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Friday, 24 November


AICL's Best Books of 2017 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

I'm starting AICL's "Best Books of 2017" today--November 24--and will update it as we read other books published in 2017.

Please share this page with teachers, librarians, parents--anyone, really--who is interested in books about Native peoples. As we come across additional books published in 2017, we will add them to this list. If you know of ones we might want to consider, please let us know!


Comics and Graphic Novels

  • Storm, Jen. (2017). Fire Starters. Highwater Press. Canada.

Board Books

Picture Books

  • Campbell, Nicola. (2017). A Day with Yayah, illustrated by Julie Flett. Tradewind Books. Canada. 
  • Smith, Monique Gray. (2017). You Hold Me Up, illustrated by Danielle Daniel. Orca. Canada.
  • Vandever, Daniel W. (2017). Fall in Line, Holden! Salina Books. U.S.

For Middle Grades

For High School 


Indian Country Encouraged to Comment on Nominees for IHS & Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Tara Mac Lean Sweeney

Published November 24, 2017

Tribal leaders, stakeholders and individuals may share their comments and feedback directly with Udall
WASHINGTON  U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, is asking Tribal Leaders, stakeholders and individuals throughout Indian Country to participate directly in the process for nominating and confirming President Trumps nominees for the key positions of director of the Indian Health Service and assistant secretary for Indian Affairs.
Earlier this month, Trump nominated Robert Weaver to be Indian Health Service (IHS) director and Tara Sweeney to be assistant secretary for Indian Affairs. The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold hearings within the coming weeks to determine whether to advance the nominations to the full Senate for confirmation. As he prepares for the confirmation hearings, Udall is encouraging individuals in Indian Country to speak up and share their opinions directly with him.

Robert Weaver

As vice chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee, I am obligated and committed to having ongoing and meaningful Tribal engagement throughout the confirmation process, Udall said. Both of these individuals are nominated for positions that have a direct impact on the ability of the federal government to fulfill its trust obligation to Tribes, and I want to hear what people in Indian Country have to say about Mr. Weaver and Ms. Sweeneys professional qualifications, mana......


Cultural Tourism Development Opportunities to be Introduced at BIA Tribal Providers Conference "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published November 24, 2017

American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association presents for first time at annual conference

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA  Next week, Native representatives from across Alaska will flock to Anchorage for the 2017 Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Tribal Providers Conference, where the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) will host special cultural tourism educational workshops the first time tourism will be presented as a focus of this convention.

The BIA Tribal Providers Conference will take place November 28-30 at the Denaina Center in Anchorage, and is expecting more than 1,700 tribal representatives in attendance.

Its imperative to bring tourism into the discussion at an event like this, said Camille Ferguson, AIANTA Executive Director. We want to educate Alaska Natives on the economic opportunities cultural tourism can present and all of the opportunities that AIANTA has to offer to tribes involved in tourism around the state.

As part of the Workforce Development Sessions Ferguson, along with one of AIANTAs Alaska Regional Board Representatives Rachel Moreno and AIANTA Website Development Coordinator Sandra Anderson will educate attendees on the vast opportunities cultural tourism offers as well as AIANTAs main initiatives to promote and enhance Indian Country tourism throughout the world. These initiatives include marketing opportunities on AIANTAs consumer facing website,, training opportunities at AIANTAs annual American Indian Tourism Conference, tourism focused educational opportunities and webinars throughout the year and international outreach around the world.

AIANTA and will be providing technical assistance and training as a focus during  the one-on-one sessions at the 2017 BIA Tribal Providers Conference. Na...


Cherokee Nation Kicks Off 2017 Angel Project "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Miss Cherokee Madison Whitekiller and Jr. Miss Cherokee Danya Pigeon select angels during the 2017 Angel Project kick-off event.

Published November 24, 2017

TAHLEQUAH Nearly 2,000 angels are ready to be adopted as part of the 2017 Cherokee Nation Angel Project that kicked off Tuesday. The project will provide items like clothing, toys and other holiday needs for Cherokee children across the 14-counties.

Joined by the Cherokee National Youth Choir, Miss Cherokee Madison Whitekiller, Jr. Miss Cherokee Danya Pigeon and the Little Cherokee Ambassadors, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden kicked off the annual program and thanked everyone for their generous participation in the Cherokee Nation Angel Project.

Through the Cherokee Nation Angel Project, we are able to share in providing Christmas for Cherokee families in need, and there is no better feeling. said Principal Chief Bill John Baker. The Cherokee Nation has so much to be thankful for and it is important that we remember our Cherokee families that could use a little extra help during the holidays.

Each ornament on the tree represents a Cherokee child in the community. According to Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare Executive Director Nikki Baker-Limore, the Cherokee Nation Angel Project could mean the difference in Christmas for these children, ranging in age from infant to 16-years-old.

These children are living with either a guardian or a family member that meets the federal income guidelines, which means many of these families dont have extra funds for Christmas gifts, said Baker-Limore. It is so important and appreciated when people are able to contribute to these families during the holiday season.



Chiapas: Coastal Civil Observation Mission Ends Two Months after the 8.2 Earthquake | SIPAZ Blog "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Chiapas: Coastal Civil Observation Mission Ends Two Months after the 8.2 Earthquake | SIPAZ Blog: The mission obtained the testimony of victims and communities whose situation of humanitarian emergency has not been sufficiently visible or attended and held meetings with the municipal presidents of Tonala and Arriaga, as well as with State Government officials.

In its main conclusions, the mission found serious misinformation about the criteria and procedures in granting support for the reconstruction process. It also observed certain inequities and discriminatory elements in the granting of support, as well as a serious lack of coordination of the federal government with the municipal authorities and with society.


Thanksgiving has a different meaning for some Native Americans "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Thanksgiving has a different meaning for some Native Americans: [, Record Searchlight] We look at it as a day of the village, said Rod Lindsay, a former Shasta Lake mayor and the executive director of the Local Indians For Education, Inc. I call it a gathering. Its a good day.

The 73-year-old Lindsay, a member of the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk American Indians, has long been a community activist, promoting American Indian culture and multiculturalism.

And, he said, Thanksgiving is a spiritualday for him filled with food, family unity, blessings and remembering his ancestors.


Last men cleared from Manus Island detention centre: PNG authorities "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Last men cleared from Manus Island detention centre: PNG authorities: [] Immigration Minister Peter Dutton this morning confirmed the remaining men at the decommissioned centre are now in alternative accommodation.

"The Australian government welcomes this development," he said in a statement.

It comes after Papua New Guinea police and immigration officers stormed the decommissioned centre earlier this morning, trashing refugees belongings and shelters and ordering them to leave.


Former San Francisco Quarterback Colin Kaepernick Honored by American Indians on Alcatraz Island "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Fprmer San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick was honored at the Indigenous Peoples Sunrise Ceremony on Alcatraz Island on Thursday. Native News Online photo by Christopher Burquez

Published November 23, 2017

ALCATRAZ ISLAND Former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has drawn criticism from President Trump for taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem at the beginning of National Football League games last year, showed up on Alcatraz Island to lend his support to American Indians at the annual Indigenous Peoples Sunrise Ceremony. Kaepernick wore a t-shirt bearing the image of Sitting Bull.

I realize that our fight for our justice, for our freedom, and realizing that were in this fight together makes it all the more powerful, Kaepernick said as he addressed the crowd, that was organized by the International Indian Treaty Council.

If there is one thing I take away from today and seeing the beauty of everyone out here, its that we are only getting stronger every day, were only getting larger and larger every day. I see strength in everybody, he continued. The dancing, the rituals that is our resistance. We continue to fight. We continue to fight for justice. We fight for our freedom, and we continue on that path.

Thursdays event was not the first time Kaepernick showed his support for American Indian causes. Last December, Kaepernick gave $50,000 to the the Mnii Wiconi Health Clinic Partnership at Standing Rock during the resistance by American Indians to stop the Dakota Access oil pipeline.


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Thursday, 23 November


Muskrat Falls inquiry wont save Newfoundlanders from a $12.7-billion sinkhole "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Muskrat Falls dam

The construction site of the hydroelectric facility at Muskrat Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador is seen on July 14, 2015. (Andrew Vaughan / The Canadian Press)

by Konrad Yakabuski, Globe and Mail, Nov 23, 2017

Seven years ago this month, when then Newfoundland premier Danny Williams announced the province would go ahead with the now cursed Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project on the Lower Churchill River in Labrador, he proclaimed the moment would go down in history as the day that finally eclipses that day back in 1969 when the Upper Churchill agreement was signed.

Hes turned out to be right, just not in the way Newfoundlanders had imagined.

Instead of providing an antidote to the bitterness engendered by an Upper Churchill contract that overwhelmingly favours Quebec, Muskrat Falls has become an albatross that threatens the provinces very solvency. Most Newfoundlanders now rue the day Mr. Williams approved it.



NCAI President Jefferson Keel Calls for Respect This Thanksgiving Season "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

National Congress of American Indians President Jefferson Keel (Chickasaw)

Thanksgiving 2017

Published November 23, 2017

WASHINGTON As we approach the end of Native American Heritage Month and the country celebrates Thanksgiving, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) President Jefferson Keel expresses the importance of reflecting on, respecting, and celebrating the hundreds of Native nations and cultures across the country that contribute to the diversity that makes the United States great.

As youre sitting down around the table to give thanks, please remember the many contributions Native Americans have made and continue to make, notable among them our cultures, food, ecological knowledge and stewardship, and service to our country.

Historically, many Native nations celebrate this important time of the harvest season. Its a time to extend our gratitude for abundant harvests. Its a day that also brings Native people into the national conversation. As we reflect on the history and perseverance of Native Americans, we are reminded that we were here long before the United States became the United States.

To this day, our resilient cultures and lifeways nurture deep and abiding human connections to our natural world and all living things within it. We give thanks to the Creator for instilling in us the values and tools that we need to protect that world and create prosperous futures for our generations yet to come.

In this time of gratitude and reunion, we must also recognize the warriors who protect our homeland, many of whom may be far from home today. We give thanks to those who defend our country, including our Native men and women, who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces at a higher rate than any other group in the country.

With all that Native p...


On Thanksgiving "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

For decades, American Indians have gathered on the fourth Thursday in November on Alcatraz Island to pray.


Published November 23, 2017

Every year during Thanksgiving week I am asked if American Indians celebrate the national holiday. The answer really covers the spectrum of those who choose to embrace modern American living and those who attempt to live traditional practices of our ancestors.

Hundreds of American Indians will travel-beginning at about 3 a.m. this morning-from Pier 33 in San Francisco to Alcatraz Island for an indigenous sunrise ceremony. This is how they celebrate today. They will pray, sing and dance beyond the rising of the sun. During their prayers, they will give thanks to the Creator for our ancestors who went before us. This year, they will remember the memory of Dennis Banks, co-founder of the American Indian Movement, who began his spirit journey late last month. They will remember how he once too was on Alcatraz Island as a young AIM leader to protest with those who occupied the island. They will remember the Longest Walks he began on the island; they will remember the walks would continue to Washington, D.C. to bring attention to the injustices of federal policies towards American Indians. And they will pray for future generations that will produce future leaders such as Dennis Banks.

Levi Rickert

Still othersparticularly many tribes across Indian Countyhave already hosted Thanksgiving dinners for their tribal elderly and other community members in recent days.

Today, many American Indians will sit down to eat a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. They will gather with family and friends to eat, discuss tribal politics and Washington, D.C. politics. They will discuss the erosion of moral standards in American society where lying by the current occupant of the White House has become an everyday occurrence. Wives,...


Thanksgiving; A Day of Grief and Gratitude "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Constructed history

Constructed history

Guest Commentary

Published November 23, 2017

Editors Note: This guest commentary was originally published by Native News Online on Thanksgiving 2015. The relevancy of this commentary continues as Thanksgiving is celebrated today.

The first official Day of Thanksgiving was held in 1637, when Governor John Winthrop called for a day of thanks following the massacre of more than 700 men, women and children from the Pequot Tribe. This massacre took place in Mystic, Connecticut, during the tribes Green Corn Festival. While tribal members slept, men from the Massachusetts Bay Colony crept into their camp. After tribal members had laid down their weapons, the colonists killed the men, burned the women and children in their dwellings and sold the rest into slavery. When they returned, Governor Winthrop called for an official day of Thanksgiving to celebrate their success. This event marks the beginning of a holocaust that lasted for centuries on this land, leading to the slaughter of millions of Indigenous peoples. This factual history contains countless acts of genocide that have continued into the modern day. This is why Indigenous people, and many of our friends and allies, recognize this day as a National Day of Mourning.  This day of mourning is not just for the tragic events of the past, it is also for the ongoing suffering that our people continue to endure.

While death rates for infants and children have plummeted for the mainstream population, mortality rates for Native infants and children have increased by up to 15 percent. Suicide rates among Native youth are 3-4 times higher than the rest of the population. According to Amnesty International, Native women are ten times more likely to be subject to violent sexual crimes than any other population group. The removal rate for Indian chi...


Thanksgiving Day Facts from U.S. Census Bureau "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Thanksgiving Day 2017

Published November 23, 2017

WASHINGTON   In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims early settlers of Plymouth Colony held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest. Many regard this event as the nations first Thanksgiving. The Wampanoag Indians in attendance played a key role. Historians have recorded ceremonies of thanks among other groups of European settlers in North America. These include the British colonists in Virginia as early as 1619.

The legacy of thanks and the feast have survived the centuries, as the event became a national holiday 154 years ago (Oct. 3, 1863) when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a national day of thanksgiving. Later, President Franklin Roosevelt clarified that Thanksgiving Day should always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month to encourage earlier holiday shopping, never on the occasional fifth Thursday.

In preparation for Thanksgiving, the U.S. Census Bureau released the following information regarding the celebration of the holiday:

Where to Feast

118.9 million

The number of occupied housing units across the nation in the second quarter of 2017 potential stops for Thanksgiving dinner.



West Moberly, Prophet River First Nations warn Site C approval could lead to billion dollar treaty violation "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"


West Moberly First Nation Chief Roland Willson said B.C. Cabinet members are playing their cards pretty close to their chest when discussing how they will proceed on the Site C dam project, but he believes they must cancel it in order to uphold treaty obligations. (Andrew Kurjata/CBC)

The question of whether Site C violates the 1899 Treaty 8 agreement has not been tested in court

By Andrew Kurjata, CBC News, Nov 21, 2017

The West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations have warned they will launch a billion-dollar lawsuit testing whether the Site C dam violates their treaty rights should the provincial government decide to proceed with the project.

The Federal Court of Appeal previously dismissed a lawsuit from the two First Nations that sought to halt construction...

Wednesday, 22 November


Police Seek Help in Farmington Murder "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published November 22, 2017

CHINLE, ARIZONA -Farmington Police are seeking the publics help in solving the apparent murder of a Navajo woman whose body was found in Brook Haven Park on Nov. 5.

Police spokeswoman Georgette Allen said there have been no significant leads since the body of Vanessa Tsosie, 29, of Red Valley, Arizona, was found lying in the park at 901 Glade Lane by a passerby at 7:06 a.m.

Allen said there were signs of foul play and the death is being investigated as a homicide.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area the night of Nov. 4 or the morning of Nov. 5 is asked to call San Juan County Crime Stoppers at 505-334-TIPS.

Callers may remain anonymous.

Editors Note: This article was first published in the Navajo Times. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

The post Police Seek Help in Farmington Murder appeared first on Native News Online.


Does Artistic Merit Outweigh Outrage at Artists Crimes? "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

One of Secondines paintings currently on display at the Haskell Library.

Published November 22, 2017

LAWRENCE, KANSAS  In light of the sexual harassment and issues going on in politics and, there is a small discussion on an artists work and their past crimes. Don Secondine, Jr., a noted Cherokee artist and Haskell Indian Junior College alum, has two paintings on display in the library at Tommaney Hall and others in storage. Unbeknownst to many, in 2009 Secondine was sentenced to seven years in state prison after pleading no contest to aggravated indecent liberties with a child, according to a July 14, 2009 article in the Lawrence Journal-World.

Secondine, remains a well-known painter who studied under Dr. Richard Dick West at Haskell in the 1970s. West, a World War II veteran, is best remembered for his mastery of Plains-style flat painting in which he began working under the tutelage of Acee Blue Eagle at Bacone University in Muskogee, Oklahoma in the 1930s. The influence of both Blue Eagle and West are readily apparent in many of Secondines works.

How do students and staff feel about having Secondines work on display? Does the nature of the artists crimes outweigh the artistic merits of his work?

Carrie Cornelius, acting director of the library stated that she had begun discussions with the Haskell Cultural Center and Museum to discuss options for replacing Secondines work with others from the collection. Cornelius as well as David Titterington, Haskell Art Instructor, indicated an interest in displaying work from current Haskell students in the library.

In the course of interviews conducted with Haskell students it does not appear as though many of the student body are aware of Secondines crimes, but the prevailing opinion is one of indifference with students remarking that even the disturbed can create
beautiful works of art.

For the time being, Secondines work remains on display in the library.

Editors Note: This article was first published in the Haskell Indian Nations Universitys Indian Leader. Used with permission. All rights reserved.


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