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Wednesday, 13 June


Urgent: Contact the Senate Agriculture Committee Today! Native News Online

Published June 12, 2018

WASHINGTON This Wednesday morning, the Senate Agriculture Committee is scheduled to approve or reject an amendment after leadership released a bipartisan draft Farm Bill last Friday afternoon. There are some provisions in that draft Farm Bill that are good for Indian Country. But missing from this draft Farm Bill are several very important matters that Coalition members have sought for a long time. (The Native Farm Bill Coalitions stance on the bill is available online.)

The Native Farm Bill Coalition asks tribes to immediately urge, before Wednesdays markup, committee members to adopt an amendment being championed by Senators Smith and Heitkamp on behalf of Indian tribes and tribal organizations

The SMITH HEITKAMP 638 AMENDMENT would provide tribal Pub.L. 93-638 authority over the operation of all federally funded supplemental nutrition assistance programs. Tribal 638 administration will help restore tribal food sovereignty, and provide better food assistance to more Indian households in need. Senator Tina Smith (D-MN), a new member of the Agriculture Committee, and Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) have filed a...


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to Hold Hearing on High Risk Indian Programs Native News Online

Published June 12, 2018

WASHINGTON On Wednesday, June 13 at 2:30 PM EDT the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a business meeting to consider H.R. 1491, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Land Affirmation Act of 2017.

The business meeting will be immediately followed by a committee oversight hearing titled GAO High Risk List: Turning Around Vulnerable Indian Programs.


WHAT:          A business meeting, followed by an oversight hearing titled GAO High Risk List: Turning Around Vulnerable Indian Programs.

WHEN:         2:30 PM EDT, Wednesday, June 13, 2018

WHERE:       628 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Live video will be provided here.


Mr. Frank Rusco

Director, Natural Resources and Environment Issues, U.S. Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC


Mr. Tony Dearman

Director, Bureau of Indian Education, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC


Mr. Darryl LaCounte

Acting Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC


Rear Admiral Michael Weahkee

Acting Director, Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD

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Urgent Call For Help From Water Is Life Camp Indigenous Environmental Network

Quite frankly and equally unashamed WE NEED YOU. I am asking you to make plans to joins us at Leau Est La Vie Camp ASAP, within the next 6-8 weeks (most effectively in the next four). Weve been fighting this battle to stop the tail end of DAPL, known as Bayou Bridge. We have won on both a state and federal level, yet the construction continues The hundreds-of-years-old Cypress trees continue to fall, the water and wildlife cry out from the war zone, and the people in the path are squashed even further beneath the shoes of the oppressor.


Tribes, Landowners, and Climate Groups Expand Campaign to Build Solar Inside Keystone XL Pipeline Route Indigenous Environmental Network

Building Solar XL is about showing what is possible. This partnership between the tribes and many different grassroots organizations is a powerful statement. It shows the unity we have built to go up against this evil zombie of a pipeline that threatens our water, land and our very lives. We've seen the devastation TransCanada has caused, from our relatives living near Alberta's tar sands to the recent pipeline explosion in West Virginia. Now we're showing the world what is possible through a project creating real solutions. Joye Braun, Indigenous Environmental Network

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Tuesday, 12 June


Cherokee Nation Tribal Council brings nationally Acclaimed Play Sovereignty to The Joint Inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa Native News Online

Published June 12, 2018

Reading of the critically acclaimed play set for one night only, on June 18

TULSA, Okla. The Cherokee Nation will host a staged reading of attorney and playwright Mary Kathryn Nagles new play, Sovereignty, on June 18 at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. Tickets are $10 for tribal citizens and $15 for non-citizens and can be purchased online here. The reading of the play begins at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Sovereignty recently opened in Washington, D.C., at the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, garnering national attention and praise across the United States, including articles in the New York Times, the American Theatre Magazine, the National Law Journal and the Tulsa World. This will be the first presentation of Sovereignty in Oklahoma.

Set in both the 1830s and today, Sovereignty explores the legal fight between the Cherokee Nation and the state of Georgia, which would go on to establish the foundation for sovereignty of all tribal nations in the United States.



Navajo Nation Mourns Loss of Code Talker Samuel T. Holiday Native News Online

Navajo Code Talker Samuel T. Holiday speaking at Camp Pendleton on Sept. 28, 2015.

Published June 12, 2018

WINDOW ROCK On behalf of the 23rd Navajo Nation Council, Speaker LoRenzo Bates offers his condolences to the family of Navajo Code Talker Samuel T. Holiday, who passed away Monday evening at the age of 94 at the Southern Utah Veterans Home in Ivans, Utah. He was born in Monument Valley, Utah on June 2, 1924 and resided in the community of Kayenta, Arizona.

The Navajo Nation and our entire country has lost a very special person who sacrificed more than well ever know for our country and our people, said Speaker Bates. We offer our deepest condolences and prayers for him and his family at this time. 

As a Navajo Code Talker, Holiday served in World War II with the 4th Marine Division, 25th Regiment, and used the Navajo language to send and receive coded messages that helped the United States win the war. He received a Congressional Silver Medal and the Purple Heart for his brave service.

Council Delegate Nathaniel Brown, who represents the Kayenta community on the Navajo Nation Council, thanked Holidays family for the care that they provided him in his later years and added that his legacy will continue to live on throughout the Navajo Nation.

Ultimately, this reminds the entire Nation of the importance of maintaining our Navajo language, which helped win World War II. I ask all of our Din people to keep our hero in your thoughts and prayers and to keep his legacy alive forever, stated Delegate Brown.

He also recalled that in November 2017, the Kayenta Middle School named the schools library in in honor of Holiday and held a parade and ceremony in recognition of his service.



San Carlos Apache Stop at West Berkeley Shellmound on Way to Washington, D.C. Native News Online

Published June 12, 2018

BERKELEY, Calif.  Wendsler Nosie Sr. of rhe San Carlos Apache and tribal members are on a sacred journey to Washington D.C. They are stopping at several sacred sights along the way. Starting in Pomo territory at the Elem Indian colony, the group then stopped on Sunday, June 10, 2018, at the West Berkely Shellmound sacred site where they sang, danced and prayed.

Ruth Orta giving necklace

Ruth Orta giving necklace photo by Norm Sands

Corrina Gould (Ohlone) and Ruth Orta gave gifts which is the custom of the Ohlone people and most tribes across the Western Hemisphere. The gifts (necklaces) were given to two of Wendsler Nosie Jr. daughters who are on the cross country prayer journey.

Wendsler Nosie Sr. traveling group (they call the Stronghold) will unite with the Poor Peoples Campaign on June 23, 2018 in Washington D.C..

The National call for Moral Revival is an opportunity to educate America about its true history and demand the changes to outdated federal policies and create stronger laws that will protect the environment, according to organizers of the sacred journey.

Below is the route the group is taking:

Departed Arizona June 8, 2018

Pomo Territory, California

Oakland, California

Morongo, California

Tuscon, Arizona

Flagstaff, Arizona

Bears Ears, Utah

Chaco Canyon, New Mexico

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Pueblo, Color...


The National Center Will Host First Native Edge Institute in New Mexico Native News Online

Published June 12, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE  The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (the National Center) will host its first Native Edge Institute (NEI) on July 24th at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Native Edge Institute, facilitated by GovContractPros, will provide both growing and advanced government contractors training in federal and corporate small business programs, including how firms can leverage those programs to enter the supply chain of larger prime contractors. The NEI is supported through a generous donation from KeyBank Foundation, which was announced earlier this year at RES, and is being hosted in collaboration with the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of New Mexico. High-level officials from the U.S. Department of Energy are expected to participate in NEI.

We are thrilled to host our first-ever Native Edge Institute at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, said Chris James, President and CEO of the National Center. NEI will combine the National Centers time-honored programming with outside expertise that will give attendees the leg up they need to be successful contractors. We are especially appreciative of the support from KeyBank Foundation, as well as the AICC of New Mexico and the Department of Energy. I look forward to a very successful event and look forward to strong attendance from Indian Country.

The one-day event only costs $49 (lunch included). Program topics and sessions will include:

  • Leveraging the Mentor-Protege and Joint Venture programs
  • Staying small and surviving the mid-size
  • Financing Alternatives
  • Tribal, ANC, and NHO Strategies
  • Compliance reviews for size and status
  • Updates on Certifications: 8(a)...


American Indian Graduate Center Receives $5000 Grant from Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community to Support the American Indian Business Leaders Scholarship Fund Native News Online

Angelique Albert (Executive Director), Dr. Larry Gianchetta, Dave Archambault Sr., Ernie Stevens Jr. (AIGC Board Member), Prairie Bighorn.

Published June 12, 2018 

AIGC will use the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community grant to provide scholarships to Native American business students. 

ALBUQUERQUE  The American Indian Graduate Center announced a $5000 grant received from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community today. The grant will be used to support the recently endowed American Indian Business Leaders scholarship.

The $50,000 AIBL Founders Scholarship was created as a permanent tribute to honor the dedication and support of the three founding board members, Dave Archambault, Dr. Joe McDonald and Dr. Larry Gianchetta, who have served AIBL since its creation in 1994. The annual scholarship will be for AIBL business students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher who demonstrate leadership skills, cultural involvement and community service.

AIGC is thrilled that the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community has contributed to this new and exciting scholarship fund, stated Angelique Albert, AIGC Executive Director. These funds will provide valuable opportunities to deserving Native business students and will continue the AIGC legacy of supporting emerging Native American leaders.

The AIBL Founders Scholarship will be administered by the American Indian Graduate Center based in Albuquerque, NM.  AIGC and AIGC Scholars are the largest scholarship providers to American Indian and Alaskan Native students in the United States, providing more than $200 million since its inception in 1969. AIGC awards $15 million annually to deserving undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students.

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Chief of Six Nations calls for Indigenous jury members as trial with echoes of Colten Boushie case begins Warrior Publications


Jon Styres, right, was shot and killed in Hamilton on Feb. 4. (Facebook)

Hamilton police say Jon Styres died of gunshot-related injuries after being confronted by Peter Khill

by Dan Taekema, CBC News June 10, 2018

The chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River says she will be watching closely as jury selection begins Monday for the trial of a Hamilton man accused of second-degree murder for allegedly shooting and killing a First Nations man. 

Ava Hill said she wants to be sure the same mistakes arent made as in the acquittal of the man accused of killing Colten Boushie in Saskatchewan.

In that case, an all-white jury reached a not guilty verdict in the death of Boushie.

Theres a lot of issues in the whole justice system that we need to work on I just hope that the same mistakes arent made, she said. I hope and pray righ...


Pocahontas Club Has Long-standing Preservation Role within Cherokee Nation Native News Online

Guest Commentary

Published June 11, 2018

The Indian Womens Pocahontas Club is Oklahomas oldest, continuous chartered club. Established in the summer of 1899 at Oowala, in the Cooweescoowee District of the Cherokee Nation in Indian Territory, it began as a past-time club for Native women returning home in the summers from seminaries and colleges. Today, the club remains active in cultural preservation and community service. Based in Claremore, the memberships dedication to Cherokee and local history is inspiring and commendable. More than a century since its inception, the women of the Pocahontas Club still gather to preserve Cherokee values.

Over the past 119 years, members of the Pocahontas Club have witnessed some of the most significant events in our tribes history, from the Dawes Act and allotment era to Oklahoma statehood and the resurgence in Cherokee patriotism and pride. One of their most famous members was renowned Cherokee writer and political pundit Will Rogers. Although men are no longer allowed as members, the club honors his memory by placing a wreath at his tomb on his birthday each year.

The Pocahontas Club has more than 150 members, all of whom are Cherokee. Club members serve as valuable caretakers of our culture, our heritage and our communities. The clubs primary mission is to maintain our Cherokee culture, coupled with a focus on supporting public education and community service. Toward that end, they offer higher education scholarships for Cherokee students and support the Boys and Girls Club of Chelsea with an art program.



The American Indian Graduate Center Welcomes New COO, Marvis Vallo Native News Online

Marvis Vallo (Pueblo of Acoma)

Published June 11, 2018

As the Chief Operations Officer, Marvis Vallo brings over a decade of finance and business management experience to the American Indian Graduate Center.

 ALBUQUERQUE  Marvis Vallo (Pueblo of Acoma) has joined the American Indian Graduate Center as the Chief Operating Officer. Vallo previously served as the Financial Controller for the Pueblo of Acoma and brings over a decade of finance and managerial experience to AIGC. Having served as the chairman of the pueblos pension committee and a member of its investment committee, Vallo doubled the pueblos investment holdings and gained valuable insight into tribal-governmental relations. His wealth of experience and financial acumen will serve AIGC immediately and long term, as Marvis sees funding as a major challenge facing Native students.

In its 50th year, AIGC is looking to continue its legacy of being the nations largest scholarship provider to American Indian students. Angelique Albert, the centers executive director, stated that Vallo embodies all of the values that contribute to AIGCs continued success. Marvis Vallo is a leader who sees and complements the AIGC vision for the next half century. At the same time, he holds a deep respect for the legacy of the past 50 years. This unity of values is exactly what AIGC needs, and Marvis brings a vitality to the organization that will keep us moving forward.

As he embarks on a new journey with the American Indian Graduate Center, Vallo is excited to delve into the world of higher education by securing ways to provide support to American Indian students. Providing financial support through scholarships is crucial for Native American students. As the national leader in this capacity, AIGC has an important platform which we can use to tell their stories and build partnerships to create even more opportunities for education and success, said Vallo. In addition to his new role with AIGC, Vallo has been appointed to the board of the University of New Mexicos Anderson Foundation, which supports the university...

Monday, 11 June


Native American Heritage Fund Now Accepting Applications Native News Online

Published June 11, 2018

Funds Available to Support Projects that Promote Positive Relationships with Michigans Indian Tribes

FULTON, Mich.  Michigans K-12 schools, colleges, universities, and local units of government are now eligible for funding through the Native American Heritage Fund (NAHF) to defray the costs of projects that promote positive relationships and accurate information about the history and role of Michigans Indian tribes and Native Americans in the state.

Projects may include changing or revising curricula or improving program development, replacing or revising mascots or imagery that might be considered offensive to Native Americans, and replacing or revising government seals or images in public spaces. Nonprofit organizations that are undertaking a project on behalf of a K-12 school, college, university, or local unit of government are also eligible to apply for NAHF funding.

I am proud of the joint collaboration between the State of Michigan and the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi for the creation and development of the Native American Heritage Fund, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said. The implementation of this fund will allow local schools and municipalities the opportunity to cultivate awareness and respect for the culture and history of Michigans native people.

Application information is available online at
Applications will be available beginning Friday, June 8, 2018. Applications are due to the NAHF Board by Friday, July 6, 2018, at 5 p.m. Please send applications via mail to Calhoun County Administrator/Controller Kelli Scott at 315 West Green Street, Marshall, MI 49068 or via email to

The fund, which was approved in 2016 as part of the Seco...


Navajo Nation Council Chamber Selected for Arizonas Prestigious Cultural Preservation Award Native News Online

The Navajo Nation Council Chamber in Window Rock, Arizona

Published June 11, 2018

SCOTTSVILLE, Ariz.  Navajo Nation Speaker LoRenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, TseDaaKaan, Upper Fruitland) had the honor of accepting the Arizona Governors James W. Garrison Heritage Award in recognition of the 23rdNavajo Nation Councils efforts to restore and preserve the historic Navajo Nation Council Chamber, during the 2018 Awards in Historic Preservation ceremony held in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Thursday.

The Arizona Preservation Foundation and the State Historic Preservation Office sponsored the awards ceremony, which is held on an annual basis to award individuals, businesses, organizations, and/or projects in recognition of outstanding preservation achievements. This year, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey personally selected the Council Chamber renovation project as the prestigious James W. Garrison Heritage Award winner, for the exceptional achievement in preserving Arizonas historic and prehistoric cultural resources.

I am honored to receive this award on behalf of the 23rdNavajo Nation Council and I thank Governor Ducey, the Arizona Preservation Foundation, and the State Historic Preservation Office for their work in preserving our states most precious cultural sites, which includes many that are significant to the Navajo people, said Speaker Bates.

Speaker LoRenzo Bates accepts the Arizona Governors James W....


Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women Discussed after Showing of Wind River Native News Online

Published June 11, 2018

TULSA, Okla.Olivia Gray (Osage), director of the Osage Nation Family Violence Prevention Department sat on a panel for a screening of Wind River during the Native Spotlight film series at Circle Cinema in Tulsa on Thursday, May 31. The film series is designed to showcase the diverse variety of the Native American and Indigenous experience through film.

Gray was invited as a panelist by Matriarch, a Tulsa-based organization which promotes the social welfare of Native women through education, community building, and direct services to create positive change within our communities. She discussed the epidemic of violence against Native women and her efforts to create awareness and education on the Osage Nation Reservation and across the U.S. for national efforts.

The Office of Violence Against Women recently released new statistics regarding violence against Native women which shows that the problem is bigger than previously thought, said Gray. Now we are hearing that if you are a Native woman you have an 84% chance of being physically abused in your lifetime and a 56% chance of being sexually assaulted.

Gray has served as the director of the Osage Nation Family Violence Prevention Department for almost two years and has nearly twenty years of experience working in Indian Country in the areas of project management, program development, policy development, government reform, and economic development.

With our women it is not a matter of if but rather a matter of when and how many times. Bringing awareness through events like this panel discussion and screening may help to keep some of our women safe by giving them information to help themselves or others, said Gray about the realities of working in her field on a Native American reservation and the importance of awareness events.

Osage Nation Family Violence Prevention Mission
To empower those seeking our services with the tool...


American Indian Veterans Honored in D-Day Memorial Events in France for Service Native News Online

Opening Ceremony to honor American Indians for their service on June 6, 1944 at Normandy on D-Day during World War II.

Published June 10, 2018

OMAHA BEACH, France  In the first week of June this year, there were seven memorial events within France which marked the first anniversary of Charles Shay Indian Memorial Park on the shore of Omaha beach.

France welcomed with respect and honored our Native American Veterans and community members from around the United States, as they gathered to support 93-year-old Charles Norman Shay, a Penobscot Tribal elder and hero, who landed with the Big Red One Army 1st Division. Shay, who was a medic, was on the first wave to land on Omaha Beach, June 6th, 1944. He then went on to serve in Korea, was a POW, and then finished his service to our country.

One ceremony, which fell on June 5, 2018, remembered all the contributions of Native soldiers who gave their all on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Over 500 American Indian served during the World War II campaign.

Surrounded by eagle staffs representing numerous tribal nations is Charles Shay (Penobscot).

These ceremonies marked history in another way, as CEO of Trickster Art Gallery Joseph Podlasek organized for the first time Native Veterans and the Native community to be a part of multiple ceremonies around France, with the eagle staffs from the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi of Michigan, Miles Lac Tribe of Minnesota, and Williams Family Staff represented. Tribal flags were also presented from the Oklahoma Seminoles, the Penobscot Tribe of Maine, and each of the tribes that honored us with their Eagl...

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