The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, January 31, 2016

Written by at January 31, 2016

Tragedy and human rights victory in Canada, a major golf win in Saudi Arabia, and the continued saga of the militia group occupying Burns Paiute land in Oregon marked the past w…

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An Indigenous Friendly Nation State?

Written by at January 31, 2016

Most indigenous Peoples are willing to participate in national government institutions, but at the same time want to retain their own ways of self-government, land, and cultural…

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The Binds that Tie

Written by at January 31, 2016

After nine years the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has made a landmark and far reaching decision about the quality of Indigenous child welfare.

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After 2015 Performance, Artist Frank Waln Mocked by CT High School's ‘The Rez’ Twitter Account

Written by at January 30, 2016

Frank Waln was criticized this week on Twitter by students of a West Hartford High school cheering section who call themselves ‘The Rez’….

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After Mascot Ban at CT High School – Parent Designs ‘F*ck You’ Finger Headdress T-Shirt

Written by at January 30, 2016

Soon after a Native mascot image ban at two West Hartford Connecticut high schools in 2015, a Conard Chieftain high school parent alumni created a t-shirt with an image of a Nat…

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Scared and Spied On Under Harper, Why Child Advocate Didn't Give Up

Written by at January 30, 2016

Reprinted with permission from The Tyee….

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Native Cooking: All About Herbs

Written by at January 30, 2016

How many times have you taken a bite of something and said, “oh, my god, what is that herb (or spice), this is fantastic!” You may know right off the bat or it may be a subtle t…

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Don’t Wait for the White World to Catch Up

Written by at January 30, 2016

Indian life is full of incongruences.

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Juneau Kicks Off Campaign Breaking Fundraising Record

Written by at January 30, 2016

Montana’s Denise Juneau has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars in eight weeks in her bid to represent the…

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Revenant Actor Forrest Goodluck On Playing Leonardo DiCaprio's Son

Written by at January 30, 2016

At just 17, Native actor Forrest Goodluck (Dine’, Mandan Hidatsa and Tsimshian) never dreamed he’d be working with the team of blockbuster filmmakers and actors

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Ted Van Alst: Dances With Oscars: ‘The Revenant’ Reviewed [SPOILERS!]

Written by at January 29, 2016

With every new film we, Native Americans, hold our breath and hope we get treated right onscreen….

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Lake Cleanup Fail: Onondaga Deride Flawed Plan, Demand Dredging

Written by at January 29, 2016

Onondaga Nation representatives are calling for toxic sludge to be removed from the bottom of Onondaga Lake after three failures of the system that was supposed to keep it in pl…

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Yavapai-Apache Nation starts construction on new casino hotel

Written by at January 29, 2016

The Cliff Castle Casino in Camp Verde, Arizona, will see a six-story hotel with 122 rooms.

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Lael Echo-Hawk: Too much uncertainty for tribes and marijuana

Written by at January 29, 2016

We are still in the infancy of this industry, both in Indian Country and the ‘outside’ world. Growing pains are inevitable.

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Red-Carpet Bombing: Native Youth Reporters Gain Respect From Spike Lee and others at Sundance

Written by at January 29, 2016

In 2012, some actors and directors strolled past the Native Youth reporters of On Native Ground, assuming they were ill-prepared and not worth the time….

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Santa Rosa Band inaugurates Steven Estrada as new chairman

Written by at January 29, 2016

Steven Estrada, 30, has served on the tribal council for nine years, most recently as secretary.

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House Natural Resources Committee schedules markup on four Indian bills

Written by at January 29, 2016

Four bills on the agenda address trust reform, water rights and land-into-trust issues.

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Mohegan Gaming Veteran to Lead Cowlitz Project in Washington

Written by at January 29, 2016

Kara Fox-LaRose, a member of the Mohegan Tribe and former assistant general manager at Mohegan Sun Pocono for the last five years, has been appointed general manager of the $500…

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Look at Tat'! Pyramid Paiute Artist to Perform 'White Indian' at Denver Art Museum

Written by at January 29, 2016

“White Indian” is a performance piece by Pyramid Lake Paiute artist Gregg Deal that explores issues of identity, blood quantum, and indigenous representation….

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Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe to finish community center as casino bid falters

Written by at January 29, 2016

The tribe still hopes to open a casino on its reservation on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Chairman Tobias Vanderhoop said.

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Donald Trump once claimed IGRA and tribal casinos were illegal

Written by at January 29, 2016

The real estate mogul didn’t win in court but that didn’t stop him from attacking tribes and the Indian gaming industry.

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Four people remain at refuge in Oregon as FBI defends shooting

Written by at January 29, 2016

The FBI continues to negotiate with the holdouts in hopes of resolving the takeover of the ancestral reservation of the Burns Paiute Tribe.

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Town joins Southern Ute Tribe in honoring late chairman Leonard Burch

Written by at January 29, 2016

Leonard Burch served as chairman of the tribe from 1966 through 2002, a time of unprecedented growth on the reservation.

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Gabriel Brisbois: Erma Vizenor advanced the White Earth Nation

Written by at January 29, 2016

This letter is not meant to be a political statement but rather a letter of appreciation and commendation for the 12 years of Erma’s leadership and accomplishments while serving in this position.

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How did I Miss That? Cherokee Verbs Tamed—But Not Ducks

Written by at January 29, 2016

The Cherokee Phoenix reported that Jo…

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