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Field Hearing Scheduled for April 15 in New Mexico on Air Quality, Sacred Sites Impacts of Oil and Gas Development 

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

Congressman Raul M. Grijalva

Published April 6, 2019

Gov. Lujan Grisham Will Testify

WASHINGTON — Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Vice Chair Haaland (D-N.M.) and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), Chair of the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, on Friday announced an April 15 field hearing in Santa Fe, N.M., titled Oil and Gas Development: Impacts on Air Pollution and Sacred Sites, where Gov. Michele Lujan Grisham (D) will be among those testifying. Ahead of the hearing, Committee lawmakers will meet with local environmental advocates, tour Chaco Culture National Historical Park, and hear from experts, elected tribal and local officials.

The full trip is April 12-15. An itinerary with public and media availabilities is available below.

The point of contact for reporters for the duration of the trip is Monica Sanchez, deputy communications director for the House Natural Resources Committee Democratic staff. She can be reached at monica.sanchez@mail.house.gov or (202) 306-1333.

Members of House Natural Resources Committee & Democratic Leadership Attending

  1. Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.)
  2. Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.)
  3. Committee Vice Chair Deb Haaland (D-N.M.)
  4. Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee Chair Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.)

Public Schedule (all times local)

Saturday, April 13

4:00 p.m.

Environmental Justice Roundtable

Hotel Santa Fe, 1501 Paseo de Peralta Santa Fe, N.M. 87501

Room Kiva A

  • Closed event, press availability after event concludes at approximately 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 14

2:00 p.m.

Tour of Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Nageezi, N.M.

  • Open to press, 2 p.m. press availability at the visitor center followed by tour with park superintendent.

Monday, April 15

10:00 a.m.

Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Field Hearing – Oil and Gas Development: Impacts on Air Pollution and Sacred Sites

New Mexico State Capitol, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, N.M. 87501

Room 307

  • Open to press, press availability after hearing concludes
  • Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham among those testifying
  • The hearing will be livestreamed online, link to follow.

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Categories: UNITED STATES

Cherokee Nation Donates $30,000 to Adair County Law Enforcement

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

Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Canaan Duncan, Stilwell City Clerk Larry Nettles, Stilwell Police Chief Chad Smith, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden.

Published April 6, 2019

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation recently made a contribution of $30,000 to three Adair County law enforcement agencies.

Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Canaan Duncan along with Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden presented the checks to law enforcement officials. The donations were made from Duncan’s allocated law enforcement funds.

“It goes without saying that our local law enforcement agencies provide an invaluable service to our communities,” Duncan said. “As with most sectors in our state, law enforcement agencies have also experienced the stress of budget cuts, and I am so glad the tribe can step up and help alleviate some of that financial strain.”

Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Canaan Duncan, Adair County Sheriff Jason Ritchie, Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden.

The Adair County Sheriff’s Department received $15,000, and the Stilwell and Westville police departments each received $7,500.

“It is such a blessing that our tribe is in a position to support those who serve and protect. Partnering with these local law enforcement agencies provides resources for necessary equipment and training that helps ensure the safety of Cherokees and non-Cherokees alike,” Crittenden said.

Each year the tribe donates 20 percent of car tag sales revenue to local law enforcement agencies. The funds can be used on equipment or other needs.

Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Canaan Duncan, Westville Police Chief Scott Mitchell, Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden.

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Categories: UNITED STATES

Nez-Lizer commend House passage of Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

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

First Lady Phefelia Nez, President Jonathan Nez, Vice President Myron Lizer, and
Second Lady Dottie Lizer.

Published April 6, 2019

WINDOW ROCK – Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer thank the House of Representatives for passing HR 1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 on Thursday. The Violence Against Women Act expired in February.

The bill, which passed by a voice vote of 263-158, includes tribal justice jurisdiction provisions, protections for survivors of domestic violence, sharing of criminal database information and extends protections to Native American children and tribal officers. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

“Diné women and children are sacred. We thank the House of Representatives for taking a stand to protect all women and children from domestic violence, as well as our tribal officers who respond to domestic violence calls. Domestic violence is one of the highest categories for reported calls on the Navajo Nation, and this legislation would help close the gap,” President Nez said. “I urge the Senate to move forward on a bipartisan basis and pass this important bill.”

Navajo Nation First Lady Phefelia Nez and Second Lady Dottie Lizer also welcomed the passage of this measure.

“We need to do all we can to protect the victims of domestic violence. I thank those who advocated vigorously on this critical piece of legislation,” First Lady Nez said.

“This is a bold step in the right direction in continuing to combat violence against women and children,” Second Lady Lizer added.

Priorities for the first and second lady include combating domestic violence, addressing missing and murdered Indigenous women, and advocating of the reauthorization of VAWA.

“We urge Senate lawmakers to take up this important legislation for reauthorization. Protections for our women and children cannot wait,” Vice President Lizer said.

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Categories: UNITED STATES

Body of Four-Year-Old Aneth Toddler Found on Navajo Nation

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - April 5, 2019 - 11:35pm

Courtesy photo / Navajo Nation Police

Published April 5, 2019

WINDOW ROCK —  After nearly three weeks of searching, the body of missing four-year-old girl may have been found on Wednesday.

According to a family statement posted late Wednesday night, volunteers Kevin and Christian Day of Layton, Utah, discovered the body believed to be of Anndine “Cookie” Jones around 6:15 p.m. along McElmo Creek, three miles south of their home. The family resides about 3 miles north of the chapter house along the creek.

“We, the family of missing four-year-old Anndine Jones, are heartbroken to announce that the search for Anndine has come to an end,” the family statement said.

“Anndine ‘Cookie’ Jones will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. She brought such joy to our family, and will forever live on in our hearts and memories,” the statement said.

The family thanked all the volunteers and rescue officials for their help and also asked that their privacy be respected during their time of grieving.

Positive identification of Jones is pending, but according to a Navajo Police statement, the girl’s parents identified her.

Jones went missing on March 14. The following day, a massive search began as search and rescue personnel and volunteers used drones and boats and divers searched along the creek and the San Juan River. Helicopters used thermal imaging cameras.

The three-day search was unsuccessful. That Sunday the Navajo Police suspended their operation. However, her family and volunteers continued searching.

Navajo Nation Police Chief Phillip Francisco said, along with the FBI, the investigation continues.

“This has been a difficult time for everyone involved,” he said. “We ask that the public continue to keep the family in their thoughts and prayers as they navigate through this difficult time.”

The chief said no other information would be released due to the ongoing investigation.

Seth Damon, speaker of the Navajo Nation Council, and Charlaine Tso, the Aneth area’s delegate, issued statements.

“I am very sad and heartbroken to hear of Anndine Jones’ passing,” said Tso. “I prayed for days for a miracle. I will continue to support the Jones family and my community of Aneth.”

“The Navajo Nation grieves with the Jones family,” Damon said. “On behalf of the 24th Navajo Nation Council, I extend our most heartfelt condolences to the Jones family and the community of Aneth.”

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

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Categories: UNITED STATES

Pa. Stuck In Litigation Limbo As Purdue Inks 1st Opioid Deal

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 5, 2019 - 4:30pm
As litigation over damages from the opioid epidemic moves ahead across the nation, including Purdue Pharma’s recent $270 million deal to end claims in Oklahoma, attorneys in Pennsylvania are expressing frustration about the slow pace of progress in the year and a half since the first cases were filed there.

#NativeNerd Movie Review: ‘Shazam’ is everything a superhero movie should be

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - April 5, 2019 - 4:05pm

Directed by David Sandberg, Shazam is the seventh movie in the DC extended universe, but likely the best of all to date thanks to Shazam actor Zachary Levi

Categories: UNITED STATES

Canadian Justices Leave Chevron Canada Out Of $9.5B Fight

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 5, 2019 - 2:43pm
Canada's Supreme Court has declined to review a decision that a group of Ecuadorians can't go after a Canadian Chevron subsidiary's assets to satisfy an embattled $9.5 billion pollution judgment, but the plaintiffs remained undeterred, saying they'll continue enforcement efforts against the parent company.

Gov't, Tribal Groups Fight Oil Lease Renewals At DC Circ.

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 5, 2019 - 2:38pm
The federal government and environmental and tribal groups urged the D.C. Circuit Thursday to reverse a lower court's decision to reinstate a canceled oil and gas lease on Montana land sacred to the Blackfeet Tribe, arguing that drilling will be damaging to the area.

HHS Fights Tribe's Bid For Fast Win In Contract Payment Row

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 5, 2019 - 2:21pm
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday fired back against a bid by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community for a quick victory in D.C. federal court in a suit accusing the agency’s Indian Health Service of underpayment on health care program costs.

Ho-Chunk Inc. CEO Launches Tribally Owned Law Firm

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 5, 2019 - 12:34pm
The chief executive of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska's development arm, Ho-Chunk Inc., said he has launched a new law firm that is 100%-owned by enrolled members of federally recognized tribes, a majority of whom are women.

The Justices' Latest Take On Regulation Of Alaska's Parks

LAW360 (Native feed) - April 5, 2019 - 12:30pm
The 2019 and 2016 U.S. Supreme Court decisions in Sturgeon v. Frost may become known as the "Alaska hovercraft cases," but that obscures their broader implications for the subsistence fishing rights of Alaska Natives, federal authority over Alaska parkland, and federal reserved water rights more generally, says Sam Daughety of Dentons.

Friday, April 5, 2019

NATIONAL NATIVE NEWS (nativetimes.net) - April 5, 2019 - 12:30pm

A red balloon with “MMIW” at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The tribal college hosted a discussion on missing and murdered Indigenous women. (Photo-Antonia Gonzales)

Congresswoman Sharice Davids presides over House vote on VAWA Tribal college hosts missing and murdered Indigenous women roundtable Native Women Lead hosts second Native Women’s Business Summit https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/nnn040519.mp3

The post Friday, April 5, 2019 appeared first on National Native News, by Antonia Gonzales.

Categories: UNITED STATES

Conne River opens Indigenous-owned cannabis store after green light from community

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 5, 2019 - 12:26pm
First Purchase Miawpukek Cannabis Boutique

The Cannabis Boutique in the Miawpukek First Nation opened Thursday to a crush of customers.

Categories: CANADA

Remembering Wounded Knee '73

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - April 5, 2019 - 10:37am

Wounded Knee South Dakota was the historically appropriate site of occupation by Native warriors in 1973 that deserves not to be forgotten says Ponca elder and Wounded Knee '73 warrior Dwain Camp

Categories: UNITED STATES

'I'll continue to speak my voice': Jody Wilson-Raybould 'incredibly open' to future in federal politics

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 5, 2019 - 10:31am
Raybould Justice 20190227

Despite being at the centre of the months-long SNC-Lavalin controversy, the former attorney general told CBC's The Early Edition that she's still "incredibly open" to being involved with decisions made in Ottawa. 

Categories: CANADA

Dozens of First Nation hockey players disqualified from Indigenous tournament

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 5, 2019 - 9:44am
Cold Lake Wings

Parents and players were stunned to learn more than two dozen hockey players were disqualified from the 26th annual Alberta Native Provincial Hockey Championships just days before the competition in Edmonton this weekend.

Categories: CANADA

Old Crow elder makes beaded name tags for local RCMP

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 5, 2019 - 9:00am
Shirley Kakfwi

'A lot of RCMP members left Old Crow with those tags. Maybe they’re all across Canada, for all I know,' says Shirley Kakfwi.

Categories: CANADA

Waiting for Congress to fund tribal water projects ... as promised

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - April 5, 2019 - 7:41am

John Echohawk: 'The biggest problem has always been trying to get the federal government to pay its fair share.'

Categories: UNITED STATES

Champion shot putter hopes to show Indigenous youth 'they can get somewhere with sport'

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 5, 2019 - 6:00am
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Hundreds of young Indigenous athletes competing in Saskatoon this weekend will have someone to look up to — but they'll have to look way, way up.

Categories: CANADA

Wolastoqi leaders renew call for St. John River name change

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - April 5, 2019 - 6:00am
Alan Polchies

As the University of New Brunswick hosts a conference on Indigenous language rivival, Wolastoqi leaders say officially changing the name of the St. John River to Wolastoq would greatly help their cause.

Categories: CANADA

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