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Thursday, 18 October


Lindsey Graham Claims He Has More Indian Blood Than Elizabeth Warren: Wants a Casino & $1 Million Native News Online

Lindsay Graham displays his anger at Senate hearing

Published October 17, 2018

WASHINGTON   Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), who displayed his right-wing indignation at the Senate Judiciary Committee on the day Christine Blasey Ford testified, has weighed in the Senator Elizabeth Warrens DNA test results that proof she has American Indian blood.

On Tuesday morning, he showed up on Fox and Friends, to say he would take his own DNA test and would beat Warren in having more American Indian ancestry.

Ive been told that my grandmother was part Cherokee Indian, Graham said. It may all be just talk, but youre going to find out in a couple of weeks because Im going to take this test. Im taking it, and the results are going to be revealed here. This is my Trump moment. This is reality TV.

Fox asked Graham if he too would ask for $1 million if he beat Warren in a DNA test, and Graham responded, No, I want a casino and a million bucks.

Graham must think all American Indians have casinos.

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Wednesday, 17 October


40 Years Ago We Stopped the Practice of Separating American Indian Families. Lets Not Reverse Course. Native News Online

Guest Commentary 

Published October 17, 2018

Editors Note: This Guest Commentary was originally published on the Brookings Instutions website. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

Each time new details emerge about the U.S. governments family separation policy at the border, I find myself compelled to remind people that the horrific removal of children from their homes by U.S. government officials is not, in fact, a new phenomenon. Until the Civil War, the states and federal government enforced laws which allowed children to be sold during the slavery era. In more recent times, well-meaning (or not so well-meaning) state officials, religious organizations and adoption agencies removed American Indian children from their homes and families on tribal reservations. As recently as a generation ago, at least one-third of American Indian children were removed from their households (Mannes, 1995).

It is difficult to overstate the amount of disruption and harm that this scale of child removal can have on a community or a family. These removals often became permanent over time, causing deep and wide-spread wounds. As Nicole Adams from Partnership for Native Children says, Every Native family has suffered some deep intergenerational trauma from pre-ICWA days. We have lost loved ones.

Now, it appears that the courts are re-opening the question of how and when American Indian children can be removed from their families. If this happens, family separation wont just be a problem at our southern border and anyone who hopes to avoid repeating Americas past sins should pay attention.

In 1978, Congress passed the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) to stop this often unjustified taking of children, no matter the rationale. (Child removal was sometimes based in moral, religious, or child welfare concerns, but often there was little to no rationale at all). Specifically, ICWA  prov...


Navajo Nation President Begaye Delivers His Last State of the Navajo Nation Address before 2018 Fall Council Session Native News Online

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye presented the State of the Navajo Nation Address before the opening fall session of the 23rd Navajo Nation Council.

Published October 17, 2018

President Begaye failed in his attempt for a second term as president of the Navajo Nation

WINDOW ROCK    On Monday, President Russell Begaye delivered the State of the Navajo Nation Address during the opening fall session of the 23rd Navajo Nation Council.

President Begaye led his speech by honoring the service of Honorable Delegate Steven Begay whose passing was memorialized with a proclamation to fly the flags at half-staff for the entire week of the fall session.

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Delegate Begays family, friends and colleagues on the Council during this difficult time, President Begaye said.

On Sept 21, President Begaye signed the fiscal year 2019 budget that appropriated upwards of $172 million to continue government operations for the next 12 months. Although the budget for FY2019 is higher than last years, President Begaye warned that 2020 will pose challenges in light of declining revenues from the Navajo Generating Station in Page.

Despite our efforts to find a new owner, the decommissioning of Navajo Generating Station will continue, President Begaye said. Ill continue to support efforts to keep NGS in operation. However, the uncertainty of NGS has prompted my administration to tighten the budget while seeking ways to diversify our economy.

The presidents address also touched on the impacts that Proposition 127 will have on the Navajo economy. Although President Begaye said the Nation doesnt oppose the goals of Prop 127, he feels there are better ways to achieve the objectives without impacting a Navajo revenue source.

Prop 127 requires electric companies selling power in the state of Arizona to get half of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030, President Begaye said. The Navajo Nation is already producing renewable energy with the Kayenta Solar Facility and is working to double the facilitys capacity.

As a nat...


Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) To Hold Annual Open House on November 8, 2018 Native News Online

Bronze Pour. Photo by Jason S. Ordaz. Courtesy of IAIA.

Published October 17, 2018

Free Public events from 2:00 pm 6:00 pm on the IAIA Campus 

SANTA FE, N.M.  The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) will be holding their 2018 Open House on Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm.  The campus is located at 83 Avan Nu Po Road, minutes from the intersection of Rodeo Road and Richards Avenue, on the south side of Santa Fe. For directions and a map of the campus, click here.  The event is free and open to the public. Light food and refreshments will be provided by Bon Apptit Caf.

The Open House will feature exhibitions and demonstrations of all types throughout the campus with open studios and classrooms plus a Bronze Pour  a special experience taking place at theAllan Houser Haozous Sculpture & Foundry Building along with Glass-making Demonstrationsthroughout the day. Plus youll be able to make your own Bronze Tile for $20 as a fund-raiser for the IAIA Sculpture Club.

The November IAIA Artist-in-Residence artists, Sculptor Adrian Wall (Jemez Pueblo), Weaver TahNibaa Naataanii (Navajo), Jeweler Kenneth Johnson (Muscogee [Creek]/Seminole), and Traditional Artist Melanie Sainz (Ho-Chunk) will also be opening their studios to the public.
Honey Harris from The Big Show will be broadcasting live on KBAC 98.1 FM from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

The post Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) To Hold Annual Open House on Novemb...


Register Your Tribal Community for NB3FIT WEEK Native News Online

Published October 17, 2018

SANTA ANA PUEBLO, N.M.  Its that time of year again! The Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation is once again calling on you to be a part of NB3FIT WEEK the largest Native youth physical activity event in the country. We are encouraging all tribes, Native-led organizations, urban Indian centers, schools and groups to host a youth-centered physical activity, fitness and/or health awareness event during NB3FIT WEEK November 5-12, 2018  to promote Native youth health and fitness in your community.

Last year,  over 10,000 Native youth through 91 registered sites and over 130 physical activity and health-centered events in 21 states! This year we want to increase those numbers, and your help and participation is vital in reaching our goal.
JOIN these communities and organizations who have already registered:
  • Ho-Chunk Nation
  • Forest County Potawatomi
  • Native Americans for Community Action, Inc.
  • Mexican Springs Chapter
  • Nambe Pueblo Wellness Center
  • Zuni Youth Enrichment Project
  • Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
  • Mohican Family Center
  • SPYLC Ho-Chunk Nation
  • Ramah Navajo Prevention Program
  • Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Recreation Program
  • San Lucy District
  • Swinomish Tribal Community
  • Upper Sioux Community
  • Tsehootsooi Dine BiOlta (TDB)
  • Salish & Kootenai Tribal Health Fitness Centers
  • Leech Lake Inger Youth
  • Pascua Yaqui Boys & Girls Club of Tucson
  • Thunder Valley CDC
  • The Hopi Special Diabetes Program
  • Suquamish Tribe
  • Rasmussen Family
  • Tamaya Wellness Center
  • Boys & Girls Club of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation
  • Native American Student Union
  • St. Criox Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin
  • Poarch Band of Creek Ind...


Cherokee Art Market Hosts More than 150 Elite Native American Artists at Annual Event Native News Online

Eugene Tapahe was awarded the 13th annual Cherokee Art Markets Best of Show for his black and white collage features 44 compelling photos taken at Oceti Sakowin Camp in Standing Rock, ND. The images were printed on archival watercolor paper using a lithograph print process.

Published October 17, 2018

Never Forget Standing for Unity selected as Best of Show

TULSA, Okla.    Navajo artist Eugene Tapahe received the Best of Show award for Never Forget Standing for Unity at the 13th annual Cherokee Art Market at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

The black and white collage features 44 compelling photos taken at Oceti Sakowin Camp in Standing Rock, ND. The images were printed on archival watercolor paper using a lithograph print process.

The Cherokee Art Market, featuring more than 150 elite Native American artists representing 50 tribes, ran Saturday and Sunday. Art forms included beadwork, pottery, painting, basketry, sculptures and textiles. Guests also enjoyed a variety of cultural demonstrations and performances.

With nearly 60 winners in eight classes, the following highlights the Cherokee Art Market 2018 Best of Class winners:

Class 1 Painting, Drawing, Graphics & Photography

Eugene Tapahe, Navajo Nation, Never Forget Standing for Unity

Class 2 Sculpture

Troy Jackson, Cherokee Nation, Faith in the Creator

Class 3 Beadwork/Quillwork

Ken Williams Jr., Northern Arapaho/Seneca, Beauty in Dreams

Class 4 Basketry

Leona Romero, Tohono Oodham Nation, Unity Friendship Design

Class 5 Pottery

Autumn Borts-Medlock, Santa Clara Pueblo, Chaco Parrott with Egg

Class 6 Textiles B

Phil Singer, Navajo Nation, Clouds Above the Mesa

Class 7 Jewelry

Ric Charlie, Navajo Nation, Ladies Gold Diamond Set

Class 8 Diverse Art Forms

Glenda McKay, Ingalik-Athabascan, Morning Sun



National Congress of American Indians and Native American Rights Fund Oppose the Nomination of Eric Miller to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Native News Online

Eric Miller

Published October 16, 2018

WASHINGTON   Today, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Executive Committee adopted an emergency resolution opposing the nomination of Eric Miller to the  U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. NCAI and the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) had previously sent a joint letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee expressing their grave concerns about Mr. Millers nomination.

Our concern is that [Miller] chose to build a law practice on mounting repeated challenges to tribal sovereignty, lands, religious freedom, and the core attribute of federal recognition of tribal existence. His advocacy has focused on undermining the rights of Indian tribes, often taking extreme positions and using pejorative language to denigrate tribal rights. Indeed, his law firm website touts his record, with over half his private practice achievements coming at the expense of tribal governments, said NCAI and NARF leadership.

Todays emergency resolution immediately responds to reports that the Senate leadership will proceed with Millers nomination hearing during the Congressional recess next week.

NCAI LogoWe are gravely concerned that the Committee is planning to consider this nominee at a time when members of Congress are not in D.C. and will not be able to fully examine his record on Indian law issues, said NCAI President Jefferson Keel. This is not how a lifetime appointment to a federal court with jurisdiction over 427 federally recognized Indian tribes should be handled.

Both NCAI and NARF are committed to protecting the rights of tribal governments. For nearly two decades, NCAI and NARF have jointly advocated for the nomination and confirmation of federal judges who, along with their commitment to uphold the...

Tuesday, 16 October


Evo Hemp Partners with Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to Grow Organic Hemp Native News Online

Alex White has been fighting the U.S. govenrnment for decades.

Published October 16, 2018

BOULDER, Colo.  Evo Hemp, known for its line of Hemp Bars that are sold in over 3,000 retailers, including Whole Foods Markets, Kroger, Wegmans and Earth Fare, is proud to announce a new line of CBD extracts and soft gel capsules made with organic hemp grown by Native American hemp activist Alex White Plume on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation of South Dakota.

Evo Hemps mission is to use industrial hemp to empower small U.S. farmers and revitalize poor farming communities. Partnering with the Pine Ridge Reservation, where 90 percent of Lakota residents live below the federal poverty level, is a proud accomplishment for the company. Alex White Plume has been battling the U.S. Government for years to be able to grow hemp on his land. From 2000 to 2002, he garnered unwanted publicity when United States federal drug agents raided his farm and destroyed his crop of industrial hemp.



ForgivingAnd ForgettingElizabeth Warren Native News Online

Elizabeth Warren at teaching a class at Harvard

Guest Commentary

Published October 16, 2018

I was among those who thought Sen. Elizabeth Warren was an ethnic fraudmore specifically a box checker who claimed Cherokee ancestry to ascend to the Harvard Law School faculty.

But the Boston Globe, in its feature, Ethnicity not a factor in Elizabeth Warrens rise in law, convinced me otherwise. While I wish she would not have waited six years to turn over her teaching records, I am persuaded by the Globe that Sen. Warren never checked any Native American box for professional gainespecially not at Penn and not at Harvard.

So I forgive Sen. Warren for claiming tribal ancestry, and am now anxious to forget the entire Cherokee grandma controversy that surrounds her. Its time we all forgive and forget.

The criticism I have about the continued critiques of Sen. Warrens ancestry is that they cite a void of genealogical documentation for her great-great-great grandma from the late 19th Centurythe types of documentation that either never existed for grandmas in the late 1800s; or are demonstrably incomplete as to Indians who endured that genocidal time in American history.

Folks ask: Where is her claimed Cherokee great-great-great grandmas marriage license application or marriage license? Why arent any of her ancestors listed on any rolls of Cherokee Indians dating back to the early 1800s? Where is any proof of her claimed Delaware blood?

The flaw in these questions is that they fail to appreciate or acknowledge that so-called vital records, especially those f...


Tribal Support for Ballot Measure 1 Strong at AFN Convention Native News Online

Published October 16, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska  As Alaskans gather for the annual Alaska Federation of Natives convention to share stories and opinions, Ballot Measure 1 is a large part of the conversation. With less than a month until the election, tribal support for the initiative is surging among Alaska Native organizations statewide, with the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation and Norton Bay Intertribal Watershed Council joining regional powerhouses Tanana Chiefs Conference and Bristol Bay Native Association in speaking out in favor of the measure. There is now support from nearly 100 tribal governments represented by some of the largest tribal consortiums in the state.

Protecting our land, our water and our legacy of salmon for our children and grandchildren is at the core of who we are as Alaska Natives, said Gayla Hoseth, Ballot Measure 1 sponsor and Second Chief of the Curyung Tribal Council. Ballot Measure 1 is bringing together an unprecedented movement of everyday Alaskans who want clear rules for development in salmon habitat, and who want to finally give Alaska Natives a voice to protect our way of life.

In a resolution passed last year supporting the Board of Fish recommendations to update state law governing development in salmon habitat, Tanana Chiefs Conference, which represents 42 Yukon River tribes, stated that Alaska Native Tribes depend upon salmon as a fundamental part of our social, cultural, economic, and spiritual wellbeing.

Tanana Chiefs Conference has made it a priority to protect our hunting and fishing resources for our people, it continued. The voice of Alaska Native Tribes is powerful and critical to changing the systems that threaten our way of life, and we must act.

Events during AFN will give attendees an opportunity to learn more about wild Alaska salmon and Ballot Measure 1. They include:

  • Salmon Filleting and Preparation demo  Monday, Oct. 15, Denaina Center 1st floor, Idlughet 2, 2 3:30 p.m. (Elders & Youth Conference)- with Melanie Brown (Stand for Salmon organizer) and Gayla Hoseth (Ballot Measure 1 sponsor) participants will get their own fish to cut and leave with a jar of pickled salmon. *This is not a political or informational event about the ballot measure, but a good opportunity to see Melanie and Gayla in action with salmon.
  • ...


Osage Font and Keyboard Available for iOS and Chrome Native News Online

Published October 16, 2018

Now Available Instructions to Install the Osage Font and Keyboard

PAWHUSKA, Okla. OSAGE NATION RESERVATION  Early in September, the Osage writing system or orthography began its debut online popping up in social media feeds in short bursts of small sentences all in Wahzhazhe Ie, the Osage language. For several years, the Osage Nation Language Department has been working on their goal to make Osage language more accessible to Osages across the U.S. with todays technological advances. Now, the Osage font is available for download, use and viewing on several operating systems including MacOS, Windows, Android 9.0, and now iOS for iPad and iPhone. The new developments come less than a year after the first-ever Osage language app debuted in November 2017.

Technology is the new way we learn and communicate and the Osage Nation Language Department is setting a trend with the technology, said Osage Nation Language Director Vann Bighorse.

Making the language accessible
Since 2003, the Osage Nation has been working on developing ways to save the language. The early stages of language preservation were grassroots efforts that later developed into a full department, the Osage Language Department. Their focuses have been on working with Osage language speakers, creating learning materials, gathering audio, collaborating with other Dhegiha language speakers, and trying to get all of this content and information online and now into peoples pockets.

I am very proud to see the progress of getting the Osage Language onto the mobile market. Working with companies such as Google and Microsoft as well as several independent application engineers has been an awesome experience. As for making the Osage language available and mainstrea...


ITC of the Five Civilized Tribes Pacts Eye Indian Health, Housing & Languages Native News Online

Leaders of the Five Civilized Tribes include, from left to right, Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Choctaw Chief Gary Batton, Seminole Chief Greg Chilcoat and Muscogee (Creek) Principal Chief James Floyd.

Published October 16, 2018

DURANT, Okla.  The Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes faced a light action agenda at its final 2018 quarterly meeting.

The council is comprised of leaders of the Chickasaw, Cherokee, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole nations. They represent 750,000 Native Americans.

Three resolutions passed unanimously by voting delegates of the five tribes:

  • Support for Indian Health Services request for a separate budget line or a separate indefinite appropriation ensuring full funding for lease agreements between IHS and tribal governments.

Currently, the five tribes have IHS self-governance compacts. Each is entitled to full federal funding under the 1975 Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act. Additionally, tribes are reimbursed for inflation-related expenses.

IHS is operating under a continuing resolution based upon last years federal budget, according to Oklahoma City IHS Director Capt. TravisWatts. The continuing resolution ends Dec. 7 unless Congress reauthorizes it or passes a federal budget President Donald Trump will sign.

In July, IHS officials considered using unallocated fiscal year 2018 funds to defray inflations impact and shore up existing lease agreement shortfalls. The five tribes opposed the move. The resolution passed by ITC calls for full funding of inflationary costs, while allowing a separate budget exception for IHS to pay tribes the fully agreed upon lease amounts.

  • Opposed a plan by the National Low Income Housing Coalition calling for competitive allocation of 2018 funds to the Native American Housing Block Grant program. ITC members said a competitive process on low-income housing is not encompassing of ITC members.

Instead, ITC members reasserted its support of the Department of Housing and Urban Developments definitions and p...


Cherokee Nation Issues Statement on Sen. Warrens DNA Test Results Native News Online

Published October 15, 2018

National Indian Gaming Association chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr. talks with Senator Elizabeth Warren prior to her speech before the National Congress of American Indians general assembly on February 14, 2018. Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert

TAHLEQUAH -Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) released results of a DNA test that indicates the great majority of (Warrens) identifiable ancestry is European. However, the report adds, The analysis also identified 5 genetic segments as Native American in origin at high confidence.

On Monday afternoon, the Cherokee Nation released a statement that said in part that DNA tests are useless in determining tribal citizenship.

Read the statement today by Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin, Jr.:



IACHR Demands Answers from Panama over Land Titling on Indigenous Lands Cultural Survival

IACHR Demands Answers from Panama over Land Titling on Indigenous Lands

Oct 15, 2018
agnes Mon, 10/15/2018 - 18:05

By Richard Arghiris. Reposted from Intercontinental Cry.

"They have d...


Sen. Warren Releases DNA Test Results: She Does Have American Indian Blood Native News Online

Senator Elizabeth addresses National Congress of American Indians in Washington, D.C. in February 2018. Native News Online photograph by Levi Rickert.

Published October 15, 2018

BOSTON The Boston Globe reports on Monday that Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) took a DNA test and an anaylsis by a renowned expert from Stanford University confirms Warren does indeed have American Indian blood running through her veins.

The analysis was completed by Carlos D. Bustamante, a Stanford University professor and expert in the field who won a 2010 MacArthur fellowship, also known as a genius grant, for his work on tracking population migration via DNA analysis, according to the Boston Globe.

Warren released the results to the Boston Globe on Sunday and will release more information today, Monday, Octber 15, 2018. Today, her campaign released the following video:

Warren has been the fodder of the GOP who claim Warren used her status as an American Indian to gain preferential treatment in her academia career. Donald Trump mocks Warren during his rallies around the country. Trump calls her Pocahontas in a mocking and disrespectful manner. He even inappropriately did so in an Oval Office ceremony while recognizing the contributions of Navajo Code Talkers last November.

This isnt just about casual racism, said Warren. Native communities have faced discrimination, neglect and violence for generations. And Trump can say whatever he wants about me, but mocking Native Americans or any group in order to try and get at me? Thats not what America stands for, Warren said on Monday.

Warren addressed the general assembly of the National Congress of American Indians in February 2018 in Washington, D.C., where she told the assembled the story of being American Indian passed down the generations.


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