The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, March 25, 2017

Written by at March 26, 2017

Honors to those living and passed on; rebirth and maple syrup in spring and sugar bush, and the surprising history of body art, this week in Indian country.

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Keystone XL Foes Brace for Battle

Written by at March 25, 2017

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President Donald Trump moves Keystone XL forward with cross-border permit approval, but hurdles remain, and Indigenous Peoples will fight.

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7 Families Share Inspirational Stories About Diabetes in Indian Country

Written by at March 23, 2017

7 Families Share Inspirational Stories About Diabetes in Indian Country

Seven videos showing families dealing with diabetes in Indian country have been created at the University of Oklahoma as a way to inspire other families dealing with it.

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World Water Day: Standing With Water Protectors Everywhere

Written by at March 22, 2017

With World Water Day upon us, join in a synchronized meditation at a water source near you, or watch the film ‘Water Is Life: You Are What You Drink’ online.

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New Mexico Nonprofits, Tribe Unite to Empower Native Youth Leaders, Entrepreneurs

Written by at March 22, 2017

Inspiring ambition in youth often boils down to exposure to the right role models, resources and encouraging environments.

An upcoming summit in New Mexico will connect Native youth with tribal leaders and successful Native business owners. Students will have the opportunity to network with tribal and community partners and access to resources that can lead to scholarships, mentorships, internships and jobs.

The Native American Youth Empowerment Symposium (NYES) takes place Wednesday,

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Phoenix Indian Center Honors Ernie Stevens, Sr., With Spirit of Community Award

Written by at March 21, 2017

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For his service, commitment, and dedication to the greater good of the American Indian community, Ernest (“Ernie”) L. Stevens, Sr., will be honored by the Phoenix Indian Center with the 2017 Leon Grant Spirit of the Community Award. His son, Ernie Stevens, Jr., chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association, will accept the honor at the 34th Annual Silver & Turquoise Ball on his father’s behalf.

This year’s ball celebrates the Center’s 70 years of service to the valley’s American Indian community.

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Moapa Band a Front-Runner in Clean Energy: First Utility-Scale Solar Plant on Tribal Land

Written by at March 20, 2017

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Roughly 30 miles north of Las Vegas, shovels broke earth on March 17 to pave way for 3.2 million solar panels to cover 25 million square feet (that’s 450 NFL football fields). The Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project will be the first-ever utility-scale solar power plant on tribal land.

First Solar Inc. and the Moapa Band of Paiutes joined forces for the 250-megawatt solar farm on the 72,000-acre Moapa River Indian Reservation.

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The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, March 19, 2017

Written by at March 19, 2017

The premature passing of an acclaimed writer, the uprising of Native nations in Washington, and other events in Indian country the week of March 19, 2017.

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Louise Erdrich’s LaRose Wins Book Critic Circle Award

Written by at March 18, 2017

Ojibwe author Louise Erdrich wins National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction for ‘LaRose.’

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Denise Martin’s Painted Ponies LLC Gives Tribal Casinos a Competitive Advantage

Written by at March 17, 2017

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Denise Martin, a proud Pokagon Potawatomi, spearheads major events, books top entertainment, secures covetable promotional products, and offers marketing consulting to tribal casinos from coast to coast.

In January 2017, Martin founded Painted Ponies, LLC, a 100-percent Native-owned and -operated marketing and entertainment business based in Niles, Michigan, near the Pokagon government offices in Dowagiac.

After graduating from Saint Mary’s at Notre Dame, Martin worked in various industries,

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Cahokia Mounds Mark Spring Equinox

Written by at March 17, 2017

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Woodhenge, at Cahokia Mounds in Illinois, will be the site of a vernal equinox celebration to welcome spring a day early on Sunday March 19.

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Custer State Park and Bison Pride

Written by at March 16, 2017

A Montana State University Cherokee expert will give a lecture about the importance of bison to Native Americans at Custer State Park.

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SCIA Staff Director Anthony Walters to Lead National American Indian Housing Council

Written by at March 16, 2017

The staff director and chief counsel to Senator Jon Tester for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) has been appointed to lead the National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC). The NAIHC supports Native communities in their self-determined goals to provide culturally relevant and quality, affordable housing for their people.

Anthony (Tony) Walters, a member of the Cherokee Nation, will begin his new role as NAIHC executive director on April 3,

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Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Issues New Fact Sheet in Form of Q & A with Chairman Archambault

Written by at March 16, 2017

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Issues New Fact Sheet in Form of Q & A with Chairman Archambault

Chairman Archambault answers questions that address: objections to the SRST Council’s decisions, the high cost of the camps and more.

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San Francisco Votes No on DAPL

Written by at March 16, 2017

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The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution urging city treasurer to remove investments from Dakota Access Pipeline funders. The post San Francisco Votes No on DAPL appeared first on Indian Country Media Network.

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Bigger and Better: Expansions, Renovations Underway at Tribal Resort Casinos

Written by at March 15, 2017

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In the casino world, bigger is better, and more is more. From every corner and swath of Indian country, tribes are expanding and renovating their resort casinos. Think more hotel rooms, more gaming options, more restaurants and buffets, and more luxury. Below are five of the most recent and largest expansions, renovations and groundbreakings. Soboba Casino San Jacinto, CA 92583 (866) 476-2622 Soboba.net In 1983 the Soboba Tribe of San Jacinto, The post Bigger and Better: Expansions, Renovations Underway at Tribal Resort Casinos appeared first on Indian Country Media Network.

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Rest in Power: Acclaimed Author Richard Wagamese Walks on at 61

Written by at March 14, 2017

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Ojibwe author Richard Wagamese, onetime ICMN contributor and prolific writer, died at his home on March 10, 2017, at age 61. The post Rest in Power: Acclaimed Author Richard Wagamese Walks on at 61 appeared first on Indian Country Media Network.

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The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, March 12, 2017

Written by at March 12, 2017

Indian country marked International Women’s Day, marched on Washington and won big in court and Hollywood the week of March 12, 2017. The post The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, March 12, 2017 appeared first on Indian Country Media Network.

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Northland College Hosts Powwow, Indigenous Culture Month

Written by at March 11, 2017

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Northland College celebrates Native American Awareness Days during Indigenous Culture Awareness Month with several events including its Spring Powwow. The post Northland College Hosts Powwow, Indigenous Culture Month appeared first on Indian Country Media Network.

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Quapaw Robert Weaver’s RWI Benefits Wins American Indian Business of Year Award

Written by at March 10, 2017

Nearly seven years ago, the Quapaw Nation of Oklahoma instated a tribal member healthcare plan through RWI Benefits, LLC. Less than two months after the plan started, 600 people were diagnosed with diabetes. Of those individuals, six would have likely died within one month had they not sought medical treatment, doctors said. Additionally, within three months of the health plan’s start, six women under the age of 25 were diagnosed with cervical cancer. By creating a universal healthcare plan for his tribe, The post Quapaw Robert Weaver’s RWI Benefits Wins American Indian Business of Year Award appeared first on Indian Country Media Network.

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OSNI Ponca Buys Blabfeed, Ponca Entrepreneur Keith Fix’s Lucrative Digital Startup

Written by at March 9, 2017

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Blabfeed, a digital signage company created by young Ponca entrepreneur and self-proclaimed marketing evangelist Keith Fix, was recently purchased by his tribe’s economic development corporation, OSNI Ponca, LLC. Since Fix founded blabfeed four years ago, the business has increased its revenue by 270 percent. Today it generates about $1 million annually. Ho-Chunk, Inc., the Winnebago tribe’s economic development arm, provided the seed capital for blabfeed in 2012. The post OSNI Ponca Buys Blabfeed, Ponca Entrepreneur Keith Fix’s Lucrative Digital Startup appeared first on Indian Country Media Network.

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Tipis Rise on the National Mall

Written by at March 9, 2017

Tipis Rise on the National Mall

Tipis arise as Indigenous Peoples and allies arrive for a March on Washington to take a stand for treaty rights and against harmful fossil fuels.

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Women Warrior Water Protectors of DAPL

Written by at March 8, 2017

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International Women’s Day: Honoring the women water protectors who worked at the camps at Standing Rock in defiance of DAPL. The post Women Warrior Water Protectors of DAPL appeared first on Indian Country Media Network.

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The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, March 5, 2017

Written by at March 5, 2017

The Trump train continued off the rails, water protectors organized, and other hot stories in Indian country the Week That Was, March 5, 2017. The post The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, March 5, 2017 appeared first on Indian Country Media Network.

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Tribes to Represent Indian Country Travel Among World Cultures at ITB Berlin

Written by at March 4, 2017

“The entire world is competing for these European travelers’ attention. It’s a massive show,” said Rachel Howard, American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association’s media specialist, of ITB Berlin. AIANTA and tribal organizations will represent Indian country at ITB Berlin, March 8-12, 2017. The world’s largest tourism trade fair, ITB Berlin showcases more than 10,000 exhibitors and organizations from more than 180 countries. It attracts tourist boards, tour operators, system providers, airlines, hotel and car rental companies from across the globe.

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