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'It does get hot': A peek inside a Mi'kmaq sweat lodge

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 27, 2019 - 6:00am
Sweat lodge

In a small enclave at the far end of the Abegweit First Nation reserve, about 20 kilometres northeast of Charlottetown, sits a tent-like structure covered with a green tarp and heavy blanket. It’s the local sweat lodge, where Mi’kmaq elder Junior Peter-Paul and others gather every Sunday for a ceremony.

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Keepers of the Language: South Slavey is a lifelong gift for host of CBC's Dehcho Dene

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 27, 2019 - 5:00am
Peter Hope May 2019

Even though English became a part of Peter Hope's life, he never forgot how to speak South Slavey. Hope says growing up in Fort Simpson, nearly everyone spoke the language. 'It was a gift. It was there.'

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Mother Earth graces lawn at University of Ottawa

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 27, 2019 - 4:00am
Mother Earth

The 2.5-metre-tall sculpture stands in front of Tabaret Hall as reminder of Indigenous culture on campus — a recognition some say has been lacking.

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George Lopez to Perform at the Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - October 27, 2019 - 1:25am

George Lopez

Published October 27, 2019

FORT HALL, IDAHO —The Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel is excited to announce that George Lopez will be performing Live on the stage in the Chiefs Event Center on Saturday, January 18, 2020.

George Lopez’s multi-faceted career encompasses television, film, standup comedy, and latenight television. Lopez is currently on his stand-up comedy tour, The Wall World Tour, across the country. He also recently completed his standup comedy tour, The Comedy Get Down, with Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, and Cedric the Entertainer. The comedians also debuted their BET scripted comedy series based on their tour.

Lopez will next be seen in the film El Chicano, releasing on May 3rd alongside Raúl Castillo, Aimee Garcia, and Emilio Rivera. He is also set to star in Walking with Herb opposite Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell. The faith-based film is inspired by Joe S. Bullock’s novel of the same name.With two shows on January 18, 2020, 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm, tickets are now on sale. Tickets can be purchased online.

Upcoming Entertainment

Monster Cash Halloween Party
October 26, 2019 | 6:00 pm

16th Annual Veterans Day Powwow
November 9, 2019 | 12:00 pm

Urban Cowboy Reunion with Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee
November 22, 2019 | 8:00 pm

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2nd Annual Boarding School Healing Conference: Honoring Native Survivance

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - October 27, 2019 - 12:26am

Published October 27, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS — The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABSHC) wishes to invite boarding school survivors to attend the 2nd Annual Boarding School Healing Conference: Honoring Native Survivance.

If you are a boarding school survivor from Indian boarding schools in the U.S. prior to 1970, the NABSHC encourages you to consider applying for a scholarship from NABSHC that will cover registration (Breakfast and Lunch included), airfare, hotel, and ground transportation.

There are only ten (10) Survivor Scholarships available.

All applications are due by Friday, November 1, 2019, and will be reviewed and responded to by November 7, 2019. Click here to complete your application today!

CLICK HERE to learn more about this important conference.

 

 

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Call for Native American Artists for 2020 Artesian Arts Festival

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - October 27, 2019 - 12:00am

Published October 27, 2019

SULPHUR, Okla. — The 7th Annual Artesian Arts Festival is seeking applications from all Native American artists for the 2020 festival, set Saturday, May 23, in Sulphur, Oklahoma.

Deadline to submit an application is Friday, Nov. 29.

Open to artists from all federally recognized tribes, artists will compete in a juried competition in as many as 21 categories. Artists will be notified of jury selection by mail and email.

Artists must be at least 18 years old and present documentation of citizenship in a federally recognized Native American tribe.

Cash awards will be presented for first, second and third place in each category, including Best of 2-D, 3-D, Best of Show and Best of Cultural.

The Artesian Arts Festival is hosted and sponsored by the Chickasaw Nation as a community celebration of Native American fine art and artists.

The festival features a variety of visual art including paintings, basketry, jewelry, sculpture, metalworking, beadwork, textiles and pottery.

Other attractions include Native American dance demonstrations, a children’s tent, an elders’ market area, artist talks and demonstrations, and more than half a dozen live music performances.

The Artesian Arts Festival is open to the public at no charge. It welcomed nearly 11,000 attendees to last year’s festival and featured accomplished artists representing more than 20 tribes from 12 states.

The event takes place primarily at the Artesian Plaza, located adjacent to the Artesian Hotel and Spa, 1001 W. First St., Sulphur. It spans W. Muskogee Avenue from Division Street to W. Fourth Street.

Application forms, entry rules and additional information can be found on the Chickasaw Nation website at Chickasaw.net/ArtesianFest.

For more information, contact the Chickasaw Nation Arts & Humanities Division at (580) 272-5520 or email ArtistInfo@Chickasaw.net.

About the Artesian Arts Festival

Hosted by the Chickasaw Nation, the Artesian Arts Festival spotlights prominent Native artists from across the country and celebrates Native American fine art.

A vast selection of visual art including paintings, basketry, jewelry, sculpture, metalworking, beadwork, textiles and pottery are featured at the Artesian Arts Festival.

A wide variety of musical entertainment, tribal dance demonstrations, art talks and food vendors is also planned.

The Artesian Arts Festival is open to the public at no charge. It welcomed nearly 11,000 attendees to last year’s festival and featured accomplished artists representing more than 20 tribes from 12 states.

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NFB, CFC Media Lab and the Ford Foundation launch VR doc lab OPEN IMMERSION II

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - October 27, 2019 - 12:00am

Published October 27, 2019

An immersive VR lab and residency for Indigenous artists from across Turtle Island

TORONTO, Canada — The National Film Board of Canada (NFB), the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab (CFC Media Lab) and JustFilms | Ford Foundation have come together to launch OPEN IMMERSION II, a documentary VR lab for Indigenous creators. This project follows the success of the inaugural OPEN IMMERSION lab in 2016, which supported knowledge exchange between diverse artists from Canada and the United States. OPEN IMMERSION II will include cutting-edge technical training, pitching and mentorship opportunities, and develop strategies for enhanced dissemination of Indigenous-helmed VR work.

OPEN IMMERSION II will bring together Indigenous artists working in VR from across Turtle Island (Canada, the United States and Mexico). The lab will run throughout 2020. Selected candidates will participate in an intensive residency in Toronto, followed by a longer-term virtual lab that will include mentorship, skills-development and prototyping support. Inter-program collaborations will unfold throughout the lab, which will culminate in a forum at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in October 2020, where participants will share their findings.

One of the project’s overarching goals is to better understand existing VR ecosystems and bridge key relationships between Indigenous artists and international institutions and organizations. To this end, lab research will be compiled into a report to be presented at the imagineNATIVE festival. Taking inspiration from the 2019 imagineNATIVE On Screen Protocols & Pathways publication, the OPEN IMMERSION II document will present a set of VR-specific protocols that reflect aesthetic, ethical and access considerations.

More info and details to come in 2020.

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Navajo Nation President Nez: NTEC Deliberately Created to be Independent

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - October 27, 2019 - 12:00am

Navajo Times | Donovan Quintero
President Johathan Nez gives the state of the Navajo Nation speech on Monday to the fall session of the Navajo Nation Council and answers questions from the delegates.

Published October 27, 2019

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The previous Navajo Nation Council created Navajo Transitional Energy Company so politics wouldn’t interfere with the Nation’s pursuit of energy independence, President Jonathan Nez told the 24th Navajo Nation Council during his state of the nation address Monday.

Speaking during the first day of the fall session, Nez was questioned about NTEC and its acquisition of the Cloud Peak Energy mines in Wyoming and Montana.

“They were granted certain authority,” said Nez of NTEC, an enterprise of the tribe. “Maybe if they did it right they would have a good standing.”

Nez has stated before that he was left in the dark when it came to NTEC’s purchase of the three coal mines from a bankrupt company. Nez did not include NTEC in his report, but did answer questions.

Budget and Finance Committee member Amber Crotty said although she is appreciative of Nez’s speech, she had wanted to hear information on NTEC and other enterprises.

“That is something literally missing … what is happening with enterprises in terms of where do they move forward with some of these acquisitions?” said Crotty.

“I remind all enterprises the goal is to separate politics from business,” she said. “But if you were created here by Council and signed into law by the president, maybe we need to reevaluate how we create these enterprises, and how the board is accountable to the people, and how the shareholders provide that information.”

Before he gave his report, the Council voted to add to its agenda an emergency bill to terminate NTEC’s general indemnity agreements.

Although the issue of NTEC did start a discourse, lawmakers also questioned other issues that they felt needed attention from Nez. Delegate Carl Slater questioned the recent closure of the Chinle airstrip due to asphalt deterioration and said this closure is unacceptable.

“I cannot stress just how important for DOT and the administration to get this going again,” said Slater. “It’s the busiest airport on the Nation. The primary users are emergency evacuations from our IHS facilities in order to take better care of our citizens.”

Due to the weather they will speed the repairs needed for the airstrip but this will only be a temporary fix. In 2022, the Nation will be receiving grants that will go toward fixing the airport completely, said Nez.

Delegate Paul Begay said regarding tourism that after reading that Antelope Point is considered one of the top tourist destinations in the region, he wondered how Navajo, especially Western Agency, can capitalize on this rather than losing out to border towns such as Page.

“This would be the time to get the whole Navajo Nation support, president support, legislative and even justice support to help Western Navajo grow,” said Begay. “Page is getting all the dollars that the tourists bring in. We need restaurants, culture centers, and hotels on our side so we can grow. We need a major plan to be put into place over there.”

One possibility is for the Navajo Nation is to have its own travel agency, answered Nez.

“If we are a sovereign Nation we should be able to regulate our resource here on Navajo Nation,” said Nez.

Delegate Charlaine Tso said her constituents have always said, “We are the forgotten Navajos.”

She said her area of Mexican Water, Aneth, Teec Nos Pos, Tolikan and Red Mesa has truly been neglected for the past few decades.

“I’m hoping you will direct some attention and assistance there,” said Tso. “A lot of our Navajos have been mistreated. You are a Utah Navajo too. You represent that to a degree, you’ve stated. You went to Utah to campaign … promises were made. I’m hoping we can get resources out there.”

In response, Nez said he’s well aware that there are communities that feel they’ve been forgotten and he has traveled to Utah and met with all nine chapters to discuss public safety and roads. They will be having another meeting in the near future, he said.

“While we are on the subject of San Juan County, Utah, I want to urge the residents to vote ‘no’ in November to have a study group to start planning to divide the county,” said Nez.

“It’s now time for the county to come together and work together,” he said. “I know our current Navajo county commissioners are not going to discriminate. They are looking at all the best interest of the county.”

Vice President Myron Lizer and his wife Dottie Lizer are away celebrating their 29th wedding anniversary and with Nez were his chief of staff, Paulson Chaco, and first lady Phefelia Nez.

In the 23-page address, Nez included his war on diabetes initiative and the unsuccessful $50 million scholarship bill, which was referred back to the Budget and Finance Committee, as well as the bill tocreate an energy office.

His report also mentioned a meeting with Shiprock Chapter President Duane “Chili” Yazzie and New Mexico State Rep. Anthony Allison about a women’s shelter to be used as an assisted-living home for elders.

On Oct. 13 the Shiprock Chapter passed a resolution supporting this endeavor. Recently the Nation purchased a women’s and children’s home nearby in Blanding, Utah, known as Gentle Ironhawk Shelter.

Regarding veterans, Chaco said that he has met each week with veterans’ organizations for over four months to discuss their concerns, such as delays in getting assistance checks.

“How do we address issuing those veterans’ checks quickly?” asked Chaco. “We have been working with the Veterans Advisory Council, we have proposed a legislation to HEHSC (Health, Education and Humnan Services Committee). This includes the overhaul of the Veterans’ Trust Fund.”

Nez also listed the “Navajo thaw” plan to launch a partnership with Native Builders LLC and Building Communities for infrastructure, community and economic development needs for the nine chapters collectively known as the Former Bennett Freeze Area.

“The door is open for you delegates to talk to us and to the division directors,” said Nez. “When we are here, we can make time to talk to you when we can.”

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by the Navajo Times. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

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Sheshatshiu grieves woman, 20, who drowned in Lake Melville

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 26, 2019 - 4:09pm
Sheshatshiu search

Dozens of volunteers spent Saturday searching the water a woman who was reported missing at 1:30 a.m.

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Native American Girl Volleyball Players Called “Savages” during Volleyball Tournament

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - October 26, 2019 - 10:45am

Salt River High School’s girls varsity volleyball team. Photograph from school’s website.

Published October 26, 2019

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Salt River High School is located on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, near Phoenix, Arizona.

On Tuesday, the Salt River High School’s girls varsity volleyball team traveled to Anthem, Arizona to compete in a playoff match against the Caurus Academy charter school. During the match, the crowd began to heckle the Salt River players with racist gestures and war chants.

The unruly and racist crowd imitated traditional American Indian dances and performed the so-called tomahawk chop. Some even yelled out the racist term, “savages” to the girls.

The match was halted at the beginning of the fourth set and rescheduled for Friday afternoon at Desert Heights Prep Academy, a neutral campus.

The Canyon Athletic Association (CAA) investigated the Tuesday racist incident. In a statement, the CAA said they and “our member schools do not support racial discrimination in any form.”

The CAA reviewed the findings of both schools’ investigations, and decided it wouldn’t assign any sanctions to either school.

 

 

 

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Categories: UNITED STATES

'Oil is secured,' tweets president as US troops have new Syria mission

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - October 26, 2019 - 10:14am

Defense Secretary: US troops, armored vehicles going to Syria oil fields

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Top 10 Stories: What Indian Country read this past week as of October 26, 2019

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - October 26, 2019 - 9:51am

These are the top stories accessed by our readers from the past week

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Presidential perk: That first pitch

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - October 26, 2019 - 9:46am

Houston Astros win game 3 in the World Series

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Russian agent Maria Butina returns to Moscow after US deportation

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - October 26, 2019 - 9:23am

Her lawyers said Friday that she was not a spy; they cast the crime as more technical than substantive

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McMurray Métis want council to publicly apologize for eviction in 1970s

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 26, 2019 - 9:00am
Moccassin flats

The McMurray Métis are looking for action from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo for the relocation and eviction of at least 14 Indigenous families in the late 1970s.

Categories: CANADA

Federal court: White House and Justice 'openly stonewalling' Congress

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - October 26, 2019 - 8:59am

House Democrats get a legal victory in impeachment inquiry

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For sale? Trump hotel in DC

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - October 26, 2019 - 8:40am

Trump Organization says it will consider offers to buy out the 60-year lease

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When will it matter? US deficit hits nearly $1 trillion

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - October 26, 2019 - 8:34am

Deficit will likely top $1 trillion over the next decade

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Microsoft wins $10 billion 'war cloud' deal from Pentagon

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - October 26, 2019 - 8:27am

Tech giants Amazon, Oracle and IBM also competed for project

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'Just too darn old.' Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden confront age concerns

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - October 26, 2019 - 8:20am

Biden and Sanders would be older on their first day in office than Ronald Reagan was on his last.

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