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American Indian College Fund Publishes Free College – Going Student Guide

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - May 3, 2019 - 12:00am

Published May 3, 2019

DENVER — The American Indian College Fund, with generous support from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, is publishing an invaluable tool for Native American high school students seeking higher education. Native Pathways: A College-Going Guidebook provides content related to how to get into college, choose a school, pay for it, and what to expect the first year in a way that speaks to Native cultures and experiences as students consider attending college.

In addition to content specific to student needs and culture, Native artists and designers contributed to the book. Jonathon Nelson, a member of the Navajo nation from Hogback, New Mexico who currently resides in Denver, designed the cover, titled, “Kindred Mocs.” Nelson’s work is featured at www.badwinds.com. Photos by Matika Wilbur, from the Swinomish and Tulalip Tribes of Washington, were included. Wilbur is the creator of Project 562, a project dedicated to photographing the more than 562 federally recognized tribes in the United States. Amanda Cheromiah, who is Pueblo from Laguna, also provided photos.

The guidebook was created as part of the Native Pathways to College Program, also funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The College Fund launched the program to meet the needs of tribal communities and in response to the college-going and completion crisis amongst Native American and Alaska Native students. Research shows the national rate of all students going to college within six months of graduating from high school is 70%. For Native American and Alaska Native students, those numbers are closer to 20%.

The College Fund knows that education improves the lives of individuals, their families, and entire communities, yet merely providing scholarships to help students pay for college is not enough for Native students to succeed. To create a college-going culture, the College Fund initiated the program, working with high school students, first-year, students, and two-year college students seeking to continue their education at a four-year school. With a $2.5 million grant renewal from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the College Fund will be able to continue efforts to increase college access and success.

Students, school counselors, and others can download the book for free on the College Fund’s web site. Hard copies may be available for some high schools. Please send an email to nativepathways@collegefund.org for more information.

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'Extinct' Canadian First Nation wins in court again

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 2, 2019 - 10:52pm
Rick Desautel

A First Nation declared extinct by the federal government over 60 years ago has won yet another court battle to have its existence recognized — this one in the province's highest court.

Categories: CANADA

Pow Wow Calendar Update – May 03, 2019

POWWOWS.COM - May 2, 2019 - 9:35pm

Pow Wow Calendar Update –  May 03, 2019Check the list below for the latest Pow Wows added to our calendar and ones coming up in the next couple of weeks! Find Pow Wows in your state or province! Plan your Pow Wow trips! Upcoming Pow Wow Suquamish.....

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Oglala Sioux Tribal Council to South Dakota Governor: You Are Not Welcome on the Pine Ridge Reservation

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - May 2, 2019 - 9:10pm

Published May 3, 2019 

Tribal Leadership Unanimously Agrees “Riot Boosting” Laws Unfairly Target Tribes and Allies

PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council unanimously voted yesterday to tell South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem she’s no longer welcome to enter the vast Pine Ridge Reservation. At issue: the Governor’s support for two so-called “riot boosting” bills, which the tribe says unfairly target Native Americans and allies who support them in efforts to keep oil pipelines away from their tribal lands.

Julian Running Bear

Oglala Sioux Tribe President Julian Bear Runner sent a letter today to Noem’s office informing her of his tribe’s decision.

Noem may technically govern the entire state, but the Oglala Sioux Tribe holds status as an independent nation functioning with its own, sovereign tribal government. Now the Governor has been asked not to set foot upon a swath of land the size of Delaware and Rhode Island combined.

With 17 of 21 council members present, the council voted unanimously to pass the official action in response to the recent adoption of two bills, SB 189 and SB 190. Those bills, collectively termed by Noem as “the Pipeline Package,” invent and increase penalties for those who protest pipelines and other infrastructure projects. Both tribes and the American Civil Liberties Union have expressed concern that the laws will limit the First and Fourteenth Amendment rights of American citizens.

Below is the full text of the letter sent today to Governor Noem from the office of Oglala Sioux Tribe President Julian Bear Runner. A signed Pdf copy can also be accessed here.

Office of the Governor
500 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501

Dear Governor Noem,

Pursuant to a unanimous Oglala Sioux Tribal Council Action as of May 1, 2019, I am hereby notifying you that you are not welcome to visit our homelands, the Pine Ridge Reservation, until you rescind your support for SB 189 and SB 190 and affirm to your state and this country that First Amendment rights to free, political speech are among the truths you hold to be self-evident. Your newly fabricated, unconstitutionally vague notion of “Riot Boosting” is being litigated against and will not stand. We are particularly offended that you consulted TransCanada before introducing these bills but failed to consult the Oglala Sioux Tribe, or any of the sovereign bands of the Sioux Nation, though our treaty lands would be traversed and endangered by the Keystone XL Pipeline.

According to 97% of scientists, climate change is a very real existential threat to humanity – likely the greatest we’ve ever faced. In light of this, it is clear that the First Amendment – which trumps state law – was intended to protect speech of exactly the type your laws attempt to abrogate. The Keystone XL Pipeline was even deemed by a previous president to be so dangerous to our sacred lands and atmosphere that he shut it down. How can you presume to criminalize those who would agree with that previous presidential judgment and hence take vigorous action to resist dangerous infrastructure?

Water and air are sacred; they are required for our continued life on planet earth. Our institutions of politics and economy must evolve beyond their current condition if we expect to continue the human project long into the future. Indigenous nations have honored and defended the sacred since the dawn of humanity.

We have superior legal title to all the land west of the Missouri River that you and/ or big oil seek to trespass and aggress on. These are our lands and our waters. Before you presume to visit our homelands again, the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council must rescind its action as of May 1, 2019. If you do not honor this directive – for example, if you were to repeat your recent visit absent permission from our tribal government – we will have no choice but to banish you.

Nake Nula Waun MaLakota,
Julian Bear Runner
President, Oglala Sioux Tribe

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Carolyn Bennett backs off policy changes to modern treaty and self-government processes

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 2, 2019 - 7:58pm
Carolyn Bennett

Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett said Thursday she would back off plans to replace two key policies that have for decades directed the path for First Nations to move beyond the Indian Act.

Categories: CANADA

Lending Cos. Have Tribal Immunity From Suit, 4th Circ. Told

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 2, 2019 - 5:13pm
Two lending companies linked to a Michigan tribe urged the Fourth Circuit on Thursday to overturn a Virginia federal court's determination that they could not cite tribal immunity to shield themselves from claims they charged illegally high interest rates on loans to consumers.

Justices Urged To Leave Tobacco Co.'s $58M Tax Bill Alone

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 2, 2019 - 5:01pm
The U.S. Supreme Court shouldn't examine whether a Native American company owes $58 million in federal tobacco excise taxes, as a lower court correctly decided the taxes don't violate an 1855 treaty, the government has told the high court.

Congress passes a ‘climate action bill’ that the Senate will not even consider


Legislation would require the United States to meet international obligations reached in the Paris Agreement


IHS Leader Details Agency Action Spurred By Abuse Scandal

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 2, 2019 - 3:26pm
The acting head of the Indian Health Service defended the agency's $5.9 billion budget Wednesday to a Senate subcommittee and said the agency is moving to exert better control over its staff following the conviction of an IHS doctor for sexual abusing Native boys.

'We are in utter disbelief': Fire kills family of 5 in northwest Ontario

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 2, 2019 - 2:43pm
KI First Nation

Residents in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, also known as Big Trout Lake First Nation, are mourning the deaths of five people in a house fire Thursday morning.

Categories: CANADA

NIGC Again OKs Gambling At Tribal Casino In Iowa

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 2, 2019 - 2:43pm
The National Indian Gaming Commission has affirmed its earlier decision that the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska can operate the Prairie Flower Casino on tribal land in Iowa, holding that the facility is located on land eligible for gambling.

Rural Tribal Broadband Severely Lacking, FCC Reports

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 2, 2019 - 2:38pm
Rural tribal areas lag far behind their urban tribal and non-tribal counterparts in broadband access, a new report from the Federal Communications Commission shows, which the agency says will prompt a proceeding in the near future to help close the gap.

Red Earth Running Co. inviting Indian Country to participate in virtual #MMIW run on May 5th


Verna Volker, Navajo, created the virtual run to bring attention to the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women


Native Sun News Today: Black Hills uranium settlement aids cleanup on Navajo Nation

INDIANZ.COM - May 2, 2019 - 12:57pm
A court settlement over radioactive and toxic uranium mining waste abandoned in the Black Hills will help the Navajo Nation with a new health study.

Supreme Court will not hear Quebec community's case seeking Métis rights

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 2, 2019 - 12:40pm
SCOC Libel Defence 20180511

The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear the appeal of a Quebec group seeking recognition of Métis rights to occupy hunting camps on public lands.

Categories: CANADA

Thursday, May 2, 2019

NATIONAL NATIVE NEWS (nativetimes.net) - May 2, 2019 - 12:34pm

Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) is introducing a bill designed to prevent convicted child sex abuser Stanley Patrick Weber from receiving his federal pension (Photo: video screenshot)

Federal elected leaders and administration officials work to deny a convicted child sex abuser of his federal pension Indian Country Today is set to expand coverage in Alaska A bi-partisan bill aims to better coordinate federal missing and murdered Indigenous women prevention efforts https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/nnn050219.mp3

The post Thursday, May 2, 2019 appeared first on National Native News, by Art Hughes.


'We're finally hearing the First Nations perspective': Chief Poundmaker art exhibit opens

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 2, 2019 - 11:40am
poundmaker councillor

Organizers of a new art exhibit on the Poundmaker Cree Nation hope it will set the historical record straight about their famous chief.

Categories: CANADA

Alaska Native Corp. Inks $2M Deal To End Kickback Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 2, 2019 - 11:29am
An Alaska Native corporation and its subsidiary have agreed to fork over more than $2 million to resolve whistleblower claims that the unit paid a U.S. Army Corp of Engineers official kickbacks to win government contracts for construction work at a Texas military base.

Indigenous educators fight for an accurate history of California

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - May 2, 2019 - 11:09am

The Golden State is ignoring a history of violence against Native Americans


Dene elder questions Alberta eagle feather policy

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 2, 2019 - 10:00am
Patrick Deranger

Dene Elder Patrick Deranger's application to acquire eagle feathers to honour a small group of Indigenous high school graduates in 2018 was denied.

Categories: CANADA


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