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Monday, 10 September


30,000 Show up for the Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice March in San Francisco "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

California Indian tribal groups marching for Climate Jobs and Justice leading the march. Native News Online photographs by Nanette Deetz

Published September 10, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO   This past Saturday, September 8, 2018, 30.000 people from California and around the world marched with expressions of art, song, dance, speakers, and energy to send a resounding message ahead of Gov. Jerry Browns Global Climate Action Summit scheduled for September 12-14. This climate summit will include meetings of public officials and corporate executives representing various extraction and fossil fuel companies.  Marchers are demanding an end to fossil fuel extraction and real solutions to the climate crisis.

Recently Gov. Brown signed a bill to block new oil drilling on public lands in California, while approving 21,000 new oil and gas permits, an oil industry written cap and trade program, the pollution of Californias aquifers with toxic oil waste, irrigation of crops with oil waste water, and fracking still permitted in nearly every county in California. Between 2012 and 2017, Browns administration issued 238 permits for new state wells in existing offshore leases within three miles of the coast. It is this hypocrisy that marchers and the people of California are demanding an end, and for real climate leadership.

Saturdays march was supported by over 300 organizations that included indigenous-led groups, labor organizations, environmental and climate justice groups, communities of faith, immigrant justice organizations, youth, and many more. All of the organizations and speakers urged Gov. Jerry Brown and summit attendees to support community-led solutions from those most heavily impacted by fossil fuel pollution and climate change.




OPEN LETTER FROM THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF THE WORLD TO THE GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA AND THE GOVERNORS CLIMATE AND FORESTS TASK FORCE September 10, 2018 Ramaytush and Greater Ohlone Territory (San Francisco, CA) Original peoples and Indigenous nations of the world gathered on the Ramaytush and the greater Ohlone territory in California supported by ILO Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples (1989) and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007) to protest the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) hosted by Governor Jerry Brown and the Governors Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF). The GCAS and GCF must not place a market value on the carbon sequestration capacity of our forests in the Global South and North. You cannot commodify the Sacred -- we reject these market based climate change solutions and projects such as the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation program (REDD+), because they are false solutions that further destroy our rights, our ability to live in our forests, and our sovereignty and self-determination. False solutions to climate change and climate disruption destroy both our material and spiritual relationship to the Earth. The GCF does not represent us and has no authority over our peoples and territories.


Rosebud Sioux Tribe and Fort Belknap Indian Community File Suit to Rescind the Keystone XL Presidential Permit "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Rosebud Sioux Tribe and Fort Belknap Indian Community File Suit to Rescind the Keystone XL Presidential Permit

Sep 10, 2018
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Great Falls, MT (September 10, 2018) The Rosebud Sioux Tribe (Sicang...


Latest Sharice Davids Television Ad Highlights the Opportunities That Lead Her From Leavenworth to Washington D.C. "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Sharice Davids is one of two American Indian women running for Congress


Published September 10, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Kan. Sharice Davids, Democratic nominee in the Kansas Third Congressional District, has released her a new television ad.

The 30-second spot, entitled Opportunity, focuses on Davids path from Johnson County Community College to the Obama White House and the opportunities that made her path possible. Its those opportunities like strong public schools and affordable healthcare that Davids will fight to protect and expand as a member of Congress.

I have been able to achieve success in my life because of hard work and the opportunities I have had in Kansas Third District, Davids said.

In Congress, like Ive done throughout the rest of my career, Ill work to protect and expand those opportunities for everyone. I will always put Kansans first because we all deserve a shot to achieve our own vision of success.

Davids, a tribal citizen of the Ho-Chunk Nation, won the Democratic nomination in Kansas 3rd Congressional District on August 8, 2018. Davids will face incumbent GOP Congressman Kevin Yoder in the general election in November.

Davids is one of two American Indian women running for Congress. Deb Haaland (Laguana Pueblo) is running in New Mexicos 1st Congressional district. Given there has never been an American Indian woman in Congress, Indian Country is rooting for both candidates.

The post Latest Sharice Davids Television Ad Highlights the Opportunities That Lead Her From Leavenworth to Washington D.C. appeared first on Native News Online.


Sen. Heitkamp Stops by Powwows to Win Native Votes "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Sen. Heitkamp has stopped by powwows in her re-election campaign during the past two weekends.


Published September 10, 2018

BISMARCK, N.D.  During the past two weekends, U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) stopped by two powwows in her quest for re-election. Last weekend she visited the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Pembina Labor Day Powwow in Belcourt, North Dakota. This weekend she attended the 49th Annual United Tribes Technical International Powwow in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Im always excited to have the opportunity to reunite with old friends and celebrate the rich and beautiful culture of North Dakotas many Native American tribal nations, says Heitkamp.

Ive been a lifelong ally of Native communities in North Dakota and am dedicated to making sure that the heritage of our Native brothers and sisters are both protected and celebrated. Im deeply proud to remind folks that my first bill as a United States Senator, which was signed into law, was dedicated to helping improve the lives of Native American children by addressing the complex challenges they face and providing a better path forward so that they have the opportunity to succeed that every American child deserves, she continued.

Related: Trump Panders for Native American Votes in North Dakota

The post Sen. Heitkamp Stops by Powwows to Win Native Votes appeared first on Native News Online.


Removal of Eklutna Dam Complete "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

The dam removal was a four-year project. Photo courtesy of The Conservation Fund

Published September 10, 2018

Historic effort allows salmon passage for the first time in nearly 90 years

ANCHORAGE, Alaska   The Conservation Fund announced the completion of the four-year, $7.5 million effort to remove the Lower Eklutna River dam in Southcentral Alaska. For the first time in 89 years, the five species of Pacific salmon that live in the Eklutna River, located 20 miles north of Anchorage, can now move upstream to additional spawning habitat.

The Conservation Fund partnered with the Native Village of Eklutna and the Eklutna Native Corporation on the work to remove the dam. This has been an exciting and rewarding project for the Eklutna Denaina people who still live and fish along the river, said Curtis McQueen, CEO of Eklutna Incorporated. Eklutna River salmon are an important part of our culture and we are hopeful that this is the first big step toward the recovery of the salmon runs that our people once relied on for subsistence.

According to Brad Meiklejohn, project director for The Conservation Fund: This was the fastest and most efficient major dam removal effort ever completed in the country. We had tremendous support from the public, from all levels of government and from a wide array of funders.

Project support was provided by the Rasmuson Foundation, the Open Rivers Fund of Resources Legacy Fund, the M.J. Murdock Trust, the Marnell Company, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation through its Alaska Fish and Wildlife Fund and ConocoPhillips SPIRIT of Conservation Program, the Alaska Community Foundation, Patagonia, Trout Unlimited, New Belgium Brewing, and Wells Fargo.

Removing the Lower Eklutna River dam is the first step in the recovery of the Eklutna River.

We waited a long time for this moment.  The Eklutna people are still here and we are anxiously awaiting for the salmon to return, said McQueen.

A public celebration will be held on September 22nd at Eklutna Lake.  For more...


Senator Cantwells Bipartisan Legislation Giving Tribal Leaders Equal Access to Social Security Passes Senate, Heads to Presidents Desk "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published September 10, 2018

The Tribal Social Security Fairness Act would allow council members to opt-in to Social Security and help them achieve retirement security

WASHINGTON Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and John Thune (R-SD) to correct a long-standing inequity in the Social Security Act that prevents elected tribal leaders from contributing to and accessing Social Security benefits passed the U.S. Senate and will head to the Presidents desk to be signed into law.

The Tribal Social Security Fairness Act would allow tribal governments to opt-in to Social Security, pay the related taxes, and receive the retirement programs benefits. Since 1959, members of tribal councils have been unable to contribute to or access Social Security benefits

Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Washington)

Tribal populations face significant disadvantages in preparing for retirement. On average, tribal communities earn lower wages and face higher rates of disability than other populations, which limits the future income they can count on from retirement plans.

Tribal council members in Washington state and throughout the country have dedicated their lives to service and improving their communities, Senator Cantwell said. They deserve the same access to Social Security that all other Americans have. I thank my colleagues for working with me to fix this injustice, and I will continue working to achieve retirement security for everyone in Indian Country.

The Tribal Social Security Fairness Act was also introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Dave Reichert and co-sponsored by Rep. Suzan DelBene (WA-1) and Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-6).

The legislation has the support of the National Congress of American Indians, the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians,the...

Sunday, 09 September


Anniversary of Wave Hill cold comfort to CDP workers "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Anniversary of Wave Hill cold comfort to CDP workers: Workers in the Abbott/Turnbull Governments racially discriminatory Community Development Program (CDP) will mark the anniversary of the Wave Hill walk-off by continuing their struggle against the same denial of basic work rights and pay which Indigenous workers were protesting 52 years ago.

The historic walk off by the Gurindji led by Vincent Lingiari was a powerful stand for equal pay and equal rights.

The CDP will ensure that the legacy of this government will be denying pay and basic workplace and human rights to Indigenous workers in this country.


Recommended! BABY RAVEN and BABY EAGLE by Crystal Worl "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

If there is a basket (or shelf) of board books in your home, classroom, or library, you best get Baby Eagle and Baby Raven.

They're part of the Baby Raven Reads series published in 2016 by Sealaska Heritage Institute. Once you open each book, you'll see they're bilingual. Here's the page for otter, in Baby Raven (I am sharing that page because someone very dear to me likes otters):

There, you see the word otter (in English) and in Lingit (that is what the Tlingit language is called), and beneath the words, you see Worl's clan illustration of an otter. All that is layered on top of an illustration by Nobu Koch. I love these books, and Worl's work! Get these two books but head over to her website and see what else she does!


Trump Panders for Native American Votes in North Dakota "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Trump has portrait of Indian killer Andrew Jackson looking over his daily moves in Oval Office.

Published September 9, 2018

FARGO, N.D.  While on a three state campaign swing, President Donald Trump touched down in Fargo, North Dakota to lend his support of the Senate campaign of Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., whos trying to bet incumbent Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.).

While there, Trump tried to use the same rationale he used on African Americans during the 2016 presidential campaign he asked them to vote for him by asking, What the hell do you have to lose?

The same president, who disrespects American Indians daily by virtue of the fact he has Indian Killer Andrew Jacksons portrait hanging in the Oval Office, used the same line to pander for Native American votes in North Dakota. Calling Senator Heitkamp by her first name, he asked what has Heidi done for Native Americans?

In a condescending tone, he then went on to describe how he asked African Americans, and now would do the same to Native American, ask the same question about gaining their support: What the hell do you have to lose?

According to the National Congress of American Indians, there are some 27,000 Native American votes in North Dakota.

In 2012, Heitkamp won her senate seat by only one percent. She noted her only road to Washington, D.C. was through Indian Country.

Last month, Trump falsely stated he created more jobs for African Americans than did President Obama. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, African Americans gained 700,000 jobs since Trump took office. During the Obama administration, about three million jobs were gained by African Americans.

It is doubtful Trump gained many votes for Cramer by his remarks.

The post Trump Panders for Native Amer...


The Chickasaw Nation Princess Pageant Set for Monday, October 1 in Ada, Okla. "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Chickasaw Royalty 2017-18 are, left to right, Chickasaw Princess Tiffany Postoak, Chickasaw Jr. Princess Cydnee Miller and Little Miss Chickasaw Olivia Worcester, all of Ada.

Published September 9, 2018

ADA, Okla.  Three talented young ladies are set to be crowned Chickasaw Royalty during the Chickasaw Princess Pageant 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at the Ada High School Cougar Activity Center, 1400 Stadium Dr.

Chickasaw Princess, Chickasaw Jr. Princess and Little Miss Chickasaw for 2018-2019 will be crowned during the pageant. The winning candidates will have the honor of traveling the country as ambassadors of the Chickasaw Nation for many events and functions.

Little Miss Chickasaw candidates are Chianne Bolen, Jadyce Burns, Piper Robertson, all of Ada and Aleah Underwood, of Sulphur, Okla.

Chickasaw Junior Princess candidates are Makayla Bolen, LaKala Orphan and Payton Robertson, all of Ada.

Chickasaw Princess candidates are Mikayla Hook and Hunter Weems, both of Ada and Markita McCarty, of Stonewall, Okla.

Participants in the pageant will be judged on traditional Chickasaw dress, poise, responses to random questions and a talent performance. Past talents included singing, stomp dancing, storytelling and instrumental performances.

Reigning 2017-2018 Chickasaw Nation Princesses are: Little Miss Chickasaw Olivia Worcester, Chickasaw Jr. Princess Cydnee Miller and Chickasaw Princess Tiffany Postoak, all of Ada. The outgoing royalty will be honored for their year of service during the ceremony.

Chickasaw princesses have been making appearances for many years and have played a vital role in representing the tribe. The heritage of the princesses dates back to 1963 when Ranell (James) Harry was appointed the first Chickasaw Princess.

The event is open to the public at no charge. No ticket is required.

The Chickasaw Princess Pageant is a part of the Chickasaw Nation Annual Meeting and Festival, a time of reunion, fellowship and cultural renewal. A live video stream of the Chickasaw Princess Pageant will be available by clicking videos on the Chickasaw Nation website, at 6 p.m., Oct. 1, 2018.

For more information, contact Mary Hartley, Chickasaw...


Tlinggit and Haida Tribes Strongly Disapprove of Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

U.S. Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh looks on in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., July 9, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis via PBS

Published September 9, 2018

JUNEAU, Alaska  In a letter sent to U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), dated September 7, 2018, the president of the Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska expressed its strong disapproval of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska President Richard J. Peterson told Murkowski that Tlingit & Haida represents over 30,000 tribal citizens. He writes, all of whom would be endangered by Judge Kavanaughs confirmation because of his errorenous views on indigenous rights and tribal sovereignty.

We are concerned moving his nomination forward due to his unsound views and the potential injury that his misconceptions would wreak upon your Native Alaskan constituents, our Native Hawaiian friends and fellow indigenous peoples. I write to you, asking you to vote no, and oppose Kavanaughs nomination, Peterson continues.

The letter was written one day after U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, a member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, released a committee confidential email on Thursday in which Kavanaugh questions the constitutionality of Native Hawaiian programs.



CSVANW Receives $161,000 in Grants to Help Create Violence-free Communities for Native Children "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Native youth at last years summit. Photos courtesy of Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women

Published September 9, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE   With 83 percent of Native American children sexually abused or assaulted by a family member in New Mexico, the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW) is increasing its anti-child sexual abuse support to tribes to help create violence-free and safer communities for children.

has recently received a total of $161,000 in new grants from several local, regional and national organizations to help create anti-child sexual abuse initiatives, and dating violence prevention and intervention programs for Native youth. This funding will also help the Coalition develop sexual harassment in the workplace policies, and strengthen its advocacy, education and outreach to the 24 tribal communities across the region.

This funding provides the critical investment that we need to start addressing the epidemic of child sexual abuse that were seeing across our communities and within our families, CSVANW Executive Director

Deleana OtherBull

said. She added the funding will allow CSVANW to hire a Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) Project Coordinator that will provide support, education and train...


The National Center to Host 40 under 40 10th Anniversary Celebration in Tulsa "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published September 9, 2018

TULSA, Okla.  The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Native American 40 under 40 awards at River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, Oklahoma on October 29-30.

The event Impacting Generations: Honoring a Decade of Exceptional Service and Leadership will be held in conjuction with the National Centers next Native Edge Institute (NEI), which is a one-day training session focused specifically on procurement. Details on the next NEI will be released in the coming weeks. 

Past and present 40 under 40 awardees will have the opportunity to participate in programming designed specifially for and by them, with the goal of providing additional professional development, networking, leadership, and mentorship opportunities. Programming will be led by 40 under 40 winners but open to any registrant. 2018 is the first time the National Center is convening an event and programming geared specifically for 40 under 40 winners. 

The National Center is proud to celebrate the hundreds of deserving 40 under 40 winners from the last 10 years, said Chris James, President and CEO of the National Center. These events will honor current leaders and help groom future ones through programming designed by 40 under 40 winners. We hope you will join us for informative sessions, networking opportunities, and celebrating those who have made contributions to our communities.

The Native American 40 under 40 award is one of the most prestigious awards in Indian Country, honoring 40 Native American or Alaska Native leaders under the age of 40 who have already made significant contributions to their communities through business, academia, arts and entertainment, elected office, law, or other fields. The 2018 event will honor the 2018 class of 40 under 40 winners and convene past winners for focused programming and networking opportunities. The current class of winners will be honored at an awards dinner on the evening of the 30th. 


Planning a Family Vacation in Barbados "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published September 9, 2018

Barbados is a wonderful family vacation destination. The weather is perfect year round, the Bajan people are friendly, and the beaches are to die for. If this is your first family vacation to Barbados, here are some useful tips to ensure you make the most of your time on the island.

The Best Time to Visit Barbados with Kids

There is no bad time to visit the island, but the weather is a fraction cooler between December and April. Humidity is lower so younger kids will find it more comfortable. That said, be aware that this is the peak or high season, so prices will rise accordingly. A good time to visit Barbados is at the end of April when it hasnt gotten too hot, but you are just outside the peak season. The rainy season is between June and October. Heavy rain showers and tropical storms are more common at this time of year, but dont let this put you off. The rain rarely lasts long and before you can blink, the sun is out and everything is dry again!

Choosing Bajan Accommodation

Barbados has a wealth of accommodation choices ranging from 5-star hotels to beachfront condominiums. Hotels are always popular, but many families prefer the freedom, customization, and service at Barbados villas. Book a villa close to the beach and you can come and go as you please, prepare food when you feel like eating, and stick to your childrens routines as much as possible. If you have a baby and/or a toddler, this is by far the best accommodation option. It also offers a much better value, especially if you want to bring grandparents and other family members along for the ride.

Things to Do in Barbados with Kids

There are a ton of things to do with kids when you visit Barbados. The beaches are picture-perfect and the ones on the west coast have gently sloping sand and calm waters. If your kids are older and they want to try boogie boarding, head to the southern tip of the island where the waves are just the right size. Mullins Bay is popular with families, as the sea is calm and you can rent sunbeds, but it can get a bit crowded at times.

Swimming with Turtles

Paynes Bay is lovely. You can snorkel...


Grand Valley Indian Lodge 57th Traditional Powwow Under Way See Photos Here "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"


Ron Wittenberg (Tribal Councilor at Little River Band of Ottawa Indians) during Grand Entry. Native News Online photographs by Levi Rickert

Published September 8, 2018

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  The 57th Annual Traditional Grand Valley Indian Lodge Powwow kicked off on Saturday afternoon with a grand entry with dozens of dancers entering the dance arena on the banks of the Grand River at Riverside Park, north of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Saturday afternoons Grand Entry

The Grand Valley Indian Lodge hosts the annual powwow, which is the final outdoor powwow of the year. Organizers of the powwow say the event contributes to the understanding between cultures and helps to educate the general population about Native American heritage.

The powwow continues on Sunday with the Grand Entry beginning at 12 noon.


Two-year-old Azriel Shannanaquet (Saginaw Chippewa/Dine/Pueblo) sits at drum. His grandmother tells Native News Online, Azriel has been exposed to the drum since he was six months old.



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