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Wednesday, 07 November


Jonathan Nez Elected President of Navajo Nation Native News Online

Jonathan Nez was elected president of the Navajo Nation on Tuesday.

Published November 7, 2018

WINDOW ROCK Jonathan Nez, the current vice president, was elected president of the Navajo Nation on Tuesday.

Nez beat challenger former President Joe Shirley with 39,783 votes (66.4 percent) to 20,146 votes (33.6 percent), according to the unofficial voter tally of the Navajo Election Administration.



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Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo) Elected to Congress Native News Online

Published November 7, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE  Deb Haaland, a tribal citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna) was elected to Congress on Tuesday. She, along with Sharice Davids, are the only two Native women elected to Congress in the history of the United States.

Haaland beat her GOP challenger by 59.2 percent to 36.3 percent of the votes. Previously, Haaland served as the chair of the New Mexico Democratic party.


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Cherokee Nation 3S Employee Recognized by Federal Aviation Administration Native News Online

Aaron Fletcher, program manager for CN3S, receives Federal Aviation Administration recognition for his role in a new weather observation model.

Published November 7, 2018

Aaron Fletcher earns FAA honor for role in new weather observation model

TULSA, Okla. The Federal Aviation Administration recently recognized CN3S Aaron Fletcher for his role in supporting the agencys new weather observation platform.

Fletcher serves as a program manager supporting CN3S partnership with the FAA and its Aviation Surface Weather Observation Network Technology Refresh Team, helping integrate the new Automated Weather Observing System Model-C.

Since 2015, CN3S has served a key role in integrating AWOS-C systems in air traffic locations across the nation, said Fletcher. We are proud to have collaborated on this project and look forward to continuing our growing relationship with the FAA.

The technology refresh team has renewed service life and reduced operating costs of more than 200 automated weather stations by reconfiguring each into the new AWOS-C standard. The systems are manufactured, tested and maintained at a CN3S facility in Pryor until final configuration and delivery to the field.

Fletchers Certificate of Appreciation, issued and signed by FAA Director of Enterprise Services Malcom Andrews, recognizes the CN3S employee for his hard work, support and significant contribution to the program.

We are very proud of Aaron, said Ryan Wasmus, CN3S operations general manager. This award is an excellent demonstration of his continued success as a project manager, as well as a great example of the ongoing trend of praise and high regards that we continually receive from his clients and onsite project staff.

The Federal Aviation Administration is responsible for the safety of civil aviation. The Federal Aviation Act of 1958 created the agency under the name Federal Aviation Agency. The agency later adopted its present name in 1967 when it became part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Its mission is to provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world.

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Delegate Phelps Joins Leupp Community in Honoring Women Veterans Native News Online

Council Delegate Walter Phelps
recognizing Heather Williams of the U.S. Army during the Veterans Day Celebration at Leupp Chapter on Nov. 3, 2018.

Published November 7, 2018

LEUPP, Ariz.  On Saturday, Navajo Nation Council Delegate Walter Phelps (Cameron, Coalmine Canyon, Leupp, Tolani Lake, Tsidi To ii) and Council Delegate Tom Chee (Shiprock) attended a Veterans Day celebration hosted by the Leupp Chapter, in honor of women veterans from Leupp and surrounding communities.

Delegate Phelps, who represents the community of Leupp as a member of the Navajo Nation Council, said the honorable service, strength, and resiliency of women veterans need to be recognized and commended throughout the Navajo Nation.

The Navajo Nation needs to increase awareness of women veterans. They have proven that they have the resiliency and inspiration as male veterans in the times of conflict and they played a major role in our nations history. They are the leaders of our homes, communities, and the public sector, stated Delegate Phelps.

During the celebration, community leaders recognized and honored the following women veterans, who are also members of the American Legion Curtis-Huskon Post 112 of Leupp, Ariz:

       Karla Curley U.S. Army

       Mary Iron U.S. Army

       Tara Love U.S. Army

       Heather Williams U.S. Army

       Marilyn Loucks U.S. Army

       Jacqueline Kelly U.S. Army

       Jackie Benally U.S. Marine Corps

       Cherise Harry U.S. Army

       Jessica Begay U.S. Army

       Liranda Friday U.S. Marine Corps

       Sandra Wilson U.S. Army

Delegate Phelps helped pin recognition medals of the women veteran...


SUANNE BIG CROW The hero in high tops Native News Online

Published November 7, 2018

BROOKLYN, N.Y.  SUANNE BIG CROW is the latest feature documentary from award-winning director Kris Kaczor. Currently in production, he is seeking funds through Kickstarter until November 16th.

SUANNE BIG CROW is the tale of a girl from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation who became one of the best high-school basketball players in history. Prophesied to do great things for her people, SuAnne has become a symbol of hope to her infamous Lakota tribe. The story returns to Pine Ridge 29 years after her sudden death, where SuAnne has become a household name. Kids who werent even born when she was alive look up to her. Everyone on the reservation has stories, and even dreams about her. Elders cry when they say her name. Its clear that on the Rez and on the high school court, everyones looking for the next SuAnne.

Cameras will follow SuAnnes old high-school team, the Lady Thorpes, for the 2018-2019 season. Two players are said to possess SuAnnes natural skill, and cousin and Coach Laura Big Crow, has already weeded out the weak. She says confidently, This is going to be a good year. From tryouts to away games, and through the bitter reservation winter, we will witness the resonance that SuAnne has on the people they still feel her, and are guided by her memory.

Kaczor learned in a preliminary shoot that SuAnne has evolved to more than a basketball star. Shes become a symbol of strength that extends far beyond the boundaries of Pine Ridge. SuAnnes story is a model for the world on what one hard-working person can do. Even when faced with the grueling reality of reservation life, SuAnne accomplished glory and gave hope to the seemingly hopeless. Shes a role model for girls and women across the world, teaching that they can do anything they dream.

Kaczor is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter in order to produce the documentary. All donations go directly to the filming, editing, and a locally-hired, Native crew. The campaign is at: Filming will run from November 2018 March 2019. The scheduled release date is December of 2019.




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Sharice Davids (Ho-Chunk) Knocks Off Incumbent: Becomes First American Indian Woman Elected to Congress Native News Online

Sharice Davids is one of two American Indian women seeking to be elected to Congress in the midterm election.

Breaking News

Published November 6, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Kan. History was made Tuesday when Sharice Davids, a tribal citizen of the Ho-Chunk Nation, was elected to Congress. She became the first American Indian woman ever elected to Congress. Although, Davids bragging rights will be short-lived because Deb Halaand is expected to win the 1st Congressional District seat in New Mexico later this evening.

Her projected victory came about 9 pm -CST as MSNBC announced the victory.

Davids beat incumbent Kevin Yoder, who was favored to win the race in late summer. During the third week of September, Davids pulled even with Yoder in polls and since then outpaced him in almost all polls.

Davids, who was raised by a single-working mother, a postal worker, became an attorney and worked as an Obama fellow during the last year of the Obama adminstration.


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Redefining Development: A Perspective from Indigenous Peoples in Asia Cultural Survival

Redefining Development: A Perspective from Indigenous Peoples in Asia

Nov 06, 2018
agnes Tue, 11/06/2018 - 13:50

By Patricia Wattimena 

Asia is currently seeing unprecedented economic growth averaging at 4.5 percent for the last 25 years. China reached annual growth of 6.9 percent in 2017 and India reached 8.2 percent in the first half of 2018 making the two countries the main drivers of A...


Indigenous Peoples Must Not Be Left Behind Cultural Survival

Indigenous Peoples Must Not Be Left Behind

Nov 06, 2018
agnes Tue, 11/06/2018 - 13:41

We will not be left behind! Indigenous people stand up against exclusion. 

The Johannesburg Stock...


UN Women opens second multipurpose centre for Rohingya women | Dhaka Tribune Aboriginal News Group Newswire

UN Women opens second multipurpose centre for Rohingya women | Dhaka Tribune: United Nations (UN) Women has launched its second multipurpose Women's Centre, a one-stop hub for Rohingya women, to access information on health and protection issues, at a refugee camp in Cox's Bazar.

The new centre, built at Block A, Camp 4 is almost three times bigger than the one in Camp 18 and will provide a broader set of services, including cooking, meeting and training facilities in a safe and empowering environment for women, reports UNB.


He Set Out to Kill Women: Self-Proclaimed Misogynist Murders 2 Women at Florida Yoga Studio | Democracy Now! Aboriginal News Group Newswire

He Set Out to Kill Women: Self-Proclaimed Misogynist Murders 2 Women at Florida Yoga Studio | Democracy Now!: Two women were shot and killed at a yoga studio in Tallahassee, Florida, on Friday when a far-right extremist and self-proclaimed misogynist entered a yoga class and opened fire. Forty-year-old gunman Scott Beierle murdered 61-year-old Nancy Van Vessem, a medical doctor and a faculty member at Florida State University, and Florida State University student 21-year-old Maura Binkley in the deadly shooting. He critically injured four other women, including one woman who was shot nine times. Beierle also pistol-whipped a man in the rampage before turning the gun on himself. Police say Beierle was found dead at the yoga studio from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Beierle had a track record of attacking women, black people and immigrants via online videos and songs and had previously been investigated for harassing women and arrested at least twice, once on allegations of battery against women.

Tuesday, 06 November


Five Stories to Read Again Before You Vote Native News Online

MCALLEN, TX JUNE 12: Central American asylum seekers wait as U.S. Border Patrol agents take groups of them into custody on June 12, 2018 near McAllen, Texas. The families were then sent to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) processing center for possible separation. U.S. border authorities are executing the Trump administrations zero tolerance policy towards undocumented immigrants. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions also said that domestic and gang violence in immigrants country of origin would no longer qualify them for political-asylum status. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)


Published November 6. 2018

Today is Election Day in America. Some are saying it is the most important midterm election in modern times. Todays votes once tallied will provide us with a clearer picture of what the next two years will bring before the 2020 presidential election.

Native people are said to have different worldviews from others in American society. Interestingly enough, American Indians participate in the U.S. military at a higher percentage than other racial or ethnic groups to defend democracy. Unfortunately, there is no direct correlation to voting patterns. American Indians vote at a lower percentage than other ethnic groups. This is confusing because having the ability to cast a vote is the best benefit of any democracy.

The past two years have proven we live a very divided United States of Ameof rica. From Charlottesville where white nationalists marched through the streets with torches to the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, we saw how divided America is.

Today we have an opportunity to get America moving in a more civil direction by voting for candidates who care about issues important to us, such as healhcare and protection of social security benefits. The choice is quite obvious.

Before you vote, you should read again the following five stories that convinced me to vote the way I did:



Twenty-Fifth Annual Giving Thanks Feast at FDLTCC Set Native News Online

Published November 6, 2018

CLOQUET, Minn.  The 25th annual Giving Thanks Feast at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2018. The event is sponsored by the student life organizations on campus and begins with an opening ceremony at 5:00 p.m. in the amphitheater to welcome all guests and visitors. An honor song and traditional music will follow. Dinner will be served from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The feast is open to the public and is free to everyone.

The Giving Thanks Feast started 25 years ago as an effort to create greater awareness of the American Indian tradition of giving thanks for a productive harvest. The popular event at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College draws several hundred people each year. The evening feast will have a traditional menu consisting of turkey and ham, venison, wild rice, corn, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, fry bread, berries, dessert and beverages.

This years Giving Thanks Feast will also honor the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College students who are military veterans or are currently on active duty.

The Giving Thanks Feast will have a collection site for anyone wishing to bring donated canned food or other non-perishable food items. All donations will be distributed to current college students through the Bruce Carlson Food Pantry on campus.

People interested in the Giving Thanks Feast are invited to come for any portion of the event.

No registration or admission fees are required. For more information, call Jesse Stirewalt at (218) 590-3345 or via email to

The post Twenty-Fifth Annual Giving Thanks Feast at FDLTCC Set appeared first on Native News Online.


Ross Racine to be Given Dr. Carlos Montezuma Honorary Award Native News Online

Published November 6, 2018
CHICAGO    The Dr. Carlos Montezuma Honorary Award is given for a distinguished speaker whose contributions in social activism advanced Native peoples on a national scale. The award namesake, Dr. Montezuma, was a Chicago physician and Native American activist who was one of the founding members of the Society of American Indians and ardent advocate for the voting rights for Native peoples. This years awardee is Ross Racine

The keynote address is titled Reduce the Carbon Footprint, Address Health and Social Issues, and Attain Sovereignty in Food Production through Indian Agriculture. Racine will provide a brief overview of the history of Indian agriculture, a snapshot of Indian ag today, and where we could be tomorrow if we took todays production and put it in a consumable form. Incorporating Indian Agriculture offers a huge opportunity to attain true sovereignty (feed ourselves), address many of our health & social issues, as well as, reduce the carbon footprint of food production says Racine.

The Elizabeth Seabury Mitchell Award is given for exemplary service and philanthropic giving in promoting American Indian culture. Mrs. Mitchell gave generously to many Native organizations throughout her life, including co-founding the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian.

The 2018 recipient of her namesake award is Dr. Frederick Hoxie, author of numerous publications including This Indian Country: American Indian Activists and the Place They Made, professor of American Indian history at University of Illinois, founding director of the DArcy McNickle Center for American Indian History at the Newberry Library, and consultant and expert witness for the US Department of Justice, US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and the National Park Service.

The Woodrow Woody Crumbo Award is given for exceptional contributions in the development and preservation of American Indian art. Woody Crumbo spent six decades of the mid-20th century promoting Native American art. He participated in hundreds of exhibits, painted murals inside the US Department of Interior, and had hundreds of his pieces acquired by museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian.

The 2018 recipient is artist...


Native American Voting Rights Coalition Native News Online


Published November 6, 2018

BOULDER, Colo. On Monday, the Native American Relief Fund posted this statement on its website:

NARF, on behalf of the Native American Voting Rights Coalition, is proud to feature the Coalitions website at

The website makes available findings from the Coalitions multi-year research on the state of voting in Indian Country, including

  • an extensive survey of Native voters, which documents obstacles encountered in state and federal elections, and
  • materials from the subsequent field hearings held across Indian Country in 2017 and 2018.

The website also translates this research into actionable steps that tribes, communities, and individuals can take to improve access and engagement among Native voters.

The Native American Voting Rights Coalition (NAVRC) is a non-partisan alliance of national and grassroots organizations, scholars, and activists advocating for equal access for Native Americans to the political process. The Native American Rights Fund founded the coalition in 2015 to facilitate collaboration among Coalition members and to coordinate efforts at overcoming the many barriers Native Americans face in registering to vote, casting their ballot, and having an equal voice in elections.

Visit for more information.


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39th Annual Native American Student Art Show at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Native News Online

Published November 6, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE  The Native American Student Art Show (NASAS) features students using the artistic medium of their choice to creatively express their interpretation of an assigned theme in this juried art show on display in the Artists Circle Gallery of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) located at 2401 12th Street NW, from November 3, 2018 through January 4, 2019. The opening reception is Saturday, November 3, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Student artists and museum staff will mingle with visitors at the reception while enjoying the artwork and free cookies.

The theme inspiring this years group of young Native artists is Strength of Indigenous Women, which correlates with other IPCC events of 2018. I love it when this show comes around every year, says Rachel Moore (Hopi), Curator of Exhibitions. This year is particularly empowering, as these young artists address the strength and influence of Native women. It is heartwarming to read their stories, and see honest reflections of the women in their lives and communities.

Every student artist whose work is displayed will receive a certificate of participation, and the IPCC will award cash prizes in the following categories: Mixed Media, Drawing/Painting, Jewelry, Three-Dimensional, and Best in Show. The young artists have the choice of making their works available for sale during the show, with 100 percent of each purchase going directly to the young artist. Cash prizes and sales of their artwork will help encourage Native youth to remain connected to their culture while opening d...


Northwestern University Honors Menominee Nation Leaders Native News Online

Nortthewestern University President Morton Schapiro, Sean Harte, Laurie Reiter, Menominee Tribal Chairman Douglas Cox and Jim Philliips

Published November 6, 2018

Honor in recognition of Menominee Tribal Enterprises sustainable forestry practices

EVANSTON, Ill.  Northwestern University honored leaders from the Menominee Nation during the Mens Basketball opening game Friday, November 2, the day the University formally unveiled the newly renovated Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Lumber procured from the Menominee Tribal Enterprises (MTE) was used for the building of the Welsh-Ryan Arena basketball court.

The dedication event recognized the symbolic significance of using lumber from the Menominee Nation for the construction of the basketball floor in the arena. Work done by the Menominee Tribal Enterprises illustrates a deep history of using sustainable forestry practices that are ecologically viable, economically feasible and socially desirable.

Northwesterns recognition of our sustainable management practices and quality of our products in this significant renovation makes us very proud, said Doug Cox, chairman of the Menominee Nation. It is our hope that the Northwestern community enjoys the arena for many years to come and that theyll remember the special place that it came from.

The Welsh-Ryan Arena is the home of Northwesterns basketball, volleyball and wrestling teams.

Northwestern University has been prioritizing efforts to act on recommendations made by the Native American Outreach and Inclusion...


Administration For Native Americans Announces New Grant Awards for 2019 Native News Online

Published November 6, 2018

WASHINGTON   The Administration for Native Americans, a major funder of tribal governance and infrastructure, recently announced their grant awards for 2019. The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association is sharing awards for tourism and tourism-related projects:

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

The Creating Akwesasne Tourism Industry Businesses & Jobs project is focused on creating a vibrant Akwesasne community cultural tourism industry, with effective tourism organizations and marketing, highly skilled managers, business owners and workers, and increased tourism employment for our community members through new tourism and expanded businesses.

  • Project Period: 9/30/2016 9/29/2021
  • FY 2017 Award: $399,800

Chickaloon Native Village 

The Chickaloon Native Village project goal is to address the immediate need to provide Ahtna cultural restoration and preservation by developing an Ahtna Cultural Resource Library. The project will also enhance cultural sustainability and economic growth through development of cultural tourism, cultural tourism networks and a business plan for tourism infrastructure development. By the end of year three, they will have completed an Ahtna Cultural Education Book and will have offered at least thirty Ahtna cultural education events in the community; developed an Ahtna Cultural Resource Library; provided ten(10) cultural tourism trainings; provided summer-season Ahtna cultural presentations and tours by three Cultural Interpretive Guides; developed five partnerships, including Memorandums of Agreement with tourism industry organizations to strengthen their Ahtna cultural tourism program.

  • Project Period: 9/30/2015 9/29/2018
  • FY 2017 Award: $400,000

Waipa Foundation 

The Huliamahi Project brings together 3 program activities to develop a self-sustaining, native driven economic and cultural ecosystem that leverages community resources, needs and opportunities to strengthen cultural identity, increase cultural practice, build other life skills/ entrepreneurial competenci...


Sharice Davids Pledges To Open District Office in Wyandotte County Once Elected Native News Online

Sharice Davids is one of two American Indian women seeking to be elected to Congress in 2018


Published November 5, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Kan. Sharice Davids, Democratic candidate for Congress in Kansas Third Congressional District, has pledged to open a Wyandotte County District Office if elected this November.

With Davids as a representative, the Third Congressional District will have a district office in both Johnson and Wyandotte Counties for the first time since current Rep. Kevin Yoder shuttered his Wyandotte office nearly a decade ago.

Both district offices will help residents navigate government red tape in order to efficiently solve their problems with federal agencies and ensure their rights are protected. Services in a district office include help applying for Social Security, veterans benefits, education assistance, citizenship, and much more. For far too long, Wyandotte residents have not had a convenient place to seek this help.

Wyandotte County residents have been ignored by their current representative, Davids said. As a member of Congress, I will work hard to change that and ensure the voices of everyone is our community are heard. The opening of a Wyandotte office is an essential part of that effort.

Broderick Crawford, Executive Director of the NBC Community Development Corporation said: Wyandotte County is often overlooked by our current government, and African American voices in the 3rd district have been ignored for too long. A Wyandotte district office will provide the community with a direct connection to its representative, and ensure that our voices are heard at the highest levels of government. I am eager to witness the positive impact it will have across our district.

Stephene Moore, former Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and wife of former US Representative Dennis Moore said: Dennis and I are happy to hear that Sharice Davids will reopen a congressional office in Wyandotte County when she is elected.  The office was open in Kansas City, KS for the entire 12 year...


Onondaga Nation Faithkeeper Oren Lyons on This Years Election: If You Have Two Legs and Youre Healthy, Get Out and Vote! Native News Online

Oren Lyons


Published November 5, 2018

DENVER  Attending the National Congress of American Indians 75th Annual Convention and Marketplace in Denver was Onondaga Nation faithkeeper Oren Lyons. He was there in his role as a member of the board of directors of Harvard Universitys Honoring Nations, which is administered by the Havard Project on American Economic Development.

Lyons, who is  Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. He stopped long enough to answer a couple questions with Native News Online:

Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo) is running in the 1st Congressional Distict in New Mexico.

Native News Online: What would you tell Indian Country about the upcoming midterm election?

Lyons: If you have two legs and youre healthy, get out and vote. This particular vote will determine what happens in two years. The nation is more divided than I have ever seen it. I dont know if we are ever going to get back together again. Of course, this was predicted in our teachings.

Native News Online: What do you say about the two American Indian women running for Congress? Deb Haaland for the 1st Congressional District in New Mexico and Sharice Davids, who is running for the 3rd Congressional District in Kansas. Both are leading in current polls.


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