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Wednesday, 18 April


NCAI President Jefferson Keel Responds to Senate Vote on Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act Native News Online

Published April 17, 2018

WASHINGTON Yesterday, the Senate failed to come up with the necessary votes to proceed with a full vote on the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act, an amendment to the National Labor Relations Act that would include tribes in the same exempt category as all other government employers in the United States. The Senate voted 55-41 in favor of moving forward with the legislation, but this tally fell short of the 60 votes needed to prevent a filibuster.

Obviously, this is disappointing, said NCAI President Keel. But I want to thank the Senate for taking up this important issue, and thank each Senator for the time he or she spent to understand the issue and the nature of tribal governments. From the comments we heard on the Senate floor today, we still have much work to do to educating Congress about the fact that tribal sovereignty is not a conditional proposition. However, I am encouraged that we won a majority of votes, and that our issue made it to the Senate floor. We will be back.

NCAI President Jefferson Keel.

The purpose of the legislation is to fix a problem created by the National Labor Relations Boards decision to single out Indian tribes as the only form of government in the United States subject to the National Labor Relations Act. Over 90,000 other units of government in America, who employ over 21 million Americans, are not subject to the NLRA. The Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act is a crucial step for Congress to ensure that the United States consistently respects the sovereignty of tribal governments.

Keel continued: Everyone knows that the U.S. Constitution set up our federal system of governm...

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Tuesday, 17 April


State of the Navajo Nation Address Delivered for 2018 Spring Session Native News Online

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez deliver the State of the Navajo Nation Address.

Published April 17, 2018

WINDOW ROCK President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez gave the State of the Navajo Nation Address (SONNA) for the 23rd Navajo Nation Councils 2018 Spring Council Session.

The speech began and ended with the treaty and highlighted recent accomplishments of the administration regarding the four pillars: veterans, youth and elders, infrastructure and job creation.

All of us share a common history, President Begaye said during the first part of the speech. One hundred and fifty years ago, our ancestors were imprisoned at Bosque Redondo. On June 1, 1868, our great leaders signed a treaty with the United States government. That treaty guaranteed our rights of sovereignty and self-determination. It also secured our rights to our homeland within our four sacred mountains.

On June 1, an original copy of the treaty will be unveiled at the Navajo Nation Museum. The Office of the President and Vice President invites everyone to join the event and other events this year commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Treaty of 1868.

Our ancestors were resilient, Vice President Nez said. And we look to them for strength and courage as we fight our modern-day monsters of suicide, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence and crimes against our children. If we need examples of resiliency, its right there. The blood that pumped through the hearts of our ancestors also pumps through us.

A number of individuals were recognized during SONNA including Cassandra Morgan, a Navajo Nation veteran who was recognized for her help to create the first ever Navajo Nation Women Veterans Day.

Women face unique challenges when they serve in the military, and as they transition back to civilian life, President Begaye said. On March 20, we officially honored these women, their service to the country and to the Navajo Nation, and their roles as individuals and in their families.

Two students from the University of New Mexico, Janalee Livingston and Naomi Brown, were in attendance. Both are now living in the Lobo Rainforest Building, which has two floors available for up to 118 Navajo students. There are now 77 Navajo students occupying th...


Functional and Medicinal Facts about Kratom Native News Online

Published April 17, 2018


Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a time-tested herb that belongs to the coffee shrub family and indigenous to South Asian (Malaysia, Bangkok, Borneo, and the Philippines). It features catalyst and opiate results, and for hundreds of years, these areas used kratom to make conventional medications.

How Is Kratom Used?

In the old times, people in the indigenous place used this herb for the treatment of different problems such as persistent aches and pains simply by eating its leaves. Nowadays, in spite of very few research being carried out on this plant, it has come into common use, and it is used for the treatment of different health issues.

Kratom Leaves Benefits

Kratom leaves consist of exceptional chemical substances and vitamins and minerals, which gives this herb its therapeutic values. Included in this are organic and natural substances as well as alkaloids which are very useful for your body organs. Regardless of their opiate impact, that can certainly be highly habit forming; they also possess a share of many benefits if you can easily find a way to sneak them in your day-to-day meal as a goody.

It helps in improving body energy- its leaves improve certain metabolism processes while increasing hormonal agent resulting in improved levels of energy. Eating the leaves improves the circulation of blood thus a boost in oxygen-rich blood vessels in the required parts of the body, and when this is coupled with increased fat burning capacity, it makes a burst in vitality.

Alleviating Pain

This is the most ancient use of these types of leaves. The vitamins and minerals and alkaloids in these leaves consist of painkiller properties that really help in quickly alleviating soreness throughout your body.
Improves the bodys immune system- a few of the alkaloids seen in the leaves are considered to increase the strength of the disease fighting capability.

Cardiovascular System Health

Along with having an influence on your body hormones, the leaves are usually found to decrease body inflammation such as in the bloodstream. For that reason, this can lead to lowered stress of your cardiovascular thus protecting you from severe heart disease for example cerebrovascular event and cardiac arrest....


American Indian College Fund Releases 2018 Volume of Tribal College and University Research Journal Native News Online

Published April 17, 2018

DENVER  The American Indian College Fund believes it is critical to support tribal college faculty in conducting research that benefits Native communities and to disseminate research to both Native communities and the wider research community. To that end, Volume II of The Tribal College and University Research Journal, first published in 2016 by the American Indian College Fund (the College Fund), is now available. The journal provides current tribal college and university (TCU) faculty conducting research with an avenue to publish research in a variety of fields including science, program development, and student success, among others.

Volume II of The Tribal College and University Research Journal includes five articles by tribal college presidents and faculty, including Team Teaching Native American Studies Online: Cultural Challenges and Educational Benefits, Behavioral Health Survey of TCU Students by Students: Learning About and Through Research, The POSOH Project: Collaboratively Supporting a Community-Driven Perspective on Sustainability and Commitment to the Menominee Forests Stewardship, Perceived Faculty Professional Development Needs at Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Factors Influencing Health and Wellness among American Indians Living in Rural, Tribal Communities.

To receive a print copy of the journal contact David Sanders at the American Indian College Fund at Electronic copies can be downloaded free at

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U.S. Senate Fails to Pass Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act Native News Online

Published April 17, 2018

Pushed for bill to be amended to include other major priorities for Indian Country, including for housing, veterans, Native languages

WASHINGTON   On Monday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined the Senate in voting 55-41 in favor of beginning debate on the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act, the first Indian Affairs bill in a decade to receive a vote on the Senate floor. The bill failed to receive the 60 votes necessary to move forward for final consideration.

Although he supported moving forward with the legislation, Udall voiced serious concerns in a speech on the Senate floor following the vote about the majoritys politically motivated process and the lack of bipartisan cooperation on the bill for Tribal communities. Udall had pushed for an amendment that would have included major priorities for Tribes to address housing, veterans care, and Native languages, among other needs which have languished in the Senate for many years. But the majority leader chose to emphasize wedge-issue politics and divisiveness and refused to consider opportunities to strengthen the bill.

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

In his remarks, Udall said he was disappointed that the Senate majority rejected the opportunity to do more for Indian Country.

Over this decade during which both Democrats and Republicans have held a majority Indian Country has seen its priorities sidelined. Important legislation that touches the lives of Native veteran...


Ribbon Cut for New Fort Yuma Indian Health Service Health Care Center Native News Online

Tribal officials cut the red ribbon.

Published April 17, 2018

YUMA, ARIZONA  The Cocopah and Quechan Indian Tribes celebrated a milestone on April 11 as the ribbon was cut to open their new New Fort Yuma Indian Health Service Health Care Center. More than 200 people showed up to celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony.

This $34 million facility will provide healthcare services to thousands of Native Americans in the area and it will employ about 200 people.

The new medical facility is located on the Quechan Reservation. It encompasses more than 76,000 square feet. The new health center took about two years to complete.

The post Ribbon Cut for New Fort Yuma Indian Health Service Health Care Center appeared first on Native News Online.

13:33 // Los jubilados rodean el ayuntamiento de Madrid Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Los jubilados rodean el ayuntamiento de Madrid - [] Si bien el recorrido de la capital cont con una presencia de asistentes significativa, hay que reconocer que acudieron menos de lo que cabra esperar. Cierto es tambin que es lunes y a primeros de semana las convocatorias tienden ms a languidecer. A fin de cuentas dos mil o tres mil asistentes cuando la coordinadora suele estar de actividades cotidianas en las plazas y vas de los municipios no es para nada desdeable. Pero tiene an ms mrito sacar bola, despus de la convocatoria que el pasado fin de semana llev a cabo los sindicatos amarillistas. Se hace muy difcil luchar por unas pensiones dignas como sealan las pancartas o por un sistema de reparto equitativo, u otras demandas acuadas por la coordinadora para mejorar el poder adquisitivo de las pensiones, cuando a la contra tienen a dichos sindicatos en continua disputa para rascar protagonismo. -- Although the tour of the capital had a significant presence of assistants, it is necessary to recognize that they attended less than what could be expected. It is also true that it is Monday and at the beginning of the week the calls tend to languish more. At the end of two thousand or three thousand attendees when the coordinator is usually of daily activities in the squares and roads of the municipalities is not at all negligible. But it has even more merit to take the ball, after the call that last weekend carried out the syndicalist unions. It is very difficult to fight for "decent pensions" as indicated by the placards or by a system of equitable distribution, or other demands coined by the coordinator to improve the purchasing power of pensions, when the contra have these unions in continuous dispute to scratch the spotlight.


UN, Bangladesh refute Myanmar claims of Rohingya repatriation | Tamil Guardian Aboriginal News Group Newswire

UN, Bangladesh refute Myanmar claims of Rohingya repatriation | Tamil Guardian: A statement released on Saturday by Myanmar claiming that it had repatriated the first Rohingya family from refugees who fled to Bangladesh, was refuted by both the UN and Bangladesh.

Shortly after Myanmars statement, the UNHCR, the UNs refugee agency said in a on Sunday that it had no direct knowledge of that case and was not consulted or involved in the alleged return.

Bangladeshs Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner, Abul Kalam said,

The family who went to Myanmar is part of around 6,000 Rohingya living in the no-mans land camp, on the Myanmar side of the zero line. Since the family never entered Bangladesh territory, this is not repatriation. By definition this is not an official repatriation.


Syrian-American Activist: Limited U.S. Airstrikes Send Signal to Assad He Can Continue Mass Killing | Democracy Now! Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Syrian-American Activist: Limited U.S. Airstrikes Send Signal to Assad He Can Continue Mass Killing | Democracy Now!: The United States is expected to introduce new sanctions against Russian companies with links to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, following the coordinated U.S., British and French military strikes against two alleged chemical weapons storage facilities and a research center in Syria on Friday night. Trump hailed the military strikes a success and declared in a tweet, Mission Accomplished! The military strikes came in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma over a week ago. The United States has claimed, proclaimed that it wants to see and support the Syrian peoples revolution, says our guest Ramah Kudaimi, but in fact has really intervened in ways that have strengthened the [Syrian] regime. Kudaimi is a Syrian-American activist, a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective, and is on the National Committee of the War Resisters League.


Syria: Block on Douma chemical attack investigation must be lifted immediately | Amnesty International Aboriginal News Group Newswire

Syria: Block on Douma chemical attack investigation must be lifted immediately | Amnesty International: The OPCW team must be granted full and unfettered access to the site in Douma without further delay. Their investigation is crucial in uncovering the exact circumstances behind the appalling images that united the world in horror this month. Every day that passes without access makes it harder for them to collect and analyse vital evidence.

The use of chemical weapons against civilians is prohibited by international law and the Chemical Weapons Convention, to which Syria is a party. Deliberately targeting civilians with this illegal weapon is a war crime.

Monday, 16 April


Debunking Tribal Lending Myths Native News Online

The Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake in California runs a successful Native loan company.


Published April 16, 2018

There are 573 federally recognized American Indian tribes in the United States. Contrary to popular belief, only about half of these sovereign nations operate in the gaming sector. This is due to a number of reasons, the main one being geography. A majority of sovereign tribes are not gaming tribes. They dont operate lucrative and extensive casino operations, they are small, often geographically isolated and economically distressed groups that are trying to provide for their members through economic development and economic diversification.

In order to better serve their members, tribes continue to branch out into new businesses sectors. They have entered into the fields of pharmaceuticals, health/medical, energy (green/renewable/fossil), e-commerce, online gaming, lottery, fantasy sports, hospitality, retail, aerospace, technology management, staffing, computer/information technology services, banking, and agriculture, to name but a few.

Levi Rickert

One of the areas where tribes have seen economic growth is in the financial technology sector by creating tribal lending enterprises (TLEs). Unfortunately, there are many myths and misinformation regarding Native American lending. As we look at these myths, remember that economically challenged tribes are pursuing economic development opportunities to provide services (housing, health, education, and assistance programs et cetera) and infrastructure to their members.

The first myth is the assertion of a rent-a-tribe, whereby non-Indians supposedly rent the sovereignty of the tribe. Not only is this myth false, it is inherently discriminatory to imply that  American Indians are rubes to be duped.

The reality is t...


Red Lake Nation Celebrates Its Constitutions 100th Anniversary Native News Online

Chairman Seki spoke to the importance of the work being done by Red Lake Nation Constitutional Reform Committee

Published April 16, 2018

100th Anniversary of the Red Lake Constitution, 1918-2018
Celebration Hosted by Red Lake Constitutional Reform Committee

RED LAKE INDIAN RESERVATION  At high noon on Saturday, April 14, 2018, the Red Lake Constitution Reform Initiative Committee (CRI), invited all Red Lake members, families, and guests to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Red Lake Constitution, 1918-2018. The event, held at the Red Lake Humanities Center, had an agenda that included a report on issues that affect the Nations language, culture, land and natural resources.

Upon entering the building, tirbal citizens signed in and picked up giveaways of fans, mugs, and handouts. Handouts included an agenda, a page listing the signers of 1918 and 1958 Constitutions, a copy of the 1958 Red Lake Constitution and Bylaws, and a collection of Tribal member feedback/suggestions/opinions gathered by CRI.
After an invocation by Spiritual Leader and Hereditary Chief Greeting Spears, Jr.Committee Chair Tharen Stillday opened the meeting, with a welcome and Introductions.


Rep. Cole Statement on Syria Action Missle Attack Native News Online

Published April 16, 2018

WASHINGTON   Congressman Tom Cole (Chickasaw), who represents Oklahomas 4th Congressional district and one of two American Indians in the 115th Congress, released the following statement in response to Friday nights strike by the United States, Great Britian and France against military targets in Syria:

Representative Tom Cole

President Trump and our allies were correct to strike Syrian targets in response to the illegal and immoral use of chemical weapons against its own citizens by the regime of Bashar al-Assad, said Cole. The President was also right to warn Russia and Iran to cease supporting the actions of the brutal Assad regime.

Two years ago, the Syrian regime pledged to forgo the use of chemical weapons, and Russia guarnteed that these commitments would be met. The Assad regime has broken its word, and Russia has failed to meet its obligations. Given those facts, America and its allies were justified to respond with military force.
I am proud that President Trump has used American power to enforce international law and the humanitarian instincts of the civilized world. As the President noted, the Assad regime must live within the rules of international law, and Russia and Iran must cease supporting the immoral tactics of Assads brutal regime.
More action may be needed in the days ahead. I am confident that the President and his advisors will continue to uphold and enforce international law in a dangerous world, Cole concluded.

The post Rep. Cole Statement on Syria Action Missle Attack appeared first on Native News Online.


Navajo Nation President Supports Increase to Veterans; Proposes $1.5M Allocation for Native News Online

During the Ft. Defiance Veterans Agency Council meeting, President Russell Begaye addressed the rumor that he denied an increase to veterans financial assistance funds. The president said his intent has always been to offer a proposal that will bring an immediate increase.

Published April 16, 2018

FT. DEFIANCE President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez have been updating Navajo Veterans Agency Councils to address fixing the Veterans Trust Fund Income Act to assure that funds can be distributed to Navajo veterans agencies.

Ive met with the Veterans Advisory Council to explain why the Veterans Trust Fund Income Act doesnt allow for funds to be allocated until Oct. 1, President Begaye said. Ive met with the controller and Navajo Department of Justice to discuss options to get proper funding to our veterans as soon as possible. However, to do this, legislation has to be introduced during the 2018 Spring Council Session.

Because of how the Veterans Trust Fund Act was written, a two percent set aside has already been put toward the principal of the Fund. Accessing funds from the principal will require a two-thirds affirmative referendum vote of all registered Navajo voters.

The president and vice president have remained diligent in finding a solution for Navajo veterans to see an immediate increase of funds for financial assistance.

After addressing the Ft. Defiance Veterans Agency on Thursday, Apr. 12, the Office of the President and Vice President (OPVP) met with members of the Veterans Advisory Council to propose a solution.

OPVP has proposed a $1.5 million dollar allocation from the Unreserved, Undesignated Fund Balance (UUFB) to fund Navajo veterans agencies. This allocation provides for an immediate increase in financial assistance to veterans.



Cherokee Nation Names New Executive Director of Health Services Native News Online

Dr. Charles Grim

Published April 16, 2018

TAHLEQUAH  Cherokee Nation citizen Dr. Charles Grim has been named the new executive director of Cherokee Nation Health Services.

Grim, of Hulbert, was appointed to the position this week by Principal Chief Bill John Baker. He will oversee operations of the largest tribal health care system in the country, including 2,400 employees and patient services at W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah and eight tribal health centers. The Cherokee Nation has more than a million patient visits per year.

Grim served as deputy executive director before being named interim executive director in November 2017.

As an administrator, Dr. Grim is uniquely qualified to lead our health department and ensure we provide the best health care possible for Cherokees in northeast Oklahoma, Chief Baker said. Today, Cherokee Nations health system is more proficient and responsive than ever, and Dr. Grim understands the treatment and prevention needs of our people. His experience, leadership and expertise have paved the way for health care that will meet the diverse needs of the Cherokee Nation going forward.

Grim graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry in 1983 and is board certified in dental public health. In addition, he also received a masters degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan.

During his career, Grim was appointed as the director of Indian Health Service by President George W. Bush and received unanimous Senate confirmation. Dr. Grim administered the nationwide multi-billion dollar health care delivery program from August 2002 until September 2007.

In his more than 25 years of services to IHS, Grim also served as an assistant surgeon general and rear admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

I feel very honored to be appointed this role and for the opportunity to continue to lead a team that I have held close to my heart for a number of years, Grim said. As both an employee and a Cherokee Nation citizen, I appreciate Chief Baker and his vision for the future of the tribes health care system and I look forward to what we will all accomplish together for the health of our Cherokee Nation citizens.



Debbie--have you seen Marie Lu's "The Journey" in A TYRANNY OF PETTICOATS? American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

A Native reader wrote to ask me about Marie Lu's "The Journey" in A Tyranny of Petticoats" published by Candlewick Press in 2016, and edited by Jessica Spotswood. The reader said:

  • There aren't any Alaska Native authors in the anthology - just an outsider writing about one.
  • The story is about the Inupiaq protagonist's 1st contact with white people, and that alone is something I'm not really ok with non-Natives writing. On top of that, the protagonist's parents are both killed by white people - her mom is shot on the page and dies on the page, and then white people burn her village. Why is this necessary for an outsider to write?! Who is Marie Lu writing for? Because Natives already know how violent our deaths were at 1st contact at the hands of white people. We don't need to see that on the page in a non-Native's words. This is trauma porn for settlers.
  • The protagonist is rescued by missionaries. They're portrayed as the good guys. One of them even says "We are not all like them." Did Marie Lu just use "Not all settlers"!? I get the impression Marie Lu has no idea about the depth of atrocities against Natives committed by missionaries. Most Native authors would never write missionaries as the saviors of a story.
  • In the author's note, Marie Lu says Julie of the Wolves was one of her favorite childhood books. That book seems to have inspired her to write this story. Considering how problematic Julie of the Wolves is, which Marie Lu would know if she did a simple google search or actually talked to Native people, that's a big red flag.
  • The author's note also says "I loved reading about the Inuit culture." What sources did she read from? Because non-Native sources are always problematic. And did she do any research besides reading? Did she consult with Inupiaq/Inupiat people?
  • That leads me to my next question - since the protagonist is Inupiaq, why did Marie Lu say she read about "Inuit culture"? Inupiaq/Inupiat and Inuit aren't the same thing.
  • And more from the author's note: "The facts already feel magical." I'm uncomfortable when non-Natives use the word "magic" to describe our cultures. Both the author's note and the story itself come off as exotifying us.
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