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Tuesday, 26 September

06:30

Navajo Nation President & Vice President Pay Tribute to Gold Star Mothers & Families "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye shakes hands with Gold Star Mother Jeannette Yazzie at the Gold Star Mothers and Familys Day held on Sept. 24.

Published September 26, 2017

 

WINDOW ROCK  On Sunday, September 24, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez recognized and paid tribute to the families of fallen soldiers at a ceremony for Gold Star Mothers and Familys Day.

Our warriors will never be forgotten, President Begaye said. We honor their memory and the countless sacrifices made by our Gold Star Mothers and Families. Thank you for all that you have done and for your presence here today.

Vice President Nez said, It is important not only to honor our soldiers but also our parents. The respect begins at home and continues even after loved ones have passed.

Whether its mom or a family member, you served right alongside our warriors, Vice President Nez said. We must never forget the sacrifices they and their families made.

The ceremony was held at the Window Rock Veterans Memorial Park and is the second recognition event on the Navajo Nation. Before, Gold Star Mothers and Families would have to travel off the Navajo Nation to participate in events to honor their children who lost their lives in military service.

Gold Star Mother Jeanette Yazzie said, Events like this, for myself, my husband and my family, are comforting. When we all come together, we console each other and we really enjoy being with one another.

Yazzie, along with other mothers, reached out to the Navajo-Hopi Honor Riders and asked for assistance to bring this event to the Navajo Nation.

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06:02

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival Presenting Sponsor: Bell Media Announces A Wall is a Screen, Annual Art Crawl and Exhibitions "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Piece by Rachelle Lafond, as part of
raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection

Published September 26, 2017

TORONTO The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, October 18 22, 2017, is proud to announce this years visual arts programming including exhibitions, installations, interactive pieces and the annual Art Crawl.

On Thursday, October 19, imagineNATIVE will present the internationally-celebrated A Wall is a Screen, an interactive nighttime event that is part-walking-tour and part-film-screening that transforms the way people look at and interact with the city. The 90 minute event will stop at undisclosed locations along a designated urban path and will Indigenize the environment by projecting short films onto various surfaces. This will be the first time ever A Wall is a Screen, based in Hamburg, Germany, will feature all Indigenous-made short films.

The popular and now expanding imagineNATIVEs Art Crawl will add additional stops for a total of three different locations on Friday, October 20, showcasing eight exhibitions at seven different galleries while offering the opportunity to hear from curators and artists at featured talks. This years Art Crawl will begin at OCADU with two exhibitions. For This Land: Inside Elemental, a co-production opening the brand new Onsite Gallery at OCADU, explores the internalization of ones traditional territory using an immersive multimedia installation through sound, video, performance and digital languages. raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (20002015) highlights selected works from a national heritage collection of First Nations, Inuit, and Mtis art. This exhibition focuses on recent acquisitions, that chronicle significant national narratives reflecting upon Canadian heritage, diversity and collective memory by 32 artists including Lionel Peyachew, Elisapee Ishulutaq, and the late Annie Pootoogook.

The Art Crawl continues onto the second location at the iconic 401 Richmond building with five Exhibition Premieres including: Mourning and Mayhem: The work of Adrian Stimson at A Space Gallery. In his first solo show in Ontario, Stimsons interdisciplinary work includes paintings, installations, photography, sculpture and a performance. Often using materials like buffalo hide or the remnants of the actual...

06:01

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to Hold Oversight Hearing on Human Trafficking: John McCains Wife, Cindy McCain to Testify "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Cindy McCain

Published September 26, 2017

WASHINGTON On Wednesday, September 27 at 2:30 PM EDT, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) will hold an oversight hearing on The GAO Reports on Human Trafficking of Native Americans in the United States.

Cindy McCain, the wife of U.S. Senator John McCain (R Arizona) will testify as a member of the Arizona Governors Human Trafficking Council.

DETAILS:

WHAT:        A committee oversight hearing on The GAO Reports on Human

                      Trafficking of Native Americans in the United States.

WHEN:         2:30 PM EDT, Wednesday, September 27, 2017

WHERE:      628 Senate Dirksen Office Building

Live video and written witness testimony will be provided at indian.senate.gov.

WITNESSES:

MS. GRETTA L. GOODWIN, PH.D., Director, Homeland Security and Justice Issues, U.S. Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC

MR. TRACY TOULOU, Director, Office of Tribal Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC

MR. JASON THOMPSON, Acting Deputy Director Justice Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC

MS. NICOLE MATTHEWS, Executive Director, Minnesota Indian Womens Sexual Assault Coalition, St. Paul, MN

MRS. CINDY MCCAIN, Co-Chair, AZ Governors Human Trafficking Council, Phoenix, AZ

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Monday, 25 September

23:24

Twitter Conversations about Scholastic's THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

On September 22, 2017, a parent in Canada tagged me on a tweet about a book in his child's kindergarten classroom. He asked "What are kids learning about Canadian history? He shared four images from inside a book:



The pages are from The Royal Canadian Mounted Police by Marc Tetro, first published in 1994 by Scholastic Canada, for kids 5-8 years old. The tweet generated a fair bit of interest.

When I retweeted it, I tagged Scholastic:



Earlier today (Sep 25), Scholastic Canada replied:




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22:16

Caldwell First Nation council removes chief and councillor following audit "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

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Caldwell First Nation Chief Louise Hillier stands outside of a membership meeting in Leamington on Sept. 23, 2017. Members were discussing a forensic audit that found lax financial controls surrounding a 2016 powwow. (Dan Taekema/CBC News)

Chief Louise Hillier declined to speak with reporters as she walked into the meeting

By Dan Taekema, CBC News, September 23, 2017

The council of the Caldwell First Nation has removed Chief Louise Hillier and Councillor Lonnie Dodge from their positions in the wake of a forensic audit that found lax financial controls surrounding a 2016 powwow.

Dozens of Caldwell members gathered in Leamington for a meeting Saturday to review the forensic audit that concluded there were minimal controls over hundreds of thousands of dollars in powwow prize payouts and that a large contract was awarded without competition to a company owned by the chiefs son.

Jesse Savoie said it was a tense, emotional meeting.

Its difficult with First Nations governance because you always have that hint of nepotism, he explained. Its e...

22:15

We the 7th Documentary Screening & Panel Discussion Set for Tuesday at GVSU "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published September 25, 2017

ALLENDALE, MICHIGAN Last year, WGVU Public Media sent Mariano Avila to North Dakota to cover the largest public gathering of American Indians in over 100 years as tribes from throughout Indian Country resisted the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

Avila, WVGUs Mutually Inclusive reporter, followed two tribal members, Belinda Bardwell (Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians) and Seth Sutton (Anishinaabe) from Michigan who felt compelled to lend their support at Standing Rock. Avilas journey was filmed and resulted in We the 7th.

Bardwell serves as project coordinator and spokesperson for Gi-gikinomaage-min, an oral history project of Grand Valley State Universitys Kutsche Office of Local History. Sutton is owner of Big Thicket Media in Rockford, Michigan, and adjunct faculty member at Montcalm Community College in Sidney, Michigan.

Earlier this year, We the 7th received a Michigan EMMY Chapter nomination. The documentary will be screened on Tuesday, September 25, 2017 from 6:00 p.m.  in Grand Valley State Universitys Mary Idema Pew Library Multipurpose Room on the Allendale Campus.

After the screening, panel discussion will be held with Avila, Bardwell, and Sutton. The panel discussion will be moderated by Levi Rickert, publisher and editor of Native News Online.

The event is sponsored by GVSUs Kutsche Office of Local History.

 

 

 

 

The post We the 7th Documentary Screening & Panel Discussion Set for Tuesday at GVSU appeared first on Native News Online.

22:02

Eight Mapuche Movement Leaders Arrested in Operation Hurricane, amidst Mapuche Hunger Strike "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

detencionWomens Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu, September 23, 2017

Special Police Forces continue brutalization of Mapuche resistance in outrageous criminalizing spectacle during the ongoing Mapuche Hunger Strike.

WALLMAPU This past Saturday, a series of violent raids and arrests against Mapuche movement leaders dubbed Operation Hurricane by Chilean authorities were carried out by Special Police Forces (PDI) throughout the regions of Bio-Bio, Arauco and Los Rios in southern Chile.

Among the arrested was the spokesman for the Arauco Malleco Coordinator for Communities in Conflict (CAM), Hector Llaitul, as well as his son Ernesto Llaitul, Jaime and Rodrigo Huenchullan, Martin Curiche, Claudio Leiva, Fidel Tranamil, and David Cid Aedo ex-militant of the Leftist Revolutionary Movement (MIR).

Hectors residence in the city of Concepcion was raided in the early morning hours, as reported by several local news sources. Javiera Llaitul, Hectors elder daughter, told reporters that she and other members of the household were pushed to the ground during the raid, where police entered the p...

21:56

Pipeline man camps loom over B.C.s Highway of Tears "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

19:30

GPTCA to Yellowstone: Shameful that National Park Service Continues to Honor Killer of Defenseless Native Women, Children, & Fellow Advocate of Genocide "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

CSKT Councilman Leonard Gray, Crow Creek Sioux Chairman Brandon Sazue and Blackfoot Confederacy leaders during the protest.

Published September 25, 2017

RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA  The Great Plains Tribal Chairmens Association (GPTCA) has given an unequivocal response to Yellowstone National Park and the US Geological Services (USGS) Board of Geographic Names. Yellowstone National Park Superintendent, Dan Wenk, remains uncommitted to petitions from tribal nations to change the names of Mount Doane and Hayden Valley in the Park, while the US Board of Geographic Names claims not to have received a submission for consideration, despite acknowledging that it has been aware for a couple of years of tribes unified call to change the names. Both Yellowstone National Park and the USGS received the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council (RMTLC) 2014 resolution that demanded, These names must be changed. 

It is, as many tribal leaders have protested, shameful, that Yellowstone National Park continues to honor a war criminal, Lieutenant Gustavus C. Doane, and a white supremacist who advocated for the genocide of indigenous people, Dr. Ferdinand V. Hayden, by retaining their names on major features of Yellowstone National Park. These categorizations are not opinion, but fact, based upon the written statements of both Doane and Hayden, writes GPTCA and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman, Harold Frazier, in a letter to the Board of Geographic Names and Yellowstone Park. 

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18:54

Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Reviews Canada "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Reviews Canada

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On August 25th, 2017, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination released its...

12:00

Iowa Tribes Isle of Man Company Secures Gaming License; Announces Pending Sale of Software Assets to Global Company "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published September 25, 2017

PERKINS, OKLAHOMA  The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma has announced that a company owned by the Tribe and its internet gaming enterprise has secured a gaming license in the Isle of Man. Ioway Internet Gaming Enterprise Limited, an Isle of Man company, was issued an online gaming license by the IOM Gambling Supervision Commission on September 7, 2017.  The license was secured by the Iowa Tribe a little less than two years after the tribe first announced its intent to operate an international online gaming website from its tribal lands located within the exterior borders of the State of Oklahoma.

Iowa Tribe Chairman Bobby Walkup said securing the gaming license in the Isle of Man was the last step necessary before the Iowa Tribe could begin exercising its rights under the gaming compact with the State of Oklahoma to operate an online poker site from Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma Indian country in Perkins, Oklahoma. The right to conduct such gaming was confirmed when an arbitrator sided with the Tribe in a dispute with the State of Oklahoma over the scope of gaming authorized under the gaming compact.

While the Iowa Tribe and its Isle of Man gaming company are not setting a specific launch date for the online poker site, known as PokerTribe.com, Walkup said PokerTribe.com will go live sometime this fall. Chairman Walkup said a major announcement will be made within the next two weeks concerning the sale of the software company jointly owned by the Tribe and Universal Entertainment Group to an internationally-recognized company.

We are in the final stages of the sale and have been working diligently with Universal Entertainment Group to finalize the transfer of the online gaming assets, which includes the software license agreement, to the company that has an internationally-known brand, Chairman Walkup said. This new relationship will be beneficial to the Tribe and the new software owner as PokerTribe.com enters the international online gaming market.

The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma...

10:03

New report exposes widespread abuse funded by big conservation organizations "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

WWF has been working in the Congo Basin for decades supporting squads who have committed violent abuse against tribal people.
WWF

A new Survival International report details widespread and systematic human rights abuses in the Congo Basin, by wildlife guards funded by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and other big conservation organizations.

The report documents serious instances of abuse between 1989 and the present day in Cameroon, the Republic of Congo, and the Central African Republic (CAR) by guards funded and equipped by WWF and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the parent organization of New Yorks Bronx zoo.

It lists more than 200 instances of abuse since 1989, including pouring hot wax onto exposed skin, beating, and maiming with red-hot machetes. These incidents are likely just a tiny fraction of the full picture of systematic and ongoing violence, beatings, torture and even death.

As well as these especially cruel incidents, the report also documents the forms of harassment that have become part of everyday life for many people, including threats, and the destruction of food, tools and personal belongings.

Read the full report here.

WWF funded guards in Gabon.
WWF

As well as Survival, over the past three decades, numerous independent experts and NGOs have raised concerns about these abuses. These have included NGOs like Greenpeace, Oxfam, UNICEF, Global Witness, Forest Peoples Programme, and research specialists...

06:23

Bangladesh imposes mobile phone ban on Rohingya refugees | TODAY.NG "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Bangladesh imposes mobile phone ban on Rohingya refugees | TODAY.NG: Bangladeshs four mobile phone providers were threatened with fines if they provide any of the nearly 430,000 newly arrived refugees from Myanmar with phone plans while the ban is in force.

For the time being, they (Rohingya) cant buy any SIM cards, Enayet Hossain, a senior officer at the telecoms ministry, told AFP on Sunday.

The decision Saturday to impose a communication blackout on the stateless Muslim minority was justified for security reasons, said junior telecoms minister Tarana Halim.

Bangladesh already prohibits the sale of SIM cards to its own citizens who cannot provide an official identity card, in a bid to frustrate the organisational capacity of homegrown militants.

06:05

Navajo Leaders Celebrate the Start of Water Projects Resulting from the Navajo Nations $554 Million Settlement Funds "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Navajo Nation Council Speaker LoRenzo Bates, Vice President Jonathan Nez, and Council Delegate Lee Jack, Sr. along with NTUA and federal officials at the groundbreaking ceremony in Greasewood, Ariz. on Sept. 22, 2017

Published September 25, 2017

GREASEWOOD, ARIZONA  Members of the Navajo Nation Council and Vice President Jonathan Nez gathered on Friday in the community of Greasewood, for a groundbreaking ceremony hosted by the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority to commence the start of construction of the Ganado, Lower Greasewood, and Dilkon Water Improvement Project, which is one of the first bulk water infrastructure projects funded partially by the $554 million settlement funds that the Navajo Nation received from the federal government in 2014.

NTUA deputy general manager Rex Kontz, said the $9.1 million project will double the current water capacity for several communities including Ganado, Cornfields, Lower Greasewood, Dilkon, Indian Wells, Bidahochie, and Teesto, by improving current water well capacities and constructing an additional water well. The project also includes the construction of a water filtering plant that will remove iron, manganese, and other matter to improve the quality of water for the communities.

Speaker LoRenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, TseDaaKaan, Upper Fruitland) called Fridays event a historical achievement, adding that since the Navajo Nation received the $554 million settlement funds in 2014, many have asked how the funding would be used and how it would benefit the Navajo people.

Todays event illustrates how that money is working for the Navajo people, because we are here today as a direct result of the $554 million settlement, said Speaker Bates. It is often said amongst our people that water is life, and that statement holds true today as we come together to support and recognize NTUA and many others for their hard work.

Speaker Bates e...

06:01

Fourth Annual Cherokee Warrior Flight to Depart Monday "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

World War II veteran and 2014 Cherokee Warrior Flight participant Joseph Leathers visits with Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker and World War II veteran and 2017 Cherokee Warrior Flight participant Jack Shamblin at the tribes 2017 Memorial Day ceremony.

Published September 25, 2017

TAHLEQUAH For World War II veteran Jack Shamblin, being on this years Cherokee Warrior Flight is more than a trip; its another chance to visit the grave of his grandson, Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler, who was killed by ISIS and laid to rest at Arlington Cemetery in 2015.

He is among eight Cherokee veterans who will leave for the nations capital to visit several war memorials and tour the Capitol building as part of the Cherokee Nations fourth annual Cherokee Warrior Flight.

Late Sunday afternoon, at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, a special dinner in the Sky Room honored the veterans. The three World War II veterans, three Korean War veterans and two Vietnam veterans will be presented with vests and hats with Cherokee Warrior Flight patches from Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden to thank them for their service.

Its quite an honor to be recognized by the Cherokee Nation, and I look forward to sharing this trip with Joshuas brother, Zack, said Shamblin, 90, of Roland. I love this country, and I am thankful to the Cherokee Nation for everything they have done for my family and for so many other veterans.

The Cherokee Warrior Flight departs from Tulsa International Airport for Washington, D.C., at 6:30 a.m. on Monday.

From Sept. 25-27, the veterans will tour Arlington National Cemetery, the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Wall and the U.S. Capitol before arriving back in Tulsa at 10:15 p.m. Wednesday.

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03:44

Lauren: Walkatjurra Walkabout: For country, against uranium. River Red Gum "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Walkatjurra Walkabout: For country, against uranium. River Red Gum: There are many types of activism. I find a lot of importance in engaging in the various campaigns which occur in Melbourne and get a lot of strength and motivation from the many passionate people I meet.
What I experienced on the Walkatjurra Walkabout was all of this and more. The walkabout is an annual one month long walk against uranium which starts at the proposed Wiluna uranium mine site near the Wiluna township (approx. 5hrs north of Kalgoorlie) and ends in Leonora. This year marked the 7th year that the walk has taken place but thats 7 years of a 40 year ongoing battle that the traditional custodians have been fighting against mining and exploration companies.

03:43

CrimethInc. : Posters : Borders : The Global Caste System "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

CrimethInc. : Posters : Borders : The Global Caste System: The border is not just a wall or a line on a map. Its a power structure, a system of control. The border is everywhere that people live in fear of deportation, everywhere migrants are denied the rights accorded citizens, everywhere human beings are segregated into included and excluded.

The border divides the whole world into gated communities and prisons, one within the other in concentric circles of privilege and control. At one end of the continuum, there are billionaires who can fly anywhere in private jets; at the other end, inmates in solitary confinement. As long as there is a border between you and those less fortunate than you, you can be sure there will be a border above you, too, keeping you from the things you need. And who will tear down that second border with you, if not the people separated from you by the first?

03:28

The Hypocrisy of the Washington NFL Statement Relating to Trumps Call to Fire or Suspend Players Who Take a Knee during Natonal Anthem "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

NPR photo

Commentary

Published September 24, 2017

WASHINGTON All weekend long, stories have been swirliing about President Trumps call down Alabama to call on NFL owners to fire or suspend football players who take a knee during the national anthem. The 28 NFL teams across America acted in solidarity on Sunday to rebuke Trump.

Even the team that American Indians across Indian Country consider the most racist NFL team, the Washington NFL team because of its usage of the racist R-word, issued the following statement after observing the National Anthem prior to tonights game against the Oakland Raiders:

Football has always served as the great unifier, bringing people together to celebrate the values of courage, commitment and achievement. We are proud of the players, coaches and fans of the Washington Redskins for all that they have done to improve the lives of others in neighborhoods all across our region.

We are also grateful for the sacrifices made by the brave men and women of our armed forces that have provided us the freedom to play football. In that great tradition, the Washington Redsk*ns will work to address divisions and bring unity, civility and respect to our greater community.

Well, that may be a great gesture to African Americans, the statement is hypocritical given its relentless posture to retain its racist name.

Regardless of Trumps intentions, it is time for the Washington football team to live up to its statement released this evening.

The post The Hypocrisy of the Washington NFL Statement Relating to Trumps Call to &#821...

02:23

Airport Police Demanded an Activists Passwords. He Refused. Now He Faces Prison in the U.K. "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Ryan Gallagher
2017-09-23T11:18:31+00:00 // Airport Police Demanded an Activists Passwords. He Refused. Now He Faces Prison in the U.K.: As he arrived back at Heathrow, Rabbani was pulled aside by a police counterterrorism officer at the passport control desk. At first, the conversation was polite. But the tone changed when the officer began asking Rabbani about his work for Cage. He requested that Rabbani accompany him to a room inside the airport where he would be subjected to a formal examination under Schedule 7, which is supposed to be used solely to determine whether a person is directly involved in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.

In the interrogation room there were two police officers who searched all of Rabbanis luggage and questioned him further about his travels Whom did he meet? Where did he go? Where did he stay and for how long? After a while the conversation turned to the electronic devices Rabbani was carrying, which included a silver MacBook Air, a SIM card, a flash drive, and an iPhone. The officers asked Rabbani to turn over his passwords so that they could access the devices and said that if he did not provide them, they would arrest him.

Sunday, 24 September

23:58

Not Recommended: SUSANNA MOODIE: ROUGHING IT IN THE BUSH, A GRAPHIC NOVEL by Carol Shields and Patrick Crowe "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Today, AICL is launching a new feature. I'm calling it Reviewed On Twitter and it will have its own label. Sometimes, I tweet that I got a book. If I have something more to say as I look it over, I send a second tweet, and a third, and so on. I end up with something akin to a review, except that it is in a series of tweets. Too often, I never get a review written and posted. That means that anyone who reads AICL but doesn't follow me on Twitter, doesn't see what I said about the book. I don't know if this new feature is going to work out or not, but, we'll see.


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On September 17, 2017, CBC News ran a news item by Angela Sterritt. In 'A punch in the gut': Mother slams B.C. high school exercise connecting Indigenous women to 'squaw', Steritt wrote about a worksheet from a guide for a graphic novel being taught in her daughter's classroom. The graphic novel is Susanna Moodie: Roughing it in the Bush. Below are my tweets, as I read through it. I started on September 21.

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22:35

Children, Newborns, Teens at the Doorstep: Tuba City Woman Serving as Foster Parent for 28 Years "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Navajo Times | Krista Allen
A girl shows her caretaker what she found while sifting through boxes of clothing on Sept. 9. Clothing, cribs, diapers, among other things, were provided by non-profit charities Giving Chances and Arizona Helping Hands. Both organizations are dedicated to helping homeless and foster children.

TUBA CITY  Years ago, Vallis Martinez returned home to the Navajo Nation and wanted someone to cook for. Now she does a lot of cooking for her husband, Ronald Joe, and seven children.

When the children leave her small three-bedroom house in Tuba City, it gets quiet.

Its like having children of your own, Martinez said in an interview. I stay home all the time for them because I dont want them running around out there on the streets and other things like that. The 50-year-old has fostered around 10,000 children since 1989, the year she graduated from high school. A woman had approached her about becoming a foster parent. The woman filled out an application for Martinez, and she became a foster mother of five the following day.

I didnt know what I was doing, Martinez remembers. I tried quitting but (child welfare) kept bringing kids. Martinez at one time fostered 10 children at once, in addition to her own three children, for an entire month.

There was a lot of grocery shopping and a lot of cooking, she said. I enjoyed them. Only the clothes on their backs

It has been 28 years since Martinez became a foster mother.

Today, she still gets children, newborns and teens alike, at her doorstep, sometimes late at night.

Some of them arrive with only the clothes on their backs, said Joe, who met Martinez four years ago, not knowing that she was a foster mother.

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

The post Children, Newborns, Teens at the Doorstep: Tuba City Woman Serving as Foster Parent for 28 Years appeared first on...

22:26

Seriously? States Complain to Senate about the Burden of Native Health Care "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Guest Commentary

Published September 24, 2017

Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports

First: A fantasy. Wouldnt it be cool if once, just once, there was a debate in Congress that could only be decided by a vote that benefits Native people? I dont know. Something like, I wont vote for any bill unless it fulfills the treaty obligations that the United States has promised Native people. It could happen, right?

Well the current Senate debate on health care has a twist on this pipe dream. States are complaining about the burden, thats right, the burden of Native American health care. So heres the deal now: When an eligible Native American gets services through the Indian Health system, the cost is a 100 percent federal obligation. But, if that person or family is on Medicaid they could also get care from any provider. In that case the state would have to pay its share of the cost as it does for any other citizen. 

As the Kaiser Family Foundation points out: Just as with other eligible individuals, AIANs who meet state eligibility standards are entitled to Medicaid coverage in the state in which they reside. AIANs may qualify for Medicaid regardless of whether they are a member of a federally-recognized Tribe, whether they live on or off a reservation, and whether they receive services (or are eligible to receive services) at an IHS- or Tribally-operated hospital or clinic. AIANs with Medicaid can access care through all providers who accept Medicaid for all Medicaid covered benefits. As such, they have access to a broader array of services and providers than those who rely solely on IHS services for care. Moreover, Medicaid has special eligibility rules and provides specific consumer protections to AIANs.

The Graham-Cassidy plan would change that by making this cost a 100 percent federal obligation. States would be off the hook.

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20:57

Not Recommended: I AM SACAGAWEA by Brad Meltzer "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Today, AICL is launching a new feature. I'm calling it Reviewed On Twitter and it will have its own label. Sometimes, I tweet that I got a book. If I have something more to say as I look it over, I send a second tweet, and a third, and so on. I end up with something akin to a review, except that it is in a series of tweets. Too often, I never get a review written and posted. That means that anyone who reads AICL but doesn't follow me on Twitter, doesn't see what I said about the book. I don't know if this new feature is going to work out or not, but, we'll see.

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This morning (Sep 24, 2017), I started reading Brad Meltzer's I Am Sacagawea and sharing my thoughts, on Twitter, as I read. I am pasting the text of those tweets, here.

1. Another of my "WHY?" threads. This one is about a new picture book about Sacagawea.
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