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Access to affordable health care is a core Minnesota value

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - May 10, 2019 - 10:04am

The deep slashes to health care proposed by Minnesota's Senate Majority would have devastating results says State Representative Connie Bernardy


Northwestern Ontario First Nation declares state of emergency after fatal house fire

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 10, 2019 - 9:59am
KI family victim

Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI), also known as Big Trout Lake First Nation, has declared a state of emergency after a fatal house fire on Thursday, May 2.

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Pow Wow Calendar Update – May 10, 2019

POWWOWS.COM - May 10, 2019 - 9:23am

Pow Wow Calendar Update –  May 10, 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! Upcoming Pow Wow 14th.....

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Iqaluit's Qajuqturvik Food Centre aims to break 'soup kitchen' stereotype

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 10, 2019 - 9:00am
Qajuqturvik Food Centre

Qajuqturvik means "place to eat soup" in Inuktitut, but the food centre also provides training in cooking and hospitality, as well as cooking classes for young people.

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Why Team North's most important stick may not score a goal

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 10, 2019 - 9:00am
Spirit stick

Before every game that Team North plays at this year's National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in Whitehorse, something unique takes place — the 'spirit stick' makes an appearance.

Categories: CANADA

The United Church of Canada returns land to Delaware Nation

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 10, 2019 - 8:00am
Fairfield Museum

Fairfield is a historic village in Bothwell, between Chatham and London Ontario, that was first settled by the Lenape people 227 years ago.

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Jefferson Keel enters new phase of service in Indian Country after battle with cancer

INDIANZ.COM - May 10, 2019 - 7:01am
Jefferson Keel is stepping down as Lieutenant Governor of the Chickasaw Nation but he won't be going far from his people.

New career moves for former National Indian Gaming Commission chair Jonodev Chaudhuri

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - May 10, 2019 - 7:00am

Chaudhuri Joins Quarles & Brady in Washington, D.C. and is also named Muscogee (Creek) Nation Ambassador - Video interview included


Facebook rejects ads for traditional Inuit knives, calling them 'weapons'

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 10, 2019 - 5:00am
Kenneth Mackay

An artist in Yellowknife says Facebook is culturally discriminating against Inuit after the site rejected his ads selling uluit, Inuit tools.

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Grandmothers walk in protest against child welfare system, proposed federal legislation

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 10, 2019 - 4:00am
Morgan fast sign

A group of grandmothers in Winnipeg will walk from four directions on Friday to support grandmothers and mothers who have had children taken by the child welfare system and to protest Bill C-92.

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'Our inherent sovereignty': Yurok Tribe legalizing hemp on reservation

INDIANZ.COM - May 10, 2019 - 1:59am
The Yurok Tribe is asserting its sovereignty with the passage of a new hemp law.

Strawberry farmer encouraging others to grow berries

NATIVE KNOT - May 10, 2019 - 1:00am

WESTVILLE – Strawberry farmer and Collyge Farm & Produce owner Dylan Collyge plans to take part in this year’s Stilwell Strawberry Festival as a strawberry grower. 

He plans to have strawberries in the annual judging contest and to sell some of his crops that he grows near Westville in northern Adair County. 

“Growing up I never missed a Strawberry Festival that I can remember. We always went every year,” Collyge said. “I always wanted to be in the situation where I could grow something and be a part of that group of people that continues the tradition of strawberry growing.” 

Collyge, 25, has a little more than 2 acres of strawberry plants growing. 

“This is the first year out of this patch here. We’ll pick it again next year and add another patch north of here,” he said. 

He said he plans on having the same number of plants next year. In his 2-acre patch, he estimates he can harvest two thousand to three thousand flats of berries. A flat contains 8 quarts of berries. 

“We plant in September. We cover them for the winter and then uncover them (in early spring) and use the cover when they start blooming for frost/freeze protection,” he said. 

Around his 2-acre patch, he has an 8-foot high fence to keep out deer and other animals that want to eat the berries. 

The Cherokee Nation citizen also said the growing method used by many of today’s strawberry farmers is different than it used to be. Black plastic is placed under the plants to help grow the berries because it keeps the soil about 10 degrees warmer in the spring. For example, if the soil temperature outside the strawberry patch is 40 degrees, he can still grow berries at 50 degrees in his patch. Also, next to each row is an irrigation hose to water the plants, and the hose can also carry liquid fertilizer.

Adair County, particularly around Stilwell where the annual Stilwell Strawberry Festival is held each May, is known for its award-winning strawberry crops, but the number of strawberry patches in the county has dropped in the past 30 years. 

“It seemed like there was a berry patch at every mile intersection when I was a kid,” said Dylan’s father, Jeff Collyge. “Probably not that many, but it seemed so. I picked berries as a kid. In 1974, I remember getting 8 cents a quart to pick. The next year, the pay went to 10 cents a quart. I remember thinking, dang, we’re gonna get rich.” 

Jeff said he believes the reasons for the decline in strawberry patches are canning factories stopped buying them, and it’s hard work to grow and sustain a patch.

“When Dylan decided to grow, I was really proud of his decision. I’m glad he is working so hard to keep our local tradition and legacy alive,” he said. 

Dylan said he believes there are less than half a dozen strawberry patches in the county now. He fears in three to five years there won’t be enough strawberry growers in Adair County to sustain the tradition of the county being known for strawberries and possibly lessen the annual Strawberry Festival.

He added that there are youth agriculture loans that could help young people get in the strawberry-growing business.

“You just need to have land and a little help,” he said. “It’s important that we find more people to do this to carry on the tradition, to keep it going,” he said.


The Start-to-Finish Guide on How to Gain up to $20,000 in Mortgage Assistance

NATIVE KNOT - May 10, 2019 - 1:00am

“You can’t always have everything you want, but you can have the things that really matter to you” – Marisa Mayer


Purchasing your first home is a big deal. A really big deal.  Your first home will be a place for many memories; but before you get there, it is important to understand the financial implications.

How many bedrooms and bathrooms do your family need/want? How much square footage would you like to have? Does the size of yard matter to you? What can you afford? These are all questions home-buyers must answer. What decisions are best for you, your family, and your wallet?

These decisions will narrow your sights as you search for your first home. So, what’s next?

Step 1: Understand the importance of 20% down

The first thing that most people look at when shopping for a home is the price tag. What most people do not consider is the reduced interest they will receive when they come up with a 20% or greater down payment.

So the key is saving money in the negotiation process for the home’s price, and saving money long term in the form of a healthy down payment, and a competitive interest rate. If you can do both, you’re sure to find yourself relaxing in a new home, with more money in your pocket!

So let’s look at what this 20% down thing is all about.

“Putting 20 percent down allows you to avoid private mortgage insurance.” – Forbes

Private Mortgage Insurance (or PMI) is extra insurance that lenders require from home-buyers who obtain loans in which the down payment is less than 20% of the sales price or appraised value.

So basically, PMI is avoidable with a good down payment (20% or greater).

If you are wondering how much PMI costs, for a $100k house the average PMI monthly payment last year was $83.33. That’s $1,000 a year that you could save by having a great down payment. For more on this please check this supporting article from USAA.

A great way to get to this 20% down we are talking about is a Mortgage Assistance Program.

There are many great programs for making home-buying more affordable. One of our favorites is the Cherokee Nation Mortgage Assistance Program for qualified Cherokee citizens.

The Mortgage Assistance Program (MAP) allows Cherokee citizens to reach their personal financial goals by providing down payment assistance up to $20,000.00.

Step 2: Apply for the Cherokee Nation Mortgage Assistance Program (MAP)

  1. To apply, it must be your first time buying a home. There are exceptions for some people: such as those that formerly owned a mobile home, and for those with documented domestic violence cases from their first home. *Note: if you are one of these exceptions, remember to make a note of it on your application.*

  2. The Head of Household or spouse must be a member of a federally recognized tribe. They do prefer Cherokee Citizens, but you do not have to be one to apply.

“You do not have to be Cherokee to apply for the Cherokee Nation Mortgage Assistance Program.”

  1. Applicants must be willing to reside within the Cherokee Nation’s jurisdictional boundaries and must obtain a loan through an approved lender. There is no active list of approved lenders through the Cherokee Nation, however, we have laid out some tips for you in Step 4.

  2. Purchase size is limited to five (5) acres and the purchase price may not exceed $150,000. An onsite environmental review and inspection will be conducted, before the time of purchase and home buyer’s education classes are required.

  3. Participants must own and reside in the home for a specified period of time or a prorated payback will apply.

Step 3: Pick a great real estate agent

“We don’t have the information (about real estate agents) that we have about other service professionals,” – Stephen Brobeck

A great real estate agent will help you on your journey to find your first home. Try talking with people who have done business with local real estate agents, and see what their experiences were like.

Make sure that your potential real estate agent is licensed with the right credentials and hasn’t had any disciplinary actions against them or any complaints. How much experience have they had in their field? You will be able to find all of this information online. For more information on this, check this article.

How well do they know the area? Ask about a property that has recently sold to see if they are up to date on the market. Real estate agents will have their own listings online, but you want to know if they are knowledgeable in the area as a whole.

Consider asking if they have received any professional awards. This builds their credibility and can be a make or break when deciding between two agents. Peer-given awards are also a valuable indicator of a great realtor. They show that the realtor is respected among their peers.

Look at their certifications as well. Many realtors will carry multiple certificates which vouch for the breadth and depth of their Real Estate knowledge.

So now that you’ve found a great real estate agent, it’s time to find the home!

Step 4: Figure out Which Mortgage is Right for You—and Get Pre-Approved

Now that you’ve nailed down your numbers, it’s time to start shopping for a mortgage lender with a reputation for good customer service and timely closings. Not only that, but you have to look for one that understands the (MAP) process.

Banks like Bank of Cherokee County have helped (MAP) participants receive the lending they need since the inception of the program.

Here’s a link Bank of Cherokee County’s website.

Or call directly: 918-456-3900

You’ll likely have a lot of questions—like how long the process will take and what the qualifying guidelines are—so when speaking with your lender, choose one that answers them all satisfactorily.

Step 5: Find the Right Home for You

Home hunting is fun & stressful! It’s important to first by having an open discussion about what your dream home will be like. What decisions are best for you, your family, and your wallet? It’s great to get things on paper as you start to look at your checklist for the right home for you.

Another thing to consider is maintenance. Is there anything that needs to be fixed or updated in your new home? Even small renovations can make your new home, more you. But, the costs should be accounted for. Start a budget for these fun projects that will bring new life to your home.

A new coat of paint goes a long way for a small price! What color pallet are you looking for in your new home? Do you want to install new hardware around the kitchen and bathrooms? Do all of the doorknobs match?

If you are looking at a house, considering all of the possibilities listed above, you may have just found your dream home! If you can see yourself living there, making it your own, and wanting to tell all of your friends about it… you have found the right house for you!

Step 6: Negotiate Price and Make a Great Offer

A tip you’ll hear from many great negotiators is to understand who you are negotiating with.

A great first step is negotiating price on a home is to understand the motivation of the seller. Is the seller looking to sell fast? Is he or she holding out for a great price? These are pieces of information you’ll want to gather as you are negotiating your best price.

Next, you’ll want to remain realistic. No home seller is happy with the “super low-ball offer.”

Once you give a realistic first offer, be ready to move on. The number one tactic you have in your negotiations is the ability to walk away. Maybe it isn’t your best deal, and just like the fish in the sea, there are always other homes…

Negotiating after the inspection is key. A good thing is that the Cherokee Nation Mortgage Assistance Program requires an inspection, so this one will already be done at this point.

Be enthusiastic and make the seller like you. People tend to work with multiple buyers, and the seller liking you can only work to your advantage in the deal. Remember, it used to be their house and whether they like it or not, they are emotionally attached to it.

“The seller’s first choice is usually someone they like so if you have a chance to talk to them and find some things in common you’re in a better negotiating position.” – Anthony Grosso

Step 7: Conclusion

When you set out to purchase your first home, realize that it is complicated, and complicated things take time and attention to do them right.

From here, we start to look at the importance of a great down payment, and how it can significantly lower how much you pay.

Once we understand the importance of a good down payment – there is a great option available for members of a federally recognized tribe in the form of the Cherokee Nation Assistance Program.

Once you apply for this following our tips from above, we recommend finding a great real estate agent. A great real estate agent can help you with the complicated legality of purchasing a new home.

After this, it’s important to get pre-approved as you start shopping for a new home. Many qualified lenders, like the Bank of Cherokee County, can merge your Cherokee Nation Mortgage Assistance with a mortgage to get you set up conveniently for your monthly payments.

Now everything is set and your home shopping can be done with peace of mind! Now just make your checklist and try to find the perfect home for you.

Understanding the negotiation process is the final step. You’ve done all the preliminary steps to save yourself money, now it’s time to negotiate the best price.

Once you’ve completed all of our steps, here is a great checklist for once you have moved into your new home.

We hope our Complete Guide to the Cherokee Nation Mortgage Assistance Program helps you navigate one of the most important investments a person can make, purchasing their first home.

For more on the lending side of things, check out all of our Home Loan Options or visit our Home Page. You got this, house hunters!


Meet the Women Who Battled Tuberculosis in Indian Country

NATIVE KNOT - May 10, 2019 - 1:00am

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — By the turn of the 20th century, tuberculosis rates across much of the U.S. were in steady decline. But in some communities, the struggle to fight the deadly disease had only just begun.

These communities included the 29 tribes of Southern California’s Mission Indian Agency — Cahuilla, Chemehuevi, Cupeño, Kumeyaay, Luiseño, and Serrano bands among them, said Clifford Trafzer, a distinguished professor of history and Rupert Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs at the University of California, Riverside.

For three decades, Trafzer has studied the health of Mission Indian Agency tribes, as well as how collaborative efforts between tribes and a new breed of public health advocate — the traveling field nurse — tempered rates of infectious diseases and improved health outcomes for American Indians.

In his latest book, “Fighting Invisible Enemies: Health and Medical Transitions Among Southern California Indians,” released this month by the University of Oklahoma Press, Trafzer chronicles the work of field nurses who served in the region between 1928 and 1948, working closely with American Indian families.

“This is a good example of people working together for a common goal: better health,” Trafzer said. “The field nurses are heroes to me because of the relationships they created through their work; over time, they became very close to the people they worked with, including other ‘indigenous nurses’ who shared knowledge about the medicine ways of their people, such as plant medicine.”

At its core, Trafzer said the book is a testament to the strength of women who put aside their differences and triumphed over disease — even without the assistance of streptomycin, the only effective antibiotic known to kill tuberculosis.

“A lot of the early field nurses had previously been World War I nurses, so they had seen a battle and the gore of war,” he said. “They were up for the challenge and the adventure of living out in the middle of nowhere with only a used automobile to get them from place to place.”

Read the full story here: https://news.ucr.edu/articles/2019/05/08/meet-women-who-battled-tuberculosis-indian-country


Navajo Veterans Urged to Submit Claims to Recover Arizona Income Taxes

NATIVE KNOT - May 10, 2019 - 1:00am

WINDOW ROCK — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer are urging Navajo veterans to submit claims to the state of Arizona to recover income taxes that were unlawfully withheld on military wages for certain periods of time, in violation of the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act (SSCRA), which was passed by Congress in 1940 to prohibit states from taxing the income of military service members. The deadline for eligible veterans to submit a claim is Dec. 31, 2019.

“Veterans sacrificed for our country and for our people, but for some periods of time certain states were unlawfully taxing their military income so we want to remind our veterans that there is this opportunity to recoup those taxes before the end of this year,” stated President Nez.

On Nov. 22, 2000, the U.S. Justice Department issued a declared that the taxation and withholding of state income taxes from active duty military pay of Native Americans residing on reservations was impermissible. The U.S. Department of Defense began mandatory Arizona income tax withholding on all active duty military pay on Sept. 1, 1993, and continued withholding Arizona income tax through Dec. 31, 2005. Beginning Jan. 1, 2006, Arizona no longer taxed active duty military pay and therefore discontinued state income tax withholding on this type of income.

The Native American Veterans Income Tax Settlement Fund was established in Arizona on July 1, 2016, to refund income tax erroneously withheld from Native Americans who served in the military while claiming tribal land as their residence from Sept. 1, 1993, through Dec. 31, 2005. During the 2017 Arizona legislative session House, Bill 2158 was introduced to amend the original legislation when it was discovered the Department of Defense may have withheld Arizona income tax prior to Sept. 1, 1993.

“We certainly encourage our veterans to look into whether they are eligible and to take back what is rightfully theirs in terms of taxes that were wrongfully taken from them over a period of time,” said Vice President Lizer.

For more information on Arizona’s Native American Veterans Income Tax Settlement Fund and to download application forms, please visit: https://azdor.gov/individual-income-tax-information/native-american-veteran-income-tax-settlementor call the Arizona Department of Veterans Services at (602) 234-8432.


Northern B.C. entrepreneur receives award to help First Nations run driving schools

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 10, 2019 - 12:20am
Lucy Sager

An entrepreneur in the northwestern B.C. community of Terrace won a $10,000 award to continue her work helping Indigenous communities open their own driving schools. 

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Native Brand ACONAV to Walk Tony Awards Red Carpet

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - May 10, 2019 - 12:02am

The dress is sketched – Tune into the Tony Awards to see the finished design.

Published May 10, 2019

Phoenix Based Couture Fashion Brand ACONAV to Be Worn by Tony Awards Member Collen Jennings-Roggensack on June 9th in New York City

PHOENIX — This year the 73rd Tony Awards in New York City will have an authentic Native voice. The 2018 Phoenix Fashion Week Couture Designer of the Year continues to captivate audiences at the global scale starting with a commissioned princess dress for Walt Disney World, and an accumulation of features by top media sources throughout the southwest. Loren Aragon, CEO & Designer of ACONAV, is an alumnus of Arizona State University, and fans from his alma mater connected him with Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, ASU Vice President for Cultural Affairs, Executive Director of ASU Gammage, and Arizona’s only voter to the 2019 Tony Awards to be her dress of choice.

Native designer Loren Aragon with Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, who wear his fashion design at the upcoming Tony Awards.

The Walt Disney World dress designed by ACONAV landed the cover of the AZ Redbook Magazine which caught the attention of Colleen Jennings-Roggensack and her staff. “I was excited to hear that Colleen requested me to design a custom gown for her red-carpet experience.” stated Loren Aragon, Designer of ACONAV. “I’m honored to have this opportunity with Colleen, to have my design recognized among renown designers at a premier awards event such as the Tony Awards!” exclaimed Aragon. Just three years after walking away from a career in mechanical engineering, Aragon has passionately grown his brand as it continues to rise with success and recognition as a leading Native American Couture Fashion brand. “It is an honor and privilege to wear a dress designed by Loren Aragon of ACONAV. His work is bold, innovative and evokes the global empowerment of women.’ stated Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, ‘it will be deeply moving to wear Loren’s work, which is dedicated to share, educate, and connect the artistry of Acoma ways of life. I am looking forward to sharing his talent and genius on the red carpet at the Tony Awards,” added Jennings-Roggensack. “We are very proud of what Loren and the team at ACONAV have accomplished in such a short time after winning designer of the year, he has only begun to shine,” stated Brian Hill, Executive Director of Phoenix Fashion Week.

The collaboration between Jennings-Roggensack and Aragon comes at an opportune time in the midst of a rapidly growing appreciation for Native fashion in the modern fashion industry. “There are many sources I draw my inspiration from in connection to the Acoma and Navajo cultures,” explained Aragon. “With Colleen as the epitome of what ACONAV celebrates, we will have all the inspiration needed for this one of a kind creation which will generate an awareness of our thriving Native culture and our natural place in fashion history to the rest of the world.” As preparation for the Awards continue, the Aragon Atelier is in full swing to make its red-carpet appearance, Sunday June 9, 2019 at the Tony’s. 

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Tribally-owned Insurance Provider, AMERIND Risk, Partners with Professional Golfer Gabby Lemieux

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - May 10, 2019 - 12:02am

Gabby Lemieux (Shoshone-Paiute)

Published May 10, 2019

SANTA ANA PUEBLO, N.M.AMERIND Risk, Indian Country’s only 100% Tribally owned and operated insurance provider, is proud to announce its support of professional golfer, Gabby Lemieux (Shoshone-Paiute). This partnership enables Ms. Lemieux to continue her path toward the LPGA Tour while building awareness of the products and services AMERIND Risk provides for Tribal governments, businesses, and individuals.

A golfer since the age of 6, Ms. Lemieux was a 5A State Champion in Idaho, a 4-time winner and Big 12 Player of the Year at Texas Tech, and held the #1 ranking in the country

“Elevating Tribal members like Gabby is what AMERIND Risk is all about. We are proud to sponsor an athlete of her caliber as she competes and inspires Indian Country,” says Mr. Derek Valdo, CEO of AMERIND Risk. “Her success began with her pursuit and completion of her college degree.  Her efforts both on and off the course are a great reflection on the AMERIND brand.”

Ms. Lemieux, a member of the Shoshone Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation, will wear and carry gear emblazoned with the AMERIND Risk name during her upcoming tournaments.

She is currently competing on the Symetra Tour, a developmental tour for rising professional golfers, and is scheduled to compete in 14 tournaments between now and the end of the year.  Moving forward, Gabby looks forward to pursuing her goal of playing among the world’s best on the LPGA Tour.

“[AMERIND Risk] has helped my golf journey tremendously.  Our partnership allows me to go out and play without the worry of how I will get to my next tournament if I don’t win.  I enjoy spreading the word about the great work AMERIND is doing in Indian Country and I’m grateful for their help in making my professional golf dream a reality,” says Ms. Lemieux, “I hope my path inspires Native youth to follow their dreams, whether in sports, education, or their careers.”

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Rep. Sharice Davids Votes to Protect People with Pre-existing Conditions, Lower Prescription Drug Prices 

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - May 10, 2019 - 12:00am

Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kan.)

Published May 10, 2019

WASHINGTON — Rep. Sharice Davids voted this week to pass legislation that would protect people with pre-existing conditions and move further to lower health costs and prescription drug prices for all Americans.  

“Affordable health care that protects people with pre-existing conditions is a priority for Kansans, and it’s been one of my top priorities since taking office. These pieces of legislation will help to bring down the rising costs of health care and prescription drugs for Kansas families, while also ensuring we keep life-saving protections for those with pre-existing conditions in place,” said Davids. 

This comes on the heels of the Trump Administrations’ continued attacks on health care by asking a federal appeals court to not only strike down protections for people with pre-existing conditions, but to eliminate every protection and benefit provided by the Affordable Care Act.  

“Over 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions – common things like asthma, cancer or diabetes – are protected under the ACA. This Administration’s attempts to take away those vital protections will take us back to a time when people can be denied coverage, or priced out of their coverage, just because they have a pre-existing condition. We can’t go back,” said Davids.   

Today the House passed H.R. 986, the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act, which Davids co-sponsored. The legislation aims to reverse the Administration’s efforts to eliminate life-saving protections for people with pre-existing conditions and push Americans into junk insurance plans that discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions and do not cover essential benefits. 

The House also passed two bipartisan bills yesterday, H.R. 1503 and H.R. 1520, to lower the price of prescription drugs by removing some of the barriers to generics coming to market.   

Davids has been a vocal advocate of lowering prescription drug prices and protecting people with pre-existing conditions, addressing these issues during her public roundtable and town hall conversations in the Third District.  

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Navajo Utah Delegates Meet with Utah Tribal Leaders

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - May 10, 2019 - 12:00am

Washington Post photo by Katherine Frey

Published May 10, 2019

OGDEN, Utah — The Utah Tribal Leaders group met at Weber State University, selected its new leaders, and approved a resolution concerning Bears Ears National Monument in Ogden, Utah May 6-7.

Navajo Nation Council Delegates Nathaniel Brown (Chilchinbeto, Dennehotso, Kayenta), Herman Daniels (Shonto, Naa’tsis’áán, Oljato, Ts’áh Bii Kin), and Charlaine Tso (Mexican Water, Aneth, Teecnospos, Tółikan, Red Mesa), all delegates that represent Navajo Utah, participated in the leadership meeting of Utah’s eight tribal nations.The Utah Tribal Leaders held a meeting Monday in executive session to elect a chair and vice chair and to identify the group’s 2020 legislative priorities. The group chose to focus on strengthening Utah’s implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act and to include a fiscal note.

Removing the word “squaw” from 48 sites throughout the state was also discussed.

The non-profit Utah Diné Bikeyah presented a resolution opposing the Roadless Rule Exemption Petition by the State of Utah. In opposing the petition, the tribes cited a lack of consultation by the state in contravention of Governor’s Executive Order 2014-5 “Executive Agency Consultation with Federally-Recognized Indian Tribes.”

Highlighting the diminishment of the Bears Ears National Monument, the tribes noted that “US Forest Service lands remain under threat of cultural vandalism, looting” and “indiscriminate off road vehicle usage” that harms wildlife, plants, and cultural resources.

Delegate Daniels presented to the UTL on a variety of matters. He underscored the Navajo Utah Commission and Oljato Chapter’s work with the Utah Dept. of Transportation to develop a roundabout interchange at Gouldings Junction in Monument Valley. Construction is expected to begin this summer.

Among the other issues he presented, Delegate Daniels also noted the State of Utah and the Navajo Nation’s work to pass the Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act in the 116th Congress.

“This is one of the top issues the Nation is currently working on,” Delegate Daniels said. “The speaker and president have been to DC multiple times to advocate for the settlement act’s passage and we look forward to building up Navajo Utah’s water infrastructure in the near future.”

At the May 7 meeting, the tribal leaders heard reports from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FirstNet, the Utah Commodity Supplemental Food Program, Utah Rivers Council, and the state’s department of health.

“With the new elections we are focused on finding balance in the transition and our new roles at Utah Tribal Leaders,” Delegate Tso said. “We find common ground on issues pertaining to roads, cultural awareness, protecting the livelihoods of all tribes, providing support for one another, and recognizing legislative priorities.”

The Navajo Utah delegates invited UTL to hold their fall or winter meeting on the Navajo Nation.

The next UTL meeting is scheduled for June 6 and 7 in Cedar City, Utah.

The Utah Tribal Leaders are comprised of the Navajo Nation, Skull Valley Band of Goshute, Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe / White Mesa, San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe, Confederated Tribes of Goshute Reservation, and Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation.


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