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NCAI Supports a Cherokee Nation Delegate in Congress

NATIVE KNOT - November 8, 2019 - 1:00am

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Tribes across the country support the U.S. Government honoring treaty obligations by sending a Cherokee Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives.

The National Congress of American Indians passed a resolution on Oct. 25 with the language during its 76thAnnual National Convention in Albuquerque.

NCAI was established in 1944 and is the oldest and largest national organization of American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments. More than 170 tribal nations attended the convention.

“The Cherokee Nation now has the backing of NCAI member tribes from across the country who also believe in Congress obligating treaty rights,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “This right is not only important to Cherokee Nation, but it stands for a proposition vital to all of Indian Country which is that treaties are the law of the land and the United States government should keep its word.”

The NCAI resolution supports the Cherokee Nation’s assertion of its treaty right to seat a delegate in the U.S. House of Representatives, as guaranteed in the Cherokee Nation’s treaties of 1785, 1835, and 1866. 

“Now therefore be it resolved, that the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) fully supports the exercise of tribal treaty rights, including the seating of a Delegate in the U.S. House of Representatives where promised, and calls upon the House of Representatives to fulfill its obligation to tribal nations, including the Cherokee Nation, by seating its named Delegate in Congress,” the resolution states. 

Chief Hoskin’s Congressional delegate nomination of Kim Teehee came in August, just days after he was sworn into office and is aimed at strengthening tribal sovereignty.

The Cherokee Nation delegate is referenced in both the Treaty of Hopewell from 1785 and the Treaty of New Echota from 1835 between the Cherokee Nation and the federal government. The Treaty of 1866 also reaffirms all previous treaties between the Cherokee Nation and the United States. The tribe continues to work with Congressional leaders to move the appointment forward.

Teehee has worked for years advocating in Congress, on a bipartisan basis, for the interests of Cherokee Nation. Before being named the tribe’s vice president of government relations in 2014, Teehee served President Barack Obama as the first-ever senior policy advisor for Native American affairs in the White House Domestic Policy Council for three years. Prior to serving in the White House, she was a senior advisor to the U.S. House of Representatives Native American Caucus Co-Chair, Rep. Dale Kildee D-MI. 

The NCAI resolution can be found at http://www.ncai.org/resolutions/ABQ-19-024.pdf


NHBP Named First StormReady Native American Tribe in Michigan

NATIVE KNOT - November 8, 2019 - 1:00am

FULTON, Mich. —The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (NHBP) has been named the first StormReady Native American tribe in the state of Michigan. This initiative to achieve StormReady status, led by the NHBP Tribal Emergency Preparedness Committee and Tribal Council Sergeant-At-Arms Homer A. Mandoka, was completed in October, resulting in NHBP being the first Native American tribe in the state to become StormReady, and the second tribe in the region to receive this designation.

“NHBP is proud to have earned the designation as the first StormReady tribe in the state of Michigan,” said NHBP Tribal Council Chairperson Jamie Stuck. “This accomplishment will help the tribe achieve our strategic plan vision of protecting and promoting the well-being of the NHBP tribal community for the next seven generations.”

The StormReady program helps arm communities across the country with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property before, during and after weather-related events. The program encourages communities to take a new, proactive approach to improve local hazardous weather operations by providing emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines on how to improve their hazardous weather operations.

To achieve the status of StormReady, NHBP met the following criteria:

  • Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center

  • Have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts, and to alert the public

  • Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally

  • Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars

  • Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises

“The National Weather Service recognizes NHBP for improving the timeliness and effectiveness of hazardous-weather warnings. The Tribe is diligent and its proactive approach to increasing communication and preparedness will ensure system-wide protections,” said NHBP Tribal Council Sergeant-At-Arms Homer A. Mandoka, who also chairs the Tribal Emergency Preparedness Committee. “The StormReady achievement is our commitment to preserving life on the Pine Creek Indian Reservation. It takes passion and dedication to train individuals on how to act and when to react under hazardous warnings. I will like to commend Tribal Emergency Manager Jim Zoss, Director of Communications Judi Henckel, and fellow committee members Dawn Irwin, Al TenBrink Jr, Brian Chivis, Dan Green, Ben Tenney, Carter Bright, Nicole Edson, and Bret Miller.”


Thunderbird Review Anthology Call for Submissions

NATIVE KNOT - November 8, 2019 - 1:00am

CLOQUET, Minn. — The Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College English Department is calling for submissions to enter in the eighth edition of The Thunderbird Review, the college’s annual anthology of creative writing and art. The deadline for submissions is December 10, 2019.

Submission eligibility includes current students who are enrolled at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, University of Wisconsin-Superior, University of Minnesota-Duluth, College of St. Scholastica, or Lake Superior College, along with residents of Carlton, St. Louis, Lake, Aitkin, and Pine counties in Minnesota, and Ashland, Douglas, Bayfield, Burnett, Sawyer, and Washburn counties in Wisconsin.

Submissions must fall into one of  five different categories: short fiction (3000 words maximum), creative non-fiction (3000 words maximum), poetry (three poems maximum), artwork (three works maximum; any media, but art must be submitted as a jpeg file via email), and music (three songs maximum, submit as a link to a website like YouTube, SoundCloud, or Bandcamp).

Authors and artists may submit one entry per category except as noted above. The Thunderbird Review selection committee will not accept work that has previously been published, is under consideration elsewhere, or has received an award.

Submitted works must be sent via email, and only email submissions will be accepted. Provide contact information including the submitter’s name, address, telephone number, email address, the title(s) of works being submitted, and a 50-word bio written in the third person. The author’s name should not be on submitted manuscripts, although artwork may be signed. Writing entries should use Times New Roman size 12 font and be sent as an attachment in .doc or .docx format. Send submissions via email to anthology@fdltcc.edu.

All contributors selected for the final publication will receive one complimentary copy. Questions may be directed to Darci Schummer at dschummer@fdltcc.edu.


Distinguished Awards Presented at SevenStar Gala

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - November 8, 2019 - 12:01am

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., Cherokee Nation Secretary of Veterans Affairs S. Joe Crittenden, Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor and Deputy Speaker Victoria Vazquez, Cherokee National Treasure Dorothy Dreadfulwater Ice, Cherokee Nation Businesses Executive Chairman Bill John Baker and Cherokee Nation First Lady January Hoskin.

Published November 8, 2019

Annual event recognizes contributions to Cherokee culture

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Heritage Center recently hosted it’s annual SevenStar Gala on Nov. 2 inside the Chota Conference Center at Cherokee Casino Tahlequah.

The event recognizes those who promote the Cherokee National Historical Society’s mission to preserve, promote and teach Cherokee history and culture. It also serves as the primary fundraiser for the Cherokee Heritage Center.

“We are the premier cultural center for Cherokee history, culture and the arts. We’re also a nonprofit, and the truth is we couldn’t exist with the generosity of our loyal supporters and passionate advocates,” said Dr. Charles Gourd, executive director for CHC. “The award recipients recognized this evening each play a vital role in not only the success of our organization, but also serve as exemplary representatives for the Cherokee people.”

Four prestigious awards were given throughout the night, including the Contemporary Achievement Award, Tradition Bearer Award, Warrior Award and Stalwart Award.

Victoria Vazquez received this year’s Contemporary Achievement Award. The award recognizes a Cherokee who is accomplished in a chosen field, has brought honor to the Cherokee people and serves as an inspiration for others.

Vazquez is currently the Deputy Speaker for the Council of the Cherokee Nation and has served as the tribal councilor for District 11 since 2013. As an apprentice under her late mother, Anna Sixkiller Mitchell, Vazquez learned the art of traditional handmade Southeastern pottery. The two would go on to become the first mother-daughter duo to be named Cherokee National Treasures for pottery making.

Another Cherokee National Treasure, Dorothy Dreadfulwater Ice, was honored with the Tradition Bearer Award for achievements in preserving Cherokee traditions through crafts, history and/or storytelling.

Ice was named a National Treasure in 1991 for her talents in loom weaving, though she also is known for her efforts teaching the Cherokee language. Her work can be found locally at the Cherokee Heritage Center and on the national scene at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

The Warrior Award recognizes a Cherokee citizen who has served in one of the United States’ uniformed services. This year’s honor went to former Deputy Principal Chief and U.S. Navy veteran S. Joe Crittenden.

During his eight years as Deputy Principal Chief, he played a crucial role in the opening of the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center, oversaw numerous Cherokee Warrior Flights and worked closely with federal agencies to ensure Cherokee veterans were getting quality health care, housing and services. Crittenden’s advocacy for Cherokee veterans continues in his new role as Cherokee Nation’s first Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Cherokee Nation Businesses was recognized with the Stalwart Award for significant contributions to the heritage center’s success. Cherokee Nation Businesses Executive Chairman and former Principal Chief Bill John Baker accepted the award on behalf of the company.

As the tribally owned holding company of Cherokee Nation, the largest Indian Nation in the United States, CNB blends its heritage of ingenuity with modern business experience to solve complex challenges, to serve clients nationwide and to remain one of the drivers of Cherokee Nation’s prosperity and stability. As such, it provides a direct dividend of 37 percent of its profits to the tribe for services such as housing, health care, education and social services. The remaining 63 percent is reinvested into growing jobs, wages, business development and special projects, such as the construction of new health care facilities.

The company serves an important role in preserving, promoting and supporting Cherokee culture and art, and has been a longtime supporter of Cherokee Heritage Center.

Throughout the evening, guests participated in a vibrant silent auction featuring authentic Native art. In addition, Cherokee artists Keli Gonzales, Kenny Glass and Cherokee National Treasure Mike Dart each demonstrated live art during the event. Upon completion, each item was auctioned to the audience by Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Keith Austin to raise additional funds for the organization.

The SevenStar Gala had a number of prominent sponsors, including Cherokee Nation Businesses and Chickasaw Nation.

The Cherokee Heritage Center is the premier cultural center for Cherokee tribal history, culture and the arts. It is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive, Park Hill, Oklahoma.

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Udall Demands Answers on Interior Department’s Failure to Conduct Tribal Consultation

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - November 8, 2019 - 12:01am

U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Vice Chairman Tom Udall


Published November 8, 2019

Tribal officials testified that the department failed to consult with Tribes before finalizing new workforce training policy

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, pressed the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to explain its failure to consult with Tribes at an Indian Affairs oversight hearing examining the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ 477 workforce training program. BIA has primary responsibility for a variety of tribal programs within the Department of the Interior (DOI).

The “477” Tribal workforce program authorizes Tribes to consolidate federal workforce, training, and economic development programs into a single, integrated Tribally designed plan. Twelve federal agencies participate in the 477 program, and DOI serves as the lead agency responsible for administering the program. However, Tribal witnesses testified before the committee that DOI officials failed to consult with Tribes before drafting and finalizing a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with 11 other federal agencies that determines how the 477 statute is implemented.

During the hearing, Udall questioned DOI witness

Spike Bighorn, Acting Deputy Bureau Director for the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Office of Indian Services

, about the failure to consult with Tribes while developing the MOA. Bighorn testified that the Department did not engage in Tribal consultation on the MOA because the agency was not required to do so by the statute.

“I would really take issue with your statement,” Udall responded. “Consultation is the bedrock of a strong government-to-government relationship with Tribes . . . the department of the Interior knows very well that any direction it’s given to act is to be done with consultation. To say that the statute does not direct it runs counter to all Indian law principles, existing executive orders, and the spirit and the language of the law that’s before us.”

Bighorn committed to taking Udall’s message back to his leadership at DOI, and reevaluating DOI’s position on consulting with Tribes on the MOA. “We would move forward with consulting [with Tribes] at these meetings and with issues that come up, yes,” Bighorn said.

At the hearing, the committee also received testimony from Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Bristol Bay Native Association President and CEO Ralph Andersen, and P.L. 102-477 Tribal Work Group Co-Chair Margaret Zientek.

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First Nations Peoples’ Coalition to Hold Vigil at Ambassador Bridge in Effort to Stop Human Trafficking

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - November 8, 2019 - 12:01am

Published November 8, 2019

DETROIT — First Nations Peoples’ Coalition to End Human Trafficking (Coalition) announces its upcoming ceremony and prayer vigil, on Saturday, November 16th, 2019, “Building Bridges with No Borders, Ceremony & Prayer Vigil.”

The purpose of this all-day event is to honor the victims and survivors of human trafficking in prayer lead by First Nations Peoples of Canada and the United States. Secondly, to develop strategic plans to end International human trafficking and finally build a database of all organizations and partnerships working towards anti-human trafficking efforts.

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in 2017, regarding specifically the U.S and Canadian border trafficking activities, “Human trafficking is difficult to measure, due in part to its hidden nature. While there has been an increase in the number of human trafficking incidents reported by police in recent years, human trafficking remains highly underreported…”.

To address the possible reasons for this, the Coalition has publicly called elders, knowledge-keepers, survivors, supportive agencies, and community members on both sides of the borders to come together and participate in remembrance and ceremony. Survivors from the frontlines of human trafficking have offered to share their horrific stories of violence, torture and slavery.

“Our relatives are going missing every day. We need to come together as a community in prayer, ceremony and balance. We need to find solutions and work together to stem the tide of violence, women, men, youth, children, elders, allies, and settlers- all working together in prayer, learning educating, sharing, gaining, knowledge to stop the violence, this gathering is to develop an action plan,” states Suzanne Smoke, Anishinaabe.

The Sponsors/Partners of “Building Bridges not Borders Ceremony & Prayer Vigil” include: American Indian Movement Michigan, American Indian Movement Southern Ontario Support Group, Biindigen Healing and Arts (of Ontario), the All Nations Veterans Council in Detroit, Michigan and Women of All Red Nations.

The Ceremony and Prayer Vigil will with two main gathering points; one in Detroit, Michigan and the other in Windsor, Ontario Canada. This will begin with a Sunrise Ceremony and Prayer Vigil. At 10:00 am will begin the Ambassador Bridge Prayer Walk where both sides will unite. Those from the Canadian side that can proceed to the  First Nations Peoples’

The Coalition will then participate with the potluck feast and strategic planning session in Detroit, Michigan.

“This is a prayer in motion. These Interstates bound our nations commercially but also socially. By this we have a shared responsibility to our relatives that are forcefully transported from one country to another. These are not just random abductions. Human trafficking is part of a greater system operating between Nations. This makes it an international issue, and we have to look at why it is not treated as one,” remarked Corine Fairbanks, Oglala Lakota.

The Coalition knows that it will take more than this one time gathering to find answers to ending International Human Trafficking. This ceremony and prayer vigil invites people of all backgrounds to step forward towards ending human trafficking. The Coalition will facilitate a series of presentations, educational workshops, and more ceremony with
spiritual medicine people in the near future.

For more information about times of the varies gathering points for “Building Bridges not Borders Ceremony & Prayer Vigil” on Saturday, November 16, 2019, or to find out how you can help be involved please contact: Canada: Suzanne Smoke, 905-960-7144, biindigenhealingandarts@gmail.com or in Detroit, MI: Wayne Hardwick, (810) 224-0424, waynehardwick55@gmail.com



First Nations Peoples’
Coalition to End International Human Trafficking -United States to Canada
November 6, 2019
Contact: Canada: Suzanne Smoke, 905-960-7144,
Detroit, MI: Wayne Hardwick, 810-224-0424,
First Nations Peoples’ Coalition to End Human Trafficking Plans International Day
of Ceremony, Prayer Vigil, Ambassador Bridge Walk, and Potluck Feast with a
Strategic Planning Session Honoring Trafficked Sisters and Brothers

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Viejas Casino & Resort Donates $25,000 to Susan G. Komen San Diego

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - November 8, 2019 - 12:00am

Viejas presents $25,000 donation to Susan G. Komen San Diego. (Photo: Business Wire)

Published November 8, 2019

Viejas Exceeds Donation Goals for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

ALPINE, Calif. — On Wednesday, November 6th, General Manager of Viejas Casino & Resort, Jim Wild, presented a check in the amount of $25,000 to Susan G. Komen San Diego, a foundation with the stated Bold Goal to “reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026.”

“The entire Viejas family is truly inspired by the sheer immensity of support that Viejas Guests and Team Members have demonstrated towards this worthy cause,” said Wild. “For the entire month of October, proceeds from Viejas events as well as donations made at the Buffet cashier station have added up to a sum that surpassed our most hopeful expectations.”

Pink, the official color of the Komen Foundation, could be seen throughout the Viejas property in October—on banners, displays, and especially on the clothing of Guests and Team Members who have been personally affected by breast cancer.

Viejas proved that finding new ways to see pink in support of the battle against breast cancer could be a festive affair. One example of this is the Pink Ribbon Martini, a cocktail created by the skilled mixologists at Viejas for the Awesome 80s Prom—a 1980s themed event where proceeds went to Komen San Diego. “The turnout for the Awesome 80s Prom was absolutely fantastic,” said Jim Wild. “Everyone really got into the 1980s vibe and had a great time knowing that all the fun was for a great cause.” The same could be said for the Viejas Casino & Resort Halloween Bash, which included an epic costume contest, and every penny of the proceeds from the event went towards Susan G. Komen San Diego.

In addition to participating in the special events, Viejas Guests had the opportunity to donate to the Susan G. Komen San Diego at the Buffet. Every Viejas Guest eating at the Buffet was presented with the opportunity to donate a dollar at the Buffet cashier station. “Every dollar given at the Buffet helped push us past our contribution goal,” said Wild. “It’s a true testament to the compassion of the Guests at Viejas—they really are the best guests in the world. They know how to have a great time, and they are also very thoughtful and charitable people.”

The event for the $25,000 check presentation to the Susan G. Komen San Diego foundation took place from 5pm–7pm, inside Baron Long Bar & Grill, at Viejas Casino & Resort.

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Get Back Pain Relief With These 4 Simple Tips

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - November 8, 2019 - 12:00am

Published November 8, 2019

Back pain is something that can interfere in your personal life and work. It can be uncomfortable for a person. I have even seen many people in my family who was struggling with chronic back pain. I have also heard many saying to get rid of this pain is quite hard for them. If you come under the umbrella of these people who have this pain and looking for easy remedies then no worries we talked with some experts and come up with exciting tips to overcome your back pain.

First, let’s discuss why people experience this chronic pain and what type of problems and affect they can have. Back pain can be brought on due to the sudden uncoordinated movement or because of lifting heavyweight, which can cause muscle strain and end up with discs rupture. The curvature of the spine, osteoporosis, and arthritis can all lead to back pain.

Muscle ache, stabbing pain, pain that radiates down your legs, and pain that worsens by lifting, bending, walking, or standing are the main symptoms that indicate the back pain.

Sometimes back pain can develop without any cause that a doctor can only identify with an imaging study. Below are some conditions that cause back pain, including:

Muscle Strain

If you are physically weak, then avoid lifting heavyweight objects. Sometimes any awkward movement or lifting weights can cause strain in spinal ligaments or muscles, and it ends up with continuous back pain.

Ruptured Disk

Actually disks work as cushions between the bones. When soft material in disc rupture or bulge, it causes severe back pain.


When your bones become brittle and porous, your spine’s vertebrae can develop compression fractures.


I can affect your lower back. In some cases, it can cause narrowing the space around your spinal cord.

Below are some tips for chronic back pain relief:

1.      Maintain Your Body Weight

Whenever we discuss this problem with any health expert, they used to say most people who are overweight or underweight are suffering from back pain. In order to avoid it, staying fit is the first option. Maintain a healthy weight because extra body fats stress your back and can cause chronic pain. Eating healthy foods, including vegetables and fruits, avoiding processed foods can keep one’s weight in a healthy range.

2.      Body Posture

Poor body posture is another major contribution to back pain. Make sure when you stand, you are in the right posture with head straight. Don’t bend your shoulder when you sit on a chair or sofa. When we come to body posture, make sure you stand with ears over shoulders, shoulders over hip joints, and hip joints over ankles will help you to live a pain-free and healthy life.

3.      Consider To Bring Standing Desk Chairs

Thanks to one of my friends who works for 9-10 hours in her office. It is useless to say she was suffering from back pain because it is obvious that sitting all day will bring it. She tried natural remedies but ended up with no result, and then she came to know about standing desk stools, which are also known as standing desk chairs. Standing chair is specially designed for those who have back pain to get relief from it. You can also consider this option you work in an office for six to seven hours.

4.      Lift Objects Properly

We all lift a heavy object in our daily routine. Most of the time, I have heard people complaining about their back pain after lifting the weight. Whenever you need to pick up a heavyweight object, make sure to keep the object close to your body and bend at your knees to pick it up. In this way, you’ll have fewer chances of having back pain.

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Manitoba musicians rally for concert supporting storm evacuees

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - November 7, 2019 - 11:23pm
Darryl Buck at the Pyramid

More than 15 artists performed pro bono, including top Manitoba talent like Desiree Dorion and JC Campbell.

Categories: CANADA

Vancouver mayor calls massive First Nation development a 'gift to the city'

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - November 7, 2019 - 10:54pm
Squamish Nation

Mayor Kennedy Stewart says he supports the Squamish Nation's plan to build 11 housing towers on reserve land at the the south end of the Burrard Street Bridge, despite concerns about the pressures it will have on city services and infrastructure.

Categories: CANADA

Pow Wow Calendar Update – November 7, 2019

POWWOWS.COM - November 7, 2019 - 10:23pm

Pow Wow Calendar Update – November 7, 2019Check the list below for the latest Pow Wows added to our calendar and ones coming up in the next couple of weeks! Find Pow Wows in your state or province! Plan your Pow Wow trips! 26th Annual Cheroenhaka (Nottoway).....

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Editor's Daily Note 11/05/19

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - November 7, 2019 - 7:05pm

Inside look at the daily notes from Mark Trahant, Editor to the Indian Country Today team.


MMIWG inquiry referrals are an 'opportunity' for change, says former commissioner

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - November 7, 2019 - 6:58pm
Commissioners Qajaq Robinson and Michele Audette

A former commissioner from the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is urging institutions that received referral letters from the inquiry to reach out to grassroots organizations and Indigenous groups to figure out how to take action. 

Categories: CANADA

US Court of Appeals for Fifth Circuit to Rehear Indian Child Welfare Challenge

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - November 7, 2019 - 6:20pm
Breaking News 

Published November 7, 2019

NEW ORLEANS — Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued an order directing a challenge to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) to be reheard en banc — before the entire Fifth Circuit.  As previously reported, a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit had held ICWA Constitutional in August, finding it was not a race-based statute that would violate the Equal Protection Clause.  The States of Texas, Louisiana, and Indiana, and several adoptive parents had urged the Court to set aside the August 9, 2019 decision and rehear the case, asserting similar arguments to the original briefing and that tribal membership is determined on an “overwhelmingly racial nature.”

The federal government filed a brief in response earlier this week, arguing that the plaintiffs “miss the fundamental point . . . [namely,] tribes have authority to set their own membership criteria, which may be based in part on biology or descent[.]”  The Cherokee Nation, Oneida Nation, Quinault Indian Nation, Morongo Band of Mission Indians, and Navajo Nation (Intervenor) filed an opposition to the petitions for rehearing en banc last month, as did the federal government.

Today’s order does not necessarily mean that the Fifth Circuit will find ICWA unconstitutional, but does vacate its earlier decision and add another round of briefing to the case – which is scheduled for December and January.  The Court seeks to hear oral argument during the week of January 20.


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Rally held outside Alberta courthouse after threats made against school, First Nations

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - November 7, 2019 - 6:18pm
courthouse rally

People from surrounding First Nations stood outside the St. Paul, Alta., courthouse on Thursday to rally against what they’re calling a hate crime after threats were made to 'shoot up' a school.

Categories: CANADA

Court to rehear law on adoptions of Native American children

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - November 7, 2019 - 5:57pm

No hearing date is set yet.


2 dead, 14 injured during traditional ceremony in New Mexico

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - November 7, 2019 - 5:53pm

'They have been holding ceremonies in them for eons'


Immigration opens ideological fault lines for 2020 Democrats

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - November 7, 2019 - 5:43pm

'Unauthorized presence in the United States is a civil, not a criminal, offense'


Secret Service study: School attackers showed warning signs

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - November 7, 2019 - 5:41pm

Study shows that 2 percent of the attackers were American Indian or Alaska Native


Trump denies he wanted Barr to publicly clear him

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - November 7, 2019 - 5:34pm

'Just read the Transcript'



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