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Steve Reevis, Blackfeet Actor from ‘Last of the Dogmen,’ ‘Geronimo,’ has died at 55

Written by at December 8, 2017

Native actor Steve Reevis has passed away at 56. Family is also asking for support on GoFundMe for funeral expenses.

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What Really Happened at the First Thanksgiving? The Wampanoag Side of the Tale

Written by at November 23, 2017

For Thanksgiving this year ICTMN spoke to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s Tribal Historic Preservation Officer to get a better understanding of what really happened 401 years ago at the first Thanksgiving, and what Wampanoags do today.

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Top Civil Rights Organizations Urge Media Not to Use Washington NFL Team’s R-word Name on Thanksgiving

Written by at November 21, 2017

The Washington NFL franchise will take on the New York Giants in a high-profile, nationally broadcast game on Thursday.

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Center For Native American Youth Releases 2nd Annual ‘State of Native Youth’ Report

Written by at November 15, 2017

Center For Native American Youth Releases 2nd Annual ‘State of Native Youth’ Report

On November 15th, the Center for Native American Youth released its second annual State of Native Youth report

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Nammy 2017 Special Performances Include Gary Farmer and Joseph FireCrow Tribute

Written by at October 4, 2017

Nammy 2017 Special Performances Include Gary Farmer and Joseph FireCrow Tribute

The 2017 Nammys, hosted by Ernie Stevens, will feature Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers Oct. 14th

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After a Win at ’48 Hour Film Project Portland’, Native Crew Looks for Win in Paris

Written by at October 2, 2017

After a Win at ’48 Hour Film Project Portland’, Native Crew Looks for Win in Paris

After a Win at ’48 Hour Film Project Portland’, Native Crew Looks for Win in ParisYou might remember hearing of the film Fancy Dancer, a documentary film project by Isaac Trimble a few years back in which he documented the process of learning culture and wellness by fancy dancing. Well he’s involved in a new…..

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From Beads to Bounty: How Wampum Became America’s First Currency—And Lost Its Power

Written by at September 29, 2017

A story about the history of wampum.

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Harvest like Our Ancestors: The Resistance is Fertile

Written by at September 20, 2017

Harvest season is a reminder that every tribe should have seeds, gardens, animals, pantries, and fresh water. Food sovereignty enhances tribal sovereignty.

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Watch the Ute Tribe’s Winning Halftime Performance!

Written by at September 20, 2017

Watch the Ute Tribe’s Winning Halftime Performance!The Ute Tribe once again came out and supported the University of Utah’s football team by performing at the halftime show. Go Nuchu! It’s so refreshing to see the sharing of culture instead of the appropriation of culture. I’m so…..

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The Power of Cherokee Women

Written by at September 19, 2017

A tragic story of European conquest and resulting spiritual confusion.

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YES! Magazine: Pueblo activists challenge annual depiction of Spanish ‘conquest’

Written by at September 18, 2017

In Santa Fe, New Mexico, the move to decolonize a celebration of the ‘conquest’ of Pueblo tribes shows how complex identity and culture are, Michael Dax writes for YES! Magazine.

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Newborn Daughter of Slain Native Woman Finally Returned To Family

Written by at September 15, 2017

Newborn Daughter of Slain Native Woman Finally Returned To Family

Newborn Daughter of Slain Native Woman Finally Returned To FamilyPeople all over Indian Country are rejoicing over a recent court ruling regarding the Savanna Greywind case. On Tuesday September 12th a judge ruled to dismiss the need for protective custody for Haisley Jo, daughter of the slain Native woman……

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6 Things You Should Know About GMOs

Written by at September 14, 2017

Genetically engineered organisms, or “GMOs,” have been around since 1996, but how dangerous are they? And how do they impact tribal food sovereignty?

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Indian Land Capital Co. helps tribes reclaim ancestral land

Written by at September 14, 2017

An unusual finance company based in the St. Paul suburb of Little Canada is playing a big role in helping tribes repurchase ancestral lands that should never have been sold or taken away.

The Indian Land Capital Co.  (ILCC) is legally a for-profit venture owned by two nonprofit organizations, the Indian Land Tenure Foundation in Little Canada and the Native American Community Development Corp. of Browning, Mont.

There are a variety of legal reasons why the ILCC is incorporated that way, said Rjay Brunkow, chief executive officer. But mostly, it allows ILCC to work with commercial banks and other lenders to allow creative financing packages for tribes that aren’t secured by land collateral.

“This has always been a problem for sovereign nations,” Brunkow said. “Lenders always want collateral supporting the loan. It takes some ‘getting used to’ for banks to recognize the full faith and credit (pledge) of sovereign nations.”

Founded in 2005, ILCC has helped tribes finance 17 land acquisition projects. The purchases have been in a dozen states but California is a major client base for ILCC activity. That comes from California’s large number of small Rancherias (reservations) and California Natives’ peculiar experiences with federal laws that disbanded the tribes and later restored federal recognition. 

Some ILCC loan have been small purchases of a few acres within reservation boundaries or a nearby mountain that has cultural importance but no economic value to a tribe. Others have been large purchases such as the 22,237 acres of timberland in 2011 that doubled the size of the Yurok Tribe at Klamath, Calif.

Land repurchases to date are important both economically and culturally but are a mere pittance of the 90 million acres pulled away legally and illegally from sovereign tribes, Brunkow said.

The most recent ILCC financed land purchase was two months ago when the Pinoleville Pomo Nation at Ukiah, Calif., acquired 9.3 acres of its original Rancheria land with a $2.7 million loan.  

“We couldn’t have done this without Rjay’s and the land company’s help,” said Leona Williams, the tribal chairperson.

The reacquired land was split between 8.8 acres of commercial property and 3.5 acres that Williams described as “cultural heritage land.”

All of the property, however, is significant for the Pinoleville Pomo citizens and for members of 16 other Rancherias in California, she said.

Part of the land formerly belong to Tillie Hardwick, a tribal member who challenged a 1958 federal law that resulted in terminating the California Rancherias in 1966. In winning that 1979 case, tribal status was returned to the Rancherias and their members regained federal recognition as American Indians.

“We really wanted to save this land but we didn’t have the means,” Williams said. “Then, an attorney we knew from Colorado suggested we find out if that group (ILCC) in Minnesota could help. It seemed to be too good to be true, but it was true.”

Small and less economically successful tribal nations like the Pinoleville Pomo make the primary client base for ILCC financing and originated loans with other partners. The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community “really don’t need our help,” he said, and they have all the internal expertise they need to work financing and business ventures.

Meanwhile, Brunkow said the capital company is gaining access to participating lenders with each passing land deal. The track record with tribes is what does it.

“We’ve never had a tribal client default on a loan,” he said.

That would impress bankers. Brunkow would know.

Brunkow, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in North Dakota, is a former investment banker specializing in Indian Country business for Wells Fargo. He has a business economics degree from South Dakota State University and a law degree from the University of Minnesota.

Before joining ILCC two years ago, Brunkow had previously served as solicitor general for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and as chief legal counsel for the Turtle Mountain Band.

One reason for the success of ILCC’s loans is that Brunkow and his predecessors serve as the loan originators when bringing other participants in on the loans. “When we know Indian Country, we know what will be done with the land and we know the politics, the culture of a tribe, that tells us the tribe will follow through on obligations,” he said.

That isn’t significantly different from other banking and lending practices. “What we are looking for is stability,” he added.

ILCC is housed at the Indian Land Tenure Foundation office in Little Canada. It also gets staff help from the parent organization.

While the Foundation, with its 76 percent stake in the company, and its Native American Community Development Corp. partner could be taking profits out of the for-profit lending institution, it doesn’t. And it won’t, explains Chris Stainbrook (Oglala Lakota), president of the Foundation and board chair for ILCC.

“ILCC was formed as a for-profit company to demonstrate to outside lenders that tribes are good credit risks and full-faith-in-credit lending to the tribes could work. It was not formed for the two non-profit owners to be supported by ILCC profits,” he said.

“ILTF and NACDC will not take a single nickel out of ILCC until the 90 million acres of lost reservation lands are returned to Indian ownership, management and control,” he added.

That shows the magnitude of the work remaining for the capital company and its parents.

More information about the Indian Land Capital Company can be found at ilcc.net (ilcc.net) ; Indian Land Tenure Foundation at iltf.org (iltf.org) , and Native American Community Development Corp. at nadc-nabn.org (nadc-nabn.org) .    

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Native Organization Schools Steve Bannon on Native History

Written by at September 13, 2017

Native Organization Schools Steve Bannon on Native HistoryTrump’s former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon recently made an appearance on the popular CBS special 60 minutes. If you’re familiar with him and his views on issues like immigration many of his comments may have come as no…..

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73 year old Leonard Peltier’s Health is Slipping Away

Written by at September 13, 2017

73 year old Leonard Peltier’s Health is Slipping Away“I’m one step back from passing away.” Native American political prisoner and activist Leonard Peltier has been imprisoned for more than 40 years, denied pardons even despite his health deteriorating throughout his sentence. Very recently, though, it seems his…..

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2017 Hunting Moon Pow Wow – October 20-22, 2017 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Written by at September 11, 2017

2017 Hunting Moon Pow Wow – October 20-22, 2017 – Milwaukee, WisconsinThe Forest County Potawatomi will host their annual Hunting Moon Pow Wow October 20-22, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Hunting Moon Pow Wow is three days of excitement, bringing together a host of Native American cultures for a celebration of singing, drumming…..

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Uproar after Asian American is Cast in TV Show to Play Native

Written by at September 11, 2017

Uproar after Asian American is Cast in TV Show to Play Native

Uproar after Asian American is Cast in TV Show to Play NativeThe Paramount network recently came under fire for casting Kelsey Asbille to play the wife of the character Cory on its new TV show “Yellowstone”. The problem? Kelsey is a member of the Asian American community. The 25-year-old “Teen Wolf”…..

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Fake “Powwow” At Burning Man Has Indian Country Raising It’s Eyebrows

Written by at September 7, 2017

Fake “Powwow” At Burning Man Has Indian Country Raising It’s EyebrowsPeople across Indian country found themselves raising their eyebrows and scratching their heads as a viral Facebook video began making its way through pow wow circles everywhere. Unless you live under a rock you’ve probably heard that there was a…..

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The Fight Against Pro Football, Inc.: 25 Years of Reversing Injustice and Raising Awareness

Written by at September 4, 2017

An interview with Suzan Shown Harjo on the eve of the 25th anniversary of start of a legal battle to end the racist nickname of the Washington football team

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The Fight Against Pro Football, Inc.: 25 Years of Reversing Injustice and Raising Awareness

Written by at September 4, 2017

An interview with Suzan Shown Harjo on the eve of the 25th anniversary of start of a legal battle to end the racist nickname of the Washington football team

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A Chat With First Nations Chef George Lenser

Written by at September 4, 2017

Chef George Lenser, Wet’suwet’en, Nisga’a and Squamish, talks about fusing ancient and modern cuisines at the Montreal First Peoples Festival 2017.

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Native ‘Swastika’ Raises Eyebrows — And Awareness — at Flea Market in Utah

Written by at September 4, 2017

Native ‘Swastika’ Raises Eyebrows — And Awareness — at Flea Market in Utah

Following protest, Swirling logs, not the Nazi symbol of hate, was permitted to stay on sale at the Salt Lake City flea market.

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Water Protector Legal Update: NoDAPL and Line 3

Written by at September 4, 2017

As of July, a total of 499 cases remain open regarding the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, according to reports.

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Water Protector Legal Update: NoDAPL and Line 3

Written by at September 4, 2017

As of July, a total of 499 cases remain open regarding the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, according to reports.

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