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Sunday, 24 September


RCMP inks deal to return Louis Riel artifacts to Mtis people - Saskatchewan - CBC News "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

RCMP inks deal to return Louis Riel artifacts to Mtis people - Saskatchewan - CBC News: The items at the Regina museum include a crucifix belonging to the executed Mtis leader, his poetry and a hunting knife.

The return of the artifacts is something University of Saskatchewan law student Jesse Donovan has been advocating for over the past year. In January, he circulated an online petition and spoke with federal officials about the artifacts.

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Saturday, 23 September


Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier Throws Hat in Ring to be President of National Congress of American Indians "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier in Washington after White House Tribal Nations Conference. Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert

Published September 23, 2017

EAGLE BUTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold C. Frazier has decided to run for president of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). Frazier released a statement on Friday saying he accepted the Great Plains Tribal Chairmans Associations request to run for the presidency of NCAI.

Frazier says he has a desire bring strong leadership on the national level to an organization that has a great influence on Washington D.C.

The mission of NCAI is to protect treaty rights, protect our traditional ways, inform the government and public about our status as tribes and improve our quality of life. This is what I have been fighting for at the local and national level. I see this as an opportunity to strengthen the message of my Tribe and NCAI, stated Frazier.

NCAI, a non-profit organization, advocates for a bright future for generations to come by taking the lead to gain consensus on a constructive and promising vision for Indian Country. The organizations policy issues and initiatives are driven by the consensus of our diverse membership, which consists of American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments, tribal citizens, individuals, and Native and non-Native organizations.

The NCAI election of officers will take place at the organizations annual convention in Milwaulkee, Wisconsin that will be held October 15 20, 2017.

The other candidate running for president of the nations largest and oldest American Indian organization is Fawn Sharp, who is president of the Quinault Indian Nation.

NCAI represents a diverse network of tribal nations, tribal citizens, and Native organizations. As a member-based representative Congress, NCAI is governed by voting members who determine NCAIs consensus positions expressed in resolutions, which are developed in committees and sub-committees and then voted on at national conventions. NCAI members al...


Ute Indian Tribe Secures Victory in Tenth Circuits Denial of Uintah County Officers Request for Rehearing "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

County Sheriff Vance Norton shot and killed Ute tribal citizen

Published September 23, 2017

FT. DUCHESNE, UTAH Monday, September 18, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit denied state and local law enforcement officers petition to have the full Court reconsider a three-judge panels decision in Vance Norton, et al, v. Ute Indian Tribe. The denial allows the Tribes trespass suit against the state and local officers to proceed in the Ute Indian Tribal Court.

The Tribal Business Committee praised the ruling, saying the Tribe welcomes the Tenth Circuits vindication of the Tribes sovereign authority over tribal lands and the Tribal Courts jurisdiction over the trespass suit.

The County Officers request for a rehearing relates to the July 11, 2017 decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in favor of the Ute Indian Tribe in the Norton case, to hold now-Uintah County Sheriff Vance Norton accountable for allegedly trespassing onto the Ute Reservation and shooting Todd Murray, an unarmed Ute Indian, in the head from point blank range; and to hold Nortons associates accountable for allegedly trespassing onto the Reservation and destroying evidence and taking other actions to cover up Nortons shooting of Murray.

The Tenth Circuit decision provides a significant victory for the Ute Indian Tribe in strengthening the jurisdiction of the Ute Indian Tribal Court to hear and resolve claims involving non-members and affirming the civil regulatory authority of the Ute Indian Tribe to enforce its Tribal Trespass Ordinance, Ordinance 13-005, against non-members who come onto the Uintah and Ouray Reservation without lawful authorization from the Tribe.

At the same time, the Tribe is highly critical of Duchesne Countys decision to terminate the Countys misdemeanor prosecution agreement with Myton City.

The Tribe recently was provided a copy of the letter dated September 7, 2017, from Duchesne County to the Myton City Police Department,...


Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Scholarship Dinner and Auction Raised Record Amount of Scholarship Support $208,000 Committed for Student Success "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin and Director of Institutional Advancement Judith Pepper,
along with the volunteers from the event. Photo by Eric Davis.

Published September 23, 2017

$208,000 Committed for Student Success

SANTA FE  IAIA Director of Institutional Advancement Judith Pepper (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma), has announced that the IAIA Annual Scholarship Dinner and Auction, held on August 16, 2017, raised a record $208,000 for critically needed scholarship funds that assist IAIA students in reaching their academic and artistic goals. These funds will support 298 students, with the school awarding 564 scholarships this Fall.

The Office of Institutional Advancement (OIA) honored students, staff, and faculty volunteers with a Thank You party on September 8, 2017. IAIA President, Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee), along with Judith Pepper, thanked students for their assistance at the Dinner. Several students remarked on their experience and the rewards of giving back to the school that has done so much for them.

Artists who contributed works to the auctions at the Dinner included IAIA alumni Melissa Melero-Moose  (Northern Paiute) 09, Nonabah Sam (Navajo/Tesuque) 05 , Cara Romero  (Chemehuevi) 05, Dan Namingha (Hopi-Tewa) 65/96, Tedra Begay (Navajo) 07, Kevin Red Star (Crow) 65 , Phillip Haozous (Chiricahua Apache) 72, Penny Singer (Navajo) 96,  Jody Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo) 90, Anthony Lovato (Santo Domingo Pueblo) 78, Jeff Kahm (Plains Cree) 92; and other noted artists, such as, Ben Nighthorse CampbellJames Roybal, Arlo Namingha (Tewa/Hopi), Dale ChihulyUpton Ethelbah Jr. (Santa Clara Pueblo/White Mountain Apache), Kevin BoxPreston Singletary (Tlingit), Brenda Kingery (Chickasaw), Anth...


Sen. Udall: Graham-Cassidy TrumpCare Bill Disastrous for Indian Health Care "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Vice Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Tom Udall D New Mexico

Published September 23, 2017

Calls for bipartisan approach to improve health care for Native Americans
WASHINGTON  On Friday, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement on the Graham-Cassidy TrumpCare bills effects on health care in Indian Country:
This damaging bill would totally dismantle all of the advancements weve made to expand access to quality health services for American Indians and Alaska Natives. The Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act has provided a lifeline to Indian Country, filling persistent funding gaps at the Indian Health Service and enabling IHS facilities to provide essential services beyond the life and limb only level.  Underfunding at IHS has forced Native health care facilities to ration care and prior to the Affordable Care Act, people across Indian Country lived by the unofficial motto: Dont get sick after June. Now, thanks to the Medicaid expansion, many Native Americans finally have access to the services they need to keep themselves and their families healthy. But Graham-Cassidy would undo all that progress.  


Navajo Nation Police Officer Involved in Fatal Accident "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Kevin Hevel. Photo from Glendale Police Department

Breaking News 

Published September 22, 2017

GLENDALE, ARIZONA A Navajo Nation Police Officer has been taken into custody by the Glendale Police Department and booked on charges of manslaughter, felony endangerment, driving under the influence and failure to stay at the scene of an accident causing death.
At approximately 12:13 a.m., Glendale Police dispatched an attempt to locate a possible impaired driver who was driving a red SUV, striking curbs and traveling eastbound on West Glendale Avenue from North 75th Avenue.
An officer in the area reported that the driver of the red SUV sideswiped another SUV that was traveling in the same direction. Occupants of that vehicle were not injured.
The red SUV continued on and struck a bicyclist traveling westbound. The bicyclist identified as Peter Ranking, 50 years old, was pronounced deceased on scene. The red SUV continued on, running a red light and striking a fully marked patrol SUV. The officer sustained minor injuries.
The driver of the red SUV was detained by officers, transported to a local valley hospital for non life-threatening injuries and identified as Kevin Hevel, 30.
A DUI investigation was conducted and probable cause had been developed in arresting the male driver.

Friday, 22 September


Explosive allegations surround latest Aboriginal death in custody | Welcome To Country "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Explosive allegations surround latest Aboriginal death in custody | Welcome To Country: A close friend of the young man has alleged that corrective officers in Tamworth jail bashed and then proceeded to hang the young Indigenous man in order to cover it up as suicide. The friend said the young man had suffered a significant amount of injuries that showed he was in a struggle. The friend went on to say that he also had blood and skin under his fingernails as well. The friend also alleged that there is 1 hour of video surveillance unaccounted for in the jail.

For anyone in the Tamworth/Armidale area, there are plans for a protest at the jail tomorrow. (Once again, details are still coming to light, so ask your mob for details if youre in the region).


MMIW Commissioner Michele Audette says no tensions exist with Chief Commissioner - APTN News "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

MMIW Commissioner Michele Audette says no tensions exist with Chief Commissioner - APTN News: I dont know where you get that. If you can say to that person who is saying that, if there is more than one, I dont (have tensions with Buller), said Audette. I have so much respect for her and what I love (about) her is she lets me be who I am.


'Indian hospital' survivors want in on residential school agreement - Thunder Bay - CBC News "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

'Indian hospital' survivors want in on residential school agreement - Thunder Bay - CBC News: At times the two institutions were nearly indistinguishable, according to researcher Edward Sadowski, who submitted the request for direction.

"Because of the shortages of beds at sanatoriums and hospital schools, residential schools received a subsidy of 15 cents per day per student for each student who had TB," Sadowski writes. "Some residential schools had TB case rates as high as 80 per cent, becoming de facto sanatoriums."

Historian Maureen Lux researches Indian hospitals and agrees the ties between the institutions were very close, with Indian Affairs paying for the teachers and the books, while the Department of National Health and Welfare paid for sanatoriums.

"For patients, very often they would come from the residential schools and spend time in the hospital and then be returned to the schools so there was a kind of seamlessness between institutions," Lux said.


'Our people were experimented on': Indigenous sanatorium survivors recall medical tests - Manitoba - CBC News "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

'Our people were experimented on': Indigenous sanatorium survivors recall medical tests - Manitoba - CBC News: Genaille still does not know why doctors performed the electroconvulsive therapy. She still does not know why she was sent to the Brandon sanatorium.

At the time, she was attending residential school outside Brandon. She had bad leg pain with no known cause. Finally, the nuns decided to send her to the sanatorium, saying she might have tuberculosis in her bones.

She didn't. In fact, years later, a doctor told her she had no evidence of tuberculosis at all.

But that didn't stop doctors from ordering extreme bed rest for six months, so strict that she was not allowed to get off the mattress, even when they changed the bedding.

That didn't stop doctors from slicing open the back of her thigh to explore her bone, only to sew it back up, scarring her for life and leaving her with a permanent limp.

She had been, in the doctor's opinion, experimented on maybe in good faith, but without merit and without consent.


German gun manufacturer ties Israel together with 'corrupt regimes' - Arab-Israeli Conflict - Jerusalem Post "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

German gun manufacturer ties Israel together with 'corrupt regimes' - Arab-Israeli Conflict - Jerusalem Post: The company quietly announced the move as a side note in its most recent annual report, stating that they will now only sell to green countries, which they defined as being NATO-members or NATO-equivalent (Japan, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand) and those that met Transparency Internationals corruption perceptions index and the Economist Intelligence Units democracy index.

While Heckler & Koch did not respond to an inquiry regarding why Israel was added to the list, the German economic ministry told The Jerusalem Post in an email that while they are aware of the media reports, we dont comment on company trials or decisions.

According to The Guardian, the move makes Heckler & Koch the first arms company to have a more ethical export control policy than its own government. Germany, the worlds fifth largest arms exporter with a total of 6.85 billion euros ($8.22 billion) in sales last year, is in a two-year pilot phase of a new initiative to monitor the end use of its arms export.


Newaygo to Host Native American Gathering This Weekend "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Drummers at last years event.

Published September 22, 2017

Native American Gathering, Public Invited to Share in Culture

NEWAYGO, MICHIGAN The second annual We Are Still Here Native Gathering will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24. It will take place in downtown Newaygo at Brooks Park beginning at 11 a.m. on both days. Admission is free, everyone is welcome and families are encouraged to enjoy the Gathering together.

The Native Circle of Newaygo County is once again partnering with the Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center to bring regional Native American crafts, food, music and stories to the community.

The Native Gathering is held to celebrate our youth, elders and the First Nations Peoples of Turtle Island, says Larry Gouine (Chippewa), chair of the Native Circle of Newaygo County.

The event will feature demonstrations such as basketry, beading and Indigenous plant medicines. Native speakers will also talk on a variety of topics including the 1836 Treaty, American Indian Boarding Schools, Native American Veterans in Viet Nam, and the Sacredness of Water.

This is a very family friendly event, and a unique opportunity for people in the Newaygo County area to learn about American Indians from Native people themselves, added Mr. Gouine.

The Native Gathering will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.  If you need more information you may contact Jane Fowler at 231-335-9499.



Milwaukee Bucks Request Waivers on Ho-Chunk Bronson Koenig "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published September 21, 2017

MILWAUKEE The Milwaukee Bucks requested waivers on Bronson Koenig (Ho-Chunk Nation) on Thursday. He signed with the organization on July 6, 2017.

The former University of Wisconsin standout forward averaged 5.2 points and 1.0 rebounds per game in five appearances in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

During his final season as a Wisconsin Badger, Koenig averaged 14.2 points per game. He scored 39.3 percent from three-point range.





The post Milwaukee Bucks Request Waivers on Ho-Chunk Bronson Koenig appeared first on Native News Online.


Unique Study Compares Cancer Incidence & Survival between First Nations & Non-First Nations People in BC "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Mobile Mammography Service

Published September 22, 2017

COAST SALISH TERRITORY/VANCOUVER  The first study ever to compare the development and survival from cancer between First Nations people and non-First Nations people in British Columbia shows an overall lower incidence of the disease for First Nations people but also indicates lower survival rates for most cancers.

The study was conducted jointly by the BC Cancer Agency and First Nations Health Authority, and published in the journal Cancer Causes & Control. The 1993 to 2010 data set includes Status Indian peoples only and is not inclusive of all First Nations, Mtis or Inuit peoples in BC.

The study shows both First Nations men and women experience a higher incidence of colorectal cancer, with a 22 per cent higher age-standardized incidence rate for women and 39 per cent for men. There also appears to be a trend towards increasing incidence for both sexes. More research is needed to understand the specific reasons for this elevated and increasing rate of colorectal cancer among BC First Nations.

A 92 per cent higher incidence rate of cervical cancer was observed among First Nations women. This may indicate that access to geographically available and/or culturally safe cervical cancer screening services may be a continuing barrier for First Nation women.

Incidence rates of almost all other cancers were generally similar or lower in First Nations populations compared to non-First Nation populations. Trends in incidence rates over time were also similar, with the exception of lung cancer, which is rising at a rate among First Nations that may soon overtake declining rates in non-First Nations.

First Nations people are also less likely to survive a cancer diagnosis compared to non-First Nations people. Overall, poorer survival was seen in the First Nation population in 10 of the 15 cancer types examined in women and 10 of the 12 cancer sites examined in men.

Lower survival rates could be influenced by a number of factors including challenges in access to high quality, timely, appropriate and effec...


Alaskans Unite for Protecting the Arctic Refuge "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

NPR photo

Guest Commentary

Published September 22, 2017

Im writing to respond to Arctic policy nonprofit voices support for ANWR development (September 15, 2017). The article reported that the people who live in the Arctic are the ones that are undeniably the most affected by Arctic policy decisions and should be included in the debate. I agree.

The people in the north are talking about their homelands and whats at stake the future of the Gwichin people. We are concerned about our food security and protecting it for our children and all future generations. The fate of the Porcupine Caribou Herd and the Gwichin is intertwined, what befalls the caribou, will befall the Gwichin.

We reviewed the survey results of VOICE and noticed that there were few responses received and many that were counted came from non-Native members of the community.

The Gwichin have high respect and regard for the I...


Associatoin on American Indian Affairs Announces Indigenous International Repatriation Conference "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published September 21, 2017

SEPTEMBER 25 AND 26, 2017

WASHINGTON Today, AAIA Board President Faith Roessel announced the convening of the Third Indigenous International Repatriation Conference on September 25th and 26th, 2017 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This years theme, Journey Home: Empowering Indigenous Indian Communities in International Repatriation, focuses on how Native communities and tribes can become more informed advocates in seeking the return of ancestors, cultural, and sacred items to their homelands.

Acoma Governor, Kurt Riley, headlines the conference with the keynote address on the Acoma Pueblos quest to regain the Acoma Shield, put up for auction in Paris, France. Brian Vallo, Director of the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, will present a joint project with the National Museum of the American Indian on guidelines for tribal communities and museums to work toward greater collaboration.

Roessel expressed, The conference has been an important centerpiece of AAIAs efforts to educate and bring like-minded individuals together. It continues AAIAs decades-long advocacy in repatriation and the protection of our cultural resources.

Conference topics include the following areas:

  • History of Repatriation Movement and Its Future
  • Gaining Insight: The Dynamics of the Tribe and Museum Relationship
  • Guidelines for Collaboration: Community and Museum
  • Lessons Learned: Case Studies in Indigenous Domestic & International Repatriation
  • ...


Enjoy Cherokee Day at Eastern Trails Museum on Sept. 30 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Eastern Trails Museum

Published September 21, 2017

VINITA, OKLAHOMA Enjoy a day of traditional Cherokee art, music and more at the Eastern Trails Museum on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Cherokee Day begins at 10 a.m. with opening remarks by Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Speaker Victoria Vasquez. The family-friendly event runs until 2 p.m. and features live music and cultural demonstrations from Cherokee National Treasures.

This event is a great way to preserve and promote Cherokee history, culture and art, said Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. Our National Treasures have made a heartfelt commitment to mastering and teaching their crafts, and we look forward to having them share that with the visitors at the Eastern Trails Museum. This is just one way we hope to ensure our story is not forgotten and our traditions continue to thrive for generations to come.

The special event includes a book signing for the recently released Cherokee National Treasures book. The signing begins at noon with multiple artists featured in Cherokee National Treasures in Their Own Words.

Cultural demonstrations include basketry, pottery, flint-knapping and traditional hunting bows.

The Eastern Trails Museum offers several Craig County-focused exhibits, including one that pays tribute to Cherokee influence throughout the county. The Cherokee Nation recently donated a traditional Cherokee bow made by Cherokee National Treasure Richard Fields to add to the collection.



Yankton Sioux Tribe Wants Answers for Tasing of Tribal Elder by South Dakota Police "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Yankton Sioux Tribal Elder Raymond Cournoyer Sr. beat and tased by South Dakota law enforcement. Photos from Facebook

Published September 21, 2017

WAGNER, SOUTH DAKOTA The Yankton Sioux Tribe, based in Wagner, South Dakota, is seeking answers as to why one its elders was beaten and tased by South Dakota law enforcement last weekend.

In the early morning hours of Sunday, September 17, 2017, one of the Yanton Sioiux tribal elders, Raymond Cournoyer Sr., was rushing to be at his mothers side as she was making her journey to the spirit world.  Mr. Cournoyer never made it to share her final moments.

South Dakota law enforcement captured beating tribal elder.

Instead, he was stopped by South Dakota Highway patrol officer, Fisher, along with City of Wagner Police Officer, Eli Kuhlman, as soon as he arrived at the Good Samaritan Center. Although Mr. Cournoyer verbally informed officer Fisher of his intentions to see his dying mother, he was only able to take a few steps before Fischer grabbed him from behind and pushed him against the vehicle. By this time officer Eli Kuhlman arrived on the scene where he then grabbed Mr. Cournoyer slammed him to the ground face first and tased him. Both officers then placed him in handcuffs.

Mr. Cournoyer is a 64-year-old Army veteran who has been drug and alcohol free for over 30 years.  He is a widely respected member of both Yankton Sioux and Wagner communities. He posed no threat to anyone.

The tribe calls this type of excessive forces was uncalled for. There are available pictures from the Cournoyer family that show the physical aftermath of Officer Kuhlmans use of force upon Mr. Cournoyer.


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