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Chickasaw Cultural Center Welcomes Spring with Lineup of Community Events

April 7, 2019 - 12:00am

Creations like this Chickasaw effigy pot shaped like a bear are among the attractions at the Native Pottery Market, April 27-28.

Published April 7, 2019

SULPHUR, Okla. — During the month of April, the Chickasaw Nation will host events open to the public at no charge at the Chickasaw Cultural Center, 867 Cooper Memorial Road.

Knowledge, health, community, nature, art and tribal libraries are on the calendar just in time for spring.

April’s opportunities are explained below, but more information can be found by visiting

April 7-13 | National Library Week

The Chickasaw Nation will celebrate the significance of libraries during National Library Week Sunday, April 7, to Saturday, April 13, at the Chickasaw Cultural Center.

According to the American Library Association (ALA), National Library Week was first sponsored in 1958 by the ALA and libraries across the country. It is now observed each April as a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians, and to promote library use and support.

Special activities are planned throughout the week at the cultural center. Visitors can browse the rare book collection and artifacts on display, get hands on with make-and-take crafts or take advantage of the cultural center’s daily attractions.

Visitors will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a free book. Unique bookmarks depicting various historical events will be given away daily, and visitors can create their own bookmarks 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, April 13.

The Chickasaw Nation Tribal Library and Holisso Research Center are two libraries situated in the Chickasaw Nation allowing individuals to broaden their understanding of Chickasaw history and culture, while introducing visitors to many other resources.

The Chickasaw Nation Tribal Library in Ada, 1003 Chamber Loop, has something for all ages. The selection of books includes fiction, periodicals, children’s books, biographies, histories, magazines and general reference materials. Audiobooks and DVDs are also available.

A genealogist and cultural research specialist are on staff for anyone interested in researching the Dawes Commission rolls for ancestors or explore Chickasaw history and culture.

Chickasaw citizens and Chickasaw Nation employees living in the 74820 or 74821 ZIP code are eligible to obtain a library card. Genealogy and research services are open to all visitors at no charge.

The Holisso Research Center at the Chickasaw Cultural Center includes a library with a large variety of books focusing on the Chickasaw Nation and other Native American tribes.

Dawes Commission rolls, historical records, cemetery records, government records and family files are also located within the center.

The center is open to anyone interested in digging deeper into Native American life, history and culture.

April 20 | Inkana 5K Fun Run

The second annual Inkana Run, a partnership run between the Chickasaw National Recreation Area and the Chickasaw Nation, is planned for Saturday, April 20. The unsanctioned 1-mile fun run/walk and 5K run will start at 8 a.m.

The course will start at Veterans Lake and end on the Chickasaw Cultural Center campus. Participants should park at the Chickasaw Cultural Center and ride the provided shuttles to the starting point. The last shuttle bus will leave at 7:15 a.m.

The $25 entry fee will benefit the Chickasaw Foundation for the division of social services general education scholarship.

Pre-registration is due April 5 and guarantees participants a T-shirt. Contact Janet Milburn at to pre-register or call (580) 470-2131 to be directed to the nearest pre-registration site.

On-site registration begins at 6:30 a.m. at the Chickasaw Cultural Center.

April 20 | Easter Celebration

The Easter Bunny has planned a visit to the annual Easter celebration 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 20, at the Chickasaw Cultural Center.

The bunny will pass out Easter totes to children and pose for photographs. Other festivities include games, make-and-take crafts, stomp dances and cultural demonstrations.

The family-friendly film “Hop” will be played at 11:30 a.m. and “Peter Rabbit” at 2:30 p.m. in the Anoli’ Theater.

April 20-28 | National Park Week

In recognition of National Park Week, the Chickasaw Cultural Center and the Chickasaw National Recreation Area (CNRA) have joined together to celebrate the natural springs, wildlife and lush foliage awaiting visitors at the CNRA.

Demonstrations and films are planned throughout the week of Saturday, April 20, to Sunday, April 28.

Episodes of “National Parks: America’s Best Idea” will be screened 2:30 p.m., April 20-28, at the cultural center’s Anoli’ Theater.

Park week is a good time to explore the Inkana Bridge, which connects the Chickasaw Cultural Center and the CNRA, offering access points near Veterans Lake and the traditional village.

For nearly 7,000 years, Native people seeking to relax and renew their spirit have cherished the springs that now form the CNRA.

The terrain at the CNRA is part of an ecotone in which the eastern deciduous forest meets the mixed-grass prairie. Because of this, a rich diversity of wildlife lives among the densely wooded areas, rugged slopes and rolling prairie lands.

Bison, white-tailed deer, bobcats and other wildlife may be observed, photographed and enjoyed by tourists who visit the park.

The property once belonged to the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations following removal to Indian Territory in the 1830s.

Recognizing that Oklahoma statehood was looming, tribal leaders turned over ownership of the land to the federal government in 1902 with the understanding it would be protected for future generations. It was called Sulphur Springs Reservation.

In 1906, Congress designated it as Platt National Park to honor a Connecticut lawmaker, Orville Platt, who sponsored legislation to protect the area. At the time, it was the nation’s seventh national park. It is the only national park to be established at the request of a Native American tribe.

In 1976, Congress renamed it the Chickasaw National Recreation Area.

April 27-28 | Native Pottery Market

Native potters from across the region will gather for the Native Pottery Market 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 27, and noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 28, at the Chickasaw Cultural Center.

In conjunction with the Native Pottery Market, the Chickasaw Cultural Center will host the Native Pottery Symposium in the Anoli’ Theater. This will be a learning experience, bridging academic and artistic perspectives on Native pottery, offering a series of talks which will shine a light on topics such as traditional pottery revitalization and the diverse methods and styles of modern Native potters.

The potters will have a wide variety of unique, hand-crafted pottery for sale and will feature live pottery demonstrations in the lobby of the Anoli’ Theater.

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USDA 2018 Farm Bill Tribal Consultation Announced

April 7, 2019 - 12:00am

Published April 7, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is holding a tribal consultation to discuss the 2018 Farm Bill on May 1-2, 2019, in Washington, D.C. The USDA is seeking tribal input on rural development, farm production, conservation, risk management, trade, research, marketing, nutrition programs, natural resources and much more. Click here to view the agenda provided by the USDA.

The Native Farm Bill Coalition is supportive of in-person, government-to-government tribal consultations with the USDA. We encourage tribal leaders to participate in this consultation to provide your feedback and ensure the agency meets the needs of Indian Country as it works toward implementing the 2018 Farm Bill.
National Museum of the American Indian
300 Maryland Ave. NE, Room 4018/4019
Washington, D.C. 20002
Wednesday, May 1, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 2, 8 a.m.- 1 p.m.
To RSVP, email with the following information:
  1. Name
  2. Tribe or organization name
  3. Title
  4. City and state
  5. Phone number
  6. Attending both days (Y/N)
  7. Issues you are interested in
You can also designate a proxy if you cannot attend. Please notify the Office of Tribal Relations (OTR) by April 24, 2019, using this proxy letter template.
To prepare for the consultation, the Native Farm Bill Coalition will host a webinar later this month to highlight key areas that need additional advocacy. More information on the webinar is coming soon.

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Young Navajo Mother, a Police Officer, Trains to Rescue Hostages

April 7, 2019 - 12:00am

Navajo Times | Donovan Quintero
Emergency Response Team member and Gallup Police Officer Luke Martin, left, is beaten to the ground by fellow officer Nicole Diswood during a rappelling competition on Friday.

Published April 7, 2019

GALLUP, N.M. — Her blood type, O-positive, is stitched into her ballistic Emergency Response Team vest — in case emergency personnel need to know as soon as possible.

The breeze is cold but that doesn’t bother Gallup Police Officer Nicole Diswood, 26, as she trains with seven other ERT officers making a vertical assault entry from the rooftop of a multiple-story building. After graduating from Farmington High, and serving in JROTC all four years of high school, Diswood enlisted and trained at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, to be part of the military police.

“I joined to get out of Farmington,” she said. “I wanted to travel and I wanted to be on my own.” More than eight years later, she serves with the New Mexico National Guard’s 126th Military Police Company.

She has worked as a welder’s helper and these have toughened her so the cold breeze does not faze her. The single mom of a 5-year-old boy wasn’t always jumping off edges of buildings strapped to a rope with a rifle in hand, training to rescue hostages from bad guys. Prior to becoming a police officer, she often wondered what she could do for her little family.

She worked many jobs, like waitressing and being a cashier, to support herself and her son. But working odd jobs wasn’t enough to put food on the table.

Editor’s Note: This article was first published by the Navajo Times. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

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Navajo Nation Secures Over $28 million from the State of New Mexico for Capital Outlay Projects

April 7, 2019 - 12:00am

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez with New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham at the New
Mexico State Capitol on Feb. 1, 2019.

Published April 7, 2019

WINDOW ROCK — On Friday, the Navajo Nation successfully secured over $28 million in Capital Outlay Funds from the state of New Mexico as Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law S.B. 280, which was passed by the State Legislature in March. 

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer thanked Gov. Lujan Grisham and the state legislators that supported the projects, also thanked the 24th Navajo Nation Council for helping to advocate as well.

“The successful outcome is due to the combined advocacy efforts of the Office of the President and Vice President and the 24thNavajo Nation Council. Working together, we were able to meet with legislators and the Governor on several occasions to explain how these funds will benefit our communities,” said President Nez.

Included in the $28 million allocation is $2 million for renewable energy development, which may be used for a solar project at Paragon Ranch on the Navajo Nation, in accordance with a recent proclamation from the Nez-Lizer administration that proclaimed renewable energy development as the top energy priority for the Nation.

Also included is $3.1 million for a new justice center for the community of Shiprock and over $1 million for the design and development of a Navajo Code Talker museum, both of which President Nez and Vice President Lizer advocated strongly for.

“On behalf of the Navajo people, we offer our appreciation and gratitude to Governor Lujan Grisham and the members of the New Mexico State Legislature for supporting these much-needed infrastructure development projects,” said Vice President Lizer. “This represents one of the largest investments of Capital Outlay Funds for the Navajo Nation in recent history.”

The project listing for the Navajo Nation includes the following:



To’hajiilee Chapter Water System Improvements

$ 130,000

Baahaali Chapter House Renovation

$ 75,000

Baahaali Chapter Vehicle Purchase

$ 50,000

Baca/Prewitt Chapter Backhoe Purchase

$ 125,475

Bahast’lah Chapter Water Line Extend

$ 100

Becenti Chapter Veterans Center

$ 515,000

Blue Medicine Well Road Baahaali CHP

$ 100,000

Casamero Lake Chapter Cemetary Construction

$ 40,000

Casamero Lake Chapter Power Line Extend

$ 373,500

Casamero Lake Chapter Senior Center Construct

$ 70,000

Chee Dodge Elem School Access Improve – Rock Springs Chapter

$ 558,500

Chichiltah Chapter Bathroom Additions

$ 125,000

Chichiltah Chapter Heavy Equipment Prchs

$ 200,000

Chichiltah Chapter Senior Ctr ADD Heater

$ 10,000

Coyote Canyon Chapter Water Sys Improve

$ 100,000

CR 6 Improve Chichiltah Chapter McKinley County

$ 100,000

CR 6 Improve Rock Springs CHP

$ 300,000

Crownpoint Chapter Solar Street Lights

$ 200,000

Crownpoint Chapter Veterans Center Fclty Improve

$ 5,000

Dine College Livestock Research Center

$ 620,000

Ft. Defiance Chapter Power Line Extend

$ 85,000

Iyanbito Chapter House Fence

$ 180,000

Iyanbito Chapter Vehicle Purchase

$ 40,000

Manuelito Chapter Land Use Master Plan

$ 100,000

Manuelito Chapter Motor Grader Prchs

$ 60,000

Mariano Lake Chapter Multipurpose Bldg.

$ 220,000

Mexican Springs Chapter Multipurpose Building

$ 200,000

Mexican Springs Chapter Power Line Extend

$ 382,500

Mexican Springs Chapter Senior Ctr Strg Unit Prchs

$ 5,000

Navajo Code Talkers Museum & Veterans Center

$ 1,054,473

Navajo Rts 52 & 98 Improve Nahodishgish CHP

$ 120,000

Navajo Tech Univ Electronic Access Control

$ 200,000

Navajo Tech Univ Trades Prgm Fclty Expand

$ 750,000

NM Hwy 118 Improve McKinley County

$ 862,000

Pinedale Chapter Bathrooms Construct

$ 510,000

Pinehaven Rd Improve Baahaali CHP

$ 75,000

Pueblo Pintado Chapter Maintenance Equip

$ 50,000

Ramah Chapter Navajo Police Dept Vehicles Prchs

$ 450,000

Red Lake Chapter Road Drain & Utility Improve

$ 115,000

Red Rock Chapter House Ren

$ 100,000

Red Rock Chapter Veh Prchs

$ 70,000

Red Willow Rd Improve Mariano Lake Chapter

$ 200,000

Smith Lake Chapter Parking Lot

$ 519,000

Smith Lake Chapter Rgnl SCADA Sys Construct

$ 675,000

Smith Lake Chapter Veterans Ctr Improve

$ 250,000

Thoreau Chapter Veterans Service Ctr Construct

$ 336,500

Tohatchi Chapter Warehouse Construct

$ 300,000

Tsa-Ya-Toh Chapter Power Line Extend

$ 360,000

Tse Bonito Judicial Complex Master Plan

$ 1,200,000

Tse De Tah Spring Rd Survey – Manuelito Chapter

$ 75,000

Tse’II’Ahi’ Chapter Headstart Bldg Construct

$ 200,000

W Tsayatoh & Sunset Valley Roads – Tsayatoh Chapter

$ 300,000

Whitehorse Lake Chapter /Rincon/Sandsprings Bathrooms

$ 150,000

Rocksprings v Multipurpose Bldg

$ 100,000

Beclabito Chapter Helipad

$ 400,000

Beclabito Chapter Senior Center – Vehicles

$ 57,000

Dine College Shiprock Agr Mltprps Ctr Construct

$ 400,000

Gahii’Ahi/To’Koi CHP Government Complex Construct

$ 600,000

Gahii’Ahi/To’Koi Chapter Senior Ctr Construct

$ 356,500

Huerfano Chapter Cemetery

$ 100,000

Lake Valley Chapter Heavy Equipment Purchase

$ 75,000

Lake Valley Chapter Powerline Install

$ 100,000

Nageezi Chapter Road Grader Purchase

$ 175,000

Naschitti Chapter Powerline Install

$ 100,000

Navajo Nation Vets Ctr Shiprock Chapter Construct

$ 200,000

Navajo Nation Vets Ctr Shiprock Chapter Water Line

$ 50,000

Navajo Preparatory School Security & Com

$ 362,500

Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project Tse Alnaozt’II Chapter

$ 90,000

Newcomb CHP Waterline Extend

$ 175,000

NM Hwy 371/Navajo Rte 36 Traffic Signal

$ 1,300,000

Red Valley Chapter Mitten Rock Power Lines

$ 350,000

Sanostee Chapter Comm. Cemetery

$ 80,000

Shiprock Chapter Complex Plan

$ 100,000

Shiprock Police Dept Jud/Public Safety Complex

$ 3,150,000

Tiis Tsoh Sikaad Chapter Power Line Extend

$ 300,000

Toadlena/Two Grey Hills Chapter Compound Improve

$ 125,000

Toadlena/Two Grey Hills Chapter Senior Ctr Improve

$ 50,000

Tooh Haltsooi Chapter Power Line Extend

$ 905,400

Tse’Daa’Kaan Chapter Hogback Senior Center Improve

$ 50,000

Tse’Daa’Kaan Chapter Power Line Extensions

$ 472,000

Upper Fruitland Chapter Senior Center Add Ph 2

$ 400,000

White Rock Chapter Multipurpose Bldg. Improv

$ 100,000

White Rock Chapter Veterans Bldg

$ 325,000

Counselor CHP Lybrook Water System Improv

$ 150,000

Torreon Starlake CHP Emergency Services Bldg

$ 150,000

Alamo CHP Grader Purchase

$ 500,000

Alamo CHP Water Well

$ 787,500

Navajo Nation Renewable Energy System

$ 2,000,000

Navajo Nation Water System

$ 225,000

Grand Total of Navajo Nation Projects


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Photos from Grand Valley State University Powwow

April 6, 2019 - 11:45pm


“Celebrating All Walks of Life” Traditional Powwow Grand Entry at Grand Valley State University, Saturday, April 6, 2019. Native News Online photos by Levi Rickert

Published April 6, 2019

ALLENDALE, Mich. — Hundreds filled the bleachers on Saturday on Grand Valley State University Fieldhouse Arena in Allendale, Michigan for the “Celebrating All Walks of Life” Traditional Powwow.


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IHS Awards $7.5 Million to Urban Indian Organizations through the 4-in-1 Grant Opportunity

April 6, 2019 - 12:02am

Seven Generations Native American Indian Health Center in Oakland, California is one of the recipient urban agencies to be granted by IHS.

Published April 6, 2019

ROCKVILLE, Md. —  The Indian Health Service Office of Urban Indian Health Programs has awarded grants totaling more than $7.5 million to 30 urban Indian organizations across the country. These grants will make health care services more accessible for American Indians and Alaska Natives residing in urban areas and will support operations at urban health care facilities.

The 4-in-1 grant provides funding to urban Indian organizations to ensure the highest possible health status for urban Indians. Funding will be used to support four health program areas: health promotion and disease prevention services; immunization services; alcohol and substance abuse related services; and mental health services. These programs are integral components of the IHS health care delivery system and the grant funding will benefit thousands of urban Indian patients.

“The 4-in-1 grant program underscores IHS’ commitment to provide quality health care for urban Indians,” said IHS Principal Deputy Director Rear Adm. Michael D. Weahkee. “We are excited to address the health needs of urban Indians across the nation by partnering with urban Indian organizations to provide access to comprehensive and culturally appropriate health care services.”

The IHS Office of Urban Indian Health Programs was established in 1976 to make health care services more accessible to urban Indians. IHS enters into limited, competing contracts and grants with 41 urban Indian nonprofit organizations to provide health care and referral services for urban Indians throughout the United States. Urban Indian organizations define their services based upon the service population, health status, and documented unmet needs of the urban Indian communities they serve. Urban Indian organizations provide health care services for urban Indians who do not have access to the resources offered through IHS or tribally operated health care facilities because they do not live on or near a reservation. For additional information about the Office of Urban Indian Health Programs, visit

The IHS, an agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for approximately 2.6 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. Our mission is to raise the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level. Follow the agency via social media on Facebook and Twitter.


The following urban Indian organizations received funding:


Grantee Name




Native Americans for Community Action




Native American Community Health Center




American Indian Association of Tucson




Bakersfield American Indian Health Project




Fresno American Indian Health Project




United American Indian Involvement

Los Angeles



Native American Health Center




Sacramento Native American Health Center




San Diego American Indian Health Center

San Diego



Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley

San Jose



American Indian Health & Services

Santa Barbara



Denver Indian Health and Family Services




American Indian Health Service of Chicago




Hunter Health




American Indian Health & Family Services of SE MI




Native American Development Corporation




Indian Family Health Clinic

Great Falls



Helena Indian Alliance




Missoula Urban Indian Health Center




Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition




First Nations Community HealthSource




Nevada Urban Indians




New York Indian Council

Long Island City



Native American Rehabilitation Association




South Dakota Urban Indian Health

Sioux Falls



Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas




Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake

Salt Lake City



Seattle Indian Health Board




The NATIVE Project




Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center





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Rep. Haaland Seeks Answers to Military Housing Issues Flagged by Kirtland Air Force Base Families

April 6, 2019 - 12:01am

Kirtland Air Force Base

Published April 6, 2019

WASHINGTON — After hearing about unsafe housing conditions from Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) families, Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01) is seeking answers during a House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness hearing. The hearing covered the mismanagement of housing programs for military families.

Rep. Deb Haaland

Haaland and her staff have met with military families in Albuquerque in order to fully understand the military housing issues that these families are facing. Haaland’s office joined KAFB Base Commanders at four town halls set up for Kirtland Family Housing residents and base personnel to learn more about the issues.

At the hearing, Haaland zeroed in on reports of fear of retaliation that families who had reported unsafe housing conditions faced, “I’ve heard reports that retaliation still persists against military families who are raising concerns about the conditions of their housing. This is extremely troubling as retaliation is a big part of the breach of trust between the DoD and families that lead these families to come to the press and to Congress in the first place.”

>>>WATCH: Haaland Seeks Answers to Military Housing Issues Flagged by Kirtland Air Force Base Families

After each of the Pentagon officials confirmed that there is a zero tolerance policy for retaliation, Haaland stressed the importance of her office receiving contact information for department officials who could look into those reports, so her office can work with them to ensure military families have the information needed to remedy their claims.

One of the factors in military readiness is to ensure that service members and their families are living under safe and healthy conditions. New Mexicans and service members around the country are suffering from issues with mold, rodent infestation, and other health hazards in their military housing programs. Growing up in a military family, Congresswoman Haaland understands the struggles and she’s determined to find the root of this problem.

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What are the Most Popular Poker Variations?

April 6, 2019 - 12:00am

Published April 6, 2019

The popular card game known as Poker has a long, yet elusive history. In modern times, most people are most familiar with the Texas Hold’em variation, particularly in U.S. casinos and tournaments. However, Poker itself can be traced as far back as the early 18th century, spreading along the Mississippi River region of the United States.

This early form of Poker itself had a number of variations – one variant, common in 1829 New Orleans, used a deck of only 20 cards. The cards were dealt between two players, with bettors gambling on which player had the best hand value. The etymology of the word Poker itself is also debated. Some say it comes from French poque, which has roots in German pochen. Others say it is from Irish Pocah – in any case, modern Poker doesn’t really resemble these historical card games. But card games certainly evolve over time, so the history of Poker can really be attributed to the culmination of thousands of years of card games.

In this article, we’re going to explore the most popular poker games in modern times:

Texas Hold’em

This is the most common form of Poker, so much that it has become synonymous with Poker itself. It started in Texas in the early 1900s, as mentioned earlier, but was introduced to Las Vegas gambling in 1963. While remaining in relative obscurity for a few years, it really took off at the 1970 World Series of Poker. Since then, it has become the de-facto Poker game.

Texas Hold’em is a highly strategic Poker game, as it relies on careful odds predictions and careful, controlled betting. While Hollywood films have shown Poker to be a “bluffing” game, where players win huge jackpots for fooling opponents, this actually has very little basis in real-life Texas Hold’em strategy. In fact, “bluffing” regularly in real-life is a fast way to lose a lot of money.

Texas Hold’em uses a standard 52-card deck, with the Jokers removed. It is played between 2 – 10 players, though occasionally you may see a larger game than this, but only in very special exceptions – such as two tables being combined in a tournament.

Pot-Limit Omaha

While Omaha Hold’em is a popular Poker variant in U.S. casinos, played similarly to Texas Hold’em, Pot-Limit Omaha is more commonly played in Europe. However, it’s also available in many online casinos, and some U.S. casinos offer it in high-stakes “mixed” games.


In this Poker game, the variances are increased a bit, and players don’t “bleed” as much money during preflop. Basically, in no-limit Texas Hold’em, it’s very easy for a player on a late-game win streak to begin dictating the pot, forcing other players to sit out of hands and slowly bleed money. In Pot-Limit Omaha, this factor is severely reduced, and even late-game joiners can make a profit. For this reason, Pot-Limit Omaha is seen as a great alternative to Texas Hold’em for beginner Poker players, because it’s a lot more forgiving (bankroll wise) on sitting out hands.

There are several variants on Pot-Limit Omaha, such as Five-card Omaha, Six-card Omaha, and Courchevel.

7 Card Stud

While Texas Hold’em is the most popular modern Poker game, 7 Card Stud was the Poker game of choice for a much longer time in history. It was most popular throughout the 1900s, being the most popular casino Poker game until it was displaced by Texas Hold’em. However, 7 Card Stud remains a staple of the casino industry, and nearly all casinos, physical or online, offer it for play.


Popular variations of 7 Card Stud include 5 Card Stud, and Stud Hi Lo.


Chinese Poker

This poker variant can trace its history back to the ancient Chinese card game Pai Gow. Chinese poker was modeled on Pai Gow and introduced to American casinos in the early 19th century. It is intended as one of, if not the easiest Poker game for a beginner to understand. In fact, casino dealers are likely to help you set up your hands if you simply ask.

In standard Chinese Poker, each player receives 13 cards from a 52-card deck. The players then organize their cards into 3 separate hands, and reveal each hand throughout the gameplay. While it’s quite simple, some casinos do offer high-stakes Chinese Poker.

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Field Hearing Scheduled for April 15 in New Mexico on Air Quality, Sacred Sites Impacts of Oil and Gas Development 

April 6, 2019 - 12:00am

Congressman Raul M. Grijalva

Published April 6, 2019

Gov. Lujan Grisham Will Testify

WASHINGTON — Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Vice Chair Haaland (D-N.M.) and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), Chair of the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, on Friday announced an April 15 field hearing in Santa Fe, N.M., titled Oil and Gas Development: Impacts on Air Pollution and Sacred Sites, where Gov. Michele Lujan Grisham (D) will be among those testifying. Ahead of the hearing, Committee lawmakers will meet with local environmental advocates, tour Chaco Culture National Historical Park, and hear from experts, elected tribal and local officials.

The full trip is April 12-15. An itinerary with public and media availabilities is available below.

The point of contact for reporters for the duration of the trip is Monica Sanchez, deputy communications director for the House Natural Resources Committee Democratic staff. She can be reached at or (202) 306-1333.

Members of House Natural Resources Committee & Democratic Leadership Attending

  1. Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.)
  2. Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.)
  3. Committee Vice Chair Deb Haaland (D-N.M.)
  4. Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee Chair Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.)

Public Schedule (all times local)

Saturday, April 13

4:00 p.m.

Environmental Justice Roundtable

Hotel Santa Fe, 1501 Paseo de Peralta Santa Fe, N.M. 87501

Room Kiva A

  • Closed event, press availability after event concludes at approximately 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 14

2:00 p.m.

Tour of Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Nageezi, N.M.

  • Open to press, 2 p.m. press availability at the visitor center followed by tour with park superintendent.

Monday, April 15

10:00 a.m.

Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Field Hearing – Oil and Gas Development: Impacts on Air Pollution and Sacred Sites

New Mexico State Capitol, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, N.M. 87501

Room 307

  • Open to press, press availability after hearing concludes
  • Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham among those testifying
  • The hearing will be livestreamed online, link to follow.

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Cherokee Nation Donates $30,000 to Adair County Law Enforcement

April 6, 2019 - 12:00am

Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Canaan Duncan, Stilwell City Clerk Larry Nettles, Stilwell Police Chief Chad Smith, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden.

Published April 6, 2019

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation recently made a contribution of $30,000 to three Adair County law enforcement agencies.

Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Canaan Duncan along with Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden presented the checks to law enforcement officials. The donations were made from Duncan’s allocated law enforcement funds.

“It goes without saying that our local law enforcement agencies provide an invaluable service to our communities,” Duncan said. “As with most sectors in our state, law enforcement agencies have also experienced the stress of budget cuts, and I am so glad the tribe can step up and help alleviate some of that financial strain.”

Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Canaan Duncan, Adair County Sheriff Jason Ritchie, Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden.

The Adair County Sheriff’s Department received $15,000, and the Stilwell and Westville police departments each received $7,500.

“It is such a blessing that our tribe is in a position to support those who serve and protect. Partnering with these local law enforcement agencies provides resources for necessary equipment and training that helps ensure the safety of Cherokees and non-Cherokees alike,” Crittenden said.

Each year the tribe donates 20 percent of car tag sales revenue to local law enforcement agencies. The funds can be used on equipment or other needs.

Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Canaan Duncan, Westville Police Chief Scott Mitchell, Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden.

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Nez-Lizer commend House passage of Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

April 6, 2019 - 12:00am

First Lady Phefelia Nez, President Jonathan Nez, Vice President Myron Lizer, and
Second Lady Dottie Lizer.

Published April 6, 2019

WINDOW ROCK – Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer thank the House of Representatives for passing HR 1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 on Thursday. The Violence Against Women Act expired in February.

The bill, which passed by a voice vote of 263-158, includes tribal justice jurisdiction provisions, protections for survivors of domestic violence, sharing of criminal database information and extends protections to Native American children and tribal officers. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

“Diné women and children are sacred. We thank the House of Representatives for taking a stand to protect all women and children from domestic violence, as well as our tribal officers who respond to domestic violence calls. Domestic violence is one of the highest categories for reported calls on the Navajo Nation, and this legislation would help close the gap,” President Nez said. “I urge the Senate to move forward on a bipartisan basis and pass this important bill.”

Navajo Nation First Lady Phefelia Nez and Second Lady Dottie Lizer also welcomed the passage of this measure.

“We need to do all we can to protect the victims of domestic violence. I thank those who advocated vigorously on this critical piece of legislation,” First Lady Nez said.

“This is a bold step in the right direction in continuing to combat violence against women and children,” Second Lady Lizer added.

Priorities for the first and second lady include combating domestic violence, addressing missing and murdered Indigenous women, and advocating of the reauthorization of VAWA.

“We urge Senate lawmakers to take up this important legislation for reauthorization. Protections for our women and children cannot wait,” Vice President Lizer said.

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Body of Four-Year-Old Aneth Toddler Found on Navajo Nation

April 5, 2019 - 11:35pm

Courtesy photo / Navajo Nation Police

Published April 5, 2019

WINDOW ROCK —  After nearly three weeks of searching, the body of missing four-year-old girl may have been found on Wednesday.

According to a family statement posted late Wednesday night, volunteers Kevin and Christian Day of Layton, Utah, discovered the body believed to be of Anndine “Cookie” Jones around 6:15 p.m. along McElmo Creek, three miles south of their home. The family resides about 3 miles north of the chapter house along the creek.

“We, the family of missing four-year-old Anndine Jones, are heartbroken to announce that the search for Anndine has come to an end,” the family statement said.

“Anndine ‘Cookie’ Jones will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. She brought such joy to our family, and will forever live on in our hearts and memories,” the statement said.

The family thanked all the volunteers and rescue officials for their help and also asked that their privacy be respected during their time of grieving.

Positive identification of Jones is pending, but according to a Navajo Police statement, the girl’s parents identified her.

Jones went missing on March 14. The following day, a massive search began as search and rescue personnel and volunteers used drones and boats and divers searched along the creek and the San Juan River. Helicopters used thermal imaging cameras.

The three-day search was unsuccessful. That Sunday the Navajo Police suspended their operation. However, her family and volunteers continued searching.

Navajo Nation Police Chief Phillip Francisco said, along with the FBI, the investigation continues.

“This has been a difficult time for everyone involved,” he said. “We ask that the public continue to keep the family in their thoughts and prayers as they navigate through this difficult time.”

The chief said no other information would be released due to the ongoing investigation.

Seth Damon, speaker of the Navajo Nation Council, and Charlaine Tso, the Aneth area’s delegate, issued statements.

“I am very sad and heartbroken to hear of Anndine Jones’ passing,” said Tso. “I prayed for days for a miracle. I will continue to support the Jones family and my community of Aneth.”

“The Navajo Nation grieves with the Jones family,” Damon said. “On behalf of the 24th Navajo Nation Council, I extend our most heartfelt condolences to the Jones family and the community of Aneth.”

Editor’s Note: This article was first published by the Navajo Times. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

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Police Arrest Trump Supporter in Connection Spraying Painting: “Indians will be Gassed” on Chickasaw Nation Premises

April 5, 2019 - 12:15am

Racist Allison Johnson arrested

Published April 5, 2019

NORMAN, Okla. — Police in Norman, Oklahoma have arrested a woman in connection to vandalizing the Chickasaw Nation’s regional office in Oklahoma City and two Democratic party buildings in Oklahoma City and Norman, Oklahoma.

Arreseted on Thursday, April 4, 2019 was Allison Johnson, 45, on a complaint of Terroristic Threats.

Last Thursday morning upon arrival to work, Chickasaw Nation staff discovered their office building had been vandalized overnight. Written in a parking space on the south side of the Nation’s building were the words “Indians will be gassed.” Below that statement was the word “lampshaded.” And, spray painted on sidewalk leading to an building entrance was “Savages HH.”

Other graffiti included references in support to Trump’s re-election and anti-Sementic statements and Nazi symbols.

Johnson turned herself in at the Norman Police Department.


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Navajo Transitional Energy Company Releases 2019 NTEC Scholarship Application

April 5, 2019 - 12:00am

Recipients for the 2018 NTEC Scholarhip stand with former Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye during last year’s awards luncheon held in Farmington, N.M.

Published April 5, 2019

FARMINGTON, N.M. — Navajo Transitional Energy Company (NTEC) released its application for the 2019 NTEC Scholarship offering Navajo students majoring in a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) field an opportunity to earn a $1,000 scholarship award.

“We are excited to open this opportunity to help Navajo college students further their education. NTEC believes that investing in the future of Navajo students will make the Navajo Nation stronger,” said Clark Moseley, NTEC CEO.

NTEC contributes more than $100,000 in scholarships annually for Navajo students. Aside from funding students directly, NTEC contributes scholarship funding to Dine College, Navajo Technical University and Navajo chapters directly associated with Navajo Mine.

Last year, 30 students from across the Navajo Nation were awarded scholarships and this year, Nathan Tohtsoni, NTEC education coordinator, is excited to see the wealth of ambition Navajo students have.

“It’s motivating to see the ambition our students have. Our application process includes completing an essay about how they plan to benefit the Navajo Nation and how they see energy development on the Navajo Nation. The answers we received last year were enlightening,” Tohtsoni said.

The NTEC Scholarship is open to applicants who meet the following requirements:

  • Sophomore, Junior or Senior in college
  • Resides/registered with a Navajo Nation chapter
  • Attends an accredited college/university/technical institution majoring in a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) or industry related field of study.
  • A minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.80 on a 4.00 scale
  • Full-time status undergraduate (minimum of 12 semester credit hours)

Applicants must submit an application, resume, two letters of references, an essay, copy of school transcripts and a copy of their Certificate of Indian Blood.

The deadline for application packages is July 18, 2019.

For more information and to download an application visit

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Surrogacy Options Abroad for U.S. Couples

April 5, 2019 - 12:00am

Published April 5, 2019

Every married couple wants to have children. It is no exaggeration to say that a family is considered complete and happy if it has children. Unfortunately, in the modern world many people are faced with the problem of infertility that thwarts their hopes for having descendants. Until recently, the problem of infertility was seemingly intractable. However, about twenty years ago, assisted reproductive technologies and the opportunity to use the services of surrogate mothers came to the rescue of the infertile couples, who were dreaming for a long time of experiencing the joy of motherhood and fatherhood.

Assisted reproductive technologies have become a breakthrough in the field of infertility treatment. Thanks to the high level of scientific and technological progress and the high level of medical care, the United States of America definitely occupy the first place in this field.

However, it is worth noting that not all U.S. states have a positive attitude towards the use of assisted reproductive technologies. Surrogate motherhood is governed by state law, not by federal law. In many U.S. states, surrogacy is prohibited (for example, in Arizona, Michigan, and New Jersey). The surrogacy law in the United States is constantly changing. State laws are different from one another. In some states, surrogacy is prohibited, as we have already mentioned before and in many of them there is no legal regulation regarding the conclusion of binding legal contracts between spouses and a surrogate mother. The most loyal attitude towards surrogacy exists in California and Florida. There, practically any citizen can use the services of a surrogate mother, regardless of his/her marital status and sexual orientation.

Although health care in the United States is at a high level of development, it should be noted that prices for medical treatment in the United States are among the highest in the world. Hence, many couples simply cannot afford to undergo an IVF procedure or use the services of a surrogate mother. Therefore, many of them prefer to go abroad to gain the happiness of parenthood.

Here it is necessary to clarify some of the legal nuances of the U.S. law related to the birth of a child of a surrogate mother who is a citizen of a foreign state. The U.S. Department of State says it clearly that in the event of a child being born to an American couple abroad, it is necessary to observe one of the two conditions stipulated in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), so that the child is considered a U.S. citizen and can live with their biological parents in America. In particular, it reads as follows:

A child born abroad must be biologically related to a U.S. citizen parent who meets the following statutory transmission requirements of INA 301 or 309 in order for the child to acquire U.S. citizenship at birth:

  • A U.S. citizen father must be the genetic parent of the child and meet all other statutory requirements in order to transmit U.S. citizenship to the child at birth.
  • A U.S. citizen mother must be the genetic and/or the gestational and legal mother of the child at the time and place of the child’s birth and must meet all other statutory requirements in order to transmit U.S. citizenship to the child at birth.

DNA testing is often the best way to establish a genetic or blood relationship after the child is born. Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) testing is the most accurate and widely available technology to test a biological relationship. DNA sample collection must be in accordance with American Association of Blood Bank (AABB) and Department of State standards and procedures. Once the analysis is complete, the AABB laboratory in the United States will send the results directly to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Only results sent directly to the Embassy or Consulate by the AABB lab will be accepted.

A U.S. citizen parent who has a biological child overseas, including via a foreign surrogate mother, may apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad of an American Citizen (CRBA) and a U.S. passport for the child at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where the child was born.

Parents must provide evidence to the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate of the child’s identity, birth, and citizenship. In an ART case, the parents may be requested to provide medical and documentary evidence of the child’s conception and birth and such other evidence to demonstrate the biological connection between parent and child, along with evidence of the parents’ identity, citizenship, parent’s requisite physical presence in the United States, and legal status as the child’s parent under local law.

Despite a lot of difficulties, many American citizens are going to Ukraine in order to take advantage of assisted reproductive technologies and the services of surrogate mothers. Firstly, cost of surrogacy in Ukraine is three to four times cheaper than in the United States, secondly, medical care is at the level of the best American and European clinics, thirdly, commercial surrogate motherhood is fully legally allowed in Ukraine, and fourthly, the American legal system works so well that if biological parents follow all the rules, they can easily take their child back to the United States.

The Network of Reproductive Medical Centers (ISO 9001:2015 certified) “Mother and Child” that employs the highly renowned reproductive embryologists and long-standing members of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) has been successfully involved for over eleven years in practical application of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and various types of surrogacy programs at affordable cost that resulted in birth of 9,074 healthy children and helped thousands of people throughout the world to find the happiness of parenthood.

Please contact IVF Group Surrogacy Services at +1(213) 277-5874 or visit our website at to find out more or to schedule a consultation with a reproductive embryologist.

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NTU Students Team Up with GRID Alternatives to Install Solar Panels in Ojo Encino

April 5, 2019 - 12:00am

Navajo Technical students Tydrin Wauneka (Right) and Darrick Lee (left) adjusting the photovoltaic panels during the installation. GRID Alternatives were on-site with the students to share proper techniques and knowledge about solar panel installations.

Published April 5, 2019

OJO ENCINO, N.M. — From March 26 – March 28, students from Navajo Technical University’s Energy Systems and Electrical Engineering programs collaborated with the Colorado-based company GRID Alternatives to install solar panels at a residence in Ojo Encino, NM. The three-day community service project called, “Spring Break Solar Installation,” involved students from regional universities to set up solar systems at four select homes at no cost to home owners.

“Alternative energy is now becoming a significant discussion in all our communities across the nation and most importantly on Navajo,” said Ray Griego, Energy Systems instructor at NTU. “We have been moving steadily from fossil fuel here on the Navajo Nation, and this shift presents the challenge for our younger generation to explain how to successfully accomplish the transition.”

GRID Alternatives has done projects in Ojo Encino for the last several years, installing solar systems for low-income families. This year, Navajo Technical University students Darrick Lee, Tydrin Wauneka, Lyndon James, and Taven Chavez volunteered to assist in the effort. Each day students received orientation about the project before going to the house of Franklin Pinto for the installation of the grid tied system.

“They are a very nice group of individuals working on this solar panels being placed near my home. They told me it will reduce my electric bill,” said Mr. Pinto about the solar panel system that is capable of generating up to 350 watts of power. “I’m glad they selected me for this because it is beneficial to our community. Some of us still don’t have power out here and these solar systems can deliver power to those in need.”

Members of Grid Alternatives pose with Navajo Technical University Instructor Ray Griego (third from right) and students after they completed the project at Ojo Encino community. Photo courtesy of Grid Alternatives Representative Sara Mayani Barudin.

GRID Alternatives collaborated with the Ojo Encino Chapter house to select the members of the community to receive the solar installation. GRID Alternatives Tribal Program is a non-profit based in Denver, CO with alliances helping specific populations. At the Ojo Encino community project, GRID Alternatives tribal program representatives were on-site to ensure the quality of the installations and provide adequate information for the volunteers and members of the community receiving the solar power systems.

The systems are estimated to reduce energy cost by approximately 60-70%. The projects can range from single rooftop installations to large-scale systems capable of providing energy to a community. The system designs by the teams installed at Ojo Encino were the grid tied system. The system designs were fixed at four homes in the community with NTU students assisting with the final home project.

Navajo Technical University offers an Associate of Applied Science in Energy Systems and Engineering Technology as well as baccalaureate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Industrial Engineering. The university’s engineering programs was recently endorsed by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology Inc. or ABET. To learn more about the Energy Systems program contact Program Advisor Ray Griego at or at 505-786-4308. For more information about NTU’s Electrical Engineering program, please contact Dr. Peter Romine at

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How Abusive Partners Use Sexual Assault as a Form of Control

April 5, 2019 - 12:00am
Guest Commentary 

Published April 5, 2019

Sexual violence can be difficult to talk about. Some people feel uncomfortable when the subject comes up, which – intentionally or not – sends a message to survivors of sexual abuse and sexual assault that they won’t be believed if they come forward.

Sexual assault is any type of sexual activity or contact that you do not consent to. In an abusive relationship, some partners might sexually assault their partner or force them into unwanted sexual activity as a means of control. This type of violence can be one of the most traumatic forms of relationship abuse.

Across the nation, more than half of Native American women (56 percent) and about one-third of Native men (28 percent) have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime, according to a recent report. The report also found that Native women – our mothers, grandmothers, daughters and sisters – face nearly two times the risk of sexual violence when compared to non-Hispanic white women.

Mallory Black

Sexual abuse in a relationship

There is a strong connection between colonialism and sexual violence. As Native people, we know any form of violence such as sexual assault and sexual abuse is unnatural and goes against our traditional ways. Sexual violence was introduced into our communities through colonization, as Native women were often violently targeted, humiliated, degraded and terrorized as a way to undermine the very foundation of Native communities.

As a form of domestic violence, sexual abuse is used to assert power and control in the relationship. The behaviors can range from:

· Calling you degrading sexual names

· Fondling, grabbing or pinching the sexual parts of your body

· Constantly pressuring you to have sex when you don’t want to have sex

· Becoming angry or violent when refused sex

· Demanding or normalizing demands for sex by saying things like, “I need it, I’m a man”

· Drugging or restricting you to where you are unable to consent to sexual activity

· Forcing you to have sex or engage in unwanted sexual activity (ex. rape, anal rape, forced masturbation or forced oral sex)

· Using weapons or other objects to hurt the sexual parts of your body

· Records or photographs you in a sexual way without your consent

· Intentionally tries to pass on a sexually transmitted disease to you

· Threatening to hurt you or your children if you do not have sex

· Demanding you to dress is a sexual way

· Forcing you to watch pornography

Lasting effects of sexual violence

Sexual assault can affect your spirit in many ways, including feelings of depression, fear or anxiety, difficulty sleeping, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some survivors may experience flashbacks of the attack or may disassociate from what happened entirely to cope

with the trauma. When there is ongoing sexual abuse in a relationship, trauma and other negative impacts can worsen.

Some survivors may become very sensitive to touch or struggle with intimacy in their relationships. It’s important to recognize not all survivors will react the same way and often report a range of feelings about the experience.

After a sexual attack, you may feel alone, ashamed or believe you did something to provoke the attack or that you somehow ‘deserved it.’ You may also feel that your community is not a safe place anymore. However, you are never to blame for rape, sexual assault or any form of abuse that happens to you.

Finding hope and healing

Recovering from sexual assault or sexual abuse is a process and one in which you decide every step of the way. There is no timeline for healing; it is entirely up to you.

It is important to know that in the aftermath of sexual assault or abuse, you do not have to face your healing journey alone. When you are ready, there are people available to help you if you have been sexually assaulted or are being sexually abused by a current or former intimate partner.

Advocates at StrongHearts Native Helpline (1-844-762-8483, available daily from 7 a.m. to. 10 p.m. CT) can offer emotional support and a connection to culturally-appropriate resources and legal options where available. It is always anonymous and confidential when you call. You can also find sexual assault service providers here.

While your healing journey may be painful, remember you were born with the inherent strength and courage of your ancestors to survive. We believe you. We are here for you every step of the way.

Mallory Black, Diné, is the Communications Manager of the StrongHearts Native Helpline.

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Rep. Davids (Ho-Chunk Nation) Presides Over House Floor as Violence Against Women Act is Reauthorized  

April 4, 2019 - 10:08pm

Rep. Sharice Davids, a tribal citizen of the Ho-Chunk Nation, is the second American Indian woman to preside at Speaker’s chair during a session of Congress.

Published April 4, 2019

WASHINGTON — Rep. Sharice Davids today presided over the House Floor as the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 passed, improving critical protections and services for all victims of violence and abuse. Davids co-sponsored multiple amendments to the bill that address the crisis of violence against Native women and girls.

“Re-authorizing the Violence Against Women Act will help ensure that all survivors of violence and abuse can receive the support, protection, and justice they deserve. I was honored to preside over the House Floor as we passed this historic piece of legislation,” said Davids. 

This legislation re-authorizes the landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994. It makes vital improvements including strengthening services for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, equipping law enforcement with the tools combat these issues and protect their communities, and improving the health care system’s response.  

“VAWA is a landmark piece of legislation that has provided lifesaving services for victims of sexual and domestic violence across the country.  This legislation is critical to ensure that survivors have access to the services they deserve.  VAWA is not a partisan issue.  It is not a political issue. It is about saving lives,” said Julie Donelon, President & CEO of the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA).  

Davids’ co-sponsored three amendments to address the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls by improving information sharing and coordination in law enforcement agencies.  

“Native women and girls experience violence at far higher rates than any other female population in the country – an epidemic that has been neglected for far too long. I’m pleased to join my colleagues to help shine a light on this crisis and to ensure the health and safety of our Native women,” said Davids.  

Rep. Davids, a tribal citizen of the Ho-Chunk Nation, is now the second Native American woman to sit in the Speaker’s chair after Rep. Deb Haaland did so in last month. 

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House of Representatives Passes Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019

April 4, 2019 - 2:20pm

Published April 4, 2019

WASHINGTON — This morning, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 263 to 158 to pass the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R. 1585), marking an important step toward restoring public safety and justice on tribal lands.

Inserted in the legislation is the recognition that Native children who are equally in need of the protections that were extended to adult domestic violence victims in VAWA 2013.

In 2016, the National Institute of Justice report found that 1.5 million American Indian and Alaska Native women had experienced violence in their lifetime.

In March, the Natural Resources Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States held a hearing to examine the silent crisis of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women. The hearing featured four Native American women as expert witnesses, who testified that Congress and federal agencies have not honored their trust responsibilities to Native communities and that stopping the epidemic of violence against Native women will take time and resources not currently being offered.

“As tribal leaders, we have no greater priority than protecting our women, children, and elders. Too often, we as Native women are invisible but today, we celebrate and thank the representatives here for seeing us, for standing with us, and for fighting with us.” She also urged the Senate to move quickly to take up this legislation, saying “Victims in Indian Country cannot wait. We will not accept a bill that leaves Native victims behind. They are counting on us,” said Juana Majel-Dixon, Co-Chair for the Task Force on Violence Against Women and Recording Secretary at National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) responded to the favorable outcome at a press conference held immediately after the vote.


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Sen. Hoeven Convenes Hearing on Enhancing Tribal Self-governance & Safety on Indian Roads

April 4, 2019 - 12:00am

Sen. John Hoeven

Published April 4, 2019

WASHINGTON —  Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today convened an oversight hearing to examine the safety of Indian roads and the progress made to the tribal self-governance program within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

“These roads, highways and bridges are used by children going to their schools, emergency and first responders to reach those in need, and tribal members to reach their place of employment. These roads also provide economic opportunity to tribes by providing access to and from Indian lands,” said Hoeven. “However, many of these roads and bridges are in dire need of improvement. According to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), there is at least a $280 million backlog of deferred maintenance of BIA roads with only 17 percent of the BIA roads considered to be in acceptable condition.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) children, and also the leading cause of unintentional injuries for AIAN adults. According to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), there are 161,000 miles of existing and proposed roads on Indian lands. The BIA and the Federal Highway Administration within the DOT jointly administer the Tribal Transportation Program (TTP). The TTP funding is derived from the Highway Trust Fund and allocated to Indian tribes through a statutory formula.

On December 4, 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015 was signed into law replacing the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act. The FAST Act includes provisions that fund tribal highway maintenance, construction, and safety programs for Indian tribes and included several reports to be conducted by the DOT on improving road safety data. Authorization for the FAST Act expires in 2020. The FAST Act funds many programs that are vital to providing safe transportation throughout Indian country.

For witness testimony and video of the hearing, click here.

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