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Cyberbullies are Cowards

Bullying is a real problem. In fact, there are young people who have committed suicide because they grew weary of being terrorized by a bully. Yet, there are adults on the Rez who are in denial about how bullying contributes to suicide. There are also adults who deny that poverty is a factor in the choice some of our young people make to take their own lives. I am an Unci....

 

Oklahoma-Based Tribe Wins Sovereign Immunity Argument In Latest Court Proceeding

A Connecticut judge found that an Oklahoma-based tribe that owns two payday lending companies is immune from an enforcement action by the Banking Department. The Banking Department imposed a $700,000 fine on Great Plains Lending LLC, a $100,000 fine on Clear Creek Lending, and a $700,000 fine on Otoe-Missouria John Shotton for violating the state’s small loan law by charging...

 

Native Women Rally As U.S. Supreme Court Takes on Tribal Jurisdiction in Supreme Court Case

WASHINGTON — On December 7, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon EST, hundreds of supporters will rally on the steps of the United States Supreme Court as oral arguments begin in Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, a case that threatens the safety of Native women and children nationwide. After lower federal courts upheld tribal sovereignty,...

 

Humboldt Students Win Fight to Change 'Thanksgiving Break' to 'Fall Break'

Students at Humboldt State University, in Arcata, California have won a small victory for Native Americans. The university will no longer call days off in November “Thanksgiving Break,” it will from now on be known as “Fall Break,” reports the university’s newspaper, The Lumberjack. Michael Ramirez, Konknow Maidu/Wintu/Hupa/Yurok, along with the Unified Students of...

 

U.S. officers take kids off Northern Cheyenne Reservation amid custody fight

HELENA — U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs officers escorted two children off an American Indian reservation in Montana where their grandmother brought them amid a custody dispute, bringing the federal government into a clash between state and tribal courts. One officer detained Patsy Fercho on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation on Nov. 21 while another drove the boys to...

 

Some Inuit are proud Edmonton football team called Eskimos

That’s not just me saying that. That’s Inuit saying it. Many of them don’t see the name as an insult, but as an honour, even if that’s not the message coming from Natan Obed, the new president of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), Canada’s national Inuit organization. Obed argues it’s time to axe the Eskimos name for Edmonton’s football team. “The word Eskimo...

 

New chief elected for Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

Frank Cloutier, former public relations director for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, was voted as Chief on Dec. 1. The Tribal Council Elect was sworn in today at the December General Council Meeting. Cloutier replaced Steve Pego, who was elected in 2013. "It is truly an honor to be selected to serve as Tribal Chief for my Anishnaabe Tribal community," Cloutier said in a...

 

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to Hold Business Meeting & Oversight Hearing on the Tribal Law and Order Act

WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 2:15 PM EST, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA)will hold a business meeting to consider two bills: S.1879 and S.1125. The Interior Improvement Act, S.1879,dramatically improves the Department of the Interior trust land acquisition process for Indian tribes. In addition to codifying and streamlining portions of that process,...

 

Report into baby Makibi Timilak's death calls for coroner's inquest

A report examining the circumstances surrounding the 2012 death of a three-month-old baby in Cape Dorset is calling for a formal coroner's inquest. Makibi Timilak died hours after a nurse at the local health centre allegedly refused to see him. The report says there are varying accounts of what led to the baby's death. The nurse, Debbie McKeown, was later promoted to the...

 

Check Out These Amazing Pictures of Native Americans from 1904 to 1924

Edward Sheriff Curtis was born on a Wisconsin farm in 1868 and later grew up to become a commercial photographer based in Seattle. He photographed Princess Angeline who was the daughter of Duwamish chief Seattle in 1895. The city of Seattle was later named after this cheif. This photograph was the start of a new adventure for Curtis. He became fascinated with the lives and...

 

Official: Syrian refugees not coming to N.D. reservations

A news story making its way around the Internet claiming that 250,000 Syrian refugees would be granted a temporary stay at Arizona and North Dakota First Nation reservations is a hoax, according to the U.S. State Department. A State Department official said Monday that the U.S. government has never placed refugees at American Indian reservations and has no plans to house...

 

Trudeau says Indigenous people can teach the world how to care for the planet

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during a speech in Paris that Indigenous people can teach the world how to care for the planet. Trudeau was speaking Monday at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, also known as COP21, in Paris. While outlining the principles on which Canada will base its climate action plan, Trudeau included a reference to the...

 

Justin Hudson pleads guilty to sex assault in attack on teen

One of two suspects accused in the brutal attack against a First Nations teen in Winnipeg last year has pleaded guilty. Justin Hudson, 21, was charged with attempted murder after a 16-year-old girl was assaulted twice Nov. 7, 2014, and left for dead by the Assiniboine River. A 17-year-old, whose identity is protected by law, was also accused in the case. On Monday, Crown...

 

Connie Oakes' murder conviction based on 'legal fiction,' says new appeal filing

The murder conviction of a Saskatchewan Cree woman facing a life sentence for the killing of a Medicine Hat, Alta., man is based on a “legal fiction,” according to documents filed with the Appeal Court of Alberta Monday. Connie Oakes was found guilty by a jury on Nov. 15, 2013, of killing Casey Armstrong who was found dead in the bathtub of his Medicine Hat trailer during...

 

'Very, Very Disturbing': Native American Veteran Dies in Police Custody

A Native American man died in holding cell in Juneau, Alaska, after prison staff there allegedly told him "You could die right now and I don't care," according to a newly released report reviewing the state's department of corrections. Joseph Murphy, 49, of the Yup'ik people, was booked at 7 p.m. August 13 for intoxication at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center and was placed...

 

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