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  • Members of minorities making modest inroads in the trades

    Jan 11, 2016

    Isaiah Campbell, a black electrician trainee at Hunt Electric Corp., is the emerging future of the historically white Twin Cities construction trades. Campbell, 32, spent most of 2015 at work in the two under-construction Wells Fargo buildings that are part of the $400 million Downtown East project that includes a hotel, parking ramp and apartment complex. He is a graduate of Summit Academy OIC, the north Minneapolis nonprofit that trains adults for construction and health care jobs. Campbell makes about $16 an hour, the same as he was making...

  • Michigan troopers will hand out bottled water in Flint

    Jan 11, 2016

    Michigan State Police troopers and other state officials will start a door-to-door sweep of Flint on Tuesday to hand out bottled water and water filters, and the White House says it is monitoring the water crisis “very closely.” The move, announced by the state Sunday, is intended to help address the ongoing water emergency in the city. Flint’s drinking water was contaminated with lead, and an unknown number of children were poisoned while the city was under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager in 2014 and 2015. The door-...

  • Heal, Women and Sisters! You Are Not Alone!

    Jan 11, 2016

    One of my brother’s earliest memories is of him watching me in my father’s van while our father drank out by the river. My brother said I was only a baby, and he didn’t know if my dad would come back, so he sat in the cold van, feeding me an empty bottle. The trauma within my family runs deep and wide, and we’ve been healing for years. Part of that healing is telling the story, regardless of its implications concerning culture or community. As a baby girl I was brought several times to my uncles home because my father had broken ours, searchi...

  • How Hillary Clinton's Campaign Is Making Its Play for Native American Support

    Jan 11, 2016

    SCHURZ, Nev.—The three or­gan­izers from the Clin­ton cam­paign had traveled all the way to this small town nestled between jagged moun­tains and broad plains in ul­tra-rur­al Min­er­al County, more than 350 miles from Las Ve­gas and 100 miles from Reno, to meet with five people on a Nat­ive Amer­ic­an re­ser­va­tion. With a small circle of fold­ing chairs in the Walk­er River Paiute Re­ser­va­tion’s Agai-Di­cutta (“Trout Eat­ers” in the Paiute lan­guage) Com­munity Cen­ter, the room was set up like any oth­er or­gan­iz­ing meet­ing: Ha...

  • NY Town Rethinks Seal Showing White Man Strangling A Native American

    Jan 11, 2016

    Most town seals seek to celebrate the best of the community. Whitesboro, a New York upstate village, went a different route, suffice to say, by channeling the glory days of slaughtering Native Americans. The town's seal depicts a heroic white settler in the midst of his holy conquest — strangling locals, grabbing their lands and relegating them to second-class citizens. The controversial seal, which dates back to 1883, propelled legions of social media warriors in action after an online users posted the image on Internet. ht...

  • Tribes want investigation into Village Council spending

    Jan 11, 2016

    BETHEL — Leaders of four village tribes are calling for an investigation into the Association of Village Council Presidents and its spending of federal funds. Documents obtained by KYUK-AM appear to show almost a decade of misspent federal grant dollars. Despite a federal official denying a formal request from council president Myron Naneng, three $250,000 checks from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families account went to a flight school. A financial report showed TANF funds being used to pay a quarter of AVCP's Social Services Director P...

  • Medicaid expansion would include video connections between tribal patients and doctors

    Jan 11, 2016

    If South Dakota does opt to expand its Medicaid program, a system of health care through video connections will be a significant part of the improvements intended for the Indian Health Service's treatment of patients on reservations. The video system, dubbed tele-health, would link IHS patients to the Avera and Sanford health systems, meaning patients and their doctors can be many miles from each other, yet still have appointments. The IHS solicitation for competitive bidding for the tele-health service will be written within the coming weeks...

  • Meet the First Ladies of Canadian Indigenous Hip-Hop

    Jan 11, 2016

    This past summer, Canadian indigenous rapper and member of native rap collective First Ladies Crew Christie Lee Charles (aka “Miss Christie Lee” or “Crunch”) joined environmental groups, activists, and actor Jane Fonda at a rally against increased tanker traffic and oil pipelines being buried across traditional indigenous lands. With her performance, Crunch had an audience of predominantly grey-haired former hippies captivated, with women skipping and dancing in a circle to her music. Ten years ago, artist Jerilynn Webster helped found the ind...

  • DiCaprio dedicates Golden Globe to Indigenous peoples

    Jan 11, 2016

    One of Hollywood’s biggest stars dedicated his award to Indigenous peoples after winning Best Actor, drama at the Golden Globes on Sunday evening. Leonardo DiCaprio finished his speech by recognizing the Indigenous actors in, The Revenant. “I want to share this award with all the First Nations people represented in this film and all the Indigenous communities around the world,” said DiCaprio. http://aptn.ca/news/2016/01/11/dicaprio-dedicates-golden-globe-to-indigenous-peoples/...

  • Leonard DiCaprio Wins Golden Globe – Shout Out to Indigenous Communities: "It is time that we recognize your history"

    Jan 11, 2016

    HOLLYWOOD — Leonardo DiCaprio won the Golden Globe Award for best actor in a drama for his performance in “The Reverant” on Sunday night. “I want to share this award with all the First Nation People represented in this film and all the indigenous communities around the world,” DiCaprio said during his acceptance speech. http://nativenewsonline.net/currents/23703/...

  • Crazy White People Are the New Native Americans: Woody Guthrie, Ammon Bundy & Donald Trump

    Jan 11, 2016

    “We won't leave until these lands have been turned over to the their rightful owners, more than 100 ranchers and farmers used to work this land, which was taken illegally by the federal government.” - Ammon Bundy, Ironic Philosopher "Will we let ourselves be destroyed in our turn without a struggle, give up our homes, our country bequeathed to us by the Great Spirit, the graves of our dead and everything that is dear and sacred to us? I know you will cry with me, 'Never! Never!'" - Tecumseh, Shawnee Read more at http://india...

  • 'Get Off the Stage, Squaw!' 14-Year-Old Native American Is No Stranger to Racism

    Jan 11, 2016

    “Get off the stage, squaw!” Bella Cornell, a 14-year old girl from the Choctaw Nation, heard these words as she finished her testimony against the name and mascot of the McLoud High School Redskins during a school board meeting last month. In the packed audience, her mother was distraught watching her daughter. “It was horrible to see,” said Sarah Adams-Cornell. “It takes so much for one of our kids speak up. I wanted to take her out of there and protect her. She’s my child.” Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwor...

  • HUD & VA Award Close to $6 Million to Provide Permanent Home for American Indian Homeless Veterans

    Jan 11, 2016

    TULSA – For the first time, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today awarded $5.9 million in grants to 26 Tribes to offer a permanent home and supportive services to Native American Veterans who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness. The Tribal HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (Tribal HUD-VASH) Program is a demonstration program that will combine $5.9 million in rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by V...

  • George Washington: First Author of Federal Indian Policy

    Jan 11, 2016

    Editor’s note: Voters this year will elect the 45th president of the United States. This is the first in a series of 44 stories exploring past presidents’ attitudes toward Native Americans, challenges and triumphs regarding tribes, and the federal laws and Indian policies enacted during their terms in office. Thirty years before George Washington became the first president of the United States, he renovated Mount Vernon, his legendary plantation on the banks of the Potomac River. Then a 27-year-old army commander, Washington in 1759 tra...

  • Oklahoma High School QB Mason Fine Is Armed and Dangerous

    Jan 11, 2016

    Mason Fine, a senior quarterback for Locust Grove High School in northeast Oklahoma, learned at an early age that he had something special in his strong right arm. Recently, Fine was chosen as the 2015 Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year, making him a repeat winner of that honor. “I guess it started in 5th grade, watching the OU Sooners on TV. I just wanted to play football at that point,” says Fine, a proud member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. “I realized I had a natural knack for throwing the football my first year of playing the g...

  • Diné woman Qualifies for Upcoming Olympic Trials

    Jan 11, 2016

    WINDOW ROCK, ARIZONA—Navajo marathon runner Linnabah Snyder took the first step toward her running pedigree not on a track, not on a course, not even on a team. She first unlocked her running potential at the ranch of her grandfather Juan Yazzie Jr. as the family rounded up cattle. “My responsibility in going after the cattle was to go after the calves,” she said. http://nativenewsonline.net/currents/dine-woman-qualifies-for-upcoming-olympic-trials/...

  • White, former Tribal Council president, dead at 69

    Jan 11, 2016

    Prairie Island Indian Community this week mourned the loss of a man remembered for helping reshape the community and lay the foundation for its future. Albert Charles “Sonny” White, Wah Cho Geh Nee Gah (One Who Leads), a former Tribal Council president and general manager of Treasure Island Resort & Casino, died Wednesday Jan. 6 at age 69. Funeral is 1 p.m. Saturday Jan. 8 at the Prairie Island Community Center. http://www.republican-eagle.com/news/3920417-white-former-tribal-council-president-dead-69...

  • oman gets time served in assault of tribal officer

    Jan 11, 2016

    A 30-year-old Mission woman was sentenced to time served after assaulting a Rosebud tribal officer. Alvina Leader Charge will have to spend at least four months in a residential re-entry program as part of her sentence. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Leader Charge was being arrested June 30, 2015, at a hotel in Mission on charges of contempt of court and making a false statement. http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2016/01/08/woman-gets-time-served-assault-tribal-officer/78512462/...

  • Taos Pueblo 16-Year-Old Demetria Maestas Missing

    Jan 11, 2016

    TAOS PUEBLO — Demetria Maestas, 16, of the Taos Pueblo, has been missing since last Sunday, January 3, 2016. Family members of Demetria are concerned about her safety and are asking to public to help them locate her. Demetria was last seen Sunday at the Railrunner station in Bernalillo, New Mexico where she was to board a train at 4:46 p.m. to Santa Fe. From Santa Fe, she was due to board a shuttle to the Taos Pueblo, which she never did. http://nativenewsonline.net/currents/taos-pueblo-16-year-old-demetria-maestas-missing/...

  • 'Please come home': video aims to keep indigenous women, girls off MMIW list

    Jan 11, 2016

    The lyrics are powerful. So are the images. Young girls, being victimized in their own homes. Young women, disappearing on the street. A video, created to warn First Nations women and girls of the dangers they face on the street, is being put together with the backing of more than 30 communities who have lost people now counted among Canada's missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. It comes as Canada prepares to hold an inquiry into the issue. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/please-come-home-video-aims-to-kee...

  • Armed group not ready to end wildlife refuge occupation, even after sheriff urges men to leave

    Jan 11, 2016

    BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The leader of an armed group occupying a national wildlife refuge to protest federal land management policies said he and his followers are not ready to leave even though the sheriff and many locals say the group has overstayed its welcome. On Friday, Ammon Bundy, leader of the group that on Jan. 2 seized the headquarters of the refuge in southeastern Oregon, said: "How long will this go on? We say to you, 'Not a minute too early.' " Bundy met Thursday with Harney County Sheriff David Ward, who asked Bundy to heed the will o...

  • Riverton man sentenced to life in prison for killing at detox center

    Jan 11, 2016

    A Riverton man who previously admitted to shooting two American Indian men was sentenced to life in prison Thursday. A judge sentenced Roy Clyde to life in prison without the possibility of parole for shooting and killing 29-year-old Stallone Trosper in July while he slept at a detox center, said Fremont County and Prosecuting Attorney Patrick LeBrun. Clyde, 32, received a second life sentence for the attempted murder of 50-year-old James "Sonny" Goggles, who was critically injured when Clyde shot him at the center. http://t...

  • Bright Spot in Indian Mortgages: Indian-Owned Banks

    Jan 11, 2016

    Is there any good new in the annual federal mortgage data that tracks home loan finance for American Indians? There is, but you have to go looking for it. Previous articles in this series have shown that Indians have been underrepresented for 2014 mortgages wherever they have been looked for—in national, state and county data. But some banks owned or controlled by Indians give Natives loans in percentages well above their approximately two percent of the population. They include Bank2, Oklahoma City (Chickasaw Nation), Bay Bank, Green Bay, W...

  • Crow Tribe furloughs expected to affect about 100 employees

    Jan 11, 2016

    The Crow Tribe will be furloughing some employees because of a revenue shortage from coal sales, Chairman Darrin Old Coyote said Friday. The furloughs are expected to affect about 25 percent, or an estimated 100 employees, of the 400 employees funded through the tribe’s general fund budget, Old Coyote said. The chairman also responded on Friday to reports that the tribe had been notified in early 2014 by its former accountant of serious financial problems and that it had misappropriated $2.5 million in federal money intended for a transit b...

  • Stunning Photos Capture Native Americans in Early 1900s

    Jan 11, 2016

    Fortunately for future generations, Edward S. Curtis was a multi-media expert more than a century ago, well before anyone knew what that was, or thought to coin the phrase. Using photographs, film, sound recordings and text, the Wisconsin native created a massive body of work documenting Native American culture in the early 20th century. The North American Indian project provides rare ethnographic information about more than 80 American Indian tribes from 1900 until 1930. Curtis recorded tribal mythology and oral histories, documenting their...

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