Is Chris Brown Native American? Grammy-Winning Singer Tweets Heritage, Names Tribe

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Hugely successful (and yes, controversial) singer Chris Brown sent out a Tweet an hour ago revealing that he has Native ancestry. Brown is a multi-platinum selling artist whose 2011 album F.A.M.E. won the 2012 Grammy Award for best R&B album….

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Native American Genealogy at the Anderson Library

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The Anderson Library at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater campus, will present a discussion on Native American genealogy focusing on Wisconsin tribes on March 5 at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. It will be…

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Feb 29, Drop-out Prevention of Urban American Indian Students – Native News Network

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CHICAGO The work of the American Indian Association to reverse the drop out rate of American Indian students was featured Monday by public television WTTW Chicago

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Improving American Indian Education Digitally

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A recent report released by the Goldwater Institute, an independent public policy research organization out of Arizona, suggests the best way to improve educational opportunities for American Indian students is through digital technologies. The report, titled “Digital Learning: Improved Educational Opportunities for American Indian Students,” even calls for the BIE to create a Federal Bureau of Indian Education Virtual Schools. Of the some 300,000 American Indians in Arizona, 59,000 of them are students. And according to the National Center for Educational Statistics, those Native students score below the state average on the National Assessment of Educational Progress reading and math…

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‘The Senator’ Felled by Arson! Woman Arrested for Fire That Burned 3,500 Year Old Tree to the Ground

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The Orlando Sentinel reports that a mysterious fire that burned down ‘The Senator,’ one of the world’s oldest cypress trees, was started by a 26-year old alleged methamphetamine addict. The 118-foot, 3,500-year-old bald cypress tree was initially believed to have been set ablaze by a lightning strike at the beginning of this year.  Located in Big Tree Park in Longwood, Florida, ‘The Senator’ was one of the oldest trees in the world, donated to Seminole County by its namesake, Senator M.O. Overstreet in 1927.  It was considered the largest tree of any species east of the Mississippi River, and, according…

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Young Receives RES Congressional Lifetime Achievement Award

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A man who searched for gold in Alaska, worked in trapping and commercial fishing, and is the only licensed mariner in Congress was honored with the Congressional Lifetime Achievement Award at the Reservation Economic Summit this week. Congressman Don Young, who was re-elected to the 112th Congress in 2010 to serve his 20th term as Alaska’s only representative in Congress, received long and enthusiastic bursts of applause during his  speech February 27 at the opening general session of RES 2012, the largest American Indian business conference and trade show in the country, now in its 26th year. The conference at…

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Feb 29, Leap Day – An Extra Day to Do Something Extra – Native News Network

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Today, February 29th, Leap Day, which gives us an extra day to do something extra. Leap Day occurs only every four years, which happens to keep the calendar year synchronized with the seasonal year

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Native News Update February 29, 2012 (TV)

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Another Native News Update with anchor Paul DeMain from the studios of IndianCountryTV.com.

Today we talk with Shoshone Bannock Columnist Mark…

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Chukchansi Confrontation Turns Violent

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A two-day standoff that started February 27 between two Chukchansi Indian factions ended in a scuffle that left two people injured. According to an Associated Press article Madera County Sheriff John Anderson stepped in, threatening arrests before the violence became…

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Kanaretiio Case calls for Diplomacy

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By Doug George-Kanentiio
News From Indian Country February 2012

The arrest of Kanaretiio (Roger Jock) December 7 by the St. Regis Tribal Police…

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Ray Halbritter Talks Tax-Free Cigarettes and Free Enterprise on Fox News

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Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter defended the tribe’s tax-free cigarette sales on the reservation and shared how the Nation is an economic powerhouse in upstate New York on Fox Business News Channel’s “Varney & Co.” this morning. View Mr. Halbritter’s interview with business journalist Stuart Varney here. Varney opened the discussion by questioning the Nation’s ability to sell cigarettes on its reservation without New York State’s $4.35-a-pack sales tax—a front-page news item for The New York Times on February 22. “Our government doesn’t charge or collect New York sales taxes,” explained Halbritter. He also confirmed the Nation produces cigarettes…

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Navajo Nation Sues Urban Outfitters

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In a sequel to the drama that unfolded in the fall, the Navajo Nation has sued Urban Outfitters for trademark infringement and violations of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act. Last year, the Navajo Nation sent Urban Outfitters a cease…

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Scientists Unveil Fossils of the Maori Named Largest Penguins to Date

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They were called Kairuku, Maori for “diver who returns with food,” and have scientists all a buzz this week as the first glimpses of the extinct giant penguin species from New Zealand was revealed in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology….

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Leap Year Day: Trickstering and Proposing

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It’s Leap Year Day, February 29, giving some people an elusive birthday and others the chance to ask their beau for a ring. In strictly indigenous terms it does not mean much, though on this day in 1504 Christopher Columbus…

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Slowly but Surely, Japanese Tsunami Debris Is on its Way

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Debris washed out to sea by the tsunami that hit Japan nearly a year ago has been making its way slowly across the Pacific Ocean, and according to an AP report some of it could reach remote islands north of Hawaii “any day now.” The debris is not expected to reach the atolls of Hawaii until late 2012 or early 2013. Sometime after that, some amount of debris will likely wash up on the west coast of the United States. “It’s very hard to be that specific,” National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Public Affairs Officer Keeley Belva said Tuesday,…

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Feb 29, Senate Committee – Ancestral Remains, Religious Freedom – Native News Network

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WASHINGTON On Thursday, March 1, the US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is holding a roundtable called “Protecting our Ancestral Remains, Religious Freedoms, and Sacred Places

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Washington State Bill Could Dismantle State Jurisdiction Over American Indian Tribes

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According to the Associated Press, a bill, HB 2233, was recently passed by the Washington state Senate by a vote of 42-6. The bill appears to dismantle state jurisdiction over American Indian tribes. The state assumed jurisdiction in 1963 in matters along the lines of juvenile delinquency, truancy, mental illness and adoption proceedings. With this bill a tribe can ask the state to return jurisdiction over criminal and civil matters to the tribes.

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Grizzly Bear Charges Tourists Who Are Forced to Remain Perfectly Still

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Imagine watching an 8-foot-tall, five hundred pound grizzly bear charge you and being forced to remain perfectly still and utterly silent.  This is what happend to a group of 10 tourists who were visiting Katmai National Park in Alaska, who had only hours before taken a safety class in which they were instructed, in the case of a Grizzly charge, to remain still and quiet so they wouldn’t provoke the bear further.  They were as good as their lessons, and their resolve may have just saved their lives. No one was hurt. ABC News reports that the grizzly was expressing…

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Feb 29, Obama Administration Connect Pregnant Women Health Coverage – NativeNewsNetwork

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Feb 29, Obama Administration Connect Pregnant Women Health Coverage – NativeNewsNetwork

WASHINGTON The Centers for Medicaid and Medicaid Services announced today that it will partner with Text4Baby to promote enrollment in both Medicaid and the Childrens Health Insurance Program

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Ray Halbritter to Discuss Oneida Indian Nation Enterprises on Fox News

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Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter will appear on the Fox Business News Channel’s “Varney & Co.” this morning. Mr. Halbritter’s segment is scheduled to air at 10:30 a.m. He plans to discuss the Nation’s diversification of businesses that has led to the Nation Enterprises’ success.

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Tribal Control in Indian Education, A Vision or Delusion

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For the past several weeks the Department of Education (DOE) and the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) held what they called joint listening sessions regarding the “State of Affairs in Indian Education.” The purpose for the sessions was to develop a new partnership and address the 2005 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two. The MOU is up for renewal. The meetings were called because of President Barack Obama’s Executive Order 13592, which requires the departments improve Indian education and combine expertise, resources, and facilities. The 2005 MOU expired in 2011, when the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act was…

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Feb 29, Cherokee nation joins Oklahomas promise to prepare students – NativeNewNetwork

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Claremore Oklahoma Cherokee nation entities visited Will Rogers junior high school to present the Oklahoma scholars program to 8th grade classrooms

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Feb 29, Oren Lyons Challenges US People to Live Up to Treaties – Native News Network

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WASHINGTON Leaders of the Onondaga Nation journeyed to the nations capitol to hold a press conference on Tuesday at the National Press Club to announce the appeal of their Land Rights Action

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Folklife and Finances Tell Nevada’s Story

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His 21st century microphone and eyeglasses are the only inklings of Ralph Burn’s place in time.  Without them, the Paiute elder’s image in regalia, bright and historic, could be anytime and anywhere.  But it is not. This year, the 2011 Nevada Heritage Award recipient’s image graces a very unlikely publication.  It brings to life a document that is inches thick and 180 pages, but represents in small part, the state’s investment in its varied communities. To illustrate State Controller Kim Wallin’s State of Nevada 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, jingle dancers are juxtaposed with state statistics as a creative way…

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Valbuena’s Journey and Recognition

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When Lynn “Nay” Valbuena was just 20, a young mother with two toddlers, she was appointed housing commissioner for the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians. Today, she is a Native star. Driven, passionate, and committed not only to her people but to other American Indian communities, she is serving her second consecutive term as vice chairwoman of the San Manuel Band. A delegate to the National Congress of American Indians for 21 years, Valbuena is into her 16th year as chairwoman of the Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations. She also regularly volunteers her free time, serving on…

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