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Wednesday, 23 May


Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Supports House Letter Opposing Medicaid Work Requirements for Tribal Members Native News Online

Published May 22, 2018 

Representative Tom Cole

AKWESASNE, NY The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe (SRMT or Tribe) applauds 56 members of the House Native American Caucus for opposing the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recent reclassification of Native Americans and Alaska Natives as a racial group for purposes of receiving Medicaid.

In a letter dated Onerahtohk:wa/May 11, 2018; House members highlighted the unprecedented change in CMS policy; which sweeps aside decades of Supreme Court jurisprudence, numerous statutes, and long-established Executive Branch policies governing the relationship between sovereign tribal governments and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The letter goes on to read, In addition to threatening tribal sovereignty, this shortsighted and ill informed decision will have the added effect of reducing funds available to the Indian Health Service (IHS) in effect, undermining Congresss intent in enacting Section 1911 of the Social Security Act to authorize IHS reimbursements under Medicaid.

The Houses effort comes in response to a Tsiothohrk:wa/January 11, 2018 letter to state Medicaid directors, which authorized states to establish and implement their own work requirements without accommodations for federally recognized tribes. Tribal governments were directly informed on Tsiothohrk:wa/January 17, 2018 that CMS would not approve a waiver that contained a tribal exemption because of civil rights concerns. Though New York State has made the reasonable decision to not impose the work requirement, the Tribe supported the letter as efforts to classify Native Americans as a racial group is alarming for all of Indian Country.

This is a dangerous change in policy for many tribes around the country, said Tribal Chief Beverly Cook, a family nurse practitioner and Nashville Area Representative for the National Indian Health Board. Chief Cook added, Because the IHS continues to be chronically underfunded and incapable of addressing our disproportionally high rates of diabetes, chronic ailments, and cancer; Medicaid assists us in providing basic healthcare services to our members. The loss of these funds would cripple our already limited ability to address the health concerns of Mohawk people.

In 2017, SRMT provided healthcare services to 14,456 tribal patients and collected $1.3 million in Medicaid. With a total health care budget of $22...

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Tuesday, 22 May


Guardians of the Amazon seize illegal loggers to protect uncontacted tribe News from Survival International

Guardians of the Amazon from the Guajajara tribe: We patrol, we find the loggers, we destroy their equipment and we send them away. Weve stopped many loggers. Its working.
Guardians of the Amazon

Members of an Amazon tribe patrolling their rainforest reserve to protect uncontacted relatives from illegal loggers have seized a notorious logging gang, burned their truck, and expelled them from the jungle.

The Guardians of the Amazon are from the Guajajara tribe: We patrol, we find the loggers, we destroy their equipment and we send them away. Weve stopped many loggers. Its working.

The area they are defending, Arariboia, is in the most threatened region in the entire Amazon. It is home to an uncontacted group of Aw Indians, a tribe well known for their affinity with animals and understanding of the forest, who face total annihilation if they come into contact with the loggers.

The Guardians have recently found abandoned Aw shelters close to where the loggers operate.

An Aw man called Takwarentxia, who was contacted in 1992 with his wife Haka'i, and their baby. The rest of his family were killed by...


Nightslantern Suppressed News // #Gaza / #Canada Aboriginal News Group Newswire

May 19, 2018
      Gaza: in response to actions on the boundary between Gaza and Israel (see previous 1 and 2) the U.N. Human Rights Council on May 18th passed a resolution to form an independent, internationa...


Native Actor Wes Studi to Take Part in Pokagon Band Events This Week Native News Online

Wes Studi speaks before the National Indian Gaming Association.

Published May 22, 2018

DOWAGIAC, Mich.  The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is pleased to announce actor Wes Studi will be in town May 24-26 to take part in tribal events over the Memorial Day weekend. Studi is an acclaimed actor and musician best known for his roles in The Last of the Mohicans, Dances with Wolves and Avatar.

Studi, a member of the Cherokee nation born in northeastern Oklahoma, will speak at the Pokagon Veterans Memorial Golf Outing dinner on Thursday, May 24 and will participate in the golf outing on Friday, May 25. The ninth annual Pokagon Veterans Memorial Golf Outing raises money for the Pokagon Veterans Military Relief Fund, which offers assistance to native veterans and their families.

Wes Stdid in Last of Mohicans Photo credit Maura Dhu Studi

Studi is known for his portrayal of Native Americans in a way that forever changed their stereotype in the movie industry. Breaking new ground, he brought fully developed Native American characters to the screen, and then took it a step further highlighting the success of Native Americans in non-traditional roles. Throughout his 30-year career hes won numerous awards, including several...


#NativeVote18: Democratic Congressional Candidate John Meyer to Register Crow Tribal Members Native News Online

Reaching out for the Native vote, John Meyer visits powwow

Published May 22, 2018

CROW AGENCY, Mont. Democratic Candidate John Meyer will be grilling bison burgers and helping tribal members become registered to vote at the Crow Administrative Building this Wednesday from 12-5 pm and Thursday from 10-5 pm.

Crow Tribal members that have not already registered to vote will need to bring a Drivers license, Montana ID card, or the last 4 numbers of their social security number along with a Tribal ID, School ID Card, or Utility Bill that shows address.

Tribal members that have already registered to vote will need to bring a Tribal ID, School ID Card, or Utility Bill that shows address.

John Meyer said he would like to get more Crow involved in Democracy. I dont care who people vote for, I just want them to vote.

Meyers organization, Cottonwood Environmental Law Center, currently has a lawsuit against Governor Bullock and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke for not allowing Yellowstone bison to freely roam outside of Yellowstone National Park. Governor Bullock and Secretary Zinke need to let bison roam freely outside of Yellowstone National Park to provide more hunting opportunities and food for the Crow. Meyers organization brought students from Little Big Horn College to Yellowstone National Park earlier this year to teach them about their treaty
rights and learn more about Yellowstone bison.

Meyer said he is planning to cook bison and get Northern Cheyenne voters registered to vote next week in Lame Deer.

The post #NativeVote18: Democratic Congressional Candidate John Meyer to Register Crow Tribal Members appeared first on Native News Online.


Sen. Udall Presses Bureau of Indian Education Director on School Safety Native News Online

Published May 22, 2018

Applauds committee passage of the Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act to prevent the illegal sale of tribal cultural items

WASHINGTON  Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, pressed Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Director Tony Dearman about the BIEs shortcomings in proactively addressing school violence and emergency preparedness, at an oversight hearing entitled Protecting the Next Generation: Safety and Security at BIE Schools.

Recent events have, once again, led to a national dialogue on school safety. Its crucial that schools in Indian Country be part of this important conversation, said Udall in his opening remarks. The Santa Fe Indian School student body and the student-led Braves and Lady Braves Against School Violence group is taking on very important work. Let me just say to those students that I am moved by your tenacity and your advocacy. And that I hope todays hearing amplifies your work and that of all Native students whether they attend BIE schools or non-BIE schools; and whether they are in K-12 or college.

Vice Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Tom Udall D New Mexico

Indian Country has experienced several incidents of school violence over the last two decades, including a 2005 school shooting on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota, a 2014 school shooting near the Tulalip Reservation in Washington, and a 2017 school shooting near the Navajo Nation in Aztec, New Mexico. Since the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, BIE officials have noted an uptick in threat...


Navajo Generating Stations Page Attacks Trash Program Completes 37th Annual Cleanup Native News Online

Mountain of trash picked up at NGS

Published May 22, 2018

PAGE, Ariz.  For the 37th consecutive year, an army of some 1,200 Page and LeChee citizens fanned out across and around their mesa-top town to celebrate Earth Day on April 28 in a way that has become a local, award-winning tradition.

Armed with tough, distinctive white trash bags, families and individuals could be seen along highways and adjacent shopping areas gathering trash that somehow had escaped the grasp of their neighbors.

As the morning hours passed, hundreds of filled bags  16,680 pounds worth  grew into mountains that were hauled away by crews from the Arizona Department of Transportation who joined the cause.

Why are you doing this? I asked volunteer Cheryl Machacek, a Page resident for 19 years.

Its community involvement plus youre really helping the environment, and its great stuff, she said. My husband and I are out in the desert a lot and we always take a sack with us. We came to this area because with all the stores, theres always a lot, lot, lot. Its important.

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Hundreds in New Zealand commemorate #Mullivaikkal genocide | Tamil Guardian Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Hundreds in New Zealand commemorate Mullivaikkal genocide | Tamil Guardian: Hundreds of Tamils gathered in New Zealand on Friday to mark 9 years since the massacres at Mullivaikkal, where tens of thousands of Tamils were slaughtered.


Afro-Colombian activist Francia Mrquez, 2018 Goldman Prize Winner, on Stopping Illegal Gold Mining | Democracy Now! Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Afro-Colombian activist Francia Mrquez, 2018 Goldman Prize Winner, on Stopping Illegal Gold Mining | Democracy Now!: Francia Mrquez, a leading Afro-Colombian activist who is the 2018 recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize for Central and South America, visited Democracy Now! in May 2018. In this wide-ranging interview with Amy Goodman, Mrquez describes how she organized her community of La Toma, in Colombias Pacific southwest region, to stop illegal gold mining by multinational corporations on their ancestral land. In 2014, Marquez led a 10-day, 350-mile march of 80 women to Colombias capital, Bogota, that led to the removal of all illegal miners and equipment from La Toma.


Levi Rickert // Speaker at Royal Wedding Sent Letter in Support of People of #StandingRock's Opposition to the #DakotaAccessPipeline - Native News Online Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Speaker at Royal Wedding Sent Letter in Support of People of Standing Rock's Opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline - Native News Online: I stand with the people of Standing Rock in their efforts to respect and protect the Missouri River. We know that the right to clean water is an internationally recognized human right and that all too often indigenous communities, other people of color, and our most vulnerable communities throughout the world are the ones most at risk of losing access to clean water. As we join the people of Standing Rock, we also recognize that their stand is one that joins the fight for racial justice and reconciliation with climate justice and caring for Gods creation as a matter of stewardship.

Monday, 21 May


#NativeVote18: Gavin Clarkson Receives Unanimous Endorsement of the Coalition of Large Tribes Native News Online

Gavin Clarkson (third from left) with tribal leaders

Published May 21, 2018

Clarkson (Choctaw) is seeking Republican nomination for New Mexicos 2nd Congressional District

LAS CRUCES, N.M.  Gavin Clarkson (Choctaw), a Republican candidate for New Mexicos 2nd Congressional District, was unanimously endorsemed by the Coalition of Large Tribes, which includes some of the largest tribal oil and gas producers in the nation.

Gavin Clarkston

The resolution endorsing Clarkson was introduced by chairman Mark Fox of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nations and seconded by President Russell Begaye of the Navajo Nation.

In addition to Navajo and MHA, the other members of the Coalition of Large Tribes include
Blackfeet Nation
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
Eastern Shoshone Tribe
Fort Belknap Indian Community
Oglala Sioux Tribe
Rosebud Sioux Tribe
Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe
Spokane Tribe of Indians
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes...


Institute of American Indian Arts Archives Completes Preservation of Pop Chalee Collection Native News Online

Merina Lujan Hopkins (Pop Chalee) painting under the supervision of Oscar Berninghaus,
c. 1935. MS26. Pop Chalee Collection. IAIA Archives, Santa Fe, NM.

Published May 21, 2018

SANTA FE, NM   The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Archives completed the arrangement, description, preservation, and digital imaging of the Merina Lujan Hopkins (Pop Chalee) Papers, funded by a grant of the New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board (NMHRAB). The finding aid for the collection can be accessed via the Rocky Mountain Online Archive at

The Merina Lujan Hopkins (Pop Chalee) Papers contain mostly photographs and news clippings documenting her career as an artist. Correspondence, ephemera, and a comprehensive scrapbook paint a fairly complete picture of Chalees life and career for future researchers.
The archive was a primary resource to The World of Flower Blue: Pop Chalee: An Artistic Biography, by Margaret Cesa (Red Crane Books, 1997). Merina Lujan Hopkins, otherwise know as Pop Chalee (Taos Pueblo) was a celebrated student of Dorothy Dunn at the Santa Fe Indian School during the 1930s and transformed a traditional style of painting to create magical, idyllic images of wide-eyed animals, ceremonial figures, and woodland settings, writes art historian John Villani.


The Need for Cherokee Foster Families Continues Native News Online

Guest Commentary

Published May 21, 2018

The month of May is annually Foster Care Awareness Month across the globe, and at Cherokee Nation, we continue to recognize and celebrate the essential role strong families play in creating a secure foundation in our communities.  A safe family home provides the love, identity, self-esteem and support our Cherokee children need to grow into healthy and happy adults.

At Cherokee Nation, we continue to address the issues that have the biggest impacts on our people, including educational opportunities, health care coverage, homeownership and career development. These can affect generations of Cherokees and improve lives. One area we still are in dire need is foster and adoptive families for our Indian Child Welfare program. Our children ensure the continued existence of Cherokee values and heritage. They are our future.

Sadly, across the country, more than 1,550 Cherokee youth are in need of a safe, secure and stable home environment with qualified foster families. Sometimes these beautiful and innocent children simply need a temporary place until family reunification can occur. Other times we need higher degrees of permanency, including the lifetime commitment of adoption.

Right now, we have 108 families certified as Cherokee Nation foster families that are providing care to Cherokee children. Every foster opportunity is a success story for Cherokee Nation. Last year we created a specific family leave policy at Cherokee Nation for employees who foster. I am proud that about 15 staffers have utilized this program in the past 12 months.



Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise Presents $10 Million Contribution to the Navajo Nation Gaming Distribution Fund Native News Online

: Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise officials present a $10 million check to the Navajo Nation at
Fire Rock Navajo Casino in Church Rock, N.M. on May 18, 2018.

Published May 21, 2018

CHURCH ROCK, N.M.  Members of the Navajo Nation Council gathered with Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise officials last Friday, as the enterprise presented a check in the amount of $10 million to the Navajo Nation to be placed in the Gaming Distribution Fund the largest financial contribution made by the enterprise to the fund.

Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise board of directors chair Quincy Natay, presented the check on behalf of the enterprise to the 23rd Navajo Nation Council and the President during a ceremony held at Fire Rock Navajo Casino.

Budget and Finance Committee chair Council Delegate Seth Damon (Bhl, Chichiltah, Manuelito, Ts Lich, Rock Springs, Tsayatoh), said the contribution signifies the Gaming Enterprises growing success in terms of their financial stability and their willingness to give back to local Navajo communities. He also thanked his Council colleagues for supporting the enterprises various initiatives and also extended his appreciation to the gaming board and enterprise officials.

The Navajo Nation Council created the Gaming Revenues Fund Management Plan, which states that the distribution policy will allocate gaming revenues to chapters in a manner that recognizes both the immediate and long-term needs of the Navajo Nation, specifically for capital improvement projects and utilities.

Chapters are required to submit proposals to the Office of the Controller, which is tasked with reviewing the budget request to ensure all information is correct and meets the federal guidelines within the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. If all requirements are met then funding may be awarded to the chapter through direct payment to the vendor(s).

Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise board of directors chair Quincy Nataysaid the enterprise continues to create jobs, stimulate economic activity, and provide a very attractive rate of return on investment to the Navajo Nation.



Muscogee-Creek Artist to Present Work at Artesian Arts Festival Native News Online

Leslie Deer

Published May 20, 2018

SULPHUR, Okla. Leslie Deers Native American applique art career was born of necessity while performing in a completely different branch of the arts as a professional dancer who entertained audiences around the globe.

I was a cast member of American Indian Dance Theatre out of New York City, said Deer, who resides in Holdenville, Oklahoma. I went all over the United States and to about 23 or 24 different countries and traveled with them for almost 12 years.

The sheer number of performances and hectic schedule presented a problem.

When youre touring, doing eight shows a week and you just have two or three little dresses, it gets old really quick. Thats how I got started making some regalia for myself, she said.

Soon, others noticed the unique quality of her designs and craftsmanship. I made my own clothes and other people asked me to make theirs and other people suggested I go to art markets.

Deer, a Muscogee-Creek tribal member, will join over 100 other Native American artists who will display their works at the Artesian Arts Festival Saturday, May 26 in Sulphur, Oklahoma.

Her specialty, applique, is a sewing technique in which a design is cut out of fabric and affixed to an underlying piece of fabric by sewing around the edges.

A lot of Woodland tribes use applique, Deer said. They did it by hand a long time ago and traded with visitors for fabrics, silks and ribbons, and used those in creative and decorative ways.

Deers mother, who died in 2000, was a big influence on her art. She used to make a lot of my traditional clothing prior to me doing them myself, she said. She was a very inspirational Muscogee Creek woman who always encouraged me to do whatever I wanted to do.

One of the opportunities her mother persuaded her to get involved with resulted in Deer being chosen Miss Indian Oklahoma in 1984. This and intertribal dancing experiences at area powwows is what got her invited to join the dance troupe.

Her first foray into applique came through a Sac and Fox community class that taught the technique. More formal training followed as she earned a bachelors degree in apparel design and production from Oklahoma State University in 2015. This supplemented a previous bachelors degree Deer earned from the University of Oklahoma in public affairs administration in 1988.

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Speaker at Royal Wedding Sent Letter in Support of People of Standing Rocks Opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline Native News Online


Bishop Michael Curry at royal wedding on Saturday.

Published May 20, 2018

CHICAGO Twenty-two months before Episcopalian Bishop Michael Curry captivated the world through his strong message of love during Saturdays wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, he weighed in on the Standing Rock resistance in a letter dated, August 25, 2016.

He writes: I stand with the people of Standing Rock in their efforts to respect and protect the Missouri River in his letter. 

Here is the complete text of Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Currys letter:

Water is a gift from the creator, respect it, and protect it.  I was deeply moved by these words printed on the sign of a person standing with hundreds of others to protect the Missouri River.  In the Episcopal Church, when we baptize a new follower of Jesus Christ, we pray these words over the water of baptism.  We thank you, Almighty God, for the gift of water. We then recall how God used water to bless his people in the Bible, from the story of creation in Genesis, the emancipation of Hebrew slaves in Exodus, to the baptism of the Lord Jesus in the River Jordan.  Indeed, Water is a gift from the creator. To sustain it and to protect it is to safeguard the integrity of Gods creation, and therefore to protect human and other forms of life created by Almighty God.  That work warrants our full and prayerful support.

The people of Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, standing in solidarity with hundreds of other indigenous nations and allies, are calling us anew to respect and protect this sacred gift of God, and in so doing to respect and protect Gods gift of human life.  In protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, they recognize the gift of water to all of us, a gift given to us by our Creator.  The Sioux remind us mni wiconi or water is life. This God-given resource courses through our mighty rivers and our hum...


Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, a Michigan Tribe, Has Presence at Stanford Powwow Native News Online

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, a Michigan tribe, has presence at the 47th Annual Stanford Powwow. Native News Online photographs by Levi Rickert

Published May 20, 2018

STANFORD, Calif. Getting the word out about a product can be tricky at times. This is particularly true when a product is an ingredient used within food recipes. So, when an indigenous chef incorporated an ingredient owned by a company belonging to the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians into her recipes, the tribes presence extended from all the way from Michigan to California.

Regardless of how it works is fine by the tribe, based in Manistee, Michigan. The tribe owns and operates Advanced Proteins Solutions (APS), which owns intellectual property formulations that add to the nutritious value of ground meat because they are packed with vitamins and antioxidants.

Indigenous chef Crystal Wahpepah stirs Kickapoo buffalo chili which included APS formulation with some extra loving care.

To help move the intellectual property formulation, APS representatives solicited the help of indigenous chef, Crystal Wahpepah (Kickapoo), who was willing to test the meat with the APS formulation in it. After her initial tests working with her recipes, Wahpepah integrated the formulated ground bison meat into her proprietary Kickapoo buffalo chili and blue corn tacos, which are made with ground beef.

Wahpepah owns Wahpepahs Kitchen and is a highly respected indigenous chef, who resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a  former contestant on the Food Networks Chopped seri...

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