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Interior’s Indian Depopulation Idea

Tue, 2019-05-21 11:02

Hall of Tribal Flags at the U.S. Dept. of the Interior – Indian Affairs

Guest Commentary

Published May 21, 2019

Late last year the U.S. Department of the Interior began to consider whether Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) agencies should cease issuing Certificates of Indian Blood (CDIBs).  Interior’s idea, if realized, would depopulate and weaken Indian Country.

Indian lawyer Bree Black Horse describes the “federal Indian”: an Indian who is no longer or has never been enrolled by a federally recognized tribe, yet who still qualifies as “Indian” under various federal laws.  Any elimination of BIA CDIBs would threaten federal Indian relatives’ existence, as well as the cultural, legal, and financial strength of tribal governments and urban Indian organizations.

In September 2018, Interior’s BIA Director Daryl LaCounte in Washington, D.C., issued an inter-department memo to BIA Regional Directors throughout the country, explaining that his office was “considering whether to end the practice of [the] BIA specifically issuing CDIBs.”  In turn, the Regional Directors issued “Dear Tribal Leader” letters to the tribes in their region, “surveying” tribal concerns about the proposal.  In a November 20, 2018, email to me, Director LaCounte suggested that “[t]here is no proposal to cease issuing CDIB’s.” But the fact remains that the Trump Administration has floated idea of ending the BIA’s practice of CDIB issuance.

According to FOIA records I obtained from Interior, Tribes as well as Alaska Native Villages and Corporations unanimously responded to BIA Regional Directors expressing concern about or opposition to the Central Office’s idea.

Gabe Galanda

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, for instance, explained that CDIBs allow “non-enrolled Indians” to qualify for federal programs and services, including educational loans and farming and ranching assistance.  Those federal Indians also qualify for health care through the Indian Health Service (IHS) and they are included in that agency’s self-governance funding calculations for tribal clinics and urban Indian health care organizations.  Without CDIBs, those relatives could be excluded from IHS health care and the calculus that results in critical federal medical funding for tribal and Alaska Native governments and communities.

The Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes pointedly asked the BIA Eastern Oklahoma Region: “How will the BIA continue to provide services to Indians who are not citizens of a Tribe?”  The BIA responded: “A policy determination has not been made as to whether or not the BIA has an obligation to provide CDIB services to non-tribal Indians.”  The BIA is wrong.

Interior’s course of conduct in issuing CDIBs to “non-tribal Indians,” for at least the last four decades according to Paul Spruhan, has established an enforceable policy determination—one that obligates the BIA to provide CDIB and related social services to those federal Indians, as well as tribal governments who afford those relatives services. Wilkinson v. Legal Servs. Corp., 27 F.Supp.2d 32, 60 (D.D.C. 1998).

Standing Rock further explained to the BIA how CDIBs are “critical to the exercise of federal criminal jurisdiction under the Major Crimes Act” over certain non-enrolled Indians, without which “the Department of Justice ability to prosecute crimes in Indian Country would be severely hampered.”  In other words, fewer Indians would be considered “Indian” for purpose of federal criminal prosecution; as non-Indians, legally speaking, they could exacerbate the public safety crisis in Indian Country caused by Oliphant.  The Tribe decried any change in BIA policy as an “abdication of the responsibility to issue CDIBs” as part of the United States’ various trust responsibilities to tribes and Indians.

The most common criticism of Interior’s CDIB survey was that it lacked any prior tribal consultation.  The Asa’carsamiut Tribal Council of Alaska, for example, expressed that it “feels strongly conducting a Tribal Consultation, instead of a survey, is the appropriate way for the BIA to address this issue.”  The Muskogee (Creek) Nation flat refused to answer the BIA’s survey, instead demanding “proper and appropriate Tribal Consultation.”

In response to a question from the Five Civilized Tribes about whether the BIA would consult with Tribes, the BIA demurred, explaining that its “Central Office has not made a final determination as to whether or not consultation is necessary.”  Consultation would in fact be necessary as a matter of Interior’s own consultation policy, or tribes could also sue Interior and BIA officials under the federal Administrative Procedures Act (APA) to enjoin and set aside any policy change.

Tribes and Alaska Native Villages and Corporations brought moral issues of indigenous belonging to Interior’s attention, too.  The Association of Village Council Presidents of Alaska cited the need for “preservation of our tribal members” and otherwise observed that the BIA’s “CDIB card program is an important way to provide evidence of Alaska Native/American Indian descent.”

Even BIA Pacific Regional Director Amy Dutschke agreed: “the BIA should continue to issue CDIBs,” explaining that they are “beneficial to many individual California Indians, whether they are members of a Federally Recognized Tribe or not.” Alluding to the need for Indian inclusion in the Golden State—where generations of Indians have been killed, exiled, terminated, and disenrolled— Director Dutschke urged “the widest positive impact on the Indian people of California” through CDIBs.

In all, Interior’s proposal or idea to end BIA CDIB issuance would depopulate Indian Country and erode our collective strength in numbers.  Tribes and Alaska Native Villages and Corporations would be weakened in the process.

To be clear: blood quantum is systematically destroying us.  It is a European racial fiction and colonial device that the United States introduced to us—and we in turn blindly adopted as our own norm—since the federal allotment and assimilation era over a century ago.  Blood quantum will lead to our eradication, if not at our own doing, by federal politicians or judges who see tribes as unconstitutional racial groups.  See Brackeen v. Zinke, 338 F. Supp. 3d 514 (N.D. Tex. 2018).

We must unravel the various fibers of blood quantum, including CDIBs, which are now deeply woven into the fabric of tribal sovereignty and belonging, and the federal Indian trust responsibility owed to all Indians—whether enrolled, non-enrolled, reservation, or urban.  That will take time, if not generations.  But that unraveling should not occur through an idea stitched by the Trump Administration to a boilerplate “Dear Tribal Leader” letter and survey.  Instead, that unraveling must start with us, especially the Tribes and Indians who wear that fabric today.

Gabe Galanda is an attorney who practices Indian law with Galanda Broadman, PLLC, out of Seattle, Washington.  He belongs to the Round Valley Indian Tribes.

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Cherokee Nation Tribal Council honors Cherokee citizen, internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Barbara McAlister

Tue, 2019-05-21 11:00

ribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd, left, and Deputy Speaker of the Tribal Council Victoria Vazquez, right, presented Cherokee Nation citizen and acclaimed mezzo-soprano Barbara McAlister with a shawl

Published May 21, 2019

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Tribal Councilors recognized Cherokee Nation citizen and internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Barbara McAlister during Monday night’s monthly meeting.

McAlister, of Muskogee, retired from a distinguished operatic career and is now teaching vocal performance to both youth and adults in northeastern Oklahoma. Tribal Councilors presented McAlister with a shawl made by Cherokee National Treasure Dorothy Ice in honor of McAlister’s contributions to the arts.

“We are very honored to recognize Cherokee mezzo-soprano Barbara McAlister,” Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd said. “In addition to her storied singing career both in the United States and abroad, Barbara is a 2019 recipient of the Governor’s Arts Award. She was recognized by Gov. Kevin Stitt and the Oklahoma Arts Council for her longtime leadership and contribution to the arts. We are so honored that she represents our tribe.”

Cherokee Nation citizen Megan Jacobs, a four-year student of McAlister, also shared her operatic talents during a performance for the Tribal Council.




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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez Offers Support for Navajo Businesses at Diné Entrepreneur Series

Tue, 2019-05-21 11:00

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez provides the welcome address for the Diné Entrepreneur Series at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Ariz. on May 20, 2019.

Published May 21, 2019

WINDOW ROCK — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez offered words of support and encouragement at the opening of the three-day Diné Entrepreneur Series on Monday at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Ariz., which is hosted by the Navajo Nation Division of Economic Development to offer workshops for current and aspiring Navajo business owners to learn about business development, customer service, marketing, human resources, business registration, regulation, and more.

President Nez thanked Division of Economic Development Executive Director JT Willie and his staff for initiating the entrepreneur series to create a forum for dialogue on how the Nation can eliminate “red tape” and minimize the bureaucracy of starting and maintaining a private business on the Navajo Nation.

“We need to change the trend. Navajo government is always creating businesses, but now it’s time to help all of you that want to create businesses by getting rid of the red tape and shortening the process of obtaining a business lease and other requirements,” stated President Nez. “We have so many of our people who expend their own resources trying to start a business – that needs to change for the better.”

He noted that the Nez-Lizer Administration is helping to promote Navajo-owned businesses in the review of business contracts that are brought to the Office of the President and Vice President for consideration and final approval.

“We are kicking back contracts for further review if we know there is a Navajo business out there that can do the work. We’re prioritizing Navajo-owned businesses when it comes to contractual services with the Nation because we want our people to succeed,” President Nez said.

President Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer continue to promote “Buy Navajo, Buy Local” among the general public, by encouraging Navajo people to shop locally rather than traveling to border towns for goods and services.

“Some might think it’s a racist comment when I say ‘don’t buy in Gallup or Farmington,’ but I’m saying it because we’re a sovereign Nation and we need to help our own people,” he added.

President Nez also highlighted some of the recent successes of shopping centers in the communities of Shonto, Dennehotso, Burnside, Nahata Dziil, and others.

“According to a recent study, since opening in May 2017 over 50-percent of the customers at the Shonto Marketplace are non-Navajos. It’s an example of how our Nation is receiving major returns on our investments and helping our communities with jobs, tax revenues, and through the availability of goods and services,” President Nez said,

President Nez also encourages business owners and entrepreneurs to take advantage of funding offered through the Nation’s Business and Industrial Development Fund program under the Division of Economic Development, or through the Navajo CDFI, which also provides assistance and benefits for individual business owners.

The Diné Entrepreneur Series offers workshops, presentations, and panels, that will provide entrepreneurs with information from the Division of Economic Development, Navajo business incubators, financing organizations, and more. Those who are interested in attending the three-day event can register in-person at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Ariz. from May 20 to May 22. If you have any questions, please call the Navajo Nation Division of Economic Development at (928) 871-6544.

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Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) 2019 Graduation Ceremony

Tue, 2019-05-21 11:00

Rose Simpson (Santa Clara Pueblo); her daughter Cedar; Dr. Roxanne Swentzell (Santa Clara Pueblo); and Dr. Porter Swentell (Santa Clara Pueblo). Photo by Carolyn Wright – Courtesy of IAIA

Published May 21, 2019

65 Degrees and Certificates Conferred on May 18, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. — The Institute of American Indian Arts held their 2019 commencement ceremony at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 18, 2019.

IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) conferred 65 degrees on the graduating students, including student speaker Lorenza Elena Chavez Marcais (Xicanx/Mescalero Apache/European descent) for the undergraduates; and Blue Tarpalechee (Mvskoke [Creek]) for the MFA students. Commencement speaker Roxanne Swentzell (Santa Clara Pueblo), who, while still in high school, attended the Institute of American Indian Arts, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree, in addition to delivering the commencement address.

Rose Simpson (Santa Clara Pueblo); her daughter Cedar; Dr. Roxanne Swentzell (Santa Clara Pueblo); and Dr. Porter Swentell (Santa Clara Pueblo). Photo by Jason S. Ordaz – Courtesy of IAIA

Swentzell spoke of her family — daughter Rose Bean Simpson, who followed in the family practice of making art — she received an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and also earned an MFA in Creative Writing from IAIA — and her son Dr. Porter Swentzell, the Chair of the Indigenous Liberal Studies Department at IAIA and a newly-appointed regent for Northern New Mexico College.

Additionally, she talked about beginning her art career at age 4 with her hands in clay and has continued making art since then. She spoke of the importance of that practice to her her very existence: “Thank you IAIA for saving my life so many years ago, and thank you for so greatly honoring me today.” She addressed the graduating class by encouraging them to “Laugh, love, and forgive yourselves…honor your creative process and imagination…(artists) are needed because we dare to imagine.”


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Life in Defiance: Nations That Survived Mass Extermination Attempts

Tue, 2019-05-21 11:00
Guest Commentary

Genocide is a tragedy that never truly stops. You can see this clearly by observing the peoples descended from the survivors of genocides today. They do not thrive, because it’s impossible to just “bounce back” from a tragedy of this magnitude. They haven’t become stronger for it, because there can never be anything even remotely “positive” in the consequences of genocide. But they do live and bear the burden of past horrors on their shoulders through generations.

Nations That Survived Genocides Today: Is There Hope for the Future?

Any discussion of genocide includes the Holocaust in one way or another because it is considered to be the biggest and therefore most disastrous genocide in history. This statement is hard to argue when you consider that this genocide resulted in over 6 million dead and was accompanied by various horrifying atrocities that one can learn more about in the Holocaust Museum. There is no denying the fact that this was an unspeakable tragedy that had an immense impact on the world as a whole.

However, it’s imperative to understand that every genocide is this way. There can be no “contest” about which of these atrocities was worse because all of them are equally devastating. Controlled and methodical eradication of peoples is the vilest of crimes. Tragically, it has been repeated dozens of times throughout human history.

What’s even more tragic is that many of these tragedies are overlooked today, which means their lessons are forgotten. It also needs to be mentioned that many people today seem more focused on definitions than the tragedies behind them. The debate about whether the deaths of over 4.5 million Native Americans during the colonization period can be considered a genocide is a vivid example of that (Oxford Academic). Arguing over terminology does not change the fact that those people are dead and that their descendants are discriminated against still.

What matters is the reoccurring theme of the peoples, who have already been targeted and suffered from the unspeakable horror of mass extermination, being targeted and ostracized even years and centuries after those tragic events. Those who have had to struggle with this include, but are by no means limited to:

This list can go on and on, and the worst thing about it is that you can identify the nations that went through that nightmare today because the tensions are still there. And that shouldn’t be a surprise considering the fact that dehumanization and propaganda are both essential factors for the creation of genocide.

This means that for such a tragedy to happen in the first place, the population of the country where it happens must be “brainwashed” into hating a group of people. That is no regular backyard brawl type of hatred at play here. The feeling incited by the governments that initiate genocides must be so strong and consuming that mass extermination is seen as an “acceptable solution”. It’s imperative to understand that genocides aren’t opposed not out of fear but because the propaganda helps brainwash the rest of the population into seeing them as a form of deliverance.

And that is the true horror of genocides. This is also the reason why the targeted people are ostracized decades past. Because hatred like this, it doesn’t die. It gets passed on through generations and sets the ground for a repeat of the tragedy.

The question now is can this circle of hatred be broken?

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of American Indian Hunting Rights

Tue, 2019-05-21 05:49

U.S. Supreme Court – Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert

Published May 20, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme ruled in favor of American Indian hunting rights on Monday. In a close 5-4 decision, the Court ruled hunting rights for the Crow tribe under a 19th-century treaty did not expire when Wyoming became a state.

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Clayvin Herrera, affirming that the Crow Tribe’s hunting rights under the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie remain valid.

Justice Neil Gorsuch, one more time, demonstrated he understands American Indian rights and treaties.

In response to today’s ruling in Herrera v. Wyoming, the following statement is by Lillian Alvernaz, Indigenous Justice Legal Fellow with the ACLU of Montana:

“This ruling is a huge win for Clayvin Herrera, the Crow Tribe and tribes across the country that entered into treaties with the federal government. On a practical level, this means that members of the Crow Tribe can continue to hunt on unoccupied lands like the Bighorn National Forest to provide sustenance for their families and children. This is especially important for the well-being and health of the Tribe because access to healthy food on the reservation is limited. More broadly, through this decision, the Supreme Court held the federal government accountable to its treaty obligations and affirmed tribal sovereignty.  Throughout the history of colonization, tribes have upheld their end of treaties while the federal government has consistently fallen short of its obligations.  We’re hopeful that this ruling marks a new day, one where the federal government lives up to its treaty obligations and recommits to the important principles of tribal sovereignty and self-determination of tribes in the United States.”




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Officer-involved Shooting Leaves One Dead on Navajo Nation

Mon, 2019-05-20 11:01

Published May 20, 2019

TONALEA-RED LAKE, Ariz. — One person is dead after an officer-involved shooting Saturday morning (May 18), said Navajo Nation Police spokeswoman Christina Tsosie.

“We can confirm at this time that there was a single death,” Tsosie said in a statement to the Navajo Times. “No officers were harmed in this incident.”

FBI Phoenix responded to investigate the incident, said FBI Phoenix spokeswoman Jill E. McCabe.

“One individual is deceased,” she said. “No officers were injured. This is an ongoing investigation.”

The case is being investigated by the FBI and the Navajo Division of Public Safety, according to Tsosie.

Editor’s Note: This article was first published in the Navajo Times. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

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Last Vegas Summer 2019. Why Is It Worth to Visit?

Mon, 2019-05-20 11:00

Published May 20, 2019

The summer is coming, and the vacation time is also almost here. If you are thinking about the destination for perfect summertime, you might visit Las Vegas for the amazing time. First of all, Vegas is that unique place that has something for everyone any time a year. Secondly, in the summer you can get the best deals here as the tourist rush is a bit lower than in other seasons. The main advantage is that Vegas shows are available all year round, and it is a perfect opportunity to see spectacular performances.

Summer 2019: What Can You Do in Vegas?

Summertime in the city of entertainment is pretty hot, that’s why some tourists choose to go here in other seasons. But if you are not afraid of the heat, it is a fascinating time to visit the city. First of all, the pricing is better this time, and you can get good deals in the hotels. Secondly, there will be fewer tourists, which mean fewer queues and waiting. The outdoor attractions can be visited in the first part of the day or at night, and the afternoon can be spent near the pool.

Another great advantage is that you can actually visit all the amazing shows without any rush. There are so much splendid performances, starting with Cirque Du Soleil and up to magic and adult shows. The performances never stop here, and one can see best shows in summer. Enjoy the best shows in Las Vegas these or any other weekends with There is a great variety of choices, such as musical, comedy shows, striptease performances, etc. Whether you are coming with friends or family, there is a superb show for you.

Vegas shows are known for being one of the kinds in terms of performance and innovation. Here one can truly see the masterpieces and the amazing abilities of the human body. Only the best performers have a chance to work here, and they are always at their best.

There are also other amazing events one can enjoy in the summer, such as:

  1. NBA 2019 Summer League. For all sports fans, it is a perfect time in Vegas as the dates were announced. One can combine relaxation near the pool with watching a favorite game in the evening. So if you are going to the city in July, make sure to visit splendid NBA games.
  2. Las Vegas Lift-Off Film Festival. This event takes place at the end of June and welcomes all filmmakers from any part of the world. One can try and take part in it, as attendance is free of charge or just visit to enjoy amazing films. It is a splendid event for anyone interested in filmmaking and industry.
  3. Fringe Festival. This is a theater festival that gathers the best performers and plays. The event takes 10 days and is full of amazing performances. There is no better place for those, who love theater to spend their summer.
  4. Dance in the Desert Festival. It is a celebration of dancing, where one can enjoy all types of performances. There are also some educational classes, so one can take part and learn amazing moves.
  5. Elvis Festival. For those, who love Elvis, July is the best time to go to Vegas. It is the weekend of tribute to this great artist with major shows and contests.
  6. Super Toy Con. It is a comic, play, toy and pop culture convention. Here you can see an amazing presentation and meet celebrities. Overall, it is a perfect geek convention.

Besides events and shows, Vegas always has so much more to offer. In the summer, one can visit amazing attractions, walk down the main streets, and have a sunbathing experience.  There are also fascinating golf courts and places, some of them are outdoors, and some of them are indoors, so one can enjoy the favorite game even in the hottest afternoon.

If you are worried about the heat, visit some club pool parties, where you can enjoy cocktails and pool at the same time. Las Vegas is a perfect place to have a vacation as it allows mixing various experiences in one go. And one can never get tired of this beautiful place in the desert, especially at night, when it lights up with millions of lights.

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Helping Indian-owned Businesses Thrive in Oklahoma

Mon, 2019-05-20 11:00

Galli Plumbing, in Tulsa, OK is an example of a successful Indian-owned business.

Guest Commentary

Published May 20, 2019

Building the next generation of business entrepreneurs ensures new ideas make it to market, new jobs are created and local economies are boosted. Cherokee Nation plays a huge part in those endeavors, right here at home. Our sovereign government helps tribal citizens foster their business ideas and launch new business throughout our 14-county jurisdiction.

Having owned my own small business for more than 45 years, I can tell you it has sustained my family, created jobs and generated revenue in my hometown of Tahlequah. I strongly believe in Native business development and entrepreneurship because I know firsthand the great benefitthey bring our families, our communities and our tribes.

Oklahoma consistently ranks among the top U.S. states for entrepreneurial activity as well as entrepreneurs per capita. Entrepreneurship is clearly crucial to Oklahoma’s economy, especially in rural areas. Entrepreneurs are also the future of Indian Country’s economy. That is why we offer financial support though a variety of loans, as well as technical assistance and training, to help business owners start and grow their companies.

Chief Bill John Baker

Since 2011, the Cherokee Nation Small Business Assistance Center has issued more than $13.5 million in small-business loans. With those dollars, more than 1,250 jobs were created within our tribal jurisdiction. Close to 300 Native-owned businesses were launched, expanded or stabilized. Our tribal resources are allowing these unique business ideas to bloom in full.

The business world is driven by those willing to take a risk and turn their dreams into reality. That includes these Cherokee Nation citizens, who have all worked with our Small Business Assistance Center:

·        Lisa Galli expanded her business, Galli Plumbing, in Tulsa. Joining her sons in a family-operated business, she has steadily built a base of commercial and residential clients.

·        Richard Roberts created Rocking R Farms in Tahlequah. With a small-business loan from Cherokee Nation, he was able to convert a former Christmas tree farm into a multiseasonal tourism operation, including a pumpkin patch and corn maze tours.

·        In Coweta, Andrea Childress hired new staff and grew her business, Express Lawn Care.

·        Matt Jones added to his business, Stonebridge Garden Center, in Claremore. The greenhouse expanded its retail and service operations.

·        With guidance from our SBAC, Courtney Hart was able to add staff, offer new services and move her Tahlequah business, Cort Spa, to a more spacious site.

Cherokee Nation remains committed to collaboration with state agencies like i2E, which last year launched GrowOK, a program designed to assist Native American entrepreneurs in identifying new markets and new customers. Small businesses are our lifeline and represent a bright future forthe 38 federally recognized tribes that are located in this state.

Something else to consider: Many small-business owners get their start and find their passion in college. That is why it is more important than ever to invest in higher education and courses that encourage creativity, business skills and teamwork. Our citizens must see what is possible in order to create and launch the next great idea. We are investing in inspiration, as well as aspiration.

To learn more about entrepreneurship opportunities for tribal citizens, contact the Cherokee Nation Small Business Small Business Assistance Center at 918-453-5536 or

Bill John Baker is the principal chief of the Cherokee Nation.

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CRYP Announces Midnight Basketball Kick-Off & ICWA Basketball Camp

Mon, 2019-05-20 11:00

Published May 20, 2019

EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. — It’s no secret that basketball is the most popular sport among Lakota youth on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. To celebrate their passion, encourage wellness and provide even more opportunities to hone their skills, the Cheyenne River Youth Project will be hosting a summer Midnight Basketball program and a dedicated basketball camp at its Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) facility.

The summer 2019 edition of Midnight Basketball will officially kick off at 9 p.m. next Friday, May 24, following a 5:30 p.m. appreciation dinner for CRST educators. The weekly program is open free to youth ages 13 to 18.   According to Youth Programs Director Jerica Widow, the evening’s activities will include half-court shots and a lightning elimination game, as well as open gym time and plenty of snacks and refreshments. Teens who belong to the Cokata Wiconi Walking Club also will be able to log more miles to put toward their final goal.   “Every teen who logs 10 miles by May 29 will earn an invitation to an overnight lock-in on May 31 here at Cokata Wiconi,” Widow explains. “It’s another great way to encourage wellness, because our teens always ask for lock-ins!”   The teens also are looking forward to a full summer season of Midnight Basketball. CRYP created the program in 1996, and it routinely draws 50 to 100 kids each week.    “They want a safe, positive, drug- and alcohol-free environment to play their favorite sport,” Widow says. “Every Friday, they can play ball, hang out with friends, get something to eat, and stay up past Eagle Butte’s 10 p.m. curfew.”   And for the younger children who aren’t yet able to participate in the teen-centric Midnight Basketball program, CRYP has joined forces with CRST’s Indian Child Welfare Agency to offer the ICWA Basketball Camp on Wednesday, May 29. The camp is open free to students in 2nd through 8th grade.   The girls’ session is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Then, after a one-hour lunch, the boys’ session will take place at 1 to 4 p.m. The day promises to be educational and fun for all, thanks to the instructors who will be leading the camp.   “We’re absolutely thrilled to announce that our Cheyenne River teens will be leading the basketball camp,” Widow says. “It’s wonderful to see our older kids serving as leaders and mentors. That empowers the teens, and inspires the younger children. It’s deeply meaningful for everyone involved.”   The instructors are seniors Justice Fire Cloud, 18, Isaiah Hale, 17, Brad Iron Hawk, 17, Claudia Montgomery, 19, Naden Saucedo, 18, Talon Shaving, 18, and Warren Swan, 18; juniors Leon Brown Otter, 17, Rance Harrison, 16, Emaree Iron Hawk, 16, Nevyn Mendoza, 17, Mia Paris, 17, Markee Shaving, 17, and Adrianna White Wolf, 16; sophomores Lynda Charger, 15, Ronaye Moran, 15, Spencer Moran, 16, and Jordan Carter, 16; and freshman Alana LeBeau, 14.   “Not only does the ICWA Basketball Camp give our 2nd- to 8th-graders an opportunity to learn and practice their basketball skills, it also teaches them about personal responsibility, teamwork and positive self-esteem,” Widow says. “And, it will give them a taste of what we have to offer at Cokata Wiconi, from our wellness programming to our many teen leadership initiatives.”   CRYP’s ongoing wellness programming is made possible in part with support from CRST ICWA, the N7 Fund and Diabetes Action and Research (DARE). Their support ensures that the youth project is able to continue pursuing culturally sensitive, relevant and sustainable wellness programming for Cheyenne River Lakota youth.

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Tribal Witnesses Emphasize Spiritual & Cultural Significance of Grizzly Bears, Champion Grijalva Bill to Guarantee Tribal Input on Grizzly Management

Mon, 2019-05-20 11:00

Published May 20, 2019

WASHINGTON — Last Wednesday’s Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee legislative hearing featured powerful testimony from Native American tribal witnesses on the profound significance of grizzly bears to tribal culture and tribal support for Chair Raúl M. Grijalva’s (D-Ariz.) Tribal Heritage and Grizzly Bear Protection Act.

Grijalva’s bill ensures that grizzly bears are permanently protected for their ecological and cultural value and guarantees Native American tribes a role in conserving and managing the species.

Grizzly bears are considered sacred by many tribes, but only a small fraction of historic grizzly populations now exist in the lower 48 states. In the continental United States, the grizzly bear population of approximately 1,500 is far below the species’ historic level of nearly 50,000 animals. Grizzlies continue to face threats from human encroachment and climate change.

The species faces an uncertain legal future. In 2017, the Department of the Interior removed the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) grizzly bear population from the endangered species list. The states of Wyoming and Idaho soon announced grizzly bear trophy hunts.

In 2018, a federal court struck down the decision to delist the GYE grizzly bear, ruling that grizzlies now living in isolated pockets can’t be delisted one pocket at a time given the species’ overall struggles to survive. That ruling restored federal protections for the population and blocked any potential trophy hunts. The Trump administration and the state of Wyoming have appealed that decision, and an appeals court ruling is possible later this year.

Native American tribes across the American West consider the grizzly bear a sacred animal. For centuries, tribes have revered the multifaceted behaviors of grizzly bears and respected their strength, size, and speed. While different tribes hold different beliefs about grizzly bears, many consider grizzly bears to be closely tied to the spirits of ancestors.

More than 170 tribal nations signed “The Grizzly: A Treaty of Cooperation, Cultural Revitalization and Restoration,” making it the most-signed tribal treaty in history. The treaty honors, recognizes, and revitalizes the ancient relationship between tribal nations and the grizzly bear, and aims restore balance to land stewardship.

The preamble to the treaty, which has become known as the Grizzly Treaty, states:

Since time immemorial, hundreds of generations of the first peoples of the FIRST NATIONS of North America have come and gone since before and after the melting of the glaciers that covered North America. For all those generations the GRIZZLY has been our ancestor, our relative. The GRIZZLY is part of us and WE are part of the GRIZZLY culturally, spiritually and ceremonially. Our ancient relationship is so close and so embodied in us that the GRIZZLY is the spirit of our holistic eco-cultural life-ways.

During yesterday’s hearing, tribal witnesses described grizzly bears’ profound significance and demanded permanent federal protection for grizzlies.

“The grizzly bear – Hoonaw, as we call him – is held in high esteem, not only in our Hopi culture, but by other Native people in the United States and Canada. He is a healer and a medicine man. He plays a central role in the traditions, ceremonies, and the sovereignty of the Native people,” said Benjamin H. Nuvamsa, member of the Hopi Bear Clan and former chairman of the Hopi Tribe. “It was the most powerful of bears that guided and protected my ancestors to arrive at Tuuwanasavi (‘Center of the Universe’), as we call the place where we live today. The bear, from which my ancestors took their name, gave rise to other important clans at Hopi. Today, the Bear Clan continues as traditional leaders, and an influential clan in the Hopi culture and Hopi way of life.”

“There is no soundbite that can communicate the importance of the grizzly in our cultures, but the fact that our ancestors wouldn’t say the name of the grizzly out of respect speaks to the Great Bear’s cultural significance,”said Tom Rodgers, member of the Blackfeet Nation and Rocky Mountains Tribal Leaders Council. “It is time that tribal nations had input and parity in decisions that will determine the future survival of our sacred ancestor, the grizzly bear.”

The grizzly bear is integral to the culture and spiritual practices of the Northern Arapaho people. Our elders teach how the grizzly bear brought us our medicines. Grizzlies know not only about roots and herbs for physical healing but also about healing mental conditions, they say,” said Lynnette Grey Bull, senior vice president of the Global Indigenous Council and spokesperson of the Northern Arapaho Elders Society.  “In the socio-economic bondage we survive in, our reservation communities need that healing more than ever today. The grizzly bear isn’t a ‘trophy game animal.’ The grizzly is our relative, a grandparent. The frontier mentality practice of ‘trophy hunting’ our relative is abhorrent to us, and in no way reflects the ‘best available science’ precept of the Endangered Species Act.”

Grijalva’s bill, formally designated H.R. 2532, is available online at Among other measures, the bill:

  • Bans trophy hunting and non-discriminatory predator control measures that may result in taking of grizzly bears on public lands
  • Permits “take” and “possession” of grizzly bears only for certain purposes going forward
  • Requires federal consultation with tribes before relevant permits are issued and before any major federal action that could impact grizzly bears or their habitat
  • Creates a process for reintroduction of grizzly bears on suitable land of willing tribes

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Washington Post Examines “What Do Native Americans Want From a President?”

Sun, 2019-05-19 19:12

“We just need things to help us help ourselves,” says Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez in Arizona. Photos by Katherine Frey

Published May 19, 2019

WASHINGTON — In an in-depth article, the Washington Post in this week’s Sunday magazine seeks to provide perspective on what Indian Country wants from a president of the United States. Washington Post reporter David Montgomery, who visited two Indian reservations in South Dakota (Pine Ridge and Rosebud) and the Navajo Nation, writes about what he discovered. He visited with Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, who entered office in January of this year.

“I asked Nez for an example of a treaty obligation that presidential candidates could commit to that would, in his phrase, offer ‘a hand up rather than a handout.’ The one at the top of his list sounds boring, but it is vital, because it underlies so much else: infrastructure, especially roads. Lousy roads undermine economic development, education, health care and public safety.”

In addition to his trips to visit Indian Country, Montgomery attended the National Congress of Americans winter session in Washington, D.C. earlier this year to gain his perspective on what Native Americans want in contemporary times.

The article provides unique perspective to the needs of Native Americans, who suffer because of poor conditions on Indian reservations. But, in the final anaylsis, it is true Native Americans want mainly what other Americans desire. “Tribes have had the same hopes and dreams for generations.” write Montgomery.

“Will the 2020 presidential candidates hear them?”

CLICK to read the entire Washington Post article.

Loreal Black Shawl and Wendell William Yellow Bull, descendants of Wounded Knee survivors, near the mass grave for victims of the 1890 massacre.

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Navajo Code Talker Fleming Begaye Laid to Rest

Sun, 2019-05-19 11:02

Marine presents the U.S. flag to family of Navajo Code Talker Fleming Begaye, Sr.

Published May 19, 2019

CHINLE, Ariz. — Navajo American hero and World War II Code Talker Fleming Begaye, Sr. was laid to rest in Chinle, Ariz on Friday May 17, 2019.

Despite heavy rainfall in the morning, motorcyclists from the Navajo-Hopi Honor Riders provided escort from the Silver Creek Mortuary in Tse Bonito, N.M., to a viewing at the Potter’s House Church in Chinle. Following the viewing, more than 200 attended the funeral to celebrate the life of the 97-year-old war hero.

In World War II, the Navajo men recruited by the U.S. Marines to transmit top secret combat communications using Diné Bizaad, the Navajo language, were known as Code Talkers.

In his service to country, Mr. Begaye narrowly avoided death several times. During the Battle of Tarawa, Begaye survived by swimming for his life after a Japanese bomb destroyed his landing craft.

Later, Begaye spent nearly a year in the hospital after surviving wounds endured in the taking of the Japanese base on Tinian in the Mariana Islands. Begaye also saw action on Guadalcanal.

The Navajo Code is widely thought to be the only military code that has never been deciphered, and the Code Talkers are credited with helping ensure the Allies’ victory in the Pacific theater.

Navajo Council Speaker Seth Damon (Bááháálí, Chichiltah, Manuelito, Tsé Lichíí’, Rock Springs, Tsayatoh) offered words of encouragement to Begaye’s surviving relatives in attendance and offered a Navajo Nation flag to Theo Ott, Begaye’s granddaughter.

“Fleming Begaye’s life was always dedicated to service,” said Speaker Seth Damon. “Whether it was answering the call to protect freedom in World War II or his service on the Navajo Nation, Mr. Begaye brought honor and dignity to all his endeavors. His outsized influence on the Navajo Nation will be missed by all. The Council is honored to present the Navajo Nation Flag to his family in honor of Mr. Begaye and as recognition of his devoted service to his Nation and country.”

After his military service, Begaye returned to the Navajo Nation, met his wife Helen, and served his people as a Bureau of Indian Affairs school guidance counselor. He used his savings from the position to start a series of businesses on the reservation, starting with a general store and Shell gas station in Chinle.

In addition to his business career, Begaye was a civic leader and booster for Navajo capacity-building efforts.

He served on the executive board of the Office of Navajo Economic Opportunity, the Chinle planning board and school board. Countless rodeos, churches, sports teams, schools, and even the Navajo police department enjoyed Begaye’s beneficence.

When Navajo Community College requested his help to get the first tribally-controlled institution of higher education off the ground, Begaye offered financial backing, goods, and equipment to the school.

In 2017, Begaye was honored by President Donald Trump in the Oval Office. He and former Navajo Nation Chairman Peter MacDonald, also a Code Talker, were honored for their World War II service at the White House ceremony.

Begaye received military honors at his internment at a family burial plot east of Many Farms. His U.S. Marine pallbearers gave a 21-gun salute and taps was played by a local trumpeter from his church of more than 30 years, the Potter’s House.

From a recruitment of 420 Code Talkers, there are seven living Code Talkers alive now.

Begaye’s beginnings are common to many on the Nation. He was born on sheepskin in a hogan in 1921 in Red Valley, AZ. He attended BIA schools before dropping out to join the Marines.

Helen, his wife, passed in 2008. He is survived by his daughter, Veronica Walters, six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

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Tribal Leaders Gather in Spokane to Celebrate Children of the Sun Solar Initiative

Sun, 2019-05-19 11:00

Published May 19, 2019

WELLPINIT, Wash. — On Thursday, The Spokane Tribe of Indians brought together tribal leaders and project partners to celebrate the Children of the Sun Solar Initiative (COSSI). In 2016, the Cayuse Mountain Fire burned more than 18,000 acres, destroyed 14 tribal homes, cut power to main administrative buildings and water supply, and endangered residents on the Spokane Indian Reservation. In response, the Tribe embarked on an investment in 650 kilowatts of solar capacity, and eventually battery storage, that will save more than $2.8 million over 35 years, strengthen community resilience, create new economic opportunity, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“This project is born of fire. The 2016 Cayuse Mountain Fire stimulated us to look at going solar because of the impact it had on the reservation,” said Tim Horan, Executive Director of the Spokane Tribal Housing Authority. “The Children of the Sun Solar Initiatives puts us on a path to energy independence, climate resiliency, and tribal power sovereignty – eventually we could be self-sufficient.”

During the day’s events, project partners, including the U.S. Department of Energy, GRID Alternatives, the Wells Fargo Foundation, SunVest, and the HUD NW Office of Native American Programs, are joining together for a solar celebration and tour of the solar facilities, followed by a policy discussion. COSSI was awarded funding from the U.S Department of Energy and, in 2018, was the first project selected for funding from the Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund (TSAF), a tribal-led initiative launched with seed funding from the Wells Fargo Foundation that seeks to catalyze the growth of solar energy and expand solar job opportunities in tribal communities.

“Wells Fargo is pleased and honored to be part of this exciting project,” said Ramsay Huntley, Clean Technology and Innovation Philanthropy Program Officer at Wells Fargo. “Supporting projects like the Children of the Sun Solar Initiative is directly in line with our goals to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy, minimize the impacts of climate change on our customers and communities, and address unique social, economic and environmental needs in Indian country.”

Installation of 650 kW of solar is underway for 23 homes and nine Tribal community buildings, including the Tribal Administrative Building, Spokane Tribe Senior Center and senior housing, and the Spokane Tribal Fish Hatchery. GRID Alternatives is providing hands-on solar installation training for Tribal employees and community members throughout construction.

“The Children of the Sun Solar Initiative was the first project selected for TSAF funds and we’re excited to see it come to life,” said Tanksi Clairmont, Director of the Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund. “Through this new solar project, the Spokane Tribe of Indians is building energy security and resilience while providing solar education and workforce training.”

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Second Annual Anishinaabe Racial Justice Conference Set for May 24th – 26th

Sun, 2019-05-19 11:00

Youth Panelists on Racial Justice, NJC Director Cecelia LaPointe, and KBIC youth attendees at the 2018 Anishinaabe Racial Justice Conference.

Published May 19, 2019

Native Justice Coalition hosting Anishinaabe Racial Justice Conference May 24-26

BARAGA, Mich. — The Native Justice Coalition, along with various community partners, will host the second annual Anishinaabe Racial Justice Conference on May 24-26, 2019 in the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community in Baraga, Michigan.

Tackling discussions of local and national racism, this conference empowers Native Peoples across the Great Lakes region to come together and share experiences of healing, wellness, and sobriety.

The Anishinaabe, People of the Three Fires — the Odawa (Ottawa), the Ojibwe (Chippewa) and the Potawatomi — make up the twelve federally-recognized tribes and four historic tribes of Michigan. Modern nation-state boundaries cut through Anishinaabewaki, Anishinaabe Land, which traditionally extends from the Eastern seaboard to the Great Plains region. Today, federally-recognized Anishinaabe tribes are located in Ontario, Manitoba, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Kansas, and Indiana.

Last year, panelists addressed more than 200 conference attendees who registered or dropped-in throughout the three-day event. An amazing fact is that last year the conference had 60 walk-ins from mostly the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and other local bands.

The Native Justice Coalition, directed by Cecelia LaPointe, is dedicated to uplifting the strength and spirit of the Anishinaabe community. If you would like to be involved or make a donation to sustain this important work, please contact

Registration is free. Visit for conference details.



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Chickasaw Nation Lt. Governor Jefferson Keel Announces Decision to Step Down

Sun, 2019-05-19 11:00

Chickasaw Nation Lt. Governor Jefferson Keel

Published May 19, 2019

ADA, Okla.  —  Chickasaw Nation Lt. Governor Jefferson Keel has announced that he plans to step down, effective at the end of his current term, September 30.

Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby said Lt. Governor Keel has served the Chickasaw Nation and the Chickasaw people well.

“We appreciate him for his leadership at home and representing us on a national level,” Governor Anoatubby said. “We look forward to his continued service to our tribe.”

Keel, who is serving his fifth term as Lt. Governor, wrote a personal message to the Chickasaw people, stating that he began considering the decision when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2017.

“We have been diligently seeking the Lord’s direction since then,” Keel said. “I completed my treatments, and by the Grace of God there is no sign of cancer. The Lord healed me and I know that He has a plan for me.”

Keel, who also serves as president of the National Congress of American Indians, said that he and Gov. Anoatubby spoke together about the decision and agreed that it was time “to begin a new chapter” in his life.

Gov. Anoatubby said that he has had discussions with Keel about continuing to serve the Chickasaw Nation in another role.


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The New Mexico Indian Affairs Department Congratulates Senator John Pinto on his Honorary Degree of Doctor from Navajo Technical University

Sun, 2019-05-19 11:00

Senator John Pinto receives an honorary Degree of Doctor of Public Service

Published May 19, 2019

SANTA FE — The Indian Affairs Department congratulates Senator John Pinto on receiving an honorary degree of Doctor of Public Service from the Navajo Technical University. Senator Pinto has dedicated his life to serving the people of New Mexico, the Navajo Nation and the United States of America.

Senator John Pinto has served as a member of the New Mexico Senate since 1977, making him one of the longest-serving Native American legislators in U.S. history. He has also been a member of the interim legislative Indian Affairs committee since it was first created in 1989 and has been the chair of the Senate Indian and Cultural Affairs committee since 1987. Senator Pinto who served in the Marine Corps in World War II as a Navajo Code Talker has also been awarded a Congressional Silver Medal of Honor for his service.

Today’s conferment of an honorary doctoral degree on Senator Pinto is being held at the commencement ceremony of the 2019 graduating class from Navajo Technical University. Originally chartered in 1979, Navajo Technical University was later expanded into the largest tribal college in the United States.

“I’m honored to be in Crownpoint today as Navajo Technical University confers an honorary doctoral degree upon Senator Pinto,” Secretary Trujillo said.  “Throughout his life he has exemplified the honorable traditions of the Navajo people and stands as an example of what a public servant ought to be. Congratulations to Dr. John Pinto and the 2019 graduating class of Navajo Technical University.”

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Nez-Lizer Pay Tribute to Military Men and Women on Armed Forces Day

Sun, 2019-05-19 03:47

Navajo Nation Veterans Memorial Park

Published May 18, 2019

WINDOW ROCK — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer offer their gratitude and support for all Diné men and women serving in the Armed Forces and they also encourage the public to offer their appreciation on Armed Forces Day, which is recognized across the country on May 18.

“As Diné people, we have a long and proud history of military service and sacrifice. I believe that every Navajo person has family members, relatives, and friends who are either veterans or currently serving our country around the world. On Armed Forces Day, we say thank you to them and we offer our prayers for their safe return home,” stated President Nez.

Armed Forces Day was established when former U.S. President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank military members for their service in support of our country. On Aug. 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days.

“Today presents an opportunity for us all to share our admiration and support for our veterans and those who continue to serve and protect our country. President Nez and I thank all of our mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, and many more who sacrifice and give of themselves to protect our freedom and our people,” Vice President Lizer said.

Throughout the Navajo Nation, chapters and veteran organizations will host parades and various appreciation events to honor our Nation’s military service men and women.

“We are grateful to the chapters, veteran groups, and community members for showing their support and contributing their resources to honor and recognize our Diné warriors,” added President Nez.

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Senators Want Answers on IHS Management Failures in Pedophile Doctor Case

Sat, 2019-05-18 11:02

Dr. Stanley Weber

Published May 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led a bipartisan group of nine senators – members of the Indian Affairs Committee – in requesting the Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigate potential misuse of employee transfers, duty reassignments, and administrative leave at federally-operated Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities to cover up misconduct that endangers patients, other employees, and Tribal communities. The letter specifically addresses the case of a former IHS pediatrician, Dr. Stanley Patrick Weber, who abused children living on reservations where the IHS assigned him to work.

RELATED: Pedophile Doctor Who Sexually Abused Boys on Indian Reservations Set to Get More Than $1.8 Million While in Prison

In addition to Udall, the letter was signed by U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.),  Tina Smith (D-Minn.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and Steve Daines (R-Mont.).

“We fully condemn Mr. Weber’s abhorrent criminal behavior and expect him to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. But, as the Committee with oversight jurisdiction of the IHS, we are also deeply concerned by these reports of IHS management actions throughout Mr. Weber’s tenure,” said the senators. “These concerns grew as the Committee learned that IHS management not only failed to intervene and address reports of Mr. Weber’s misconduct once they became aware of it, but they also knowingly allowed him to transfer to a different IHS facility – exposing children on the Pine Ridge Reservation to a child predator.”

Udall has pressed IHS officials numerous times about evidence IHS management ignored reports that a former IHS pediatrician, Dr. Stanley Patrick Weber, abused children living on reservations where the IHS assigned him to work.

A copy of the letter can be found here.

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Northwest Indian Youth Conference (NWIYC) Crowns New 2019-2020 Miss NWIYC 

Sat, 2019-05-18 11:00

Myke Malaina Moore

Published May 18, 2019

FORT HALL INDIAN RESERVATION  The Fort Hall NWIYC Committee is excited to announce the new 2019-2020 Miss NWIYC is Myke Moore, Shoshone-Bannock of Fort Hall.  Earlier this week, former Miss NWIYC Mary Benally officially resigned due to personal reasons.

NWIYC Conference Coordinator, Jessica James, states, “I would like to congratulate Myke on being selected as the newly crowned Miss NWIYC and wish her a successful year of representing NWIYC as she travels from powwow to powwow.”  The NWIYC title is honorable and recognizable not only in the northwest but also represents the mid-west. James further states, “We had a Lakota youth group that came as far as Northwest Nebraska at this year’s NWIYC conference. They were excited to visit our region and meet youth from the Pacific Northwest.”

Miss NWIYC is an ambassador for all Tribes in the Pacific Northwest including Idaho, Oregon, California and Washington states and represents Native American youth in leadership, culture, health, education, and empowerment.

Myke Malaina Moore is 15-years-old and enrolled with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes in Fort Hall. Myke’s newe (Shoshone) name is Buna’bede (meaning the ‘only one’), she was named by her cagu naap (maternal Grandma) Iva Lee Osborne, meaning she is her father’s only daughter.  Myke is the daughter of George Moore of Pyramid Lake, Nevada and Wendy Farmer of Fort Hall.  Myke attends high school at Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and actively plays 9th grade Basketball and maintains a 3.0 GPA.  Myke also enjoys playing softball, camping, salmon fishing, traveling to pow-wows in Indian Country and having new adventures with her family.

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