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Wednesday, 20 June


Statement of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Regarding the Separation Policy at the U.S. Border | National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Statement of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Regarding the Separation Policy at the U.S. Border | National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges:

The National Council of Juvenile and
Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) deplores the wholesale separation of
children from their parents at the U.S. border, without the due process
of law, as a devastating tragedy. The fact that these children and
families are detained in facilities without an opportunity to be heard
in court is contrary to our countrys established rule of law.

The NCJFCJ urges all to consider the
adverse effects on these children, placed in congregate care, a
placement strongly disfavored by federal law when they are removed from
their parents. Not only are these children immediately traumatized, but
also their chance for a productive and happy life is significantly
reduced by their experience. We see similarly situated children in our
juvenile and family courts daily and work with all parties involved to
give children an opportunity to see their parents regularly and to gain a
safe, permanent, and stable home. This is not the case with the
children being removed at the border.

In 2010, the NCJFCJ adopted a
resolution supporting a bipartisan amendment to the Humane Enforcement
and Legal Protections (HELP) for Separated Children Act, which supports
our nations immigration laws to be appropriately enforced, but must
also protect children from unnecessary harm in the process. 

To this day, the NCJFCJ, the oldest
judicial membership organization in the U.S., supports the access of
children to fair, equal, effective and timely justice by requiring
provisions in state plans for adoption and foster care, including
placement of children with a parent, legal guardian, or primary
caregiver relative who is in immigration detainment or has been removed
from the U.S.; mandates immigration enforcement personnel be better
equipped by receiving vulnerable population and child welfare training;
and implements measures for ensuring that immigration detention
facilities take steps to preserve family unity.

We ask our nations leaders to
reconsider the current separation policy so that these children are
reunited with their families and not subject to further trauma.

Hon. Anthony (Tony) Capizzi


Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Chairman Faron Jackson: The Band Opposes Pipelines on Our Reservation Native News Online

Photo Credit: MPR News

Guest Commentary

Published June 20, 2018

Recently there has been a lot of misinformation surrounding Tribal interests regarding the Line 3 Public Utilities Commission (PUC) process. Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and Tribal interests are being used interchangeably to fit different agendas. I would like to set the record straight with our Tribes position on the pipeline replacement proposals currently under consideration by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

Leech Lake Reservation is our homeland. The waters and the food provided by the land are the reason our people are here and how we have sustained ourselves spiritually, culturally and economically. Water ties us together. We cannot move or replace our reservation if there is an oil spill disaster.

Our people have lived with these pipelines running through our lakes and reservation since the 1950s. Multiple generations have witnessed how the pipeline companies and governments ignore our interests and continue to pump oil through our lands. It has come to a point where pipes can no longer be safely put in this corridor.

We respect the Minnesota government and hope they share the sentiment and respect our tribal sovereignty when we say loud and clear the position of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe: We want pipelines to end and we will not allow another oil pipeline to be laid in our Reservation.

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Chairman Faron Jackson, Jr.

I am a government official, a father and an Anishinaabe man. As a government official I am chosen to speak for my fell...


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to Hold Hearing on Subsistence in Native Communities Native News Online

Published June 20, 2018 

WASHINGTON On Wednesday, June 20 at 2:30 PM EDT, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold an oversight hearing titled Keep What You Catch: Promoting Traditional Subsistence Activities in Native Communities.


WHAT:          A committee oversight hearing titled Keep What You Catch: Promoting Traditional Subsistence Activities in Native Communities.

WHEN:        2:30 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, June 20, 2018

WHERE:       628 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Live video will be provided here.


Dr. Jennifer Hardin, Ph.D.

Subsistence Policy Coordinator, Office of Subsistence Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska

The Honorable Roy Brown

Chairman, Northern Arapaho Business Council, Fort Washakie, Wyoming

Ms. Mary Sattler Peltola

Executive Director, Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, Bethel, Alaska

Ms. A-dae Romero-Briones, J.D., LL.M.

Director of Programs, Native Agriculture and Food Systems, First Nations Development Institute, Longmont, Colorado

The post Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to Hold Hearing on Subsistence in Native Communities appeared first on Native News Online.


Navajo Public Safety Division Welcomes Graduate Officers Native News Online

The 52nd NPTA class will graduate on Friday, June 22 at 10 a.m. at the Wildcat Den in Chinle, Arizona.

Published June 20, 2018

CHINLE, Ariz.  The Navajo Division of Public Safety will welcome 12 new police officers to the ranks of the Navajo Police Department (NPD) on Friday, June 22, 2018.

The officers will graduate from the 52nd Navajo Police Training Academy (NPTA) class and be sworn in at a ceremony to be held at the Wildcat Den in Chinle, Ariz. Chief of Police Phillip Francisco said this will be the first academy class to graduate from the NPTA in more than 10 years. The NPTA is the only police academy operated by a sovereign First Nation.

The 52nd NPTA class has accomplished many firsts. Graduates will be the first to receive their federal peace officer commissions by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the United States Indian Police Academy (IPA). This is the first class to exceed the national gender composition average of 13 percent for female officers. Half of Class 52 is female.

Class 52 will be the first NPD officers to deploy body cameras to increase accountability, improve evidence collection and enhance prosecution of domestic violence cases. This is also the first class of cadets to elect to receive 24 college credit hours from Navajo Technical University (NTU) to contribute toward associate degrees. The credit hours also contribute to law enforcement professional certificates.

These firsts are part of an enhanced program transforming the way cadets are trained by the NPD for service to the Navajo Nation.

The NPD reformed the way it recruits, evaluates, selects and trains police candidates. The department secured feedback from NTU, the IPA, BIA law enforcement partners, Navajo Department of Personnel Management and internal staff. As part of the new process, NPD is attending regional and state job fairs, increasing its radio advertisement, advertising vacancies nationally and providing important information to potential cadets through the Nations personnel management website.

The cadets learned the laws of the Navajo Nation and Arizona, and the requirements of the federal Major Crimes Act. They received i...


Arctic Refuge Public Comment Period Closes with Overwhelming Opposition to Development Native News Online

Fears loom that every inch of Arctic will be negatively impacted if plan is implemented. Malkolm Boothroyd/

Published June 20, 2018

Trump administration continues to rush ahead with reckless plans to drill Americas wildest refuge

WASHINGTON Tuesday marked the final day of the 60-day scoping period for an Environmental Impact Statement on a proposed lease sale in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Six public hearings occurred in Alaska and one in Washington, D.C., with public sentiment favoring (often overwhelmingly so) protection of the Arctic Refuge and its coastal plain. In addition, the American public has submitted more than 675,000 public comments during the 60-day comment period in favor of protections.

Statement by Adam Kolton, executive director of Alaska Wilderness League:

Lets be clear: our public lands and waters are national treasures owned by all Americans, and they are increasingly under attack. Unfortunately, the only voices the Trump administration will listen to are those who would financially benefit from increased drilling and development. The Trump administration is trying to advance a lease sale in the heart of the Arctic Refuge by next summer, years in advance of the legislative timeline. Despite promises not to undercut environmental laws, the intent is clear: beat the clock and rush oil leasing before potential shifts in the political landscape can occur.

This administration has denied requests to have hearings around the county, denied requests by several Native villages for hearings and denied requests for an extension of the public comment period, refusing to ensure all Americans can have their voices heard. Still, the vast majority of those turning out for the six hearings in Alaska and one in Washington, D.C. opposed drilling. In fact, every single person that took a number and waited patiently to speak in D.C. ultimately spoke out passionately against plans to lease.

During the tax bill debate, Greg Sheehan, Principal Deputy Director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, testified regarding lease sales that two would occur four to five years from now, with drilling being po...


B.C. fish farms will require Indigenous consent Warrior Publications

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Members of the Kwakwakawakw occupy a fish farm in August 2017.

by Justine Hunter, Globe & Mail, June 19, 2018

The B.C. government is poised to give an effective veto to First Nations over fish farm tenures in their territories, a historic concession that reaches beyond the traditional court-ordered requirement that Indigenous groups be consulted and accommodated on resource decisions on their lands.

The NDP government will announce on Wednesday B.C.s aquaculture industry will have four years to adapt before any tenures are cancelled, sources told The Globe and Mail. The veto power most assuredly means that some companies will be evicted because the farms are adamantly opposed by some but not all Indigenous groups.

Agriculture Minister Lana Popham, along with the premiers deputy minister Don...


Honduran President Names Anti-Corruption Leader, Lobbies TPS | News | teleSUR English Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Honduran President Names Anti-Corruption Leader, Lobbies TPS | News | teleSUR English: Hernandez named Brazilian Dr. Luiz Antonio Marrey Guimaraes, whose name was put forward by Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro last April, to lead the anti-corruption commission, Maccih. Guimaraes, who served on the National Council of Attorney General for Justice (1997) and was a member of the National Council of Criminal and Penitentiary Policy for Brazil, will replace Peruvian Juan Jimenez as the lead spokesperson for the Honduran anti-corruption commission.

Jimenez vacated the role last February citing hostility from the Honduran government as well as a lack of support from its parent organization, OAS.


Trump threatened to send 25 million Mexicans to Japan: report | Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Trump threatened to send 25 million Mexicans to Japan: report | At one point he described migration as a big problem for Europe then said to Abe: "Shinzo, you don't have this problem, but I can send you 25 million Mexicans and you'll be out of office very soon," creating a sense of irritation in the room, according to an EU official.

The source added that when the topic turned to Iran and terrorism, Trump took aim at French President Emmanuel Macron, saying: "You must know about this, Emmanuel, because all the terrorists are in Paris."

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker also came under fire and was repeatedly described by Trump as a "brutal killer" in reference to the bloc's antitrust and tax fines against US tech companies that have run into billions of dollars.


Lewandowski on Girl With Down Syndrome Separated From Mother: Womp Womp - The Daily Beast Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Lewandowski on Girl With Down Syndrome Separated From Mother: Womp Womp - The Daily Beast: Former Trump campaign chief Corey Lewandowski dismissed the story of a disabled girl separated from her mother as a result of the Trump administrations family-separation policy at the souther border. Womp womp, Lewandowski said on Fox News in response to Democratic strategist Zac Petkanas mentioned that a 10-year-old girl with Down Syndrome was taken from her mother. How dare you. How absolutely dare you, sir, Petkanas said in response. Lewandowski justified the policy by saying it was the necessary result of illegal border crossings.


National Congress of Americans Indians: Separation of Immigrant Children from Families is Immoral Native News Online

PBS photo

Published June 19, 2018

WASHINGTON  Jefferson Keel (Chickasaw), president of the National Congress of American Indians, on Tuesday called the Trump administration separation of immigrant children immoral and called on Congress and the president to end the zero-tolerance immigration policy.

President Keel further said the policy harkens back to a dark period for many Native American families when Native children were stolen from their parents and forced into boarding schools. 

Here President Keels full statement:

NCAI President Jefferson Keel. Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert

The forced separation of immigrant children from their families is simply immoral and harkens back to a dark period for many Native American families. For decades, the U.S. government stole Native children from their parents and forced them into boarding schools hundreds and sometimes thousands of miles away. Our communities know too well the intergenerational psychological trauma that will flow from the actions that the United States is taking today. Congress and the President should take heed of such abhorrent mistakes from the past and actually live the moral values this country proclaims to embody by immediately ending this policy and reuniting the affected children with their parents. Families belong together....


Yerba Buena Gardens 21st Annual Fathers Day Native American Ceremony/Performance Native News Online

Yerba Performers

SAN FRANCISCO  On June 17, the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival hosted the 21st Annual Native Contemporary Arts Festival at its outdoor amphitheater. This annual arts festival is a partnership with American Indian Contemporary Arts, with generous support from the San Francisco Arts Commissions Native American Arts and Cultural Traditions program.

Lakota Harden (Minnecoujou/Yankton Lakota and HoChunk) and Janeen Antoine (Sicangu Lakota) managed and put on a performance, ceremony, and prayer.

The performing dancers took to the stage, while others used the grass to perform.

The opening prayer was offered by a Kashia Pomo elder.


Bernadette Smith

Closing prayer by Kanyon Sayers-Roods (Coyote Woman), Mutsun Ohlone

The post Yerba Buena Gardens 21st Annual Fathers Day Native American Ceremony/Performance appeared first on Native News Online.


Phillip Martin // Forced Removal of Native American Children From Parents Exposed in 13 Minutes Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Forced Removal of Native American Children From Parents Exposed in 13 Minutes: For hundreds of years, Federal and state governments wrested Native American children from their parents and placed them in institutions of one kind or another or in the homes of white families in an effort to civilize the savage born. This practice and policy left many of those children psychologically battered for the rest of their lives. One Native American woman told Maine's Truth and Reconciliation commissioners that she still has nightmares from the coming of age experience.


Keep Talking Available on Select PBS Stations: DVDs Available July 2nd Native News Online

Published June 19, 2018

CHICAGO  Keep Talking, the award-winning debut feature documentary from director Karen Lynn Weinberg, will be available to view on select local PBS stations through PBS Plus beginning July 2nd.

Keep Talking follows four Alaska Native women fighting to save Kodiak Alutiiq, an endangered language now spoken by less than 40 remaining fluent Native Elders. Their small community travels to remote Afognak Island to start teaching kids Alutiiq. Keep Talking reveals the ultimate impact of language and culture revitalization; joy and hope.

PBS Plus is a syndicated programming service for public television stations. Viewers can access Keep Talking by checking their local PBS listings, or by submitting a request to their local station for Keep Talking.

The film will also be available on DVD through Kartemquin Films from July 2nd. DVDs can currently be pre-ordered for the special price of $19.95 ahead of the release.

The film world premiered at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival, where it earned a Special Mention in the festivals Impact Category. Keep Talking won First Place in the 2017 Anchorage International Film Festivals Made in Alaska competition, the films Alaska premiere.

Keep Talking is the directorial debut of film editor and producer Karen Lynn Weinberg, who previously worked on films including Spilled Water (2014), Racing Dreams (2009), and Frozen River (2008). After traveling to Kodiak, Alaska in February of 2012 as a film instructor, Weinberg learned that her editing class was made up of culture bearers working to preserve their endangered Native language. A filmmaker with a passion for language, Weinberg was thrilled when the Native Village of Afognak consulted with Elders and agreed to allow her to film their first attempt at a language immersion camp. As filming continued over the next five years, Weinberg immersed herself in Alaska Native history, w...


How Netanyahu got Trump to sign off on Israel's nuclear arsenal amid the Flynn scandal - Israel News - Aboriginal News Group Newswire

How Netanyahu got Trump to sign off on Israel's nuclear arsenal amid the Flynn scandal - Israel News - The Israeli delegation, including ambassador Ron Dermer, visited the White House in 2017 and met with Trump's administration to discuss, among other topics, signing the secret letter. According to the report, it is unclear whether Israel's nuclear weapons issue is a matter of transmitting information between the administrations.


Caged Children & Terrified Infants: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Describes Acts of Indecency at Border | Democracy Now! Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Caged Children & Terrified Infants: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Describes Acts of Indecency at Border | Democracy Now!: President Trump is continuing to blame Democrats for his administrations practice of separating at least 2,000 children from their parents in recent weeks. He also doubled down on the practice in an address Monday, ahead of his meetings today with Republicans to discuss compromise legislation on a hardline immigration bill. We speak with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Democrat of Texas. She has represented the 18th Congressional District since 1995, which includes most of central Houston. She is just back from the Texas border with Mexico, where she joined a delegation of lawmakers who visited a processing center in McAllen, Texas, and the Southwest Key Programs Casa Padre, which houses 1,500 children in Brownsville, Texas.


Protect Immigrants Rights; End the Crises that Drive Migration | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Protect Immigrants Rights; End the Crises that Drive Migration | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization: The highly restrictive, dysfunctional immigration system in the United States serves the interests of big business and US Empire. Investors can cross borders to find workers who will accept slave-labor wages and dangerous environments, but workers cannot cross borders to find better wages and safety.

US-pushed corporate trade agreements serve the interests of transnational corporations, allowing them to legally take advantage of cheap labor and to steal natural resources, but workers cannot cross borders when their economy is destroyed or their communities are poisoned.

US militarism and regime change cross borders to replace governments that are working to improve the lives and autonomy of their people and install authoritarian governments, but people who are facing the terrorism of US-supported security states cannot cross the border to find refuge.

The violence of the drug trade that serves US consumers creates mafia and gang violence in other countries, but people who live with the violence of drug gangsterism cannot cross borders to escape.

Tuesday, 19 June


Cultural Survival Advocates for Indigenous Women in Mexico Cultural Survival

Cultural Survival Advocates for Indigenous Women in Mexico

Jun 19, 2018
danielle Tue, 06/19/2018 - 09:00

On June 8, 2018, Cultural Survival submitted its alternative report on the state of Indigenous womens rights in Mexico to the Committee on the Eliminatio...


Cheyenne River Sioux Chairman Condemns South Dakota Supreme Court for Dismissing Tribes Case Against PUC Decision Native News Online

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier in Washington. News Online photo by Levi Rickert

Published June 19, 2018

EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. Last week the South Dakota Supreme Court decided to take the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes arguments about the questionable decision by South Dakotas Public Utility Commission to award a permit to TransCanada to construct the Keystone XL pipeline, combine them with them with other governments and associations, and then promptly dismissed them.

The Tribe has opposed the Keystone XL pipeline since its earliest planning stages.

With the dismissal, the Tribe contends the South Dakota Supreme Court refused to hear what their side of the story in favor of big oil.

The court decided to dismiss the case out of convenience to the State of South Dakota and their bottom line. Im not surprised that the State institution would choose the dollar bill over listening to the concerns of their citizens and tribal governments, says Harold Fraizer, tribal chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

I condemn the Supreme Court of South Dakota for not listening to the arguments by other governments. The Supreme Court of South Dakota will cover its ears and eyes but not its mouth and blame a lack of legislative direction on its lack of moral direction. So once again, a way has been justified to keep us from voicing our concern in this State, continued Chairman Frazier.

The State of South Dakota is taking a stance of being right because they will not listen to those who try to tell them when they are wrong. Just because you have made something legal does not make it right. I am constantly amazed about the ability of the powers that be to keep doing what is morally wrong while justifying it as legally right.

The post Cheyenne River Sioux Chairman Condemns South Dakota Supreme Court for Dismissing Tribes Case Against PUC Decision appeared first on Native News Online.


ACSC Appoints Native American Referee as MMA Facilitator Native News Online

Published June 19, 2018

Quapaw Citizen, Rocky Demier to lead Global Mixed Martial Arts Referee Training Initiative

ST. PAUL, Minn. The Association of Combative Sports Commission (ACSC) board of directors is excited to announce the appointment of Quapaw Citizen, Phillip Rocky Demier as the Global Mixed Martial Arts Referee Training Facilitator. Rocky, has a long history in Mixed Martial Arts, which began in as an Amateur and Professional Cage Fighter before the days of regulation. After Regulation, Rocky realized that he had much more to offer the Mixed Martial Arts Community. In the early 2000s he opened an MMA gym before discovering his true passion was Officiating.

Rocky Demier

Demier has attended training for both the ACSC and ABC as well as Timekeeper Training. He is licensed by the State of Arkansas, State of Oklahoma, Wichita Tribe Sports Commission, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe- Department of Athletic Regulation, Pawnee Nation Sports Commission, Comanche Nation Sports Commission and Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Rocky Demier received a great deal of attention from Indian Country in 2016 as he and Mesquawki Citizen and UFC Veteran, Tyron Roberts, were the first all native team of referees on a nationally televised event.

The Association of Combative Sports Commissions will be holding their annual conference in St Paul, Minnesota July 11-15, 2018. Rocky will be joined by legendary Boxing Referee and Facilitator Mark Nelson and Judge Henry Gueary, as he unveils what can only be described as the future of Judge Training in Combative Sports. More information can be found on the ACSC website.

The post ACSC Appoints Na...


Laurens Vosloo is New Chief Financial Officer of San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Native News Online

Laurens Vosloo

Published June 19, 2018

San Manuel Indian Reservation (Near Highland, Calif.) SAN MANUEL INDIAN RESERVATION (Near HIGHLAND, Calif.)  As of Monday, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Laurens Vosloo to the post of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Tribe. Mr. Vosloo, who served as CFO for San Manuel Casino since 2014, will serve as the top Financial Executive for all Tribal enterprises, including the casino.

It is a tremendous advantage when we are able to fill the enterprise-wide CFO position with a professional who has a demonstrated record of success with the Tribes government gaming enterprise, said Jerry Paresa, Chief Executive Officer of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

Over the past 4 years, Laurens has contributed significantly to the growth and development projects at the casino and will help guide the Tribe and its businesses to even greater heights. He brings a proven and highly successful record of leading multiple operational groups and engagement teams in the gaming, entertainment, hospitality, and audit industries.

Laurens has been instrumental in helping me shepherd in a season of exponential growth for San Manuel Casino, said Loren Gill, General Manager of San Manuel Casino. His financial acumen and strategic vision are invaluable, and I look forward to our continued partnership on future endeavors.

Prior to joining San Manuel Casino, Laurens Vosloo was executive director of finance for the Las Vegas Sands Corp., in Las Vegas, NV. He earned dual Bachelor of Science Degrees from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in Accounting and Management and his Certified Public Accountant license in Nevada.

The post Laurens Vosloo is New Chief Financial Officer of San Manuel Band of Mission Indians appeared first on Native News Online.


Cherokee Tribes Gather for 2018 Tri-Council Meeting Native News Online

Legislative officials from the Cherokee Nation, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians meet during the 2017 Tri-Council general meeting hosted by the UKB.

Published June 18, 2018

TAHLEQUAH  Leaders from the Cherokee Nation, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians are gathering in Tahlequah this week for the 2018 Tri-Council meeting.

Tri-Council is always a powerful and moving event for the Cherokee people, Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd said. To unite as one people Cherokee people and make our voice heard and exercise our sovereignty in 2018 is a testament to the perseverance and actions of our ancestors.

The three tribes kicked off the three-day gathering Monday with social and cultural activities. As part of the meeting, the tribes will attend a dinner reception Tuesday at the Cherokee Heritage Center for the new Indian Womens Pocahontas Club exhibit. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

To conclude, the tribes will participate in a general meeting Wednesday at the new Cherokee National Peace Pavilion, located at 177 S. Water Avenue in Tahlequah. The chiefs will deliver speeches on each tribes current status, and the legislative bodies will vote on resolutions vital to protecting Cherokee culture, identity and sovereignty.

Each and every year, the Tri-Council meeting never fails to leave me inspired and optimistic, Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. To watch leaders from the three Cherokee tribes gather and work together on mutually beneficial solutions on issues facing our tribes is truly inspiring and offers assurance that the best days for our tribes are still ahead of us.

The Cherokee Nation, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians have a collective citizenship of more than 390,000. The three tribes are the only federally recognized Cherokee tribes in the United States.


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Cheyenne River Youth Project Will Welcome Frank Waln, Mylo Smith, Jr., Rolling Rez Arts and More to RedCan 2018 Native News Online

Published June 19, 2018

Fourth annual invitational graffiti jam is scheduled for June 28-30; all the latest news updates are available at

EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. In just 10 days, the Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte will once again host its annual RedCan invitational graffiti jam, a three-day celebration of art and culture. This innovative event, the first and only graffiti jam in Indian Country, will incorporate mural painting by guest and local artists, live music and comedy from award-winning native performers, youth art classes, cultural exhibitions, and so much more.

Scheduled for June 28-30, RedCan 2018 will feature returning artists East, Wundr, Cyfi, Scape, Dwayno Insano, Siamese and Biafra Inc., as well as first-time RedCanners Ryoe, Sadat and Hoka. All 10 artists will be painting in CRYPs Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Art Park, as well as at select mural sites around the Eagle Butte community.

In addition, the nonprofit youth and community development organization will welcome award-winning Sicangu Lakota rapper Frank Waln for an outdoor concert on the Waniyetu Wowapi stage at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 28. Waln grew up on the Rosebud Indian Reservation and attended Creighton University, where the Millennium Scholar was pursuing pre-med. Instead, he moved to Chicago, started producing music, and today is the recipient of three Native American Music Awards.

And returning to CRYP...


Listen to ProPublicas Audio of Children Who Have Been Separated from Parents at Border Native News Online

Six-year-old Alison Jimena Valencia Madrid separated last week.


Published June 18, 2018

WASHINGTON On Monday, ProPblica obtained audio from inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility. As you hear the children wailing in pain from being separated from their parents, an U.S. agent jokes, We have an orchestra here.


The post Listen to ProPublicas Audio of Children Who Have Been Separated from Parents at Border appeared first on Native News Online.


B.C. first province to have funding available for on-reserve housing Warrior Publications

The B.C government is pledging $550 million over the next 10 years to build and operate 1,750 new units of social housing for projects, both on- and off-reserve in Indigenous communities. The funding will make British Columbia the first province in Canada to invest provincial housing funds into on-reserve housing.

Everyone in British Columbia deserves a good home, including people who live on-reserve, Premier John Horgan said. Thats why were opening the door to all Indigenous communities to join us as we make housing better and more affordable for people in every part of the province.

In addition to the new Indigenous Housing Fund, Indigenous organizations and First Nations will be able to access provincial support announced in Budget 2018. BC Housing will now send out a request for proposals to identify prospective partners wanting to team up with Indigenous housing providers and First Nations.

Our government recognizes the rights of Indigenous peoples to be actively involved in developing and determining housing policies and programs affecting them, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Scott Fraser said. Well be working clo...


First of 202 Trans Mountain pipeline protesters await sentencing Warrior Publications

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Police read out injunction prior to arresting protesters at the TransMountain Pipeline expansion in Burnaby, BC. in March 2018. Photo: CTV News

Fines stemming from later arrests will escalate from $500 to $5,000 as trials progress this summer

by Mike Laanela, CBC News, June 18, 2018

A couple of dozen anti-pipeline protesters rallied outside B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Monday morning.

They were there to mark the end of the trial of the first 28 protesters arrested for blocking access to the Kinder Morgan work site on Burnaby Mountain on March 17.

Previously the Crown has recommended that 15 of those who were arrested peacefully and pleaded guilty to criminal contempt charges for blocking access to the site be given a $500 fine or do 25 hours of community service.

Its not yet known what sort of sentence will be given to the 13 other protesters who pleaded not guilty. The judge is expected to hand down their verdicts and possibly their sentences Monday afternoon.

More trials t...


Update to AICL's Review of THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY by Adam Rex American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

On February 12, 2015, I reviewed The True Meaning of Smekday, by Adam Rex. On May 7, I reviewed the sequel, Smek For President. 

On February 14 of 2018, Adam Rex said on Twitter:

Yesterday I posted a thread about my industry. In response, @debreese suggested I talk about my book The True Meaning of Smekday. It's a funny alien invasion book, but it's also intended as a satire and critique of colonialism. And I have regrets about it.

In my effort to write a satire and critique of colonialism, I made mistakes that undermined my message. Reese enumerated these mistakes better than I can here. I encourage you to read her reviews of my book and its sequel.

I'm grateful for Rex's public remark and placed it on AICL so those who read AICL can see it.


A Path Forward: Respecting Free, Prior and Informed Consent Cultural Survival

A Path Forward: Respecting Free, Prior and Informed Consent

Jun 18, 2018
agnes Mon, 06/18/2018 - 11:55

By Ulia Gosart


Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) remains among the most controversial regulatory mechanisms created to manage professional economic and social relationships between Indigenous communities and external parties.


From the moral and legal point of view, any community must be able to make an autonomous choice a decision free of any form of cohesion - when placed in a position of...


Navajo Code Talker Samuel T. Holiday Laid to Rest Native News Online

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, Code Talker Thomas H. Begay and others wait for the funeral procession to arrive.

Published June 18, 2018

MONUMENT VALLEY, Utah   Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez on Friday helped the family of Code Talker Samuel T. Holiday say goodbye to a father, grandfather, uncle, warrior and friend.

During a funeral service set against the same iconic backdrop in Monument Valley where Holiday was born, President Begaye called Holiday a friend and a hero, admired by the Navajo people and recognized by the United States government for his role in helping turn the tide of World War II in the Pacific Theater. Holiday died June 11 at Southern Utah Veterans Home, in Ivins, Utah. He was 94.

Code Talker Samuel T. Holiday was laid to rest Friday after funeral services in Monument Valley, Utah.

Out on the battlefield, youre not a warrior by yourself, President Begaye told an audience of several hundred people assembled at the Monument Valley Visitor Center on Friday morning. Youre not a warrior alone. You are there with your comrades, watching each other, having each others backs, protecting one another, making sure that everyone is all right. Sam Holiday was out there with his comrades, battling the enemy so that we could have the freedom we enjoy. Today we honor him.

Born in Monument Valley in 1924, Holiday attended boarding school in Tuba City before enlisting in the United States Marines Corps and training as a Code Talker. He served in the 4th Marine Di...

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