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Kenney warns of constitutional challenge if environmental assessment overhaul is passed as written

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 2, 2019 - 9:56am
Trudeau Kenney 20190502

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney warns the Senate against passing the federal Liberal government's environmental assessment bill in its current form or risk inflaming a burgeoning national unity "crisis" in his province.

Categories: CANADA

Tejon Tribe finally sees action on long-awaited gaming development

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - May 2, 2019 - 9:47am
It's taking longer than expected but the Tejon Tribe is inching closer to a casino in California.

A tiny home solution to a big housing problem in this N.W.T. community

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 2, 2019 - 9:34am
Joseph Tobac Fort Good Hope

Tiny homes built with local lumber may be part of a solution to housing shortages in Jean Marie River, N.W.T.

Categories: CANADA

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe welcomes movement on bill to protect homelands

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - May 2, 2019 - 9:20am
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is seeing progress on a bill to protect its reservation from being taken out of trust.

How To Identify And Deal With Narcissists In Law

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 2, 2019 - 9:13am
Given that a large swath of the legal profession may display some narcissistic tendencies, it is important for lawyers to know how to address the narcissist in the room — and it may be you, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle.

Bill to protect ANWR passes early hurdle in Washington

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 2, 2019 - 9:00am
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Gwich'in leaders say they're hopeful after a congressional committee voted Wednesday to approve a bill to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Categories: CANADA

Indian Country Today E-Weekly Newsletter for May 2, 2019


Olympian Billy Mills guiding the dreams of Native youth, Sivan Alyra Rose talks with ICT and the NFL Eskimos?


Oglala Sioux Tribe bans South Dakota governor from reservation

INDIANZ.COM - May 2, 2019 - 7:51am
Tribal-state relations continue to erode in South Dakota, barely four months after a Republican governor was sworn into office.

AUDIO: Indian Health Service won't commit to advanced appropriations either

INDIANZ.COM - May 2, 2019 - 7:07am
The Trump administration remains silent on a key issue -- forward funding for tribal programs.

N.W.T. RCMP historical missing and murdered persons unit not staffed

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 2, 2019 - 7:00am
Yellowknife RCMP detachment

N.W.T. RCMP are one year into the hiring process for a two-person unit that will investigate historical murdered and missing persons cases.

Categories: CANADA

Indian Country Today video news report for May 2, 2019, with Vincent Schilling


Billy Mills celebrates Dreamstarters, a new head of BIA, Chambers interview and Gathering of Nations


'No standard of care,' former Ontario child advocate says of foster care system in call for overhaul

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 2, 2019 - 6:30am
Irwin Elman

Ontario's former child and youth advocate is making another call for the province to overhaul how it manages and legislates the child welfare system in the wake of an investigation into the conditions at three now-closed foster care homes in Thunder Bay.

Categories: CANADA

2 Inuit artists share 2018 Nunavut Commissioner's Arts Award

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - May 2, 2019 - 5:00am
Jaco Ishulutaq

Award recognizes contribution of artists to Nunavut culture. Susan Avinngaq of Igloolik and Jaco Ishulutaq from Pangnirtung are the winners this year.

Categories: CANADA

Not 'extinct': Colville Tribes win appeal in hunting rights case in Canada

INDIANZ.COM - May 2, 2019 - 4:31am
Rick Desautel, a Colville veteran who lives in the U.S., has once again won the right to hunt on ancestral territory across the border.

Ponca Tribe scores another decision in favor of gaming rights

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - May 2, 2019 - 3:19am
The Ponca Tribe can engage in gaming on its trust land in Iowa, federal regulators ruled for a third time in the long-running saga.

The Revelator: Bringing energy independence to Indian Country

INDIANZ.COM - May 2, 2019 - 2:20am
An organization focused on increasing energy independence for American Indians is helping to bring light, jobs and new opportunities to tribal communities.

Cronkite News: Not all migrants make it across the border

INDIANZ.COM - May 2, 2019 - 2:03am
A group of volunteers search for the remains of migrants who died trying to cross the southern U.S. deserts.

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: South Dakota governor does the work of a religious fanatic

INDIANZ.COM - May 2, 2019 - 1:26am
Kristi Noem has taken it upon herself to tell us that she is the one who is in charge and she makes no bones about what she has to offer.

Darryl LaCounte Named Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs

NATIVE KNOT - May 2, 2019 - 1:00am

WASHINGTON — Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Tara Mac Lean Sweeney announced that she has appointed Darryl LaCounte to the position of director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) in the U.S. Department of the Interior. LaCounte, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in North Dakota, has served as acting director since 2018.  His appointment became effective on April 28, 2019.

“Ensuring that key leadership positions are filled is important for Indian Affairs’ success and the Department’s relationship with Indian Country,” Sweeney said. “Mr. LaCounte has done a superior job over this past year as the acting director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  He is clearly committed to the trust responsibility and the further development of our vital workforce, which is the foundation for our ability to deliver services to the tribes.”

“When I was asked to step in to be the BIA’s acting director, I felt a strong responsibility to the people behind the work – the Indian Affairs employees, the tribes, and the Indian and Alaska Native people we serve,” LaCounte said.  “In accepting this appointment as BIA director, I want to thank Assistant Secretary Sweeney for her confidence and support.  Because I believe in our mission, I am committed to improving the way we accomplish it and to upholding the federal trust responsibility now and for future generations.”

LaCounte began his federal career in 1988 at the Bureau’s Wind River Agency in Fort Washakie, Wyo., as an oil and gas specialist in the real estate services branch of the Office of Trust Services.  Since 2015, he had been regional director of the Bureau’s Rocky Mountain Regional Office in Billings, Mont., which serves eight federally recognized tribes in Montana and Wyoming.  He went on to serve as the acting deputy bureau director for Trust Services at the BIA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., beginning in February 2018.  He was named the acting BIA director in April 2018.

LaCounte received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Montana College (now Montana State University) in 1986.

The Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs oversees the BIA, the oldest bureau in the Department of the Interior.  The BIA director is responsible for managing the bureau’s day-to-day operations through four offices – Indian Services, Justice Services, Trust Services, and Field Operations. These offices directly administer or fund tribally operated BIA infrastructure, economic development, law enforcement and justice, social services (including child welfare), tribal governance, and trust land and natural and energy resources management programs for the nation’s 573 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes through 12 regional offices and 81 agencies.


Russian Indigenous Group Visits NTU to Explore Possible Foreign Exchange Program

NATIVE KNOT - May 2, 2019 - 1:00am

CROWNPOINT, N.M. — Navajo Technical University’s Diné Studies program invited members of the Yakut indigenous group from Russia to learn about Navajo culture and to explore the possibilities of a foreign student exchange program.  The group of Yakut visitors was; Mikhail Mikhailovich Ershov, Villiam Yakovlev, Temirei Sutakov, and Maria Kouner who were accompanied by translator Gordon Bronitski. The group toured NTU’s campus and provided presentations on cultural activities and demonstrations. During the visit, the group gifted NTU President Dr. Elmer J. Guy and students with a cultural Yakut drum made of horsehide decorated with ribbons.

“They have been to the Navajo Nation before and we are pleased to have them come to Navajo Tech to learn more about how we can forge a partnership with them for our students,” said NTU President Dr. Elmer J. Guy. “These types of foreign interactions present a unique opportunity for our students to learn about cultures from other countries and to create a pathway for more of these types of partnerships.”

The Yakut visitors were welcomed to Navajo Technical University’s campus with a tour of its various departments and Navajo cultural knowledge presentations were offered by graduate students at the Diné Studies Hooghan. Diné Cultural, Language, and Leadership major Sharon Nelson described the assorted utensils used to prepare traditional foods, while dual major Wallace Dale discussed the Navajo calendar. Adjunct Weaving Instructor Bonnie Yazzie also gave a brief story about the warrior twins and discussed the importance of Navajo traditional weaving.

The university will begin exploring opportunities toward a partnership that will allow students to visit and learn in Russia, while Yakut students will attend NTU. After gifting the group a traditional Navajo basket, President Guy welcomed the group for another visit to the university in order to continue discussions on a student exchange program.

“A partnership with NTU will be beneficial for everyone and it will give the Navajo people a voice at the United Nations in our quest to save the earth as indigenous people from across the world,” said Temirei Sutakov, Yakut and Sakha traditional and contemporary artist.

To learn more about the visit and the Diné Studies program at Navajo Technical University visit navajotech.edu or contact Dr. Wesley Thomas at wthomas@navajotech.edu.




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