Joseph L. Erb ~ Cherokee

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Joseph Erb (born 1974) is a Native American computer animator, educator, and artist enrolled in the Cherokee Nation.

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Ceremonial Masks of Northwest Native American

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Masks made by the Native Americans of the American and Canadian Northwest were made for various reasons such as religious ceremonies

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Joe Feddersen ~ Okanagan/Sinixt

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Joe Feddersen (born 1953) is a Colville sculptor, painter, photographer and mixed-media artist. He is known for creating artworks strong in geometric patterns reflective of what is seen in the environment, landscape and his Native American heritage.

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Art of Northwest Indian

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The Pacific Northwest Coast was once a major home for Native Americans. At one point over seventy tribes lived in the area

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A long time ago there were no stones on the earth. The…

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A long time ago there were no stones on the earth. The mountains, hills, and valleys were not rough, and it was easy to walk on the ground swiftly. Native American Legends of Buffalo and Eagle Wing http://bit.ly/1DHnWOQ

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Gov. Cuomo Makes Sense on Fracking Gov. Andrew Cuomo on…

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Gov. Cuomo Makes Sense on Fracking

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced a statewide ban on the extraction of natural gas using a controversial drilling process called hydraulic fracturing. This was not an easy decision, but it was the right one. Many geologists and industry leaders believe that the deep shale formations underneath the state’s southern tier, known as the Marcellus Shale, contain bountiful supplies of natural gas.

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New York governor makes right decision to ban fracking The New…

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New York governor makes right decision to ban fracking

The New York Times praises Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) for instituting an official ban on fracking in New York:
    In making what amounted to his first major decision since his re-election last month, Mr. Cuomo embraced the conclusion of state health officials that important health issues remain unresolved and that it was impossible to declare that hydraulic fracturing is safe for the environment or human health.



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Catskills Hang Hopes of Revival on New Casino  Residents of this…

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Catskills Hang Hopes of Revival on New Casino
 Residents of this…



Catskills Hang Hopes of Revival on New Casino

 Residents of this faded corner of the New York’s Catskills Mountains fist-pumped, cheered and hugged as they closed in on landing a casino. Finally.
The recommendation to license a casino in the heart of the once-bustling “Borscht Belt” resort region will test the premise that blackjack and craps can breathe new life in an old summer haven known in its heyday for families, mostly Jewish, arriving packed in station wagons to enjoy fast-talking comedians and other entertainment, a la “Dirty Dancing.

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Fortune smiles on Schenectady casino proposal A $300 million…

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Fortune smiles on Schenectady casino proposal

A $300 million casino and resort planned for an old industrial site along the Mohawk River in Schenectady got the initial green light on Wednesday as one of three gambling centers to be licensed by New York state.
The Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor, proposed by real estate developers Galesi Group of Rotterdam and Chicago-based Rush Street Gaming, prevailed over competing plans in Rensselaer, East Greenbush and Schoharie County to win a recommendation from the state’s Gaming Facility Location Board for the Capital Region/Hudson Valley section.

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Board Backs Casinos in the Catskills, Near Albany and in Central…

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Board Backs Casinos in the Catskills, Near Albany and in Central New York

One of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s signature initiatives, the expansion of gambling in New York, took a major step forward on Wednesday, when a state board recommended the approval of Las Vegas-style resort casinos in the Catskills, near Albany and on the northern end of the Finger Lakes.

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Empire resorts wins casino bid for sullivan county An intense…

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Empire resorts wins casino bid for sullivan county

An intense competition to introduce casino gambling to the Hudson Valley and Catskills ended Wednesday with a siting board’s recommendation to allow one casino resort at the former Concord resort site near Monticello but no others, passing up its opportunity to choose a second applicant in the region.

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New York passes over tribes for first commercial casino…

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New York passes over tribes for first commercial casino licenses

 The New York Gaming Facility Location Board recommended three finalists for the first commercial casino licenses in the state but tribes were not among them.
Out of 16 applicants, the board chose three in three regions: the Catskills, the Capital and the Eastern Southern Tier/Finger Lakes. Tribes were involved in projects in each of those regions — either as the bidder or as a financial or management partner — but lost out to non-Indian developers.


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Native American tribes and the marijuana business As if state…

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Native American tribes and the marijuana business

As if state and federal drug policies weren’t already a mishmash of contradiction and confusion, the U.S. Department of Justice announced last week that Native American tribes can grow or sell marijuana on their reservations, even in states that have not legalized pot for medicinal or recreational purposes. The decision was a further recognition of the sovereignty of Indian lands. But its ramifications will be felt far beyond the reservations.


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Tribes should be cautious of pot ruling The U.S. Department of…

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Tribes should be cautious of pot ruling

The U.S. Department of Justice last week adopted a new policy saying American Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on sovereign tribal lands, as long as those tribes follow the same federal rules laid out for states that allow recreational marijuana use and possession.

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Meet the Cast of Legends from the Sky

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Back in October we showed you the trailer for a new Native American Sci-Fi flick called Legends from the Sky. The movie is about a Native American Veteran who is …

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Pow Wow Calendar Update – December 17, 2014

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Check the list below for the latest Pow Wows added to our calendar and ones coming up in the next couple of weeks! Plan your Pow Wow trips! Upcoming Pow …

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 Showing caution for marijuana sales in Indian Country South…

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 Showing caution for marijuana sales in Indian Country

South Dakota newspaper urges tribes not to rush into marijuana despite a new Department of Justice policy affecting the drug in Indian Country:
    This is not the first time South Dakota tribes have talked marijuana. In 2001, the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council passed a resolution supporting the development of industrial hemp on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

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 Another casino isn’t answer to Connecticut’s…

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 Another casino isn’t answer to Connecticut’s problems

Writer opposes a joint casino for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe:
    The state’s share of casino revenues has steadily declined each year since reaching a high of $430 million in 2007. An expansion of casino gaming in Connecticut will only prolong the inevitable and will have a higher societal cost than it is worth.

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Anti-casino groups fined $75,000 over campaign reports The tribe…

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Anti-casino groups fined $75,000 over campaign reports

The tribe and the two Glendale political groups oppose a competing casino the Tohono O’odham Nation plans to build southeast of Loop 101 and Northern Avenue.
Mary O’Grady, an attorney for the political groups, said the campaign reports have now been filed and the groups are considering an appeal of the city attorney’s decision.

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 Fines for foes of Tohono O’odham Nation off-reservation…

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 Fines for foes of Tohono O’odham Nation off-reservation casino

Two groups that are fighting the Tohono O’odham Nation were fined $75,000 for violating campaign finance laws, The Arizona Republic reported.
Respect the Promise [Post-General Election Report] and Neighbors for a Better Glendale [Post-General Election Report] failed to report donations or expenditures of $10,000 or more, the paper said.


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The Love of the Game and the Hope of the People  Each December…

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The Love of the Game and the Hope of the People

 Each December the tribal nations of the Great Plains are united by the children of our communities. Together we show the world that, despite our circumstances, we are people with hope.

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Tournament shows hope of the Lakota people Brandon Ecoffey…

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Tournament shows hope of the Lakota people

Brandon Ecoffey shares the power of the annual Lakota Nation Invitational in South Dakota:
    Although it seems strange that our people have accepted the notion that a basketball tournament could, in fact, serve as the backdrop to one of our most vivid expressions of culture, identity, and sovereignty, an examination of the event is all that is needed to justify why it has come to encompass so much for us as Lakota people.

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The Good News Behind the Bad News About Crime and Violence in…

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The Good News Behind the Bad News About Crime and Violence in Indian Country

 The Indian Law and Order Commission’s report, A Roadmap for Making Native America Safer bluntly described systemic public safety problems and the resulting devastation in Indian Country, especially for children. After the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held a hearing (February 2014) regarding ILOC’s report, headlines blared the terrible news about crime, violence, substance abuse and sexual assault in Indian Country.


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Cooperation helps address crime in Indian Country Walt Lamar, a…

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Cooperation helps address crime in Indian Country

Walt Lamar, a former head of law enforcement at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, discusses ways to address crime in Indian Country:
    The Indian Law and Order Commission’s report, A Roadmap for Making Native America Safer bluntly described systemic public safety problems and the resulting devastation in Indian Country, especially for children. After the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held a hearing (February 2014) regarding ILOC’s report, headlines blared the terrible news about crime, violence, substance abuse and sexual assault in Indian Country.

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Cayuga Nation groups in federal court over Union Springs lawsuit…

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Cayuga Nation groups in federal court over Union Springs lawsuit authority

UTICA | Representatives from the Cayuga Indian Nation of New York — both from the group of longtime federal representative Clint Halftown and from the Unity Council that is challenging Halftown’s authority — appeared in federal court in Utica Wednesday to argue over who can file a lawsuit on the tribe’s behalf.


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