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Another Nunavut man avoids mandatory minimum sentence for shooting a gun

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 7, 2019 - 4:00am
Nunavut Court of Justice

Another Nunavut man has avoided a mandatory minimum sentence for shooting a gun, because a judge decided four years is cruel and unusual punishment for the crime.

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Jonodev Chaudhuri lands new job after stint at National Indian Gaming Commission

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - May 7, 2019 - 2:48am
Jonodev Chaudhuri will be heading up the Indian law and policy practice at the Quarles & Brady firm.

Cronkite News: Accidental fall leads to another fatality at Grand Canyon

INDIANZ.COM - May 7, 2019 - 1:14am
Four people have died in or near Grand Canyon National Park in the last five weeks, but officials say that isn’t unusual.
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Mark Trahant: Indigenous knowledge incorporated into global climate assessment

INDIANZ.COM - May 7, 2019 - 1:01am
Extinction is the new normal, according to a new report that draws on Indigenous and local knowledge.
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UPDATED: Authorities debunk claim Hoskin orchestrated assault

NATIVE KNOT - May 7, 2019 - 1:00am

TAHLEQUAH – An allegation that a Cherokee Nation citizen was beaten and bullied at the request of a principal chief candidate has been deemed by tribal authorities as “false” and “misquoted.”

Jimmie Dewayne McManus, of Welling, filed a complaint on April 26 with the Election Commission alleging he was assaulted on April 2 by two or more men “believed” to have been sent to his home by former Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., who is running for chief. 

According to McManus’ complaint, the men told him to remove Facebook comments supporting chief candidate David Walkingstick, “then demanded” he vote for Hoskin.

In the complaint, McManus described the assault as “a deliberate attempt to suppress” his “constitutional right to freedom of speech and to influence the election in favor of Chuck Hoskin Jr.” But during an investigation, McManus indicated his complaint was embellished to include references to Hoskin and his campaign.

“McManus told the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service that he never implicated Chuck Hoskin Jr. or his campaign in the assault,” states an April 29 report from the attorney general’s office.

An incident report filed with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office on April 5, indicates the alleged assault occurred around 1:45 a.m. McManus told Deputy Nick Chute that he was awakened “by someone banging” on his front door, which he opened.

“McManus stated that he was told to take everything off of Facebook about ‘Chuck’ and McManus responded by saying, ‘f— Chuck,’” Chute’s report states. “McManus stated that he was hit in the head by an unknown object, and he fell backward on his couch and one of the individuals was on top of him continuing to hit him in the face and head area.”

McManus claimed in the report that his aggressor repeatedly said “vote for Chuck.”

“McManus stated that he thinks he blacked out,” the report states, “and when he came to he saw them leaving down his driveway and he grabbed his 12 gauge shotgun and fired two shots at the truck as it was leaving.”

McManus referenced the alleged assault later in a Facebook post that was shared by Dist. 3 Tribal Council candidate Jim Cosby, who commented, “My buddy Chooch got jumped by some Hoskin thugs for posting election stuff supporting Stick. Be careful out there.”

The attorney general’s report states McManus said he agreed to file the complaint at Walkingstick’s request, then traveled to Walkingstick campaign headquarters where “employee Luke Harshaw typed a complaint for him to sign.”

“McManus stated he did not read the complaint before he signed it,” the attorney general’s report states. “He further stated that he was not making allegations that Hoskin individually or the Hoskin campaign sent individuals to assault him.”

When interviewed by phone, Harshaw told authorities he typed the complaint, the report states.

“Mr. Harshaw alleged that McManus said the individuals who assaulted him were ‘with Hoskin,’” the report states. “Mr. Harshaw admitted that McManus did not say the individuals were ‘with Chuck’s campaign.’”

The CNMS concluded there was no evidence to support claims that either Hoskin or his campaign had knowledge of, or condoned, the alleged assault. There was also no evidence of an attempt to suppress McManus’ constitutional right to freedom of speech or to influence the election in favor of Hoskin, the report states.

“The Office of the Attorney General agrees with this finding, that the complaint filed with the Election Commission was false and the statement of the complaining witness was misquoted,” the attorney general’s report stated. “The Office of the Attorney General considers this matter closed.”

Hoskin, in a statement, wrote “The actions taken by the Walkingstick campaign are truly disgusting. All manner of things are said in the heat of a campaign, but to coerce and file a false statement they know to be a lie is a blatant attempt to steal this election through unquestionable fraud. Talking about my record is fair game. Concocting false criminal accusations about phony acts of physical violence in an attempt to steal an election is a stain on Cherokee Nation. Councilor Walkingstick should immediately fire Luke Harshaw, the campaign manager who filed this false and defamatory claim. The Cherokee Nation Marshal determined that it was Walkingstick himself who first called Mr. McManus and asked him to file a complaint. Walkingstick should now disclose all the involvement he had in this scheme. Cherokee Citizens deserve better. Both Mr. Walkingstick and Mr. Harshaw — as Cherokee Citizens — should be ashamed. Cherokee Nation deserves better than this. Mr. Walkingstick should know that’s not the Cherokee way.” 

In a May 3 email, the Walkingstick campaign sent the following response: 

“Mr. McManus filed a police report with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department in early April, made multiple statements to friends, and Facebook posts that were all consistent. There were clear and visible wounds on Mr. McManus that were apparently taken on the night of the attack. As reports break and the Cherokee Nation Election Commission acknowledges the filing of ethics complaints against Attorney General Todd Hembree for hiding donations to Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Bryan Warner’s campaigns under his wife’s name, he has been allowed by the Baker administration and the Election Commission under his job title to ‘clear’ his political crony to try to assure his own job security in the future,” the email states. “After a Cherokee citizen was assaulted and the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department continued their investigation, the Cherokee Phoenix – whose Executive Editor is the nephew of the Attorney General Todd Hembree and which is partially funded by the Cherokee Nation – printed this lopsided article and puts lives at risk. I call upon the Cherokee people to ask for the removal of Attorney General Todd Hembree from all election activities and 'investigations' and for the Cherokee Phoenix to begin fair and accurate reporting on ALL complaints. If not, the Cherokee people must call the Bureau of Indian Affairs at (202) 208-5116 to demand that a free and fair election takes place in the Cherokee Nation.”

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Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Celebrates 27th Annual Sovereignty Day

NATIVE KNOT - May 7, 2019 - 1:00am

Four-mile commemorative walk symbolizes the 1992 protest march from Fort McDowell Casino to the Arizona State Capitol, a critical part of the Tribe’s non-violent standoff that paved the way for Indian Gaming in Arizona


 


FORT MCDOWELL, Ariz. —  On Friday, May 10, the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation will hold its 27th annual Sovereignty Day Celebration commemorating one of the most important days in Fort McDowell’s history.


A historically significant highlight of the morning-long event will be a four-mile commemorative walk starting at 7:15 a.m. from the Fort McDowell Parks and Recreation Complex to the We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center that emulates the 1992 protest march from Fort McDowell Casino to the Arizona State Capitol.  The walk will be followed by an informative program, luncheon, and entertainment.


Twenty-seven years ago, 25 to 50 federal agents and U.S. marshals raided the Fort McDowell Gaming Center. Before they could leave with the 349 slot machines they had confiscated, more than 100 Tribal members, community members, casino employees, and casino guests blockaded the only road out. The subsequent three-week non-violent standoff culminated in the state signing compacts with Arizona tribes – paving the way for Indian Gaming throughout the state.


“Every year, we celebrate our parents, grandparents, friends and other tribal members who so valiantly – and peacefully – deterred the efforts of government officials to attack our Tribal Sovereignty and self-determination,” said Bernadine Burnette, president of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.  “Their dedication, tenacity and firm belief in preserving what rightfully belonged to us have sculpted not only our Tribal Council and members but the entire landscape of Arizona gaming. This is indeed a proud day for the Yavapai people.”


Since that fateful event in 1992, the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation has continued to prosper, give back to the community, and celebrate their rich heritage.  Their resilient, progressive spirit will be further evinced next year when they unveil a brand new multi-million-dollar, state-of-the-art casino adjacent to the We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center in summer 2020.

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100 Local Native American Graduates to be Recognized on May 8 at the National Orange Show

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - May 7, 2019 - 12:50am


Terry Goedel (Yakama/Tulalip), world champion hoop dancer, will perform. (Photo by Heard Museum)

Published May 7, 2019

SAN BERNADINO, Calif.  — To support the learning and success of local Native American students – from kindergarten to college graduation – the Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc. Native American Resource Center is hosting the 8th annual Native American Student Recognition Dinner at the National Orange Show. This celebration is made possible through partnership with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and area schools including University of Redlands, University of California, Riverside (UCR), California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), Claremont Graduate University, Noli Indian School, San Bernardino City Unified School District and Banning Unified School District. Joshua Gonzales, director of Native American Student Programs at UCR, will serve as the event’s emcee.

The highlight of the evening is the special celebratory entertainment that commemorates Native traditions. Terry Goedel, who has been performing the Native American Hoop Dance for over 45 years and is a seven-time World Hoop Dance Champion, will perform a traditional hoop dance with his daughter. In addition, the Bearspring Dance Group will perform a pow wow exhibition dance.

More than 400 people are expected to attend, including San Manuel Tribal members, local dignitaries, parents, educators and graduating seniors.

LOCATION:         NATIONAL ORANGE SHOW – RENAISSANCE ROOM

930 South Arrowhead Avenue, Gate 9 • San Bernardino, CA 92408

DATE/TIME:         Wednesday, May 8, 2019

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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New Westminster votes to remove statue of Judge Begbie from courthouse grounds

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 7, 2019 - 12:08am
JUDGE BEGBIE STATUE REMOVAL

The city will "engage in a conversation with the Tsilhqot'in Nation about the history and legacy of Judge Begbie," and work with the Tsilhqot'in and New Westminster community to "find an appropriate place for the statue." 

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13 Grants Awarded for Native Language Immersion Programs

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - May 7, 2019 - 12:01am

Published May 7, 2019

WASHINGTON — Thirteen Native language immersion programs will receive funding to expand and support language and culture education programs within tribal communities through an ongoing partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and First Nations Development Institute (First Nations).

First Nations, a Native-led nonprofit that invests in institutions and models that support economic development and sustain cultural knowledge and practices within Native American communities, has announced grants to thirteen American Indian and Alaska Native language programs. Each program will receive up to $90,000 for curriculum development, technology access, and the recruitment and training of language teachers.

This is the second round of grants awarded through the Native Language Immersion Initiative, a three-year language revitalization project supported by $2.1 million in NEH funding, matched by First Nations. Additional funding for the initiative was provided by Kalliopeia Foundation, Lannan Foundation, and NoVo Foundation.

“Every language that is lost represents the loss of history, knowledge, and identity,” said NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede. “Through this initiative, the National Endowment for the Humanities is committed to helping Native American organizations and communities protect and revitalize the languages that are an essential part of their cultural heritage.”

The United Nations recently declared 2019 The International Year of Indigenous Languages to increase awareness and appreciation of indigenous languages and their contributions to the world’s rich cultural diversity. There are currently approximately 150 Native languages spoken in the U.S., many of them spoken only by a small number of elders. Without intervention, many of these languages are expected to disappear within the next 50 to 100 years, a significant loss of cultural heritage. Through this initiative, NEH and First Nations seek to stem the loss of indigenous languages and cultures by training new generations of Native American language speakers, and by establishing infrastructure and models for immersive Native-language programs that may be replicated in other communities.

The application period for the third round of the Native Language Immersion Initiative grants is currently open, with an application deadline of May 30, 2019. Application information is available at the First Nations Development Institute website. Additionally, First Nations will conduct two free Q&A webinars for potential applicants to learn more about the program and eligibility requirements on May 8 and 14.

 

The grantees are:

  • Chickaloon Native Village, Chickaloon, Alaska, $90,000. The project will expand upon current efforts to revitalize the Ahtna language at the Ya Ne Dah Ah or “Ancient Teachings” Tribal School. With this grant, the tribe will create new culture and language curriculum to meet Alaska’s requirements in the areas of history, science, and social studies.
  • Euchee Yuchi Language Project, Inc., Sapulpa, Oklahoma, $90,000. The project will restore the vitality of the Yuchi language though The Yuchi House, a year-round language-immersion program for students grades K-12. Additionally, this grant will be used to produce an archive of Yuchi language videos and assist with tribal language instructor certification.
  • Friends of the Akwesasne Freedom School, Rooseveltown, New York, $89,320. This teacher training program will increase the capacity of current and new teachers of the K’anienkeha (Mohawk) language. Master language educators will develop a training program for 10 new elementary school teachers and teacher aides that focuses on the Akwesasne Freedom School’s unique language curriculum.
  • Keres Children’s Learning Center, Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico, $90,000. This project will provide expansive professional development to nine teachers through one-on-one and group training sessions on language acquisition, language immersion, cultural knowledge, and advocacy. Additionally, this funding will be used to purchase supplies and other materials for elementary classrooms that have recently doubled in size.
  • Nisqually Indian Tribe, Olympia, Washington, $70,836. This project will help preserve and promote tribal traditions through the development of a Nisqually Lushootseed-specific language curriculum. With this grant, the tribe will develop and publish 200 new resources, including Lushootseed alphabet and language books. Additionally, the tribe will train up to four more Lushootseed language teachers and create a Lushootseed font application.
  • Northern Arapaho Tribe, Fort Washakie, Wyoming, $90,000. This project will support the development of a master-apprentice language program to educate and empower Northern Arapaho tribal members. Tribal elders will develop Arapaho language curriculum (i.e., Arapaho words, phrases, stories, history, and conversational pieces) that they will share with prospective Arapaho language teachers who will, in turn, share that knowledge with students.
  • Oneida Nation, Oneida, Wisconsin, $89,954. This project will increase the number of proficient first-language speakers within the Oneida community by creating an immersion-only classroom that utilizes the current Onˆyote′aka Tsi Nitwawˆnotˆ and Head Start “As it Happens” curriculum. Twenty students will participate in this language program. Their parents are also required to attend bi-monthly classes and pass a basic assessment to foster an at-home language environment for their children.
  • Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, $90,000. This project will build the organizational and professional capacity of the Yaqui Language Immersion Program. Eleven teachers will engage in the study and practicum for their professional development as language instructors.
  • Salish School of Spokane, Spokane, Washington, $90,000. This project will provide Salish training to four interns recruited and hired from among parents of current students at the Salish School of Spokane. Interns will participate in 60 hours of evening/weekend Salish classes per year, with the goal of eventually hiring them as Salish immersion instructors.
  • Standing Rock Community Development Corporation, Fort Yates, South Dakota, $90,000. The project will utilize the newly created immersion curriculum to pilot educational best practices in the classroom, create an immersion teacher training strategy, increase access to high-quality professional development, and leverage existing staff and resources to transition from a program of Sitting Bull College to a community serving school through the Standing Rock Community Development Corporation.
  • Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation, Porcupine, South Dakota, $90,000. This project will provide 26 language instructors with professional development training. Additionally, this grant will be used to open a second Lakota Immersion Childcare Center to provide immersion education to 15 more Lakota students.
  • Wolakota Waldorf Society, Kyle, South Dakota, $86,174. This project will utilize new and existing resources to provide language immersion to 50 to 60 children in grades K-8. With this grant, it will set up an outdoor classroom to introduce students to indigenous plants. It will develop curriculum to teach words and phrases about traditional plants, fruits, tools, and ecology. It will also be used to provide professional development training, and encourage parent and community engagement.
  • Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project, Mashpee, Massachusetts, $90,000. This project lays the groundwork to expand the Wôpanâak’s language immersion school to the 8th grade. The school currently serves students from pre-K through 4th grade. With this grant, the school will partner with five regional colleges and universities to provide comprehensive state and tribal language teacher certification. This will allow the school to recruit and hire new language teachers.

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Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Lucky Star Casino Watonga Hotel & Convention Center

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - May 7, 2019 - 12:00am

Published May 7, 2019

WATONGA, Okla. After many years of discussion, planning and hard work, today, Wednesday, May 3, 2019, a groundbreaking ceremony for the Lucky Star Casino Watonga Hotel & Convention Center was held in Watonga, OK.  This is the first hotel for the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes.

“Today was an exciting day for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes as well as for the community of Watonga,” Governor Reggie Wassana said. “The new expansion will greatly benefit and enhance the community for gaming and future development that includes a 80 room hotel, restaurant, bar and conference center that should attract many players, visitors and help spur economic development in the local area.”

This $25 million hotel, casino and conference center as part of an extensive expansion of the Watonga Lucky Star Casino location.

Lucky Star Casinos CEO Charlie Welbourne, Lucky Star Casinos CFO Stephanie Black, Gov. Reggie Wassana and Lucky Star Casinos COO Andy Rednose

This legacy project includes the addition of a five-story hotel comprised of 80 guest rooms, a hospitality suite, full-service restaurant, a 300-person capacity conference center, retail space, and a gaming floor with accommodations for 400 slot machines. This iconic build will be a “Castle on the Prairie” representing the spirit of the project and cultures of the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes. The estimated completion is approximately 18 months with a grand opening slated for the summer of 2020.

Special features include:

●        Front entrance canopy inspired by the tipis of the Cheyenne & Arapaho seal

●        Main entrance lobby incorporating stylized tipi with sculptural ceiling element resembling fire and smoke

●        Buffalo concept will be a prominent tribute piece throughout the project to convey the tribes’ reverence and reliance on this sacred animal

●        Casino ceilings represent views to night sky

●        Photographs of tribal members and the Cheyenne and Arapaho cultures will be a portal into the Tribe’s history

●        Hotel’s carpet concept is a tribute to a herd of buffalo

●        Traditional colors and patterns utilized throughout the interior design

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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to Hold Oversight Hearing on the President’s FY2020 Budget Request for Indian Programs

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - May 7, 2019 - 12:00am

Published May 7, 2019

WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 2:30 PM EDT, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a committee oversight hearing titled “The President’s FY2020 Budget Request for Indian Programs.”

DETAILS:

WHAT:         A committee oversight hearing titled “The President’s FY2020 Budget Request for Indian Programs”

WHEN:         2:30 PM EDT, Wednesday, May 8, 2019

WHERE:      628 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Live video and written testimony for the oversight hearing will be provided here.

WITNESSES FOR HEARING:

THE HONORABLE TARA MAC LEAN SWEENEY, Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC

REAR ADMIRAL CHRIS BUCHANAN, Deputy Director, Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD

THE HONORABLE JEFFERSON KEEL, President, National Congress of American Indians, Washington, DC

THE HONORABLE ANDREW JOSEPH JR., Portland Area Representative, National Indian Health Board, Washington, DC

 

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Amidst Violent Invasions of Indigenous Communities in Brazil, Haaland, Johnson Call on State Department to Take Action to Prevent Human Rights Violations

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - May 7, 2019 - 12:00am

Published May 7, 2019

54 Members of Congress sign onto letter to protect indigenous, Afro-Brazilian communities from

Rep. Haaland, the first female American Indian to ever prside over a debate in Congress at the Speaker’s chair.

human rights atrocities

WASHINGTON – Amidst violent invasions of indigenous communities in Brazil, U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland (NM-01) and Hank Johnson (GA-04) sent a letter signed by 54 members of Congress calling on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to take action to prevent further human rights violations of indigenous and Afro-Brazilian communities.

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, who has been called the “Trump of the Tropics” has already begun taking steps to strip rights and authorities from indigenous peoples and the institutions that serve them. Brazil’s indigenous and Afro-Brazilian communities are protesting these actions facing great personal harm. As of yesterday, numerous organizations and businesses have backed out of participating in or sponsoring the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce’s Person of the Year Awards Gala Dinner honoring Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, at which Pompeo will also be receiving an award, following critics’ concerns with Bolsonaro’s racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments and policies.

In the letter, the Congressmembers wrote, “Human rights protection for indigenous peoples, Afro-Brazilians, and all other sectors of civil society must be at the forefront of the United States’ relationship with Brazil.”

Brazil is the deadliest country for activists and defenders of the land and environment. According to the NGO Global Witness, in 2017 alone there were 57 murders of indigenous leaders, community activists and environmentalists. Indigenous leaders and community members are similarly facing increased threats, attacks, and killings from miners, loggers, and land invaders. 

The Members continued, “Diplomats at the U.S. embassy in Brazil, including the U.S. ambassador and human rights officer, should voice support for threatened activists, including environmentalists, indigenous representatives, and Afro-Brazilians, and should express concerns about human rights defenders’ protections to the relevant agencies of the Brazilian government.”

The full letter is available here.

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2019 Native American Mother’s Day Gift Guide

POWWOWS.COM - May 6, 2019 - 8:18pm

2019 Native American Mother’s Day Gift GuideAre you looking for a special way to show gratitude to your mom, aunties, grandma or other mother-figure in your life this Mother's Day? Look no further as I've found some pretty sweet and unique gifts from across Turtle Island!.....

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5 victims of tragic house fire in northwestern Ontario First Nation identified

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 6, 2019 - 5:17pm
KI First Nation

The four children and one woman who died in a tragic early morning house fire in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation in northwestern Ontario, also known as Big Trout Lake, on Thursday have been identified, the community stated in a written release Monday.

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EPA Ordered To Implement Landfill Emissions Rule

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 6, 2019 - 4:47pm
A California federal judge ruled Monday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency failed to comply with its "nondiscretionary obligations" under the Clean Air Act to implement Obama-era regulations aimed at reducing emissions from landfills, ordering the agency to take action on the issue.

Wash., Tribes Look To Block Bid To Upend CERCLA Ruling

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 6, 2019 - 4:46pm
Washington state and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to rebuff a Canadian mining giant's bid to escape liability for releasing waste in the Columbia River, saying a Ninth Circuit ruling doesn't spell trouble for resolving international pollution battles.

Bipartisan Bill to Reauthorize Tribal College Funding Introduced in Senate

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - May 6, 2019 - 3:58pm

The nation’s 37 tribal colleges and universities (TCUs), which collectively are the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), applaud Senators Doug Jones (D-AL) and Tim Scott (R-SC) for introducing the bipartisan Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act (S.

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'The system is broken,' Ontario First Nations firefighters say of fire protection in Indigenous communities

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 6, 2019 - 3:32pm
Matthew Miller

The head of an Ontario organization representing firefighters in Indigenous communities says the current system that dictates how fire protection is handled in First Nations is woefully inadequate and needs to be rebuilt.

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Conn. Tribe Hit With ERISA Suit Over Disability Benefits

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 6, 2019 - 3:26pm
A former Foxwoods Resort Casino dealer sued the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and Hartford Insurance Co. Monday, claiming she has improperly been denied long-term disability benefits in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

Suit Over Indian Child Welfare Act Still Viable, Justices Told

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 6, 2019 - 3:07pm
Several sets of adoptive parents urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to hear their bid to revive a proposed class action alleging that parts of the Indian Child Welfare Act are racially discriminatory, saying there's a circuit split over whether civil rights claims should survive when an injunction is no longer needed.

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