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The Indian Land Tenure Foundation Releases New Educational Video Game

NATIVE KNOT - April 15, 2019 - 1:00am

ST. PAUL, Minn. —  The Indian Land Tenure Foundation, a national, community-based organization serving American Indian nations and people in the recovery and control of their rightful homelands, is excited to announce the release of a new educational video game that teaches about the impact of allotment acts on Indigenous peoples in the 1890s. Available on PC/MAC, iPads, Android tablets, and Chromebooks, When Rivers Were Trails is an accessible, educational 2D adventure game that will help teach young people about an important and often-overlooked period of time in United States history.


When Rivers Were Trails was developed by ILTF in collaboration with Michigan State University’s Games for Entertainment and Learning Lab thanks to support from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. The game follows an Anishinaabeg in the 1890s who is displaced from Fond du Lac in Minnesota to California due to the impact of allotment acts on Indigenous communities. More than 20 indigenous writers were tapped in the development of When Rivers Were Trails, bringing their valuable experience to the project.


Players are challenged to balance their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being with foods and medicines while making choices about contributing to resistances as well as trading with, fishing with, hunting with, gifting, and honoring the people they meet as they travel through Minnesota, the Dakotas, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and eventually must find a place to call home in California.


The journey can change from game to game as players randomly come across Indigenous people, animals, plants, and run-ins with Indian Agents. Gameplay speaks to sovereignty, nationhood, and being reciprocal with the land. When Rivers Were Trails is available for download on PC and Mac, Apple’s AppStore and the Google Play Store.


The game features creative directing by Nichlas Emmons, creative directing and design by Elizabeth LaPensée, art by Weshoyot Alvitre, and music by Supaman and Michael Charette.


Indigenous writers include Weshoyot Alvitre, Li Boyd, Trevino Brings Plenty, Tyrone Cawston, Richard Crowsong, Eve Cuevas, Samuel Jaxin Enemy-Hunter, Lee Francis IV, Carl Gawboy, Elaine Gomez, Ronnie Dean Harris, Tashia Hart, Renee Holt, Sterling HolyWhiteMountain, Adrian Jawort, Kris Knigge, E. M. Knowles, Elizabeth LaPensée, Annette S. Lee, David Gene Lewis, Korii Northrup, Nokomis Paiz, Carl Petersen, Manny Redbear, Travis McKay Roberts, Sheena Louise Roetman, Sara Siestreem, Joel Southall, Jo Tallchief, Allen Turner, and William Wilson, alongside guest writers Toiya K. Finley and Cat Wendt who contribute African American and Chinese experiences.

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Nike’s NAFN Partners With NC to Provide Employment Resources for Indian Country

NATIVE KNOT - April 15, 2019 - 1:00am

MESA, Ariz. — The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (the National Center) is pleased to announce a joint event building on our partnership with Nike’s Native American & Friends Network at UNITY to unveil the new 2020 Native Edge portal, an online business ecosystem designed for the future of business in Indian Country. National Center experts will be onsite providing businesses counseling and the opportunity to become Members of the Native Edge.


“It’s exciting when a partnership leads to both meaningful support for Native entrepreneurs as well as to building the tools for future entrepreneurs everywhere. UNITY youth benefit greatly when organizations like NCAIED and Nike’s Native American & Friends Network develop resources to improve our youth’s leadership skills, and to support their journey in making a positive and impactful change,” said Mary Kim Titla, UNITY’s Executive Director.


When: Thursday, April 18, 2019


Time: 10 am – 2 pm


Where: Nike Factory Store at Phoenix Premium Outlets at Wild Horse Pass
4976 Premium Outlets Way Suite 800, Chandler, AZ 85226


The Native Edge portal is where Indian Country networks meet online for business. Native Edge members use a variety of interactive and social tools to communicate with other members of the Native Edge community, including Member Groups, and accessing the Native Edge business directory.


Through the Native Edge Hire support system, we bring together talented Native American professionals with industry-leading companies looking to hire qualified applicants for full-time jobs and internships. This online portal allows individuals to upload their resumes and market their talents directly to recruiters.


The Native Edge Training module provides all members online access to a fully interactive training and skills curriculum designed to address topics most relevant to doing business in Indian Country; including content from the National Center’s Reservation Economic Summits.


The Native Edge Procurement module is an online meeting place and procurement sourcing tools for Tribes, Native American-owned businesses, corporations and federal agencies seeking Native American suppliers. Through the Native Edge Procurement, Members can search and respond to RFPs.


Native Edge 2020 also includes a groundbreaking Native Edge Capital Tool, linking Members to lenders nationwide to help them secure the capital to grow their business and boost their competitiveness in today’s marketplace.

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“Indiana Jones” Consultant and Tribal Archaeologist to Speak on the Kizh Nation and Their Heroine, the “Joan of Arc of California”

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - April 15, 2019 - 12:01am

Published April 15, 2019

EVANSTON, Ill. — On April 27th at 2:00pm, the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian will host Dr. Gary Stickel for a lecture on the tribal recognition issues facing the Kizh Nation and their little-known heroine Toypurina, subject of the book “Toypurina: The Joan of Arc of California”. Admission to the event is $12 or $10 for Mitchell Museum members. Dr. Stickel was an archaeology consultant on “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and is the Tribal Archaeologist for the Kizh Nation.

The Kizh/Gabrieleño are the state-recognized Indian Tribe of greater Los Angeles, Orange County, and the offshore islands including San Nicolas. San Nicolas island is well known from Scott O’Dell’s award winning children’s novel “Island of the Blue Dolphins’, based on a true story of a girl who spent eighteen years alone on the island. Several objects from the island are currently on display in the museum’s permanent exhibit.

As the tribal archaeologist for the Kizh Tribe, Dr. Gary Stickel co-authored Toypurina: The Joan of Arc of California with Tribal Secretary Dr. Christina Swindall. Toypurina, whose story is remarkably like Joan of Arc, is the only Native American woman to have led a revolt against foreign invading powers in American History.

The Mitchell Museum is one of only a handful of museums in the country that focuses exclusively on the art, history, culture, and current events of American Indian and First Nation peoples throughout the United States and Canada. The Mitchell Museum won the top Superior award by the Illinois Association of Museums in 2017 and 2012, was named “Best Museum of the North Shore: Up and Comer” by Make It Better magazine in 2012, and was named a national finalist by the American Association of State and Local History award program.

For more information about The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, visit www.mitchellmuseum.org  or call 847-475-1030. The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to
5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday 12 p.m.  to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, students and children, and free for Mitchell Museum members and Tribal citizens.

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Seattle Councilmember Juarez (Blackfeet Nation) Statement on Sound Transit Board Nomination

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - April 15, 2019 - 12:01am

Debora Juarez became first American Indian on Seattle City Council. Photo courtesy Chris Stearns

Published April 15, 2019

SEATTLE Councilmember Debora Juarez (District 5, North Seattle), Chair of the Council’s Civic Assets, Public Development and Native Communities Committee, issued the following statement after King County Executive Dow Constantine nominated Juarez to serve on the Sound Transit board:

“I am proud to be nominated to serve on the Sound Transit board. I plan on working as hard for the people of the tri-county Sound Transit service area as I do for my North Seattle district. I will serve the board as a strong advocate for transit-oriented development and as an experienced leader in managing major civic projects with regional impacts,” said Juarez.  “I was a strong advocate for the inclusion of a Link light rail station at 130th Street in the successful Sound Transit 3 ballot measure in 2016, and have fought for equitable transit oriented development that considers community needs.”

Juarez has also spearheaded numerous capitol development projects including but not limited to the $1.6 billion Seattle Center redevelopment, the $712 million Seattle Waterfront project, and the $80 million construction of an NHL practice facility in Northgate.

Juarez, an enrolled citizen of the Blackfeet Nation, is the first Native American elected to the City Council and represents North Seattle’s City Council District 5.

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Making Great Strides in Economic Growth, Development and Diversification

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - April 15, 2019 - 12:00am
Guest Commentary

Published April 15, 2019

Our tribal government is the sole owner, or shareholder, of Cherokee Nation Businesses. CNB is not just the economic engine of Cherokee Nation, but for all of northeast Oklahoma. Together, the tribe and its business arm create an annual economic impact of $2.03 billion within the region. As a strong force behind Cherokee Nation’s success and financial stability, CNB reinvests all of its profits into supporting critical services and programs for our people – health care, education and housing – as well as into training, educating and employing tribal citizens and further developing our businesses.

It’s our mission to continue growing our businesses and to help further the economy of the Cherokee Nation. We are focused on our employees and their well-being, as well as that of their families. Through competitive salaries and competitive benefit packages, we strive to be an employer of choice. Our employees, almost 75 percent Native American, are the key to our continued success.

Chief Bill John Baker

There are many aspects of CNB that may be surprising to people. We’ve earned a billion dollars in revenue in each of the last three years. With more than 7,000 CNB employees, we are able to have a business presence in 47 states, 25 countries and two U.S. territories. Our revenues are diverse: 57 percent comes from gaming and 43 percent comes fromdiversified businesses, where we are experiencing rapid growth. These opportunities mean CNB can continue building its support of essential tribal services while providing citizens with additional employment options throughout many successful industries.

CNB’s stellar performance and developing partnerships with both government and commercial clients in advancing industries such as information technology, construction, health care and consulting as well as engineering and manufacturing resulted in more than $421 million in revenue last year alone. Our teams of experts in contracting, service and technical industries keep CNB at the forefront of exciting changes all over the world, but diversifying our businesses would have never been possible without our success as a market leader in entertainment and hospitality.

Bill John Baker is the principal chief of the Cherokee Nation. 

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Navajo Nation Proclaims April as Sexual Abuse, Harassment Month

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - April 15, 2019 - 12:00am

Navajo Times | Ravonelle Yazzie
Dottie Lizer, left, and Pheflia Herbert-Nez sign the proclamation that designates April as “Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Awareness Month” as President Jonathan Nez, right, and Delegate Amber Crotty, center, look on.

Published April 15, 2019

WINDOW ROCK — When first lady Phefelia Herbert-Nez and second lady Dottie Lizer took up their new positions, they also established a list of priorities.

Among them were domestic violence, missing and murdered Indigenous women and human trafficking.

In an effort to highlight these issues, they and President Jonathan Nez on April 5 signed a proclamation proclaiming April as “Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Awareness month.”

“One in two Native women are sexually assaulted,” said Lizer. “That’s high compared to the national average, which is one in six. This brings to light how evident it’s here on the Navajo Nation. We are here to really bring the awareness and the prevention to Navajo, because we need that.”

During the signing, Jonathan and Phefelia Nez and Lizer were surrounded by delegates Amber Crotty and Charlaine Tso and employees from the Division of Social Services and Strengthening Families Program.

Editor’s Note: This article was first published in the Navajo Times. Used with persmission. All rights reserved.

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Meet Sivan Alyra Rose: San Carlos Apache Woman Who Becomes First Native Woman to Have Lead in Netflix Series

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - April 14, 2019 - 10:37pm

“Chambers” premieres on Netflix on April 28, 2019

Published April 14, 2019

Five Things Sivan Aylra Rose Wants Native News Online Readers to Know about “Chambers”

LOS ANGELES — Sivan Alyra Rose, a tribal citizen of the San Carlos Apache, plays the lead role of Sasha Yazzie, a 17-year-old Navajo/Mexican teen who receives a donor heart and begins to feel a darkness inside of her in Netflix’s “Chambers” which premieres in New York on Monday, April 15, 2019.

Netflix will air the hour-long first episode of “Chambers” on April 28, 2019.

“Chambers” is billed as a supernatural horror show that follows a teenager, Sasha Yazzie, who is obsessed with the death of her organ donor after receiving a heart transplant. She wants to discover the truth about the person who died so that she may live.

In addition to newcomer Rose, the cast of “Chambers” includes Oscar-nominated actress Uma Thurman and actor Tony Goldwyn. Filmed in New Mexico, “Chambers” is based on a fictional Arizona town.

With the lead role, Rose becomes the first American Indian to play a lead role in a series.

Sivan Alyra Rose – Photo courtesy of Netflix

Rose, 19, who grew up on the San Carlos Indian Reservation near Globe, Arizona, where her uncle, Terry Rambler, serves as the current tribal chairman, is excited about her future. She was inspired to be a model because she has always been interested in fashion because her mother was a cosmetologist.

She was modeling at the Santa Fe Indian Art Market when she received a business card from casting director Rene Haynes. Rose attended the Institute of the American Indian Art in Santa Fe, but decided leave school and move to Los Angeles to live with her boyfriend when the cost to attend the art institute became prohibiitive.

“I did not move to Los Angeles to chase my dream, but once there, I emailed Rene to see about getting some audtions. I failed at some, but within six months, I got the role to play Sasha,” Rose told Native News Online on Friday.

The first season of ten episodes has already been filmed. Filming took place last year and Rose was impressed with how the episodes came out.

“They are spooky good,” Rose says with laughter in her voice.

Strong viewership results during the first couple episodes may determine whether or not there will be a second season.

Rose reflected on working with big named Hollywood stars was. “Uma is amazing to work with. She is so grounded and a realist. She was so nice to me. During the scenes together, she would throw out nuggets on how to be a better actress,” says Rose.

“Working with Tony Goldwyn is a treat. He is so humble,” Rose comments.

Rose says working on “Chambers” is a nice break-through for American Indians in the industry. She says “Chambers” has American Indians working on ensuring accuracy of portrayal of contemporary Native people.

“The series attempts to show realsitic lives of Native Americans. We have a writer who is Native American and Native Americans in casting. I hope we can make some real changes within the next five years in Hollywood for Native Americans,” Rose says.

“I don’t want to be alone here. I want other Native American teens to go and do this.”

Photo Credit: Brendan Cuny

Five Things Sivan Aylra Rose Wants Native News Online Readers to Know about “Chambers”

  1. “Chambers” is a contemporary Native American horror story. The series is not about  war ponies and tomahawks. Native Americans are real people and we’re just like you.  In my opinion, maybe even a little cooler than you?
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The indestructable Eden Robinson on love, loss and tricksters

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 14, 2019 - 6:03pm
Eden Robinson Trickster Drift

Haisla and Heilsuk author Eden Robinson talks about writing her second novel in a trilogy, Trickster Drift, and what she had to overcome to get here.

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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:

STATEMENT REGARDING MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION ON BAY MILLS INDIAN COMMUNITY RESERVATION

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
Riit

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.”

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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

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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
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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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