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Nissan Ex-CEO Illustrates Do's And Don'ts Of Image Repair

LAW360 (Native feed) - January 22, 2020 - 12:26pm
Lawyers can draw a number of useful lessons about reputation management from the efforts of former Nissan executive Carlos Ghosn — who recently escaped house arrest in Tokyo — to restore his sullied reputation, says Elizabeth Ortega at ECO Strategic Communications.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

NATIONAL NATIVE NEWS (nativetimes.net) - January 22, 2020 - 12:03pm

Keystone XL project. (Photo-Victoria Wicks)

South Dakota Water Management Board approves permits for Keystone XL pipeline project County attorney in Montana to examine if there are charges in disappearance of Native teen https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/nnn012220.mp3

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3 Concerns If Your Witness Becomes Flippant At Deposition

LAW360 (Native feed) - January 22, 2020 - 11:58am
In light of a recent Delaware Supreme Court case in which a litigator was rebuked for failing to control his evasive witness during a deposition, attorneys should consider when they may be held responsible for client misconduct and what to do if a client crosses the line, says Philip Sechler of Robbins Russell.

Do you know the way to Toksook Bay?

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - January 22, 2020 - 11:19am

Holding patterns: Alaska’s weather is why the 2020 Census makes Alaska ‘hard to count’


Indigenous pipeline supporters slam human-rights advocates over Coastal GasLink stance

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - January 22, 2020 - 10:08am
Coastal GasLink

The CEO of the First Nations LNG Alliance says that the pipeline was approved through a democratic process that Indigenous people participated in freely, and neither the UN committee nor the B.C. commissioner consulted supportive Indigenous groups before taking a position.

Categories: CANADA

Canada Reads 2020 short list, panellists revealed

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - January 22, 2020 - 9:01am
Canada Reads 2020

Country singer George Canyon and actor Amanda Brugel from The Handmaid's Tale are the latest prominent Canadians brushing off their debate skills for Canada Reads, CBC's battle of the books.

Categories: CANADA

Navajo Nation and New Mexico Indian Affairs Department Partner to Raise Human Trafficking Awareness

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - January 22, 2020 - 8:18am

The Nez-Lizer Administration with New Mexico Secretary of Indian Affairs Lynn Trujillo at the
New Mexico State Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. on Jan. 21, 2020.

Published January 22, 2020

SANTA FE, N.M. — On Tuesday, Navajo Nation leadership, along with the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department, issued a proclamation recognizing Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

“Human trafficking is a very serious issue around the world and more so for Indigenous peoples, including New Mexico tribes. We are proud to partner with Secretary Trujillo to raise awareness throughout the state for our women and children and their families who have been affected by human trafficking. We need to continue working together to end this problem in our communities,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.

Nez was joined by Navajo Nation Myron Lizer, 24th Navajo Nation Council members, New Mexico Indian Affairs Secretary Lynn Trujillo, and Deputy Secretary Nadine Padilla gathered at the New Mexico State Capitol in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

According to the International Labor Organization, there are approximately 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally, 26-percent of which are children and 55-percent of which are women and young girls. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported an estimated one out of six endangered runaways are likely child sex trafficking victims, and between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States each year.

The Navajo Nation and New Mexico Indian Affairs Department proclaim January 2020 as Human Trafficking Awareness Month, in the name of freedom and equity of all people, and encourage education and advocacy to bring forth public awareness to the terrible injustice. We call upon law enforcement, community organizations, families, and the entire Navajo Nation to recognize the vital role we must all play to end human trafficking, states the proclamation.

“I am honored to take part in the signing of the Navajo Nation and New Mexico Indian Affairs Department proclamation recognizing January 2020 as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Thank you to President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer for your efforts to combat and eliminate this epidemic. I am confident that together, we can raise public awareness of human trafficking and be the strength for the powerless and the hope of the victims,” stated Secretary Trujillo.

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House manager: 'Have you ever heard of a trial without evidence?'

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - January 22, 2020 - 8:05am

Senate approves impeachment trial rules, rejecting witnesses


Colville Lake makes pitch for local control on 1st day of Sahtu caribou hearings

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - January 22, 2020 - 7:30am
Sahtu caribou hearing

Colville Lake's plan hopes to “avoid intervention” by the territory’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the form of tags or harvest quotas, which it calls a “colonial system of control.”

Categories: CANADA

Sask oil project generates controversy

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - January 22, 2020 - 7:00am

A proposed oil project in northwest Saskatchewan is fueling controversy.

Categories: CANADA

Nunavut's gov't, Inuit organization renew promise to work together

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - January 22, 2020 - 5:00am
Aluki Kotierk Joe Savikataaq

The groups have recommitted to their partnership twice since 1999: first in 2004 and again in 2011, with the Clyde River Protocol.

Categories: CANADA

'Historic' change allows transgender girls to enter Eskasoni pageant

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - January 22, 2020 - 5:00am
Bella Marie Poulette

For the first time in its nearly 50-year history, the Eskasoni First Nation's annual winter carnival pageant is open to transgender women and girls.

Categories: CANADA

She Is Indigenous campaign highlights women's accomplishments, challenges negative stereotypes

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - January 22, 2020 - 4:00am
She is Indigenous

She Is Indigenous is a campaign to reduce violence toward Indigenous women and girls by challenging stereotypes, highlighting personal and professional accomplishments of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis women across Canada.

Categories: CANADA

Indigenous musicians come together in a sacred and safe space

INDIANZ.COM - January 22, 2020 - 1:30am
An impressive lineup of artists and performers are taking part in the International Indigenous Music Summit, now in its second year.

Tribal Nations Working Together: Everyone Wins

NATIVE KNOT - January 22, 2020 - 1:00am

Last week, the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe) and the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians (Huron Potawatomi), announced they co-invested in the purchase of McKay Tower, an iconic 18-story building in my hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The McKay Tower sits where an Indian village was located along the Grand River prior to European contact. Back then, the Potawatomi were part of the Confederacy of the Three Fires with the Ottawa and Ojibwe tribes. Today, the Potawatomi still exist in Michigan, along with the Ottawa and Ojibwe. Each June, the Homecoming of the Three Fires Powwow is held in a park near downtown Grand Rapids.

Last week’s announcement was exciting for a variety of reasons.

The purchase of the McKay Tower for $17.5 million by the two Potawatomi tribes demonstrates the positive movement tribes are taking to think way beyond Indian gaming for tribal economic development, which ultimately impacts tribal citizen's lives in a positive manner. In any given year, it is incumbent on tribes to build their tribal economies. Strong tribal leaders think in terms of the next seven generations.

These two tribes — through tribally-owned investment arms — are thinking long-term by making progressive investments in manufacturing companies and professional services that help local economies. Now they are property owners in downtown Grand Rapids.  That will allow them to emerge as key participants in the economic vitality of downtown Grand Rapids, even as they build their base of tribal assets.  

Last week’s announcement was significant because it debunks a myth that tribes cannot work together. As a proud Potawatomi man who has lived in Grand Rapids his entire life, I love it when I see our local tribes working together in collaboration and harmony. It further demonstrates great strides that tribes are making to work together in the spirit of collaboration by partnering in commerce. The partnering of the two tribes to purchase the McKay Tower benefits the tribes both internally and externally.

It should be reiterated that the tribes are from Michigan. They are local tribes, and that’s important. In an era where national private equity firms and global investors are snatching up and then flipping properties, the West Michigan community assuredly welcomes the type of “patient capital” that the tribes are investing in this deal. No one will never have to worry about the tribes shipping profits out-of-state or relocating to some foreign country because they are home, where their ancestors once lived. They’re not going anywhere. Grand Rapids is their homeland.

The purchase of the McKay Tower represents one of the largest acquisitions of non-gaming property by tribes in the United States. It ranks up there with the Forest County Potawatomi Community of Wisconsin, the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians co-investment in the Residence Inn Capitol by Marriott, four blocks from the U.S. Capitol. 

It ranks up there with the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation purchase of the Terra Towers (now called the Ho-Chunk Tower) in downtown Sioux City, South Dakota. 

It ranks up there with the Mille Lacs Tribe Band of Ojibwe purchase of the Crown Plaza, DoubleTree and Intercontinental St. Paul-Riverfront in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, which makes it the owner of more than one-half of hotel rooms there.

Last week’s announcement was exciting because, as property-owners, these tribal entities have made more than simply a financial investment. These two tribes at the beginning of 2020, a new decade are sending a message they believe in downtown Grand Rapids. 

Knowing the people at both tribes, as I do, I know they are willing to roll-up their sleeves and work together with others to ensure success. They have invested in the further growth and prosperity of downtown Grand Rapids. This investment makes us, as a community, all winners.

Levi Rickert, a tribal citizen of the Prairie Band of Potawatomi Nation, is the publisher and editor of Native News Online.


Toronto firm launches new collection of hand-crafted parkas by Inuit designers

NATIVE KNOT - January 22, 2020 - 1:00am

TORONTO — Apparel maker Canada Goose has launched a new collection for Project Atigi, a social entrepreneurship program featuring hand-crafted parkas by Inuit designers in Northern Canada. 

Established in 2019, Project Atigi celebrates the heritage and craftsmanship that has enabled the Inuit to live in some of the planet’s most formidable climates and conditions. This year’s Project Atigi collection features 90-bespoke pieces, created by 18 Inuit designers from 12 communities across Inuit Nunangat in Northern Canada.  

Proceeds from the sales of the Project Atigi collection will benefit Inuit communities across Canada through a partnership with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), a federally registered charity that promotes the interests of more than 65,000 beneficiaries of Inuit land claims agreements in Canada on a wide variety of social, health, cultural, environmental and political issues and challenges on the national level.  

“Project Atigi was born in the North, created by the North and for the North,” Canada Goose President and CEO Dani Reiss said in a statement. “We’re leveraging our global platform to share Inuit craftsmanship with the world and to create social entrepreneurship opportunities in the communities that inspire us. When you purchase a Project Atigi parka, you’re making an investment in the place and people that shape them.”


Body of Crow Teen, Selena Faye Not Afraid, Found by Search Team

NATIVE KNOT - January 22, 2020 - 1:00am

HARDIN, Mont. — Big Horn County Sheriff Lawrence C. Big Hair announced that the body of Selena Faye Not Afraid was found by the Department of the Interior search team on Monday morning.

The 16-year-old teen went missing on New Year’s Day when she walked away from a broken-down vehicle at rest area between Harding and Billings, Montana.

“At about 1033 hours a Department of the Interior Team found her during a systematic grid search of an area southwest area along I-90 between Hardin and Billings,” said Sheriff Big Hair in a press statement released.

The sheriff says an autopsy will be conducted, but foul play is not suspected at this time.

The search for Selena gained national attention. Just Monday morning The New York Times published a story about her being missing and the tragic high number of Native females missing in Montana.


Tribal Business Briefs - Week of Jan. 20, 2020

NATIVE KNOT - January 22, 2020 - 1:00am


The Pamunkey Indian Tribe on Friday announced plans to develop a $350 million casino resort in Richmond, Va. and another in Norfolk, according to a report by the Associated Press. In a statement, the Pamunkey Tribe said it purchased three properties in South Richmond for a casino and a fourth property nearby for a workforce training center. The resort, as proposed, includes a 275-room hotel tower. The tribe also announced it had purchased land in Norfolk along the Elizabeth River where it plans to build another casino if legislation is passed to allow commercial gaming there.  

Real Estate

Two tribally-owned investment firms announced the purchase of a historic building in the heart of Michigan’s second-largest city for $17.5 million. Gun Lake Investments, owned by the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians of Michigan (commonly known as the Gun Lake Tribe) and Waséyabek Development Company, owned by Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi, partnered to buy the 18-story McKay Tower in Grand Rapids, Mich.  The purchase of the iconic downtown building, located on a piece of land where an Indian village once existed, is the first joint venture together for the two tribes. The 154,000-square-foot tower is a mixed-use building featuring commercial, retail and office space, an event venue, conference rooms and three floors of luxury apartments that include a roof-top lounge and views of downtown Grand Rapids. 

The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians in northern California purchased 10 acres in a residential area near its Red Hawk Casino in Placerville for $1.5 million, according to a Sacramento Business Journal report (subscription required). A tribal spokesperson told the publication that the tribe has no immediate plans for the land.  


Tulsa, Okla.-based Native American Hemp LLC reported that it plans to expand operations in 2020 through new partnerships with Tribes, farmers, processing facilities and other hemp businesses. The Native American-owned business grows, processes and markets industrial hemp crops and value-added products. Native American Hemp cultivated multi-use hemp crops in Oklahoma during 2019, the first full year industrial hemp was completely legalized in the state and has now brought in a successful first-year harvest, according to a press release. 

Small Business

The business incubator program of Change Labs, a Native-controlled nonprofit, is accepting applications for its 2020 cohort. The business incubator will choose 10 Native American entrepreneurs for a one-year program designed to help launch or accelerate their small business startups. Applicants must be Native American and must reside in Arizona, Utah or New Mexico. The deadline to apply is February 19, 2020.    


The Cooperative Development Institute was awarded three U.S. Department of Agriculture grants worth $420,00 to support business education, training and technical assistance to New Americans and Native American enterprises in the northeastern U.S., according to business publication MaineBiz. The grants will help support Eastern Woodlands Rematriation Collective, a Native American group in northern Maine that’s aiming to develop a formal network of Native business projects, including herbal medicine and youth leadership community gardens. 

Lake Forest, Calif.-based Clearinghouse Community Development Financial Institution announced a $500,000 equity investment from First Choice Bank, a community bank in Cerritos, Calif. Clearinghouse CDFI finances community facilities, affordable housing, commercial real estate, and other job-creating projects throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Indian Country.


The Chickasaw Nation’s wholly-owned Bank2 announced it is changing its name Chickasaw Community Bank to better reflect the tribe’s values and heritage. Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby led a ceremony in Oklahoma City last week celebrating the new name.


Fourteen Native American tribes in Southern California have connected to Pacific Wave, an international Internet Exchange, according to a statement. This new connection through Tribal Digital Village enables tribal libraries, scientific research facilities, and cultural preservation institutions to collaborate with partners across the state, the nation, and the world. Tribal Digital Village is a tribal consortium-owned internet service provider. Tribal Digital Village Network (TDVnet) was created by the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association (SCTCA) in 2001 to bring internet services to key community buildings and resource programs on reservations.



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