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Heiltsuk leader says community still waiting for environmental justice 5 years after 'traumatizing' oil spill
In 2016, the Nathan E. Stewart tugboat ran aground and sank in the First Nation's fishing territory on B.C.'s Central Coast, spilling 110,000 liters of diesel and heavy oils into a marine harvesting area called Gale Pass, affecting cultural and economic activities to this day.
.@Interior today announced key members of agency leadership who will work to advance President Biden’s agenda to tackle climate change, protect endangered wildlife, and honor our responsibilities to Indigenous communities. https://t.co/ezSS7MrGrg— US Interior Press Team (@USInteriorPress) October 13, 2021 Gallegos, who also hails from the Pueblo of Santa Ana, most recently served as a law clerk on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He also worked for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, according to Interior’s release. Little Elk worked at the department during the Barack Obama administration. He most recently served as the chief executive officer for REDCO, the economic development enterprise of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. In addition to Gallegos and Little Elk, Mike Martinez is joining Interior as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks. He most recently served as a policy analyst for the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, which supports the treaty rights of tribes in western Washington. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. Photo: Tami Heilemann / U.S. Department of the Interior The Indian Affairs team at Interior is overseen by Assistant Secretary Bryan Newland, a citizen of the Bay Mills Indian Community. He was confirmed to his post by the U.S. Senate on August 7. The department itself is led by Secretary Halaand, who was confirmed to her post on March 15. She is the first Native person in a presidential cabinet. “At Interior, we believe that honoring our relationship with tribes and upholding the trust responsibility is paramount to fulfilling this department’s mission,” Halaand, who is a citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna, said in an address to the National Congress of American Indians on Tuesday. “For too long, Indian issues were relegated only to the Indian Affairs,” said Haaland, who is the first Native person to lead the federal agency with the most trust and treaty responsibilities in Indian Country. “We’re going to make sure that tribal communities thrive that tribal sovereignty is respected and strengthened.” The Department of the Interior includes the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Indian Education and the recently-created Bureau of Trust Funds Administration, which is taking over most of the functions of the former Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians. The positions announced on Wednesday do not require Senate confirmation. Biographical information from Interior follows: Joaquin Gallegos, Special Assistant, Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs
Joaquin R. Gallegos (Jicarilla Apache Nation/Pueblo of Santa Ana) recently served as a law clerk to Judge Allison H. Eid on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Previously, Joaquin served as a legislative staff attorney to the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. He has also served as a legal fellow to former Senator Tom Udall on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and as a policy fellow to former Senator Byron Dorgan at the Aspen Institute. Joaquin graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and the University of Colorado Denver. Wizipan Little Elk, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs
Wizipan Little Elk is a citizen of the Sicangu Oyate (Rosebud Sioux Tribe). Most recently, he served as the CEO of the REDCO ecosystem of organizations. Wizipan’s previous experience includes serving within the Sicangu Oyate government and at the Interior Department as deputy chief of staff to the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and his law degree from the University of Arizona. Wizipan is a hunter and writer. He lives on the homelands of the Sicangu and is married to the love of his life and together raise four children. Mike Martinez, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Fish and Wildlife and Parks
Michael Martinez most recently served as a policy analyst for the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, where he focused on water resources and fisheries in western Washington. He previously served for seven years as a natural resources law and policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Michael also served for over a decade in various roles at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and as a judicial law clerk at the Washington Supreme Court. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in natural resources recreation planning and management, master’s degrees in environmental studies and environmental law, and a Juris Doctor.
Once every 10 years federal and state districts are drawn up from data released by the U.S. Census. In New Mexico, the state’s legislature will vote in December to approve new redistricting maps.
RANDALLS ISLAND, New York—The word “recognize” doesn’t exist in the Shinnecock Nation language, according to tribal member Chenae Bullock. She is one of the organizers of the seventh annual New York City Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration on Randalls Island, a small island located in the East River, between Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens.
Some unvaccinated people are going public after getting COVID-19. Will it convince others to get the shot?
Vaccine hesitancy experts say appeals from those who have experienced the consequences of being unvaccinated could help counter frightening misinformation spread by anti-vaccine groups.
RCMP says it implemented 22 watchdog recommendations – but status of dozens of complaints still unknown
The RCMP says it has implemented about 22 recommendations made by its watchdog over the last fiscal year, but the status of dozens more recommendations regarding claims of Mountie misconduct remains unknown.
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A state of emergency has been declared in Iqaluit after city staff found evidence of fuel contamination in the city's treated water supply. The water is unsafe to drink, even if filtered or boiled, the municipal health department said.
The ImagineNative Film and Media Arts Festival's August Schellenberg Award is given annually to an Indigenous actor based on the longevity and impact of their career.