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Friday, 18 May


Armed Forces Members Honored at the Start of the 16th Annual Lori Piestewa Navajo Hopi Honor Ride "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Council Delegate Tom Chee, Speaker LoRenzo Bates, and Navajo Area IHS acting
director Brian Johnson at the opening ceremony for the 16th Annual Lori Piestewa Navajo Hopi Honor Ride in St. Michaels, Ariz. on May 17, 2018.

Published May 18, 2018

WINDOW ROCK On Thursday morning during the opening ceremony for the 16th Annual Lori Piestewa Navajo Hopi Honor Ride, Speaker LoRenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, TseDaaKaan, Upper Fruitland) and Council Delegate Tom Chee (Shiprock) had the honor of laying a wreath in remembrance of fallen men and women of the Armed Forces.

The ceremony held at the Navajo Area Indian Health Service office in St. Michaels, marks the official start of the four day event in which dozens of motorcycle riders will travel over 1,200-miles through the states of Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico, in honor of military men and women that gave their lives in service.

The Navajo Hopi Honor Run first began in 2003 when the first Native American female, US Army Spec. Lori Piestewa was killed in combat.

Lori Pietewa (1979 2003)

We wish all of the riders and safe and memorable journey and we thank them for taking the time and resources to honor Gold and Blue Star families, said Speaker Bates. We honor and remember all of our Navajo men and women that have given their lives for our country.

The motorcycle riders will stop in several communities along the way to take part in scheduled ceremonies with Gold Star families to recognize and honor individual men and women who lost their lives.

Delegate Chee was invited to the event to provide the closing prayer, and also took time to visit with the m...


A New Approach for Tripartite Investment in First Nation Mental Health & Wellness "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Announcement was made at Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey IX.

Published May 18, 2018

COAST SALISH TERRITORY, VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA  Building on the progress of the tripartite health initiative, the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia and the First Nations Health Council (FNHC) have agreed to take significant steps to improve First Nation mental health wellness outcomes in BC.

First Nations in British Columbia have identified mental health and wellness as a top priority. Through discussions on the social determinants of health and wellness led by the FNHC, British Columbia First Nations have been consistent in their calls for immediate action to improve mental health and wellness services and supports.

The Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia and the FNHC will establish a new approach for federal and provincial investment in mental health and wellness services. This new funding approach will allow First Nations to plan, design and deliver a continuum of community-based mental health and wellness services based on their health plans and priorities.

Through this new approach, the partners aim to simplify the process for First Nations to access funding for mental health and wellness services by pooling federal and provincial funding and establishing new andmore flexible funding arrangements that focus on outcomes. The partners are committed to facilitating greater cross-government collaboration to enhance the coordination of mental health and wellness services accessed by First Nation children, youth and families in BC.

As part of this new agreement, Canada, British Columbia and the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) will each invest $10 million over two years for a total funding commitment of $30 million. This initial investment will support a series of demonstration sites that support enhanced service delivery models for mental health and wellness. In addition, this initial investment will support First Nation communities and Nations in British Columbia to develop, renew or redesign mental health and wellness plans in a manner that aligns with their vision of health and wellness. These plans will focus on prevention and enhancing protecti...


Cheyenne River Youth Projects Summer 2018 Midnight Basketball Season Kicks Off on Friday, May 25 with Special Concerts "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published May 18, 2018

Prolific the Rapper, Gunner Jules and Let It Bee will appear in CRYPs free, public Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park from 6 to 11 p.m.

EAGLE BUTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA On Friday, May 25, the Cheyenne River Youth Project will officially kick off its summer 2018 Midnight Basketball seasonand bring its spring Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Performing Arts Series to a closewith an eagerly anticipated celebration at its Eagle Butte campus. This special event also will include an honoring for 2018 high school graduates, and an informal Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) welcoming for the 13-year-olds who are now able to participate in the teen centers programming for the first time.

The fun begins at 6 p.m. with live performances in the Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park.

Concert-goers of all ages will enjoy performances by Prolific the Rapper, Gunner Jules and Let It Bee in the Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park from 6 to 11 p.m. And from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., youth ages 13-18 will be able to play basketball in the Cokata Wiconi gymnasium.

The concert is the final installment of CRYPs spring 2018 Waniyetu Wowapi Performing Art Series, made possible by a National Endowment for the Arts grant. According to Julie Garreau, CRYPs executive director, staff members have been overwhelmed at the community response to this first-ever performing arts initiative at the youth projects campus.

When we launched our Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Youth Arts & Culture Institute, we focused primarily on fine art, graffiti and street art, and traditional Lakota arts, because we had the infrastructure and support in place to do that, Garreau explained. Our vision always was to add performing arts, and thanks to NEA ArtWorks, we were able to realize that vision this spring.

Nearly 120 people came to CRYPs most recent performance, which was a Mothers Day comedy show featuring Mylo Smith Jr. and Tito Ybarra. Valerie Siquieros, youth programs coordinator, reported that many attendees said it was the best Mothers Day theyd had in years.

Offering performances in our art park is another way to bring our community together and lift each other up, said Jerica Widow, youth programs director. Were already hearing that people are really looking forward to the Midnight Basketball kickoff. The art park is a beautiful place to relax outside, enjoy the talent and creativ...


Tribes to Light the Way through Data and Tribally Led Programs at the National Congress of American Indians 2018 Mid Year Conference & Marketplace "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published May 18, 2018

KANSAS CITY  The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) returns to the Southern Plains Region with the 2018 Mid Year Conference & Marketplace (Mid Year) on June 3-6, 2018 at the Marriot Kansas City Downtown in Kansas City, Missouri.

NCAI Mid Year hosts the Pre Conference Data Institute and the 13thAnnual Tribal Leader Scholar Forum (TLSF) with the NCAI Policy Research Center (PRC). This year, the Mid Year Conference theme: Lighting the Way: Tribes Leading Change emphasizes the leadership tribal nations have established in the areas of tax, workforce development, juvenile justice, opioids, and the impact of the Native Vote on the mid-term elections. The TLSF focuses on research and data that helps tribal nations take action on policy and engage in strategic decision-making for stronger futures for their communities.

The post Tribes to Light the Way through Data and Tribally Led Programs at the National Congress of American Indians 2018 Mid Year Conference & Marketplace appeared first on Native News Online.

Onondaga Nation Faithkeeper Oren Lyons to Speak at Climate Solutions Summit "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Onondaga Nation Faithkeeper Oren Lyons

Published May 18, 2018

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK  What happens when eleven local, regional, and statewide environmental and justice organizations work as a team to plan a Climate Solutions Summit in Syracuse? A justice-oriented Summit focusing on inclusive, intersectional, big-tent thinking and energy system transitions in ways that benefit everyone.
The Summit will be held Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Public Service Leadership Academy at Fowler High School in Syracuse, New York, from 8 a.m. 5 p.m.  Keynote speakers include Faithkeeper Oren Lyons (Onondaga Nation), Former EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck, and sustainability advocate Eric Walker of Buffalo. The meeting, drawing hundreds of people from across the state, is designed to provide information about the initiatives already underway and inspire people to take action.
The ice has been melting in the north for over 30 years. The time for business as usual, especially for fossil fuels, is over. If we have a love for our children, a love for the future, we have to change. We need value change, for survival, Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation, said.

Climate change is often framed as a global issue, but the effects are felt at a local level. Its on our community to do what we can, not only as residents of Syracuse but as citizens of the world, to take actions that address it, said Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh, as he welcomed the Climate Solutions Summit to Syracuse in a press conference on May 17. Im proud to say that were working towards a healthier and more sustainable community through measures like completing four action items to earn designation from the state as a NYSERDA Clean Energy Community and converting our street lights to LED. We also have organizations like Onondaga Earth Corps and programs like PEACE, Inc. Weatherization contributing to our communitys impact.


Thursday, 17 May


Chile: Thousands March Against Campus Sexual Violence | Democracy Now! "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Chile: Thousands March Against Campus Sexual Violence | Democracy Now!: In Chile, thousands of students marched through the capital Santiago Wednesday, protesting against widespread sexual harassment and assault at schools and universities, and over the failure of school administrators to respond to complaints by female students. This is Paz Gajardo, spokesperson for the Confederation of Chilean Students.


Senate Committee on Indan Affairs Passes Crops for Indian Country Act "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Opening ceremony of the Intertribal Agriculture Council 2017 Membership Meeting. Native News Online photos by Levi Rickert.

Published May 17, 2018T

Senators Leading Bipartisan Effort to Include Indian Country Provisions in Farm Bill

WASHINGTON Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Tom Udall (D-NM), chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, respectively, on Wednesday announced committee passage of their bipartisan legislation to promote agribusiness and rural development opportunities for Native American farmers, ranchers and communities. The Cultivating Resources, Opportunity, Prosperity and Sustainability (CROPS) for Indian Country Act (S. 2804) would strengthen tribal self-governance for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs, such as forestry and nutrition, and update several other key USDA authorizations to better serve tribes and enhance agricultural production in Indian Country.

Our committee has heard from tribal leaders and stakeholders, including tribal colleges and universities, about the importance of enhancing tribal self-governance for USDA programs, said Hoeven. This legislation establishes a self-determination demonstration project for nutrition and forestry programs, and it reflects a number of important priorities for Indian Country in the upcoming farm bill. Strengthening the partnership between USDA and Indian tribes will expand agribusiness opportunities for Indian Countrys producers and leverage resources to better support rural tribal economies.

This bipartisan legislation reflects Indian Countrys priorities, and is a step in the right direction toward more robust engagement with tribes and Native stakeholders in the Farm Bill reauthorization process. Im pleased to see it pass through committee so quickly, Udall said. As the Vice Chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee, I strongly believe that decisions made by tribes for tribes produce the best outcomes for Native families especially when it comes to issues of food, agriculture, and community development. Native Americans deserve a seat at the table...


They can't crush the struggle in Puerto Rico | "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

They can't crush the struggle in Puerto Rico | On May 1, tens of thousands of people turned out for a protest, organized mainly around the issue of schools and led by the Federacin de Maestros de Puerto Rico (FMPR). Police brutally attacked the marchers, firing rubber bullets and using tear gas and pepper spray. At least 18 demonstrators were arrested, and hundreds suffered injuries from the police.

Sixto Lopez, a Puerto Rican solidarity activist living in Chicago, answered Socialist Worker's questions about what happened on May 1 and what it means for the struggle.


CyberGuerrilla soApboX - Blog Archive - #BDS is a war #Israel cant win by @StanleyCohenLaw "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

CyberGuerrilla soApboX - Blog Archive - BDS is a war Israel cant win by @StanleyCohenLaw: Most of the world has been content to overlook Palestines ordeal fatigued by 68 years of this conflict, and understandably inured to the epic suffering of its people, who understand that their tragic condition can only hold its attention briefly.

The endless failed international peace efforts, the vicissitudes of negotiations, and periodic spasms of violence have become like the weather always there.

This is precisely why the BDS movement has come to figure so prominently in Palestinian hopes it side-steps the moribund peace process and banks on people-power as leverage against state and institutional power, applied against a responsive economy, such as Israels.


Update: Antionio Monserrate Roche Search at Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published May 17, 2018

LAC DU FLAMBEAU INDIAN RESERVATION An unidentified body was found and removed from Pokegama Lake at approximately 10:00 am this morning. Positive identification of the deceased has not been made.It appears no suspicious circumstances exist at this time, but nothing has been ruled out, Lac du Flambeau Tribal Police Chief Bob Brandenburg says.

Local law enforcement agencies are continuing the investigation to determine whether or not the body found is Antonio Monserrate Roche.

Additional information related to the discovery of an unidentified body in Pokegama Lake and the search for Mr. Roche will be provided as we learn more.

We wish to thank the community volunteers for their assistance. We would also like to thank the assisting agencies for their time and efforts: the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Police Department, Vilas County Sherriffs Department, Lac du Flambeau Tribal Emergency Management, Vilas County Emergency Management, Wisconsin State Patrol Aircraft Crew, Wisconsin DNR Wardens, Lac du Flambeau Tribal Conservation Wardens, GLIFWC Wardens, Lac du Flambeau Tribal Natural Resources and Fish Hatchery staff, Lac du Flambeau Tribal Employees, Vilas County Public Relations, Kim Swisher Communications, Karl James & Company, Wisconsin Civil Air Patrol, Newbold Fire Department Search and Rescue, Lac du Flambeau Fire Department and the Lac du Flambeau Town Road Crew.

The post Update: Antionio Monserrate Roche Search at Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation appeared first on Native News Online.


Rachel Siewert - Changes to the Community Development Program Is Just Tinkering Around the Edges | CAAMA Radio "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Rachel Siewert - Changes to the Community Development Program Is Just Tinkering Around the Edges | CAAMA Radio: Ms Siewert spoke to CAAMA's Philippe Perez more about the Greens reaction to the proposed changes & other factors that affect First Nations people in the budget speech.


A Conversation With Native Americans on Race | Op-Docs "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

A Conversation With Native Americans on Race | Op-Docs: This week we bring you A Conversation With Native Americans on Race, the latest installment in our wide-ranging Conversation on Race series. Directed by Michle Stephenson and Brian Young, the film grapples with the racist contradictions of a country that, many feel, would prefer it if Native Americans didnt exist.



Meet Tarek Loubani, the Canadian Doctor Shot by Israeli Forces Monday While Treating Gazas Wounded | Democracy Now! "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Meet Tarek Loubani, the Canadian Doctor Shot by Israeli Forces Monday While Treating Gazas Wounded | Democracy Now!: As Palestinians vow to continue protesting against the Israeli occupation of Gaza, we speak to a Canadian doctor who was shot by Israeli forces in both legs Monday while he was helping injured Palestinians. Israeli forces shot dead at least 61 unarmed Palestinian protesters taking part in the Great March of Return Monday, including one doctor. Canada, Britain, Germany, Ireland and Belgium have called for an investigation into the killings. The United Nations Human Rights Council has announced that it will hold a special session Friday to discuss escalating violence in Gaza.


New Mexico Elementary School Receives $26.2M for New School Construction "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Students of the Laguna Elementary School on the Pueblo of Laguna.

Published May 17, 2018

Laguna Elementary School is the first school to be awarded under the BIA Replacement School List

WASHINGTON  The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Wednesdday that the Laguna Elementary School in New Laguna, New Mexico, will receive $26.2 million for the construction of a new school.

The Pueblo of Laguna is realizing a dream come true with the award to replace the previously condemned Laguna Elementary School, said Laguna Pueblo Governor Virgil Siow. Our Pueblo Administration and Council has worked for many years to obtain funding for a modern, state of the art school to replace the current school. Finally, our children will learn in a safe and modern environment. This school will benefit future generations to come. We are very grateful to the Creator for this blessing and the opportunity for our community.

The Laguna Elementary School replacement project will support the construction for an education facility serving approximately 220 students in grades ranging from kindergarten to fifth. The school is slated to be built on a 48,200 square foot campus and includes a Cultural Arts classroom, an additional computer lab, permanent stage space and increased allotments for Special Education therapy and resource classrooms. The school will be designed for sustainability and is expected to achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification status.

In 2016, through the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) replacement school construction process, Indian Affairs selected 10 schools for replacement. Laguna Elementary School was the first 2016 NCLB School to complete the planning phase. The Pueblo of Laguna has elected to manage the project using a design-build contract for their new school utilizing an amendment to their existing education grant.

The post New Mexico Elementary School Receives $26.2M for New School Construction appeared first on Native News Online.


Grand Opening of imagiNATIONS Activity Center "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"


Published May 17, 2018

NEW YORK The imagiNATIONS Activity Center is the newest educational initiative coming to the Smithsonians National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center in New York. The grand-opening event will begin with a welcome reception at 9:30 a.m., followed by a blessing ceremony and welcome remarks by distinguished guests and community leaders at 10 a.m. The center will then open and the fifth-grade students of Public School 276 will be the first school group to experience the space. All guests will also be welcomed to explore the activities. Museum officials/project coordinators will be available for comment.

This multimillion-dollar upgrade to the museum transforms former office space into modernized educational and exhibition spaces. The content is bilingual (English and Spanish) and embraces STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education and introduces young visitors to Native innovations throughout history that continue to impact modern life. Along with its youth-education mission, imagiNATIONS will also play host to teacher training and cross-cultural collaborations with Native communities through onsite and distance learning.

Media interactives, mechanical hands-on activities, handling objects and introductory texts and graphics will also stress the holistic Native American approach to innovation, critical thinking, creative problem solving and sustainability. The spaces various topical sections home in on themes of agriculture, physics, chemistry, mathematics, architecture and more.



Thursday, May 17

9:30 reception

10:00 a.m. Opening Ceremony


National Museum of the American Indian

One Bowling Green, New York, NY 10004



Pokagon Food Sovereignty Initiative Brings Native Food Truck to Town "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published May 17, 2018

DOWAGIAC, MICHIGAN This month, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is bringing a mobile native farmers market to the area. On Tuesday, May 22, from 5:30 8 p.m. at the Pokagon Community Center, located at 27043 Potawatomi Trail in Dowagiac, Dan Cornelius from the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) and members of the Pokagon Bands food sovereignty committee will host an evening of indigenous food with a wide variety of native foods on display and available for purchase.

This community event includes a tasting of heirloom and indigenous foods at 6 p.m., followed by a presentation on food sovereignty. Cornelius and the IAC aid Indian tribes and native farmers, ranchers and food producers. They operate the mobile farmers market to expand producers market access and increase availability of fresh, healthy, and traditional foods to tribal communities.

Before contact with Europeans, the Potawatomi in Michiana cultivated wild rice, tapped sugar maple trees, harvested berries, and grew vegetables, said Gary Morseau, Chair of the Pokagon Band food sovereignty committee. Many of those traditions and food varieties were lost over the next centuries, but now the Pokagon Band is starting to reclaim its food sovereignty. Efforts include prepping its agricultural land for organic farming, promoting indigenous foods at tribal events and reviving maple sugar and wild rice production on Pokagon land.

The post Pokagon Food Sovereignty Initiative Brings Native Food Truck to Town appeared first on Native News Online.



PALESTINA EXISTE, RECONOCIMIENTO YA!ALTO AL GENOCIDIO PALESTINO! | MIR MEXICO - El Movimiento de Izquierda Revolucionaria expresa su total solidaridad con el pueblo palestino, adems reconocemos su inalienable e histrico derecho a recuperar la totalidad de su territorio, as como el legtimo derecho de los ms 700 mil palestinos expulsados de sus tierras por la ocupacin israel a retornar a su hogar ancestral.

Es por ello que desde Mxico y bajo el principio de reconocer el derecho de los pueblos a su libre autodeterminacin, respaldamos la Gran Marcha del Retorno iniciada el pasado 30 de marzo en la Franja de Gaza y condenamos enrgicamente los actos genocidas del gobierno fascista de Israel, encabezado por el primer ministro Benjamn Netanyahu // The Movement of the Revolutionary Left expresses its total solidarity with the Palestinian people, we also recognize its inalienable and historic right to recover the totality of its territory, as well as the legitimate right of the more 700 thousand Palestinians expelled from their lands by the Israeli occupation to return to your ancestral home.

That is why from Mexico and under the principle of recognizing the right of peoples to self-determination, we support the Great March of Return that began on March 30 in the Gaza Strip and strongly condemn the genocidal acts of the fascist government of Israel. , headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

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