Archives For Environmental Issues


1. Native Groups to Rally Against Redskins in Minneapolis

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2. How Sacred Objects Heal: A Tlingit’s Journey, Part I

Courtesy Barbara Searls and Freda Westman
The author’s mother, Phoebe Ward Hopper, in her Alaska Native Sisterhood koogéinaa (sash) and hat. Photo taken in Alaska, 1971. (Courtesy Barbara Searls and Freda Westman)

3. EPA Climate Justice Blog: Bringing Human Rights Home—Engagement and Environmental Justice

U.N. meeting on human rights in Geneva.

4. Video: Native Hawaiians Explain Why the Goddess Pele and Her Lava Are Welcome Guests in Pahoa

U.S. Geological Survey/AP Photo
Lava that has pushed through a fence marking a property boundary above the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii is seen Oct. 28, 2014.

5. National Geographic Honors Gwaii Haanas as an Outstanding Cultural Tourism Site

6. Videos: Cherokee Elders Tell Halloween Tales, Part 1

Cherokee Elders tell Halloween tales
Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Elders tell viewers Halloween tales.

7. Arctic Adaptations: Inuit Architecture Showcased in Prestigious Venice Biennale

Kirt Ejesiak
Visitors check out ‘Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15′ at the 14th International Venice Biennale of Architecture.

8. Shelly Vetoes Council Legislation Amending Fluency, Deschene Continues Fight

9. Tester’s Big Gamble: The Push for Indian Education, Health Care and Environment

Senator Jon Tester at NIEA
Julia Mitchell
Senator Jon Tester speaks at the NIEA Convention in Alaska.

10. United by Rock ‘n Roll: NAMA-Nominated Ollivanders Put the Music First

Ollivanders: Ryan Johnson, Martin Isaacs and Ryan Mickeloff
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The Ollivanders: Ryan Johnson, Martin Isaacs and Ryan Mickeloff. Photo by darkophoto.com

11. NM’s Minority Groups Form Alliance to Address Concerns, Beginning With Elections

Courtesy New Mexico People’s Solidarity Alliance Facebook
New Mexico People’s Solidarity Alliance signing of Declaration of Unity

12. You Think Team Names Are Bad? 12 Images of Propaganda Against Natives

13. BIA Head Kevin Washburn Speaks to ICTMN About NCAI, Federal Recognition and More

Cliff Matias
Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn sat with a panel from ICTMN in September while in New York.

14. Unraveling the ‘Redskins’ Lie: Americans Don’t Know Native History


1. Mother and Son Overcome Adversity to Earn Master’s Degrees Together

Lila Bruyere, 61, and her son, Shawn Johnston, 37, fought back from addictions and will become the first mother-son duo to graduate from the same program at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.
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Lila Bruyere, 61, and her son, Shawn Johnston, 37, fought back from addictions and will become the first mother-son duo to graduate from the same program at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. They will both receive their master’s degrees from the faculty of social work’s aboriginal field of study program on October 31, 2014.

2. Walmart Takes Twitter Beatdown Over ‘Fat Girl Costumes;’ Pocahottie Still OK

Walmart.com’s ‘fat girl costumes’ page is one of the all-time lowlights of e-commerce.

3. Children in the Crosshairs: Alaska Native Grandmother Fights ICWA Ruling

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Familial bonds are paramount among the Tununak, as in most Native cultures. More than 90 percent of the tribe’s village was wiped out during the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918, and just 400 Tununak remain today.

4. Our Brothers and Sisters: 6 Sacred Animals and What They Mean in Native Cultures

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The turtle is but one of many sacred animals throughout Native cultures.

5. Rosebud Sioux Member to Head 1st Tribal Lending SD Branch

6. The Federal Drug Administration Continues to Ignore Tribal Governments

7. Thorpe Family Considering Appeal of Ruling on Jim Thorpe’s Remains

Matt Rourke / Associated Press

8. Methane ‘Hot Spot’ Seen From Space Hovers Over Four Corners

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The Four Corners area (red) is the major U.S. hot spot for methane emissions in this map showing how much emissions varied from average background concentrations from 2003-2009 (dark colors are lower than average; lighter colors are higher).

9. Going Door-to-Door in Rural Alaska in Search of Voters

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Gabe Tegoseak, right, talks to Harold Snowball as he goes house to house for Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, in Barrow, Alaska. Tegoseak walks the ice-slicked streets, knocking on doors, looking for votes.

10. Destroying the Specter of Breast Cancer in Native Communities

11. Money Koch Bros. Stole from Tribes Could Swing Mid-Term Elections

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South Dakota Democratic Senate candidate Rick Weiland interacts with Native communities along his campaign trail. Weiland is in a too-close-to-call race with Republican Mike Rounds and Independent Larry Pressler.

12. ☆ 3 HOURS ☆ NATIVE AMERICAN FLUTE ♫ Baby Bedtime Sleeping Music ~ Best Lullaby Sleep Songs


1. Walter Echo-Hawk Receives Human Rights Honor by International Organization

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Walter Echo-Hawk

2. Four EPA Tribal ecoAmbassadors to Research Environment and Health in Indian Country

Four tribal ecoAmbassadors have been chosen by the Environmental Protection Agency.

3. Displaced and Forgotten: Film About Native Flood Evacuees Wins Prize

Three years after massive flooding in Manitoba, some 2100 people are still living in a limbo of hotel rooms and temporary housing.

4. Coast Salish Unite Against Tripling Capacity of Kinder Morgan Tar Sands Pipeline

Chris Jordan-Bloch
Swinomish Chairman and NCAI President Brian Cladoosby with Cultural Coordinator of the Swinomish Tribe and members of First Nations.

5. To Bring Frank Herbert’s ‘Soul Catcher’ to Screen, Hollywood Enlists Tribal Elder

Published in 1972, ‘Soul Catcher’ is the only book by ‘Dune’ author Frank Herbert that isn’t science fiction.

6. Election: The Message From Alaska Natives, ‘It’s Our Time’

Courtesy James Tucker, of law firm Wilson Elser, in Las Vegas
Alaska Natives extreme isolation

1. Cherokee Citizen Leads Tribal Health System to National Recognition

Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation citizen James Martins, of Afton, talks with Northeastern Tribal Health System CEO and fellow Cherokee, Kim Chuculate, during a regular visit to the clinic.

2. A Family Tradition of Military Service Leads Birdwell to the VA

Courtesy Veteran Affairs Department
Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) met the new Director of the Office of Tribal Government Relations for the Veterans Affairs Department, Stephanie Birdwell in March 2011.

3. $19 Million NIH Grant Aims to Draw Natives Into Biomedical Research

4. On Ebola & ISIS: A Flaming Chariot Called Fear

5. Oneida Indian Nation’s SavOn Stores Raise Over $7,000 for Muscular Dystrophy Association

6. Alaska May Have the World’s Largest Voting Booth

Courtesy AlaskaNativeVote.com
A new video urges Alaska Native voters to get to the polls. And early. “Get Out the Native Vote” reminds people that they can vote until November 4th in one of the 128 newly established voting sites across the state.

7. Trickster Art Photo: Romero’s Ceramic Coyotes

8. Duane Champagne’s Orwellian Form of Self-Determination

9. Video: Parched Southwest Tells ‘the Story of Water’

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Even without climate change, ‘the story of the Southwest is the story of water,” says climate scientist Gregg Garfin in this video about the Southwest chapter of the National Climate Assessment released in 2014.

10. Deconstructing the Doctrine of Discovery


1. ‘The R Word’, a Tom the Dancing Bug Cartoon

copyright Ruben Bolling

2. Take Back the Night Rally: Sexual Assault is NOT an Ojibwe Tradition

Michael Meuers
Red Lake will hold a Take Back the Night Rally October 22.

3. 5 More First Nations Musical Artist Award Winners to Watch For

Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards

4. Video: How Acidifying Oceans Are Ruining Shellfish Farms

Vimeo/The Story Group
Taylor Shellfish Farms in Washington State is one of many such enterprises seeing the effects of ocean acidification.

5. Native Women Aim to Make Waves in NM Political Arena

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New Mexico State Capitol

6. Support This Warrior’s Right to Walk the Red Road

7. BIA Head Kevin Washburn Speaks to ICTMN About One of the Toughest Jobs in Government

Cliff Matias
Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn sat with a panel from ICTMN in September while in New York.

8. Texas Native Community to Protest Redskins At Dallas Cowboys Game

9. Battle Continues for Peel Watershed in Yukon Courtroom (Video)

Marten Berkman
Mining companies are leering over the Peel Watershed, the largest pristine wilderness in North America and a storehouse of coveted minerals and other resource deposits.

10. Matthew McConaughey Says ‘Keep Redskins,’ Cites Hamburgers & Westerns

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Matthew McConaughey, an Academy Award-winning actor, says keep Redskins.

11. Key Thoughts From KeyBank: Financial Education Success in Indian Country

12. Chickasaw Softball Coach

13. From Carlisle to Hollywood: A Conference on Graduates and the Movies

Student body assembled on the Carlisle Indian School grounds.
Courtesy Marc Wanamaker/Bison Archives

1. Nevada and Southern California Tribes Net $10.4 Million in Grants From EPA

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Water-cleanup and related projects will get the lion’s share of some $10.4 million in grants going to Nevada and Southern California tribes.

2. Eastern Cherokee Band Forbids Fracking on Its Sovereign Lands

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The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina have passed a resolution prohibiting fracking on their sovereign lands.

3. Naked Faux Savages and Neo-Racism in Berlin

Captain Jacobsen, a play that recently premiered in Berlin, is receiving mixed reviews some of which are calling it neo-racism.

4. Juliette Lewis Offers Words, Poetry, and Music in Memory of Misty Upham

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Juliette Lewis’ handwritten farewell to Misty Upham, posted to Instagram.

5. Horse Lovers Share Vision to Develop Native Bronc Riders

Lori O’Harver
Philip Whiteman, Jr. during one of his rides.

6. American Indian Motion Picture Awards, Coming to a Television Near You

Steven Paul Judd
Poster art for the 2013 AIFF by Steven Paul Judd, featuring Will Sampson leading a who’s who of Native talent. Can you name all the others depicted here?

7. 1964 Centennial Indian Princesses Gather for Anniversary Reception

Nevada Indian Commission
Aloha Callac-Jones competed against 21 other women 50 years ago, and won the crown.

8. Thompson Brothers Sign With Nike

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Miles, Jeremy and Jerome Thompson smile after allegedly signing contracts with Nike.

9. Hector Vazquez Top Chef for Twin Arrows Navajo Casino

Courtesy Navajo Nation
Hector Vazquez was recently named executive chef for Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort

10. Inside the Dirty-Tricks Playbook of Jack Abramoff

11. Cultural Tourism to Be Introduced at AFN Annual Convention

Dan Jolin/Associated Press
Ashley Akpik and the Tagiugmiut Dancers of Barrow perform an Inupiat dance at the opening of the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, in Anchorage, Alaska. Several thousand Alaska Natives from around the state are expected to attend the three-day event.

12. Native Cooking: Mixing Up Something New With Cranberries

Keith Weller/USDA
A coastal Washington cranberry bog.

13. Voters Could Stop Keystone XL Pipeline through South Dakota Senate Race

14. Vote ‘I’ for Indian: Big Tax Break for Natives

15. Time for the Tribal National Park to Properly Honor Native Culture


1. Waste from Ebola poses challenge to hospitals.

2. Overwhelmed U.S. port inspectors unable to keep up with illegal wildlife trade.

3. Measure 92: Labeling genetically engineered foods in Oregon.

4. Bloomberg to back soda tax in Berkeley.

5. BLM prejudged merits of seasonal drilling in petroleum reserve — greens.

6. EPA announces proposed settlement with Niagara Mohawk.

7. EPA starts MCHM air testing, but lacks adequate data.

8. Frack check.

DRC

9. ‘We are trying to prepare for the worst': president of the Haida Nation.

10. Threats to Americans, ranked (by actual threat instead of media hype).

A highly scientific poll featured on Fox News (Nick Martin)

11. Steyer deploys ark to show menace of climate change in Florida.

12. These maps of water use show why the Western US is in trouble.

13. Climate campaigners ramp up pressure on fossil fuel industry.

14. Florida politicians battle rhetoric as rising seas drive worries over climate change.

15. Indian schools face decayed buildings, poverty.

16. Fukushima radiation nearing West Coast.

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17. Asbestos toll rises from factory of death as fallout continues.

Peter Bird suits up for asbestos inspection in Sunshine North. Picture: Tony Gough

18. China tests outright logging ban in state forests.

Forestry workers lifting logs early in the morning, Heilongjiang Province, China.

19. Health scare in Texas also sends political ripples.

20. Amid assurances on Ebola, Obama is said to seethe.

21. In conspicuous success, Senegal is declared Ebola-free.

22. Here’s what you need to know about the deep-sea gold rush.

Sully hydrothermal vent

23. The Dutch boy mopping up a sea of plastic.

Boyan Slat in front of rough seas

24. Loaded with lead: How gun ranges poison workers and shooters.