What’s more, they are quite bold enough to utilize it to get inside. In fact, it is recorded that 34 percent of the burglars access your home through the front door.

So, what is the implication for this? This means that your front door should be strong, and nothing should be left to chance when it comes to the security of your exterior door. A solid exterior door installation that is also up-to-date and with high-tech locks is the best way to reduce the susceptibility of your home to burglary activities.

It Keeps the Outside Out.

Apart from keeping intruders away from your home, your doors and windows are also meant to keep weather elements and animals away. All these elements can make your home uncomfortable to live and also make you spend a lot on controlling them. For instance, homeowners spend $50-$600 per year in controlling insects. This figure can be sky-high if you are repairing the effects of water in your home. To avoid this, have new window replacement whenever you see the need.


Navy Officially Names New Class of Ships in Honor of the Navajo People

NATIVE KNOT - November 1, 2019 - 1:00am

HOUMA, La.  Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez was honored to be joined by the members of the 24th Navajo Nation Council, Speaker Seth Damon, Chief Justice JoAnn B. Jayne, former Speaker LoRenzo Bates, and Navajo Code Talker Peter McDonald on Wednesday, during the U.S. Navy’s Authentication of the Keel Ceremony of the U.S. Navy’s first of class towing and salvage vessel, “USNS Navajo (T-ATS 6)” at the Civic Center in Houma, La.

The keel was said to be “truly and fairly laid” as it was authenticated by President Nez, Speaker Damon, and Jocelyn Billy, who signed their initials into the keel plate that is the symbolic backbone of a ship, the keel plate will be fastened within the hull of the vessel.

“As the First Americans of this country, we are honored to celebrate this major milestone in our history. The milestone we celebrate today is the first of its kind for the Navajo Nation. Throughout our history, the Diné people have always been the caretakers and protectors of our sacred land in every branch of the Armed Forces, so we are very grateful that our selfless and brave Diné warriors are being recognized and honored through this historic ceremony,” said President Nez.

During World War II, the Navajo Code Talkers, Marines Corps service members under the Department of the Navy, fought in the Pacific Theater, transmitting top-secret messages. By the end of the war, over 400 Code Talkers were trained for this unique service. Today, the Navajo people continue to serve in Armed Forces at a higher rate than the national participation rate.

In March, the Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced that the new class of U.S. Navy, Salvage, and Rescue ships would be named “Navajo.” The class is named in honor of the Navajo people’s significant contributions to the Armed Forces.

The new class of vessels will be based on existing commercial towing offshore vessel designs and replace the current T-ATF 166 and T-ARS 50 class ships, which are in service with the U.S. Military Sealift Command. The first ship of this class is named USNS Navajo. Other potential vessels will be named in honor of prominent Native Americans of Native American tribes.

In Dec. 2017, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 was signed into law with the advocacy and support of late U.S. Sen. John McCain (AZ – R), who retired from the Navy with the rank of captain. The Act supported the naming of the new class of ships as USNS Navajo.

“I commend all the past leaders who advocated for this over the years to honor our Navajo people, including the late Sen. McCain, former President Russell Begaye, members of the 23rd Navajo Nation Council, and former Speaker LoRenzo Bates,” added President Nez.

“Today will be remembered as a day in history that the Navajo people were honored and recognized for the many great things, we have given for this country of ours,” said Vice President Myron Lizer.

Also, in attendance at the keel authentication ceremony was Navajo Navajo Nation Veterans Administration Acting Director James Zwierlein, Council Delegate Vince James, Raymond Smith, Jr., Charlaine Tso, and Kee Allen Begay, Jr., and former Council Delegate Jonathan Hale.

A prayer dedication of the USNS Navajo (T-ATS 6) was conducted by Leroy Thinn and Kenneth Begishe of Shonto, Ariz., and Thompson Billy.

The USNS Navajo is expected to be completed in March 2021 and join the U.S. Military Sealift Command fleet of more than 120 ships.


Bill to Protect Chaco Canyon Advances through the House

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - November 1, 2019 - 12:02am

An ancient structure in Chaco Canyon in the state of New Mexico on May 28, 2019.

Published November 1, 2019

WINDOW ROCK — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer commend the U.S. House for passing H.R. 2181, the “Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act of 2019” sponsored by Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and co-sponsored by Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) on Wednesday. The bill aims to permanently ban oil and gas drilling on federal lands in the greater Chaco Canyon region.

“Thank you to the members of the U.S. House for supporting the Navajo Nation and helping to preserve this sacred area for our future generations,” stated President Nez.

In June, Assistant Speaker Luján was also able to successfully secure an amendment in the House of Representatives for a one-year ban on oil and gas drilling for the Chaco area, which also requires approval from the Senate.

Earlier this year in meetings with House and Senate members and with the U.S. Department of the Interior, President Nez and Vice President Lizer also shared their concern for potential health impacts on local residents due to oil and gas drilling.

“Today’s vote is a significant step forward, but we remain steadfast in our support for passage by the full Senate and eventually President Trump,” Vice President Lizer stated.

President Nez and Vice President Lizer also thank Congresswomen Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) and U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) for sponsoring the House and Senate bills and for supporting the Navajo Nation.

Assistant Speaker Luján expressed his appreciation to tribal leaders and his congressional colleagues and stated that he is encouraged by the action of the House.

“The House passage of the Chaco Cultural Heritage Protection Act is a major victory for New Mexico and significant progress toward establishing permanent protections for Chaco Canyon. For at least a decade, drilling and extraction have threatened the sacred, ancestral homelands of the greater Chaco region, putting this treasured landscape at risk of desecration,” saiCongressman Luján. “I’m extremely proud to have worked alongside the New Mexico Delegation, Tribal leaders, and every day New Mexicans who fought tirelessly for this progress. It’s time for the Senate to protect Chaco so that future generations inherit their spiritual homelands intact.”

“Chaco Canyon is a sacred place that future generations should be able to experience and learn from, but we’ve seen time and again how extractive industries threaten special places like Chaco. I’m incredibly blessed to work with colleagues who recognize the value of Chaco Canyon and has worked so hard to pass a bill that will protect Chaco, so that the future generations of Pueblo people will have access to the place where our ancestors are buried, and New Mexicans will be able to take pride in having this pristine site in our state for years to come,” said Rep. Haaland.

President Nez and Vice President Lizer look forward to advocating for the bill as it moves on to the full Senate.

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Events at the National Museum of the American Indian to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - November 1, 2019 - 12:02am

Blackfeet Festival – Photograph Courtesy of Walter Lamar

November is Native American Heritage Month 

WASHINGTON — November is Native American Heritage Month. There are 6.6 million Native American and Alaska Native people living in the United States, as well as millions of other Indigenous people living throughout the Western Hemisphere—all with unique traditions, languages, values and histories. Visitors can celebrate the diversity and contributions of these Native cultures at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian with a variety of free public events in Washington, D.C., and New York City. Programs include festivals, performances, talks and family activities.

Visitors to National Museum of the American Indian’s George Gustav Heye Center in New York City will be able to enjoy the new exhibition “Stretching the Canvas: Eight Decades of Native Painting,” opening Nov. 16. The exhibition strives to expand traditional understandings of American Indian Art and present viewers with paintings that change the way authenticity of Native art is perceived.


Rasmuson Theater Celebration Featuring Pamyua
Thursday, Nov. 7; 6:30 p.m.
National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Washington, D.C.

Visitors can enjoy the music and dance interpretations of Pamyua as the museum celebrates 15 years of programming outstanding Native (and non-Native) thinkers and performers in its Rasmuson Theater. Brothers Stephen and Phillip Blanchett, of Yup’ik and African American descent, formed Pamyua in 1995, with traditional Yup’ik dancer and culture-bearer Ossie Kairaiuak joining them in 1996. Revered across Europe and North America, Pamyua brings a unique style and contemporary twist to Yup’ik drum-dance songs. Experience the group’s special cultural harmony and learn more about Inuit culture through this celebration of one of the great cultural arts venues on the National Mall.

Native Sounds Downtown! Featuring Pamyua
Saturday, Nov. 9; 2–3 p.m.
American Indian Museum Heye Center, Diker Pavilion, New York City

Brothers Stephen and Phillip Blanchett (Yup’ik and African American descent) formed Pamyua in 1995 with traditional Yup’ik dancer and culture-bearer Ossie Kairaiuak joining a year later. The group has shared its culture and unique blend of traditional songs with contemporary style across North America and Europe.


Last Chance! Taíno Culture and Identity Gallery Demonstrations
Wednesday, Nov. 6 and Friday, Nov. 9; 1:30–3:30 p.m.
American Indian Museum Heye Center, New York City

The Taíno are one of the Indigenous peoples of the Caribbean. Visitors can learn more about Taíno history, culture and worldviews from museum specialist Jorge Estévez (Taíno). Through cultural materials and live demonstrations, Estévez facilitates discussion of the persistence and depth of Taíno lifeways and living traditions.

Pocahontas: Her Place in the Emerging Atlantic World and Nascent United States
Tuesday, Nov. 19; 2 p.m.
National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Washington, D.C.

Pocahontas lived and died not only in the maelstrom of the English–Powhatan encounter in the early 17th century, but at a singular moment in world history. She participated in the newly emerging Atlantic world. Her legacy helped shape Europeans’ conception of that world and the United States’ conception of itself for centuries. Why and how so? This presentation by National Museum of the American Indian Curator Cécile R. Ganteaume explores what is known about Pocahontas and her early impact on European and American thought.

Rethinking Thanksgiving With Perry Ground
Thursday, Nov. 21 and Friday, Nov. 22; 1:30–3:30 p.m.; program repeats every 30 minutes
Saturday, Nov. 23; 10 a.m.–12 p.m., 1:30–3:30 p.m.; program repeats every 30 minutes
American Indian Museum Heye Center, Rotunda, New York City

Join Perry Ground for an engaging and informative workshop and storytelling session about the history of this very misunderstood holiday. Based on the only primary source documents that chronicle the “First Thanksgiving” and using a quiz-style format, visitors will learn accurate and culturally appropriate information about the English settlers at Plymouth and the Wampanoag, the Native people who inhabited that area, and learn about how this story became the holiday is known today.


Día de los Muertos Weekend Festival
Saturday, Nov. 2, and Sunday, Nov. 3; 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C.

The National Museum of the American Indian celebrates Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), with performances and family activities throughout the weekend. Artist Lilia Ramirez (Nahua) works with visitors of all ages to create an interactive mural featuring La Catrina, the elegant skeleton drawn by Mexican illustrator Jose Guadalupe Posada. People will find La Catrina throughout the festival, perhaps lounging on an ofrenda (altar), dancing with jaguars and old men, grinning from a magnet activity, waiting to be dressed in marigolds, emerging from a sawdust carpet, having her bones connected into a puppet or posing with visitors for photos.

The festival will feature a traditional ofrenda created by National Heritage Fellow Ofelia Esparza (Purépecha) and her daughter Rosanna Esparza Ahrens, who have collaborated in creating altars since 1999. Esparza and Smithsonian folklorist Cynthia Vidaurri will present talks on Day of the Dead traditions in Mexico and the United States. Grupo los Tecuanes performs music and dances throughout both days. Visitors can honor their loved ones by making paper marigolds, the bright flowers that decorate family ofrendas set up for the Day of the Dead. The museum’s Potomac Atrium and imagiNATIONS Activity Center will be devoted to presentations and hands-on activities for young and not-so-young festivalgoers.

Day of the Dead/Día de Los Muertos
Saturday, Nov. 2; 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
American Indian Museum Heye Center, New York City

Visitors can participate in the museum’s annual celebration with performances by the Aztec group Cetiliztli Nauhcampa, a community ofrenda (altar) and hands-on activities for all ages.

Blackfeet Nation Tribal Festival
Saturday, Nov. 16, and Sunday, Nov. 17; 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C.

Visitors can learn about the Blackfeet Nation and the many aspects unique to Blackfeet culture through this two-day festival. The Blackfeet Reservation, located in northwestern Montana along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains, is home to one of the 10 largest tribes in the United States, with more than 17,000 enrolled members. Throughout the festival weekend, Blackfeet artists, performers, historians and culture bearers will share demonstrations and performances. Highlights will include seasonally appropriate dances and stories, and demonstrations of making traditional regalia from the hides of buffalo, deer, elk and antelope. During the celebration, visitors can see traditional and contemporary artistic creations, including beadwork, handcrafted jewelry, quillwork, pottery, horsehair work, moccasins, carvings and baskets.

Native American Heritage Day: Family Fun Day
Friday, Nov. 29; 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C.

The museum’s unique family celebration of Native American Heritage Day showcases Native culture through interactive dancing, games, storytelling, hands-on activities and make-and-takes, as well as music and dance presentations. The program features the Dineh Tah Navajo Dancers throughout the day. Join the museum in recognizing the many contributions of Native Americans to all aspects of life in the United States.

Children’s Programs

imagiNATIONS Activity Center
American Indian Museum Heye Center, imagiNATIONS Activity Center Classroom, New York City

  • Exploring Art + Technology Labs: Migration of the Monarch Butterflies
    Saturday, Nov. 2; 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Visitors can learn about the annual migration of monarch butterflies to Mexico and their cultural significance during the corn harvest in P’urhépecha communities. Participants will use LED and circuitry to make their butterfly come to life. This lab is part of the museum’s annual Día de los Muertos festival.
  • Exploring Art + Technology Labs: Potatoes: From Peru to Poland
    Saturday, Nov. 16; 1–4 p.m.
    Exploring Art + Technology Labs are hands-on workshops focused on Indigenous innovations. November’s program explores Potatoes: From Peru to Poland. How have potatoes travelled the world? Participants can learn about the origin, adaptation and journey of the (not-so) simple potato. They can discover how Indigenous people of the Andes Mountains developed more than 7,000 varieties of potato and create their own potato print to take home.
  • Culinary Connections
    Wednesdays, Nov. 6, 13, 20 and 27; 1–4 p.m.
    Visitors can discover the Native origins of their favorite meals, record a family recipe or food memory and design a recipe box and share connections between culture and food and leave with a new recipe to try at home.
  • Storybook Reading and Activity
    Second Saturday of every month: Nov. 9; 1–2 p.m.The second Saturday of every month, museum staff lead a storybook reading and related make-and-take activity. In November there will be a reading of Giving Thanks by Chief Jake Swamp (Mohawk) and an opportunity to make a cornhusk doll to take home.
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian

In partnership with Native peoples and their allies, the National Museum of the American Indian fosters a richer shared human experience through a more informed understanding of Native peoples. The museum strives toward equity and social justice for the Native peoples of the Western Hemisphere through education, inspiration and empowerment. It features exhibitions and programs in New York City and the National Mall in Washington, D.C. For additional information, including hours and directions, visit AmericanIndian.si.edu. Follow the museum via social media on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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Muckleshoot Casino has been Named Official Partner with NHL Seattle & Oak View Group

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - November 1, 2019 - 12:02am

Published November 1, 2019

SEATTLE — Oak View Group and NHL Seattle have announced the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe’s Muckleshoot Casino as an official partner with a blessing of the land at the New Arena at Seattle Center.

A federally recognized Indian Tribe whose membership is composed of descendants of the Duwamish and Upper Puyallup people who inhabited Central Puget Sound for thousands of years before non-Indian settlement, the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe was invited to bless the land on which the New Arena at Seattle Center is taking shape, as a symbol of respect for the deep Tribal heritage of the region. Filled with prayer, dance and song, the October 30 ceremony also served as a moving testament to the resilience of hope and new beginnings.

“We are grateful to the Muckleshoot Tribe for their blessing of these arena grounds, which we acknowledge are on Indigenous land and the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people,” stated Mari Horita, VP of Community Engagement and Philanthropy for NHL Seattle. “The Arena project is about honoring the past and embracing the future, and our partnership with the Tribe and the Muckleshoot Casino does exactly that. We are excited to partner to bring the game of hockey to more Native American youth in our region.”

Honoring the past while embracing the promise of tomorrow, the event as well as the larger partnership also illustrated the striking commonalities between NHL Seattle and the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe: innovators with a dream and a focused determination on a bright future.

“It is a good day to come here with a good heart to represent not only my people but all indigenous people of our region,” said Donny Stevenson, Vice Chairman of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribal Council. “To be able to partner and work with NHL Seattle on the ultimate goal to bring an NHL franchise to Seattle is truly exciting.”

As a partner and sponsor, Muckleshoot Casino will have entitlement to the Power Play as well as a significant brand presence at both the New Arena at Seattle Center and Northgate Ice Centre.

NHL Seattle will also partner with the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe to introduce hockey, a sport with roots in Native culture, to Native American youth in the Puget Sound region.

“This day is truly empowering,” said Conrad Granito, General Manager of the Muckleshoot Casino. “Muckleshoot gaming is the economic engine that has created economic independence and self-sufficiency for the Tribe over the last 25 years. It provides resources needed to improve the tribal community’s quality of life, preserve its culture and lays the groundwork for a bright future.”

Serving as a must-visit gaming destination for nearly a quarter century, Muckleshoot Casino has grown from a humble temporary structure into the largest gaming facility in the Pacific Northwest. And, it’s about to get bigger. A sweeping renovation and expansion is currently underway which will culminate with the debut of a 18-story, 400-room resort in 2021

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Common Personal Injury Claim Mistakes

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - November 1, 2019 - 12:00am

PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM red Rubber Stamp over a white background.

Published November 1, 2019

If you are about to start a personal injury claim you might want to be aware of the common mistakes people make. Being aware of these mistakes will ensure you’re less likely to make them. What’s more, is knowing what not to do or what to avoid can help make the claim process easier.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common personal injury claim mistakes:

Assuming it’s Easy to Make a Compensation Claim

Making a compensation claim is unlikely to be as easy as you’d think. You need to think carefully about your claim as the whole process can be quite complex. The good news is that if you have an attorney on your side they can make the whole process easier for you. This is because they know how to deal with personal injury law and they can help you understand how your case is going.

Assuming a Jury will be Involved

When you make a personal injury claim it’s very unlikely that your case will end up in trial. However, if it does go to trail you won’t be making your claim in front of a jury. However, a judge will be there. You should be aware, however, that only 1 percent of personal injury claims end up going to trial.

Not Keeping Hold of the Key Evidence

If you have had an accident you will need to make sure that you take care of any injuries you have sustained. Once you have dealt with your injuries you will need to make sure that you preserve any evidence. If you have a cell phone with you, you should make sure you take as many photographs as soon as you can. You should also make a note of what happens, detailing as much as possible.  Don’t forget to note the weather, the lighting, or anything else that could be relevant. If you have hired an attorney they will ensure you collect the necessary evidence.

Assuming That Your Questions are Stupid

Don’t assume that any question you have is stupid. When you have a claim you need to make sure that you ask many questions about the whole personal claim process. Ask your lawyer anything you can think of surrounding your case. Knowing more about your case and how to make a personal injury claim can make the claim seem a lot less daunting.

Only Relying on your Medical Report

Some medical reports can be wrong or fail to show the seriousness of your injuries. If you only rely on your medical report you might not get the results you’re looking for. Ask your doctor to refer you to a consultant so they can take another look at your injuries and make sure your medical reports are accurate.

If you can avoid all of the above mistakes your personal injury claim might seem so much easier to deal with. Speak with an attorney so they can help you navigate the legal process much less daunting.

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