Myron Sarracino – Laguna

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Myron Sarracino, “Kaa Ooa Dinn Naa”, is a full blooded Native American Indian. He was born into the Laguna Pueblo in 1967. He began hand coiling pottery in 1984 at the age of 17.

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John Tootoosis ~ Sasakatchewan

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John Tootoosis was born on the Poundmaker Reserve in Sasakatchewan. He is a direct decendent of Chief Poundmaker.

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David Knight ~ Saskatchewan

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David was born April 10, 1915 in Moose Lake Mountain. He was raised on the John Smith Reserve situated near Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

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Wilfred Bellegarde ~ Saskatchewan

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I appreciate the education young people are recieving today, and I hope they use it to the advantage of our own people.

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Walter Dieter ~ Saskatchewan Indian

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Senator Dieter was born May 31, 1916. Walter was raised on the Peepeekisis Reserve near Balcarres, Saskatchewan.

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Cree-ative Native: Malcom Moses Cree-ates through Dance

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Interview by Dr. Dawn Karima, Native American Culture Editor Q) You are a remarkable dancer! What would you like to tell us right away? A) I am from the home …

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Now Puyallup Tribe Cancel Show – Nugent Lashes Out Against “Vermin”

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Last week the Coeur d’Alene canceled a Ted Nugent show at their casino and soon after the Puyallup Tribe followed suit. The Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA has removed …

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Wear Your Frybread Pride on Your Sleeve

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They say you need the best flour to make great frybread and Blue Bird Flour is usually the brand in everyone’s kitchen. Now you can show off your love for …

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Dee J. Setalla – Hopi

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Dee J. Setalla is a member of the Hopi-Tewa Reservation. He was born and raised in Snowbird Canyon Arizona, and is a member of the Bear Clan. Dee began experimenting with pottery at the age of 6. Dee learned the art of pottery making from his Mother, Pauline Setalla, and his Aunt, Eunice, “ Fawn “, Navasie, both well known Hopi potters. They taught him all the fundamentals of pottery making the traditional way.

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Employees at Graton Rancheria casino to negotiate labor deal The…

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Employees at Graton Rancheria casino to negotiate labor deal

The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in California welcomes labor unions at its casino but it’s not clear how the first contract will be negotiated, The North Bay Bohemian reported.
About 600 employees of the Graton Resort and Casino voted to join UNITE HERE Local 2850. The group hopes to include Station Casinos, which manages the facility for the tribe, in the negotiations.

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Rep. Markwayne Mullin named one of 50 Most Beautiful on…

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Rep. Markwayne Mullin named one of 50 Most Beautiful on Hill

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma), a member of the Cherokee Nation, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful people on Capitol Hill.
Mullin is one of two tribal members in Congress. He told The Hill newspaper that he had to get used to a new wardrobe since coming to Washington, D.C.

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S.D. tribes gather to talk about ensuring water rights RAPID…

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S.D. tribes gather to talk about ensuring water rights

RAPID CITY – More than 100 years ago, a treaty established that all water on Native American land or that naturally flowed to Native American land was to be held by the sovereign tribes.
But tribal governments say they still are fighting to make sure their water rights and, by extension, rights of sovereignty are protected.

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Great Plains tribes hold conference to safeguard water…

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Great Plains tribes hold conference to safeguard water rights

The Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance hosted a conference last week to discuss water issues.
Tribal leaders in South Dakota discussed uranium mining, the Keystone XL Pipeline, federal management of the Missouri River and other threats to their water resources.

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Relying on social media to keep Native languages alive NPR…

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Relying on social media to keep Native languages alive

NPR reports on efforts to keep Native languages alive on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites:
    The creators and contributors of — a website that seeks to preserve Anishinaabemowin, an endangered Native American language from Michigan — use Facebook in a similar manner.

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Tohono O’odham Nation blasts bill to bar off-reservation…

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Tohono O’odham Nation blasts bill to bar off-reservation casino

The Tohono O’odham Nation of Arizona criticized a bill that would prevent the tribe from using its trust land for gaming.
The tribe plans to build the $500 million West Valley Resort on 135 acres in the Phoenix area. The Bureau of Indian Affairs has agreed to place the land in trust but S.2670 would bar all forms of Class II and Class III gaming.

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Opposition group sues to block gaming referendum in Nebraska A…

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Opposition group sues to block gaming referendum in Nebraska

A group called Gambling with the Good Life filed a lawsuit to keep a gaming referendum off the ballot in Nebraska.
The Horse Race Wagering Amendment authorizes electronic betting on historical horse races. The group claims the language the referendum violates the Nebraska constitution by asking voters to answer more than one question on the ballot.

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Yurok Tribe wraps up marijuana raids with nearly 13K…

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Yurok Tribe wraps up marijuana raids with nearly 13K…

Yurok Tribe wraps up marijuana raids with nearly 13K plants

Joined by local, state and federal authorities, Yurok Tribe of California seized nearly 13,000 marijuana plants and more than 300 pounds of processed marijuana in a series of raids on the reservation.
Authorities executed 35 Humboldt County search warrants and nine tribal court search warrants as part of “Operation Yurok,.” No arrests were made but the effort put a big dent in the drug trade on the reservation.

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Federal rule change raises questions about tribal recognition in…

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Federal rule change raises questions about tribal recognition in Conn.

Native American tribes who have been denied federal recognition might have another chance under proposed new rules from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. But those new rules come with a clause that leaves tribes in Connecticut unsure if they’ll ever be recognized.  It has reopened an old debate between the state of Connecticut, homeowners and tribes.

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Tribes criticize veto provisions in BIA federal recognition…

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Tribes criticize veto provisions in BIA federal recognition rule

Leaders of Connecticut tribes said state and local governments should not be able to veto their federal recognition petitions.
The Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation, the Golden Hill Paugussett Tribe and the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation were denied recognition through the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Part 83 rule allows them to petition again but only if all interested parties agree, something that won’t ever happen due to opposition from the state.

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BIA won’t commit to timeline on Mashpee Wampanoag…

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BIA won’t commit to timeline on Mashpee Wampanoag casino

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is still reviewing the land-into-trust application submitted by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts.
Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn initially promised a decision in spring 2013. That didn’t happen and now he’s not saying when he will take action.
“The process takes a long time,” Washburn told The Cape Cod Times. “I haven’t seen all the evidence yet so I can’t prejudge it.”

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Violence against Native women a national disgrace Tanya H. Lee…

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Violence against Native women a national disgrace

Tanya H. Lee writes about the history of federal Indian law and policy leading up to S.47, the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which recognized tribal jurisdiction over non-Indian offenders:

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Mescalero Apache Nation man sentenced for meth trafficking A…

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Mescalero Apache Nation man sentenced for meth trafficking

A member of the Mescalero Apache Nation of New Mexico was sentenced to 41 months for methamphetamine trafficking.
Gabriel Gene Ortega, 34, pleaded guilty to a felony information charging him with manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine on the reservation. Authorities found chemicals, equipment and other items associated with the manufacturing of the drug during a raid of his home in August 2012, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a press release.

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Federal district court grants CFPB petition to enforce CIDs…

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Federal district court grants CFPB petition to enforce CIDs issued to tribal lenders

A California federal court recently issued an order granting the CFPB’s petition to enforce its civil investigative demands (CIDs) issued to three tribally-affiliated payday lenders. However, the court also granted the lenders’ request for a stay pending their appeal to the Ninth Circuit. Although the CFPB did not oppose the stay, the court nevertheless found that if its decision was wrong, the lenders were likely to suffer irreparable harm because of the disclosure of sensitive proprietary documents to the CFPB whereas the CFPB would not be injured by a temporary delay.

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Tribal lenders fight federal agency investigation A California…

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Tribal lenders fight federal agency investigation
A California…

Tribal lenders fight federal agency investigation

A California federal court recently issued an order granting the CFPB’s petition to enforce its civil investigative demands (CIDs) issued to three tribally-affiliated payday lenders. However, the court also granted the lenders’ request for a stay pending their appeal to the Ninth Circuit. Although the CFPB did not oppose the stay, the court nevertheless found that if its decision was wrong, the lenders were likely to suffer irreparable harm because of the disclosure of sensitive proprietary documents to the CFPB whereas the CFPB would not be injured by a temporary delay.

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Perry Bellegarde ~ Little Black Bear Perry Bellegarde’s career…

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Perry Bellegarde ~ Little Black Bear

Perry Bellegarde’s career has been marked by an unwavering commitment to be of service to the concerns of First Nations in Canada. Currently, the Chief of the Little Black Bear First Nation, he has also served as the Tribal Chair of the Touchwood-File Hills-Qu’Appelle Tribal Council, the Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN), and Regional Vice Chief for the Assembly of First Nations (AFN). In addition, he served as Vice President of Labour and Aboriginal Initiatives for the Crown Investments Corporation.

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