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'I am Inuk': Natan Obed on his complicated childhood, challenging questions and Nunavut's future

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 7, 2019 - 9:00am
Natan Obed, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

Natan Obed can count on one hand the number of times he's been angry. This, despite the fact that the president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami has been called out for "not being Inuk enough," for not speaking Inuktitut fluently, and for growing up in the United States. 

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National Indian Council on Aging Asking You to Take Survey

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

Published April 7, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The National Indian Council on Aging has launched a new online survey for caregivers of older adults and we want to hear from you. If you’re caring for an aging spouse, partner, family member or friend, you may need support. The Caregiving Community Survey was developed to better identify the needs of caregivers.

This mobile-friendly survey is for adults 18 years of age and older who provide ongoing help without pay to a relative, partner, friend or neighbor who is 55 years of age or older and needs assistance because of ongoing health problems or disabilities. The caregiver and the relative or friend getting help could live in the same household or in different households. They could live in the same city, different parts of the U.S., or another country. Ongoing help from afar can be done by telephone, mail, or email.

If you’re providing support to a spouse, partner, parent, grandparent, friend, neighbor, or other family member, please tell us about your experiences. You could win a $25 Target gift card for participating!

This anonymous survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and be used to develop tools to better meet the needs of caregivers in our communities. Your answers will be kept confidential and combined with about 800 other survey respondents.

The Caregiving Community Survey is being conducted by the Diverse Elders Coalition, a national advocacy coalition working to improve aging in communities of color, American Indian and Alaska Native communities, and LGBTQ communities. This research is generously supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation and has been developed in partnership with the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging.

If you’re caring for an older adult, you are not alone. We need your thoughts to create tools, resources, and programs to better support you. The Caregiving Community Survey ends May 10. Please feel free to share the survey via email and social media platforms.

For print copies, email the National Indian Council on Aging or call 505-292-2001.

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Chickasaw Cultural Center Welcomes Spring with Lineup of Community Events

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

Creations like this Chickasaw effigy pot shaped like a bear are among the attractions at the Native Pottery Market, April 27-28.

Published April 7, 2019

SULPHUR, Okla. — During the month of April, the Chickasaw Nation will host events open to the public at no charge at the Chickasaw Cultural Center, 867 Cooper Memorial Road.

Knowledge, health, community, nature, art and tribal libraries are on the calendar just in time for spring.

April’s opportunities are explained below, but more information can be found by visiting ChickasawCulturalCenter.com.

April 7-13 | National Library Week

The Chickasaw Nation will celebrate the significance of libraries during National Library Week Sunday, April 7, to Saturday, April 13, at the Chickasaw Cultural Center.

According to the American Library Association (ALA), National Library Week was first sponsored in 1958 by the ALA and libraries across the country. It is now observed each April as a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians, and to promote library use and support.

Special activities are planned throughout the week at the cultural center. Visitors can browse the rare book collection and artifacts on display, get hands on with make-and-take crafts or take advantage of the cultural center’s daily attractions.

Visitors will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a free book. Unique bookmarks depicting various historical events will be given away daily, and visitors can create their own bookmarks 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, April 13.

The Chickasaw Nation Tribal Library and Holisso Research Center are two libraries situated in the Chickasaw Nation allowing individuals to broaden their understanding of Chickasaw history and culture, while introducing visitors to many other resources.

The Chickasaw Nation Tribal Library in Ada, 1003 Chamber Loop, has something for all ages. The selection of books includes fiction, periodicals, children’s books, biographies, histories, magazines and general reference materials. Audiobooks and DVDs are also available.

A genealogist and cultural research specialist are on staff for anyone interested in researching the Dawes Commission rolls for ancestors or explore Chickasaw history and culture.

Chickasaw citizens and Chickasaw Nation employees living in the 74820 or 74821 ZIP code are eligible to obtain a library card. Genealogy and research services are open to all visitors at no charge.

The Holisso Research Center at the Chickasaw Cultural Center includes a library with a large variety of books focusing on the Chickasaw Nation and other Native American tribes.

Dawes Commission rolls, historical records, cemetery records, government records and family files are also located within the center.

The center is open to anyone interested in digging deeper into Native American life, history and culture.

April 20 | Inkana 5K Fun Run

The second annual Inkana Run, a partnership run between the Chickasaw National Recreation Area and the Chickasaw Nation, is planned for Saturday, April 20. The unsanctioned 1-mile fun run/walk and 5K run will start at 8 a.m.

The course will start at Veterans Lake and end on the Chickasaw Cultural Center campus. Participants should park at the Chickasaw Cultural Center and ride the provided shuttles to the starting point. The last shuttle bus will leave at 7:15 a.m.

The $25 entry fee will benefit the Chickasaw Foundation for the division of social services general education scholarship.

Pre-registration is due April 5 and guarantees participants a T-shirt. Contact Janet Milburn at Janet.Milburn@Chickasaw.net to pre-register or call (580) 470-2131 to be directed to the nearest pre-registration site.

On-site registration begins at 6:30 a.m. at the Chickasaw Cultural Center.

April 20 | Easter Celebration

The Easter Bunny has planned a visit to the annual Easter celebration 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 20, at the Chickasaw Cultural Center.

The bunny will pass out Easter totes to children and pose for photographs. Other festivities include games, make-and-take crafts, stomp dances and cultural demonstrations.

The family-friendly film “Hop” will be played at 11:30 a.m. and “Peter Rabbit” at 2:30 p.m. in the Anoli’ Theater.

April 20-28 | National Park Week

In recognition of National Park Week, the Chickasaw Cultural Center and the Chickasaw National Recreation Area (CNRA) have joined together to celebrate the natural springs, wildlife and lush foliage awaiting visitors at the CNRA.

Demonstrations and films are planned throughout the week of Saturday, April 20, to Sunday, April 28.

Episodes of “National Parks: America’s Best Idea” will be screened 2:30 p.m., April 20-28, at the cultural center’s Anoli’ Theater.

Park week is a good time to explore the Inkana Bridge, which connects the Chickasaw Cultural Center and the CNRA, offering access points near Veterans Lake and the traditional village.

For nearly 7,000 years, Native people seeking to relax and renew their spirit have cherished the springs that now form the CNRA.

The terrain at the CNRA is part of an ecotone in which the eastern deciduous forest meets the mixed-grass prairie. Because of this, a rich diversity of wildlife lives among the densely wooded areas, rugged slopes and rolling prairie lands.

Bison, white-tailed deer, bobcats and other wildlife may be observed, photographed and enjoyed by tourists who visit the park.

The property once belonged to the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations following removal to Indian Territory in the 1830s.

Recognizing that Oklahoma statehood was looming, tribal leaders turned over ownership of the land to the federal government in 1902 with the understanding it would be protected for future generations. It was called Sulphur Springs Reservation.

In 1906, Congress designated it as Platt National Park to honor a Connecticut lawmaker, Orville Platt, who sponsored legislation to protect the area. At the time, it was the nation’s seventh national park. It is the only national park to be established at the request of a Native American tribe.

In 1976, Congress renamed it the Chickasaw National Recreation Area.

April 27-28 | Native Pottery Market

Native potters from across the region will gather for the Native Pottery Market 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 27, and noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 28, at the Chickasaw Cultural Center.

In conjunction with the Native Pottery Market, the Chickasaw Cultural Center will host the Native Pottery Symposium in the Anoli’ Theater. This will be a learning experience, bridging academic and artistic perspectives on Native pottery, offering a series of talks which will shine a light on topics such as traditional pottery revitalization and the diverse methods and styles of modern Native potters.

The potters will have a wide variety of unique, hand-crafted pottery for sale and will feature live pottery demonstrations in the lobby of the Anoli’ Theater.

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USDA 2018 Farm Bill Tribal Consultation Announced

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

Published April 7, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is holding a tribal consultation to discuss the 2018 Farm Bill on May 1-2, 2019, in Washington, D.C. The USDA is seeking tribal input on rural development, farm production, conservation, risk management, trade, research, marketing, nutrition programs, natural resources and much more. Click here to view the agenda provided by the USDA.

The Native Farm Bill Coalition is supportive of in-person, government-to-government tribal consultations with the USDA. We encourage tribal leaders to participate in this consultation to provide your feedback and ensure the agency meets the needs of Indian Country as it works toward implementing the 2018 Farm Bill. USDA 2018 Farm Bill Consultation National Museum of the American Indian 300 Maryland Ave. NE, Room 4018/4019 Washington, D.C. 20002 Wednesday, May 1, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. To RSVP, email tribal.relations@osec.usda.gov with the following information:
  1. Name
  2. Tribe or organization name
  3. Title
  4. City and state
  5. Phone number
  6. Attending both days (Y/N)
  7. Issues you are interested in
You can also designate a proxy if you cannot attend. Please notify the Office of Tribal Relations (OTR) by April 24, 2019, using this proxy letter template. To prepare for the consultation, the Native Farm Bill Coalition will host a webinar later this month to highlight key areas that need additional advocacy. More information on the webinar is coming soon.

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Young Navajo Mother, a Police Officer, Trains to Rescue Hostages

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

Navajo Times | Donovan Quintero
Emergency Response Team member and Gallup Police Officer Luke Martin, left, is beaten to the ground by fellow officer Nicole Diswood during a rappelling competition on Friday.

Published April 7, 2019

GALLUP, N.M. — Her blood type, O-positive, is stitched into her ballistic Emergency Response Team vest — in case emergency personnel need to know as soon as possible.

The breeze is cold but that doesn’t bother Gallup Police Officer Nicole Diswood, 26, as she trains with seven other ERT officers making a vertical assault entry from the rooftop of a multiple-story building. After graduating from Farmington High, and serving in JROTC all four years of high school, Diswood enlisted and trained at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, to be part of the military police.

“I joined to get out of Farmington,” she said. “I wanted to travel and I wanted to be on my own.” More than eight years later, she serves with the New Mexico National Guard’s 126th Military Police Company.

She has worked as a welder’s helper and these have toughened her so the cold breeze does not faze her. The single mom of a 5-year-old boy wasn’t always jumping off edges of buildings strapped to a rope with a rifle in hand, training to rescue hostages from bad guys. Prior to becoming a police officer, she often wondered what she could do for her little family.

She worked many jobs, like waitressing and being a cashier, to support herself and her son. But working odd jobs wasn’t enough to put food on the table.

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

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Navajo Nation Secures Over $28 million from the State of New Mexico for Capital Outlay Projects

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

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez with New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham at the New
Mexico State Capitol on Feb. 1, 2019.

Published April 7, 2019

WINDOW ROCK — On Friday, the Navajo Nation successfully secured over $28 million in Capital Outlay Funds from the state of New Mexico as Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law S.B. 280, which was passed by the State Legislature in March. 

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer thanked Gov. Lujan Grisham and the state legislators that supported the projects, also thanked the 24th Navajo Nation Council for helping to advocate as well.

“The successful outcome is due to the combined advocacy efforts of the Office of the President and Vice President and the 24thNavajo Nation Council. Working together, we were able to meet with legislators and the Governor on several occasions to explain how these funds will benefit our communities,” said President Nez.

Included in the $28 million allocation is $2 million for renewable energy development, which may be used for a solar project at Paragon Ranch on the Navajo Nation, in accordance with a recent proclamation from the Nez-Lizer administration that proclaimed renewable energy development as the top energy priority for the Nation.

Also included is $3.1 million for a new justice center for the community of Shiprock and over $1 million for the design and development of a Navajo Code Talker museum, both of which President Nez and Vice President Lizer advocated strongly for.

“On behalf of the Navajo people, we offer our appreciation and gratitude to Governor Lujan Grisham and the members of the New Mexico State Legislature for supporting these much-needed infrastructure development projects,” said Vice President Lizer. “This represents one of the largest investments of Capital Outlay Funds for the Navajo Nation in recent history.”

The project listing for the Navajo Nation includes the following:



To’hajiilee Chapter Water System Improvements

$ 130,000

Baahaali Chapter House Renovation

$ 75,000

Baahaali Chapter Vehicle Purchase

$ 50,000

Baca/Prewitt Chapter Backhoe Purchase

$ 125,475

Bahast’lah Chapter Water Line Extend

$ 100

Becenti Chapter Veterans Center

$ 515,000

Blue Medicine Well Road Baahaali CHP

$ 100,000

Casamero Lake Chapter Cemetary Construction

$ 40,000

Casamero Lake Chapter Power Line Extend

$ 373,500

Casamero Lake Chapter Senior Center Construct

$ 70,000

Chee Dodge Elem School Access Improve – Rock Springs Chapter

$ 558,500

Chichiltah Chapter Bathroom Additions

$ 125,000

Chichiltah Chapter Heavy Equipment Prchs

$ 200,000

Chichiltah Chapter Senior Ctr ADD Heater

$ 10,000

Coyote Canyon Chapter Water Sys Improve

$ 100,000

CR 6 Improve Chichiltah Chapter McKinley County

$ 100,000

CR 6 Improve Rock Springs CHP

$ 300,000

Crownpoint Chapter Solar Street Lights

$ 200,000

Crownpoint Chapter Veterans Center Fclty Improve

$ 5,000

Dine College Livestock Research Center

$ 620,000

Ft. Defiance Chapter Power Line Extend

$ 85,000

Iyanbito Chapter House Fence

$ 180,000

Iyanbito Chapter Vehicle Purchase

$ 40,000

Manuelito Chapter Land Use Master Plan

$ 100,000

Manuelito Chapter Motor Grader Prchs

$ 60,000

Mariano Lake Chapter Multipurpose Bldg.

$ 220,000

Mexican Springs Chapter Multipurpose Building

$ 200,000

Mexican Springs Chapter Power Line Extend

$ 382,500

Mexican Springs Chapter Senior Ctr Strg Unit Prchs

$ 5,000

Navajo Code Talkers Museum & Veterans Center

$ 1,054,473

Navajo Rts 52 & 98 Improve Nahodishgish CHP

$ 120,000

Navajo Tech Univ Electronic Access Control

$ 200,000

Navajo Tech Univ Trades Prgm Fclty Expand

$ 750,000

NM Hwy 118 Improve McKinley County

$ 862,000

Pinedale Chapter Bathrooms Construct

$ 510,000

Pinehaven Rd Improve Baahaali CHP

$ 75,000

Pueblo Pintado Chapter Maintenance Equip

$ 50,000

Ramah Chapter Navajo Police Dept Vehicles Prchs

$ 450,000

Red Lake Chapter Road Drain & Utility Improve

$ 115,000

Red Rock Chapter House Ren

$ 100,000

Red Rock Chapter Veh Prchs

$ 70,000

Red Willow Rd Improve Mariano Lake Chapter

$ 200,000

Smith Lake Chapter Parking Lot

$ 519,000

Smith Lake Chapter Rgnl SCADA Sys Construct

$ 675,000

Smith Lake Chapter Veterans Ctr Improve

$ 250,000

Thoreau Chapter Veterans Service Ctr Construct

$ 336,500

Tohatchi Chapter Warehouse Construct

$ 300,000

Tsa-Ya-Toh Chapter Power Line Extend

$ 360,000

Tse Bonito Judicial Complex Master Plan

$ 1,200,000

Tse De Tah Spring Rd Survey – Manuelito Chapter

$ 75,000

Tse’II’Ahi’ Chapter Headstart Bldg Construct

$ 200,000

W Tsayatoh & Sunset Valley Roads – Tsayatoh Chapter

$ 300,000

Whitehorse Lake Chapter /Rincon/Sandsprings Bathrooms

$ 150,000

Rocksprings v Multipurpose Bldg

$ 100,000

Beclabito Chapter Helipad

$ 400,000

Beclabito Chapter Senior Center – Vehicles

$ 57,000

Dine College Shiprock Agr Mltprps Ctr Construct

$ 400,000

Gahii’Ahi/To’Koi CHP Government Complex Construct

$ 600,000

Gahii’Ahi/To’Koi Chapter Senior Ctr Construct

$ 356,500

Huerfano Chapter Cemetery

$ 100,000

Lake Valley Chapter Heavy Equipment Purchase

$ 75,000

Lake Valley Chapter Powerline Install

$ 100,000

Nageezi Chapter Road Grader Purchase

$ 175,000

Naschitti Chapter Powerline Install

$ 100,000

Navajo Nation Vets Ctr Shiprock Chapter Construct

$ 200,000

Navajo Nation Vets Ctr Shiprock Chapter Water Line

$ 50,000

Navajo Preparatory School Security & Com

$ 362,500

Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project Tse Alnaozt’II Chapter

$ 90,000

Newcomb CHP Waterline Extend

$ 175,000

NM Hwy 371/Navajo Rte 36 Traffic Signal

$ 1,300,000

Red Valley Chapter Mitten Rock Power Lines

$ 350,000

Sanostee Chapter Comm. Cemetery

$ 80,000

Shiprock Chapter Complex Plan

$ 100,000

Shiprock Police Dept Jud/Public Safety Complex

$ 3,150,000

Tiis Tsoh Sikaad Chapter Power Line Extend

$ 300,000

Toadlena/Two Grey Hills Chapter Compound Improve

$ 125,000

Toadlena/Two Grey Hills Chapter Senior Ctr Improve

$ 50,000

Tooh Haltsooi Chapter Power Line Extend

$ 905,400

Tse’Daa’Kaan Chapter Hogback Senior Center Improve

$ 50,000

Tse’Daa’Kaan Chapter Power Line Extensions

$ 472,000

Upper Fruitland Chapter Senior Center Add Ph 2

$ 400,000

White Rock Chapter Multipurpose Bldg. Improv

$ 100,000

White Rock Chapter Veterans Bldg

$ 325,000

Counselor CHP Lybrook Water System Improv

$ 150,000

Torreon Starlake CHP Emergency Services Bldg

$ 150,000

Alamo CHP Grader Purchase

$ 500,000

Alamo CHP Water Well

$ 787,500

Navajo Nation Renewable Energy System

$ 2,000,000

Navajo Nation Water System

$ 225,000

Grand Total of Navajo Nation Projects


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Photos from Grand Valley State University Powwow

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - April 6, 2019 - 11:45pm


“Celebrating All Walks of Life” Traditional Powwow Grand Entry at Grand Valley State University, Saturday, April 6, 2019. Native News Online photos by Levi Rickert

Published April 6, 2019

ALLENDALE, Mich. — Hundreds filled the bleachers on Saturday on Grand Valley State University Fieldhouse Arena in Allendale, Michigan for the “Celebrating All Walks of Life” Traditional Powwow.


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Pendleton Blanket Giveaway – 2019 Gathering of Nations

POWWOWS.COM - April 6, 2019 - 11:30pm

Pendleton Blanket Giveaway – 2019 Gathering of NationsPowWows.com will stream the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow April 26-27. 2019. Thanks to our friends at Pendleton, we are giving away 2 Pendleton Blankets!   Enter below! And be sure to come back during the Pow Wows – we will.....

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Cambridge Bay teen wrestler wins silver at national competition

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 6, 2019 - 2:59pm
Eekeeluak Avalak

With dedication, discipline and help from his coach and teammates, Eekeeluak Avalak has won a silver medal in wrestling at the Canadian wrestling championships.

Categories: CANADA

'Our culture is going to survive': traditional Indigenous hand games make a comeback in northern B.C.

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 6, 2019 - 2:00pm
Curtis Dickie

Traditional Indigenous hand games, played against the sound of the snare drum, were almost silenced in northeastern B.C. a generation ago.

Categories: CANADA

U.S. museum touring Inuit embroideries in Labrador, looking for info

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 6, 2019 - 12:30pm
Nunatsiavut embroidery

A Maine museum is touring Nunatsiavut embroideries from 1940 to 1970 this week in the hopes of finding out more information about their origins.

Categories: CANADA

Mi'kmaw principal brings Indigenous learning into classroom at New Richmond, Que., high school

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 6, 2019 - 10:00am
Michael Isaac, New Richmond High principal

Staff at New Richmond High School, in the Gaspé region, go the extra mile to integrate Indigenous knowledge into the school curriculum, which they say doesn't go far enough to reflect the region's Mi'kmaw heritage.

Categories: CANADA

Top 10 Stories: What Indian Country read this past week as of April 6, 2019

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - April 6, 2019 - 9:15am

Each week, Indian Country Today posts our Top 10 stories on our site accessed by our readers.


Nunavut children wear 'big smiles' after learning about Dene hand games

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 6, 2019 - 8:00am
Aboriginal Sports Circle NWT in Resolute Bay

The Aboriginal Sports Circle NWT has travelled to Grise Fiord and Resolute Bay, Nunavut, for the first time to teach Inuit about Dene games and traditions.

Categories: CANADA

'Preparing for the journey': Indigenous palliative care strategy helps people die at home

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 6, 2019 - 8:00am
Holly Prince

Helping people in First Nations in Ontario develop a palliative care strategy for their community is an issue Holly Prince of Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, has been working on for years. She was named the Innovator of the Year, in 2018, by the International Congress on Palliative Care.

Categories: CANADA

On-the-land STEM program for high school credit to expand to northern Indigenous communities

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 6, 2019 - 4:00am
Actua InSTEM

An education program directed at helping Indigenous youth in acquire high-school credits through culturally relevant approaches to science, technology, engineering and mathematics is expanding to the North.

Categories: CANADA

Award winning song marks change of theme for Iqaluit rapper

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 6, 2019 - 4:00am
Thomas and Anna Lambe

Iqaluit rapper Thomas Lambe after taking home the award for best original song at the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto earlier this week.

Categories: CANADA

IHS Awards $7.5 Million to Urban Indian Organizations through the 4-in-1 Grant Opportunity

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - April 6, 2019 - 12:02am

Seven Generations Native American Indian Health Center in Oakland, California is one of the recipient urban agencies to be granted by IHS.

Published April 6, 2019

ROCKVILLE, Md. —  The Indian Health Service Office of Urban Indian Health Programs has awarded grants totaling more than $7.5 million to 30 urban Indian organizations across the country. These grants will make health care services more accessible for American Indians and Alaska Natives residing in urban areas and will support operations at urban health care facilities.

The 4-in-1 grant provides funding to urban Indian organizations to ensure the highest possible health status for urban Indians. Funding will be used to support four health program areas: health promotion and disease prevention services; immunization services; alcohol and substance abuse related services; and mental health services. These programs are integral components of the IHS health care delivery system and the grant funding will benefit thousands of urban Indian patients.

“The 4-in-1 grant program underscores IHS’ commitment to provide quality health care for urban Indians,” said IHS Principal Deputy Director Rear Adm. Michael D. Weahkee. “We are excited to address the health needs of urban Indians across the nation by partnering with urban Indian organizations to provide access to comprehensive and culturally appropriate health care services.”

The IHS Office of Urban Indian Health Programs was established in 1976 to make health care services more accessible to urban Indians. IHS enters into limited, competing contracts and grants with 41 urban Indian nonprofit organizations to provide health care and referral services for urban Indians throughout the United States. Urban Indian organizations define their services based upon the service population, health status, and documented unmet needs of the urban Indian communities they serve. Urban Indian organizations provide health care services for urban Indians who do not have access to the resources offered through IHS or tribally operated health care facilities because they do not live on or near a reservation. For additional information about the Office of Urban Indian Health Programs, visit https://www.ihs.gov/Urban/.

The IHS, an agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for approximately 2.6 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. Our mission is to raise the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level. Follow the agency via social media on Facebook and Twitter.


The following urban Indian organizations received funding:


Grantee Name




Native Americans for Community Action




Native American Community Health Center




American Indian Association of Tucson




Bakersfield American Indian Health Project




Fresno American Indian Health Project




United American Indian Involvement

Los Angeles



Native American Health Center




Sacramento Native American Health Center




San Diego American Indian Health Center

San Diego



Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley

San Jose



American Indian Health & Services

Santa Barbara



Denver Indian Health and Family Services




American Indian Health Service of Chicago




Hunter Health




American Indian Health & Family Services of SE MI




Native American Development Corporation




Indian Family Health Clinic

Great Falls



Helena Indian Alliance




Missoula Urban Indian Health Center




Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition




First Nations Community HealthSource




Nevada Urban Indians




New York Indian Council

Long Island City



Native American Rehabilitation Association




South Dakota Urban Indian Health

Sioux Falls



Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas




Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake

Salt Lake City



Seattle Indian Health Board




The NATIVE Project




Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center





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Rep. Haaland Seeks Answers to Military Housing Issues Flagged by Kirtland Air Force Base Families

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - April 6, 2019 - 12:01am

Kirtland Air Force Base

Published April 6, 2019

WASHINGTON — After hearing about unsafe housing conditions from Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) families, Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01) is seeking answers during a House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness hearing. The hearing covered the mismanagement of housing programs for military families.

Rep. Deb Haaland

Haaland and her staff have met with military families in Albuquerque in order to fully understand the military housing issues that these families are facing. Haaland’s office joined KAFB Base Commanders at four town halls set up for Kirtland Family Housing residents and base personnel to learn more about the issues.

At the hearing, Haaland zeroed in on reports of fear of retaliation that families who had reported unsafe housing conditions faced, “I’ve heard reports that retaliation still persists against military families who are raising concerns about the conditions of their housing. This is extremely troubling as retaliation is a big part of the breach of trust between the DoD and families that lead these families to come to the press and to Congress in the first place.”

>>>WATCH: Haaland Seeks Answers to Military Housing Issues Flagged by Kirtland Air Force Base Families

After each of the Pentagon officials confirmed that there is a zero tolerance policy for retaliation, Haaland stressed the importance of her office receiving contact information for department officials who could look into those reports, so her office can work with them to ensure military families have the information needed to remedy their claims.

One of the factors in military readiness is to ensure that service members and their families are living under safe and healthy conditions. New Mexicans and service members around the country are suffering from issues with mold, rodent infestation, and other health hazards in their military housing programs. Growing up in a military family, Congresswoman Haaland understands the struggles and she’s determined to find the root of this problem.

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What are the Most Popular Poker Variations?

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - April 6, 2019 - 12:00am

Published April 6, 2019

The popular card game known as Poker has a long, yet elusive history. In modern times, most people are most familiar with the Texas Hold’em variation, particularly in U.S. casinos and tournaments. However, Poker itself can be traced as far back as the early 18th century, spreading along the Mississippi River region of the United States.

This early form of Poker itself had a number of variations – one variant, common in 1829 New Orleans, used a deck of only 20 cards. The cards were dealt between two players, with bettors gambling on which player had the best hand value. The etymology of the word Poker itself is also debated. Some say it comes from French poque, which has roots in German pochen. Others say it is from Irish Pocah – in any case, modern Poker doesn’t really resemble these historical card games. But card games certainly evolve over time, so the history of Poker can really be attributed to the culmination of thousands of years of card games.

In this article, we’re going to explore the most popular poker games in modern times:

Texas Hold’em

This is the most common form of Poker, so much that it has become synonymous with Poker itself. It started in Texas in the early 1900s, as mentioned earlier, but was introduced to Las Vegas gambling in 1963. While remaining in relative obscurity for a few years, it really took off at the 1970 World Series of Poker. Since then, it has become the de-facto Poker game.

Texas Hold’em is a highly strategic Poker game, as it relies on careful odds predictions and careful, controlled betting. While Hollywood films have shown Poker to be a “bluffing” game, where players win huge jackpots for fooling opponents, this actually has very little basis in real-life Texas Hold’em strategy. In fact, “bluffing” regularly in real-life is a fast way to lose a lot of money.

Texas Hold’em uses a standard 52-card deck, with the Jokers removed. It is played between 2 – 10 players, though occasionally you may see a larger game than this, but only in very special exceptions – such as two tables being combined in a tournament.

Pot-Limit Omaha

While Omaha Hold’em is a popular Poker variant in U.S. casinos, played similarly to Texas Hold’em, Pot-Limit Omaha is more commonly played in Europe. However, it’s also available in many online casinos, and some U.S. casinos offer it in high-stakes “mixed” games.


In this Poker game, the variances are increased a bit, and players don’t “bleed” as much money during preflop. Basically, in no-limit Texas Hold’em, it’s very easy for a player on a late-game win streak to begin dictating the pot, forcing other players to sit out of hands and slowly bleed money. In Pot-Limit Omaha, this factor is severely reduced, and even late-game joiners can make a profit. For this reason, Pot-Limit Omaha is seen as a great alternative to Texas Hold’em for beginner Poker players, because it’s a lot more forgiving (bankroll wise) on sitting out hands.

There are several variants on Pot-Limit Omaha, such as Five-card Omaha, Six-card Omaha, and Courchevel.

7 Card Stud

While Texas Hold’em is the most popular modern Poker game, 7 Card Stud was the Poker game of choice for a much longer time in history. It was most popular throughout the 1900s, being the most popular casino Poker game until it was displaced by Texas Hold’em. However, 7 Card Stud remains a staple of the casino industry, and nearly all casinos, physical or online, offer it for play.


Popular variations of 7 Card Stud include 5 Card Stud, and Stud Hi Lo.


Chinese Poker

This poker variant can trace its history back to the ancient Chinese card game Pai Gow. Chinese poker was modeled on Pai Gow and introduced to American casinos in the early 19th century. It is intended as one of, if not the easiest Poker game for a beginner to understand. In fact, casino dealers are likely to help you set up your hands if you simply ask.

In standard Chinese Poker, each player receives 13 cards from a 52-card deck. The players then organize their cards into 3 separate hands, and reveal each hand throughout the gameplay. While it’s quite simple, some casinos do offer high-stakes Chinese Poker.

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