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Friday, 19 October


Aliyah Chavez // Annual ceremony held on Alcatraz as San Francisco joins other cities in Indigenous People's Day observance - Peninsula Press "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Annual ceremony held on Alcatraz as San Francisco joins other cities in Indigenous People's Day observance - Peninsula Press: Many in attendance said they felt a spiritual connection to the ceremony, which included a prayer circle, singing, dancing, chanting and informal speeches.

This ceremony is like a cleanse, said Roberto Solis, a fifth-year attendee with Indigenous roots from Mexico. We try to find our healing through our culture.

The event, organized by the International Indian Treaty Council a non-profit organization working to protect the rights of Indigenous people aims to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day while also serving as a reminder of a historical occupation of Alcatraz by Native American activists nearly 50 years ago.


Don't Miss Out! "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Don't Miss Out!: CCI is in partnership with Regis College's Center for Inclusive Excellence is sponsoring the Anti-Racism in the Suburbs (AROS) Metro West Symposium on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Regis College. The focus of the day will be to gain knowledge about structural racism, share strategies about anti-racist campaigns, and strengthen local anti-racism organizing efforts.

The AROS Symposium will include a keynote address by Debby Irving, a racial justice educator and author of Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race . Workshops may include: Housing Justice; Confronting White Supremacy in the Criminal Punishment System; Racial Disparities in Health; Confronting the Complexities of Racial Diversity on Campus; Understanding the Impacts of Race on Suburban Children; METCO Building Bridges; Eliminating Harmful Native American Stereotypes; White People Challenging Racism; and Coming Together to Address Hate Speech/Hate Crimes.


Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs Slam GOP Maneuvers against Tribal Interests as Not Reflective of the Tenets of a Democracy "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs Executive Vice President Robert Chamberlin, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip and Chief Judy Wilson

Published October 19, 2018

COAST SALISH TERRITORY/VANCOUVER, B.C.  In a development that furthers Indigenous solidarity across North America, the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) has issued a strong statement in support of the 31 Tribal Nations that recently submitted joint testimony to the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) that focused on the future of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and particularly the survival of the sacred grizzly bear.

The UBCIC supports the steadfast defense of Indigenous rights by the tribes of the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, the Blackfoot Confederacy, the Great Sioux Nation tribes and their allies of the Great Plains Tribal Chairmans Association. These tribes and organizations have been steadfast in the defense of treaty rights, religious and spiritual freedoms, and sovereignty of all Tribal Nations that the removal of ESA protections from the grizzly bear in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem threatened, states the 100-plus First Nation organization.

The grizzly bear holds immense significance in the spiritualities of many First Nations people in British Columbia, reflecting the reverence and importance of this sacred being to tribal nations in the lower-48, from the states of Montana to Arizona.

The UBCIC has been at the forefront of recent struggles to protect indigenous sacred and aboriginal lands from extractive industry and pipeline development, most recently opposing Kinder Morgan, Enbridges Northern Gateway Pipelines Project, and the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and tanker project.

The UBCIC has been vocal in challenging the State of Wyomings conduct toward tribal people throughout the fight to protect the grizzly bear in Greater Yellowstone from trophy hunting, and tribes sacred and treaty lands from extractive industry as a consequence of removing protections from the Great Bear. The catalog of racism tribal people have endured at the hands of Wyoming officials, spokesmen, and advocates throughout the grizzly delisting process cannot continue to be overlooked. These abuses include but are not limited to: tribal leaders being removed from the floor while speaking; vile comments by a county comm...




Oct 15, 2018
agnes Fri, 10/19/2018 - 09:49

By Patricia Miranda Wattimena
Reposted from World Policy with permission from author.

Over 370 million Indigenous people worldwide, the majority of whom live in Asia, face various forms of suppression and rights violations that can often be directly or indirectly attributed to the legacies of colonialism. In 19th-century Indochina, colonial governments recognized the presence of Indigenous peoples and referenced them in the new European-style legal frameworks, but the terms introduced to describe these groups almost...


The Topography of Privilege "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

The Topography of Privilege

Oct 19, 2018
agnes Fri, 10/19/2018 - 09:31

By Tricia Hornback, Ph.D

I have been traversing the great expanse, trying to map the lay of the land between my reality as a Native American person, the privilege I experience becau...


NARF Tips on Voting in North Dakotas 2018 Midterm Election "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"


The Native American Relief Fund (NARF) is working in conjunction with the Spirit Lake Tribe, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, and the Three Affiliated Tribes (MHA), as well as community organizations Four Directions and Western Native Voice, to ensure that tribal members living in North Dakota who come to the polls on Election Day will be provided voter identification free of charge.

Lack of an identification or a current residential street address should not stop any qualified Native American voter from coming to the polls to vote.

What is a qualifying ID?

  • A drivers license or non-drivers identification card issued by the North Dakota Department of Transportation; or
  • A tribally-issued identification. According to the court order, a tribally issued identification can consist of:
  • A tribal ID card issued by the tribe, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, or any other tribal agency or entity
  • A document, letter, writing, enrollment card, or other form of tribal identification issued by a tribal authority
  • Because of the court order, tribal governments can now issue voter identification letters at the polls and we are working to make sure that every North Dakota tribe is able to make these voter identification letters available at the polls free of charge.

What must be on the voter identification?

  • Full Legal Name
  • Birth Date
  • Current Residential Address in North Dakota

What do I do if I am missing my birth date or address information on my ID?

You can bring your ID and another document that shows the missing or outdated information by showing a current utility bill; a current bank stat...


First Nations Publishes New Native American-Centric Farm-to-School Resource Guide "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published October 19, 2018

LONGMONT, Colo.  First Nations DevelopmentInstitute (First Nations) today released the Native Farm-to-School Resource Guide, a comprehensive manual for planning and implementing farm-to-school programs in Native American communities. Increasingly, Native farm-to-school programs have become an important way to introduce traditional foods and practices into curriculum, as well as to promote Native health, self-reliance and sustainability.

Farm-to-school is the common phrase for programs and activities designed to incorporate local foods into school systems to better educate students about nutrition, agriculture and culinary arts. These programs typically include hands-on, experiential learning activities that strengthen the connection between students, farmers and the community.

Similarly, Native farm-to-school programs introduce traditional, locally-produced foods into school systems to improve student nutrition and increase knowledge of traditional foods, languages and ceremonies. Additionally, Native farm-to-school programs can boost tribal economies, as many of these locally-produced food items can be purchased and utilized in school lunch programs.

The Native Farm-to-School Resource Guide was developed by identifying existing Native and non-Native farm-to-school programs and analyzing best practices, lessons learned, biggest challenges and case study examples of programs that achieved high-level impact and long-term sustainability. The result is a process guide for planning Native farm-to-school programs as well as a guide for...


Veterans Demand Accountability from Navajo Veterans Administration "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Navajo Nation Speaker LoRenzo Bates speaks with Navajo veterans outside of the Council Chamber in Window Rock, Ariz. on Oct. 17, 2018.

Published October 19, 2018

WINDOW ROCK  The Navajo Nation Council recessed for over one hour during the third day of the Fall Council Session on Wednesday, to welcome a group of Navajo veterans that marched many miles to the Council Chamber to demand accountability and action from the Navajo Veterans Administration, which is directly under the authority of President Russell Begaye.

Speaker LoRenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, TseDaaKaan, Upper Fruitland) thanked the group for their persistence and advocacy on behalf of all Navajo veterans and for bringing their issues to the attention of Navajo leaders.

Since the 23rd Navajo Nation Council took office in 2015, we have passed numerous legislations supporting additional funds, housing services, and other direct services for Navajo veterans. In many cases the legislations were unanimously approved and from there on it is the responsibility of the President and his administration to implement them, stated Speaker Bates.

Many of the marchers held up signs demanding that President Begaye release funds that were approved through Council resolutions to provide housing and other direct assistance for veterans.

Speaker Bates outlined a number of resolutions passed by the 23rd Navajo Nation Council that benefit Navajo veterans including the following:

       Resolution CMY-50-18, which approved $1,094,784 for the five veterans agency organizations to assist veterans with direct services.

       Resolution CJY-60-18, which approved $1.2 million for the Navajo Veterans Administration to assist veterans with emergency assistance requests, energy assistance, burial assistance, and weatherization assistance.

       Resolution CJA-02-18, which approved an increase in funding available for direct services each year for Navajo...


MFA Boston Receives Gift of Native American Art from Estate of David Rockefeller "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Buffalo Hunt

Published October 19, 2018

52 Artworks from the Collection of David and Peggy Rockefeller Include Watercolors, Textiles, Beadwork and Pottery, Representing Artists from 13 Native American Tribes and Nations

BOSTON The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), has announced the gift of the Estate of David Rockefeller from the Collection of David and Peggy Rockefelleran acquisition comprising 52 works of art by Native American artists and works representing Native American culture. The objects in this cornerstone gift were assembled primarily by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller in the 1920s and 1930s, and include Plains beadwork, Navajo (Din) weavings and rugs, Nez Perce cornhusk bags and one Taos School painting, as well as pottery, watercolors and baskets by a variety of artists from 13 Native American tribes and nations. Later works in the collection were added by their son David Rockefeller and his wife Peggy. The MFA is one of two institutions to receive a gift of Native American art from the Estate of David Rockefeller, along with the Mesa Verde National Park Museum in Colorado, which John D. Rockefeller, Jr., helped to sponsor in the 1920s. At the MFA, these objects present an opportunity to add greater depth and breadth to the existing collection. The acquisition is part of the Museums renewed commitment to the collection, interpretation and display of Native American art, as reflected in the ongoing exhibition Collecting Stories: Native American Art; the Native North America Gallery in the Art of the Americas Wing; and recent installations of Native American works in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art.

This gift represents the remarkable legacy of the Rockefeller family as leading art collectors and as land preservationists, both on Mt. Desert Island in Maine, where their Native American collection was displayed, and widely across the United States. These significant examples of Native American art will allow us to broaden the stories we present in our galleries and further explore in our public programs, sai...


Events Celebrating Native American Culture in Mississippi "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published October 19. 2018
JACKSON, Miss.  The Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) is hosting a series of events to celebrate Native American culture and history across the state in Jackson, Greenville, and Natchez beginning October 23 and running through November 17.

The Museum of Mississippi History is a great resource for viewers who are curious to learn more about Native American heritage in Mississippi, said Rachel Myers director of the Museum of Mississippi History. The museums permanent exhibits and special programming this month are designed to introduce new audiences to the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories of Native Americans and to acknowledge their important contributions to Mississippi.

Native America will air on Mississippi Public Broadcasting Television, Tuesdays, October 23November 13, at 8 p.m. The series combines modern science and scholarship with Native American traditions and oral history to bring to life the world created by Americas First Peoples. The third episode draws on Mississippis significant Native American history as it examines the mound civilization Cahokia and the connections of Native descendants including the Choctaw and the Natchez....


Inside Ohio 'Kangaroo Court' That Disciplined Incarcerated Activist "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Inside Ohio 'Kangaroo Court' That Disciplined Incarcerated Activist: The restrictionsand the case that led to themare yet another example of the lengths prison officials will go to police the political speech of prisoners and punish those who express support for protest, particularly the prison strike movement.

Shadowproof repeatedly requested phone transcripts the prisons administrative disciplinary body cited as evidence that Hasan was fomenting a riot. Ohio prison officials categorically refused to provide them, even in redacted form, citing exemptions in state open records laws.


Native Americans React to Elizabeth Warrens DNA Test: Stop Making Native People Political Fodder | Democracy Now! "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Native Americans React to Elizabeth Warrens DNA Test: Stop Making Native People Political Fodder | Democracy Now!: Native Americans across the country are criticizing Senator Elizabeth Warrens decision to use a DNA test to assert her Native American heritage. Chuck Hoskin Jr., secretary of state of the Cherokee Nation, said, Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation. Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. We host a roundtable discussion of Native American activists and journalists to respond to Warrens DNA test and the subsequent media coverage. In Fargo, North Dakota, we speak with Tara Houska, national campaign director for Honor the Earth and an Ojibwe lawyer. In Anchorage, Alaska, we speak with Mark Trahant, editor of Indian Country Today. Hes a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. In Seattle, Washington, we speak with Gyasi Ross, a member of the Blackfeet Nation and host of the podcast

Thursday, 18 October


With Attempt to Suppress Native Vote, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Issuing New Tribal IDs "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Many residents on Indian reservations have not been given physical street addresses by U.S. Postal Service. Photo of post office in Fort Yates, North Dakota.


Published October 18, 2018

STANDING ROCK INDIAN RESERVATION  Last week the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a new voter I.D. law that was aw passed by the GOP controlled North Dakota legislature and signed into law by a Republican governor that says all North Dakota voters must present a personal I.D. card, such as a drivers license or tribal I.D. card, with a physical address on the document.

Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert

The problem is tribal citizens who live on Indian reservations do not have a physical addess becasue the U.S. Postal Service never issued to their physical addresses, but only P.O. Box numbers.

With this attempt GOP attempt to suppress the Native vote, the leader of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Chairman Mike Faith, issued the following letter today:

October 18, 2018


Re: All Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Members:

Due to the new North Dakota Voter I.D. requirements, all Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Members, age 17 years and older, can be issued a new Tribal I.D. at the Old BIA Building, in the Enrollment Office, for free of charge. The time frame for free Tribal I.D. Cards is from now until November 6, 2018.

Please take the time to exercise your right to vote on November 6, 2018.


Mike Faith, Chairman
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe


The post...


U.S.-led campaign against Cuba encounters fierce protest at UN - Xinhua | "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

U.S.-led campaign against Cuba encounters fierce protest at UN - Xinhua | UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- A United States sponsored campaign aimed to criticize the human rights situation in Cuba on Tuesday encountered strong and fierce protest at the United Nations (UN).

"Cuba yes! blockade no!" chanted the participants in Spanish at the "Jailed for What?" campaign in a rhythmic voice with hands pounding the desks and feet stamping on the floor while U.S. envoy to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Kelley Currie, Secretary-General of the Organization of American States Luis Almagro and others were speaking.

The United States launched the campaign in a bid to hold Cuba's authorities accountable for human rights violations in the ECOSOC chamber -- UN's central platform for reflection, debate, and innovative thinking on sustainable development.

The in-door protest, launched mostly by Cuban and some other Spanish-speaking diplomats, lasted for more than half an hour.

The moderator finally gave up the Q&A sessions due to the unexpected roaring protest rarely seen in the UN history.

In a statement issued after the event, Cuban UN ambassador Anayansi Rodriguez Camejo told reporters that "the United States lacks the morals to give lessons, much less in this matter."

"The event, as we had foreseen, was a political comedy staged on false arguments," she added.


"Do you think I want to shoot an 11-year-old?": Cop confronts boys carrying BB gun - CBS News "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

"Do you think I want to shoot an 11-year-old?": Cop confronts boys carrying BB gun - CBS News: The video begins with Casuccio speaking to the two boys on the side of a road. The boys' faces have been blurred to protect their identities. Casuccio tells them he got a call from someone saying "there's two young male blacks ... They look really young and they just flashed a gun."

"Listen, here's the deal, OK? You had to show somebody, because how did they know you had it?" Casuccio asks the boys. One of the boys said he did not show anyone the BB gun, he was just holding it.

"You can't do that dude, in today's world. Listen, that thing looks real," Casuccio replies.


'Go back where Indians belong': St. Albert mother frightened by racist letter from neighbour | CBC News "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Travis McEwan // 'Go back where Indians belong': St. Albert mother frightened by racist letter from neighbour | CBC News: Katrina Anderson said her 12-year-old daughter found the letter in the mailbox Monday when she returned home from school.

The anonymous letter initially complained about children riding a scooter on driveways and playing basketball and football on the street. It then said, "We don't like your kind around here."

The tone of the letter later became threatening and focused on the family's First Nations background.

"Move out or things will escalate," the letter said. "Would not want to see the kids getting hurt. This isn't a reserve. Go back to the reserve where Indians belong."


China: 1 Million Uyghurs Imprisoned Under Guise of Job Training | Democracy Now! "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

China: 1 Million Uyghurs Imprisoned Under Guise of Job Training | Democracy Now!: In northwestern China, the governor of the Xinjiang autonomous region is defending his governments imprisonment of up to 1 million ethnic Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in massive internment camps. Governor Shohrat Zakir said the camps were aimed at teaching Mandarin language and job skills. Human rights groups have blasted the mass internment, with Amnesty International saying, No amount of spin can hide the fact that the Chinese authorities are undertaking a campaign of systematic repression in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, with up to one million people arbitrarily detained. The mass internment camps are primarily places of punishment and torture, not learning. There are consistent reports of beatings, food deprivation and solitary confinement.


Eastern Band of Cherokee Chief: Sen. Warren Does Not Claim Tribal Citizenry; Only Tribal Ancestry "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published October 18, 2018

CHEROKEE, N.C.  The leader of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Principal Chief Richard Sneed,  has weighed in on Senator Elizabeth Warrens DNA test results that indicate she has American Indian ancestry.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) produced results of a DNA test in an attempt to dispel the errorneous notion she was lying about her claim her family has American Indian ancestry.

Senator Warren has been mocked by members of the Republican Party since she ran for the U.S. Senate. In recent years, President Donald Trump mocks by calling her Pocahontas in his stump speeches he holds to energize his base.

In a statement sent Thursday morning to Native News Online, Chief Sneed writes:


The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is a sovereign tribal nation with the inherent authority to determine our own citizenship. Senator Elizabeth Warren does not claim to be a citizen of any tribal nation, and she is not a citizen of the Eastern Band. Like many other Americans, she has a family story of Cherokee and Delaware ancestry and evidence of Native ancestry. Some people who have family stories or evidence of Native ancestry have sought to appropriate Cherokee culture, claim a preference in hiring, claim that their art is Indian art, or advance their careers based on a family story or evidence of Native ancestry. We strongly condemn such actions as harmful to our Tribal government and Cherokee people.

But Senator Warren has not tried to appropriate Cherokee or Delaware culture. She has not used her family story or evidence of Native ancestry to gain employment or other advantage. She has not tried to claim a treaty or trust obligation, or seek the protection of the Indian Child Welfare Act. On the contrary, she demonstrates respect for tribal sovereignty by acknowledging that tribes determine citizenship and respecting the difference between citizenship and ancestry.


SWAIA to Host Winter Indian Market December 14 16 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Lorraine Gala-Lewis

Published October 18, 2018

Special Opening Celebration on Friday Evening

SANTA FE  The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) will host the Winter Indian Market in historic downtwon Santa Fe landmark, La Fonda on the Plaza, beginning Friday, December 14 evening and ending on Sunday, December 16.

This festive and one-of-a-kind shopping experience will allow visitors to purchase authenic American Indian art. The 2018 Winter Market will be held in the gorgeous Lumpkins Ballroom & Mezzanine, the Santa Fe Room, and the New Mexico Room. It will feature almost 150 Native artists (listed below), with work of all types and for all price points!


  • Special Opening Celebration: Friday December 14, 6:00 9:00pm. Tickets: $50
  • Winter Indian Market: Saturday December 15, 9:00am 5:00pm and Sunday December 16, 10:00am 3:00pm. Tickets: $10 for one day (Saturday or Sunday) or $15 for a two-day pass (does not include Friday.)



Five Rules To Follow When Taking A Personal Loan "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published October 18, 2018

Almost everyone has taken out a personal loan at some point in their life. These loans are extremely helpful, especially in emergency situations. While they offer immediate access to cash, they can also be very risky. Fortunately, there are ways to keep these risks to a minimum. And, you will find out exactly how to do that with the five rules listed below.

Avoid Borrowing Too Much

People with good credit do not face issues when applying for personal loans. In fact, they have banks stepping all over themselves trying to give them a loan. With that said, this easy access to money can have repercussions. One thing is for sure, you will want to avoid borrowing more money than you can repay and never take out more than one loan at a time.

Once you get over your head in debt, you will have difficulty following through with your payments. It is always a good idea to only take out one loan at a time, since this is where many people get into trouble. Know your limits and never fall prey to enticing loan offers.

Know Your Credit Score

Since it is likely that you have taken out a loan before, you know that financial institutions utilize credit scores to determine the interest rate. Even though you are in desperate need of instant cash, a personal loan that comes with a high interest rate may not be the answer. If the interest rate is extremely high, you could end up paying the amount you initially borrowed.

Knowing your credit score in advance will help you determine if you are going to get a personal loan with a low interest rate. So, you can find a cheaper borrowing alternative if necessary. Remember the 5 best credit repair companies are always available to help you improve your credit score.

Read TheFine Lines

Just because you believe the lender is being upfront with you, does not always make it so. It is not unusual for people to take out a personal loan to only discover later that they are being charged additional fees. Before signing on the dotted line, be sure to read the full terms and conditions very carefully.



Congressman Markwayne Mullin Calls Sen. Elizabeth Warren a Liar "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R Oklahoma)

Published October 18, 2018

WASHINGTON  Towing a Republican Party line, Representative Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma) calls Senator Elizabeth Warren a liar on Wedneday in a statement released by his office.

Mullins harsh statement after the release Monday by Warren of a DNA test which indicates she has American Indian blood. Her release of this information has drawn the ire of American Indians, including the Cherokee Nation, which issued a statement through its secretary of state, Chuck Hoskin, Jr.

Mullin, a tribal citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is one of two members in the current Congress who are American Indian. The other member is Representative Tom Cole, a tribal citizen of the Chickasaw Nation.

Here is Mullins statement:

The Boston Globe released Senator Elizabeth Warrens DNA test results this week.  The analysis, done by a Stanford University professor, showed that Warren has somewhere between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American in her DNA.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert

In 2014, American Journal of Human Genetics published a study detailing that European-Americans had genomes that were on average 98.6% European, 0.19% African, and 0.18% Native American.  Senator Warrens DNA results show she may have as little as 0.09% Native American bloodhalf of what the average European American has.



Largest Grant Ever From Native Community: Autry Museum of the American West Receives $414,101 Grant From San Manuel Band of Mission Indians "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published October 18, 2018

LOS ANGELES  The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has awarded the Autry Museum of the American West a generous grant of $414,101, the largest gift the Autry has received from any tribe or Native community. The grant will enable the Autry to build and strengthen relationships with Native communities as well as provide significant access to its collections, particularly with the anticipated opening of the Autrys Resources Center.

This grant would be notable enough just given its sheer magnitude, said W. Richard West, Jr. (Southern Cheyenne), President and CEO of the Autry. What makes the gift truly special is that it is from a California Native community. The generosity of this act bears witness to and makes material the special bond the community holds with the Autry, and the faith of that community in the Autrys mission of telling the diverse stories of the American West. I couldnt be prouder or more appreciative.

Specifically, the grant will support the museums efforts to achieve Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) compliance for the Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, starting with the archaeological collections from San Bernardino County. The grant will allow for the Autry to implement protocols for gathering, documenting, and integrating recommendations and requests from Native communities, and support the development of a website for the Autrys NAGPRA Program that will be used in conversations and consultations with Native communities.

Through this donation, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will also continue its long-time support of...


October 18, 2018 is Indigenous Pink Day "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published October 17, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS   Indigenous Pink Day is a national breast cancer awareness campaign for American Indians/Alaska Natives. The American Indian Cancer Foundation asks Indigenous People of all ages to wear pink and share photos on social media using the hashtag #IndigenousPink to spread breast cancer awareness. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death and the most common cancer found in American Indian/Alaska Native women.

The goal of Indigenous Pink Day is to educate all Indigenous people on the importance of early detection and remind men and women to keep up to date on their screenings. This is a national awareness campaign, so you can participate from wherever you are!

How to celebrate Indigenous Pink Day with us on October 18, 2018:

Wear Pink.

Wear pink to honor breast cancer warriors and survivors.


Share a picture of yourself on social media wearing pink using #IndigenousPink.

Tell your friends and family about Indigenous Pink Day and ask them to wear pink.

Encourage your organization or business to wear pink.

Get Screened.

Talk to your healthcare provider for advice and information on breast cancer screenings.

Change your Facebook cover photo.

Set the #IndigenousPink banner as your cover photo.

Join our community.

Like the American Indian Cancer Foundation on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, like us on Instagram and sign up for our newsletter.


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