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Calif. Tribe Can't Escape City Suit Over Casino Deal

LAW360 (Native feed) - June 20, 2019 - 1:51pm
A Calfornia federal judge denied a Native American tribe’s bid to exit a lawsuit claiming its settlement with the city of Richmond over a failed casino project violated state law, ruling the tribe waived its sovereign immunity when it settled and can’t now back out of the related suit.

Native Sun News Today: Did Keystone XL company write controversial law?

INDIANZ.COM - June 20, 2019 - 12:35pm
A new law opposed by Native activists and water protectors is being contested in federal court

Joy Harjo, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, becomes nation’s first Native American U.S. Poet Laureate

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - June 20, 2019 - 12:32pm

‘Being named poet laureate was exciting but completely unexpected,’ says Harjo, the first Native American ‘official poet’ of the United States


Thursday, June 20, 2019

NATIONAL NATIVE NEWS (nativetimes.net) - June 20, 2019 - 12:09pm

Members of the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee admonished Tracy Toulou, director of the Department of Justice’s Office of Tribal Justice for being unprepared to address legislation before the committee (Photo: screenshot)

Senators in Montana are optimistic an amendment on a defense bill will bring federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians. And Netflix is facing hefty criticism for cancelling the show Chambers, which featured a Native American actress in the lead https://www.nativenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/nnn062019.mp3

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National prayer days for sacred places facing threats across the land

INDIANZ.COM - June 20, 2019 - 8:09am
Observances and ceremonies for sacred places will be held across the land on the Summer Solstice.

Two pipelines, two directions: Keystone XL Pipeline revived but Enbridge’s Line 3 on hold

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - June 20, 2019 - 7:46am

Keystone XL brought to life with a new permit, Enbridge Line 3 on hold due to environmental deficiencies


The Conversation: MMIWG report confirms genocide is foundational to Canada

INDIANZ.COM - June 20, 2019 - 7:13am
For too long we political scientists in Canada have been bystanders to discussions about cultural genocide and genocide.

'Meanspirited': Eastern Cherokee chief responds to attack on his people

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - June 20, 2019 - 5:32am
Senator Richard Burr should apologize for his false and harsh comments and withdraw the flawed legislation that he’s championing.

'One step closer': Little Shell Chippewa Tribe optimistic on federal recognition

INDIANZ.COM - June 20, 2019 - 5:00am
Federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians has been included in a 'must pass' bill.

Government lied about leaked education report, says Nunavut Teachers Association

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 20, 2019 - 5:00am
Inuit Education Threat 20170319

The president of the Nunavut Teachers Association says that his organization was lied to when it comes to a leaked report on the Nunavut Teacher Education Program, saying they were told several times work on the report was still ongoing.

Categories: CANADA

Manitoba's new 'utility scale' solar farm aims to spark First Nations interest in green energy

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 20, 2019 - 4:00am
David Crate

Fisher River Cree Nation is aiming to generate clean power and an ongoing source of revenue from a new one megawatt solar farm, the biggest 'utility scale' array in Manitoba.

Categories: CANADA

'A catalogue of my life': Anishinaabe artist Rebecca Belmore on Facing the Monumental exhibition

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - June 20, 2019 - 4:00am
Rebecca Belmore

The largest exhibition devoted to award-winning Anishinaabe artist Rebecca Belmore opens for the summer at Musée d’art contemporain de Montreal.

Categories: CANADA

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe told to seek local permits to build casino

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - June 20, 2019 - 3:12am
Despite winning a landmark sovereignty case, the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is being forced to seek local approval to construct a building that will house a Class II gaming facility.

Bill John Baker: Remember the Removal Bike Ride retraces Trail of Tears

INDIANZ.COM - June 20, 2019 - 2:36am
Participation in Remember the Removal enables the riders to better understand the trials and tribulations our people faced during their journey to Indian Territory.

Clara Caufield: Native people became quickly skilled in beadwork

INDIANZ.COM - June 20, 2019 - 1:07am
There are still many creative and very talented beaders in Indian Country.

NTEC and Bisti Fuels Organize Highway Trash Pickup Project

NATIVE KNOT - June 20, 2019 - 1:00am

SAN JUAN CHAPTER, N.M. — Navajo Transitional Energy Company and North American Coal Bisti Fuels teamed up to clean a portion of Navajo Route 36 from Highway 491 to San Juan Chapter during the week of June 20.

“Our community teams are leading the charge to clean up an area that is traveled by residents, Navajo Mineworkers and tourists. Cleaning the roadside is one way we show our appreciation to the community for being excellent neighbors of Navajo Mine,” said NTEC CEO Clark Moseley.

NTEC hired college students for the task. Through four days, nearly 20 college students picked up 90 cubic yards, the size of three 30-yard dumpsters, of trash in a six-mile span. Most of the trash consisted of glass bottles. In addition, nearly 80 tires were picked up in the same stretch of highway.

“We are really happy to be helping out the community by picking up trash. We’re thankful to all the students who have helped us through the week,” said Cortasha Upshaw, NTEC Community Affairs Coordinator.

The crew started their days at 7 a.m. by meeting at the chapter house, then worked until noon each day.

“We have to be cautious of the heat this time of year. We end the day early to avoid any complications directed from the heat,” Upshaw said.

The Navajo Nation Police Department ensured the student's safety on the roadsides. They had police units parked with flashing lights to warn drivers to slow down.

“The officers were a great help in controlling the speed of traffic,” Upshaw added.

Aside from bottles and tires, students found some unique items that were discarded on the roadside.

“The interesting things I found was an old cell phone and pair of car keys,” said Tsaa Henderson, 22.

Henderson said he enjoys helping the community and more can be done.

“I do this because I do feel like we need to do more for our community. From every angle we can from picking up trash to providing lunch for our children and our elderly,” he said.

Leonardo LaMarr, 18, a student at New Mexico State University, said picking up trash is work.

“It was a lot of work. I’m glad it’s over,” he said with a smile.


UPDATE: Cherokee Nation Supreme Court dismisses Lay, Frailey election appeals

NATIVE KNOT - June 20, 2019 - 1:00am

TAHLEQUAH – After two days of deliberation, Supreme Court justices on June 19 dismissed the appeals by principal chief candidate Dick Lay and deputy chief candidate Meredith Frailey against principal chief-elect Chuck Hoskin Jr., deputy chief-elect Bryan Warner and the Cherokee Nation Election Commission.

All five justices – Lee W. Paden, Lynn Burris, Mark L. Dobbins, John C. Garrett, and Chief Justice James G. Wilcoxen – signed the decision.

Hoskin said his only surprise with the hearing was the raising of issues previously examined and discharged by the EC and the attorney general’s office. 

“The issue was nothing new, but that is part of due process,” Hoskin said. “That process is complete, and I am not at all surprised by the outcome, and Bryan Warner and I are ready to assume office and get to work.”

Warner expressed satisfaction with the hearing’s conclusion.

“I’m ready to get things going, and I’m preparing to transition into the new role and help the citizens of the Cherokee Nation,” he said. “I want to go to work and serve the people diligently.”

Lay called the decision “interesting” and said he was proud of his grassroots campaign.

“I’m happy we never resorted to mudslinging,” Lay said. “I’m happy we were honest and transparent enough not to have utilized an LLC. I’m proud that when it came time to be at the courthouse, I was there. I will continue to work for the best interest of the Cherokee Nation.”

Frailey said the hearing demonstrated the strengths of the Nation’s legal system but that there is room to improve the elections. She also commended the justices and all legal counsel for their professionalism.

“I’m disappointed with the decision in part because the facts were similar to the (David) Walkingstick disqualification case, and I think that was used (in the appellate case) as the standard,” Frailey said. “But I thank the justices of the Supreme Court for hearing our argument, and I think it shows that our democratic system of government does work. I believe the election laws need to be amended to eliminate doubt and confusion among the people. There is much improvement to be made, but we are also fortunate to have the government we have.”

In the opinion, Wilcoxen said the post-election appeals process is available as a challenge to the circumstances of the election itself and any attempts to usurp the will of the Cherokee people.

“Notwithstanding, Petitioners here did not make such allegations in their pleadings or their arguments but instead focus on alleged violations of election laws centered on campaign contributions and expenditures by Hoskin and Warner,” Wilcoxen wrote. “Article 5 also provides for this Court to consider the record of the Election Commission on appeal. Even though there is no record because the Commission did not hear this complaint, the Court considered the evidence offered by Petitioners.”

Wilcoxen wrote that campaign finance violation allegations are normally presented to the EC, often seeking a candidate’s disqualification based on conduct. He added that the appellants did not file until nine days after the election, leaving no proceeding for an appeal to the EC. He further stated that similar complaints were made before the election, but found to be without merit by the EC and attorney general’s office.

“Petitioners claim Cherokee Future, a professional campaign corporation, hired by the Hoskin/Warner campaign as a vehicle to pay vendors was acting as a front for other vendors,” Wilcoxen wrote. “Allegedly, Cherokee Future did not disclose the individual actual vendors other than generically and that there were large payments to Cherokee Future under the designation ‘miscellaneous.’ Granted there should be as much disclosure as reasonably possible but the Election Commission considered the changes made in later revised filings made by the Hoskin/Warner campaign and found that there was no evidence of a violation of the election law regarding the disclosure of expenses by the campaign. In fact, there is no evidence that Cherokee Future did anything but pay bills.”

The court also found no indication that Cherokee Future took or requested contributions, or that it funded in-kind contributions to the campaign and that campaign donation actually went to Cherokee Future to cover campaign-related costs. It also stated the campaign disclosed payments to Cherokee Future, which never received contributions and did not run afoul of corporate donation prohibitions.

“The Petitioners themselves are dissatisfied with the level of disclosure, however, those complaints should have been made with the Election Commission and they should have been made in a timely manner and where possible before the election,” Wilcoxen wrote. “A fair reading of the Election Laws indicate that challenges of this nature should be made pre-election as a practical matter to avoid the necessity and expense of a new election should a candidate be disqualified. It should be done to avoid the appearance that the complaining parties have waited to see how the election turned out before filing a complaint against their opponents. While this Court is not saying that is the case here, this Court is saying that there is not sufficient evidence in this record for this Court to order a new election after the fact. Therefore, it is the order of this court that this consolidated action is dismissed with all pending motions being deemed moot.”

The EC was expected to certify June 1 election results on June 20 in a special meeting.


Muscogee Creek Citizen, Joy Harjo, Named Nation’s 23rd Poet Laureate

NATIVE KNOT - June 20, 2019 - 1:00am

Harjo is the First Native American to serve as U.S. Poet Laureate


WASHINGTON — Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the appointment of Joy Harjo as the nation’s 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2019-2020. Harjo will take up her duties in the fall, opening the Library’s annual literary season on Sept. 19 with a reading of her work in the Coolidge Auditorium.

Harjo is the first Native American poet to serve in the position – she is an enrolled member of the Muscogee Creek Nation. She succeeds Tracy K. Smith, who served two terms as laureate.

“Joy Harjo has championed the art of poetry – ‘soul talk’ as she calls it – for over four decades,” Hayden said. “To her, poems are ‘carriers of dreams, knowledge, and wisdom,’ and through them, she tells an American story of tradition and loss, reckoning and myth-making. Her work powerfully connects us to the earth and the spiritual world with a direct, inventive lyricism that helps us reimagine who we are.”

Harjo currently lives in her hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and is the nation’s first Poet Laureate from Oklahoma.

“What a tremendous honor it is to be named the U.S. Poet Laureate,” Harjo said. “I share this honor with ancestors and teachers who inspired in me a love of poetry, who taught that words are powerful and can make a change when understanding appears impossible, and how time and timelessness can live together within a poem. I count among these ancestors and teachers my Muscogee Creek people, the librarians who opened so many doors for all of us, and the original poets of the indigenous tribal nations of these lands, who were joined by diverse peoples from nations all over the world to make this country and this country’s poetry.”

Harjo joins a long line of distinguished poets who have served in the position, including Juan Felipe Herrera, Charles Wright, Natasha Trethewey, Philip Levine, W.S. Merwin, Kay Ryan, Charles Simic, Donald Hall, Ted Kooser, Louise Glück, Billy Collins, Stanley Kunitz, Robert Pinsky, Robert Hass and Rita Dove.

Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on May 9, 1951, and is the author of eight books of poetry – including “Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings” (W. W. Norton, 2015); “The Woman Who Fell From the Sky” (W. W. Norton, 1994), which received the Oklahoma Book Arts Award; and “In Mad Love and War” (Wesleyan University Press, 1990), which received an American Book Award and the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award. Her next book of poems, “An American Sunrise,” will be published by W. W. Norton in fall 2019. Harjo has also written a memoir, “Crazy Brave” (W. W. Norton, 2012), which won the 2013 PEN Center USA literary prize for creative nonfiction, as well as a children’s book, “The Good Luck Cat” (Harcourt, Brace 2000) and a young adult book, “For a Girl Becoming” (University of Arizona Press, 2009).

As a performer, Harjo has appeared on HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam” and in venues across the U.S. and internationally. In addition to her poetry, Harjo is a musician. She plays saxophone with her band, the Arrow Dynamics Band, and previously with Poetic Justice, and has released four award-winning CDs of original music. In 2009, she won a Native American Music Award (NAMMY) for Best Female Artist of the Year.

Harjo’s many literary awards include the PEN Open Book Award, the American Indian Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award, the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book. Harjo has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Witter Bynner Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her collection “How We Become Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2001” (W. W. Norton, 2002) was selected by the National Endowment for the Arts for its Big Read program. Her recent honors include the Jackson Prize from Poets & Writers (2019), the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation (2017) and the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets (2015). In 2019, she was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Harjo has taught at UCLA and was until recently a professor and chair of excellence at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has returned to her hometown where she holds a Tulsa Artist Fellowship.


Peoria Tribe Seeks Penalties from Former Management Company Officers

NATIVE KNOT - June 20, 2019 - 1:00am

Tribe working with regulators to ensure compliance

MIAMI, Okla. — The Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma said it is taking steps to recover monies wrongfully taken by its former casino management company and pledged to work with the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) and other federal authorities to ensure compliance with federal laws, the agency’s rules, and regulations.

The NIGC last month issued a Notice of Violation to the Tribe due to wrongful acts committed by officers of its former management company, Direct Enterprise Development, LLC. The NIGC found that David J. Qualls and Tony D. Holden wrongfully enriched themselves and their company in excess of $2 million in management fees in direct disregard of specific NIGC directions to calculate those fees in a different manner. The NIGC also found that Qualls and Holden engaged in other payments and practices which violated the terms of their management agreement.

The Notice of Violation was not issued as the result of tribal misconduct.

“The Peoria Tribe had no control over the calculation and payment of the management fees or the other wrongful payments,” said Chief Craig Harper, “that was all under the sole control of Qualls and Holden.”

Neither Qualls nor Holden is a member of the Peoria Tribe.

“The Peoria Tribe takes these issues seriously and we will cooperate fully with the NIGC and other federal authorities to resolve concerns related to these events,” said Harper. “We hope to avoid or limit penalties we may be assessed for the wrongful conduct of those two men.”

The Peoria Tribal Gaming Commission previously made similar findings to those of the NIGC. Based on those findings, it permanently revoked the gaming licenses of Qualls and Holden and issued a $2,067,561 fine against them, as authorized by federal and tribal law and regulations.

The Peoria Tribe’s appeal of the NIGC’s Notice is pending with the agency. The Peoria Tribe is represented in these matters by D. Michael McBride III and Jimmy K. Goodman of the Tulsa and Oklahoma City offices of Crowe & Dunlevy, P.C.


Remember the Removal Bike Ride Return Ceremony Today

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - June 20, 2019 - 12:02am

Published June 20, 2019

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The 2019 Remember the Removal Bike Ride cyclists will reunite with their friends and family on Thursday in Tahlequah after a three-week journey riding their bicycles to retrace the steps of their ancestors along the Northern Route of the Trail of Tears.

A return ceremony is being held at the tribe’s Peace Pavilion to welcome the riders home, to honor their accomplishments and to award medals. Oklahoma Secretary of Native American Affairs Lisa J. Billy will also present a proclamation on behalf of Gov. Kevin Stitt declaring “Trail of Tears Remembrance Week” and recognizing the 35th anniversary of the inaugural bike ride in 1984. Governors of Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas made similar proclamations when cyclists rode through their respective states.

The riders started their journey in New Echota, Georgia, on June 2, and traveled around 60 miles per day across Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas before ending their 950-mile journey in Tahlequah, the end point of the Trail of Tears.

Throughout the ride, the cyclists visited various historic sites significant to the Trail of Tears. Many of the states along the route included important landmarks such as the original Cherokee Nation capital at New Echota, Georgia, and Blythe Ferry, Tennessee, home of the Cherokee Removal Memorial Park, where riders located the names of their ancestors who walked the Trail. Cyclists also visited Mantle Rock in Kentucky, which provided shelter for Cherokees while they waited for safe passage over the frozen Ohio River.

WHAT:          Remember the Removal Bike Ride return ceremony

WHEN:         Thursday, June 20
11 a.m.

WHERE:       Cherokee National Peace Pavilion
177 S. Water Ave.
Tahlequah, Oklahoma

WHO:            Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker

                        Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden

                        Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd

                        Chief of Staff Chuck Hoskin

                        Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Principal Chief Richard Sneed

                        Oklahoma Secretary of Native American Affairs Lisa J. Billy

                        2019 Remember the Removal cyclists

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