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Thursday, 08 November


With Decisive Victory, Navajo Nation President-Elect Talks Ruling with a Mandate of the People "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

At 43, Jonathan Nez is the youngest ever elected president of the Navajo Nation. Photo courtesy of the Navajo Times.

Published November 8, 2018

WINDOW ROCK On Tuesday, Jonathan Nez won a decisive victory in the Navajo Nation general election. According to the Navajo Election Administration, Nez, and his running mate, Myron Lizer, garnered 66.4 percent of the vote with 39,783. The Nez-Lizer ticket beat former Navajo Nation Joe Shirley and his running mate, Buu Van Nygren who received 20,146 votes.

At 43, he will become the youngest ever elected president to lead the Navajo Nation. He currently serves as vice president of the Navajo Nation in the Begaye-Nez administration.

With such a wide margin, Nez is saying his upcoming administration will have a mandate to rule the nation.

Our people have spoken, and we now take their mandate into office. The 2018 election was especially important because it also marked 150 years of Navajo sovereignty since the Treaty of 1868. We are a resilient people, comments President-elect Nez to Native News Online.

The Navajo Nation voters awoke from a deep slumber and flooded the voting polls in historic numbers. Some chapters did not have enough ballots and more had to be brought in. This is a good problem to have, especially considering the tens of thousands of Navajo voters who were purged earlier this summer. More than 40,000 registered before Election Day and they were able to cast their ballots, Nez continued.

The election was a divisive experience and now the Navajo people must come back together as a nation and change our government for the benefit of our children and grandchildren.

I am honored to have been part of the peoples choice. They say landslide victory but we still have to work hard to legitimize this mandate. As such, our administration must address the grassroots issues that galvanized our continued desire to bring [govt] outreach to the people, Vice Presidential -Elect Myron Lizer said.

In addition to the presidential administration, the Navajo Nation elected 16 new tribal delegates.



25 Ways Sessions and His Justice Department Criminalized and Terrorized Communities of Color "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Getty/Aaron P. Bernstein
Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at a press conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., on October 26, 2018.

Published November 8, 2018

Editors Note: This article was originally published by the Center for American Progress. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

As the chief law enforcement officer of the United States, the attorney general is responsible for ensuring equal justice under the law for all Americans. But Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, the recently forced out U.S. attorney general, used his office and position to undermine the rights and freedoms of people of color. From civil rights and criminal justice, to immigration policy, Sessions, also a former Republican U.S. senator from Alabama, did not miss an opportunity to criminalize and terrorize people of color.

The American public was long aware of Sessions dangerous record and potential to inflict harm on communities of color. In 1986, Sessions was denied a federal judgeship due to alarming laudatory statements he made about the Ku Klux Klan and racist remarks aimed at his black colleagues. Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr., even submitted a letter warning the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee of Sessions record of using his power as a former U.S. attorney to intimidate and chill the free exercise of the ballot.

As a U.S. senator, Sessions routinely fought against protections for historically marginalized communities. He...


Historic Campaign Changes Conversation around Wild Alaska Salmon "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published November 8, 2018

ANCHORAGE   On Tuesday, tens of thousands of Alaskans raised their voices to protect wild salmon and the rivers they call home. While Ballot Measure 1 did not garner enough votes to pass, Alaskans across political and geographic boundaries united in support of stronger salmon habitat protections through the ballot initiative.

Despite being outspent by a corporate misinformation campaign, Alaskans showed up in droves today to vote yes on Ballot Measure 1. That is a victory in and of itself, said Gayla Hoseth, Ballot Measure 1 sponsor and second chief of the Curyung Tribal Council. We are in the midst of a new era where Alaskans are ready to see stronger salmon protections and more responsible development in our state.

In contrast to an opposition that raised nearly $13 million primarily from large mining and oil companies Stand for Salmon was a true grassroots effort powered by Alaskans from Kaktovik to Ketchikan who are passionate about salmon. Over the last year, Stand for Salmon had more than 62,000 conversations with Alaskans about the initiative and was supported by a network of over 500 volunteers who spent countless hours pounding the pavement, knocking on doors, making calls and talking with Alaskans. More than 1,830 Alaskan donors helped support the campaign and over 400 Alaska businesses and organizations signed on to endorse the ballot measure.

Alaskans no longer take our world-class salmon streams and rivers for granted, said Mike Wood, Ballot Measure 1 sponsor and a setnet fisherman in Cook Inlet. This groundswell of Alaskans who want to improve the way we protect our salmon isnt going away and will only grow stronger over time.

Through our conversations throughout this campaign, its been clear to us that all Alaskans are connected to salmon and want to do more to protect the last wild salmon runs in the country, said Stephanie Quinn-Davidson, Ballot Measure 1 sponsor and director of the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. We will continue to fight for stronger protections that hold large scale development accountable and that ensure wild Alaska salmon will be around for generations.

Ballot Measure 1 proposed updates to Alaskas law guiding development in salmon habitat. The law has not been updated since it was drafted at statehood 61 years ago, even as Alaskas population has...


Native Voices at the Autry Presents the 8th Annual Short Play Festival: FOOD! "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published November 8, 2018

LOS ANGELES Continuing its role as the only Equity theatre company dedicated exclusively to developing new work by Native American artists, Native Voices at the Autry presents its eighth annual Short Play Festival: Food! Held during the Autry Museum of the American Wests American Indian Arts Marketplace on Sunday, November 11, 2018, the event features new short plays by Native American playwrights that pose the question: Whats on the table in Indian Country?

The playwrights consider food an important cultural expression not unlike music or dance. Their theatrical works explore food themes as simple as whats served for dinner, as complicated as the legacy of frybread, or as devastating as water shortages and climate change on subsistence hunting. The scripts, which were selected by a national panel, will be workshopped and read by the Native Voices Artists Ensemble. The plays are then considered for the Von Marie Atchley Excellence in Playwriting Award, a $1,000 cash prize based on the creative use of the competition theme, originality, theatricality, execution, and audience response.

Native Voices Annual Short Play Festival is always a joyful event and this years offerings promise to conjure up lots of memories and a little bit of an appetite, says Jean Bruce Scott, Producing Executive Director of Native Voices. The theme, FOOD!, has made us all hungry for family traditions, recipes, and favorite dishes. Red chile stew, fresh crab and salmon, frybread and chumuth, tamales, and three sisters salad figure prominently in these short plays. The plays also explore racism, overcoming addiction and adversity,...


The National Center Brings Next Native Edge Institute to Anchorage, Alaska "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published November 8, 2018

One-day event provides participants procurement and technology training and one-on-one consulting

ANCHORAGE   The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (the National Center) will host its next Native Edge Institute (NEI) on November 27th at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Anchorage, Alaska. NEI Alaska will once again be facilitated by GovContractPros and sponsored by ArcticIT (a Doyon, Limited Company). It is also being hosted in partnership with Alaska Federation of Natives.
NEI Alaska provides government contractors hands-on training in federal and corporate small business programs and how to leverage those programs to enter the supply chain of large prime contractors. The NEI will also provide valuable insights on advances in technology and cyber security. The NEI is supported through a generous donation from KeyBank Foundation, which was announced earlier this year at RES. This is the first physical event the National Center will host in Alaska. 
We are thrilled to continue our Native Edge Institutes with our first event in Alaska, said Chris James, President and CEO...


A Visit with AIMster Viola Hatch "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Viola Hatch and son Buddy

Viola Hatch and son Buddy

Published November 8, 2018

CANTON, Okla.   Through the various Longest Walks Dennis Banks led across America, his travel log always steered the Longest Walks to include a stay at Viola Hatchs home in Canton, Oklahoma. Hatch is a long-term dedicated leaders in Indian County.  

Hatch has been a strong advocate for American Indian rights as evidenced by her involvement in the American Indian Movement (AIM). She and her husband, Donald Hatch, now deceased, were involved with AIMs 71-day occupation of Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1973.

From 1994 to 1995, Hatch served as tribal chair of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes.

On their way across the country from San Francisco to the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota, Longwalker/activist Leonard Seabolt , Gina Marie Quinones and Arthur (Turtle) Jacobs stopped by to visit Hatch.

Viola Hatch, Gina Marie (Buffalowoman) Quinones, Leonard Seabolt and Arthur Jacobs

Arriving at her home in Canton, Oklahoma, the group was  greeted by her  son, Buddy and his wife, Blanca. Hatch is always excited to have visitors always opens her home to AIM family.

Buddy spends time taking care of his mother at her home. Blanca is Taiino native from  Puerto Rico .

While sharing stories and time together, Hatch shared stories from her youth.

Growing up as a kid we al...


Thunderbird Review Anthology Call for Submissions "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published November 8, 2018

CLOQUET, Minn.  The Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College English Department is calling for submissions to enter in the seventh edition of The Thunderbird Review, the colleges annual anthology of creative writing and art. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2018.

Submission eligibility includes current students who are enrolled at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, University of Wisconsin-Superior, University of Minnesota-Duluth, College of St. Scholastica, or Lake Superior College, along with residents of Carlton, St. Louis, Lake, Aitkin, and Pine counties in Minnesota, and Ashland, Douglas, Bayfield, Burnett, Sawyer, and Washburn counties in Wisconsin.

Submissions must fall into one of  five different categories: short fiction (3000 words maximum), creative non-fiction (3000 words maximum), poetry (three poems maximum and no more than three total pages), artwork (three works maximum; any media, but art must be submitted as a jpeg file via email), and music (three songs maximum, submit as a link to a website like YouTube, SoundCloud, or BandCamp).

Authors and artists may submit one entry per category. The Thunderbird Review selection committee will not accept work that has previously been published, is under consideration elsewhere, or has received an award.

Submitted works must be sent via email, and only email submissions will be accepted. Provide contact information including the submitters name, address, telephone number, email address, the title(s) of works being submitted, and a 50-word bio written in third person. The authors name should not be on submitted manuscripts, although artwork may be signed. Writing entries should use Times New Roman size 12 font and be sent as an attachment in .doc or .docx format. Send submissions via email to

All contributors selected for the final publication will receive one complimentary copy. Questions may be directed to Darci Schummer at

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Nike N7 Fund Awards Grants to Native American and Aboriginal Youth Organizations that are Leveraging the Power of Sport to Inspire the Next Generation "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published November 6, 2018

  20 tribal and community organizations awarded grants to get kids moving so they can lead healthier, happier and more successful lives    

BEAVERTON, Ore.  Nike is proud to announce the latest round of grant recipients for the Nike N7 Fund. As a part of the 2017-2018 N7 Fund grant cycle, Nike is awarding grants to 20 organizations serving Native American and Aboriginal youth across North America. Through this grant cycle, the N7 Fund awarded 15 Grassroots grant recipients with a total of $250,000, which included one year project grants for tribal organizations and communities that manage sport and physical activity programs. The fund also provided second-year funding to five Build the Field grantees, which are multi-year grants of $50,000 each, for capacity building within Native American non-profit organizations, for a total of $150,000 over three years.

The N7 Fund is Nikes longtime commitment to bring sport and all its benefits to Native American and Aboriginal communities in North America, with a focus on youth. The N7 Collection supports the N7 Fund to help organizations provide sport and physical activity programming to Native American and Aboriginal communities as a part of Made to Play, Nikes commitment to getting kids around the world moving so that they can lead healthier, happier and more successful lives. Since 2009, the N7 Fund has awarded $5.6 million in grants to 243 communities and organizations across the U.S. and Canada, reaching more than 420,000 youth. The N7 Fund is administered with the support of the Charities Aid Foundation of America (CAF America).

At Nike, we believe kids arent meant to sit still, theyre made to play. The N7 Fund focuses on helpi...

Wednesday, 07 November


Jonathan Nez Elected President of Navajo Nation "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Jonathan Nez was elected president of the Navajo Nation on Tuesday.

Published November 7, 2018

WINDOW ROCK Jonathan Nez, the current vice president, was elected president of the Navajo Nation on Tuesday.

Nez beat challenger former President Joe Shirley with 39,783 votes (66.4 percent) to 20,146 votes (33.6 percent), according to the unofficial voter tally of the Navajo Election Administration.



The post Jonathan Nez Elected President of Navajo Nation appeared first on Native News Online.


Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo) Elected to Congress "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published November 7, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE  Deb Haaland, a tribal citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna) was elected to Congress on Tuesday. She, along with Sharice Davids, are the only two Native women elected to Congress in the history of the United States.

Haaland beat her GOP challenger by 59.2 percent to 36.3 percent of the votes. Previously, Haaland served as the chair of the New Mexico Democratic party.


The post Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo) Elected to Congress appeared first on Native News Online.


Cherokee Nation 3S Employee Recognized by Federal Aviation Administration "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Aaron Fletcher, program manager for CN3S, receives Federal Aviation Administration recognition for his role in a new weather observation model.

Published November 7, 2018

Aaron Fletcher earns FAA honor for role in new weather observation model

TULSA, Okla. The Federal Aviation Administration recently recognized CN3S Aaron Fletcher for his role in supporting the agencys new weather observation platform.

Fletcher serves as a program manager supporting CN3S partnership with the FAA and its Aviation Surface Weather Observation Network Technology Refresh Team, helping integrate the new Automated Weather Observing System Model-C.

Since 2015, CN3S has served a key role in integrating AWOS-C systems in air traffic locations across the nation, said Fletcher. We are proud to have collaborated on this project and look forward to continuing our growing relationship with the FAA.

The technology refresh team has renewed service life and reduced operating costs of more than 200 automated weather stations by reconfiguring each into the new AWOS-C standard. The systems are manufactured, tested and maintained at a CN3S facility in Pryor until final configuration and delivery to the field.

Fletchers Certificate of Appreciation, issued and signed by FAA Director of Enterprise Services Malcom Andrews, recognizes the CN3S employee for his hard work, support and significant contribution to the program.

We are very proud of Aaron, said Ryan Wasmus, CN3S operations general manager. This award is an excellent demonstration of his continued success as a project manager, as well as a great example of the ongoing trend of praise and high regards that we continually receive from his clients and onsite project staff.

The Federal Aviation Administration is responsible for the safety of civil aviation. The Federal Aviation Act of 1958 created the agency under the name Federal Aviation Agency. The agency later adopted its present name in 1967 when it became part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Its mission is to provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world.

Cherokee Nation 3S...


Delegate Phelps Joins Leupp Community in Honoring Women Veterans "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Council Delegate Walter Phelps
recognizing Heather Williams of the U.S. Army during the Veterans Day Celebration at Leupp Chapter on Nov. 3, 2018.

Published November 7, 2018

LEUPP, Ariz.  On Saturday, Navajo Nation Council Delegate Walter Phelps (Cameron, Coalmine Canyon, Leupp, Tolani Lake, Tsidi To ii) and Council Delegate Tom Chee (Shiprock) attended a Veterans Day celebration hosted by the Leupp Chapter, in honor of women veterans from Leupp and surrounding communities.

Delegate Phelps, who represents the community of Leupp as a member of the Navajo Nation Council, said the honorable service, strength, and resiliency of women veterans need to be recognized and commended throughout the Navajo Nation.

The Navajo Nation needs to increase awareness of women veterans. They have proven that they have the resiliency and inspiration as male veterans in the times of conflict and they played a major role in our nations history. They are the leaders of our homes, communities, and the public sector, stated Delegate Phelps.

During the celebration, community leaders recognized and honored the following women veterans, who are also members of the American Legion Curtis-Huskon Post 112 of Leupp, Ariz:

       Karla Curley U.S. Army

       Mary Iron U.S. Army

       Tara Love U.S. Army

       Heather Williams U.S. Army

       Marilyn Loucks U.S. Army

       Jacqueline Kelly U.S. Army

       Jackie Benally U.S. Marine Corps

       Cherise Harry U.S. Army

       Jessica Begay U.S. Army

       Liranda Friday U.S. Marine Corps

       Sandra Wilson U.S. Army...


SUANNE BIG CROW The hero in high tops "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published November 7, 2018

BROOKLYN, N.Y.  SUANNE BIG CROW is the latest feature documentary from award-winning director Kris Kaczor. Currently in production, he is seeking funds through Kickstarter until November 16th.

SUANNE BIG CROW is the tale of a girl from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation who became one of the best high-school basketball players in history. Prophesied to do great things for her people, SuAnne has become a symbol of hope to her infamous Lakota tribe. The story returns to Pine Ridge 29 years after her sudden death, where SuAnne has become a household name. Kids who werent even born when she was alive look up to her. Everyone on the reservation has stories, and even dreams about her. Elders cry when they say her name. Its clear that on the Rez and on the high school court, everyones looking for the next SuAnne.

Cameras will follow SuAnnes old high-school team, the Lady Thorpes, for the 2018-2019 season. Two players are said to possess SuAnnes natural skill, and cousin and Coach Laura Big Crow, has already weeded out the weak. She says confidently, This is going to be a good year. From tryouts to away games, and through the bitter reservation winter, we will witness the resonance that SuAnne has on the people they still feel her, and are guided by her memory.

Kaczor learned in a preliminary shoot that SuAnne has evolved to more than a basketball star. Shes become a symbol of strength that extends far beyond the boundaries of Pine Ridge. SuAnnes story is a model for the world on what one hard-working person can do. Even when faced with the grueling reality of reservation life, SuAnne accomplished glory and gave hope to the seemingly hopeless. Shes a role model for girls and women across the world, teaching that they can do anything they dream.

Kaczor is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter in order to produce the documentary. All donations go directly to the filming, editing, and a locally-hired, Native crew. The campaign is at: Filming will run from November 2018 March 2019. The scheduled release date is December of 2019.




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Sharice Davids (Ho-Chunk) Knocks Off Incumbent: Becomes First American Indian Woman Elected to Congress "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Sharice Davids is one of two American Indian women seeking to be elected to Congress in the midterm election.

Breaking News

Published November 6, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Kan. History was made Tuesday when Sharice Davids, a tribal citizen of the Ho-Chunk Nation, was elected to Congress. She became the first American Indian woman ever elected to Congress. Although, Davids bragging rights will be short-lived because Deb Halaand is expected to win the 1st Congressional District seat in New Mexico later this evening.

Her projected victory came about 9 pm -CST as MSNBC announced the victory.

Davids beat incumbent Kevin Yoder, who was favored to win the race in late summer. During the third week of September, Davids pulled even with Yoder in polls and since then outpaced him in almost all polls.

Davids, who was raised by a single-working mother, a postal worker, became an attorney and worked as an Obama fellow during the last year of the Obama adminstration.


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