Federal Land Use – Republican Regression

Guest Commentary Published April 23, 2017 As of March 27, 2017 the American people, Native Americans in particular, lost some of our say in the use of federal land. While we’ve been distracted by the White House soap opera, shaking our heads at Trump’s latest Tweet, hustling to defeat draconian changes in our health care […]

The post Federal Land Use – Republican Regression appeared first on Native News Online.

Navajo Nation President Celebrates New Raytheon Dine’ Facility Warehouse

Published April 22, 2017 FARMINGTON, NEW MEXICO – On Apr. 21, President Russell Begaye provided an address to over 90% Navajo employees of Raytheon, state representatives and Raytheon executives at the Raytheon Diné Facility ribbon cutting ceremony. The Raytheon facility opened a new 30,000-square foot technology integrated warehouse to house all inbound materials and completed […]

The post Navajo Nation President Celebrates New Raytheon Dine’ Facility Warehouse appeared first on Native News Online.

College student killed at track and field event

An Illinois college student is dead after being hit during a hammer throw event, officials said.

Wheaton College identified the victim as Ethan Roser, 19, a freshman transfer student from Cincinnati, Ohio. Roser died after being accidentally struck with a hammer Saturday, according to a Wheaton statement. He had been volunteering at a track and field competition on the campus in suburban Chicago.

Roser was treated by paramedics at the scene and transported to a local hospital, where he died, the statement said.

In the track and field hammer event, athletes throw a metal ball that’s attached to a steel wire, according to International Association of Athletics Federation. The thrower usually makes several spins before releasing the ball — which can weigh between 16 and 8 pounds.

It’s not known whether Roser was volunteering at the hammer throw or at a nearby event.

“We ask people to pray for Ethan’s family, his friends, and our campus community,” Wheaton College President Philip Ryken said.

Students gathered Saturday night for a memorial and vigil for Roser.

1 dead, 4 injured after shooting at Golden Glades Park & Ride

Four women were injured and one was declared dead after a shooting at the Golden Glades Park and Ride along Northwest 7th Avenue, near 160th Street, police said early Sunday morning.


According to the preliminary investigation, “the victims were being dropped off at the park and ride, when unknown subject(s) in an unknown vehicle(s) opened fire at the group of people and then fled the area,” Detective Alvaro Zabaleta wrote in a news release.

Police said the surviving victims were transported to area hospitals. 

The father of the deceased woman identified her as Jasmine Dixon, 21.

He told Local 10’s Erica Rakow that his daughter left with a friend Saturday night to go to a birthday party, took an uber to the park and ride lot, and a few hours later, he received a call that she was dead.

Police have not confirmed the identity of the victim. 

This is a developing story. Refresh this page and watch Local 10 News for updates on this story. 

Bicyclist fatally struck by Miami-Dade Transit bus, officials say

A bicyclist is dead after being struck by a Miami-Dade Transit bus Saturday, authorities said.

Keshia Hayes said she was riding towards the back of the Miami-Dade Transit bus when it ran over a man on a bicycle and killed him. The bus driver was seen being comforted by detectives.

“Everyone on the bus was yelling at the bus driver, telling her someone was under the bus while she kept going,” Hayes said.

Investigators told Local 10 News that the bus driver had just pulled up to a bus stop on Northwest 79th Street and Fifth Avenue around 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The bicyclist crashed into the center of the bus.

“I heard it, and then everybody started yelling,” Hayes said.

But it seems neither the impact nor the screams from the passengers were enough to get the driver’s attention.

“When the bus began to move westbound, that’s when she ran over the bicyclist,” said Alvaro Zabaleta, of the Miami-Dade Police Department.

“We dispatched additional units in the event that we had to use extrication tools to remove him, but unfortunately paramedics discovered that he did not survive his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene,” said Capt. Ignatius Carroll, of Miami Fire Rescue.

“When I got off the bus, I couldn’t look,” Hayes said. “I did not want to look.”

Faith Davis lives in the neighborhood and said the man who died was known in the area.

“I was going here to buy some groceries and I saw everything that was happening and was like, ‘Wow,” Davis said. “He used to sell water up here. I mean, I didn’t get the water from him, but, you know, he was a nice guy. Always sold water to everybody.”

Miami police shut down traffic on 79th Street between Biscayne Boulevard and Fourth Court as Miami-Dade traffic homicide detectives piece together exactly what happened.

“Because it’s a county vehicle, we become the lead on this,” Zabaleta said.

The Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women Receives $250K from Grants

Published April 23, 2017 ALBUQUERQUE – The Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW) has received $250,000 in competitive grants from Verizon Wireless HopeLine, a Pueblo of Pojoaque foundation and two national organizations to help break the cycle of violence among Native Americans in New Mexico. The funding will provide general operating support and […]

The post The Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women Receives $250K from Grants appeared first on Native News Online.

3.8 Magnitude Earthquake Reported in Northern Part of Reservation

Published April 23, 2017 WINDOW ROCK – An earthquake measuring 3.8-magnitude was reported by the U.S. Geological Survey at 10:01 p.m. Friday Southwest of Bluff, Utah. The tremor was felt by residents in Banding, Utah, who posted about it on Facebook. According to the USGS, the tremor is considered a minor earthquake. According to the USGS […]

The post 3.8 Magnitude Earthquake Reported in Northern Part of Reservation appeared first on Native News Online.

Kiffin’s first spring at FAU comes to close

Lane Kiffin had his trademark windbreaker on for Florida Atlantic’s spring game, replete with the omnipresent visor underneath the headset.

The look for FAU’s coach hasn’t changed.

Just about everything else has, of course.

He’s 750 miles from Alabama now, head coach at a school coming off three consecutive 3-9 seasons instead of being with a Crimson Tide program that will almost certainly find its way into the national-title conversation again this year. And while Alabama was having its spring game before 74,326 people Saturday afternoon, Kiffin’s Owls played simultaneously before barely anyone.

None of that mattered to Kiffin. His first spring with the Owls is over, and he called it a success — plus had plenty of light-hearted perspective on the crowd, or lack thereof.

“There’s the good with the bad,” Kiffin said. “Yeah, the stadium’s not going to be filled 30 minutes before kickoff no matter what, whether you’re the Dolphins or whether you’re the L.A. Lakers. The good part of that is you’re in a city where there’s a lot to do, so there’s a lot of things going on … a great place to live. Now we’ve got to start winning some games, so that we get more people to come to the games.”

The final score, for the record, was defense 62, offense 33. That seemed irrelevant.

This spring was about Kiffin getting a real feel for what’s realistic for FAU in 2017, and installing a system that he expects will give the Owls a chance to get better right away.

“I feel really good about it,” Kiffin said.

Kiffin is a national brand at a place that struggles to even get local attention. That would in part explain the dichotomy between having empty stands — there were no more than 2,000 people inside the stadium — and school officials being thrilled that it was the largest spring game crowd anyone at FAU could remember.

Progress comes slowly sometimes.

“Like anything, we’re just looking to get better every day as an organization, as a football program, as an athletic department,” FAU athletic director Pat Chun said. “So anything that shows improvement, we’ll take. It’s another healthy sign. I’d rather have this than the opposite, where only a couple hundred people were here. There’s definitely more eyeballs on FAU football than there’s ever been.”

People in Boca Raton might not be watching yet.

But people around the SEC, and probably plenty of other places in the country, clamor for all things Kiffin.

FAU’s opener was moved up a day to Sept. 1 at ESPN’s request, so Kiffin’s debut with the Owls will be shown nationally in prime time on a Friday night. Showtime expressed interest in chronicling FAU this coming season, as it did with Florida State last fall.

“Bringing in a guy like Coach Kiffin, who has the name in the sport, creates excitement around here that we really haven’t had,” quarterback Jason Driskel said. “I think it’s exciting for everybody.”

Not everything has gone smoothly to start Kiffin’s tenure.

Eyebrows raised when he hired Kendal Briles — the former offensive coordinator at Baylor, a program rocked by sexual assault allegations — to run his offense at FAU. He was trolled by everyone from random tweeters to a Tennessee state agency after making a notoriously awful promotional video for FAU, which Kiffin insists was intentional to get people talking. And anytime he and Alabama coach Nick Saban speak about one another, schism talk begins again.

He has seemed undeterred by it all.

“Correct. He is undeterred by it. That is a great way to categorize it,” Chun said. “He doesn’t pay attention, really doesn’t pay attention to what social media says about him or things that are going on. He has a belief system that he’s firm with. There is a Kiffin Effect, there’s no ifs, ands or buts about it. It’s been nice to see.”

Kiffin spent the game on the field, standing behind the quarterbacks and switching his headset between what the defensive and offensive coaches were saying.

He was asked what it was like to not call plays anymore.

“Boring,” Kiffin said. “I would have left too, to go to the beach.”