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Tribal Governments Ensure Oklahoma’s Success

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - July 29, 2019 - 7:46am

Concrete pumping begins on the construction site of the new Tahlequah outpatient health center near Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah at daybreak.

Guest Commentary

Published July 29, 2019

In a recent op-ed, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt called for a renegotiation of the highly successful tribal gaming compacts, government-to-government agreements that have fueled our home state, public education and job creation for more than 15 years. He argued that new compacts should reflect “market conditions for the gaming industry,” which he implied would set tribes’ payments to the state at a much higher percentage of revenues.

Unfortunately, Gov. Stitt’s approach ignores the history of tribes in Oklahoma and the many contributions made by tribes, including the Cherokee Nation, to our state. The ability of tribes in Oklahoma to thrive as sovereign nations is one of the state’s greatest competitive advantages. It would be a serious mistake for our state government to engage with tribes like we were just any another industry, ignoring our unique economic, cultural and governmental contributions.

Decades before statehood, tribes built Oklahoma’s first modern infrastructure and institutions, establishing settlements that grew into thriving cities and towns and founding the territory’s first public schools and institutions of higher education. The Cherokee Nation’s original Supreme Court building still stands as Oklahoma’s oldest public building, now serving as a history museum.

In later decades, the federal government and non-Indian settlers tried to dismantle tribal governments, shut down tribal institutions and divide the land, but tribes in Oklahoma did not vanish. We maintained our tribal culture and identity in the face of this existential threat. Through activism and lawsuits, Oklahoma and the United States eventually recognized tribal rights to sovereignty and self-governance.

Through self-determination, tribes have prospered in business and rebuilt government institutions. As of 2017, tribes had a nearly $13 billion economic impact on the state, according to a new study commissioned by the Oklahoma Tribal Finance Consortium. In that year, tribes directly employed more than 50,000 Oklahomans and indirectly supported over 96,000 jobs.

The contribution of tribes is not only as successful businesses, but also as effective governments. Profits from tribal businesses are invested back into the community through the development of affordable housing, health care facilities, education, infrastructure and job creation.

The contribution of tribes goes far beyond the exclusivity fees for tribal gaming. Tribes in Oklahoma contributed $198 million for Oklahoma education in 2017, including exclusivity payments to the state, donations to schools, scholarships and tribal education programs. Tribes contributed more than $42 million for road construction and maintenance in their jurisdictions. Tribes operated health clinics and hospitals and provided or reimbursed care for thousands of Oklahomans, especially filling gaps in under-served, rural parts of the state.

Cherokee Nation, the largest tribal government in the state, is currently constructing a 469,000-square-foot outpatient health facility through a joint venture project with the Indian Health Service. When it opens later this year, it will be the largest tribal health facility in the country.

Additionally, Cherokee Nation Career Services provides vocational and on-the-job training for Cherokees and collaborates with the state, cities and chambers of commerce to attract businesses to Oklahoma. Recent successes of these recruiting efforts include Amazon and Macy’s fulfillment centers, which are respectively bringing thousands of jobs to Tulsa and Owasso.

Chief Bill John Baker

Tribal governments provide assistance with housing, food and nutrition, child care and development, child support and elder assistance – all areas with huge unmet needs in Oklahoma. Tribal courts handle many child welfare and adoption cases, as well as prosecuting offenders who abuse women and children.

Though it was not always of our own free will, tribes have made a permanent home here in Oklahoma. Tribes have outlasted all attempts to terminate our governments and disperse our people. We have built prosperous communities, nearly lost it all, and rebuilt again. Native culture and institutions are one of Oklahoma’s greatest renewable resources, and all Oklahomans are better off when our state government recognizes that fact.

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

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Miss Native American USA Scholarship Pageant Set for Saturday, Aug. 3

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - July 29, 2019 - 7:38am

Karyl Frankiewicz is the current Miss Native American USA

Published July 28, 2019

TEMPE, Ariz. —  The Eighth Annual Nationwide Miss Native American USA Scholarship Pageant will take place on Saturday, August 3, 2019, at Tempe Center for the Performing Arts: 700 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, Arizona 85281.

Tickets to this year’s event are on sale at tca.ticketforce.com or at the TCPA box office. Tickets are $17.00 for all ages, or two for $30.00. Seating is general admission, and our doors will open to the public at 5:00 PM (MST). 

The Miss Native American USA Scholarship Pageant  dedicated to recognizing and honoring Native American women throughout the United States. Indigenous Women are encouraged and mentored to achieve their personal goals, to reach their full potential in character building, to enhance self-esteem, and develop leadership skills with the intention of giving back to Native communities through volunteerism and community engagement.

This year ten promising, talented young ladies are vying for our 2019-2020 Miss Native American USA title:

  • Akeshia Trudeau – Odawa, Ojibwe, Potawatomi, Whitefish River First Nations – Harbor Spring, Michigan
  • Shelby Mata – Comanche Nation – Walters, Oklahoma
  • Billie Jean Teehee – Cherokee Nation – Stillwell, Oklahoma
  • Summer Jake – Navajo/Dine’ – Goatsprings, Arizona
  • Shawntyana James– Bullshoe – Blackfeet Nation – Browning, Montana
  • Lexie James – Hopi – Polacca, Arizona
  • Shenise Arthur – Navajo/Dine’ – Blackhouse Mesa, New Mexico
  • Vanessa Lister – Navajo/Dine’- Shiprock, New Mexico
  • Alaina “Lainie” Maker – Osage, Pawnee – Hominy, Oklahoma 
  • Nicole Martin – Laguna Pueblo, Navajo Nation, and Zuni – Albuquerque, New Mexico 

The current Miss Native American USA, Karyl Frankiewicz, a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians from Cherokee, North Carolina. She is 26 years old and holds a degree in Early Childhood Education from Southwestern Community College in Sylva, NC. MNAUSA Frankiewicz works as a Youth Development Professional at the Cherokee Youth Center Boys & Girls Club of America. When she was eight years old, she was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and was told she would have a hard time speaking and communicating with people. This motivated her to  challenge the stigma associated with disabilities and build her her platform around bringing awareness to Autism in Indian Country.

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Vegas. Casinos. Tourists. And the world's largest cannabis dispensary (Paiute owned)

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - July 29, 2019 - 7:18am

Nuwu Cannabis Marketplace: ‘Nuwu’ means the people in Southern Paiute

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Passamaquoddy rely on new and old technology to reverse loss of language

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - July 29, 2019 - 6:00am
Jesse Walter Fewkes wax cylinder

Language learners can take advantage of online resources, and thanks to technological advances, hear the voices of Passamaquoddy speakers recorded on wax cylinders in 1890.

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Cleanup of remote bird sanctuary in Nunavut about to start

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - July 29, 2019 - 6:00am
Coburg Island cleanup

A tiny remote island in the high Arctic is going to be cleaned of abandoned shacks, fuel drums and debris next week.

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Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians prepares to offer sports betting

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - July 29, 2019 - 4:39am
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is moving quickly in the wake of a new sports betting law in North Carolina.

Indigenous tradition meets pop culture, 1 bead at a time

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - July 29, 2019 - 4:00am
raptors medallion fixed july 26 2019

It's time-consuming, it's intricate, and it's a passion that's intertwined with identity itself.

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Quapaw Nation announces groundbreaking for casino on ancestral territory

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - July 29, 2019 - 3:39am
The Quapaw Nation plans to open a casino resort in Arkansas next spring but gaming machines will debut much sooner.

Death of Indigenous leader Emyra Wajãpi blamed on miners in Brazil

INDIANZ.COM - July 29, 2019 - 1:49am
Emyra Wajãpi was killed in an 'invasion' of his people's homelands in Brazil, tribal leaders said.
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Cherokee Nation opposes push to widen eagle feather use

NATIVE KNOT - July 29, 2019 - 1:00am

TAHLEQUAH – Cherokee Nation leaders officially oppose a proposal to change federal regulations that would allow not only citizens of federally recognized tribes but also “all sincere religious believers” to possess eagle feathers.

Under current law, possession of an eagle feather is illegal, though tribal citizens are permitted to have one for religious or spiritual reasons. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has been asked by pastor Robert Soto and the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty to revise its rules to include the eagle feather expansion.

“Our position has been that allowing non-Indians to possess eagle feathers prohibits federally recognized Indians from having access to feathers, which are already difficult to get a hold of,” CN Secretary of Natural Resources Sara Hill said. “If you put in a request for feathers from the (Fish & Wildlife) service, you know how long it can take to get those feathers. It also creates an opportunity for more of that black-market trading that already goes on.”

The Bald Eagle Protection Act of 1940 – revised in 1962 to include golden eagles – made it illegal to possess eagles and eagle parts without a permit. An exception was made “in recognition of the significance of eagle feathers to Native Americans,” according to the Fish & Wildlife Service, which established the National Eagle Repository in Denver to “provide Native Americans with the feathers of golden and bald eagles needed for ceremonial purposes.”

Submitted a year ago, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty’s petition includes formalizing the eagle feather rule into a federal regulation with the stipulation that it “applies to all sincere religious believers who use federally protected feathers in their religious exercise.”

“No sincere religious believer should be banned from possessing feathers or risk criminal prosecution for simply possessing the feathers necessary to practice their faith,” the petition states.

The petitioners describe policies surrounding the religious use of federally protected bird feathers as “unjust” and “unlawful.”

“The department’s regulations are so restrictive that they ban all kinds of sincere religious behavior,” the petition states. “Today, nearly every bird species native to North America are federally protected. So, a grandmother who bestows an eagle feather on her non-enrolled grandson to honor his college graduation turns both herself and her grandson into criminals. A Native American teenager adopted by a non-Native family breaks the law when he prays with a feather to reconnect with the spirits of his ancestors. And a member of a state-recognized tribe is subject to prosecution merely for possessing a single protected feather.”

The Fish & Wildlife Service sought feedback on the revisions until July 16. The CN was among 532 tribes, tribal citizens and other individuals and organizations to respond.

“The Nation strongly opposes the use of eagles and eagle parts by non-Indians,” the tribe’s comment states. “Bald and golden eagles are connected directly to our ceremonial practices, oral traditions, lifeways, clans, and kinship in ways that are unique to the Nation and having access to bird feathers and parts is critical to the continued existence of the Nation.”

CN citizen Tanya Peila, of University Place, Washington, voiced her opposition in part based on what she feared would be “longer wait times for those of federally recognized tribes” to “obtain these sacred feathers.”

“Please do not open the registry up to anyone claiming sincere religious beliefs,” she wrote. “Many people will disingenuously make this claim for the legal right to possess these feathers.”

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians expressed similar concerns.

“The use of eagle feathers remains important to the exercise of some Cherokee traditions,” the EBCI statement says. “Today, we continue to use eagle feathers as implements of prayer in ceremonies the Creator has given us. As (Fish & Wildlife) knows, the backlog on access to some eagle feathers leads to years and years of waiting for our members to receive the feathers they need. Opening access to individuals who are not members of federally-recognized tribes would unduly limit our access to eagle feathers.”

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota passed a resolution opposing the rule revision. The Coeur d’Alene Tribe of Idaho stated that while it was “sympathetic to the claims of others that desire to use these feathers in their ceremonies,” it would not support a change “that will make it more difficult for our members to obtain feathers that are so important to our culture.”

A review of the comments indicated that while tribes typically opposed the changes, a majority of individuals supported them via similar templates to which names and tribal affiliations were added. These support letters declared that the proposed changes “would ensure that the federal government respects the unique role that feathers play in Native American faiths.” Other letters offer support because “All Native Americans deserve clear legal protection as they carry on their religious traditions.”

Ricardo Gonzalez, a member of the non-federally recognized Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas, urged the wildlife agency to approve the proposal.

“Right now, many Native Americans are under threat of criminal punishment for practicing their heritage and their faith,” he wrote. “The rest are relying for protection on a promise that is no better than a handshake from the federal government.”

A handful of those who weighed in supported certain aspects of the petition. The Coquille Indian Tribe in Oregon backed “changes to make the National Eagle Repository more effective and efficient,” but rejected “constitutionally vulnerable ambiguities.”

“Specifically, the proposal fails to define ‘sincere’ or ‘sincere religious beliefs,’” Coquille Chairwoman Kippy Robbins wrote. “Failing to define these terms would subject the proposed rule to subjective interpretation.”

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Indigenous Women Are Creating New Conversations at Yale Architecture School

NATIVE KNOT - July 29, 2019 - 1:00am

Current students are reframing architecture’s mission and launching a thoughtful exhibition on Native Americans’ influence


NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Rising Yale senior Charelle Brown grew up in public housing on the Kewa Pueblo near Santa Fe, New Mexico. She lived with her mom and grandparents in a standard-issue, single-family HUD house with cinder block walls and small, boxy rooms. Brown could also walk to another dwelling in the pueblo an adobe “village home” with curves and an open floor plan that her family had built, rebuilt, and shared over many generations. “I always watched my aunties replaster the house in the village,” Brown says. “It was so intimate, a space where I could connect with all the women before me just by touching the walls.” By age 16, Brown was already reflecting on the difference between the two homes, and how design has the power to support or hinder traditions like family meals or art-making. After excelling at a drafting class in high school, she set her sights on one of the top architecture schools in the world. “I was obsessed. I changed my phone wallpaper to the Yale bell tower. I was doing anything I could to get into spaces people like me haven’t been in,” Brown says.





To her amazement, when she got to Yale, Brown wasn’t the only indigenous woman in the architecture program. Anjelica Gallegos, a Jicarilla Apache woman from Santa Ana Pueblo, was pursuing a graduate degree, and Summer Sutton, a Ph.D. candidate from the Lumbee Tribe who had taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, was there researching the ways Native practices could deepen architectural education.


This is a unique moment in Yale’s history three Native American women in three different architectural degree programs at the same time. Brown, Gallegos, and Sutton all feel a responsibility to support each other and to create as large an impact as they can. In 2018, they founded a group called Indigenous Scholars of Architecture, Planning, and Design (ISAPD) and started a Facebook page to build a community that would reach beyond the campus and addresses how dramatically underrepresented Native people have been in the industry as a whole. (It wasn’t until 1994 that Tamara Eagle Bull became the first Native American woman to be licensed as an architect in the United States.) “We’ve been planting seeds throughout our time here to create a more inclusive atmosphere for the indigenous perspective to be taken seriously and even made part of the curriculum,” says Gallegos.




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The Advantages of a Virtual Casino

NATIVE KNOT - July 29, 2019 - 1:00am

More and more people today are interested in the subject of virtual gambling. We can say that this area:



  • Gains a huge number of fans.

  • Can bring good profits.

  • Convenient to use.


Newbies may be interested in questions regarding the differences between playing in a real casino and virtual gambling. In essence, there are no significant differences. Nevertheless, many professionals insist that online casinos are more advantages because of more modern methods. By the way, you should try quick hits if you want to experience all the benefits of online casinos yourself.


Several common features can unite traditional and virtual casinos. In particular, we are talking about the feeling of pleasure that can be obtained from the game. People like to try their own luck, and many of them begin to engage in virtual gambling in an effort to earn decent finances. You should agree that additional finance can be quite useful. In addition, many people begin to engage in gambling as an additional income, and subsequently make it their main income.


Decent earnings


It is no secret that people want to earn money by applying less effort and getting more money.  However, you should learn the basics of this or that game of chance. And for this, you will need some effort.


Among other things, we should not forget that gambling makes it possible to spend our leisure time in an interesting way, and this is also important. Often people suffer from how to kill their free time. Here they get a chance to spend it both fascinating and useful at the same time.


There are many games and slots that can become a favorite activity. At the same time, the possibility of making money and not going anywhere from your own home turn out to be indispensable and makes such gambling even more favorite among players. No wonder that the total number of players has recently increased significantly and continues to grow.


Gambling atmosphere


In a virtual casino, people have the opportunity to get all the gambling pleasure that they used to enjoy. It turns out that online casinos are capable of transmitting the atmosphere of real gaming establishments. In addition, the number of slots turns out to be much larger and more diverse. Experts also say that the chances of winning are also bigger greater.


However, the loss in gambling should not turn into a mental failure. Everything happens and even experienced professional players can lose from time to time. It should be taken as an inevitable case. It is necessary to develop your own game strategy, so try to minimize the risks and possible losses. You should never give up.


All skills are acquired over time. They do not come immediately and are not obtained from birth. Even the game strategy is developed on the basis of personal practical experience.

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Navajo PD Addressing Public Concerns Over White Vans that Appear Suspicious

NATIVE KNOT - July 29, 2019 - 1:00am

WINDOW ROCK — The Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President is aware of concerns from the Navajo public stemming from social media posts regarding white vans in various communities that appear suspicious. The Navajo Police Department under the leadership of Navajo Police Chief Phillip Francisco is actively addressing these concerns.


In one situation in the community of Tonalea, the Navajo Police Department responded to concerns over a white van traveling on a local road, which turned out to be a local church group that had rented the van to conduct group church activities in the area.


In another case, a white van was found to be abandoned and was towed on Tuesday evening – no suspicious activity is suspected at this time. In the community of Red Lake, reports of a missing person in relation to a white van were investigated, however, the reports were found to be unsubstantiated and the person was found in Flagstaff, AZ.


“The Office of the President and Vice President is in communication with the Division of Public Safety and the Navajo Police Department regarding inquiries and concerns of our people. We take these concerns from the public very seriously and we always encourage everyone to be aware of their surroundings and to keep a watchful eye on your children,” said President Nez.


“To effectively investigate these cases, we want the public to call the district police departments to report any suspicious activities. We value the public’s proactive approach in noticing suspicious activities in their community however, we ask you to call the police if you feel unsafe. Reports made on social media creates challenges in obtaining and verifying information regarding these reported activities,” Chief of Police Phillip Francisco stated. “Social media is not the preferred method of reporting suspected criminal activities and is not a monitored 24/7 platform.”


The public may contact your local police district at the following phone numbers to report any incidents or concerns:


Window Rock Police District                   (928) 871-6113/6114


Chinle Police District                             (928) 674-2111/2112


Crownpoint Police District                      (505) 786-2050/2051


Dilkon Police District                              (928) 657-8075


Kayenta Police District                           (928) 697-5600


Shiprock Police District                          (505) 368-1350/1351


Tuba City Police District                         (928) 283-3111/3112

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Denver Art Museum Announces Dakota Hoska as Assistant Curator of Native Arts

NATIVE KNOT - July 29, 2019 - 1:00am

DENVER — Concluding an extensive search, the Denver Art Museum (DAM) is proud to announce Dakota Hoska as the new assistant curator of Native arts. After working as a curatorial research assistant for the Arts of Africa and the Americas department at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) for four years, Hoska will join the DAM’s Native arts department, which is internationally recognized for its holdings of American Indian art collections and is composed of the arts of Indigenous peoples of North America, Africa and Oceania.


“We are fortunate to have such a passionate, creative and knowledgeable professionals joining our Native arts department,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM. “Dakota shares the Denver Art Museum’s ongoing commitment to engaging Native communities, and I look forward to seeing how she will strengthen the connection between the museum and its surrounding communities as assistant curator of Native arts.”


Hoska’s curatorial work can be seen at Mia in the exhibition Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists, which opened in June 2019. As the curatorial assistant for the exhibition, she assisted with the selection of objects, wrote five essays in the exhibition catalog, spearheaded community engagement initiatives and facilitated communications between Native board members, lenders and museum staff.  She also co-curated two Native arts-focused exhibitions at Mia titled Brilliant and Horse Nation.


“Dakota’s curatorial, research and in-community experience will prove to be invaluable for the Denver Art Museum,” said John P. Lukavic, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Native Arts and department head at the DAM. “I look forward to her supportive and insightful knowledge, especially in planning the reinstallation of our permanent Native art collection in the museum’s North Building.”


Through her work at Mia, Hoska was involved in collaborating with local Native community members to facilitate better communication between them and the institute. She served on many planning committees for community events such as Indian Month kick-off and Indigenous People’s Day event planning.


“Though different than Minneapolis, I’m excited to serve and learn from the local Native populations from the Rocky Mountain region, while also studying those Native nations who traditionally called the Denver area their homeland,” Hoska said. “I appreciate DAM’s commitment to the collection of Native art, both historic and contemporary, and I look forward to stewarding and growing this collection, hoping it will serve as a great source of inspiration and strength for Native people today and into the future.”


Hoska also cultivated her expertise at Mia by developing programs that combined language and art to bring Native families into the museum to enjoy the collection. Hoska facilitated the Community Engagement Board a 12-person panel composed of local Native women artistic leaders all tasked with helping Mia understand how to make the institution welcoming to Native visitors during the run of Hearts of Our People.


“In her time at Mia, Dakota has been dedicated to the tasks at hand, creative in finding solutions when problems arise and highly motivated in what she undertakes,” said Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers, curator of African art and department head of Arts of Africa and the Americas at the Mia. “Her contributions to the exhibition and catalog Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists are manifold and were crucial. I look forward to seeing her continue to grow professionally at the Denver Art Museum.”


In addition to curatorial work, Hoska has served as an educator of art and Native American language. She was an adjunct professor at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, where she taught Beginning Dakhóta Language. Hoska was also an instructor at Nawayee Center School, teaching Introduction to Art as well as Beginning Dakhóta Language.


Hoska graduated with a Master of Arts in Art History, with a focus on Native American Art History, from the University of St. Thomas on May 2019. She received the Sister Pat Kowalski Women’s Leadership Award from the University of St. Thomas in 2018. Hoska completed courses in the Dakhóta Language at the University of Minnesota in 2016. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drawing and Painting from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2012. Hoska is a citizen of the Oglála Lakȟóta Nation from Pine Ridge, Wounded Knee. She will take on her role as the new assistant curator of Native arts at the DAM on July 31, 2019.

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Newest Towing Salvage and Rescue Ship Named Saginaw Ojibwe Anishinabek

NATIVE KNOT - July 29, 2019 - 1:00am

WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer has announced the newest Towing, Salvage, and Rescue ship (T-ATS 8) will be named Saginaw Ojibwe Anishinabek in honor of the history, service, and contributions of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan.


The Saginaw Chippewa people are comprised of Saginaw, Black River, and Swan Creek bands. Ojibwe is also referred to as Chippewa and Anishinabek mean “original people.”


“I am deeply honored to announce that the history of the Saginaw Chippewa people will once again be part of Navy and Marine Corps history,” said Spencer. “The future USNS Saginaw Ojibwe Anishinabek honors the original people of modern-day Michigan, with their original name, and will carry the proud Ojibwe legacy for decades to come.”


This is the first ship to bear the name Saginaw Ojibwe Anishinabek, and the fifth U.S. ship to be named in honor of Native American nations.


“It’s a great honor to have the name and language of our people on a Navy ship,” said Chief Ronald Ekdahl, of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan. “We hold our veterans in high regard, and we have a proud tradition of having many of our men and women provide service to our country. Chi Miigwetch (Thank You) to the U.S. Navy for recognizing the culture in such a distinct way.”


Gulf Island Shipyards was awarded a $64.8 million contract option for the detail design and construction of the new Towing, Salvage and Rescue Ship, which will be based on existing commercial towing offshore vessel designs and will replace the current T-ATF 166 and T-ARS 50 class ships in service with the US Military Sealift Command. The future USNS Cherokee Nation is the second ship in the new class of Towing, Salvage, and Rescue Ships and will be designated T-ATS 7.


The contract includes options for potentially six additional vessels, and each additional ship will be named in honor of prominent Native Americans or Native American tribes.


The T-ATS will serve as open ocean towing vessels and will additionally support salvage operations and submarine rescue missions. The ship will be built at the company’s shipyard in Houma, Louisiana, and is expected to be completed in July 2021.


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For more news from Secretary of the Navy, visit www.navy.mil/local/secnav/.

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Akwesasne Community Streetlight Project Expands

NATIVE KNOT - July 29, 2019 - 1:00am

AKWESASNE — A public safety initiative that began last year is set to resume in the community of Akwesasne next week. The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council announced at their weekly work session held on Wednesday, Ohiarihkó:wa/July 17, 2019, that 63 additional streetlights will be placed at intersections and along roadways throughout the southern portion of Akwesasne. The latest installations will bring the total number of new lights to 94.


“The Tribal Council continues to take the overall safety and wellbeing of every Akwesasne resident and local traveler seriously,” stated Tribal Chief Michael Conners. Chief Conners added, “I extend my appreciation to those individuals who voiced the need for improved lighting and helped identify ideal locations for new streetlights along our community’s roads.”


In Tsiothohrkó:wa/January 2018, the Tribe requested the assistance of community members in helping to enhance public safety measures in Akwesasne. Community members were asked for their input on a proposed plan to expand street lighting in Akwesasne’s southern portion. The callout was in response to concerns voiced by local residents at tribal meetings and other venues.


“Strengthening the safety of our community is an initiative that the Tribe continues to undertake in collaboration with tribal members,” shared Tribal Chief Eric Thompson. Chief Thompson noted, “As the community of Akwesasne continues to grow, we look forward to continuing our combined efforts in helping to bring much-needed infrastructure projects to fruition.”


Following the callout for input, the Tribe’s Planning & Infrastructure Department developed a draft plan that involved the placement of streetlights at most intersections and roadways in Akwesasne’s southern jurisdiction. The project commenced on Kenténha/October 4, 2018, with the first phase of installations, which included 31 new LED streetlights along Route 37.


The second phase of the community streetlight project begins next week with the installation of ten lights. The majority of streetlights will be placed along Akwesasne’s secondary roads, as well as a few more requested locations on Route 37—including at the Akwesasne Housing Authority entrance, Tribal Police Station, Maintenance Warehouse and American Legion Post 1479.


National Grid will continue to install the streetlights on existing poles at no cost however; the Tribe will be responsible for paying the cost for new poles if needed, and electricity usage. Compared to conventional streetlights that are still located along some Akwesasne roads, the new ones being installed are Type D LED lights that are more energy-efficient.


“I am very proud of the assistance and appreciation that has been received from individuals wanting to help keep our community safe for everyone,” said Tribal Chief Beverly Cook. Chief Cook added, “I am pleased that the Tribe is able to expand this initiative for the safety of local travelers and the security of community members.”


For more information on the community streetlight project or to suggest additional locations, please contact Construction Manager Brent Herne by calling (518) 358-4205, emailing brent.herne@srmt-nsn.gov, or stopping by his office in the Planning & Infrastructure Building located at 2817 State Route 95 in Akwesasne, New York.

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Chickasaw Nation to Host Stomp Dances at Kullihoma

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - July 29, 2019 - 12:00am

Chickasaw women enhance the rhythm of the stomp dance with shakers worn on their legs. Above, a woman dances with turtle shell shakers. Public stomp dances are planned through September at Kullihoma.

Published July 29, 2019

ADA, Okla. — The Chickasaw Nation will host monthly public stomp dances through September at Kullihoma, seven miles northeast of Ada on state Highway 1.

Upcoming stomp dances at Kullihoma are planned for 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., Aug. 24 and Sept. 27. Dances will include traditional songs and dances, food and fellowship.

Stomp dancing has deep roots in the Chickasaw culture, as it does with most Southeastern tribes.

At Chickasaw stomp dances, men sing ceremonial stomp dance songs in a call-and-answer format, following a male song leader.

Chickasaws believe that the fire at the center of the dance circle is the embodiment of Aba’ Binni’li’ (the Creator) on earth and that the smoke carries prayers to Aba’ Binni’li’. Stomp dancers move counterclockwise around the fire, so their hearts are closest to the fire.

Chickasaws also host social dances, where men often set the dance rhythm using a handheld shaker made of materials like the horn of a bull or turtle shell. Women enhance the rhythms with shakers worn on their legs. These shakers are often made of turtle shells, deer toes or milk cans.

Social dances often have animal-themed names, like the gar fish dance and the snake dance. Each social dance has a fun and unique technique.

The gar fish dance has dancers line up, alternating male-female, into a circle formation. Dancers move in one big, continuous rotation. When the song leader signals, partners rotate each other. These spins inside of a larger rotation are like the waves a gar fish would make in the water.

Attendees are welcome to join in or observe both stomp dances and social dances.

Contact the Chickasaw Nation Cultural Resources Department at (580) 622-7140 for more information about the Kullihoma stomp dances. More information about Chickasaw stomp dances and social dances can be found at Chickasaw.net/StompDances.

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Cherokee Nation to Celebrate 67th Cherokee National Holiday during Labor Day Weekend

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - July 29, 2019 - 12:00am

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief-elect and former Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. emcees the State of the Nation address at the Cherokee National Holiday in 2018. Hoskin will deliver his first State of the Nation address as Principal Chief at the 67th Annual Cherokee National Holiday on Saturday, Aug. 31.

Published July 29, 2019

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation will host the 67th Cherokee National Holiday Aug. 30 – Sept. 1, when more than 100,000 visitors travel to Tahlequah to experience the annual celebration of history, culture and art.

This year’s event features more than 50 activities, including an intertribal powwow, a parade, arts and crafts vendors, music and a variety of competitions.

The theme for this year’s Holiday is “Rising Together” and is represented in commemorative artwork by Cherokee National Treasure Dan Mink. “Rising Together” signifies each Cherokee’s role in the continued progress of building a bright future.

“The theme for the 67th Cherokee National Holiday is quite fitting,” said Principal Chief-elect Chuck Hoskin Jr. “Today we find Cherokees living in every state of this country and all across the world. For a people who have been counted out many times before, I believe it speaks to the heart and the resolve of the Cherokee people that, in 2019, we are still here, more than 370,000 citizens strong. We are working hard each and every day to build a healthier foundation for our Cherokee families. We strive to preserve our language and our culture for future generations. And we are doing all of this collectively, because we know the Cherokee Nation is better off when we, as Cherokees, rise together.”

The Cherokee National Holiday commemorates the signing of the Cherokee Nation Constitution in 1839, which reestablished the tribe’s government in Indian Territory after forced removal from the Cherokees’ original homelands in the Southeast.

Dancers enter the Cherokee Cultural Grounds arena during the grand entry of the 2018 Cherokee National Holiday Intertribal Powwow

This year’s Holiday celebration features activities for all ages, including traditional games such as Cherokee marbles, a cornstalk shoot and a blowgun competition. Other sporting events include chunkey, a stickball social game and exhibition games, horseshoe pitching, softball, a golf tournament, the 5K Holiday Run and a three-on-three basketball tournament.

“Each year, the Cherokee Nation Holiday serves as a homecoming for many Cherokee Nation citizens who travel from across the world to participate in activities,” said Cherokee Nation Community Tourism Manager Bayly Wright. “This annual celebration of Cherokee history and culture provides something special for everyone to see and experience.”

Several marquee events are set for the 67th Cherokee National Holiday. The annual parade travels down Muskogee Avenue in historic downtown Tahlequah and is the only parade to be announced in both Cherokee and English. It begins at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Crafton Street and Muskogee Avenue. For those unable to attend, the parade will be broadcast in the Cherokee language on KTLQ AM 1350 radio.

Following the parade, Principal Chief-elect Hoskin will give his first State of the Nation address at the Cherokee National Peace Pavilion, just east of the Cherokee National Capitol building in downtown Tahlequah.

The Cherokee National Holiday Intertribal Powwow is one of the most popular events of the weekend. This two-night event provides more than $35,000 in prize money for southern strait, northern traditional, fancy, jingle and other dance categories. The powwow begins with gourd dancing at 5 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, and grand entry at 7 p.m. both nights.

Also scheduled are the Jason Christie Children’s Fishing Derby, traditional food demonstrations, art shows, a quilt show, an open-house event at the Cherokee Nation W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex, and the Cherokee culture, plants and symbology garden tour.

For a complete list of events for the 67th Cherokee National Holiday, visithttps://holiday.cherokee.org/.

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