Former Kuujjuaq mayor named Liberal candidate for Ungava in Quebec election

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - August 9, 2022 - 5:34pm
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Tunu Napartuk, a former mayor of Kuujjuaq, will run for the Liberal Party of Quebec in the province's Oct. 3 election.

Ground-penetrating radar search begins at former Blue Quills residential school in Alberta

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - August 9, 2022 - 5:26pm
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A ground-penetrating radar search for unmarked graves began Tuesday at the site of a former residential school in central Alberta.

Manitoba increases funding for program that fosters dialogue between Indigenous, non-Indigenous people

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - August 9, 2022 - 5:05pm
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A national campaign to encourage reconciliation through conversation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians has been given a funding boost from the Manitoba government.

Claims Court Says Air Force Arbitrary In $100M Deal Awards

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 9, 2022 - 4:53pm
The Court of Federal Claims has blocked the U.S. Air Force from moving forward with three of four contracts on a maintenance and repair deal at a base in Alaska worth nearly $100 million, saying it arbitrarily assessed bidders' past performance examples.

NTIA Awards Alaskan Tribal Grants, Expands Program By $1B

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 9, 2022 - 4:12pm
The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded $51 million in grants for internet connectivity to a pair of Alaskan tribal entities and said it would expand the funding program by $1 billion this year to meet high demand.

Sask. woman, accused of faking own death, says she had 'no choice' but to flee

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - August 9, 2022 - 3:55pm
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The Saskatoon woman accused of staging the disappearance of herself and her son has issued a statement to CBC News from an Oregon jail.

Calif. Tribe Says Full 9th Circ. Should Weigh Contract Row

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 9, 2022 - 3:35pm
The Cedarville Rancheria of Northern Paiute Indians has pressed the Ninth Circuit to overturn a penalty a California bankruptcy judge imposed on a tribal company, saying precedent relied on by a construction contractor has been overruled and the full circuit court should hear the case to make that clear.

Endo Says Bankruptcy Likely In Face Of Opioid Suits

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 9, 2022 - 3:25pm
Endo Pharmaceuticals on Tuesday warned investors that it may very soon become the next opioid maker to seek refuge in bankruptcy, saying a Chapter 11 filing could be imminent in the face of continuing opioid suits and "substantial" debt.

Ernestine Anunkasan Hupa: Living the life, thanks to Tim Giago

INDIANZ.COM - August 9, 2022 - 2:59pm
Ernestine Anunkasan Hupa Ernestine Anunkasan Hupa displays an award received by Native Sun News Today, then using the name Native Sun News. The newspaper received First Place in General Excellence award for Weeklies over 2,000 in the South Dakota Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper contest. Photo: Native Sun News Today
The life of Kings
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

I always remember that Tim Giago used to say the life of a journalist really is the life of Kings. I learned since then it was a quote from American Journalist H.L. Mencken.

The first time I met Tim Giago was in 1999. My husband at the time, Robert Chasing Hawk, had written a column about diabetes and we had gone into the Lakota Journal office on Omaha Street in Rapid City to deliver it.

I knew who Tim Giago was, as did just about everyone else in Indian Country. I had been reading his newspapers, Lakota Times, Indian Country Today and Lakota Journal since the early 80’s. In fact my step-father Alvin Fast Wolf worked for Tim delivering papers and used to write a weekly column called the “Wondering Wolf.” The only thing I didn’t know that day, when I finally got to meet him in person, was that Tim would become my mentor, my muse and a father figure and that he would give me opportunities that I could never have imagined.

I was a late bloomer and had been a housewife and I sold Indian Tacos for a living. I went back to college after my first husband left the family and attended Cheyenne River Community College which became Si Tanka Huron University. While at Si Tanka I had taken courses in Desktop Publishing which included Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Pagemaker. I worked at Si Tanka Vision, the school newspaper and dabbled in writing, layout and ad sales.

So just before graduating, in 2003, I applied for a job at Lakota Journal and was called in for an interview. So my very first job after graduating was working for one of Tim Giago’s  newspapers, although my degree was in Business Management with a minor in Marketing.

Tim immediately put me to work as a staff writer and it was my first experience working for someone. I had always run my own business selling Indian Tacos. I had a difficult time adjusting to the clock and when I say the clock, I mean the clock, because in the journalism world everything’s about deadlines, and putting the paper to bed on time.

My first editor was Dottie Potter and it was grueling, it was like going through journalism boot camp. My first samples of writing where, as was termed in the office, bleeding. In the old days when you turned your writing into the editor, she would mark it up with a red pen.

I remember one of my first writing assignments was to cover the Central States Fair. Tim told me to find as many Native American people to interview as I could. So I did, I wrote the story and showed it to Dottie and she said it wasn’t long enough and that I had to go back and interview more people. On my second trip to the fair I took a photograph of a young Indian boy on the merry-go-round.

That photograph was entered into the South Dakota Newspaper Association’s annual competition and it won a first-place. My first experience out in the journalism world and winning an award was amazing, it was invigorating. It whetted my appetite to go out and get more stories that made a difference.


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Interior Sec. Haaland Announces Members of Advisory Committee on Reconciliation in Place Names

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - August 9, 2022 - 2:57pm

Using the occasion of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo) announced on Tuesday, August 9,  the names of the members of the Advisory Committee on Reconciliation in Place Names, a federal advisory group to help identify and recommend changes to derogatory terms still in use for places throughout the country.

Texas, Mo. Go To 5th Circ. Over Border Wall Funding Ruling

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 9, 2022 - 2:26pm
Texas and Missouri told a Texas federal judge that they plan to file an appeal in the Fifth Circuit for a recent ruling that tossed the states' claims over the Biden administration's paused construction funding for the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

DC Circ. Rejects Sioux Challenge To SD Uranium Mine Permit

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 9, 2022 - 1:15pm
The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday rejected the Oglala Sioux Tribe's effort to reverse the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's decision to grant Powertech Inc. a license to extract uranium from ore beds in South Dakota.

Native Sun News Today: Tim Giago’s legacy lives on with nation’s first Native American Day

INDIANZ.COM - August 9, 2022 - 12:55pm
Tim Giago and Jackie Giago Tim Giago and Jackie Giago serve as Grand Marshals of the 2016 Native American Day Parade in downtown Rapid City, South Dakota. Photo by Native Sun News Today
He gave us ‘Native American Day’ in South Dakota
Tim Giago’s legacy will live on
Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Native Sun News Today Assistant Editor

RAPID CITY — Tim Giago put his last paper to bed at 8:44 a.m. Sunday, July 24, just a few days after he celebrated his 88th birthday. But those who were fortunate enough to share his life will not put his legacy to bed, the legacy of an Oglala Lakota man who went up against the powers that be to give us “Native American Day” in South Dakota.

Many times over the past 30 years, Giago shared the story behind the founding of Native American Day in South Dakota.

One day in early 1989 Giago, who was the editor and publisher of Lakota Times, set up an interview with Republican Governor George Mickelson.

There is an answer to one question Giago asked that stuck in his mind for a couple of months. He asked Mickelson, “What is the hardest part of your job as governor of South Dakota?”

Mickelson replied, “I am going to give you the same answer my father gave me when he was governor of South Dakota 40 years ago. I asked him that same question and he said ‘Trying to deal with the bad race relations between Indians and whites.’”

Tim Giago Tim Giago celebrates his 88th birthday with Native Sun News Today staff and his family in July 2022. Photo by Ernestine Anunkasan Hupa / Native Sun News Today

A few days later Giago said he ran into Birgil Kills Straight, a prominent Indian educator from his home town of Kyle. Kills Straight told him that he had organized a group of Lakota riders and they intended to take the exact trail taken by Si Tanka, Big Foot, as he fled from the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation to Pine Ridge after the assassination of Sitting Bull. According to oral historians Si Tanka and his followers were on their way to Strong Hold Table in the Badlands to seek refuge with the Oglala Lakota Ghost Dancers held up there.

Kills Straight said December 29, 1990, marked the 100th anniversary of the massacre of 300 Mnicoujou and Hunkpapa Lakota men, women and children at Wounded Knee and he and his riders wanted to make that ride in order to commemorate and honor Si Tanka and those who had died that day.

This brought back the comment made to Giago by Gov. Mickelson earlier that year. Giago thought that if the governor was sincere in wanting to improve race relations, he needed a catalyst to build upon. What better way to approach it than to honor those who were massacred at Wounded Knee? It was one of the most tragic days in the history of the Lakota and perhaps the very horror of that day should be the catalyst that would push Governor Mickelson into taking up the challenge Giago had in mind.

After speaking with Kills Straight, Giago immediately wrote an editorial mentioning Kills Straight’s intention to ride Big Foot’s trail and brought up the challenge to the governor to use this solemn occasion to honor those who were massacred that day by removing Columbus Day as a state holiday and replacing it with Native American Day as a gesture to honor the victims of Wounded Knee.

Mickelson called Giago and set up a meeting in Rapid City where they made the plans for Native American Day and how the Governor could lead it off by proclaiming a Year of Reconciliation between Indians and Whites.

Legislation was introduced when the state legislators met in January of 1990 and with the governor, Giago, his staff, and Yankton Sioux Tribal member Lynn Hart, lobbying hard for the Bill, it passed. And so, 1990 became The Year of Reconciliation and the first year that Native American Day was celebrated as a state holiday making South Dakota the first and only state in the Union to celebrate a day to honor its indigenous people.

Since that time, nine other states have joined South Dakota and made the change from Columbus Day to Native American Day, Minnesota (2016), Alaska (2017), North Carolina (2018), Wisconsin (2019), Michigan (2019), Maine (2019), and New Mexico (2019). 


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Anchor: Antonia Gonzales

Indigenous leaders in Alaska are voicing frustration after two parents sued Ketchikan’s school district over the use of tribal values within a local school. And the meaning of one particular value is prompting disagreement.

KRBD’s Raegan Miller has the story.

Posted in hallways and classrooms at Ketchikan Charter School are posters listing the 14 Southeast Traditional Tribal Values. One of those values, “reverence for our creator,” is now at the core of the lawsuit filed by parents Justin Breese and Rebecca King.

They are suing Ketchikan’s school district and Ketchikan Charter School for posting the values in school common areas.

Breese says it’s a violation of the First Amendment and Alaska’s state constitution.

“We don’t think that the school district should be speaking to any type of spiritual or religious type value, those types of values are things that are best passed down in a family, where your parents teach the students about their religious and spiritual beliefs. And that’s not the place for the government to step in and teach those kinds of spiritual and religious values to students.”

But when Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska President Richard Peterson looks at the list of 14 traditional tribal values, he doesn’t see anything exclusive to one religion.

He says there’s no common religion for Indigenous people in Southeast Alaska and the meaning of “reverence for our creator” is different for everyone.

Peterson says he’s open to a conversation about it, but he says a lawsuit is the wrong approach.

“You know, it’s hard not to feel like this might have some bearings in racism. I don’t like to leap to that conclusion. But, you know, it’s hard to find when you go down this list of values, where we can’t all, no matter what our cultural background, find a way to connect to those.”

The lawsuit was filed in Ketchikan Superior Court July 25.

Ketchikan’s school district has yet to respond in court.

A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of Jamie Yazzie, a Navajo woman who went missing in 2019.

Last week, authorities arrested Tre C. James for the alleged murder.

Yazzie had been fatally shot and was found on the Hopi reservation in Arizona in 2021.

She was listed as a missing person by tribal and federal law enforcement.

James was indicted on first degree murder charges and domestic violence charges against three victims between 2018 to 2021, including suffocation, kidnapping, and assault with a dangerous weapon.

His detention hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Arizona is handling the prosecution.

Prosecutors say they’re committed to addressing violence in Native communities and issues of missing and murdered Indigenous people, including by working closely with tribes.

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in New Mexico is commemorating the anniversary of the Pueblo Revolt this week with in-person and virtual events.

The Pueblo Revolt, which took place on August 10, 1680, was a successful uprising by Pueblo people against Spanish colonization.

The ICC is reflecting on the history with a number of events, including a library blog, a Pueblo Book Club meeting, a lecture, and a yucca knotted cord demonstration.

The cord helped Pueblo communities coordinate the timing of the revolt against the Spanish.

The Native uprising is credited with helping ensure the survival of Pueblo culture.

More information on the events can be found at

Tribal leaders are set to talk to California state lawmakers in Sacramento on Tuesday about water access and Native rights.

More than half a dozen leaders are expected to attend a hearing in a joint session by the water, parks, and wildlife committee and the Native affairs committee.

Tribal leaders say colonization, the taking of their ancestral lands, and jurisdiction issues have impacted accessing adequate water supplies for their people.

State and federal officials are also expected to attend the hearing.


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Native America Calling: Facing growing addiction fatalities

INDIANZ.COM - August 9, 2022 - 11:32am
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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Facing growing addiction fatalities
The newest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paints a distressing increase in the number of overdose deaths among Native Americans.

It shows Native fatalities rose 39 percent from 2019 to 2020. That far outpaces the increase for the population as a whole. Also, an investigative report looks into alcohol-related fatalities in the state of New Mexico and finds that, while disproportionately high, the number for Native populations is not the main driving force in the overall problem.

A new CDC #VitalSigns report shows racial and ethnic disparities in #DrugOverdose deaths have widened. Differences in substance use treatment access among Black and AI/AN people may be widening inequities. Learn about ways to advance #HealthEquity:

— MMWR (@CDCMMWR) July 20, 2022

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Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce talks with:

Heather Benjamin (Ojibwe), Indian Health Board’s opioid intervention and prevention health educator

Dr. Spero Manson (Pembina Chippewa), Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health director at the University of Colorado Medical Campus

Ted Alcorn, independent journalist

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Justices' EPA Ruling Didn't Move Needle On Chevron Doctrine

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 9, 2022 - 10:56am
Though some suggest the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in West Virginia v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency marked the end of a doctrine requiring judicial deference to federal regulators, the ruling merely articulated well-developed precedent on the limits of agency authority, say Dan Wolff and Eryn Howington at Crowell & Moring.

3 Reasons to Watch ‘Prey’

POWWOWS.COM - August 9, 2022 - 10:08am

3 Reasons to Watch ‘Prey’If you haven't seen “Prey,” get it on your calendar ASAP. The new prequel to “Predator” doesn't fit the prototypical prequel mold. It provides a scintillating new chapter to the “Predator” franchise, yet it stands on its own, in a.....

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My Kind of Waste of Time: Indigenous Student Research at Diné College

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - August 9, 2022 - 10:01am

Through an array of community-oriented student research projects, Diné College is breaking new ground on the power and originality of Indigenous research at a tribal college.

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NICC Offers Flight Training Instruction

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - August 9, 2022 - 9:38am

The Nebraska Indian Community College curriculum and extensive flight experience will prepare students for a career in aviation at no additional cost.

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4 in 5 people who died last year while receiving child welfare in Alberta were Indigenous

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - August 9, 2022 - 8:00am
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Advocates and researchers are calling for the Alberta government to decolonize the child welfare system after a record number of children, youth and young adults died last year — about four-in-five of whom were Indigenous.


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