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IITC Urges US to Rescind Trump’s Recent Actions Due to Human Rights Issues

Written by at March 24, 2017

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The President’s recent actions deny Indigenous Peoples’ right to due process, violate federal law, and disregard international human rights norms.

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Suncor Oil Refinery Belches Toxic Gases Over Denver For Second Time

Written by at March 24, 2017

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A Suncor oil refinery near Denver, Colorado, belched toxic gases into the air for the second time in five months, according to reports.

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The Siege of Chaco Canyon

Written by at March 24, 2017

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Chaco Canyon, the haunting pinnacle of the ancient Anasazi civilization, beckons even as it is besieged by fracking operations.

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The Latest Classy and Tasty Products From Northwest Native America

Written by at March 23, 2017

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SEATTLE – Traditional foods with a twist. Snack bites from Tlingit country, made from coho salmon and spruce tips. Affordable art by a famous Northwest Coast Native artist (and it comes with chocolate!). Here are some very cool products that have emerged recently from Northwest Native America.

Art and chocolate: Three chocolate tins offered by noted Canadian chocolatier Rogers’ Chocolates feature art by Richard Hunt, the Kwaguilth artist and member of the Hunt family of artists.

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Native Nations March to Trump’s White House Draws Huge Crowds (video)

Written by at March 23, 2017

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On March 10, 2017, thousands of Indigenous activists from across the country gathered in Washington, D.C. for the Native Nations March to protest the Dakota Access pipeline and President Trump’s executive order allowing Energy Transfer Partners to commence building the uncompleted portion of the pipeline, directly adjacent to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Led by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, the march began at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers headquarters and ended at Lafayette Square across from the White House.

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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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12 Native Words for Water

Written by at March 22, 2017

With surprising water connotations to state names, there are numerous names for water among Native languages, ‘Mní’ being the best known.

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World Water Day: 12 Native Words for Water

Written by at March 22, 2017

With surprising water connotations to state names, there are numerous names for water among Native languages, ‘Mní’ being the best known.

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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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World Water Day: Ojibwe Grandmothers Prepare for New Water Walks

Written by at March 22, 2017

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On World Water Day, Ojibwe grandmothers prepare for the annual Water Walk to celebrate its life-giving powers and the danger it’s in.

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The Filth of North Dakota: The Garbage and Pollution That Was Already There

Written by at March 22, 2017

The Filth of North Dakota: The Garbage and Pollution That Was Already There

The governor and state of North Dakota took time to spread news about garbage and pollution from the Oceti Sakowin Camp but never addressed their own.

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Brian Cladoosby Elected to 21st Term as Swinomish Chairman

Written by at March 22, 2017

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The Swinomish Senate reelected Brian Cladoosby to another one-year term – his 21st – as chairman February 26.

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Gila River Indian Community Water Wins

Written by at March 21, 2017

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Gila River Indian Community celebrates new water-allocation partnership plus appointment of water-rights advocate to state water board.

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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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Hip-Hop Artist Taboo, Noted Native American Environmentalists Share Stage in NYC

Written by at March 20, 2017

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Taboo, along with grammy-award winning artists, esteemed Native Americans raise awareness of climate change, racial injustice.

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Spring Moving Forward at Record Rate

Written by at March 20, 2017

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Spring is coming earlier and earlier each year worldwide, as the vernal equinox speeds up due to climate change and environmental events get out of sync.

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Donald Trump’s ‘beachead’ teams still operating across federal agencies

Written by at March 20, 2017

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke appears to be working well with the situation but Administrator Scott Pruitt of the Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t seem to be happy.

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Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe battles uranium mining

Written by at March 20, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to to issue underground water permits for the uranium mining and milling project opposed by the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

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Hopi Tribe and Native activists lose cases over aging power plant

Written by at March 20, 2017

A federal appeals court sided with the Environmental Protection Agency in a complex dispute over the facility on the Navajo Nation.

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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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Remember the Sequester? Trump Budget Would Make Those the Good Old Days

Written by at March 18, 2017

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Remember the sequester? Ah, the good old days. The new Trump Administration budget is short on details, but clear on direction.

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Sugar Bush Time in Ojibwe Country

Written by at March 18, 2017

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Sugar bush time in Ojibwe country means tapping trees and taste-testing sap in a rediscovered tradition for the Maday family.

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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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Devery Jacobs, Native Filmmakers Will Rock Native Crossroads Film Festival

Written by at March 16, 2017

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Internationally acclaimed Indigenous-made or themed films will be screened at the 2017 Native Crossroads Film Festival, on April 7-8 in Norman, OK.

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