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New Mexico rejoins pact to restore Mexican gray wolves

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - October 26, 2019 - 8:14am

The Mexican wolf is the rarest subspecies of gray wolf in North America


Treaty rights or state environmental laws?

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - October 26, 2019 - 8:03am

Deal reached in dispute that shuttered large US coal mine


Preserved eagle given to wildlife association to teach dangers of lead

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 26, 2019 - 5:00am

The eagle was blessed at Membertou First Nation before it was given to the Port Morien Wildlife Association.

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Aaron Payment Re-elected NCAI 1st VP

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - October 26, 2019 - 12:03am

Aaron Payment was re-elected to another two-year term as NCAI 1st Vice President.

Published October 26, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Aaron Payment, the chairperson of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, the largest American Indian tribe east of the Mississippi River, likes to tell people he is a high school dropout, who lied to get his GED and then went on to earn several degrees, including three master degrees and a doctorate. His educational acheivements are being put to tremendous utilization at a national level to benefit Indian Country.

On Thursday, Payment beat out three opponents to be re-elected to serve as the 1st Vice President of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) at the organization’s 76th Annual Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico. NCAI is the nation’s oldest and largest American Indian organization.

Payment has represented Indian Country in several capacities, including five meetings at the White House and making testimony 25 times in front of various Congressional committees on Capitol Hill. As a strong advocate for Indian Country, Payment believes NCAI must remain non-partisan in its approach to furthering the goal to improve lives of Native people.

Payment was first elected at NCAI as the Midwest Regional Vice President, then as Secretary, then as First Vice President, now for his second term.

“I am honored to continue to fight for my tribe, Michigan tribes, Midwest tribes and all tribes across Indian Country. My work here allows access to the best policy information regarding our people such that the need for lobbyists is reduced or eliminated,” says Payment.

Chairperson Payment serves American Indian interests at all levels including as chair of the Inter Tribal Council of Michigan, President of the United Tribes of Michigan and as VP for the Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes. In August 2015, he was named to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education by President Obama.

Aaron Payment being interviewed during Monday’s Native America Calling radio program in Alburquerque, New Mexico. Native News Online photographs by Levi Rickert

NCAI’s highest seat of President of the Executive Committee went to Fawn Sharp from the Quinault Indian Nation, located in Washington State. The Treasurer seat went to Clinton Lageson from the Kenaitze Indian Tribe and Juana Majel Dixon of the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians, was re-elected to her seat as NCAI’s Recording Secretary. Additionally, the Regional Vice President elections produced remarkable results with a historic number of women taking seats in their regions. For a full list of the 12 Regional Vice Presidents and Regional Vice President Alternates please visit the NCAI Executive Committee page.

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Thunder Film Festival Set for October 30

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - October 26, 2019 - 12:02am

Gary Farmer

Published October 26, 2019

CLOQUET, Minn. — The fifth annual Thunder Film Festival presented by Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College takes place on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, in Room 195 on campus.

The 2019 Thunder Film Festival features special guest Gary Farmer, the award-winning actor who has appeared in Smoke Signals and Dead Man. Farmer will open the Thunder Film Festival at 1:00 p.m. with a meet-and-greet session followed by a short presentation. The rest of the one-day event is filled with short films, documentaries, long-format films, and a feast.

The screening schedule includes short films created by Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College student filmmakers and additional local filmmakers at 3:00 p.m., followed by a showing of Fintiaanit at 4:30 p.m. and a break for a feast at 5:00 p.m. The evening screening session presents the documentary Birthing Sovereignty at 6:00 p.m., and the recently released zombie horror film Blood Quantum featuring Gary Farmer at 6:45 p.m. The festival wraps up at 8:20 p.m. with a screening of the 2019 documentary Blood Memory.

The Thunder Film Festival honors indigenous stories presented through the art of film and video. The festival includes student, local, regional, and national films, plus the opportunity for participants to connect with area filmmakers and join discussions.

The entire Thunder Film Festival includes free admission and the festival is open to everyone. Call 218-879-0194 for more information.

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Trump Nominates Michael D. Weahkee to Lead Indian Health Service

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - October 26, 2019 - 12:01am

Rear Admiral Michale D. Weahkee

Published October 26, 2019

WASHINGTON — The White House has announced President Donald Trump will nominate Michael D. Weahkee, an enrolled citizen of the Zuni Indian Tribe, to the post of Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS). The IHS provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for American Indians and Alaska Natives in 37 states in Indian Country.

Nominated by the president of the United States, the director of the IHS is confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The agency has not had a permanent director since 2015. In October 2017, President Trump nominted Robert Weaver (Quapaw) to lead the agency, but was asked by the White House to withdraw his name for consideration after the Wall Street Journal wrote an article questioning the strength of Weaver’s resume.

Rear Admiral Weahkee has served as Principal Deputy Director and Acting Director of IHS during the interim and also as Assistant Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Services at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Rear Admiral Weahkee is

Previously, he served as the chief executive officer at the Phoenix Medical Center.


Rear Admiral Weahkee received his Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management from Southern Illinois-Carbondale and Masters of Health Services Administration and Business Administration from Arizona State University.

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Top Games Found in American Indian Casinos in 2019

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - October 26, 2019 - 12:00am

Published October 26, 2019

The year 2019 has been a great one in games development, with players seeing major advancements in graphic imagery, sound effects, gamification and even a major rise in American Indian casino and game developments – where these casinos and games essentially learn from the data you input to make its’ own decisions. We’ve put together a list of the top games found in American Indian casinos in 2019 to make your search for the best and most advanced games of the year easier than ever. In the meantime, if you’re looking to play great roulette games, Schmitts Online Roulette has many game variations bound to have you on the edge of your seat.


Birds themed slot game developed by NextGen Gaming, Golden, has become a major hit since its release this year. With 5 action packed slot reels sporting 243 paylines and a betting range between 0.25 to 500.00 coins and an impressive jackpot of 2000 coins – you can bet you’ll be in for great fun when giving this game a try. Golden’s RTP rate is 97.22 and has a Medium Volatility level, while the house edge for Golden is 2.78%. The quirky theme is very entertaining, especially if you’re a bird, or more particularly – chicken – lover.

Mermaids Diamond

Mermaids Diamond is a fantasy underwater world inspired slot game where you’ll be able to spot magical mermaids, mystical sea creatures, jewels and fortune-filled treasure chests to make you feel right at home. Mermaids Diamond has a whopping 720 paylines, powered by Play’n GO software. The symbols we consider to be the most important are, of course, the mermaid symbol which works as the wild and the Treasure Chest, which works as the Scatter symbol. Get excited to dive into a world of magic, gemstones and glistening coins which you’ll be more than excited to win.

Jungle Spirit: Call of the Wild

Jungle Spirit: Call of the Wild is a NetEnt powered game set in a virtual jungle world where you’ll hear natures calming sound effects along with a stern jungle drum beat. In the jungle you’ll be able to spot tigers, bears, elephants, cobras and crocodiles. Jungle Spirit has 243 paylines jam-packed with action which is sure to have you coming back for more. If you love wild animals and dream of days spent exploring the jungle for lost treasures, Jungle Spirit is certainly the game for you.

Pink Elephants

Pink Elephants has become a crowd-favorite since being released this year thanks to the sheer effort they have put into creating an immersive experience filled with awesome cartoon-style animations, graphics and sound effects. Brought to you by Thunderkick, this slot game is inspired by elephants and the interesting lives they lead and will have you exploring the desert in search of the mysterious magic peanut. The theme is certainly unusual, as you could expect due to the name of the game – but is one that will draw you in and have you easily playing for hours without getting struck by boredom.

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U.S. Sens. Tina Smith, Lisa Murkowski Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Health Care Services for Native American Elders   

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - October 26, 2019 - 12:00am

Published October 26, 2019

Senators Push for More Resources to Address Health Disparities Facing American Indians and Alaska Natives

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)—both members of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee—introduced a bipartisan bill to expand health care services to Native American elders in Minnesota, Alaska and across the country.

The Strengthening Services for Native Elders Act would help tribal organizations provide a wider range of home and community-based health services to American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) elders, including transportation, case management, and health and wellness programs.

Right now there are more than 26 million AIAN adults over age 65 living in the United States and too many are facing significant health disparities. These elders are more likely to confront mortality at a younger age, and have higher mortality rates due to alcoholism, diabetes and suicide than the general population. These elders are also more likely to live in poverty and lack access to health care.

Sen. Tina Smith

“Tribal elders in Minnesota and across the country should be able to age with dignity in their own homes and communities while still maintaining access to quality health care,” said Sen. Smith, a member of both the Senate Indian Affairs and Health Committees. “Given these health disparities and our responsibility to tribal elders, the federal government must do more to improve access to health care. I’ll be working to push this bill forward because it’s the right thing to do.”

Sen. Lisa Murkowski

“I’ve been working on various initiatives to help create a stronger, more inclusive healthcare system for America’s aging population. We’ve made good progress in identifying and addressing some of the gaps in services—but there’s more to be done,” said Sen. Murkowski. “Tribal elders face unique and significant health disparities compared to America’s general population. The provisions included in this bill will go a long way in prioritizing the health and wellness of Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and American Indian elders. Whether they live in an urban hub or a remote, isolated village, Alaska’s aging population deserves access to high quality, culturally relevant healthcare services.”

You can access a summary of the bill here and bill text here.

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Men, women tie ribbons on Lockport bridge to honour missing and murdered

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 25, 2019 - 9:10pm
Red ribbons on Lockport bridge

People gathered Friday afternoon to tie red ribbons on the Lockport bridge to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

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Young Cree singer gains international attention after Edmonton climate strike

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 25, 2019 - 8:20pm
Noah Simon, Carol Powder

Noah Simon, 9, gained international attention when he sang moments before Greta Thunberg took the stage at last Friday's climate rally in Edmonton.

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Six 'Wise Women' honoured for contributions to N.W.T. communities

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 25, 2019 - 8:02pm
Betty Harnum

The Status of Women Council of the NWT honoured six women from across the territory during a ceremony at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre. 

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'Teenagers are sad, and adults don't even know': Innu teen voices amplified through hip-hop song

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 25, 2019 - 6:30pm
Natuashish hip hop kids

A group of teenagers in Natuashish worked with a music producer to write and record a hip-hop song expressing their pride — and their struggles.

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StrongHearts Native Helpline awarded $2.7M for domestic violence and sexual assault outreach

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - October 25, 2019 - 5:44pm

Native helpline for domestic violence and dating violence sets sights on expansion to 24-7 operating hours and integration of digital chat service


Justices 'Struggling' With Okla. Tribal Land Case, Atty Says

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 25, 2019 - 5:35pm
The U.S. Supreme Court appears divided along a “fault line” over how the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s historical claim to its reservation should be weighed against non-Indians' expectations for that land, leaving the court “clearly struggling” with a tribe member’s murder case, an attorney for the tribe told a D.C. conference Friday.

Youths Sue Canada Over Climate Change Threats

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 25, 2019 - 4:13pm
Fifteen young Canadians sued their country Friday, accusing it of failing to protect them from climate change and the threats a warming planet poses to the foundation of their lives.

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INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - October 25, 2019 - 4:10pm

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Dems Challenge Fed Agencies On ‘Roadless Rule’ Data

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 25, 2019 - 3:50pm
Two Democratic congressional leaders have urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Forest Service to offer complete data on the Trump administration’s proposal to end “roadless rule” protections for the Tongass National Forest, warning such a move would be ruinous to Pacific salmon habitats.

Catholic church closed in Attawapiskat due to safety concerns

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 25, 2019 - 3:25pm
Attawapiskat Catholic Church

When Robert Bourgon became Bishop of Hearst-Moosonee about four years ago, he noticed the St. Francis Xavier Church in Attawapiskat needed a bit of attention.

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Interior Dept. Defangs Controversial FOIA Rule

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 25, 2019 - 3:19pm
Public interest groups from across the political spectrum claimed victory Friday as the U.S. Department of the Interior released a watered down version of a Freedom of Information Act policy update that had been slammed for severely limiting the public's access to agency information.

'I was so surprised:' Member of The Wiggles wears ribbon skirt given by Sask. Cree family

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - October 25, 2019 - 3:13pm
The Wiggles/Andrea Landry

A little girl from the Poundmaker Cree Nation got a big surprise this week when her favourite member of children's band The Wiggles accepted her gift and wore it on stage.

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