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Mi'kmaw woman starts clothing brand, offers hope about recovering from addiction

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - August 9, 2022 - 5:00am
Tyra Paul and dog

Drip Avenue 902 is a new clothing line featuring a logo with a dreamcatcher and Nova Scotia's area code.

Nez, Nygren Choose Running Mates in Navajo Nation Election 

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - August 9, 2022 - 12:10am

The two candidates running for Navajo Nation president announced their running mates on Monday, according to two reports in the Navajo Times.  

HUD Announces $221M for Tribes to Invest in Affordable Housing, Community Development

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - August 8, 2022 - 11:26pm

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced $221 million in funding for affordable housing and community development projects that primarily benefit low-to-moderate income individuals in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

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Charges laid against Native woman reported as missing in Canada

INDIANZ.COM - August 8, 2022 - 8:20pm
APTN News: Latest on Dawn Walker
Charges laid against Native woman reported as missing in Canada
Monday, August 8, 2022
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Authorities in the United States and Canada have laid charges against Dawn Walker, a Native woman who had been reported as missing, accusing her of faking her disappearance and that of her child.

Walker, 48, the executive operating officer of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indigenous Nations, was reported missing after loved ones were unable to reach her and after failing to show up for a work-related event. She was last seen on July 22 in Saskatoon, headquarters of her employer, with her seven-year-old son.

The unexplained disappearance drew widespread attention due to the ongoing crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. Over the last two weeks, First Nations leaders and advocates repeatedly pressed authorities in the province of Saskatchewan to locate the mother and son, especially since Walker had alleged domestic violence in the relationship with her child’s father.

Working together, authorities from multiple jurisdictions in two countries have since located Walker and her son safe and sound, in the U.S. state of Oregon. Finding the pair was the result of a “wide-reaching, multi-faceted investigation,” Randy Huisman, a deputy chief of the Saskatoon Police Service, said during a news conference on Monday that was broadcast by APTN, the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.

United States of America v. Dawn Walker: Complaint and Affidavit

The investigation turned up evidence of illegal entry into the U.S., identity theft and even an attempt to convince the public that Walker and her son had been killed, according to documents filed in federal court in Oregon.

“As part of an elaborate and well thought out plan, the defendant, a Canadian citizen, kidnapped her child and, after faking her death and that of her son, fled to the United States,” U.S. prosecutors wrote on Monday in a motion to keep Walker detained in federal custody.

According to U.S. authorities, Walker appropriated the identity of another Native person as part of her scheme. The adult victim’s Canadian passport and identification, including a Certificate of Indian Status card from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, were used by Walker to cross the border from Canada into the U.S., an affidavit from an agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security states.

Walker, who ran for public office last year. also appropriated the identity of the adult victim’s minor child, using the minor victim’s papers to bring her son into the U.S., according to the affidavit.

According to authorities, Walker and the adult victim were “close friends” who have worked together. The U.S. court documents do not indicate whether the adult victim was also employed by FSIN.

UPDATE: Charges Laid – Missing Persons Located https://t.co/ITU62irfvW

— Saskatoon Police (@SaskatoonPolice) August 8, 2022

But the adult victim told authorities in Canada that her Indian Status card, as well as her Saskatchewan driver’s license, had been stolen months ago in April — an indication of the efforts Walker put into planning her activities and, eventually, concealing the whereabouts of herself and her son.

“This was not a spur of the moment event. As outlined in the criminal complaint, the defendant put time and a lot of effort into planning her crime,” the motion filed in U.S. court states.

The adult victim was unaware that her name and identification had been used to receive money from a bank account that was solely controlled by Walker. According to the affidavit, Walker wrote and cashed checks totaling $77,000 in the name of the adult victim from an account of a business known as “Wapan Consulting.”

Wapan means “dawn” or “early morning” in the Cree language. Dawn Walker and her family are from the Okanese First Nation, where Cree is one of the languages spoken on the reserve in Saskatchewan.

The Saskatoon Police Service first announced on Friday afternoon that Walker and her son had been safely located in Oregon City, Oregon. Her family and First Nations leaders welcomed the development.

FSIN Responds to RCMP Report on Locating Dawn and Vinnie. pic.twitter.com/C61D2MgH1n

— FSIN (@fsinations) August 5, 2022

“Our prayers have been answered,” Theresa Walker, Dawn’s mother, said in a news release from the Federation of Saskatchewan Indigenous Nations on Friday afternoon. “The past 15 days have been extremely difficult on our family and community.”

Leaders from FSIN, which represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan, indicated they weren’t surprised to learn Walker had gone through seemingly extreme lengths to remove herself and her son from the province.

“It is heart-breaking that Dawn may have felt she had no other choice but to take the drastic action that she did,” FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron said in the statement. “Let us not forget that Dawn is a champion of First Nations women’s rights and causes. She spear-headed many MMIWG campaigns and gatherings.”

“If there’s anything we have learned over the past two weeks is the urgency of these MMIWG issues and our role in protecting our most vulnerable members in need,” said Cameron.

The Saskatoon police on Monday subsequently announced that Walker has been charged in connection with allegedly kidnapping her son and staging the disappearance. With the investigation still ongoing, additional charges are being considered, Deputy Chief Huisman said.

“We followed the evidence trail and from the moment she was reported missing, we started with a missing person search and then evidence led us to where we are today,” said Huisman.

“I mean, evidence speaks for itself,” Huisman said at the news conference on Monday.

Huisman said Walker’s son was reunified with a legal guardian on Friday, on the same day Walker was located at an Airbnb unit in Oregon. The child returned to Canada on Sunday, he said, with U.S. court documents indicating he was reunited with his biological father. The minor belongs to the Okanese First Nation.

Dawn Walker Dawn Walker is seen in a photo from social media during her campaign for public office in Saskatchewan in 2021. Courtesy photo

Later on Monday, United States Magistrate Judge Youlee Yim You of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon granted the U.S. government’s motion to keep Walker detained pending trial. The order cited Walker’s status as a non-U.S. citizen, as well has her alleged use of “multiple or false identities,” as grounds for keeping her in custody. Following her arrest on Friday, she was transferred to the Multnomah County Detention Center in Portland, about 30 miles north of Oregon City.

In the U.S., Walker is charged with aggravated identity theft, a felony, and possession of false identification documents, according to the criminal complaint. The latter charge is a misdemeanor.

At the time of her disappearance, Walker was due to take part in the delegation that welcomed Pope Francis to Maskwacis, one of the Cree communities in Alberta, a province neighboring to Saskatchewan. By the time of his apology for the Catholic Church’s role in abuse and mistreatment of children at Native residential schools in Canada, she was already in Oregon, according to the U.S. documents. She crossed the border at a checkpoint in Montana, Huisman of the Saskatoon police said.

United States of America v. Dawn Walker: Detention Motion and Detention Order

Thursday, August 11, 2022 – The Native perspective in ‘Grounded in Clay’

NATIVE AMERICA CALLING - August 8, 2022 - 6:48pm

For the first time in a century, Native people have a voice in how a massive collection of pottery is treated. That voice is represented in the new exhibition, “Grounded in Clay: The Spirit of Pueblo Pottery” at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. The exhibition gets perspectives from Native artists, storytellers, political leaders and others on a representative sample from the collection. We’ll hear from the organizers of the exhibition and the guest curators as they express their personal and cultural connections to the pieces.

Friday, August 12, 2022 – Saving the migratory Monarch butterfly

NATIVE AMERICA CALLING - August 8, 2022 - 6:40pm

The fragile-looking Monarch butterfly possesses a strength and resilience that allows it to survive a migration that covers thousands of miles through the heart of the country. That resilience is now put to the test, as habitat destruction and climate change have made it necessary to officially list the insect’s status as ‘endangered’. Tribes are among those helping to protect Monarchs, for both cultural and environmental reasons.

Beardy's & Okemasis Cree Nation, Ottawa conclude $4.1M settlement for withheld funds

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - August 8, 2022 - 5:53pm
Chief Ananas and Marc Miller

The federal government and Beardy's and Okemasis' Cree Nation announced a $4.1 million settlement won by the nation in a specific claim from broken treaty promises from the late 1800s to the mid 1950s.

U.S. court docs outline allegations that Sask. woman staged her disappearance

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - August 8, 2022 - 4:59pm
dawn walker

A U.S. court document arguing against Dawn Walker being released before her criminal trial alleges the Saskatchewan woman staged her own disappearance and death in an 'elaborate and well thought out plan.'

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez announces new running mate

INDIANZ.COM - August 8, 2022 - 4:59pm
Indianz.Com Video: Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez announces new running mate
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez announces new running mate
Monday, August 8, 2022
Indianz.Com

President Jonathan Nez of the Navajo Nation has a new running mate as he seeks a second term in office.

During a campaign event on Monday, Nez announced Chad Abeyta as his vice presidential pick. His running mate is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force who served three tours of duty overseas.

“President Nez, I appreciate you having this revealing here at the Veteran’s Memorial Park because I’m a veteran too,” Abeyta said to applause in Window Rock, Arizona, the capital of the Navajo Nation.

Abeyta, 33, hails from the New Mexico portion of the reservation. He received a bachelor’s degree at the University of New Mexico and a master’s of law from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

Since completing his law degree, Abeyta has worked for the tribe as an attorney in the Navajo Nation Office of Legislative Counsel. Nez described his running mate as an example of a person who has “come home to help their people.”

“That’s the future of the Navajo Nation,” Nez said at the announcement, which was broadcast on social media. “The door is open, young people, for all of you to return home.”

Chad Abeyta is formally joining the presidential ticket of Jonathan Nez as Nez's vice presidential running mate.

Abeyta hails from the New Mexico portion of the Navajo Naiton.@Nez4Prez2022 livestream ongoing from Window Rock, Arizona.https://t.co/D89rEu8GTT pic.twitter.com/X6jDDA1kXt

— indianz.com (@indianz) August 8, 2022

Nez is completing his first term as president on the largest reservation in the United States. He took office in January 2019 after previously serving one term as vice president under former president Russell Begaye.

Nez’s selection of Abeyta as his new running mate confirms the exit of Myron Lizer, the current vice president, from the president’s political efforts.

Earlier in 2022, Lizer announced his intent to run for a seat in the U.S. Congress as a Republican in Arizona. His candidacy did not receive enough support to secure a spot on the ballot.

During that time, Lizer took steps to distance his social media profile from his position as vice president of the Navajo Nation.

Nez came in first in a presidential primary that took place on August 2, according to unofficial results from the Navajo Election Administration. He will face Buu Nygren in the general election on November 8.

Nez and Nygren received the most votes in the primary, out of a crowded field of 15 candidates. The latter announced his vice presidential running mate on Monday as well.

Nygren’s pick, announced from Window Rock, is noteworthy. If his ticket wins, Richelle Montoya would be the first woman to serve as vice president of the Navajo Nation.

Montoya hails from the New Mexico portion of the reservation. She serves as president of the Torreon/Star Lake Chapter.

The vice presidential position is not a separately elected office on the reservation, which spans the states of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

Join me live as I announce my Vice Presidential candidate pick at the Veterans Memorial Park in Window Rock!

Posted by Buu Nygren for Navajo Nation President on Monday, August 8, 2022
Buu Nygren for Navajo Nation President: Vice Presidential Announcement

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DOI Fights Rehearing Of Alaska Land Swap

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 8, 2022 - 4:53pm
The U.S. Department of the Interior is opposing a bid for an en banc rehearing by environmental groups over its 2019 approval of a land exchange allowing a road to run through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge land between Cold Bay and King Cove, Alaska, saying that the exchange is not meant for economic gain.

Of the Far West, the ‘Good Cowboys’… And the ‘Bad Indians’

GLOBAL ISSUES - August 8, 2022 - 4:22pm

MADRID, Aug 08 (IPS) - Nothing – or too little – has changed since Hollywood started producing its spectacular western movies. Rough men, ranchers, mercenary killers, saloons, cowboys, guns, gold fever, the ‘good sheriff’… and the ‘bad indians”. Those movies were anything but fiction–they were real history.

Read the full story, “Of the Far West, the ‘Good Cowboys’… And the ‘Bad Indians’”, on globalissues.org

Choctaw Members Say Okla. Officials Can't Dodge Tax Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 8, 2022 - 3:25pm
Two Choctaw Nation members have asked a federal judge to reject Oklahoma tax officials' bid to escape a suit challenging the state's power to tax income the tribe members earned on the Choctaw reservation, saying their claims don't fit neatly under a federal tax law the state contends should block the suit.

Inflation Reduction Act brings new climate and energy investments to Indian Country

INDIANZ.COM - August 8, 2022 - 2:55pm
Senate Democrats: Inflation Reduction Act (Note: Event starts at about 25:55 into the feed)
Inflation Reduction Act brings new climate and energy investments to Indian Country
Monday, August 8, 2022
Indianz.Com

Democrats are claiming an election season achievement with the passage of a massive bill that includes hundreds of millions of dollars in climate and energy investments in Indian Country.

Known as the Inflation Reduction Act, the comprehensive package authorizes $272.5 million in new funding at the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The money, once appropriated by Congress, would go toward climate resiliency efforts, fish hatcheries and drought mitigation programs in Native communities, including those in Alaska and Hawaii.

The 755-page bill also authorizes $150 million for a new program that will bring more electricity to homes in Indian Country, as well as modernize existing systems by making them more climate friendly. The money is to be spent over a 10-year period, with $145.5 million going directly to tribes and the remaining $4.5 million being used to carry out the work at the BIA.

Additionally, H.R.5376 expands tribal programs at the Department of Energy. The measure authorizes $75 million in loans to tribes for energy development and increases the loan guarantee program for tribes from $2 billion to $20 billion.

Today, the Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act with historic climate resilience and energy provisions for Native communities: https://t.co/eZhdIywEjn

— Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (@IndianCommittee) August 7, 2022

“Native communities have the technical expertise, capacity, and place-based knowledge needed to develop effective climate change and energy solutions,” Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), the chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, said after passage of the bill in the U.S. Senate on Sunday afternoon.

“With critical investments in the Inflation Reduction Act, we’re making sure the federal government steps up to support Native-driven climate resilience, advance tribal energy development, and fulfill its trust responsibility to Native communities,” Schatz added.

The Inflation Reduction Act must still be approved by the U.S. House of Representatives before it can be signed into law. But tribal leaders across the nation are already applauding the new investments into some of of their highest priorities.

“Once perceived as future threats, the impacts of climate change are now upon us,” said William Smith, the chair of the National Indian Health Board, the largest inter-tribal health organization. “The action taken today demonstrates a renewed respect for Mother Earth and our waters and will focus attention and critically needed resources on alleviating the impact of climate change and transitioning to clean energy.”

“Additionally, this bill includes several general health provisions and inflationary and deficit control factors to bring welcomed financial relief to all Americans,” said Smith, who also serves vice president as of the Valdez Native Tribe, based in Alaska.

In the lower 48 states, leaders of the Navajo Nation are hailing movement on the Inflation Reduction Act as well. They hope to use the financial investments to develop clean energy solutions on the largest reservation in the United States.

“The Inflation Reduction Act is another major investment by Congress and the Biden Administration to uplift the 570+ tribal nations across the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Seth Damon, the Speaker of the Navajo Nation Council, the tribe’s legislative arm.

“This historic legislation aims to reduce the national deficit, combat growing climate change concerns affecting our Native communities, ensure tribes invest in green energy projects, and for the Navajo Nation to be a leader in clean energy development,” said Damon.

“With the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, the Navajo Nation can invest more into sustainable energy projects for future generations,” added Jamie Henio, an elected delegate on the council. “Climate change is real as these unprecedented drought conditions impact our crops, vegetation, wildlife, and roadways.”

Secretary Deb Haaland, who is the first Native person to lead the Department of the Interior, also praised the new climate and energy investments. Her agency includes the BIA, where much of the tribal-specific funding in H.R.5376 is directed.

“As communities across the country continue to face extreme heat, intense storms and other climate impacts, now is the time to make bold investments,” Haaland said on Sunday. “Today’s Senate vote advancing the Inflation Reduction Act is a significant step toward achieving President Biden’s ambitious goals to tackle the climate crisis while lowering costs for working families and creating good-paying jobs.”

“The Department of the Interior will play a critical role in our nation’s path forward to reduce emissions, secure environmental justice, and develop a robust and sustainable clean energy economy,” said Haaland, who is a citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna.

Today’s Senate vote advancing the Inflation Reduction Act is a significant step toward achieving President Biden’s ambitious goals to tackle the climate crisis while lowering costs for working families and creating good-paying jobs. https://t.co/ju3K5z7JWH

— Secretary Deb Haaland (@SecDebHaaland) August 7, 2022

The Inflation Reduction Act has been the subject of significant back-and-forth on Capitol Hill in the last couple of weeks. The drama ended when the leader of the Senate committee with jurisdiction over energy issues, including those at Interior, agreed to support the package, which contains initiatives that President Joe Biden has been trying to get enacted since he took office in January 2021.

“I ran for president promising to make government work for working families again, and that is what this bill does — period,” Biden said on Sunday.

The measure isn’t as broad as the Build Back Better agenda that Biden and his administration have been touting for the past 18 months. The original title of H.R.5376 reflected the intent of Democrats to implement what they had been describing as a bold vision to boost America’s middle class.

“It required many compromises,” Biden said of the package that was finally negotiated. “Doing important things almost always does.”

“The House should pass this as soon as possible and I look forward to signing it into law,” Bided stated.

No Republicans voted in support of the Inflation Reduction Act. Vice President Kamala Harris, whose duties also include serving as president of the Senate, cast the tie-breaking vote on the bill in the chamber, which is evenly divided 50-50 between Democrats and the GOP.

“I think what it means is that right now, regardless of an election, that the American people are being seen and they’re being heard,” Harris said after casting the key vote to pass H.R.5376.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York), the Majority Leader in the Senate, was more direct about his party’s plan to capitalize on the Inflation Reduction Act. Democratic lawmakers are bracing for losses in the upcoming mid-term elections, which could cause them to lose control of both chambers in Congress.

“It’s in a momentous achievement and it’s going to set our country in a path to better days ahead,” Schumer said at a news conference on Sunday.

“I think the public will understand that and i think it’s going to help us in November significantly,” Schumer said.

Historically, the party in control of the White House — Democrats in this case — loses seats in the legislative branch during the subsequent election cycle.

U.S. Capitol The U.S. Capitol is seen on August 5, 2022. Photo by Indianz.Com (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

Title VIII of the Inflation Reduction Act includes most of the Indian Country specific provisions. It consists of the following four sections:

  • SEC. 80001. TRIBAL CLIMATE RESILIENCE
  • SEC. 80002. NATIVE HAWAIIAN CLIMATE RESILIENCE
  • SEC. 80003. TRIBAL ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAM
  • SEC. 80004. EMERGENCY DROUGHT RELIEF FOR TRIBES

The provisions increasing the tribal loan amount and the tribal loan guarantee amount can be found in SEC. 50145, TRIBAL ENERGY LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM, on page 630 of the Inflation Reduction Act.

The House is currently on recess, with lawmakers expected to return to their regular work after the Labor Day holiday at the beginning of September. However, Democratic leaders have scheduled a vote this Friday, August 12, to pass H.R.5376 and send the bill to President Biden for his signature.

Title VIII – Senate Committee on Indian Affairs – Inflation Reduction Act

Mother convicted of killing Phoenix Sinclair granted escorted outings from prison

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - August 8, 2022 - 2:25pm
phoenix sinclair

A Manitoba woman who abused and killed her daughter in one of the province's most notorious crimes has been granted escorted temporary absences from prison.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022 – Housing security in the Arctic

NATIVE AMERICA CALLING - August 8, 2022 - 1:56pm

Host: Shawn Spruce

A film crew follows an Inuit and Gwich’in hunter as he builds a traditional Inuvialuit log cabin off the grid in the new documentary “Okpik: Little Village in the Arctic”. Those behind the film wanted to highlight an example of creating housing security with traditional methods and values at the forefront. The COVID-19 pandemic brought to light the severity of the housing crisis in Indigenous communities in the Arctic, including Canada and Alaska. Climate change, rural locations and underfunding of housing programs only exacerbates the problem. Wednesday on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce talks with the documentary’s directors and those facing the issue about challenges and solutions.

Muckleshoot Tribe Wants In On Duwamish Recognition Fight

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 8, 2022 - 1:53pm
The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe urged a Washington federal judge to let it intervene as a defendant in the Duwamish Tribe's recognition suit against the federal government, arguing the suit's outcome could impact the Muckleshoot tribe's ownership of "cultural items" recovered from the Duwamish and its fishing rights for several Washington areas.

Freedmen Descendants Say Judge Ignored Tribal Trust Law

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 8, 2022 - 1:41pm
A descendant of Black people enslaved by Native Americans said a judge ignored trust law when he threw out a putative class action demanding an accounting of potential royalties from Oklahoma oil and gas leases.

Search of Pine Creek Residential School site in western Manitoba finds 14 possible unmarked graves

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - August 8, 2022 - 1:29pm
Radar Drone PCFN

Pine Creek First Nation is asking police to investigate after a ground-penetrating radar search of a former residential school site in western Manitoba has revealed 14 more anomalies that could be unmarked graves, the chief says.

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