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Monday, 18 June


B.C. first province to have funding available for on-reserve housing "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

The B.C government is pledging $550 million over the next 10 years to build and operate 1,750 new units of social housing for projects, both on- and off-reserve in Indigenous communities. The funding will make British Columbia the first province in Canada to invest provincial housing funds into on-reserve housing.

Everyone in British Columbia deserves a good home, including people who live on-reserve, Premier John Horgan said. Thats why were opening the door to all Indigenous communities to join us as we make housing better and more affordable for people in every part of the province.

In addition to the new Indigenous Housing Fund, Indigenous organizations and First Nations will be able to access provincial support announced in Budget 2018. BC Housing will now send out a request for proposals to identify prospective partners wanting to team up with Indigenous housing providers and First Nations.

Our government recognizes the rights of Indigenous peoples to be actively involved in developing and determining housing policies and programs affecting them, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Scott Fraser said. Well be working clo...


First of 202 Trans Mountain pipeline protesters await sentencing "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

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Police read out injunction prior to arresting protesters at the TransMountain Pipeline expansion in Burnaby, BC. in March 2018. Photo: CTV News

Fines stemming from later arrests will escalate from $500 to $5,000 as trials progress this summer

by Mike Laanela, CBC News, June 18, 2018

A couple of dozen anti-pipeline protesters rallied outside B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Monday morning.

They were there to mark the end of the trial of the first 28 protesters arrested for blocking access to the Kinder Morgan work site on Burnaby Mountain on March 17.

Previously the Crown has recommended that 15 of those who were arrested peacefully and pleaded guilty to criminal contempt charges for blocking access to the site be given a $500 fine or do 25 hours of community service.

Its not yet known what sort of sentence will be given to the 13 other protesters who pleaded not guilty. The judge is expected to hand down their verdicts and possibly their sentences Monday afternoon.

More trials t...


Update to AICL's Review of THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY by Adam Rex "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

On February 12, 2015, I reviewed The True Meaning of Smekday, by Adam Rex. On May 7, I reviewed the sequel, Smek For President. 

On February 14 of 2018, Adam Rex said on Twitter:

Yesterday I posted a thread about my industry. In response, @debreese suggested I talk about my book The True Meaning of Smekday. It's a funny alien invasion book, but it's also intended as a satire and critique of colonialism. And I have regrets about it.

In my effort to write a satire and critique of colonialism, I made mistakes that undermined my message. Reese enumerated these mistakes better than I can here. I encourage you to read her reviews of my book and its sequel.

I'm grateful for Rex's public remark and placed it on AICL so those who read AICL can see it.


A Path Forward: Respecting Free, Prior and Informed Consent "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

A Path Forward: Respecting Free, Prior and Informed Consent

Jun 18, 2018
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By Ulia Gosart


Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) remains among the most controversial regulatory mechanisms created to manage professional economic and social relationships between Indigenous communities and external parties.


From the moral and legal point of view, any community must be able to make an autonomous choice a decision free of any form of cohesion - when placed in a position of...


Navajo Code Talker Samuel T. Holiday Laid to Rest "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, Code Talker Thomas H. Begay and others wait for the funeral procession to arrive.

Published June 18, 2018

MONUMENT VALLEY, Utah   Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez on Friday helped the family of Code Talker Samuel T. Holiday say goodbye to a father, grandfather, uncle, warrior and friend.

During a funeral service set against the same iconic backdrop in Monument Valley where Holiday was born, President Begaye called Holiday a friend and a hero, admired by the Navajo people and recognized by the United States government for his role in helping turn the tide of World War II in the Pacific Theater. Holiday died June 11 at Southern Utah Veterans Home, in Ivins, Utah. He was 94.

Code Talker Samuel T. Holiday was laid to rest Friday after funeral services in Monument Valley, Utah.

Out on the battlefield, youre not a warrior by yourself, President Begaye told an audience of several hundred people assembled at the Monument Valley Visitor Center on Friday morning. Youre not a warrior alone. You are there with your comrades, watching each other, having each others backs, protecting one another, making sure that everyone is all right. Sam Holiday was out there with his comrades, battling the enemy so that we could have the freedom we enjoy. Today we honor him.

Born in Monument Valley in 1924, Holiday attended boarding school in Tuba City before enlisting in the United States Marines Corps and training as a Code Talker. He served in the 4th Marine Di...


Navajo Nation Leaders Oppose Challenges to the San Juan River Water Settlement "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

The San Juan River Photo Credit: Steve Collins/

Published June 18, 2018

WINDOW ROCK  Leaders of the Navajo Nation are strongly opposing a petition purportedly filed with the New Mexico Supreme Court by New Mexico state legislators on Friday, which asks the states highest court to nullify the San Juan River water settlement agreement between the state and the Navajo Nation. Although the settlement was approved by Congress and signed in 2010, the petition claims that the settlement must be submitted to the New Mexico State Legislature for consideration.

Since the settlement was finalized years ago, Navajo and non-Navajo stakeholders have benefitted from its water allocations and water sharing provisions, and millions have been invested into water projects for municipal, agricultural, and other uses.

This was a settlement that was negotiated in good faith with all stakeholders and received the support of the Navajo Nation Council, Navajo Nation President, Congress, and the President of the United States. This settlement is not an interstate compact and does not require the approval of the State Legislature, stated Speaker LoRenzo Bates.

In April, the New Mexico Court of Appeals upheld the water settlement and rejected four challenges filed by water and irrigation districts, reaffirming the Navajo Nations water rights pertaining to the San Juan River basin in the northwestern part of the state. The state Supreme Court also rejected a similar petition in 2014, filed by lawmakers and a local farmer.  The San Juan Adjudication Court, the New Mexico Court of Appeals, and the Federal District Court in the Aamodt Adjudication rejected similar claims that the settlement required the approval of the State Legislature.

Its disappointing that certain legislators continue to challenge a settlement that is mutually beneficial for the Navajo Nation and the State of New Mexico, added Speaker Bates. The previous rulings by state and federal courts rejecting this ch...


Bike and Car insurance True Companion for Long Rides! "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published June 18, 2018

We all are busy in our daily routine and rushing to office, college, etc. through public transport is a problematic situation. This is because of overcrowded public transports which makes us tired and force us to think about investing in a private vehicle that will help us to commute daily easily. Because of over populated area it is not in easy to commute through public transport. Just think about it once, you have a big day in office and you have to present yourself as the best. For the same you put your best clothes with the best perfume just to get the desired confidence and  to look more professional but wait, after getting ready, how will it feel like to wait for the bus, or taxi and to bear all types of halts and people. Irritating, right. And after this, with which energy you will enter office for the big day or for your presentation. To cover the vast distance from your home to workplace, you have to own a vehicle whether a car or bike so that you can reach there with fresh mind and look as well. It will also save you from the hassles of public transport. Your personal vehicle -like car and bike can make unexpected and not so easy things possible in your life.

Car and Bike Insurance

Everyone dream of having a personal vehicle, some get satisfaction with bike and some look for car. But, it is true that the dream would not stop when you buy a vehicle. Its maintenance, timely polishing and washing is also not enough. You should look for completely safety of your vehicle that can protect that same from unwanted accidents and damages that take place on roads of India. And the best way of protecting your bike or car is to invest in a form of motor insurance. Basically it is mandatory to have vehicle insurance in India but you should not forget the benefits of the same as well which make it more attractive to have. An effective form of motor insurance will help you in getting the required coverage. A car and bike insurance policy protects your vehicle against any damage that may occur because of any unforeseen event such as an accident or natural disaster. And you cant deny the fact that the roads of India are not good enough to travel with much needed safety. Vehicle insurance is a savior to deal with the worst situations.

Different forms of Bike and Car insurance

Bike Insurance

Nowadays, bike insurance is become a nece...


Fort McDowell Casino Set to Break Ground on Multi-Million Dollar New Casino Project "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published June 18, 2018

FORT MCDOWELL, Ariz.  The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation is breaking ground of a new casino on June 29, 2018. Those expected to attend the celebration include tribal members and dignitaries from the State of Arizona and surrounding communities.

The new casino will be 166,341 square feet, which will soon offer guests a larger casino with a garden court, specialty high end dining, Sports bar with entertainment stage and other new amenities. Thalden Boyd Emery Architects, W.E. ONeil, and Kitchell Construction have been named as the project team.

The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nations ongoing mission is to aid in the economic development and the expansion of direct services to meet the changing needs of all tribal members while preserving traditional values and at the same time benefiting and supporting its neighbors, the greater East Valley and Scottsdale areas.

We break ground on Friday, June 29, 2018 on a new casino and open a new chapter in the modern history of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. Our tribe has overcome many challenges just to be here today. Our path has been difficult, but the obstacles weve endured have only made us stronger. We may be the smallest tribe in the Valley, but we built the first high stakes bingo hall in the Phoenix area three decades ago and today we are taking another huge leap forward. This exciting project will set a new standard for quality entertainment in the Northeast Valley while providing economic security to our tribal government. Were thankful that our past success enables us to make this investment in the future of our tribe and our region, said Bernadine Burnette, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Tribal Council President.

Construction will begin late summer and is expected to be complete and open to the public by spring 2020.

The post Fort McDowell Casino Set to Break Ground on Multi-Million Dollar New Casino Project appeared first on Native News Online.


Cherokee Heritage Center Hosts Living History Supper June 19 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Navajo Code Talker Samuel T. Holiday during the Navajo
Code Talker Day Parade in Window Rock, Ariz. on Aug. 14, 2016

Published June 18, 2018

TAHLEQUAH  The Cherokee Heritage Center is hosting a living history supper in celebration of its new exhibit Cherokee Recollections: The Pocahontas Club.

The exhibit runs through August 4 and showcases the women, and sometimes men, behind the organization and its unwavering commitment to education, culture and community throughout the last century.

The Pocahontas Club and its members have played a significant role in Cherokee society throughout time, said Dr. Charles Gourd, executive director of the Cherokee Heritage Center. It is imperative that we take the time to understand and appreciate their contributions to not only Cherokee culture, but all native peoples and the communities in which we reside. There is much we can still learn and much to be reminded of from this outstanding organization.

Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Keith Austin said the exhibit is an honor to the history and mission of the Indian Womens Pocahontas Club.

I am so pleased the Cherokee Heritage Center has chosen to honor the rich history of the Indian Womens Pocahontas Club with this exhibit, Austin said. For almost 120 years, the club has been devoted to promoting the education and well-being of the Cherokee people and preserving our culture and history. It is fitting that this exhibit will ensure their rich story is shared with many and preserved for future generations.

A reception and living history supper will be held on June 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Adams Corner Rural Village, which represents Cherokee life in the 1890s before Oklahoma statehood. The event is free and open to the public.

The Indian Womens Pocahontas Club was established June 29, 1899, in the Cooweescoowee District of the Cherokee Nation in Indian Territory. Today, the club has just over 200 members throughout the U.S. and remains committed to its primary objective, promoting Indian welfare and education.

Returning to the sacred grounds of the original Cherokee Female Seminary where we began June 29, 1899, is truly humbling. We thank the Cherokee Nation and the Cherokee Heritag...

Sunday, 17 June


Happy Fathers Day "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Being a father requires a lifetime commitment of love, patience and guidance.

Published June 17, 2018

Happy Fathers Day from Native News Online


Today Americans celebrate Fathers Day. It is a day set aside to honor fathers across America.

Being a good father brings a lot of responsibilities to demonstrate leadership, love and commitment within families.

Fathers Day: June 17, 2018

According to the Library of Congress, In June of every year, we honor fathers. The first Mothers Day was celebrated in 1914, but a holiday honoring fathers did not become official until 1966, when President Lyndon Johnson declared that the third Sunday in June would be Fathers Day. President Richard Nixon made this proclamation permanent in 1972. But this doesnt mean that the holiday was not celebrated before this time.

The idea for Fathers Day is attributed to Sonora Dodd, who was raised by her father after her mothers death during childbirth. While listening to a sermon at church on Mothers Day, she thought about all her father had done for her and her siblings and decided fathers should have a day, too. Because Dodds father was born in June, she encouraged churches in her area, Spokane, Wash., to honor fathers that month. The first Fathers Day was celebrated in Spokane in 1910.

Over the years, the idea spread, and people lobbied Congress to establish the holiday. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson, who had signed a proclamation establishing...


Cherokee Nation Management & Consulting Supporting US Military Forces "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published June 17, 2018


TULSA, Okla. Cherokee Nation Management & Consulting, a subsidiary of Cherokee Nation Businesses, secured two indefinite-delivery contracts with the U.S. Army.

We are pleased to continue growing our relationship with the Department of Defense and the U.S. Army, said Steven Bilby, president of CNBs diversified businesses. It is a great honor and privilege to serve the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who serve our country so bravely.

Through the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the tribally owned company will provide the U.S. Army with professional support to ensure sustainable and ready operational services and enhance the ability of the U.S. military forces to fight and meet the demands of the National Military Strategy.

CNMC will provide a skilled team of analysts and specialists to support the OASA IEE and its Energy and Sustainability Directorates in focus areas such as environment, safety and occupational health, strategic integration, installations, housing, and partnerships.

We are proud to have these opportunities, said Scott Edwards, operations general manager for CNMC. As a company, we are dedicated to providing first-class service, and were looking forward to deploying the expertise and skills of our team to support the vital mission of the U.S. military.

CNMC is fulfilling a $10 million, four-year contract with the Department of Defense and a $15 million, three-year contract supporting the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment.

Cherokee Nation Management & Consulting, formed in 2013, provides technical support services and project support personnel to its defense and civilian agency partners. The company provides a tailored management approach for complex government programs and disciplines, including information technology, science, engineering, construction, research and development, facilities management, program management, and mission support.

CNMC is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and is part of the Cherokee Nation Businesses family of companies. For more information, please visit...


Capturing Uniqueness "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Navajo Times | Pauly Deentclaw
DeAnna Autumn Leaf Suazo holds one of her paintings during the REZARTX art festival on June 8 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

Published June 17, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE  I love Japanese anime, DeAnna Autumn Leaf Suazo said.

The 25-year-old artists work is a mixture of ledger art, Japanese anime and traditional Pueblo attire.

Thats what Im trying to do, capture the uniqueness of each tribe within New Mexico, Suazo said. Theres so many of them and theres a lot of Pueblos and each Pueblo we have our own identification.

Its also important for Suazo that her work is inter-tribal. In her drawings, she depicts young women who are Navajo, Apache, and from the 19 Pueblos.

On why, she said, Well, Im Navajo and Taos Pueblo. Not only that but Ive been going from art show to art show from when I was a little kid. My parents they have a lot of friends from different tribes. They babysat me. Ive grown up with their kids.

Today, shes a student at the Institute of American Indian Arts getting her bachelors degree in studio art. Her focus is drawing but in the past she was also a painter.

Ive always been fascinated with the different tribes, she said. Were all so different but we all have the same belief in different practices. But we still come together. Were holding each other strong.

Suazo wants her pieces to be very detailed in the jewelry and traditional attire to capture the positive energy of Native American culture.

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

The post Capturing Uniqueness appeared first on Native News Online.


Chumash Return Ancient Remains to the Channel Islands "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

San Miguel Islands Cuyler Harbor (photo credit/Tim Hauf) (PRNewsfoto/Santa Ynez Band of Chumash)

Published June 17, 2018

VENTURA, Calif.  The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians (Chumash Tribe) has returned the ancient remains of a Native American man who died 10,000 years ago, known as Tuqan Man, to a burial site on San Miguel Island.

Tuqan Man was discovered inadvertently in 2005 by archeologists from the University of Oregon who were surveying an archeological site on the island. The ancient remains were found exposed and eroding into a gully within the site.

Following the discovery, the National Park Service (NPS) consulted with the Chumash Tribe and together they decided to excavate the unprotected burial of Tuqan Man to prevent it from eroding from the cliff and being lost to the sea.

A full scientific study was conducted due to the cultural and scientific significance of the prehistoric remains.

Federal law, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), required that the NPS determine if the remains of Tuqan Man were Native American, and if so, whether they could be transferred to a Native American tribe.

The Chumash Tribe supported the scientific process as necessary, and worked closely with the NPS to ensure the remains were treated respectfully throughout the process. The Chumash Tribe firmly believe that Tuqan Man is their ancestor.

Protecting the final resting places of our ancestors is of paramount importance to the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, said Kenneth Kahn, Tribal Chairman for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. When our tribe learned of the discovery made by archeologists on San Miguel Island, we made it a priority to ensure that our ancestor was laid to rest with a proper burial. Thanks to years of cooperation with the National Park Service, we were granted that opportunity.

After careful analysis and consideration the NPS determined that Tuqan Man is Native American. Tuqan Man was found to have a significant cultural relationship to American Indian groups and to the maritime culture found on the northern Chan...


Three Alternatives to Meet Medical Expenses Not Covered in Your Insurance "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published June 17, 2018

Most of us have a medical insurance policy because we cannot afford medical expenses on our own with the cost of treatments forever rising. However, it will do us good to note that medical insurance policies do not cover all expenses involved during hospitalisation or other care requiring medical attention.

In instances where your policy does not cover all your costs, it might leave you in want of cash, especially when medical emergencies arise. A few examples of exclusions from medical insurance are dental treatments, cosmetic treatment, infertility treatment, and medical coverage overseas, among others. Some insurers do not cover outpatient expenses and even the prescribed medicines. Exclusions may differ between policies.

The treatment for these types of medical procedures can be expensive around the world. All other miscellaneous charges in a hospital are not covered by many insurers. So, the question now is, how do we deal with uncovered medical expenses? Let us look at a few options:

1. Save for a rainy day

The first one is the most obvious one, but the most ignored one. With concepts like YOLO and living in the moment, we are not actually thinking about the future, least of all preparing for it. Ideally, you should have an emergency fund of at least 6 months, stacked away safely. If you have not started saving, it is never too late to begin. Look at your expenditure every month,and try to cut down on frivolous and unnecessary expenditure. Create another savings account without opting for a debit card so you dont start using your savings. Its time to be brutal with yourself if you are not saving.

2. Get a rider

Many insurers offer extra coverage when you sign up for their riders. Riders are add-ons to your regular coverage. In other words, medical bills not co...

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