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Police Arrest Trump Supporter in Connection Spraying Painting: “Indians will be Gassed” on Chickasaw Nation Premises

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - April 5, 2019 - 12:15am

Racist Allison Johnson arrested

Published April 5, 2019

NORMAN, Okla. — Police in Norman, Oklahoma have arrested a woman in connection to vandalizing the Chickasaw Nation’s regional office in Oklahoma City and two Democratic party buildings in Oklahoma City and Norman, Oklahoma.

Arreseted on Thursday, April 4, 2019 was Allison Johnson, 45, on a complaint of Terroristic Threats.

Last Thursday morning upon arrival to work, Chickasaw Nation staff discovered their office building had been vandalized overnight. Written in a parking space on the south side of the Nation’s building were the words “Indians will be gassed.” Below that statement was the word “lampshaded.” And, spray painted on sidewalk leading to an building entrance was “Savages HH.”

Other graffiti included references in support to Trump’s re-election and anti-Sementic statements and Nazi symbols.

Johnson turned herself in at the Norman Police Department.


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Navajo Transitional Energy Company Releases 2019 NTEC Scholarship Application

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - April 5, 2019 - 12:00am

Recipients for the 2018 NTEC Scholarhip stand with former Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye during last year’s awards luncheon held in Farmington, N.M.

Published April 5, 2019

FARMINGTON, N.M. — Navajo Transitional Energy Company (NTEC) released its application for the 2019 NTEC Scholarship offering Navajo students majoring in a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) field an opportunity to earn a $1,000 scholarship award.

“We are excited to open this opportunity to help Navajo college students further their education. NTEC believes that investing in the future of Navajo students will make the Navajo Nation stronger,” said Clark Moseley, NTEC CEO.

NTEC contributes more than $100,000 in scholarships annually for Navajo students. Aside from funding students directly, NTEC contributes scholarship funding to Dine College, Navajo Technical University and Navajo chapters directly associated with Navajo Mine.

Last year, 30 students from across the Navajo Nation were awarded scholarships and this year, Nathan Tohtsoni, NTEC education coordinator, is excited to see the wealth of ambition Navajo students have.

“It’s motivating to see the ambition our students have. Our application process includes completing an essay about how they plan to benefit the Navajo Nation and how they see energy development on the Navajo Nation. The answers we received last year were enlightening,” Tohtsoni said.

The NTEC Scholarship is open to applicants who meet the following requirements:

  • Sophomore, Junior or Senior in college
  • Resides/registered with a Navajo Nation chapter
  • Attends an accredited college/university/technical institution majoring in a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) or industry related field of study.
  • A minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.80 on a 4.00 scale
  • Full-time status undergraduate (minimum of 12 semester credit hours)

Applicants must submit an application, resume, two letters of references, an essay, copy of school transcripts and a copy of their Certificate of Indian Blood.

The deadline for application packages is July 18, 2019.

For more information and to download an application visit www.navajo-tec.com/ntecscholarhip

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Surrogacy Options Abroad for U.S. Couples

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - April 5, 2019 - 12:00am

Published April 5, 2019

Every married couple wants to have children. It is no exaggeration to say that a family is considered complete and happy if it has children. Unfortunately, in the modern world many people are faced with the problem of infertility that thwarts their hopes for having descendants. Until recently, the problem of infertility was seemingly intractable. However, about twenty years ago, assisted reproductive technologies and the opportunity to use the services of surrogate mothers came to the rescue of the infertile couples, who were dreaming for a long time of experiencing the joy of motherhood and fatherhood.

Assisted reproductive technologies have become a breakthrough in the field of infertility treatment. Thanks to the high level of scientific and technological progress and the high level of medical care, the United States of America definitely occupy the first place in this field.

However, it is worth noting that not all U.S. states have a positive attitude towards the use of assisted reproductive technologies. Surrogate motherhood is governed by state law, not by federal law. In many U.S. states, surrogacy is prohibited (for example, in Arizona, Michigan, and New Jersey). The surrogacy law in the United States is constantly changing. State laws are different from one another. In some states, surrogacy is prohibited, as we have already mentioned before and in many of them there is no legal regulation regarding the conclusion of binding legal contracts between spouses and a surrogate mother. The most loyal attitude towards surrogacy exists in California and Florida. There, practically any citizen can use the services of a surrogate mother, regardless of his/her marital status and sexual orientation.

Although health care in the United States is at a high level of development, it should be noted that prices for medical treatment in the United States are among the highest in the world. Hence, many couples simply cannot afford to undergo an IVF procedure or use the services of a surrogate mother. Therefore, many of them prefer to go abroad to gain the happiness of parenthood.

Here it is necessary to clarify some of the legal nuances of the U.S. law related to the birth of a child of a surrogate mother who is a citizen of a foreign state. The U.S. Department of State says it clearly that in the event of a child being born to an American couple abroad, it is necessary to observe one of the two conditions stipulated in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), so that the child is considered a U.S. citizen and can live with their biological parents in America. In particular, it reads as follows:

A child born abroad must be biologically related to a U.S. citizen parent who meets the following statutory transmission requirements of INA 301 or 309 in order for the child to acquire U.S. citizenship at birth:

  • A U.S. citizen father must be the genetic parent of the child and meet all other statutory requirements in order to transmit U.S. citizenship to the child at birth.
  • A U.S. citizen mother must be the genetic and/or the gestational and legal mother of the child at the time and place of the child’s birth and must meet all other statutory requirements in order to transmit U.S. citizenship to the child at birth.

DNA testing is often the best way to establish a genetic or blood relationship after the child is born. Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) testing is the most accurate and widely available technology to test a biological relationship. DNA sample collection must be in accordance with American Association of Blood Bank (AABB) and Department of State standards and procedures. Once the analysis is complete, the AABB laboratory in the United States will send the results directly to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Only results sent directly to the Embassy or Consulate by the AABB lab will be accepted.

A U.S. citizen parent who has a biological child overseas, including via a foreign surrogate mother, may apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad of an American Citizen (CRBA) and a U.S. passport for the child at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where the child was born.

Parents must provide evidence to the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate of the child’s identity, birth, and citizenship. In an ART case, the parents may be requested to provide medical and documentary evidence of the child’s conception and birth and such other evidence to demonstrate the biological connection between parent and child, along with evidence of the parents’ identity, citizenship, parent’s requisite physical presence in the United States, and legal status as the child’s parent under local law.

Despite a lot of difficulties, many American citizens are going to Ukraine in order to take advantage of assisted reproductive technologies and the services of surrogate mothers. Firstly, cost of surrogacy in Ukraine is three to four times cheaper than in the United States, secondly, medical care is at the level of the best American and European clinics, thirdly, commercial surrogate motherhood is fully legally allowed in Ukraine, and fourthly, the American legal system works so well that if biological parents follow all the rules, they can easily take their child back to the United States.

The Network of Reproductive Medical Centers (ISO 9001:2015 certified) “Mother and Child” that employs the highly renowned reproductive embryologists and long-standing members of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) has been successfully involved for over eleven years in practical application of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and various types of surrogacy programs at affordable cost that resulted in birth of 9,074 healthy children and helped thousands of people throughout the world to find the happiness of parenthood.

Please contact IVF Group Surrogacy Services at +1(213) 277-5874 or visit our website at www.ivf-international.com to find out more or to schedule a consultation with a reproductive embryologist.

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NTU Students Team Up with GRID Alternatives to Install Solar Panels in Ojo Encino

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - April 5, 2019 - 12:00am

Navajo Technical students Tydrin Wauneka (Right) and Darrick Lee (left) adjusting the photovoltaic panels during the installation. GRID Alternatives were on-site with the students to share proper techniques and knowledge about solar panel installations.

Published April 5, 2019

OJO ENCINO, N.M. — From March 26 – March 28, students from Navajo Technical University’s Energy Systems and Electrical Engineering programs collaborated with the Colorado-based company GRID Alternatives to install solar panels at a residence in Ojo Encino, NM. The three-day community service project called, “Spring Break Solar Installation,” involved students from regional universities to set up solar systems at four select homes at no cost to home owners.

“Alternative energy is now becoming a significant discussion in all our communities across the nation and most importantly on Navajo,” said Ray Griego, Energy Systems instructor at NTU. “We have been moving steadily from fossil fuel here on the Navajo Nation, and this shift presents the challenge for our younger generation to explain how to successfully accomplish the transition.”

GRID Alternatives has done projects in Ojo Encino for the last several years, installing solar systems for low-income families. This year, Navajo Technical University students Darrick Lee, Tydrin Wauneka, Lyndon James, and Taven Chavez volunteered to assist in the effort. Each day students received orientation about the project before going to the house of Franklin Pinto for the installation of the grid tied system.

“They are a very nice group of individuals working on this solar panels being placed near my home. They told me it will reduce my electric bill,” said Mr. Pinto about the solar panel system that is capable of generating up to 350 watts of power. “I’m glad they selected me for this because it is beneficial to our community. Some of us still don’t have power out here and these solar systems can deliver power to those in need.”

Members of Grid Alternatives pose with Navajo Technical University Instructor Ray Griego (third from right) and students after they completed the project at Ojo Encino community. Photo courtesy of Grid Alternatives Representative Sara Mayani Barudin.

GRID Alternatives collaborated with the Ojo Encino Chapter house to select the members of the community to receive the solar installation. GRID Alternatives Tribal Program is a non-profit based in Denver, CO with alliances helping specific populations. At the Ojo Encino community project, GRID Alternatives tribal program representatives were on-site to ensure the quality of the installations and provide adequate information for the volunteers and members of the community receiving the solar power systems.

The systems are estimated to reduce energy cost by approximately 60-70%. The projects can range from single rooftop installations to large-scale systems capable of providing energy to a community. The system designs by the teams installed at Ojo Encino were the grid tied system. The system designs were fixed at four homes in the community with NTU students assisting with the final home project.

Navajo Technical University offers an Associate of Applied Science in Energy Systems and Engineering Technology as well as baccalaureate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Industrial Engineering. The university’s engineering programs was recently endorsed by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology Inc. or ABET. To learn more about the Energy Systems program contact Program Advisor Ray Griego at rgriego@navajotech.edu or at 505-786-4308. For more information about NTU’s Electrical Engineering program, please contact Dr. Peter Romine at promine@navajotech.edu.c

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How Abusive Partners Use Sexual Assault as a Form of Control

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - April 5, 2019 - 12:00am
Guest Commentary 

Published April 5, 2019

Sexual violence can be difficult to talk about. Some people feel uncomfortable when the subject comes up, which – intentionally or not – sends a message to survivors of sexual abuse and sexual assault that they won’t be believed if they come forward.

Sexual assault is any type of sexual activity or contact that you do not consent to. In an abusive relationship, some partners might sexually assault their partner or force them into unwanted sexual activity as a means of control. This type of violence can be one of the most traumatic forms of relationship abuse.

Across the nation, more than half of Native American women (56 percent) and about one-third of Native men (28 percent) have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime, according to a recent report. The report also found that Native women – our mothers, grandmothers, daughters and sisters – face nearly two times the risk of sexual violence when compared to non-Hispanic white women.

Mallory Black

Sexual abuse in a relationship

There is a strong connection between colonialism and sexual violence. As Native people, we know any form of violence such as sexual assault and sexual abuse is unnatural and goes against our traditional ways. Sexual violence was introduced into our communities through colonization, as Native women were often violently targeted, humiliated, degraded and terrorized as a way to undermine the very foundation of Native communities.

As a form of domestic violence, sexual abuse is used to assert power and control in the relationship. The behaviors can range from:

· Calling you degrading sexual names

· Fondling, grabbing or pinching the sexual parts of your body

· Constantly pressuring you to have sex when you don’t want to have sex

· Becoming angry or violent when refused sex

· Demanding or normalizing demands for sex by saying things like, “I need it, I’m a man”

· Drugging or restricting you to where you are unable to consent to sexual activity

· Forcing you to have sex or engage in unwanted sexual activity (ex. rape, anal rape, forced masturbation or forced oral sex)

· Using weapons or other objects to hurt the sexual parts of your body

· Records or photographs you in a sexual way without your consent

· Intentionally tries to pass on a sexually transmitted disease to you

· Threatening to hurt you or your children if you do not have sex

· Demanding you to dress is a sexual way

· Forcing you to watch pornography

Lasting effects of sexual violence

Sexual assault can affect your spirit in many ways, including feelings of depression, fear or anxiety, difficulty sleeping, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some survivors may experience flashbacks of the attack or may disassociate from what happened entirely to cope

with the trauma. When there is ongoing sexual abuse in a relationship, trauma and other negative impacts can worsen.

Some survivors may become very sensitive to touch or struggle with intimacy in their relationships. It’s important to recognize not all survivors will react the same way and often report a range of feelings about the experience.

After a sexual attack, you may feel alone, ashamed or believe you did something to provoke the attack or that you somehow ‘deserved it.’ You may also feel that your community is not a safe place anymore. However, you are never to blame for rape, sexual assault or any form of abuse that happens to you.

Finding hope and healing

Recovering from sexual assault or sexual abuse is a process and one in which you decide every step of the way. There is no timeline for healing; it is entirely up to you.

It is important to know that in the aftermath of sexual assault or abuse, you do not have to face your healing journey alone. When you are ready, there are people available to help you if you have been sexually assaulted or are being sexually abused by a current or former intimate partner.

Advocates at StrongHearts Native Helpline (1-844-762-8483, available daily from 7 a.m. to. 10 p.m. CT) can offer emotional support and a connection to culturally-appropriate resources and legal options where available. It is always anonymous and confidential when you call. You can also find sexual assault service providers here.

While your healing journey may be painful, remember you were born with the inherent strength and courage of your ancestors to survive. We believe you. We are here for you every step of the way.

Mallory Black, Diné, is the Communications Manager of the StrongHearts Native Helpline.

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Rep. Davids (Ho-Chunk Nation) Presides Over House Floor as Violence Against Women Act is Reauthorized  

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - April 4, 2019 - 10:08pm

Rep. Sharice Davids, a tribal citizen of the Ho-Chunk Nation, is the second American Indian woman to preside at Speaker’s chair during a session of Congress.

Published April 4, 2019

WASHINGTON — Rep. Sharice Davids today presided over the House Floor as the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 passed, improving critical protections and services for all victims of violence and abuse. Davids co-sponsored multiple amendments to the bill that address the crisis of violence against Native women and girls.

“Re-authorizing the Violence Against Women Act will help ensure that all survivors of violence and abuse can receive the support, protection, and justice they deserve. I was honored to preside over the House Floor as we passed this historic piece of legislation,” said Davids. 

This legislation re-authorizes the landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994. It makes vital improvements including strengthening services for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, equipping law enforcement with the tools combat these issues and protect their communities, and improving the health care system’s response.  

“VAWA is a landmark piece of legislation that has provided lifesaving services for victims of sexual and domestic violence across the country.  This legislation is critical to ensure that survivors have access to the services they deserve.  VAWA is not a partisan issue.  It is not a political issue. It is about saving lives,” said Julie Donelon, President & CEO of the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA).  

Davids’ co-sponsored three amendments to address the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls by improving information sharing and coordination in law enforcement agencies.  

“Native women and girls experience violence at far higher rates than any other female population in the country – an epidemic that has been neglected for far too long. I’m pleased to join my colleagues to help shine a light on this crisis and to ensure the health and safety of our Native women,” said Davids.  

Rep. Davids, a tribal citizen of the Ho-Chunk Nation, is now the second Native American woman to sit in the Speaker’s chair after Rep. Deb Haaland did so in last month. 

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Pow Wow Calendar Update – April 03, 2019

POWWOWS.COM - April 4, 2019 - 9:19pm

Pow Wow Calendar Update –  April 03, 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 Cherokee.....

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AGs Protest Trump's 'Illegal, Juvenile' '2-For-1' Order

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 4, 2019 - 6:51pm
California, Oregon and Minnesota's attorneys general on Thursday hit President Donald Trump and a long list of other federal defendants with a lawsuit over the 2017 “Two-for-One” executive order, which requires federal agencies to repeal at least two existing regulations for every new regulation that agency issues.

Indigenous community at Concordia recommends steps for university to decolonize and Indigenize

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 4, 2019 - 6:34pm
William Lindsay

The university's Indigenous Directions Leadership Group released an action plan to to improve the experiences of Indigenous students enrolled, Indigenous faculty and staff employed, and the university’s relationship with Indigenous communities in and around the city.

Categories: CANADA

Have a listen to Eastern Owl's new album Qama'si

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 4, 2019 - 6:12pm
Eastern Owl

The members of Eastern Owl say their second album, Qama’si, which in the Mi’kmaq language means 'stand up,' is a call to action.  

Categories: CANADA

Miyosiwin Salon Spa reopens with fundraiser for firefighters who saved its building

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 4, 2019 - 6:10pm
Miyosiwin Salon Spa

Regina's Miyosiwin Salon Spa was badly damaged by a fire that destroyed neighbouring restaurant Lang's Cafe in April 2018.

Categories: CANADA

Representative Davids presides over House Floor as Violence Against Women Act is Reauthorized

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - April 4, 2019 - 5:55pm

Sharice Davids is the second Native woman to preside over the House Floor; the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 passed, improving critical protections and services for all victims of violence and abuse


Martha's Vineyard Town Says Tribe Needs Permits For Casino

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 4, 2019 - 4:56pm
A town on Martha’s Vineyard urged a Massachusetts federal court Thursday to force a Native American tribe to seek building and other permits before it begins construction of a controversial casino in a case the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review last year.

Obama's Ore. Monument Expansion OK, Judge Says

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 4, 2019 - 3:30pm
An Oregon federal judge says a logging company has not shown that former President Barack Obama exceeded his authority under the Antiquities Act by including timber-producing land in the 2017 expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

NOAA Floats Rule Allowing Tribe's Gray Whale Hunt

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 4, 2019 - 3:04pm
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will propose allowing the Makah Tribe to hunt a small number of gray whales off the coast of Washington, a practice the tribe said is important to its culture.

House of Representatives Passes Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - April 4, 2019 - 2:20pm

Published April 4, 2019

WASHINGTON — This morning, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 263 to 158 to pass the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R. 1585), marking an important step toward restoring public safety and justice on tribal lands.

Inserted in the legislation is the recognition that Native children who are equally in need of the protections that were extended to adult domestic violence victims in VAWA 2013.

In 2016, the National Institute of Justice report found that 1.5 million American Indian and Alaska Native women had experienced violence in their lifetime.

In March, the Natural Resources Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States held a hearing to examine the silent crisis of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women. The hearing featured four Native American women as expert witnesses, who testified that Congress and federal agencies have not honored their trust responsibilities to Native communities and that stopping the epidemic of violence against Native women will take time and resources not currently being offered.

“As tribal leaders, we have no greater priority than protecting our women, children, and elders. Too often, we as Native women are invisible but today, we celebrate and thank the representatives here for seeing us, for standing with us, and for fighting with us.” She also urged the Senate to move quickly to take up this legislation, saying “Victims in Indian Country cannot wait. We will not accept a bill that leaves Native victims behind. They are counting on us,” said Juana Majel-Dixon, Co-Chair for the Task Force on Violence Against Women and Recording Secretary at National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) responded to the favorable outcome at a press conference held immediately after the vote.


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House Passes Bill Expanding Tribal Jurisdiction Over Crimes

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 4, 2019 - 1:43pm
The House of Representatives passed a measure Thursday that would expand tribal jurisdiction over nontribal members who commit crimes other than domestic violence on tribal land under a new Violence Against Women Act.

National Inuit housing strategy calls for local training to help solve 'national crisis'

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 4, 2019 - 12:53pm
Trudeau Arctic 20170209

The Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee has released its strategy for addressing a chronic shortage of housing for Inuit, saying consistent funding and creating local capacity to build homes are keys in finding a sustainable solution.

Categories: CANADA

Cronkite News: Poor reservation roads hinder economic and educational opportunites

INDIANZ.COM - April 4, 2019 - 12:49pm
To the list of issues affecting education, Gila River Indian Community Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis would add a new problem: deteriorating roads.

$3M Software Co. Deal Will Go Toward Payday Loan Judgment

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 4, 2019 - 12:26pm
A court-appointed monitor is continuing his efforts to collect on a $1.3 billion award stemming from ex-race car driver Scott Tucker's payday lending scheme, asking a Nevada federal judge to approve a $3 million deal with a Texas-based software company that defaulted on loans from a Tucker-owned company.


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