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Paq'tnkek Mi'kmaw Nation mourns 2 young men after fishing boat capsized

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 9, 2019 - 8:19am
Ozzy Clair Niko Clair

Ozzy Clair and Niko Clair died after their fishing boat capsized Monday afternoon near Bayfield, N.S. RCMP say a woman was rescued and taken to hospital.

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Northern business owner decries 400% commercial lease hike by Sask. government

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 9, 2019 - 8:00am

A Cumberland House tour operator says the provincial government is jacking up her leasing fees by more than 400 per cent.

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Wildlife repository in Arizona gives new life to fallen animals for ceremonial or traditional use

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - April 9, 2019 - 7:00am

Native American Fish and Wildlife Society partners with Arizona Game and Fish Department to help Arizona’s 22 tribes. Agencies hope to serve as a model for other state wildlife agencies


Nishnawbe Aski Police Service names new chief

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 9, 2019 - 6:00am
Nishnawbe Aski Police Service

Roland Morrison is the new Chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service (NAPS), the force's board announced in a written release Monday. He becomes the first recruited member of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation to move through the ranks, and be named chief.

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Peter d'Errico: Chief George Manuel broke new ground with 1974 book

INDIANZ.COM - April 9, 2019 - 5:06am
'The Fourth World' by George Manuel richly deserves its status as a foundational work.

As Nunavut turns 20, where is it on Inuit hiring goals?

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 9, 2019 - 5:00am
Nunavut Plan 20170626

Article 23 was meant to ensure all three levels of government in Nunavut have a workforce reflective of the population of Inuit. Almost 26 years after the Nunavut Agreement was signed, Inuit are still underrepresented.

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Worrisome flood forecast has Kashechewan preparing for annual evacuation

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 9, 2019 - 4:00am
Kashechewan first nation

People in the James Bay community of Kashechewan have marked April 21st on their calendars. That's when this year's annual evacuation will take place in the flood-prone First Nation on the Albany River.

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Family in shock after son charged with killing mother

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 9, 2019 - 4:00am
Inuk artist Abigail Ootoova, her son Jed, and former boyfriend

Abigail Ootoova's family and a former partner described the Inuk artist's relationship with her son Jed as loving, but tumultuous.

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Cherokee Nation helps break ground on hotel next to new gaming facility

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - April 9, 2019 - 3:40am
'Tahlequah is a place that is on the move,' Chief Bill John Baker said of the capital of the Cherokee Nation.

Seminole Tribe said to be in talks to update Class III gaming compact

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - April 9, 2019 - 2:57am
The Seminole Tribe has shared nearly $1.8 billion with the state of Florida since entering into a compact nearly a decade ago.

'Be prepared to evacuate': Nez Perce Tribe declares emergency due to heavy flooding

INDIANZ.COM - April 9, 2019 - 2:24am
The Nez Perce Tribe is seeking volunteers and supplies due to heavy flooding on the reservation.

Sports betting moves slowly amid concerns from tribes in several states

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - April 9, 2019 - 1:10am
A landmark Supreme Court decision opened the door for states to offer sports betting but only a handful have done so amid concerns in Indian Country.

Cherokee Nation Donates $30,000 to Adair County Law Enforcement

NATIVE KNOT - April 9, 2019 - 1:00am

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation recently made a contribution of $30,000 to three Adair County law enforcement agencies.

Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Canaan Duncan along with Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden presented the checks to law enforcement officials. The donations were made from Duncan’s allocated law enforcement funds.

“It goes without saying that our local law enforcement agencies provide an invaluable service to our communities,” Duncan said. “As with most sectors in our state, law enforcement agencies have also experienced the stress of budget cuts, and I am so glad the tribe can step up and help alleviate some of that financial strain.”

The Adair County Sheriff’s Department received $15,000, and the Stilwell and Westville police departments each received $7,500.

“It is such a blessing that our tribe is in a position to support those who serve and protect. Partnering with these local law enforcement agencies provides resources for necessary equipment and training that helps ensure the safety of Cherokees and non-Cherokees alike,” Crittenden said.

Each year the tribe donates 20 percent of car tag sales revenue to local law enforcement agencies. The funds can be used on equipment or other needs.


Rep. Haaland Seeks Answers to Military Housing Issues At Kirtland Air Force Base

NATIVE KNOT - April 9, 2019 - 1:00am

WASHINGTON — After hearing about unsafe housing conditions from Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) families, Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01) is seeking answers during a House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness hearing. The hearing covered the mismanagement of housing programs for military families.

Haaland and her staff have met with military families in Albuquerque in order to fully understand the military housing issues that these families are facing. Haaland’s office joined KAFB Base Commanders at four town halls set up for Kirtland Family Housing residents and base personnel to learn more about the issues.

At the hearing, Haaland zeroed in on reports of fear of retaliation that families who had reported unsafe housing conditions faced, “I’ve heard reports that retaliation still persists against military families who are raising concerns about the conditions of their housing. This is extremely troubling as retaliation is a big part of the breach of trust between the DoD and families that lead these families to come to the press and to Congress in the first place.”

>>>WATCH: Haaland Seeks Answers to Military Housing Issues Flagged by Kirtland Air Force Base Families

After each of the Pentagon officials confirmed that there is a zero tolerance policy for retaliation, Haaland stressed the importance of her office receiving contact information for department officials who could look into those reports, so her office can work with them to ensure military families have the information needed to remedy their claims.

One of the factors in military readiness is to ensure that service members and their families are living under safe and healthy conditions. New Mexicans and service members around the country are suffering from issues with mold, rodent infestation, and other health hazards in their military housing programs. Growing up in a military family, Congresswoman Haaland understands the struggles and she’s determined to find the root of this problem.


USDA 2018 Farm Bill Tribal Consultation Announced

NATIVE KNOT - April 9, 2019 - 1:00am

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is holding a tribal consultation to discuss the 2018 Farm Bill on May 1-2, 2019, in Washington, D.C. The USDA is seeking tribal input on rural development, farm production, conservation, risk management, trade, research, marketing, nutrition programs, natural resources and much more. Click here to view the agenda provided by the USDA.

The Native Farm Bill Coalition is supportive of in-person, government-to-government tribal consultations with the USDA. We encourage tribal leaders to participate in this consultation to provide your feedback and ensure the agency meets the needs of Indian Country as it works toward implementing the 2018 Farm Bill.
USDA 2018 Farm Bill Consultation
National Museum of the American Indian
300 Maryland Ave. NE, Room 4018/4019
Washington, D.C. 20002
Wednesday, May 1, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 2, 8 a.m.- 1 p.m.
To RSVP, email tribal.relations@osec.usda.gov with the following information:

  1. Name

  2. Tribe or organization name

  3. Title

  4. City and state

  5. Phone number

  6. Attending both days (Y/N)

  7. Issues you are interested in

You can also designate a proxy if you cannot attend. Please notify the Office of Tribal Relations (OTR) by April 24, 2019, using this proxy letter template.
To prepare for the consultation, the Native Farm Bill Coalition will host a webinar later this month to highlight key areas that need additional advocacy. More information on the webinar is coming soon.

Lance Morgan Starts New Law Firm Championing Tribal Rights & Tribal Economies

NATIVE KNOT - April 9, 2019 - 1:00am

Big Fire Law & Policy Group LLP Poised to Bring Prosperity to Indian Country


OMAHA, Neb. — Lance Morgan, a former managing partner of a national Indian law firm and current CEO of Ho-Chunk, Inc., has announced that he has left his former law firm to start a new tribally-owned firm focusing exclusively on the representation of tribes and tribal entities.

The new law firm, Big Fire Law & Policy Group LLP, will take an innovative and strategic approach focused on the unique needs of tribal clients in the areas of business development, tribal governance, natural resources, treaty rights, gaming, and litigation. Big Fire Law & Policy Group LLP has offices in Omaha and Winnebago, Nebraska and Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, but will represent tribes and tribal entities from coast-to-coast and in jurisdictions across the Nation.

“Big Fire Law & Policy Group is named for my grandfather Harold Big Fire, who fought every day of his life to make a future for his family despite tough obstacles. With Big Fire Law & Policy Group, we are bringing the Big Fire spirit to tribal representation. Tribes continue to face much adversity and our team is ready to fight hard and help build the future of Indian Country,” Mr. Morgan said.

Big Fire Law & Policy Group LLP is 100% Native-owned and majority woman-owned. Partners and founders joining Mr. Morgan include Danelle Smith (Winnebago), Sheila Corbine (Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians), Leonika Charging (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation), Nicole Ducheneaux (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe/Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes), and Burton Warrington (Prairie Band Potawatomi/Menominee Tribe). Together, the Big Fire partners bring more than 100 years of experience in tribal representation to the firm.

Lance Morgan is a nationally known expert in tribal economic development. In addition to Mr. Morgan is President and CEO of Ho-Chunk, Inc., one of the premier tribal corporations in the United States and internationally. Mr. Morgan is a 1993 graduate of Harvard Law School.

In 2011, Mr. Morgan was selected as a “Champion of Change” by the White House for his work in tribal economic development. In 2012 he was awarded the Nebraska Builder Award by the University of Nebraska and the keynote speaker for commencement ceremonies. Mr. Morgan was also honored with Advocate of the Year Award by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency in 2014.

Mr. Morgan will focus his practice on advising other tribes on creating the legal and corporate infrastructure necessary to build strong tribal economies. His practice will also include strategic planning and financing for tribal economic development.


IAIA 2019 Spring Senior Graduating Exhibition

NATIVE KNOT - April 9, 2019 - 1:00am

SANTA FE, N.M. — Seventeen seniors from the Studio Arts and  Museum Studies programs will present their senior projects in the IAIA 2019 Spring Senior Graduating Exhibition — from April 19, 2019, through May 18, 2019. THIS EXHIBITION IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

The Opening Reception for the exhibition will be held on Friday, April 19th, 2019, from 5:30-8:00 pm. Refreshments will be served.
Exhibitions will be on display on the IAIA Campus at the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery, the Allan Houser Haozous Sculpture and Foundry Building Gallery, the Barbara and Robert Ells Science and Technology Building, and behind the Student Union Building.
The IAIA campus is located at 83 Avan Nu Po Road, minutes from the intersection of Rodeo Road and Richards Avenue, on the south side of Santa Fe.  For directions and a map of the campus, please visit iaia.edu/about/visit.
In their final semester, the students work closely with advisors, gallery and museum studies staff, faculty, and their fellow students to develop their artistic practice and to create a thematically and conceptually-focused body of work. The IAIA 2019 Spring Senior Graduating Exhibition represents the capstone of each students’ course of study as well as their academic experience at IAIA.

IAIA President, Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee), mentioned that “we invite everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to witness first-hand the amazing talent and creativity of IAIA’s graduating seniors who have sacrificed and worked diligently to successfully complete their bachelor’s degrees.”

The IAIA 2019 Fall Graduating Seniors and their Degrees

  • ALI (Tohono O’odham Nation), BFA Studio Arts

  • Tess Atcitty (Navajo), BFA Studio Arts – Painting and Ceramics

  • Greg Ballenger (Navajo), BFA Studio Arts – Painting

  • Lorenza Chavez-Marcais (Chicanx, Mescalero Apache Descant), BFA Museum Studies.   Minor Studio Arts – Painting

  • Dason Coyote Culver (Cherokee Descent), BFA Studio Arts – Sculpture

  • Charlie Cuny, BFA, Studio Arts

  • Derayna DeClay (White Mountain Apache Tribe), BFA Studio Arts – Painting

  • Monique Duke, BFA Studio Arts – Digital Arts

  • Maryelizabeth M. T. Harrison (Diné), BFA Museum Studies

  • Chaz John (Winnebago, Mississippi Band Choctaw), BFA Studio Arts – Painting

  • Jennifer Juan (Tohono O’odham Nation), BFA Museum Studies

  • Mia Olson (They/Them/Their) (Mvskoke Creek), BFA Studio Arts – Printmaking and Jewelry

  • RB Pablo (Diné), BFA Studio Arts Sculpture, Minor Museum Studies, Certificate Business, and Entrepreneurship

  • Tina Sparks, BFA Studio Arts – Painting and Textiles

  • Shundina Spencer (Diné, Apsaalooké, Colville), BFA Studio Arts – Painting

  • Anangookwe Wolf (Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe), BFA Studio Arts – Jewelry and Textiles

  • Hounsoun Youn (Korean), BFA Studio Arts – Ceramics

For further information, or to interview any of the students, please contact

Eric Davis at 505.424.2351, or eric.davis@iaia.edu.

NAJA launches Survey to Assess Perceptions of Press Freedom in Indian Country

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - April 9, 2019 - 12:58am

Published April 9, 2019

All readers, viewers and listeners of tribal media are encouraged to respond to the survey and SHARE it with friends and family who care about the independence of tribal media.

NORMAN, Okla. — On April 9, the Native American Journalists Association launched the Red Press Initiative survey designed to assess the perception of press freedom in Indian Country by gathering responses from the directors, producers and consumers of tribal media.

The survey is part of the Red Press Initiative, a groundbreaking program intended to research and report on the successes, and shortcomings, of tribal media operations. A vibrant Indigenous media is essential to an informed and engaged tribal citizenry, but the health and needs of these important news organizations is inconsistent and unclear.

CLICK to access the survey.

The Red Press Initiative will seek to better understand the current tribal media landscape, study success stories and best practices, and develop educational materials and trainings to support tribal media operations as needed.

NAJA believes that accurate and contextual reporting about Indigenous people and communities is necessary to overcome the biases and stereotypes commonly portrayed in popular media. Robust and diligent tribal media operations are the heart of efforts to curb these practices, and healthy tribal media operations should lead the way on best practices for reporting in Indian Country.

This groundbreaking initiative has been generously funded by the Ford Foundation, and has been joined by other press advocates including the Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders, the Democracy Fund, the Indigenous Media Freedom Alliance, and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

NAJA announced the project at the 2018 National Native Media Conference where a preliminary survey was conducted among NAJA members to gather data on some of the critical questions that the project will study. This preliminary survey revealed:

  • 23 percent responded that lack of financial resources was the greatest threat to tribal media, followed by 13 percent – lack of job security, and 13 percent – lack of editorial control.
  • 66 percent responded that the economic environment frequently or always impacts tribal media’s ability to be independent.
  • 76 percent responded that tribal media content is sometimes, frequently or always determined of government officials or other political interests.
  • 83 percent responded that stories about tribal government affairs sometimes, frequently or always go unreported due to censorship.

PLEASE SHARE THIS SURVEY! Sample social media posts to share the survey:

1: Commit to #Indigenous press freedom. Join the @najournalists Red Press Initiative today! http://tinyurl.com/yxe7s9da #RedPressInitiative #NAJAeverywhere

2: More than 80% of #Indigenous reporters say that stories about tribal government affairs go unreported due to censorship. Support press freedom in Indian Country by participating in the NAJA Red Press Initiative. http://tinyurl.com/yxe7s9da #NAJAeverywhere #NAJARedPress

Respondents who complete the survey can be entered into a drawing for prizes when the survey closes. Survey respondents who enter the drawing will have a chance to win an NTVS Resistance Bomber Jacket or a pair of Beats Solo3 wireless on-ear headphones. Additional prizes may be added to increase the number of winners.

Thank you for participating in this groundbreaking effort to better understand the press freedom of tribal media. Questions should be directed to NAJA at contact@naja.com.

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American Indian Graduate Center Celebrates 2018 Students of the Year at NIGA

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - April 9, 2019 - 12:01am

Ernie Stevens Jr. (NIGA Chairman/AIGC Board Member), Holly Cook Macarro (AIGC Board President), Jade Herman (Graduate Awardee), Shandiin Herrera (Undergraduate Awardee), Angelique Albert (AIGC Executive Director), Sara LaBarge (AIGC Director of Development), Michael Bates (AIGC Academic Advisor)

Published April 9, 2019

SAN DIEGO — The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) has announced its selections for the Student of the Year Making the Grad campaign designed to showcase elite scholars. Shandiin Herrera (Undergraduate) and Jade Herman (Graduate) were selected as AIGC 2018 Students of the Year.

“The Student of the Year Awards call for excellent academic achievement, leadership ability, and community engagement. Shandiin and Jade exemplify these qualities and we are delighted to honor and congratulate them,” said Angelique Albert, Executive Director of AIGC.

The theme of the event is centered around education and leadership. NIGA Chairman and AIGC board member Ernie Stevens Jr. said of the event, “These leaders are not future leaders, they are leaders of today and we need to see them as such.”

Shandiin Herrera, a member of the Navajo Nation, is currently an undergraduate majoring in Public Policy at Duke University. She is a Gates Millennium Scholar, a Udall Scholar, and a Chief Manuelito Scholar. Shandiin has played a transformative role as an executive member of the Native American Student Alliance and as the President of Alpha Pi Omega, the only two organizations dedicated to fostering the growth of Native students at Duke. She has been recognized by the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute as a 2019 Champion for Change. Ultimately, Shandiin hopes to use her education and her leadership experiences to serve her people through enhancing policies for Navajo families living on the reservation.

Jade Herman, an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, holds a bachelor’s degree from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and a master’s degree in administrative studies from the University of South Dakota. She is pursuing a doctoral degree in interdisciplinary leadership from Creighton University. She is Special Projects’ Coordinator in the SD Mines Office of the President, where she manages the university’s tribal outreach plan, coordinates community outreach and large special events, and manages communications for capital projects. She serves on the University’s strategic plan steering committee and campus master plan architect selection committee. She is secretary for the Non-Faculty Exempt Employee Council, sits on the SD Mines Alumni Association Board of Directors, and represents SD Mines on the Ranch A Restoration Foundation Board.

AIGC & AIGCS are the largest scholarship providers to American Indian and Alaska Native students. For nearly 50 years, we have empowered tribal students from over 500 tribes in all 50 states. AIGC funds undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in any field at any institution of choice. AIGC is the Center for Native Scholarships.

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The Cheyenne River Youth Project Launches “Sensory Nights” at The Main

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - April 9, 2019 - 12:00am

Volunteer Sandy Morford guides children at The Main through their weekly “Sensory Night” exploration.

Published April 9, 2019

EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. — Last week, the Cheyenne River Youth Project launched a brand-new weekly program for 4- to 12-year-olds called “Sensory Night.” Held at 5-6:30 p.m. on Thursdays at The Main, the program allows the younger children to engage their sense of touch and experiment with different shapes and textures while the older kids enjoy outside recreational time.   Long-term volunteer Sandy Morford leads each Sensory Night. She sets up water tables, bins with mixtures of unpopped popcorn and small toys, and containers with slime—and sets the children free to explore with their hands.   “It’s all about the process,” Morford says. “This is such a hands-on experience of textures and substances, and how they mix together. It’s proving to be a positive and enjoyable experience for the kids.”   CRYP Youth Programs Director Jerica Widow agrees.   “The kids are really enthusiastic about this, and they ask for it,” she says. “It’s so much fun for them, and we notice that it helps them with their focus and concentration.”   The next Sensory Night is scheduled for 5-6:30 p.m. this Thursday, Apr. 11 at The Main.   To learn more about the Cheyenne River Youth Project and its programs, and for information about making donations and volunteering, call (605) 964-8200 or visit www.lakotayouth.org. And, to stay up to date on the latest CRYP news and events, follow the youth project on Facebook (/LakotaYouth), Twitter (@LakotaYouth) and Instagram (@waniyetuwowapi).

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