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Saturday, 15 December


7-Year-old Indigenous Girl Dies at US Border While in Federal Custody "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published December 15, 2018 

Jakelin Caal Maquin died while in custody of U.S. Customs and Boder Protection

LORDSBURG, N.M.   A seven-year-old girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock at the U.S. southern border near Lordsburg, New Mexico while in custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on December 7, 2018.

According to CBP records, the girl, Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquina, and her father were part of a group of 163 people who turned themselves in about 10 p.m. on December 6, 2018. About eight and half hours later, Jakelin began having seizures at 6:25 a.m.  Emergency responders, who arrived soon after, measured her body temperature at 105.7 degrees. She reportedly had not eaten or drank water for several days. She was flown to a hospital in El Paso, Texas.  She died later that day.

It is now known why she was not given wateror what transpiredduring the eight hours prior to her seizures.

Her family were from the region of Alta Verapaz and their first language was Quechua, which is an indigenous language of Indian tribes of Central America and South America.

Jakelin death came three days after her seventh birthday.

Her death brought the ire of Congresswoman Norma Torres (D-Calif.), who was born in Guatemala, immigrated to the U.S. as a child, and is currently the only member of Congress of Central American descent.

Torres released this statement:

I am appalled by the Trump administrations response to the death of Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquina, a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) custody.

Lets be clear: when a U.S. government agency has a 7-year-old girl in its custody, that girls health and safety is the responsibility of that agency. But DHS has issued an official statement that tries to wash its hands of all culpability. Thats unacceptable: they must come clean with the facts.

I am even more disgusted that Secretary Kristjen Nielsen is already blaming this death on Jakelin and her father. She should know better than to blame the victim. Making the decision to migrate is not easy, and migrants know that the journey is risky. They are coming here because they have no other choice: their governments have failed to protect them from gangs or allo......


United States Mint Unveils Design for 2019 Native American $1 Coin Reverse "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published December 15, 2018

WASHINGTON  The United States Mint (Mint) officially unveiled the reverse (tails side) design for the 2019 Native American $1 Coin in the 2018 winter issue of the National Museum of the American Indians eponymous quarterly magazine. The 2019 coin design celebrates American Indians in the Space Program.

The reverse design depicts renowned engineer Mary Golda Ross writing calculations. Behind her, an Atlas-Agena rocket launches into space, with an equation inscribed in its cloud. An astronaut, symbolic of Native American astronauts, including John Herrington, spacewalks above. In the field behind, a group of stars indicates outer space. Inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and $1. Mint Artistic Infusion Program designer Emily Damstra created the design, which Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna sculpted.

The obverse (heads) of the Native American $1 Coin will continue to feature the central figure Sacagawea carrying her infant son, Jean Baptiste, by sculptor Glenna Goodacre. Inscriptions are LIBERTY and IN GOD WE TRUST. The year, mint mark, and E PLURIBUS UNUM are incused on the edge of the coin.

Click here to view the 2019 Native American $1 Coin design.


The post United States Mint Unveils Design for 2019 Native American $1 Coin Reverse appeared first on Native News Online.


Results of Navajo Nation Presidential-Vice Presidential Election Officially Certified "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Navajo Nation President-Elect Jonathan Nez and Vice President-Elect Myron Lizer

Published December 15, 2018

WINDOW ROCK  Navajo Nation President-Elect Jonathan Nez and Vice President-Elect Myron Lizer are pleased to announce that the Navajo Board of Election Supervisors voted 6-0 on Thursday, to officially certify the results of the presidential election that occurred on Nov. 6, 2018.

Certification of the results clears the path for Mr. Lizer and I to take office in January. We have a solid transition team in place that is building our administration and helping to plan the upcoming inauguration, stated President-Elect Nez.

President-Elect Nez and Vice President-Elect Lizer will take the oath of office during an inauguration ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bee Hdzil Fighting Scouts Events Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona. The 24th Navajo Nation Council, Board of Education, and Navajo Board of Election Supervisors will also be part of the swearing-in ceremony.

The Nez-Lizer transition team wants to have a very special inauguration ceremony that is symbolic of youth, unity, hope, and elders. We based our campaign on these notions and we intend to carry them forward when we take office, added President-Elect Nez.

As Vice President-Elect, I am thankful to the election board for their action and its a great feeling to know that we are now poised to get to work because we know our Die needs are great. I look forward with great anticipation to developing a synergy with our appointed leaders and division directors and working along side with President Jonathan Nez on issues and providing necessary leadership, Vice President-Elect Lizer said.

Doors will open to the public at 7:00 a.m. on the inauguration day. The public is reminded that the inauguration is a drug, alcohol, and weapon free event. Only clear bags no larger than 12 x 6 will be allowed into the facility, or small clutch bags no larger than 5.5 x 8.5.

The inauguration planning team is working with the Navajo Nation TV & Film office to provide live-streaming of the event. Nez and Lizer also invite the public to join them for an evening celebration event following the inauguration beginning at 6:00 p.m....


4 Common Causes of Joint Pains That You Should Know "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published December 15, 2018

So, you have been having a lot of pain in your shoulders and you think it is because of the sleeping posture that has caused this pain. Well, think again. Sleeping postures do not lead to chronic pain. This might be an indication that you have some health issues that is causing the joint pain. It is not just the shoulders that we are talking about. Joint pains can happen to any part of the body, and if the pain becomes unbearable, then there can be several reasons behind it. Here are some of the most common causes of joint pains that are often diagnosed by orthopedic doctors:

1. Arthritis probably, the first cause that will automatically come to your mind when you have joint pains is arthritis. In fact, most of the cases where people have joint pains result in this medical condition. So, you never know if you have it unless you get properly diagnosed. Your doctor will be able to tell you what type of arthritis it is. Generally, people are diagnosed with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Treatments like physiotherapy, acupuncture, taking joint pain supplements like Artroser, and numerous others can help to deal with arthritis.

2. Chronic fatigue syndrome have you ever noticed that your entire body starts to ache when you work for long hours or for days at a stretch? This is known as chronic fatigue syndrome which is a certain disorder that takes place when your body is too tired. More often than not, it is the joints that reflect the pain. Sometimes, the pain is so much that you cant even get up from the bed. So, check with a doctor when such a thing happens. Massages and a few physiotherapy sessions can deal with such joint pains.

3. Bursitis this is a condition when there are fluid-filled sacs in your bone joints. Bursitis can turn out to be very painful if it is not detected timely. When there is an inflammation of the bursae in your body, it tends to secrete a fluid that gets filled in sacs. These will slowly move towards the joints in the body and soon there will be a certain discomfort. This discomfort will quickly turn out to be painful. It will be wise to visit a doctor because bursitis often does not get detected unless tested.

4. Gout another terrible condition that needs immediate cure is gout. It is caused when the content of uric acid in the body increases to a great extent. The first signs



Cancers Effect on the Native American "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Photo courtesy of the Seneca Nation of Indians Official Newsletter.

Publisehed December 15, 2018

Anyone who has had cancer affect either themselves or a loved one, knows how much of a toll it can take on a family unit. This impact is compounded when you entire community seems to be disproportionately affected as well. Cancer is certainly an illness that affects  many different types of people, but Native Americans are historically  disproportionately affected by this group of diseases. Many factors contribute to this groups many diagnoses, from genetics to outside forces like hazardous material dumping. Despite these terrible circumstances, Native Americans are working to educate their communities about the dangers of cancer and the importance of self-care and proper screenings.

The Facts

According to the National American Indian Cancer Foundation, cancer in Native Americans is the number one cause of death in women and the number two cause of death for men. Native American women are most commonly diagnosed with breast, lung and colorectal cancers respectively, and men of this population are most commonly diagnosed with prostate, lung, and colorectal cancers.

Native Americans have the lowest survival rates for nearly all types of cancer of any subpopulation. This is mainly due to delayed detection, resulting in diagnosis and treatment in later stages of the illness, which reduces a patients life expectancy. Also, life choices and genetic family history of cancer play a role.

Lack of Resources

While lifestyle health issues like smoking, diet, and even genes can lead to a persons cancer diagnosis, there are other contributing factors that cant be as easily mitigated. Native Americans who live on reservations often live in rural areas without access to oncology services. The primary health care on reservations is provided by either a tribally operated program or the Indian Health Service. These resources are usually underfunded, which means that the services tend to be subpar, leaving the Native American people with limited availability of preventative programs, cancer screenings,...


FBI Working to Recover Remains Found on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published December 14, 2018

BLACKFEET INDIAN RESERVATION  The Salt Lake City FBI office announced Friday afternoon its Divisions Evidence Response Team is working to recover the remains and process the location where what appears to be human remains were found on Thursday, December 13, 2018.

The FBI says it is working the case jointly with Blackfeet Law Enforcement Services, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Glacier County Sheriffs Office.

Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, no other information will be released at this time.

The post FBI Working to Recover Remains Found on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation appeared first on Native News Online.


Judge rules Unistoten gate must come down for pipeline "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Unistoten gate winter

A judge has given the Unistoten Camp 72 hours to dismantle this locked gate across the Morice River bridge. (APTN/Kathleen Martens photo)

by Kathleen Martens, APTN National News, December 15, 2018

An Indigenous camp was ordered Friday to remove a gate thats blocking a bridge in northwestern B.C. and holding up a multi-billion-dollar gas pipeline project.

Judge Marguerite Church of the B.C. Supreme Court sided with Coastal GasLink, a subsidiary of TransCanada Corp., which filed an injunction to get construction going on the $40-billion LNG Canada build.

People were crying but I feel emboldened because we are getting so much support, said Warner Naziel of the Indigenous Unistoten Camp a land-based healing centre on Wetsuweten traditional territory south of Houston, B.C.

The locked gate on the Morice River Bridge must come down within 72 hours, the judge ruled.

She described it as an interim injunction giving the company access while defendants Naziel, and his partner F...

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Friday, 14 December


Unistoten Camp will have to wait until Friday for injunction decision "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Unistoten court 2018

Freda Huson and Warner Naziel outside the courthouse in Prince George, B.C. (Submitted photo)

by Kathleen Martens, APTN National News, December 14, 2018

A B.C. judge has reserved her decision on whether to grant an injunction against members of a Wetsuweten clan so the $40-billion LNG Canada project can proceed.

Justice Marguerite Church put the matter over to Friday afternoon, said Warner Naziel of the Unistoten Camp south of Houston, B.C.

She asked for an argument against an injunction, Naziel said Thursday after attending the first day of the court hearing.

Our lawyer stated that it is a constitutional issue which affects the outcome of the Delgamuukw decision.

Delganuukw was a 1984 case launched by leaders of the Wetsuweten and Gitxsan First Nations, who took the provincial government to court to establish jurisdiction over land and water in northwest B.C.

Now they are relying on Delgamuukw again, said Naziel who is named with his partner Freda Huson in the injunction and civil suit filed by TransCanada subsidiary Coastal...


17 fish farms to be phased out under new agreement between B.C. government, First Nations "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Fish farm nets rain

Seventeen fish farms off the northeastern tip of Vancouver Island will be phased out by 2023 under a new agreement between First Nations and the province, the premier announced Friday. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

Farms in Broughton Archipelago will be gone by 2023

by Megan Thomas, CBC News, Dec 14, 2018

Seventeen open-pen fish farms in B.C.s Broughton Archipelago will be phased out by 2023 under a new agreement between First Nations and the provincial government, the premier announced Friday.

The decision is part of a set of recommendations reached through a government-to-government consultation between the province and the Kwikwasutinuxw Haxwamis, Namgis and Mamalilikull...


Navajo Nation President-Elect Nez Joins New Mexico Leaders in Announcing Glove Manufacturing Venture in Church Rock "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Navajo Nation President-elect celebrates jobs coming to Navajo Nation.

Published December 14, 2018

CHURCH ROCK, N.M.  On Thursday, Navajo Nation President-Elect Jonathan Nez joined officials from New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinezs office, McKinley County, and others at the Navajo Tech Innovation Center in Church Rock, New Mexico.  They announced that international nitrile glove manufacturing company Rhino Health LLC, plans to expand their operations and begin production at an existing manufacturing warehouse in Church Rock with the potential of creating up to 350 new jobs.

Rhino Health LLC is a U.S. based company with a global management team from a leading Korean rubber company known as Jungwoo Rubber & Plastic, which plans to invest more than $49 million into an existing manufacturing warehouse in Church Rock.

As Vice President, I supported this project and will continue to support it under the Nez-Lizer administration. As a business person, Mr. Lizer understands the importance of partnering with the private sector to bring economic opportunities to our communities and I share the same sentiment, stated President-Elect Nez. This is a great venture with great potential!

President-Elect Nez also said the manufacturing facility will become a supplier of nitrile to be sold to government agencies, medical facilities, and food and retail industries. He also thanked the New Mexico Economic Development Department, Gallup Mayor Jackie McKinney, McKinley County Commissioners, and the Navajo Nation Project Development Department for their hard work and advocacy.

The project is partially funded through the New Mexico Economic Development Departments investment of $3.5 million through the Local Economic Development Act funds.

In every Navajo community there is a need for jobs. Its these types of ventures that will bring those jobs to our people and we will continue to support this project when we take office in January, President-Elect Nez added.

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Senate Passes Resolution Commemorating 40th Anniversary of Indian Child Welfare Act "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published December 14, 2018

WASHINGTON Senators John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Tom Udall (D-NM), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, announced that the Senate passed S. Res. 707, a resolution commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978.

The Indian Child Welfare Act is a landmark piece of legislation which upholds the principle of Tribal sovereignty and respects government to government relationships between the Federal government and Tribes, said Hoeven.

Native American children, like all children, thrive when they are able to grow up with the support of their families, communities, and cultures, said Udall. Congress enacted the Indian Child Welfare Act in 1978 to ensure that best practices in child custody for Native communities are in place, keeping families together and kids healthy and safe. Now, 40 years after its passage, Im proud to have worked with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass this resolution and mark the important impact that this law has had on generations of Native kids.

S. Res. 707

         Commemorates the 40th anniversary of the enactment of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978.

         Reaffirms that the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978

o   Protects the best interests of Indian children.

o   Promotes the stability and security of Indian Tribes and families.

o   Respects the sovereign authority of both the States and Indian Tribes.

         Calls on the Federal Government to continue working with Indian Tribes and States to fully uphold and implement the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978

S. Res. 707 was introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, on November 27, 2018. The Resolution will now go to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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Senator Heinrich Urges Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

US Senator Martin Heinrich

Published December 14, 2018

WASHINGTON  On Thursday, in a press teleconference with the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native American Women, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) called for the reauthorization and expansion of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

Nationwide, the number of domestic violence incidents has been cut in half since the enactment of VAWA, and in New Mexico that number has dropped by 35 percent since 2005. One in three women still face domestic violence in New Mexico.

Full audio of the teleconference is available to download here. [DOWNLOAD AUDIO]

The enactment of the Violence Against Women Act in 1994 was an historic acknowledgment of the significance of domestic and sexual violence. I was proud to play a role in VAWAs last reauthorization in 2013, which expanded on the laws successes. I fought for key provisions to more effectively combat violence against all victims by increasing protections for Native American women, gay and lesbian victims, and battered immigrant women, said Senator Heinrich. I believe we need to not only reauthorize VAWA before it expires this month, but also build on its success. We need to authorize more resources for preventing domestic and sexual violence. We need to improve the enforcement of protective orders to protect brave individuals who have come to the courts for help. Our success in addressing the epidemic of domestic violence and sexual abuse depends on a strong reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. We need make this a priority right now. We cannot let this opportunity slip away.



Navajo Nation Council Members Commend the Passage of the Farm Bill Reauthorization "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Navajo Nation Speaker Lorenzo Bates

Published December 14, 2018

WINDOW ROCK Navajo Nation Council members commended the recent passage of the Farm Bill reauthorization totaling $867 billion, which will set federal nutrition, agriculture, forestry, and nutrition policy for the next five years if signed into law. The measure alsoincludes several important provisions specific to agriculture in Indian Country. The Senate passed the bill on Tuesday, followed by the House on Wednesday.

The Farm Bill reauthorization is very important for the Navajo Nation considering the amount of existing agriculture and the potential to expand in those areas, which includes Navajo Agricultural Products Industry, stated Speaker LoRenzo Bates.

Speaker Bates said one of the key provisions favorable to tribes is the permanent establishment of a tribal advisory committee within the USDA tasked with providing technical assistance and input on all policies implemented by the USDA.

Having a say at the federal level in regards to policies that fall under the USDAs authority is very important for the Navajo Nation, especially when we are pursuing agriculture projects that were funded through Council appropriations, Speaker Bates added.

He also said that it is important that the Navajo Nation advocate for the continuation of the drought insurance program under the Farm Bill. A few years ago the Navajo Nation Council invested in drought insurance provided through the USDA, which has proven to be very successful and beneficial for the Navajo Nation since its inception.

Speaker Bates said the bill also allows the Navajo Nation to leverage food sovereignty efforts and expand agricultural economic development by making significant investments in food and agriculture production, infrastructure, and economic development for tribes and tribal producers.

Other benefits of the Farm Bill include the continuation of tribal promise zones, access to funding for research opportunities for tribal colleges and universities, the requirement for the Government Accountability Office to study the agricultural credit needs of farms, ranches, and agricultural businesses to determin...

Shakopee Tribe Donates More Than $5 Million to Tribes & Nonprofits Across Country "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Chairman Charlie Vig

Published December 14, 2018

PRIOR LAKE, Minn.  The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) has announced more than $5 million in donations to 11 tribes and 13 nonprofits in Minnesota and across the United States.

The SMSC grants will support a variety of projects, including the new Native American Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., a playground at a Northern Minnesota reservation, and the restoration of historical structures, among other projects.

Recipients include:

  • Ain Dah Yung Center (MN) $100,000 to sponsor four units of supportive housing in the Mino Oshki Ain Dah Yung
  • American Indian College Fund (CO) $100,000 contribution to the Sovereign Nations Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • American Indian Graduate Center (NM) $100,000 to start an endowment for Native American graduate students
  • A:Shiwi College and Career Readiness Center (NM) $120,000 matching grant for construction of a modular building
  • Bemidji Community Arts Council (MN) $25,000 grant for Miikanan Gallery renovations
  • Blackfeet Community College (MT)   $55,000 to upgrade simulators and computers
  • Minnesota Zoo Foundation (MN) $30,000 grant for buffalo exhibit
  • Northwest Indian College (WA) $200,000 contribution to its capital campaign
  • Ogema Area Firemens Association (MN) $60,000 matching grant to purchase firefighting equipment
  • ...


Native American Performers & Puppetry Come Together in 2019 Tour of Ajijaak on Turtle Island "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Visually stunning puppetry, indigenous songs and dances, and an eco-focused story weave together to create an environmental spectacle that will tour four US cities beginning in January 2019.

Published December 14, 2018

Tickets on sale now for all shows in Chicago, IL; Baraboo, WI; Providence, RI; and New York, NY
NEW YORK  Visionary puppet artist Heather Henson announced today IBEX Puppetrys upcoming four-city national tour of Ajijaak on Turtle Island. Co-directed by Grammy Award winner Ty Defoe and Henson, the daughter of legendary puppeteer Jim Henson, the tour launches by opening the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival with performances January 17 through January 20, and follows with performances in Baraboo, WI at the Al. Ringling Theatre (January 24-25); FirstWorks Frontier Series in Providence, RI (January 31-February 1); and New York, NY at The New Victory Theater (March 1-10). Tickets are on sale now for all shows with more information available here:
Ajijaak on Turtle Island brings together an ensemble of Native American performers to tell the tale of Ajijaak, a young whooping crane who must face her first migration cycle on Turtle Island (North America) after being separated from her family. Puppets from Jim Hensons Creature Shop, indigenous songs and dances, and video projections create a transformative experience that honors contemporary Native American cultures and illustrates the harmonious relationships between humans, animals, and the environment.

Thursday, 13 December


Mayflower Society Votes to Support Preservation of Mashpee Tribes Reservation "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published December 13, 2018

Descendants of Pilgrims will send formal letter to Congress

MASHPEE, Mass.  Tribal leaders are hailing the support of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants after its Executive Committee voted unanimously to support the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribes efforts to protect its reservation land.

A vote to formally support the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act, now pending in Congress that would permanently preserve the Tribes reservation land in Mashpee and Taunton, passed unanimously at the Societys Executive Committee meeting held in Plymouth on Dec. 8.

The Mayflower Society has over 30,000 members in America, Canada, and Europe. Its mission is to educate the world about the Mayflower story and research lineal descent from the Mayflower Pilgrims. The Executive Committee determines and votes on policy for the national society which charters independent societies across the world. Membership requires lineal descent from a Mayflower Pilgrim.

This is a truly historic moment in which descendants of the Mayflower Pilgrims stand shoulder-to-shoulder with us as descendants of the Wampanoag people who broke bread and brokered a long-lasting peace with their ancestors, said Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council Chairman Cedric Cromwell.

After helping the Pilgrims survive their first winter in what would eventually become the United States of America, leaders of the Wampanoag Nation in 1629 deeded land to the Pilgrims to establish Plymouth Colony.

Mashpee Chairman Cedr...

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