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9 Reasons Dental Health Aide Therapist Programs Are Good for Native Kids

Written by at August 20, 2017

Pioneered by Alaska Native tribes in the early 2000s, Dental Health Aide Therapist Programs are becoming increasingly popular to provide quality healthcare to rural populations.

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Sun Dances: A Place to Feel God

Written by at August 19, 2017

The abundance of Sun Dances this year demonstrates the spiritual resilience and generosity among a people deeply traumatized by historical oppression and severe poverty.

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Obesity in Indian Country Is Mostly the Same; Why That’s Incremental Progress

Written by at August 19, 2017

A new study, one that is built on a massive amount of data, reports that obesity among Native American youth is mostly the same.

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First Nations Blast Canada at CERD in Geneva

Written by at August 18, 2017

First Nations Blast Canada at CERD in Geneva

Despite improving relationships between Indigenous Peoples and the Canadian government, First Nations told CERD in Geneva that federal policies still discriminate.

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$100,000 Super Bowl Fund Grant Creates White Earth Reservation Skate Parks

Written by at August 17, 2017

Shredtastic! Thanks to a $100,000 Super Bowl grant, the White Earth Reservation is building three skate parks for its community members

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Strategic Planning Crucial for Tribal Economic Sustainability

Written by at August 16, 2017

“You have to make a long term plan for diversification, but it doesn’t happen overnight. It’s important to commit to the reinvestment necessary to accomplish your goals so you are not bleeding enterprises dry while on the path. [It’s] critical to continually educate the leadership and community about the plan and how it’s progressing.” -Kelly Croman

Most tribes with significant gaming initiatives and related businesses can find themselves bombarded with myriad offers,

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We Are The SEEDS: New Indian Art Market in Santa Fe

Written by at August 16, 2017

A new four day event with 100 Native artists, youth workshops and a sunset concert at the Santa Fe Railyard, “We are the SEEDS”

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Preserving Traditional Crops: The Tohono O’odham I’itoi Onion

Written by at August 16, 2017

Native American farmers keeping traditional crops alive with sustainable farming methods; the Tohono O’odham I’itoi onion is the precursor to the cultivated shallots grown today.

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‘40 Under 40’ Natives Named! National Center to Honor its Tenth Class of Awardees

Written by at August 15, 2017

Names of the “Native American 40 under 40” award winners have been released. This marks the 10th anniversary of 40 Under 40. Including 2017’s tenth class of honorees, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development will have recognized 400 total emerging American Indians from across Indian country.

The National Center will honor the 2017 class 40 under 40 award recipients during its inaugural Northwest Enterprise Development Conference at the Tulalip Resort Casino in Tulalip,

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Poverty as a Black and White Issue

Written by at August 15, 2017

The poverty of a white coal miner, a black urban factory worker, or an unemployed rez Indian stinks. What’s worse is when they turn against each other.

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True Sioux Hope Foundation Tours Pine Ridge

Written by at August 14, 2017

Twila True and the True Sioux Hope Foundation provided a tour of the Pine Ridge Reservation for about 170 wealthy supporters that was met with mixed opinions.

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A Single-Mama, Indigenous Woman Story

Written by at August 13, 2017

Native women, you are not alone—an indigenous writer shares a tale of struggle that is all-too familiar for an indigenous woman.

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The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Pow Wow: A Time to Celebrate its History and Traditions

Written by at August 11, 2017

Once down to 200 members, the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska celebrates their 24th annual pow wow 3,500 strong!

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Learn from the Tribes to Reform the Indian Health Service

Written by at August 11, 2017

When it comes to Indian Health Service too much effort is spent on complicated financial reporting requirements rather than quality of care.

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Doug Steiger: Reform the Indian Health Service by looking at tribal success stories

Written by at August 11, 2017

Most of the infrastructure of Indian Health Service is geared towards complicated financial reporting requirements related to federal auditing, not the quality of the medical care, Doug Steiger writes on Indian Country Media Network.

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The Problem With Food Appropriation

Written by at August 10, 2017

Indigenous chefs are fighting food appropriation by bringing their cultures, histories, and traditional foods together to create new dishes to offer the culinary world.

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Canada Marks International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Written by at August 9, 2017

Reflections on the United Nations International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, during the tenth after U.N. rights declaration.

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New Hires Roundup: Four Female Executives Named to Lead Tribal Enterprises & Casinos

Written by at August 9, 2017

New Hires Roundup: Four Female Executives Named to Lead Tribal Enterprises & Casinos

Business and gaming industry veterans were appointed to top-level positions at tribally owned enterprises and casinos this year for both their experience and “empowerment, passion and perseverance.” This round-up of four new hires happens to be a venerable, all-female lineup, representative of the growing number of women assuming CEO and other executive level positions at tribal corporations, as well as in the historically male-dominant gaming world.

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The American Indian Community House, Still A Home Away From Home

Written by at August 8, 2017

Even though the American Indian Community House lost its funding from the Indian Health Service, the non-profit organization continues providing services.

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Jennifer Easton, Founder of First Peoples Fund and Sumasil Foundation, Walked On

Written by at August 8, 2017

Jennifer Easton, a naitonal leader in philanthropic support of Native interests and cultures, walked on August 1, from complications after surgery.

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After Three People Are Killed in Meth-Related Incident, Crow Nation Set Curfew

Written by at August 7, 2017

Three people are dead and two are injured after a meth-related shooting on August 4 on the Crow Nation in Montana, prompting reservation-wide curfew.

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Termination or Extermination for Penobscot Indian Nation?

Written by at August 7, 2017

Termination or Extermination for Penobscot Indian Nation?

A federal appeals court ruling severing the Penobscot Indian Nation from the waters of the Penobscot River “is reminiscent of federal termination policy.”

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Video: The American Indian College Fund Has a Message for Mark Zuckerberg

Written by at August 7, 2017

Dr. Cheryl Crazy Bull, president and CEO of the American Indian College Fund tells Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg that “education is the answer.”

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Tom Perez: Trump administration steers government toward the termination era

Written by at August 7, 2017

By steering the government toward termination-era policies, President Donald Trump threatens the health and prosperity of Native Americans and drags us all backward, Tom Perez of the Democratic National Committee writes.

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The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, August 6, 2017

Written by at August 6, 2017

Native movies make a mark, a lawsuit looms on behalf of the delisted Yellowstone grizzly, and more in Indian country the week preceding August 6.

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