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Tuesday, 22 May


Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Supports House Letter Opposing Medicaid Work Requirements for Tribal Members "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published May 22, 2018 

Representative Tom Cole

AKWESASNE, NY The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe (SRMT or Tribe) applauds 56 members of the House Native American Caucus for opposing the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recent reclassification of Native Americans and Alaska Natives as a racial group for purposes of receiving Medicaid.

In a letter dated Onerahtohk:wa/May 11, 2018; House members highlighted the unprecedented change in CMS policy; which sweeps aside decades of Supreme Court jurisprudence, numerous statutes, and long-established Executive Branch policies governing the relationship between sovereign tribal governments and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The letter goes on to read, In addition to threatening tribal sovereignty, this shortsighted and ill informed decision will have the added effect of reducing funds available to the Indian Health Service (IHS) in effect, undermining Congresss intent in enacting Section 1911 of the Social Security Act to authorize IHS reimbursements under Medicaid.

The Houses effort comes in response to a Tsiothohrk:wa/January 11, 2018 letter to state Medicaid directors, which authorized states to establish and implement their own work requirements without accommodations for federally recognized tribes. Tribal governments were directly informed on Tsiothohrk:wa/January 17, 2018 that CMS would not approve a waiver that contained a tribal exemption because of civil rights concerns. Though New York State has made the reasonable decision to not impose the work requirement, the Tribe supported the letter as efforts to classify Native Americans as a racial group is alarming for all of Indian Country.

This is a dangerous change in policy for many tribes around the country, said Tribal Chief Beverly Cook, a family nurse practitioner and Nashville Area Representative for the National Indian Health Board. Chief Cook added, Because the IHS continues to be chronically underfunded and incapable of addressing our disproportionally high rates of diabetes, chronic ailments, and cancer; Medicaid assists us in providing basic healthcare services to our members. The loss of these funds would cripple our already limited ability to address the health concerns of Mohawk people....


Guardians of the Amazon seize illegal loggers to protect uncontacted tribe "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Guardians of the Amazon from the Guajajara tribe: We patrol, we find the loggers, we destroy their equipment and we send them away. Weve stopped many loggers. Its working.
Guardians of the Amazon

Members of an Amazon tribe patrolling their rainforest reserve to protect uncontacted relatives from illegal loggers have seized a notorious logging gang, burned their truck, and expelled them from the jungle.

The Guardians of the Amazon are from the Guajajara tribe: We patrol, we find the loggers, we destroy their equipment and we send them away. Weve stopped many loggers. Its working.

The area they are defending, Arariboia, is in the most threatened region in the entire Amazon. It is home to an uncontacted group of Aw Indians, a tribe well known for their affinity with animals and understanding of the forest, who face total annihilation if they come into contact with the loggers.

The Guardians have recently found abandoned Aw shelters close to where the loggers operate.

An Aw man called Takwarentxia, who was contacted in 1992 with his wife Haka'i, and their baby. The rest of his family were killed by...


Nightslantern Suppressed News // #Gaza / #Canada "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

May 19, 2018
      Gaza: in response to actions on the boundary between Gaza and Israel (see previous 1 and 2) the U.N. Human Rights Council on May 18th passed a resolution to form an independent, internationa...


Native Actor Wes Studi to Take Part in Pokagon Band Events This Week "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Wes Studi speaks before the National Indian Gaming Association.

Published May 22, 2018

DOWAGIAC, Mich.  The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is pleased to announce actor Wes Studi will be in town May 24-26 to take part in tribal events over the Memorial Day weekend. Studi is an acclaimed actor and musician best known for his roles in The Last of the Mohicans, Dances with Wolves and Avatar.

Studi, a member of the Cherokee nation born in northeastern Oklahoma, will speak at the Pokagon Veterans Memorial Golf Outing dinner on Thursday, May 24 and will participate in the golf outing on Friday, May 25. The ninth annual Pokagon Veterans Memorial Golf Outing raises money for the Pokagon Veterans Military Relief Fund, which offers assistance to native veterans and their families.

Wes Stdid in Last of Mohicans Photo credit Maura Dhu Studi

Studi is known for his portrayal of Native Americans in a way that forever changed their stereotype in the movie industry. Breaking new ground, he brought fully developed Native American characters to the screen, and then took it a step further highlighting the success of Native Americans in non-traditional roles. Throughout his 30-year career hes won numerous awards, including several...


#NativeVote18: Democratic Congressional Candidate John Meyer to Register Crow Tribal Members "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Reaching out for the Native vote, John Meyer visits powwow

Published May 22, 2018

CROW AGENCY, Mont. Democratic Candidate John Meyer will be grilling bison burgers and helping tribal members become registered to vote at the Crow Administrative Building this Wednesday from 12-5 pm and Thursday from 10-5 pm.

Crow Tribal members that have not already registered to vote will need to bring a Drivers license, Montana ID card, or the last 4 numbers of their social security number along with a Tribal ID, School ID Card, or Utility Bill that shows address.

Tribal members that have already registered to vote will need to bring a Tribal ID, School ID Card, or Utility Bill that shows address.

John Meyer said he would like to get more Crow involved in Democracy. I dont care who people vote for, I just want them to vote.

Meyers organization, Cottonwood Environmental Law Center, currently has a lawsuit against Governor Bullock and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke for not allowing Yellowstone bison to freely roam outside of Yellowstone National Park. Governor Bullock and Secretary Zinke need to let bison roam freely outside of Yellowstone National Park to provide more hunting opportunities and food for the Crow. Meyers organization brought students from Little Big Horn College to Yellowstone National Park earlier this year to teach them about their treaty
rights and learn more about Yellowstone bison.

Meyer said he is planning to cook bison and get Northern Cheyenne voters registered to vote next week in Lame Deer.

The post #NativeVote18: Democratic Congressional Candidate John Meyer to Register Crow Tribal Members appeared first on Native News Online.


Sen. Udall Presses Bureau of Indian Education Director on School Safety "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published May 22, 2018

Applauds committee passage of the Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act to prevent the illegal sale of tribal cultural items

WASHINGTON  Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, pressed Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Director Tony Dearman about the BIEs shortcomings in proactively addressing school violence and emergency preparedness, at an oversight hearing entitled Protecting the Next Generation: Safety and Security at BIE Schools.

Recent events have, once again, led to a national dialogue on school safety. Its crucial that schools in Indian Country be part of this important conversation, said Udall in his opening remarks. The Santa Fe Indian School student body and the student-led Braves and Lady Braves Against School Violence group is taking on very important work. Let me just say to those students that I am moved by your tenacity and your advocacy. And that I hope todays hearing amplifies your work and that of all Native students whether they attend BIE schools or non-BIE schools; and whether they are in K-12 or college.

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

Indian Country has experienced several incidents of school violence over the last two decades, including a 2005 school shooting on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota, a 2014 school shooting near the Tulalip Reservation in Washington, and a 2017 school shooting near the Navajo Nation in Aztec, New Mexico. Since the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, BIE officials have noted an uptick in threat...


Navajo Generating Stations Page Attacks Trash Program Completes 37th Annual Cleanup "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Mountain of trash picked up at NGS

Published May 22, 2018

PAGE, Ariz.  For the 37th consecutive year, an army of some 1,200 Page and LeChee citizens fanned out across and around their mesa-top town to celebrate Earth Day on April 28 in a way that has become a local, award-winning tradition.

Armed with tough, distinctive white trash bags, families and individuals could be seen along highways and adjacent shopping areas gathering trash that somehow had escaped the grasp of their neighbors.

As the morning hours passed, hundreds of filled bags  16,680 pounds worth  grew into mountains that were hauled away by crews from the Arizona Department of Transportation who joined the cause.

Why are you doing this? I asked volunteer Cheryl Machacek, a Page resident for 19 years.

Its community involvement plus youre really helping the environment, and its great stuff, she said. My husband and I are out in the desert a lot and we always take a sack with us. We came to this area because with all the stores, theres always a lot, lot, lot. Its important.

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