'As an Inuvialuit, it's an honour': Tuktoyaktuk hunters reflect on beluga harvest

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - August 8, 2022 - 1:18pm
Katrina Cockney

Katrina Cockney was near tears recounting the 'majestic' first beluga hunt that she embarked on alongside her husband and son.

Calif. Judge Urged To Keep Nix Of Species Rules In Place

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 8, 2022 - 12:22pm
The federal government, multiple states and a slew of conservation groups are urging a California federal judge not to pause his order vacating Trump-era Endangered Species Act regulations, arguing an appeal of the decision is not likely to succeed.

Stone Child College Continues Partnership with Texas Official

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - August 8, 2022 - 12:03pm

Stone Child College officials took a trip to Houston last year and were introduced to Garcia, and have been working together since then to learn from each other.

The post Stone Child College Continues Partnership with Texas Official appeared first on Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education.

Doug George-Kanentiio: Residential school survivors reject Pope Francis’ apology

INDIANZ.COM - August 8, 2022 - 11:58am
Vatican News Video: Pope Francis apologizes for Catholic Church’s role at Native residential schools
Why I Turned Down a Private Session with the Pope
Monday, August 8, 2022

On July 29 a select group of 22 Residential School Survivors were asked to attend a private meeting with Pope Francis at Quebec City, part of his national apology tour. I was, as a former student at the Mohawk Institute in Brantford, Ontario, selected as one of those presenters but although honored by the request had to turn it down.

I dod so because I was given but 60 seconds to speak to the Pope followed by a photo with him. There was no way I could summarize our concerns and why we, as Mohawks, have rejected his apology.

We have done so because the Roman Catholic Church has not been cooperative in releasing the records of the children assigned to the institutions administered to by the Church. Without those documents there is no way we can answer the fundamental questions as to how many children were taken, where they were confined to, what happened to them and where are they know.

No Native entity knows the answers and to truly heal we need our children returned to our homes.

We also refused the apology as it did not acknowledge criminal acts were committed from food depravation to murder. The remains of the lost children will tell us more but those who were the abusers were employed by the Church; it was not simply wayward individuals but institutional.

We said no to the apology because it did not offer equitable restitution nor provided a formula as to how we can work with the Church to realize actual truth and reconciliation based upon the wishes of the survivors. There was no acknowledgement that in every instance the survivors must be consulted and have the authority to oversee any and all programs directed towards this issue.

I could not present, within my allotted minute, our ideas concrete and applicable, about how we may truly heal on our terms.

I could not summarize the broad, tragic and permanent effects the taking of the children has had on my home community of Akwesasne: loss of language, cultural disruption, fractures within families and breach of connection with our ancestral lands.

It was impossible for me to say in that one minute how I was taken with the cooperation of the local band council, the Indian Agent, social worker and RCMP officer. Within that minute I would have failed to address the feelings of abandonment and despair, of emotional and spiritual desperation all of us endured at the Institute.

I did learn later the Pope called what happened to us as genocide, a word with powerful legal implications. But he did not say the Church committed genocide not did he reject the Doctrine of Discovery which was the basis upon which we were kidnapped and continues to be the rock upon which all “Indian” law is based-from the first encounters to the present.

I did not want to take part in what I perceived as a public relations event in which the Mohawks might be perceived as compliant. We will never be that.

In June of 1968 all of the Mohawk boys at the Institute were formally expelled-the first time for a single group in Residential School history. I am proud of that just as I am proud that our people reject any apology, and action, without justice.

Doug George-Kanentiio, Akwesasne Mohawk, is a residential school survivor. He was given the number 4-8-2-738. He serves as the vice-president of the Hiawatha Institute for Indigenous Knowledge. He previously served as a Trustee for the National Museum of the American Indian, is a former land claims negotiator for the Mohawk Nation and is the author of numerous books and articles about the Mohawk people. He may be reached via e-mail at: or by calling 315-415-7288.

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NAFOA: 5 Things You Need to Know this Week

INDIANZ.COM - August 8, 2022 - 11:23am
NAFOA Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Chair Joel Black met with NAFOA Executive Director Rico Frias to discuss strategic policy matters important to the GASB Accounting Board and Indian Country. Photo courtesy NAFOA
5 Things You Need to Know this Week
NAFOA supports all parts of our community — from students to executive leaders.
Monday, August 8, 2022
Source: NAFOA

The agenda is live and registration is open for NAFOA’s 2022 Fall Finance & Tribal Economies Conference being held October 3-4, 2022 at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

The conference will offer two full days of high-quality, educational breakout sessions, and general sessions focused on discussing critical issues facing Indian Country. We can’t wait for you to join us at Foxwoods!

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The agenda is live and registration is open for NAFOA's 2022 Fall Finance & Tribal Economies Conference being held October 3-4, 2022 at Foxwoods Resort Casino:

— NAFOA (@nafoaorg) August 3, 2022

This four-week program, with two three-hour days per week, offers knowledge and experience to help participants become more effective tribal finance/accounting professionals and leaders. Interact with and learn from other tribal finance/accounting professionals throughout the state and beyond. Participants can receive up to 25 hours of CPE credit.

Who Should Attend?

  • Mid-level employees in tribal financial positions
  • Individuals who have attended and completed the In-Person Introductory Tribal Finance and Accounting or Online Introductory Tribal Finance and Accounting certificate program
  • Professionals looking to acquire increased knowledge regarding tribal finance and accounting (i.e. accountants, lawyers, bankers, etc.)
  • Elected tribal officials and leaders who wish to better understand the financial side of a business decision

Learn More & Register

August 18, 2022, 10:00 AM PT

The US economic upturn is entering its third year, with a robust labor market and output reaching new highs. The Federal Reserve is attempting to combat higher inflation by raising interest rates.

Join Moss Adams for a webcast, Economic Update: A Potential Return to Low Inflation, featuring key considerations for financial institutions, such as:

  • Fiscal and monetary policies
  • Ongoing pandemic considerations and related policy responses
  • Prospects and the risks facing the nation
  • Regional outlooks

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High school seniors: Apply to the National College Match by September 27 for full four-year scholarships to some of the nation’s best colleges and universities. Find out if you are eligible and apply for free ➡

— QuestBridge (@QuestBridge) August 3, 2022

Are you a low-income high school senior who has excelled academically, but feels that the nation’s best colleges are financially out of reach? The QuestBridge National College Match can be your pathway to a top college. Through this college and scholarship application process, you can apply for free to the nation’s best colleges and be considered for early admission and a full four-year scholarship.

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Match Scholarship Recipients are granted early admission to one of QuestBridge’s college partners with a full four-year scholarship, worth over $200,000. Our college partners use a combination of their own funds as well as state and federal aid to fund the scholarship. Please view each college partner’s Financial Aid section for further details and see a glossary of financial aid terms.

The Match Scholarship is offered as part of a generous financial aid package provided by the college that covers the cost of attendance, including:

  • Tuition and fees
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Monday, August 8, 2022

NATIONAL NATIVE NEWS ( - August 8, 2022 - 10:56am

Anchor: Antonia Gonzales

Tribal leaders, city leaders, and state officials in New Mexico met Friday to discuss how to work together and heal the city of Gallup and surrounding reservation communities after an act of violence last week tainted the city’s annual summer celebration of Indigenous culture.

On Thursday, an SUV drove through downtown streets during the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial night parade causing panic as people rushed to find safety.

Navajo Nation Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty was at the parade.

She’s calling on the city to update its emergency-disaster response plan, and for the city and state to deploy a crisis response team to help people deal with emotional distress from the traumatic event.

“Those children were visibly crying and shaking, those families were doing the best that they could, our elders who did not have the mobility to move quickly and as a community we supported them. And as we walked back, our veterans who were triggered who were telling us ‘I’m sorry I couldn’t stop him.’ We have to acknowledge that pain.” 

Crotty says she will not be attending any more ceremonial events. Other Native leaders echoed that sentiment, saying many people do not feel safe and are hesitant to go back to Gallup.

The ceremonial will continue with events through August 14.

Gallup is also a spot where people from the Navajo Nation and Zuni Pueblo travel to for essential services.

During the more than one hour meeting, which was held both in-person and online, city, and state officials vowed to work on responding to the incident and look at future emergency response plans.

New Mexico State Police announced it will have an increased presence at ceremonial events and is encouraging the public to report any concerning activity to police.

The driver from last week’s incident at the parade, Jeff Irving, was arrested and is facing a number of charges including aggravated DWI.

Two passengers were also detained by police.

Police say there were no fatalities, but 15 people were injured including two police officers.  

With new voting maps for Montana’s Legislature to be revealed soon, Native communities are being encouraged to watch the process closely. Eric Tegethoff has more.

Billings-based Western Native Voice wants the Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission to respect tribal sovereignty in this process.

One of the commission’s goals is to keep communities of interest, such as tribes, intact.

Ta’jin Perez with Western Native Voice says that’s important, as well as ensuring that people in the Legislature come from these communities.

“Candidates of choice are from your community and that these communities should be able to have the opportunity to elect someone that shares their values and shares who they are and the unique history and the unique cultures of these tribal areas.”

The commission has scheduled nine public meetings so that Montanans can comment on the maps at the end of August and in September.

Perez says Montana has an independent redistricting commission and that it’s done a good job of ensuring the Legislature is proportionally representative of the population of Native Americans in the state.

He says the independent setup of the commission has many upsides, including that it’s not beholden to the governor or lawmakers.

“An entire Legislature – their voice is intended to be just as loud as that of the public because of this independent commission that we have. Other states don’t enjoy this kind of thing.”

Perez says voters should be engaged in this process.

“Representation that reflects communities as they are is important, and the only way that a body like the redistricting commission can do that is through public comment.”

The deadline for the redistricting plan is the tenth day of the 2023 legislative session.


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Sask. woman who disappeared with son still detained in Oregon, facing charges in Canada, U.S.

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - August 8, 2022 - 9:40am
dawn walker

Dawn Walker is facing charges of parental abduction and mischief in Canada, as well as charges related to a false passport in the U.S. She is detained in the U.S.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022 – Facing growing addiction fatalities

NATIVE AMERICA CALLING - August 8, 2022 - 7:34am

Host: Shawn Spruce

The newest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paint a distressing increase in the number of overdose deaths among Native Americans. It shows Native fatalities rose 39% 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. Tuesday on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce talks with those on the frontlines of this pandemic epidemic.

Regina's executive committee asked to help fund miyo-wîcîwitowin Day at Mosaic Stadium

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - August 8, 2022 - 6:00am
Every Child Matters stone

Approximately 15,000 people, including students, business leaders and the public are expected to attend the first miyo-wîcîwitowin (reconciliation) Day, which will mark the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation in Regina.

'It's sharing my family story': How this Kitchener, Ont., exhibit goes beyond showcasing Indigenous art

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - August 8, 2022 - 6:00am
Smith and Sinclair two grandmothets

Indigenous artists from across the province are taking part in a unique art show happening at Bingemans this month. For the artists, the Neebing Indigenous Art Fair goes beyond just showcasing their work.

Chuck Hoskin: Cherokee Nation expands assistance for homeowners

INDIANZ.COM - August 8, 2022 - 12:01am
Clifford and Esther Littledave Clifford and Esther Littledave, of Mayes County in Oklahoma, found help recently through the Cherokee Nation Homeowners Assistance Fund. The program helps eligible citizens experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: Anadisgoi / Cherokee Nation
Help available for Cherokee homeowners facing hardship due to pandemic
Monday, August 8, 2022
Cherokee Nation

All families deserve to live in safety and dignity, without fear of losing their homes. During the economic uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, some Cherokee homeowners fell behind on their mortgages or slipped into financial hardship in order to make payments. To help make sure Cherokee families can stay in their homes, the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation is expanding the tribe’s Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) program.

Qualified homeowners can apply for forgivable loans through the HAF. The loans are fully funded with federal dollars as part of the American Rescue Plan. They can be used to cover delinquent mortgage payments, past-due home insurance premiums, past-due property taxes or other debts that could displace homeowners if left unpaid. Once approved, funding goes directly to the mortgage loan servicer. The financial relief program is already helping Cherokees find more stability and security in their homes.

The pandemic has taken a toll on many of our fellow Cherokees, increasing their physical, mental and financial stress. But it has also been an opportunity for all of us to join in the spirit of Gadugi, working together for the greater good. We know this program will directly impact hundreds of Cherokee families, while strengthening our communities and making positive generational impacts for everyone.

Cherokees throughout our reservation and neighboring areas have access to the tribe’s HAF program. The Housing Authority will prioritize homeowners located in counties comprising the reservation, which encompasses all or parts of 14 northeast Oklahoma counties. It will then expand to Cherokees who own homes in an Oklahoma, Kansas or Arkansas county that borders the Cherokee Nation Reservation. Availability is also based on household income earnings.

Previously, this program was open only to people with mortgages through Cherokee Nation or the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation, but now we are opening it for all Cherokee mortgage holders who meet the eligibility guidelines. The expanded Homeowner Assistance Fund will be available as long as funds last, which our housing experts estimate to be through 2026.

For more information and a complete list of eligibility guidelines, visit or call 918-456-5482.

For some families, finding affordable housing is a long-term struggle that’s been exacerbated by the pandemic. We know the need for stable and safe housing is high, and it is going to remain that way as the economy adjusts.

Deputy Chief Bryan Warner, the Council and my administration have made housing a high priority with the landmark Housing, Jobs and Sustainable Communities Act in 2019, which was renewed and expanded earlier this year. HJSCA brought more than $120 million to meet various housing needs for the Cherokee people, the largest housing investment in history. More than that, HJSCA embedded in Cherokee Nation law that housing is among the highest priority of the Cherokee Nation. Setting that tone is what spurred programs such as the Homeowners Assistance Fund and what will spur many more ideas in the future.

The HAF is just one of several programs offered by Cherokee Nation to meet our citizens’ housing needs. Others include the New Construction Homeownership Program to create a path to homeownership for Cherokee families, housing repairs for elders and Cherokees with disabilities who need help maintaining their homes, emergency rental assistance, and more.

A full list of programs can be found at the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation website,

Chuck Hoskin Jr
Chuck Hoskin Jr. is the 18th elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, the largest Indian tribe in the United States. He is only the second elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation from Vinita, the first being Thomas Buffington, who served from 1899-1903. Prior to being elected Principal Chief, Hoskin served as the tribe’s Secretary of State. He also formerly served as a member of the Council of the Cherokee Nation, representing District 11 for six years.

Native America Calling: Native tennis players hold court

INDIANZ.COM - August 8, 2022 - 12:00am
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Native America Calling: Native tennis players hold court
Monday, August 8, 2022

Native tennis players hold court
A group of Native tennis enthusiasts formed their own organization 50 years ago and it’s grown into a collection of competitions, youth tennis camps and regular recreational meet-ups.

The North American Indian Tennis Association holds an annual tournament Memorial Day weekend. It’s all aimed toward improving people’s skills and fostering interest among Native players.

Native America Calling talks with folks involved in the association, and others who have a passion for the sport.

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Native News Weekly (August 7, 2022): D.C. Briefs

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - August 7, 2022 - 8:38pm

WASHINGTON — In addition to articles already covered by Native News Online, here is a roundup of other news released from Washington, D.C. that impacts Indian Country recently.

Senate Sends Dems' Landmark Tax, Climate Bill To House

LAW360 (Native feed) - August 7, 2022 - 3:58pm
The Senate on Sunday passed the Democrats' tax, climate and health care legislation known as the Inflation Reduction Act, sending the measure to the House, which could pass it later this week.

First Nation, tech company collaborate to prepare for climate change's effects on harvesting waters

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - August 7, 2022 - 9:00am
beatty planes

The T'Sou-ke First Nation is working alongside a B.C. tech company to learn more about how climate change is affecting the waters it harvests food from.

Drum dancing and science: Tuktoyaktuk summer camp pairs STEM with traditional skills

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - August 7, 2022 - 8:00am
Record player maker

Over 15 youth were part of a four-week camp in July in Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., that incorporated traditional learning with science, technology, engineering and math.

Mi'kmaw educator teams up with Wowkwis the puppet to take kids on language journey

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - August 7, 2022 - 5:00am
Trevor Gould and Wowkwis

Trevor Gould co-stars next to a puppet named Wowkwis in Mermaid Theatre's Animalingo, a video series for school-aged kids that the company hopes to bring to classrooms across the province. 

Dechinta alumni publish Ndè Sı̀ı̀ Wet'aɂà, a collection of Indigenous views on land, life and art

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - August 7, 2022 - 5:00am
Ndè Sı̀ı̀ Wet'aɂà

A new collection of stories, poems and interviews reflects each contributor's love of Indigenous culture, languages, homelands and the North.

National Geographic expedition teaming up with Inuit to visit Nunavik, Que., on conservation mission

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - August 7, 2022 - 4:00am
Paul Rose, National Geographic Pristine Seas expedition leader and Ossie Michelin

The National Geographic Society's Pristine Seas project has teamed up with Inuit elders and experts to visit areas of the North to highlight and help preserve key areas.

With mixed feelings over the Pope's visit, I made the journey for my kokum

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - August 7, 2022 - 4:00am
With mixed feelings over the Pope’s visit, I made the journey for my kokum Image 1

I had organized this trip for my kokum, out of my love for her. This was my way of thanking her for taking care of me, for taking care of all of us.


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