Archives For Politics


1. Iktomi Speaks: The Crooked Tongue of Dan Snyder

2. Valbuena Named Chairwoman of San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

Courtesy San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
Lynn “Nay” Valbuena was recently elected as chairwoman for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians on April 15.

3. Cowlitz Gymnast of Sacramento State Is First to Compete in NCAA Championship

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Kalliah McCartney, of the Cowlitz Tribe, competes on the beam

4. NTU New Media Major Steps into the Spotlight at AIHEC Film Festival

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NTU new media major Clinton Desiderio of Crownpoint, New Mexico poses with his Best Special Effects award and Director’s Award at the 33rd Annual AIHEC Spring Conference.

5. Photos of the Native Culture Center ‘God Hates’

6. The ‘Designer’ Foodie Trend of 2014

Insects au gratin by desigern Susana Soares: “Could eating insects be a potential solution to some of the world’s food problems?” The project looks for new ways of consuming insects and debates the nutritive and environmental aspects of insects as human food.

7. Cobell Settlement: Who Are the Real Winners?

8. Watch: Secretary Jewell Deliver Commencement Address at SIPI

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U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell

9. ‘Scalped’ Comic Book Is Coming to TV; Native Actors Need Apply

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Dashiell ‘Dash’ Bad Horse as depicted by artist R.M Guera on the cover of the first issue of ‘Scalped’.

10. Climate Change Hits the Big Time on Prime Time

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A still from the NBC News special Ann Curry Reports: Our Year of Extremes—Did Climate Change Just Hit Home?

11. USDA Offers Native American Rural Business Enterprise Grants

12. White House Honors Solar Energy Visionary Henry Red Cloud as Champion of Change

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In this October 11, 2010 photo, Henry Red Cloud is honored by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.

13. CNN Contributor Explores the Best Places to Experience Native Culture

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Shiprock Gallery (above) is one of many top places to explore in Indian Country, Dana Joseph says.

14. Cherokee Nation Adds Millions to Housing, Career Programs

Courtesy Cherokee Nation
Left to right: Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden and Health Services Executive Director Connie Davis thanked A-Mo Health Center staff Candice Burkhart, Christie Ross, Tina Snell and Dr. Michael Underwood, as Principal Chief Bill John Baker recognized them and other staff at the Salina health center for their heroic efforts during a recent code blue.

15. On Remote Reserves, Locals Must Perform Life-Saving Emergency Response

Community-Based Emergency Care: An Open Report for Nishnawbe Aski Nation

16. Rare Trumpeter Swan as Target Practice: Two Men Sentenced on Flathead Reservation

Courtesy Salish Kootenai Wildlife Department
Trumpeter swans on the Flathead Reservation

17. 10 Hand-Painted Hats by Navajo Hatmaker Melissa Barnes


1. Redistricting in California Finally Puts Tribal Reps on School Board

2. Duane ‘Chili’ Yazzie’s Grassroots Campaign for the Navajo Presidency

Duane “Chili” Yazzie

3. ‘God Hates Native Culture’: Westboro Baptist to Picket Alaska Natives

AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall
Shirley Phelps-Roper, left, a member of the Westboro Baptist Church, of Topeka, Kan., holds a protest sign outside funeral services for Sgt. Daniel Sesker, Tuesday, April 18, 2006, Ogden, Iowa.

4. Who Says Polenta Is Italian?

Flickr Creative Commons/Sarah Bodri
A truly Native dish: savoury polenta with bean dip, guacamole, and cheese (and sour cream eventually).

5. President Jimmy Carter Joins Nobel Peace Prize Winners Urging Keystone XL Rejection

Politico via Natural Resources Defense Council
Portion of the full-page ad in Politico by 10 Nobel Peace Laureates, including former President Jimmy Carter, urging President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

6. Singer, Activist, Digital Artist: Another Side of Buffy Sainte-Marie

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‘Self-Portrait,’ by Buffy Sainte-Marie. Ilfordchrome (Cibachrome) photograph. 33″ x 45.5.” Description from buffysainte-marie.com: ‘A photo was imported into my computer and I played with it. It is a headshot where I was wearing a lightweight veil; black hair, blackened background; and streaks of very interesting computer colors in some feathers.’ Source: buffysainte-marie.com

7. Golden Eagle and 13-Year-Old Huntress in Mongolia Move as One

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Ashol-Pan, age 13, is perhaps the only girl in the world training to hunt with golden eagles. She lives in western Mongolia, home of the Kazakhs, 400 of whom are falconers, according to BBC News.

8. And Stephen Colbert’s Replacement is… Sherman Alexie?

Whose show is it anyway? Alexie went toe-to-toe with the bombastic Colbert in 2008 and 2009.

9. Quinault Nation Reopens Lake to Limited Non-Tribal Use

Tom Harpel via Wikipedia
Quinault Lake lies within the bounds of the Quinault Indian Reservation and has been closed since last June due to habitat-degradation concerns.

10. Cheyenne River Youth Project Seeks Submissions for Volunteer-Inspired Cookbook

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1. Open Crop Art Calls for Rejection of Keystone XL Pipeline

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The crop art image with HEARTLAND #NoKXL protests the proposed Keystone XL pipeline on a corn field outside of Neligh, Nebraska

2. Archaeological Claims to Kumeyaay Ancestral Remains

3. Mashpee Wampanoags Celebrate New Government/Community Center

Gale Courey Toensing
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe recently celebrated the opening of its new government and community center building.

4. Racist Game Justifies Murder of Mexicans and Indians

A screenshot from “Clash of the West Cowboys Shootout.”

5. iGaming Veteran Hired to Lead San Manuel Band’s Interactive Initiatives

6. A Letter to SWAIA Artists Regarding the Departure of John Torres-Nez

courtesy John Torres-Nez
The successful 2013 Santa Fe Indian Market will go down as the first, and last, under Torres-Nez’s stewardship.

7. Tax Day: 10 Things Native People Can’t Claim as Deductions

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Nope, no matter how much you spent detailing that beat-up ole rez mobile, you cannot deduct the cost.

8. Tribe Receives NAFOA ‘Deal of the Year’ Award for copy0M MicroGREEN Investment

MicroGREEN website
MicroGREEN created InCycle Cups to reduce the amount of waste that enters landfills.

9. Snyder’s Redsk*ns Hush Money and KTNN’s Questionable Behavior

10. Video: Man on the Street: Who Was Pocahontas? Pre-Wedding Thoughts

11. Did CNN Need to Apologize for This Racist Segment? 25,000 Said Yes

It is so very funny to mock the traditional dress of indigenous, colonized people, eh CNN?

12. Onondaga Nation Files Human Rights Violations against US

Courtesy Onondaga Nation
Onondaga Nation representatives were in Washington, D.C. today to file a petition against the United States with the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

13. Agrihoods: Emerging Self-Sustainable Communities

Farmer D Organics website
In addition to offering an agrihood, Farmer D Organics sells environmentally conscious farm and garden products, like raised bed kits for edible gardening and window boxes for urban gardeners.

14. Rock, Rattle & Drum: 5 Native Musical Instrumental Makers Beating Their Way to the Top

15. Schimmel Is the Highest Native American Drafted in W.N.B.A. History

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Louisville’s Shoni Schimmel holds up an Atlanta Dream jersey with WNBA president Laurel J. Richie after she was selected 8th overall in the WNBA draft on, Monday, April 14, 2014, in Uncasville, Conn.

16. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Streamlines National Eagle Repository Rules

Tribes and the U.S. Government have been working for years on an eagle strategy that balances conservation with religious freedom, and another piece of this puzzle may be in place with the advent of new rules streamlining the procurement process.

1. We, the Native Peoples

2. Fighting Off Extinction: The Story of Indigenous Mexican Languages

“The narrative of the last two speakers who don’t speak to each other is a powerful one,” Anthropologist Daniel Suslak of Indiana University stated. “It strikes a chord with a lot of people. It just happens to not be quite true.”

3. Diné Bull Rider Competes With the Best of the Best

Courtesy PBR
Guytin Tsosie tips his hat after another great ride

4. In Redskins Golf Tournament, It Was the Navajo Who Got Played

This is not the golf tournament the Navajo thought they were getting.

5. Tony West on ICWA: ‘We Will Continue to Stand Up for ICWA’

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Associate Attorney General Tony West

6. Model Owee Rae: Being Herself and Changing Perceptions

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‘I feel safe in front of the camera,’ says Rae, who hails from Tuba City.

7. Coachella ’14: Rent a $2200 Tipi to Match Your Hipster Headdress

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Sweet tipis, dude.

8. Former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, Champion of Aboriginal Business, Walks On

Ryan Remiorz/THE CANADIAN PRESS
Jim Flaherty, who resigned as Canada’s finance minister in mid-March to enter the private sector, died of a heart attack on April 10, 2014, at age 64. He is seen here in 2010.

9. Cherokee Students Participate in N7 Event With OU Quarterback

Cherokee Nation
Cherokee youth take a photo with University of Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight at the Sooners for N7 event Wednesday.

10. Supporting Derogatory Depictions Not an Option for NIGA

Courtesy National Indian Gaming Association
This black and white photo from the late 1990′s shows Ernie Stevens Jr. with his then 11-year-old daughter Lois, testifying on mascots and racism in sports. Today, Lois is currently finishing her Master’s degree at the University of Kansas.

Sanders considers run for White House

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders

MANCHESTER, N.H. — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., drew a large crowd to the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College on Saturday.

During the event, Sanders said the middle class is disappearing, poverty is up and had strong words about health care in the United States.

“There is something profoundly wrong when, in this great nation, we are the only major country on earth that does not guarantee health care coverage as a right of citizenship,” he said.

Sanders said he is considering a bid for president in 2016. He said he hasn’t decided if he would run as an independent or a Democrat. He said he doesn’t shy away from a platform built on a socialist agenda.

“To create a society in which all people have a fair shot rather than just a nation that is dominated by big money interests is something that I will fight for,” he said.

Sanders said his decision on a run for the White House will not be affected by Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy decision.


1. Decolonizing Means Starting to Think Like an Indian

2. Chairperson Kenneth Meshigaud: NMAI’s Meet Native America Series

Kenneth Meshigaud, tribal chairperson, Hannahville Indian Community.

3. Incommensurate Indigenous Rights?

4. Moon in the Red on Tax Day for First of Four Total Lunar Eclipses

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The moon will turn red as soon as its last sliver is consumed by Earth in a total eclipse. In an astronomical rarity, there will be a total of four lunar eclipses, one every six months, this year and next.

6. 5 Native Scholars Who’d Make Great TV News Pundits

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1. Native About New York: Matika Wilbur, Brunch and Killing Things

Matika Wilbur

2. A Native Actress Should NOT Play Tiger Lily in the Peter Pan Movie

3. Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Testifies Before Congress

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Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker testifies before the U.S. House Interior Appropriations subcommittee in Washington, D.C., on April 8.

4. Video: Oarfish Spend Last Moments Swimming With Tourists Off Mexico

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One of two oarfish that swam with tourists off Mexico in the Sea of Cortes, two days before one of the pair, which normally stick to 3,000-foot-deep waters, washed up dying on the beach.

5. Oklahoma City Indian Clinic Partners With Chickasaw Nationto Build Pharmacy

6. Udall Among Senators Calling for Restoration of Impact Aid Program

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Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO)

7. New Business Report: Indigenous Entrepreneurs in Canada Optimistic But Barriers Remain

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business has issued a report showing that many indigenous economic challenges can be met from within, but others are stymied from without. Archaic laws established during the colonial era are a major barrier.

8. He Killed his Art to Prove a Point. Now He’s Making a Film About It

Logo for ‘This Is a Stereotype’ film project designed by Cannupa Hanska Luger and Dylan McLaughlin

9. Bingo! Viejas Tribe Brings Gaming to Shopping Center Near San Diego

Kathy Foster
Happy players in their new hall at Viejas Bingo

10. UND Student Government Can’t Overturn Veto of Denied Pow Wow Meal Funding

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11. Navajo Nation Officially Joins Fight Against Redskins Mascot

Source: facebook.com/joshualavar
‘The Navajo Nation has finally joined the rest of Indian country in this fight,’ syas Navajo Nation Councilman Joshua Lavar Butler.

1. Federal Cuts to Black Lung Programs Expected to Hit W.Va. Hardest

2. Legislation would ban state GMO labeling measures

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3. E-cigarettes affect cells

Questions raised over health effects of devices.

4. Cot mattresses emit chemicals, study finds

5. Wal-Mart plans to bring its compete-on-price approach to organic food. Here’s how.

6. Turns Out Your “Hormone-Free” Milk Is Full of Sex Hormones

By milking pregnant cows, dairies produce a product with elevated estrogen levels—and that doesn’t do a body good.

7. Site 12, Treasure Island’s toxic bullets: Someone’s about to get hit!

8. 46 House members urge Great Lakes cleanup fund cuts reversed


1. What Is Good Native Governance?

2. Wyoming Senator Drafts Bill ‘To Clarify’ Reservation Borders

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U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi has introduced a bill focused on continuing to define the borders of the Wind River Indian Reservation by a 1905 treaty in opposition to the recent Environmental Protection Agency’s findings that states otherwise.

3. Mohegan Sun Arena Is the Place to Watch NCAA Women’s Basketball

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The Louisville band lead spectators in serenading Schimmel with the chorus of the Beatles’ “Hey Jude” after each basket.

4. Tulalip Fundraiser Helps People Begin to Heal in Washington Landslide

Richard Walker
Snohomish County Fire Chief Travis Hots is blanketed by Tulalip children during a fundraiser on April 5 for a neighboring community devastated by a deadly landslide.

5. One of the World’s Top Destinations: a Primitive Adventure in Colorado’s Ute Nation

Courtesy Ute Mountain Tribal Park
Visitors hike up this latter to get the best view of the cliff dwellings in the Ute Mountain Tribal Park

6. Marine Color Guard and Charity Drive Highlight Pow Wow at Modesto Junior College

The Modesto Bee
Male dancers prepare to enter the dance circle before last year’s grand entry

7. This Music Video Will Take A Tribe Called Red to the Next Level


Measure called most comprehensive in a generation

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BOSTON — An overhaul of the state’s domestic violence laws, including new bail guidelines and tougher penalties for abusers, unanimously cleared the Massachusetts House on Tuesday amid concerns from defense attorneys that the bill was hastily drafted and overly broad.

The measure, called the most comprehensive domestic violence legislation in a generation by House Speaker Robert DeLeo, was approved 142-0 and now goes to the Senate.

DeLeo said in introducing the bill with Attorney General Martha Coakley last week that it was spurred by the brutal stabbing death in Waltham of Jennifer Martel, allegedly at the hands of Jared Remy, the son of popular Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy.

Jared Remy, who has pleaded not guilty, was arrested one day after his release from custody on charges of assaulting Martel, and the case prompted questions about whether Remy’s violent history had been overlooked by the criminal justice system.

Among the many provisions in the bill is one that would require domestic assault suspects to be held for at least six hours after an arrest to allow time for a safety plan to be developed for the accuser. Bail commissioners would also be required to submit a written assessment of the safety risk a defendant might pose before release is granted.

“Victims often feel that they are neglected in the process, that they don’t have a say,” said state Rep. Christopher Markey, D-Dartmouth, during Tuesday’s debate. “I think this bill empowers victims to be able to do things they have never been able to do before.”

The measure also seeks to provide judges and prosecutors with the most complete information available about a defendant, including any prior domestic violence charges or restraining orders in one or several jurisdictions. DeLeo, a Winthrop Democrat, had suggested that if more had been known about Remy’s past record, the  course of events could have changed.

The House bypassed the normal process of referring the bill to a legislative committee process and holding a public hearing, instead taking it up as an amendment to an existing Senate bill.

“My overall concern is that (the bill) is being rushed through without looking at some of the more troublesome aspects of this,” said Liza Lunt, president of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.

While the group supports several aspects of the proposal, including enhanced training for judges, court officials and prosecutors around domestic violence issues, Lunt said many other provisions go too far.

For example, the six-hour bail provision could be broadly interpreted to apply to family disputes or other cases that fall outside the typical definition of domestic violence, Lunt said.

The organization was also concerned with some of the stiffer penalties included in the bill and a broader definition of domestic violence that could include, as an example, an altercation between two roommates, Lunt said.

The House backed an amendment sought by the Gun Owners Action League that would allow women to purchase pepper spray as protection without first obtaining a firearms identification card.

The debate came two months after the House voted to expel one of its own, then state Rep. Carlos Henriquez of Boston, following his conviction in a domestic violence case. A proposed amendment to the bill calling for the automatic removal of any lawmaker convicted of domestic abuse was ruled unconstitutional by House leaders.

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