Monday, August 15, 2022 – The new book-banning trend

NATIVE AMERICA CALLING - August 12, 2022 - 5:57pm

With some success, Native Americans have fought hard to have their voices heard in the narratives about them by predominantly non-Native sources. Those gains are under assault by a new surge of efforts to ban books by Native authors and other works that challenge colonial conventional wisdom. We’ll get a sampling of books that well-meaning parents, administrators and policy-makers want to keep off of school reading lists and public spaces.

Tribes Urge Justices To Back Indian Child Welfare Act

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 12, 2022 - 4:21pm
Five Native American tribes urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to uphold the Indian Child Welfare Act, saying Congress constitutionally used its power in the law to keep Indian families together and shield tribes from "destruction."

Calif. Tribe's Fed. Casino Construction Suit Tossed — For Now

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 12, 2022 - 2:24pm
A California federal judge has temporarily dismissed the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians' suit against a Golden State judge and other defendants in the tribe's long-running dispute over a casino project, saying on Friday that the district court is the wrong venue for the case.

Water shortage prompts Iqaluit to declare state of emergency

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - August 12, 2022 - 2:21pm
Iqaluit's emergency water pumping project

After declaring a state of emergency due to historically low water levels, the city of Iqaluit will begin pumping water out of a nearby lake into its reservoir. 

SD County Must Fix Native American Vote Dilution

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 12, 2022 - 1:46pm
A South Dakota county must change its current voting system after a federal judge ruled that county officials likely violated the Voting Rights Act by diluting Native Americans' voting and that a new plan must be found, even with elections approaching in November.

Indian Gaming Revenues Rebound, Up 13% Over 2019 Levels

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 12, 2022 - 1:32pm
The National Indian Gaming Commission has reported a 40% year-over-year increase in gross gaming revenue totaling $39 billion for the 2021 fiscal year, indicating that the industry has rebounded from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Live Nation, Coachella End Infringement Suit Over Tribe Event

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 12, 2022 - 1:30pm
The creators of the Coachella Music Festival have agreed to settle their lawsuit against Live Nation Entertainment accusing the concert promoter of contributing to trademark infringement by helping a Native American tribe sell tickets for its Coachella Day One 22 music event.

Inflation Reduction Act Loan Funds Will Aid Energy Innovation

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 12, 2022 - 1:07pm
By providing an extra $70 billion to the U.S. Department of Energy's Loan Program Office, the Inflation Reduction Act has the potential to significantly increase financing for innovative energy production and storage projects — and to do so in a fiscally responsible manner, say attorneys at Kilpatrick.

8th Circ. Ends Minn. Pipeline Appeal After Tribe Ruling

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 12, 2022 - 12:46pm
The Eighth Circuit has agreed to end an appeal by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources seeking to keep a dispute with the White Earth Band of Ojibwe in federal court, saying the matter is moot after the tribe's own courts declined to exercise jurisdiction over the dispute.

Friday, August 12, 2022

NATIONAL NATIVE NEWS ( - August 12, 2022 - 12:34pm

Anchor: Antonia Gonzales

The Biden-Harris administration on Thursday announced more than $140 million in awards to bring high-speed, affordable internet to tribal communities in New Mexico through the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program.

Vice President Kamala Harris says she has spoken with tribal leaders across the country about the need for high-speed internet.

Harris says the administration is committed to making investments in Indian Country.

“Our administration’s vision is to connect all Native communities with the internet and with the opportunity that comes along with access to affordable internet. The opportunity to live healthier, happier and more prosperous lives, and we will continue to fight every day to make that vision a reality.”

The Pueblo of Isleta was awarded $26 million in funding.

Isleta Governor Vernon Abeita says the pandemic heightened the need for the internet as schools, health care, and jobs went online. He says internet service is expensive for community members, and although the Pueblo is about a 15 minute drive from Albuquerque, service is unreliable.

“Through all of this infrastructure money we are getting we will be able to provide these types of services to our communities for education, health care and economic development and the ability to have some programs work from home, small businesses work from home using the broadband that we can provide for our communities.”

According to the administration, additional awards will be announced this month for tribes across the country, including in Alaska, Nebraska, South Dakota, Arizona, and California.

Bootcamps are bringing people together to learn about tribal broadband. This week, one was held at the University of Oregon in Eugene. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

At the Ford Alumni Center, about 50 people watch presentations on network development, funding, and cable crimping and splicing.

Matthew Ballard is with the Shinnecock Indian Nation, based in Long Island, NY. He says historically, Native people have been left behind in technological initiatives, hampering tasks.

“Basic things like paying bills, interacting with our governments, being able to start new businesses, and reach our customers. So it is important for tribes to be here to keep on the leading edge of technology and make sure we’re not falling further and further behind.” 

Matthew Rantanen is a Cree tribal member and boot camp organizer.

“Our biggest goal is to bring people together because they become a human network, right? We’re talking about broadband networking but we have now a human network of people that they can rely upon for resources, troubleshooting and things, and they know they’re not doing this alone.”

The pandemic has especially driven tribes’ needs for broadband.

Last week, the Nez Perce Tribe, the Spokane Tribe, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, and conservation groups made an agreement with the Biden administration to continue a pause in litigation over dams on the Snake and Columbia rivers.

Aaron Bolton has more.

The groups had previously agreed to pause the litigation over restoring salmon and other native fish species to the two rivers.

The Biden Administration last week announced a commitment to collaborate with Pacific Northwest tribes to restore salmon and native fish populations while also delivering hydropower to the region.

According to a release by EarthJustice, the agreement will pause the lawsuit for another year, but any of the parties involved in the litigation can make a motion to resume legal action.

Tribes and conservation groups say they will do so if the Biden Administration doesn’t take action in a timely manner.

California Native Americans will share their culture with lawmakers and the public at the State Capitol in Sacramento on Monday.

The Third Annual California Indian Cultural Awareness event at Capitol Park is sponsored by Native American State Rep. James Ramos (D-CA).

Native cultures from around the state will be celebrated.


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Preparing For Small Biz Subcontractor Evals After New Rules

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 12, 2022 - 12:04pm
With the U.S. Small Business Administration's rules requiring prime contractors to provide past-performance evaluations going into effect this month, large government contractors and small business subcontractors should consider the additional administrative burdens and compliance risks, says Tyler Evans at Steptoe & Johnson.

A Law Firm's Guide To Avoiding Client Conflicts

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 12, 2022 - 12:04pm
With the pace of law firm mergers accelerating, Mark Hinderks at Stinson reviews the conflict of interest rules that may derail a deal or cause a firm to lose a new or existing client, and how courts have filled in perceived gaps in the rules.

The Quiet Power Of Amy Coney Barrett

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 12, 2022 - 10:46am
She is not the most talkative at oral arguments nor does she write the most opinions, but Justice Amy Coney Barrett is a key player in the U.S. Supreme Court's conservative majority who seems to be in control over the law's rightward push.

Pow Wow Calendar Update – August 12, 2022

POWWOWS.COM - August 12, 2022 - 10:21am

Pow Wow Calendar Update – August 12, 20222022 Pow Wow Calendar Check the list below for the latest Pow Wows added to our calendar and ones coming up in the next couple of weeks! Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival 2022 August 11 – August 14 Fort Hall Indian Reservation,.....

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How First Nations in Alberta are building their own child welfare systems

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - August 12, 2022 - 10:00am
Ermineskin Junior Senior High School, Maskwacis

A trio of northern First Nations expect to be the first Indigenous group to take over child welfare services from the Alberta government — but say their new agency won't be up and running for over a year.

US Park Police Intrude on Association of American Indian Physicians’ Induction Ceremony

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - August 12, 2022 - 9:23am

During the last weekend in July, U.S. Park Police disturbed and interrupted an induction ceremony for the Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) in Lafayette Square, Washington D.C.

First Nations-owned cannabis stores no longer need SLGA permit: province

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - August 12, 2022 - 6:30am
Pheasant Rump Nakota Nation

The Saskatchewan government is hoping to "level the playing field" by removing a requirement that cannabis stores on First Nations land hold provincial permits, though they must enter into an agreement with the SLGA. However, the change has already been rejected by at least one chief.

Brokenhead Ojibway Nation celebrates Treaty Days with new powwow arbour

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - August 12, 2022 - 4:00am
Brokenhead Pow wow arbour

Brokenhead Chief Gordon Bluesky says their new arbour, complete with Astroturf, got a lot of positive feedback last weekend.

Famous Dave’s Restaurants Sell for $200 Million

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - August 12, 2022 - 1:50am

Quebec-based MTY Food Group announced Tuesday that it is buying Minnetonka, Minn.-based BBQ Holdings Inc., the parent company of Famous Dave’s, for nearly $200 million. 

IHS Awards Tribal Management Grants to Support Tribal Self-Determination

Announces grant funding awarded to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota and the Ak-Chin Indian Community in Arizona to develop and improve the health program management capacity through the Tribal Management Grant Program. Describes the goal of the funding program to support tribal management of health programs in order to assume all or part of existing Indian Health Service (IHS) programs in those communities.


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