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

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

Navajo Technical University
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
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
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. 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
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

Associated Press
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

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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’

Associate Attorney General Tony West

6. Model Owee Rae: Being Herself and Changing Perceptions

‘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

Sweet tipis, dude.

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

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.

1. Walk on Water, Walk for Water

2. Louisville Coach Talks About “Life After Shoni”

Associated Press
Uinversity of Louisville Head Coach Jeff Waltz gives Shoni Schimmel some instructions

3. After Contact, Isolated Groups Recover—But at High Cost

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4. Video: Time-Lapse of Timeless Yellowstone Belies Impending-Explosion Rumors

Yellowstone National Park, full of beautiful sights and sounds, is not going anywhere any time soon, scientists say.

5. Profile of a Healthy ‘Urban Rez’

Courtesy Intertribal Friendship House
Pow wow at Intertribal Friendship House

6. Redskins Sponsorship Taints Navajo Golf Event, Other Sponsors Outraged
This uncredited photograph shows the sign-in desk at the KTNN Celebrity Golf Tournament, with the Washington Redskins OAF banner clearly visible. The image was circulated on Twitter with the hashtags ‘NotYourMascot’ and ‘KTNNscandal.’


Sports Illustrated cover honors Boston’s ‘resiliency’ 

BOSTON — Thousands of people, including bombing survivors and first responders, lined the Boston Marathon finish line Saturday morning for a historic cover shoot for Sports Illustrated.

“In last year’s cover, Boylston Street was filled with destruction and chaos,” said Sports Illustrated Creative Director Chris Hercik. “We wanted to highlight the resiliency of Boston.”

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Marc Fucarile, who lost a leg in the bombings, was among those who lined the finish line.

“We are strong, we bounce back no matter what,” Fucarile said.

Donna O’Connnell is a Boston resident who was planning to attend the photo shoot.

“I was here last year, I saw all the horror.  Just to show that we have strength and courage, we fear nothing, I’m coming back,” she said.

Boston firefighters and police officers were among those who gathered on Boylston Street.

“It’s all about the city of Boston and their comeback.  This photo is about them,” Hercik said.

Jerry Rufo, who will run his ninth consecutive Boston Marathon this year, also said he would attend.

“Not a day that goes by that I don’t think about the victims and their families and what happened. This incident brought the city together and this is just going to show how together we are and how strong we are,” he said.

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

Courtesy Cherokee Nation
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

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

11. Navajo Nation Officially Joins Fight Against Redskins Mascot

‘The Navajo Nation has finally joined the rest of Indian country in this fight,’ syas Navajo Nation Councilman Joshua Lavar Butler.


Patrick Luk is bloodied and bruised but not bowed or broken, despite tumbling hundreds of feet down a steep gully on Mount Adams.
Luk, 22, said when he finally came to rest on the floor of Great Gully Monday afternoon, his first thought wasn’t about how fortunate he was to be alive, instead, “I was just thinking, ‘How the hell do I get out?’”
It took him more than seven hours of crawling in soft, untracked snow to reach the trailhead parking lot. There he was able to contact authorities, he said Wednesday via Skype from his home in Weare.
“I’m not going to let this stop me,” Luk said. “It’s an experience; I learned from it.”
The John Stark Regional High School graduate is currently taking a break from pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology from Northeastern University.
Luk hiked up Mount Adams Monday morning and was preparing to ski down the gully within King Ravine around 4 p.m. when an ice slab broke and he fell and tumbled 600 to 1,000 feet to the gully floor.
Having skied Great Gully before, Luk said he was prepared.
He wore a helmet, multiple layers of clothing, had crampons on his boots to help in his ascent, and had an ice pick wrapped around one of his wrists when he was positioning himself for the descent.
“It was pretty extreme skiing in the grand scheme of things,” Luk said. “Basically, you’re skiing down a gully. It’s pretty steep stuff.”
When the ice slab broke, Luk said he tried to wedge his left ski upslope, but couldn’t. The binding released, soon followed by the binding on his right ski. Having raced competitively and fallen before, Luk said he knew that the safest thing for him to do was to “let it happen.”
“For the first few feet I was sliding. I tried to swing into the ground with my axe and it literally snapped off my wrist, off my ski pole. At one point I was thrown onto my back and felt weightless for what seemed like ten seconds. I landed back on the ground and went airborne again for quite a while and slid until I stopped.”
At the bottom, Luk realized that his skis, poles and axe were missing, although he did find his goggles nearby. He called 911, but managed to get the operator on the line for only three seconds, and then only when he was almost out of the gully.
Several hours earlier, Luk’s mother, Rebecca Stamp, concerned that he hadn’t contacted her at 5 p.m. as expected, alerted authorities.
A state trooper left a note on Luk’s Honda in the Appalachia trailhead parking lot. When Luk made it to his car about 11:30 p.m., he was able to call Troop F in Twin Mountain, just as a full-fledged search mission was headed out to Mount Adams.
Transported to Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin, Luk was released on Tuesday morning.
He said he has some follow-up visits scheduled with his doctors. While his right knee is questionable, his hips are fine. His cuts and scratches are healing; not one of them even required stitches.
He plans to go back to Great Gully, saying he would not have done anything differently than he did on Monday.
“It was just bad luck,” Luk said. “Had that slab not released, had my binding not released, had I been on both skis, that would have been fine.”
Luk, who was wearing a helmet, sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries to his head and legs. He was taken by ambulance to Androscoggin Valley Hospital where he was kept overnight for observation. Luk was released on Tuesday morning and has since returned home, said Fish and Game Sgt. Mark Ober.

Luk, who was not available for comment yesterday, was fortunate to be wearing his helmet, which Ober said probably did save his life. Luk was also lucky, Ober said, in that he slid down the slope — between 600 and 1,000 feet, by Luk’s estimate — rather than fall vertically, and also that an expected rain storm held off until he was almost to safety.

Ober said it’s unusual for Fish and Game to get called out to Great Gully, which is in King Ravine, on the north side of Mount Adams, because, “in fact, it’s pretty dangerous” to be skiing there, “and the only people who try it are those experienced in the endeavor. Patrick did tell me he’s done it three to four times in the past, so it’s not his first time doing it.”

Seemingly unable to find companions as skilled as he was on Monday, Luk, said Ober, decided to go up by himself, but he was well prepared, carrying a full pack, an ice ax, crampons, skis, boots and poles. Luk began ascending the Airline trail around 11 a.m. Monday and had hiked to an elevation of 5,200 feet before “slabbing off-trail,” said Ober, to access the top of the Great Gully. Around 4 p.m., Luk had just started skiing when the slab of ice broke away and he fell.

Unable to contact 911 and knowing that he was running out of daylight and that rain was coming, Luk realized he had to get out of the gully, Ober said. After making it to the Short Line trail, Luk was able to get back to his car at 11:37 p.m. from where he called State Police.

About an hour earlier, Ober and two other conservation officers as well as three members of the Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue Team began looking for Luk after his mother contacted authorities to say she had not heard from him.

On Tuesday afternoon, Ober said he got an e-mail from Luk saying he was home, but Ober did not provide other details of the message.

Asked whether incidents like Luk’s are common at Great Gully, Ober replied “knock on wood, no. There isn’t a whole bunch of people who (ski there) so these incidents are rare. We’ve had incidents in the past where people are ice climbing and fell but as far as skiers who are doing this, it really takes someone who is experienced and has had some sort of training to do because it is pretty dangerous.”

Accidents are also rare in Great Gully, Ober said. Few people go there because it’s also so physically demanding and requires hours of climbing in exchange for just a five- to six-minute ski run.

Luk is “very, very lucky” that he wasn’t more seriously injured, said Ober.

“This is a rare occurrence where someone is able to self-extricate,” Ober added, noting that in his nine years on the job he could not think of another similar situation.

Former Red Sox pitcher battling cancer

BOSTON — There’s some encouraging news about former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, who is battling cancer.

His wife, Shonda, tweeted a picture of him Tuesday with the caption, “Chemo officially done. Three more days of radiations left.”

Earlier this year, the 47-year-old announced he was being treated for cancer and had undergone surgery.

Schilling has never revealed the exact nature of his illness.

1. How to Drain the Cesspool of Government Corruption

2. Shadow Wolves – A Smuggler’s Worst Nightmare

Lee Allen
Shadow Wolf John Bothof (Sioux) says “Just because you’re Native American, you don’t always have the inherent skills to be a tracker. They have to be learned and practiced regularly.”

3. Passamaquoddy Tribe Amends Fishery Law to Protect Its Citizens From State Threat

Robert F. Bukaty/AP
Elvers are prized by Maine tribes for both their price and their cultural value.

4. Hearts and Diamonds in the Rough: Quechan Tribe’s Casinos Draw Gamers Across Borders

Quechan Casino Resort
Quechan Casino Resort in Winterhaven, California

5. Up Where She Belongs: Buffy Sainte-Marie Making First Album in 6 Years

Christie Goodwin
‘I don’t think about calendars, deadlines or styles,’ says Sainte-Marie. ‘I just play and sing whatever I dream up.’

6. Grubbe Re-Elected Tribal Council Chairman in Tribal Elections

7. Inaugural University of Redlands Powwow Puts School and Community on the Native Map

Diego James Robles
Lakota northern traditional dancer Nathan Lee dances during an intertribal on Saturday night, during the University of Redlands Powwow.

8. FireKeepers to Debut iGaming Website

9. 6 Recommendations for Adapting to Climate Change, From the United Nations Report

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The world according to climate change: still from a United Nations–produced video highlighting the risks and potentials for adaptation.

10. Watch Shoni Schimmel Prove She’s the Best Shooter in College Ball

Shoni Schimmel won the women’s 3-pointer championship, then defeated the winner of the men’s division as well.

AP Photo/David J. Phillip

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Connecticut and Notre Dame may have spent too much time together in the Big East — and it apparently got annoying.

They played each other 12 times over the previous three seasons. But with Notre Dame moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference, they didn’t play this year – setting up Tuesday night’s title game between the undefeated squads. It’s the first time in the NCAA tournament that unbeaten teams have played – either the men or women.

Still, absence has not made their hearts grow fonder – especially not the coaches.

“We don’t have a relationship,” Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. “I think that (the civility) got lost. When we were in the same conference, I think there was a modicum of it, but I think after beating them and not feeling any respect from that, we lost something.”

Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma believes it’s only natural for the teams be testy having played so many times lately. Only the Irish bolting for a new conference ended the repeated showdowns.

“Once you play each other two, three, four times a year it gets pretty intense for lots of reasons,” Auriemma said. “It’s only natural. It will probably die down now that we’re not in same conference and we play each other once a year, maybe two. What was happening before wasn’t realistic, that’s not normal. It’s not healthy.”

Here are five things to know about Tuesday’s women’s title game between UConn and Notre Dame:

TITLE NINE or DOUBLE-DOWN: It’s a topic neither the Huskies nor Auriemma talk about, but possibly because it’s been so obvious since UConn won its eighth national championship a year ago. Nine is waiting along with history as the first women’s program to win that many titles. It would put Auriemma only one title shy of the 10 championships John Wooden won at UCLA. Notre Dame isn’t interested the number nine, their favorite number right now is two.

GOT HUSKIES’ NUMBER: There’s one reason why these teams don’t like each other. Well, the Irish not only have had success recently against UConn, they have dominated the Huskies lately winning seven of the last nine games between the teams. The title game will be their fourth straight NCAA tournament meeting and the first with the title on the line.

SOCIAL MEDIA: The Huskies and Irish take on their coach’s personalities on the court and on social media. UConn players stay off Twitter, under orders from Auriemma, and his rules extend even to forbidding the use of nail polish. That shocked Notre Dame senior guard Kayla McBride, who says she likes to use Twitter to engage with fans. Nail polish also isn’t an issue at Notre Dame. In fact, it’s Irish tradition to paint their fingernails green for the NCAA tournament, though some freshen their nails up more than others. “We have to wear it,” McBride said.

BLUNT COACHES: McBride has played four seasons with McGraw and also for Auriemma at USA Basketball, and she said both coaches are very honest and to the point. She said Auriemma got her attention at an early practice with what she called a “cheap shot” on how she shot the ball during a drill designed to both shoot and pass. That’s nothing. Dolson said Auriemma put a piece of paper on the floor during one of her first practices to note how high she had jumped for a rebound.

PUTTING A BODY ON UCONN: The Irish know exactly what they could have done better a year ago when they lost the national semifinal to UConn: box out for rebounds. To make sure they remembered that, McGraw had them watch that semifinal loss when this season started. The Irish have to run in practice when they don’t stake out their ground under the basket to Notre Dame standards. The Irish got 50 rebounds beating Maryland in the semifinal, and senior Ariel Braker said she thinks everyone will have a different mentality going into the title game with boxing out a top priority.


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