President Obama Proclaims November as National Native American Heritage Month

Published November 1, 2016 WASHINGTON — Tuesday, November 1, marks a month-long celebration of American Indians and Alaska Natives. On Monday, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation from the White House declaring November as National Native American Heritage Month. The proclamation was his eighth he has issued for the month of November. This year’s presidential […]

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Gila River Indian Community Disappointed at Federal Judge’s Ruling

Community leaders considering legal options in lawsuit that argues state, federal agencies violated law in approving Loop 202 freeway extension Published October 31, 2016 SACATON, ARIZONA – The Gila River Indian Community and Gov. Stephen R. Lewis have expressed their deep disappointment at a ruling late last week by U.S. District Judge Diane Humetewa, who […]

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Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Continues to Deal with Onslaught by Law Enforcement

Published October 31, 2016 CANNON BALL, NORTH DAKOTA — As tensions remain high from Thursday’s violent assault from law enforcement, those in camp remain dedicated to ensuring the Dakota Access Pipeline is exposed for its disregard for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s sacred and cultural sites. As the Oceti Sakowin camp prayed through another weekend, […]

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Ghost Suppers – Part of Ottawa Tradition & Culture Still Alive

HARBOR SPRINGS, MICHIGAN – The following two glimpses into the Ottawa (Odawa) tradition and culture of commemorating the ancestors who have walked on during annual Ghost Suppers, held annually during the first week of November, were written in 1943 and 1992, respectively. The first glimpse was written by Chief Fred Ettawageshik, who passed in 1969 […]

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#NATIVEVOTE16 – North Dakota Forges a History from Pipeline to Ballots

Guest Commentary Published October 31, 2016 It’s an understatement to say that North Dakota is making history. The rush to build a new oil pipeline from the Bakken oil fields to Patoka, Illinois, was supposed to be routine. It was designed to avoid most regulation, especially federal oversight, and get built without fanfare. But when that […]

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National Health Services Corps Works to Identify More Native American Primary Care Providers

October is Corps Community Month Published October 30, 2016 ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND – The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) is a federal program that helps alleviate the critical shortage of primary care providers in high need areas across the U.S. and its territories.  The program works by offering financial support—in the form of scholarships and loan repayment—to clinicians […]

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