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Presidential Candidate Mark Charles on Trump’s Attack on the 4 Congresswomen of Color

Thu, 2019-07-18 11:15

Mark Charles (Navajo) is an independent candidate running for president of the United States

Published July 18, 2019

Guest Commentary

The reason President Trump is so offended by Congresswomen Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Alexandria Ocasio-Corte is actually quite simple.

They are all women of color who do NOT blindly accept,  affirm and espouse the mythology of American Exceptionalism. And American Exceptionalism is the coping mechanism for our white supremacist nation that is in deep denial of its genocidal past as well as its current racist and sexist reality. So when his mythology was continuously confronted by #TheSquad, President Trump had two choices: A) Acknowledge that this nation is NOT exceptional and begin the difficult work of dealing with our genocidal history and current racist and sexist reality. B) Ask them to leave. It is disappointing but not at all surprising that he chose the latter. The United States of America needs a national dialogue on race, gender and class. A conversation on par with the Truth and Reconciliation commissions that took place in South Africa, Rwanda and Canada. I would call ours Truth and Conciliation (because reconciliation implies there was a previous harmony) and I believe we need one sooner rather than later (#TCC2021). The vision of my campaign is to build a nation where ‘We the People’ truly means #AllThePeople. Ahe’hee my relatives. Walk in Beauty. Mark Charles Mark Charles (Navajo) is an independent candidate running for president of the United States.

DISCLOSURE: Charles is a longtime contributor to Native News Online 

Read his latest Commentary that appeared Monday, on Memorial Day, in Native News Online:  A Native Perspective on Memorial Day



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Bill to Protect Chaco Canyon from Future Drilling – Vote Follows Field Hearing in April That Revealed Enormous Local Support

Thu, 2019-07-18 11:01

Published July 18, 2019

WASHINGTON – The House Natural Resources Committee today approved Assistant Speaker Rep. Ben Ray Luján’s (D-N.M.) H.R. 2181, the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, whichwithdraws federal land around New Mexico’s Chaco Culture National Historical Park from future oil and gas leasing. The bill is co-sponsored by Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Committee Vice-Chair Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif), Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kan.), Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.).

Chaco Canyon, a sacred site in northern New Mexico, is home to thousand-year-old dwellings and artifacts of the Pueblo culture. It is protected as a National Cultural Historic Park and is designated as a United Nations (UN) World Heritage Site. As the UN notes, among many other remarkable features, the site “has an ancient urban ceremonial center that is unlike anything constructed before or since.”

“Chaco Canyon is too sacred to drill, and it’s not the only sacred site the Trump administration is happy to pollute,” Chair Grijalva said. “Communities all over the country are calling for their landscapes, environment, resources and way of life to be protected from excessive oil and gas drilling. My colleagues and I went to New Mexico to hear directly from leaders and community members on this issue, and passing this bill today is the right thing to do. I’m grateful for the leadership of my colleagues from New Mexico who have worked tirelessly to protect Chaco, and I look forward to getting this bill to the House floor.”

“Oil and gas drilling in the Greater Chaco region would destroy that beautiful and sacred landscape and would permanently impact New Mexicans’ health and quality of life,” said Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján. “Passing my legislation to protect Chaco through the Natural Resources Committee today creates critical momentum to permanently ban oil and gas drilling. Critically, this legislation also sends a clear message that we will not allow the destruction of sacred lands by companies seeking to prohibit. I will continue to fight to protect this world-renowned site that holds significant cultural value to New Mexicans, Tribal communities, and the Pueblos. I implore the House to pass this bill so future generations may enjoy Chaco Canyon.”

Rep. Deb Haaland

“Protecting Chaco is part of who we are as New Mexicans,” Rep. Haaland said. “However, there are serious threats to our efforts from the oil and gas industry and my colleagues who benefit from those industries on the other side of the aisle. Some things are more important than money. Today, our bill to stave off those interests and protect the ancient homeland of the Pueblo people and a place that all New Mexicans treasure is one step closer to becoming a reality.”

In April, Grijalva, Luján, Haaland and Lowenthal held a field hearing in Santa Fe to hear directly from communities impacted by the dangerous levels of methane pollution in northern New Mexico from heavy oil and gas development. The lawmakers inspected oil and gas sites and toured Chaco Canyon Culture National Historic Park to hear from local indigenous leaders who support efforts to limit drilling near sacred land.

In June, the Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands held a legislative hearing in Washington, D.C., to hear from tribal leaders, archeologists, and experts who relayed the urgent need to increase protections for Chaco Canyon. Video highlights of that hearing are available here.

Expanding oil and gas development in New Mexico poses serious threats not only to the land itself, but to communities throughout the region. Approximately 140,000 people live within half a mile of oil and gas facilities in New Mexico. The most recent data show that oil and gas operations in the state emit more than 1 million tons of methane every year, which is equal to $275 million in wasted natural gas.

The state’s methane emissions are the highest of any in the country. Methane and other chemicals from oil and gas development harm the health of local community members, fuel climate change, and result in the waste of a valuable public resource.

While New Mexico state authorities support restricting drilling on state lands within a 10-mile radius of the park, most land surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park is federal or tribal, and Trump officials have made aggressive efforts to open federal public lands to leasing regardless of tribal wishes across the West.

The Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act is supported by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.); New Mexico Democratic senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich; tribal leaders; local community advocates; and environmental groups.

“While there is a short term moratorium on drilling in place, there’s a vital need for this proactive legislation to pass if we want to ensure future generations inherit a place that has not been permanently scarred by unchecked energy development,” said Michael Casaus, New Mexico state director of The Wilderness Society. “The interests of the Pueblos and Navajo Nation are being heard by our congressional champions and these lands could be permanently safeguarded by enacting H.R.2181.”

“The National Parks Conservation Association applauds the House Natural Resources Committee for passing legislation that would permanently protect Chaco Culture National Historical Park from this administration’s short-sighted and reckless quest to drill at all costs,” said Matt Kirby, director of energy and landscape conservation at the National Parks Conservation Association. “The cultural landscape in and around Chaco is one of the most threatened regions in the country from this rampant oil and gas development. We urge the full House and Senate to show the same commitment to protecting the cultural resources around Chaco Culture National Historical Park.”

“Greater Chaco is a special place that deserves permanent protection. The Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act is necessary to ensure that this culturally significant landscape and neighboring communities will not be further devastated by oil and gas development,” said Alison Kelly, Senior Attorney at The Natural Resources Defense Council.

“Increased oil and gas development around Chaco Canyon would not only threaten the landscape and wildlife in the area, but the health and safety of all of the people who live in the region,” said Jesse Deubel, executive director of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation. “Already, more than ninety percent of our public lands in northwest New Mexico are under lease to oil and gas interests. New development will only exacerbate air and water pollution, fragment wildlife habitat and increase risks to public health.”

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Rep. Sharice Davids Introduces Bill to Help Veteran-Owned Businesses Succeed

Thu, 2019-07-18 11:00

Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kan.)

Published July 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — Rep. Sharice Davids today introduced the SERV Act, a bill to help Veteran-owned businesses succeed by studying the barriers these businesses face, including lack of access to capital and credit.  

“Growing up with a parent in the army, I saw firsthand the challenges our service members face when transitioning to new jobs after time in the military. There are so many Veterans in Kansas with the entrepreneurial skills it takes to run a small business, and we must do a better job at setting them up for success,” said Davids.   

The Successful Entrepreneurship for Reservists and Veterans Act, or SERV Act, requires a report from the Comptroller General of the United States on the ability of veteran and reservist small business owners to access credit, a necessary part of a business’ prosperity.  

“Access to capital is one of the most important first steps entrepreneurs take when starting a business, and it is also one of the biggest difficulties, especially for our Veterans. By studying the problem of access to credit for Veterans and Reservists, the SERV Act will be a crucial first step in identifying solutions that allow these businesses to thrive,” said Davids 

The legislation also requires the U.S. Small Business Association to develop a plan for outreach and promotion of the many programs available to Veterans, service-disabled Veterans, Reservists, and their spouses.  

Davids introduced the bipartisan bill with House Small Business Committee Ranking Member Steve Chabot (R-OH). To view the bill text, click HERE.  

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Effective Tips for Equitable Travel

Thu, 2019-07-18 11:00

Published July 18, 2019

Are you planning for equitable travel? Do you want to make it easier and fun? If yes, you can go through the following article. In this article, we will discuss some tips given by Carol Pucci, Yasmeen Wafai and Zeb Larson to make equitable travels stress-free and enjoyable.

Share a Meal in a Local Household and try to connect travelers with people in host countries who love to have fun and entertain. Prices vary depending on the accommodation. Some paid 49 each staying. Staying past midnight sharing their food will make you spend less than staying nights in a hotel. Share a meal in a local household who love to entertain and create a different experience without hurting your budget.

Trade-Off Hosting

Around 2, 000 households in fifty countries and forty-eight states prefer to participate in the Affordable Travel Club. This club is a Washington based hospitality group. They offer extra bedroom and breakfast to forty even more people. When some charges $15 and $20 per night, other people in host countries open their door to meet new people.

Walk and Talk

Spend your time with a volunteer of Global Greeter. They will share the best thing about the place. Global Greeter volunteers do not act as a guide. They will behave like your friends. More importantly, the service is completely free.

Lodge Locally

Choose a place that offers a cost-effective solution. Always prefer independently owned hotels, homestays, and small inns instead of international hotels. If you choose international hotels, you will have to spend much more than locally owned hotels.

Spend Internationally

Shop and eat at those places dedicated to the fair trade. Visit the website of the World Fair Trade Organization and also explore small entrepreneurs. For example, if you are looking for women weaving textile, you can consider visiting the Las Casas Mexico selling.

Tour Sensibly

People use independent and local guides to have a better understanding of the place. You can take the help of the responsible travel guide Cambodia. Also, visit and Global Exchange to know more about the local people and economies. Gather all the required information so that you can use them to make your travel cost-effective and memorable.

Take a Train

If you are planning to visit national parks, you can take a train. You will not have to go through the traffic hassles. Some trains offer trips to popular national parks including Glacier National Park and Grand Canyon. You will find more than a hundred packages to meet your unique travel needs.

Use Your Citizen Science

If you love nature and experiments, you can use the iNaturalist app to record plants and animal species of that particular area that will help to contribute to the science. Also, you can measure pollution and send it to the Globe at Night app.

Help Maintain Trails

Washington Trails Association provides a unique volunteer program that you can join to maintain trails. Trails are considered very important to the environment since they limit the possible negative impact on nature. The program is for eight days. They will provide food, tools, and camping options. You can simply relax and explore without any distractions.

Try Making the Road

This is a Chicago-based group that arranges travel seminars for the United States participants to teach about the history and Liberian movements of Southern Africa. During this, travelers will get the opportunity to meet intellectuals, labor leaders, politicians, and artists to know more about some shared issues such as racism labor struggles and militarism.

Know DeTour

DeTour has come into existence to change Hawaii’s image. It inspires visitors to support Hawaiians’ dream of sovereignty. It will enable you to see a different side of Hawaii out of the United States imperialism shadow.

Veteran Peace

Veteran peace is designed with a noble cause to show the war damages. At the same time, they raise funds to support victims and ongoing works.

Opt for Rapid Essay

Do you need writing help during travels? Are you looking for a reliable and experienced essay writing online service to meet your writing needs? If yes, you can consider hiring the RapidEssay online essay writing service. Rapid Essay has the skill and experience to write any paper. Professionals will write your papers. So, you can expect high-quality work and timely delivery.

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Cherokee Nation Contributes $25,000 to Assist Red Cross with Flood Relief

Thu, 2019-07-18 11:00

Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, American Red Cross Disaster State Relations Director Chele Rider, Cherokee Nation Businesses Community Relations Manager Amy McCarter, American Red Cross Senior Officer of Corporate Partnerships David M. Chaney, and Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker.

Published July 18, 2019

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Cherokee Nation leaders presented the American Red Cross with a $25,000 contribution this week to assist in northeast Oklahoma flood relief efforts.

“The Cherokee Nation partners with organizations like the American Red Cross to ensure we provide the best response possible following natural disasters,” said Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden. “We know this $25,000 contribution will help many of our Cherokee families who were impacted by the recent historic flooding in northeast Oklahoma.”

Catastrophic flooding in May and June impacted much of the Cherokee Nation’s 14-county area, home to thousands of Cherokee families. The flood levels reached 46 feet at the Arkansas River between Fort Gibson and Muskogee, far surpassing major flood stage at 34 feet after a release at the Pensacola Dam water reservoirs. During the flood, Principal Chief Bill John Baker declared a state of emergency in the Cherokee Nation.

The Cherokee Nation and American Red Cross have a long history of working together. When historic flooding began to affect areas of the Cherokee Nation in May, the American Red Cross again partnered with the tribe’s Emergency Operations Center to organize disaster response efforts.

“Disaster relief gifts are really critical for us being able to respond to disasters when they occur,” said David M. Chaney, senior officer of corporate partnerships with the American Red Cross. “This gift is really instrumental in helping our response in the Cherokee Nation.”

Disaster contributions provided to the American Red Cross help cover the cost of food, clean-up supplies, shelters and financial assistance to families who suffered damage to their homes.

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National Indian Gaming Association Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr., Issues a Statement as the House Passes Bill Condemning President Donald Trump’s Divisive Comments

Thu, 2019-07-18 05:28

Ernie Stevens, Jr., Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association. Photo by Levi Rickert

Published July 17, 2019

WASHINGTON — National Indian Gaming Association Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr., issued the following statement after the passage of House Resolution 489, regarding President Trump’s divisive comments directed at Members of Congress. “The National Indian Gaming Association denounces the comments directed towards respected female Members of Congress. They are American citizens, duly elected by their fellow citizens, and they deserve better treatment from the Office of the President. Coming off of a historic election where the first two female Native Americans were elected to the Congress, we should be honoring the strength of this Country represented by one of the most diverse Congress’ in this Nation’s history. The idea of America would not have been possible if it weren’t for the fact that Native Nations welcomed the first European settlers fleeing their home countries for a better life. The original sin of slavery and hatred directed at groups of immigrants stunted our growth. For Indian Country, the violation of treaties, theft of lands, and devastating genocide against Native peoples left an indelible stain on the Nation’s honor. The xenophobic federal policies of forced assimilation authorized the government-sanctioned separation of Native children from their families where they were forbidden from speaking their language or practicing their religion. Urging certain groups to return to their countries of origin conjures up the dark images of this Nation’s past injustices and intolerance. Tuesday’s United States of America is better than our past. We are a Nation of diverse and multi-racial citizens who seek the common goal of Equality and Dignity as a united people. While our government has not always adhered to it, the foundation of the United States rests on a notion that all people are created equal with the ability to determine our own destiny. We owe it to all of our ancestors, indigenous and immigrant, to strive every day to live up to the inherent promise of our Nation’s foundation: The United States is a home for all who strive for equality regardless of color, sex, or ethnicity. May the Creator bless the United States of America and its enduring principles shared by all citizens of this great Nation.”

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Haaland, Committee on Natural Resources to Vote on Protecting Chaco Canyon and the Grand Canyon

Wed, 2019-07-17 11:01

Chaco Canyon’s four-story tall Pueblo Bonito

Published July 17, 2019

WASHINGTON  — Tomorrow, the House Natural Resources Committee will hold a markup meeting at 8:00 a.m. MT / 10:00 a.m. ET to consider several bills including H.R. 2181, the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act of 2019, which was introduced by the New Mexico Delegation to permanently protect Chaco Canyon. The bill would protect sacred and historic resources located throughout the Greater Chaco region by withdrawing federal land from mineral leasing and disposal within a 10-mile radius of the Chaco Culture National Historical Park.


Congresswoman Deb Haaland, House Committee on Natural Resources


Full Committee Markup


Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. MT / 10:00 a.m. ET


1324 Longworth House Office Building or online here

Haaland co-led a tour of Chaco Canyon in April with members of House Natural Resources Committee in April to highlight the impacts of oil and gas production on the site and the health of surrounding communities. Chaco Canyon has significant cultural importance because it is surrounded by Navajo lands, and is the ancestral homeland of Pueblo people.    

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Nez-Lizer Commend Congressman Ben Ray Luján for Introducing Bill to Expand Uranium Exposure Compensation

Wed, 2019-07-17 11:00

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez talks with
former uranium mine workers about the progress to amend
the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act at the Navajo
Nation Department of Health in Window Rock, Ariz. on July
1, 2019.

Published July 17, 2019

WINDOW ROCK  Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer express their appreciation to Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) for introducing legislation to expand compensation for individuals exposed to radiation while working in and living near uranium mines or nuclear weapon test sites — this includes former Navajo uranium mine workers and “downwinders.”

“The Navajo Nation appreciates Representative Ben Ray Luján for introducing this important measure, the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Amendments of 2019. Many Navajos worked in uranium mines during the Cold War-era without being informed of the hazardous conditions. Now, many have passed on and many others are still suffering from uranium exposure. It is time for Congress to act and pass this bill. Our people have suffered and waited too long,” said President Nez.

Congressman Luján stated, “Native and tribal communities were disproportionally exposed to the dangerous radiation in New Mexico, and in other communities throughout the U.S. This legislation will seek to rectify this significant disparity and help bring justice to all the communities exposed.”

He added that without the legislation, the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act, or RECA, would expire in two years and leave thousands of impacted individuals without the ability and resources to pay for medical care linked to radiation exposure.

RECA was first enacted in 1990 and in the year 2000, the act was amended, but did not include provisions for certain states, post 1971 miners, certain types of cancers, expansion of benefits, and downwinders. For many years, a group of former Navajo uranium miners has worked with members of the House and Senate, as well as leaders of the Navajo Nation, to pass a new bill that would include amendments to provide the necessary benefits.

On Monday, President Nez and Vice President Lizer also highlighted their support for RECA amendments to include Navajo uranium mine workers in the State of the Navajo Nation Address during the 2019 Summer Council Session.

“Many of our uranium workers were never told of the harms of radiation exposure. When the mines closed, many of the mining companies left the Nation without support. Now, our people are suffering from many health issues caused by radiation exposure. It is time to act and bring them justice,” said Vice President Lizer.

On behalf of the Administration, we also commend Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty for joining uranium mine workers on Capitol Hill this week to meet with House and Senate members reaffirming the Navajo Nation’s support for proposed changes to the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act. President Nez was unable to accompany the group to this week’s meeting due to the State of the Navajo Nation Address on Monday.

“I would like to thank Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján for introducing this important bill that would provide help to many former uranium miners who have been left out of process. They have sacrificed their health and well-being mining this dangerous natural resource for this country and have suffered for too long. We need Congress to act and pass this bill to support their needs as well as their families who have also felt the negative side effects of the uranium mining legacy. It is time we bring closure to these families through increased support and benefits,” said Delegate Crotty.

“Unfortunately, we are not able to join the mine workers and Honorable Crotty, but we want them to know that we stand with them in our fight to obtain compensation,” President Nez added.

With the assistance from the Navajo Nation Washington Office, President Nez and Vice President Lizer will continue to monitor and support for the RECA amendments.

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Simple Solution to Keeping Cool While Having Fun Outdoors

Wed, 2019-07-17 11:00

Published July 17, 2019

We all enjoy getting to spend some quality time outdoors, and regardless of the occasion, this always means expecting to have a lot of fun. Unfortunately, being outside also means being exposed to a lot of elements, including heat from the sun, sudden rains, and strong winds. Since there is nothing pleasant about being left exposed to these harsh conditions, which is never how one pictures spending those outdoor moments, it is vital to take proactive measures. The truth is everyone deserves to spend some good time outdoors, and this should never be limited because of natural conditions that call for the right adjustments.

Regardless of whether you are hosting a home party, street fair, or any other event outdoors, the necessity of getting to stay out of the heat can never be compromised. On the bright side, this is a simple venture that anyone can achieve by investing in quality canopy tents. These easy to use solutions are the perfect picture of what everyone deserves any time when thinking about having limitless fun when outdoors. A temporary shelter is a must-have, especially when you are expecting excessive sunlight that can easily make spending time outdoors less desirable. The shade provided by the canopy tents will come as a relief to everyone as they can have the assurance if being protected when the heat becomes unbearable.

When thinking about canopy tents to keep you away from the heat, it is important to go for one built with a UV-resistant fabric roof. This ensures that whenever you retreat to these temporary shelters, you are safe from the unpleasant effects of being in the sun for too long that might result in sunburns. The focus on the material should not just be on the roof fabric but the durability and stability of the entire canopy tent. Typically, a good tent should be made of quality materials such as aluminum or galvanized steel that tend to be long-lasting and suitable for everyone thinking about continuous use. On the other hand, the need for a durable solution must be balanced by going for a lightweight tent that can easily be transported. It would be futile to have an outdoor tent that is demanding to transport and set up as it defies the essence of investing in these temporary shelters.

Another critical factor that must be given priority when looking to invest in a canopy tent is the size. If the goal is to have a shelter that can be used by a lot of people, the best solution is to go for a bigger tent that will suit the occasion. However, if you are thinking about some quiet time with a friend or loved one, then a smaller tent will work the magic. Smaller tents are generally easier to set up as they are lighter and equally come handy when space is a concern. This primarily means that getting to spend quality outdoor moments is not be limited to large parks and open spaces, but that the background can be converted to a quiet spot for relaxation. If you are planning to go out in a location where the terrain is rough, then smaller tents are also the go for a solution as it will not be much of a struggle to set them up.

The practicality of canopy tents is not only suitable for excessive sunlight but can also be used when it is likely to rain while you are outdoors. It is important to take the time to consider the climate before heading out as it prepares you for what to expect. If there is a high likelihood that it will rain, then the canopy tent is to have extra features such as tent walls, floors, and a gutter system. The tent walls will keep everyone protected from the rain coming from sides while the floors will prevent the space from becoming wet. A gutter system will help in keeping the water out, and everyone in the tent will not have to worry about getting wet. Since rains can come with strong winds, it is vital to ensure that canopy tents are strongly setup. A simple way to ensure that there are no risks is to use tent anchors that add extra stabilization that must be placed in strategic positions to keep the entire structure firmly in place.

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All Nations Veterans Cemetery Dedication To Be Held on Standing Rock Indian Reservation

Wed, 2019-07-17 11:00

Published July 17, 2019

STANDING ROCK INDIAN RESERVATION — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting a dedication for their new All Nations Veterans Cemetery on Monday July 29, 2019 at 10 a.m. The location of the newly constructed cemetery is 10191 Highway 6 at McLaughlin, South Dakota 57642.

This historical event has been years in the making and will solidify a place to honor veterans, both past and present, with the newly constructed cemetery.

The Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetary Administration granted The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to construct 2 buildings, roads, committal shelter, 128 crypts, 28 full casket sites, and 12 cremated remains gravesites. The cemetery will span 8 acres and will serve 2,264 tribal veterans and their families.

There will be a presentation on Sunday July 28, 2019 at 5 p.m. at the Wakpala School in Wakpala, South Dakota located at 12250 SD-HWY 1806. The presentation will feature various speakers who will cover the history, design, and cultural aspects of the cemetery.

The dedication on Monday will include posting of the colors, congressional comments, honored guest speakers, and a military flyover followed by lunch. The dedication will close with the first time raising of the colors. The dedication and presentation are open to the public.

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House Votes to Condemn Trump’s Racist Comments

Wed, 2019-07-17 10:13

U.S. Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar at a press conference at the Capitol on Monday. President Trump has accused the “squad” of hating America and has said they should “go back” to where they came from.

Published July 16, 2019

WASHINGTON The House of Representatives on Tuesday evening passed a resolution to condemn President Donald Trump’s “racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.” The vote went mostly along party lines. The measure was a severe rebuke of the racist president who continues to spew out hatred towards people of color.

After Sunday morning’s Tweet in which Trump told four freshmen minority Congresswomen to “go back: to the country from where they are from. All four, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, are in fact citizens of the United States and would not be eligible to be members of Congress without such status.

Trump tweeted earlier Tuesday: “I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!” However, his actions and verbal assaults present an opposite impression. The House Democrats proved they were tired of the ongoing racist behavior that is not becoming a president of the United States.

The 240-to-187 vote is viewed as a strong condemnation of Donald Trump.

Four Republicans voted with all of the Democrats — Reps. Will Hurd (Tex.), the only African American Republican in Congress; Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Susan Brooks (Ind.) and Fred Upton (Mich.) Independent Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.), who quit the GOP on the 4th of July, also voted for it. Six Republicans did not vote.

“I know racism when I see it. I know racism when I feel it. And at the highest levels of government, there is no room for racism,” Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), the Civil Rights icon.


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Let’s Journey Together: Navajo Nation Council Delegate Nelson S. BeGaye Resigns

Tue, 2019-07-16 11:01

Delegate Nelson S. BeGaye announces his retirement July 15, 2019 in the Council Chamber.

Published July 16, 2019

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Delegate Nelson S. BeGaye (Lukachukai, Rock Point, Round Rock, Tsaile/Wheatfields, Tsé Ch’izhí), who has served on the Navajo Nation Council for four terms, has resigned from the Council for health reasons.

He announced his retirement on July 15, 2019 on the first day of the Summer Council Session in Window Rock, Ariz.

Born in the Tsaile-area on December 1, 1952, he spent much of his career before his election working for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority. Asked to serve his people, Delegate BeGaye began his service in 2003 on the 20th Navajo Nation Council.

In an emotional, though strong farewell speech, Delegate BeGaye presented himself as the same hooghan-born man he was when he walked into the chamber 16 years ago, wearing a jacket, shirt, tie, Wranglers, and brand-new boots.

He credits much of his success to his wife, Linda, and the strong support of his constituents.

“I have worked hard to bring the best to the members of my chapters,” Delegate BeGaye stated.

In recounting the highlights of his career, Delegate BeGaye recalled driving down US 491 and seeing pipe being laid into the ground as a part of the San Juan River Water Rights Settlement. Seeing the physical implementation of the water rights approval legislation he sponsored struck a chord.

“I had to pull off the highway and just look at it,” stated Delegate BeGaye.

Additionally, as Vice Chair of the Naabik’íyáti’ Committee Síhasin Fund Subcommittee, Delegate BeGaye helped oversee the development of the $180 million Bulk Water and Waste Water Expenditure Plan (CJA-12-16).

Several delegates expressed their appreciation for Delegate BeGaye for championing the 2005 Diné Natural Resources Protection Act, which placed a moratorium on uranium mining on the Navajo Nation.

He also spoke of the rocky days after the market crash in 2008. As a member of the Navajo Nation Investment Committee, he and the Investment Committee brought back the Nation’s total trusts from approximately $600 million to well over $2 billion today.

One colleague earned special recognition from Delegate BeGaye, Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty (Beclabito, Cove, Gadi’i’áhi/To’Koi, Red Valley, Tooh Haltsooi, Toadlena/Two Grey Hills, Tséałnáoz’t’I’í). Before her election to the Council, she served as Delegate BeGaye’s legislative district assistant.

“And here she is reelected. I’m so proud,” Delegate BeGaye stated.

“The depth of knowledge that Delegate BeGaye brought to this Council is immense,” said Delegate Crotty. “Ahéhee’, delegate, for giving us your leadership and vision.”

Speaker Seth Damon (Bááháálí, Chichiltah, Manuelito, Tsé Lichíí’, Rock Springs, Tsayatoh) introduced Delegate BeGaye before he spoke before the Council.

“Even though he is still a young man, this gentleman is an elder statesman of the Navajo Nation,” stated Speaker Damon. “One of my first memories on the Council was Delegate BeGaye’s mentorship and soft, sturdy, and compassionate leadership. I can’t wait to see what Delegate BeGaye accomplishes in his next act in life. He will be missed, though we know he’ll always be near.”

Referencing past strong leadership that contributed to the resilience and strength of the Navajo Nation, Delegate BeGaye stated, “Let’s journey together.”

Across his career, Delegate BeGaye has served on the Health, Education, and Human Services Committee, Budget and Finance Committee, and the Síhasin Fund Subcommittee.

Upon the declaration of vacancy from the Navajo Nation Election Administration, a special election will be held for Delegate BeGaye’s seat. An individual may be appointed by Speaker Damon in the interim before the special election.

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Committee on Indian Affairs to Hold Business Meeting to Consider 2 American Indian Bills

Tue, 2019-07-16 11:00

Published July 16, 2019

WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 2:30 PM EDT, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a business meeting to consider:

        S. 886, Indian Water Rights Settlement Extension Act; and

·        S. 2071A bill to repeal certain obsolete laws relating to Indians.



WHAT:         A committee business meeting to consider S. 886 and S. 2071

WHEN:         2:30 PM EDT, Wednesday, July 17, 2019

WHERE:      628 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Live video for the business meeting will be provided here.

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Popular Variations of Blackjack

Tue, 2019-07-16 11:00

Published July 16, 2019

The exact origins of blackjack are unknown, but the first reference of the game was found in a book by Miguel de Cervantes. Today, centuries later, blackjack is one of the most popular casino games. To help popularize the game, early gambling houses offered bonus payouts if the players’ hand consisted of the ace of spades and a black Jack, which, in result, became the game’s name.

However, did you know that blackjack isn’t the original game but rather a popular American variation of the game known as Twenty-One? As a matter of fact, there are numerous other variations of blackjack out there and if you would like to learn about them, keep reading — we’ve made a small list comprised of the most popular and most fun variations of blackjack.

Classic Blackjack

Classic blackjack is undoubtedly one of the most popular variations of the game. As the name suggests, it’s also a variation that deviates from the standard the least. To win, you have to be closer to 21 than the dealer. Aces count either 1 or 11, face cards are worth 10, and 2-9 cards are worth their pip value.

If you’re playing in a brick-and-mortar casino, you are most likely to play classic blackjack with a single deck of cards. However, if you are looking for a place where you can play bitcoin blackjack or any other form of online blackjack, you might end up playing a game with multiple decks. That being said, make sure to check the software’s details.

There are also additional rules; for example, the dealers will hit on a soft 16 and stand on a soft 17. The payout for a natural blackjack is 3:2, and it beats any other hand with a value of 21. You can split any two cards that have the same face value into two separate hands. Doing that doubles your initial wager and, if you split aces, you will be able to receive only a single additional card, while you can hit multiple times if you split other hands.

Blackjack Switch Blackjack Switch doesn’t introduce a ton of new changes, but the ones that it does make the game a lot more fun and entertaining. The game is usually played with four, six, or eight standard 52-card decks. Instead of playing with one hand, players are dealt four cards in total at the beginning of each round.

Players can then choose to switch their top cards and exchange them between hands. For example, instead of having a 10-4 and 10-3 hand, you can have a 10-10 and 4-3. After everyone makes a decision whether they want to switch or not, the dealer presents the players with a chance to hit, stand, or double down for either of their hands.

However, to balance things out, casinos employ additional rules you should be aware of. For example, the dealer’s hand is a bust at 23 and a push if their hand’s value is 22.

Blackjack Surrender

Blackjack Surrender is one of the more popular variants of blackjack among the veterans of this game. It introduces the Surrender feature that can help players save a lot of money whenever they feel like they have an unfavorable hand.

It includes most of the rules you can encounter in other variants of blackjack, such as the dealer standing on 17, splitting any pair, or doubling down. A 7-card Charlie will also beat any other hand except for the natural blackjack.

Naturally, the game revolves around the Surrender feature. While some other variants may also offer the Surrender option, they usually allow you to surrender only if the dealer has peeked for a natural blackjack. In Blackjack Surrender, you can use the feature any time before you stand, hit, split, or double.

Notable Mentions

While we’ve included only a few popular variants of blackjack, there are many others you can play. The list of popular variants of blackjack includes games like Super Fun 21, Three Card Blackjack, European Blackjack, American Blackjack, Pontoon, Spanish 21, and many more.

Naturally, the game that the players enjoy the most boils down to players’ personal preference, and possibly whether you’re playing online or in a brick-and-mortar casino since there are a lot more options if you’re playing online.

Regardless of your preference, and whether you’re looking for a variant of blackjack that’s more exciting or has the lowest house edge, make sure to find the one that suits your playstyle the most

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Local Native Community Gathering to Enter Names of Missing Indigenous People into Department of Justice National Database

Tue, 2019-07-16 11:00

Published July 16, 2019

Abigail Echo-Hawk

SEATTLE — Urban Indian Health Institute, a division of Seattle Indian Health Board, is hosting an event where the Seattle Native community will gather to enter the names of missing indigenous loved ones into the Department of Justice’s National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs). In 2016, there were only 116 cases of missing indigenous women and girls in the NamUs database, but there were more than 5,700 cases reported. This community gathering is one of many in a nationwide effort to ensure more accurate data is available regarding missing indigenous people.


Community gathering to stress the importance of tracking missing persons


Abigail Echo-Hawk, Director of Urban Indian Health Institute and Chief Research Officer of Seattle Indian Health Board


Thursday, July 18, 2019
5:30-7:00 p.m.


Seattle Indian Health Board
611 12th Avenue South
Seattle, Washington 98144


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A:shiwi College and Career Readiness Center Takes a Community-Based Approach in Establishing Itself as an Instructional Site with Navajo Technical University 

Tue, 2019-07-16 11:00

Hayes Lewis shakes the hand of Tina Bowannie of Zuni, NM after Bowannie earned a certificate for completing a two-day workshop on 3D printing. As part of the workshop, Bowannie was able to model a balloon-powered car and a two story house.

Published July 16, 2019

ZUNI, N.M. — Navajo Technical University’s Zuni instructional site located at the A:shiwi College and Career Readiness Center (ACCRC) has taken a community-based approach in reestablishing itself within the region since ending its collaboration with the University of New Mexico in 2018. As part of this approach, the Zuni site has engaged a wide array of regional partners and has focused on hosting community-centered events that promote a cross section of cultures that increase knowledge and understanding.

A Zuni Language and Culture Symposium was hosted at the ACCRC in June that welcomed Trisha Moquino of the Keres Children’s Learning Center and the 2017-2018 Miss Zuni Kenzi Bowekaty. The event featured a dance group performance and attendees were provided a traditional Zuni meal. Most recently, the instructional site played host to a two-day 3D printing camp conducted by the Ke’yah Advanced Rural Manufacturing Alliance, as well as a one-day workshop on medicinal plants and their use in lotions, salves, and tinctures by Pamela Pickens of Inscription Rock Trading in El Morro, NM.

The medicinal plants workshop was part of a series of agriculture workshops scheduled by the ACCRC through a BIA-Zuni agency grant that will also establish a community demonstration garden at the instructional site.  Other workshops conducted under the grant have focused on fruit tree grafting, pruning and orchard management, as well as soil regeneration using natural strategies. The remaining workshops will include an introduction to beekeeping on July 19, composting using the Johnson-Su Bioreactor method on July 26, and seed saving and traditional Zuni gardening on August 2.

Pamela Pickens of El Morro, NM gives a lecture on medicinal plants and their use in lotions, salves, and tinctures. “I encouraged everyone to walk around their house. Walk around the mountains. Our pharmacy is right outside the door,” explained Pickens, owner of Inscription Rock Trading.

“We took the lead from the council and other community members to re-establish traditional indigenous planting and farming,” explained Hayes Lewis, Director of A:shiwi College. “[The demonstration garden] is going to be the center where we reintroduce ways of planting and propagation of plants, and on the culture side, to reestablish the important connections between the humans, plants, Mother Earth, and the environment in ways that aren’t presently taught in most schools.”

NTU’s Zuni instructional site enrolled25 students during the spring semester, a number NTU is hoping to quadruple by fall semester.As Lewis works with NTU in increasing its student enrollment, the community is embracing the tribe’s advocacy and the opportunities for higher education.

“We want people to know that education doesn’t just end at grade 12,” explained Lewis, who worked at the Institute of American Indian Art for ten years as the Director for the Center for Lifelong Education and as an adjunct faculty member before serving as the Superintendent of Schools at Zuni from 2012-2016. “Connecting with NTU really shows and demonstrates that indigenous people can decide what education can mean from our own tribal perspectives and take a path that will be more holistic and more supportive of our communities.”

In addition to the remaining agriculture workshops, the ACCRC will be hosting the 2019 Zuni: Empowering Teachers and Community (ZETAC) Summer Institute from July 22-24, 2019. The institute is open to the community and will include presentations on holistic models of health, creating an artisan cooperative, and decolonizing the way we plant among other topics. NTU’s Zuni instructional site will also host a registration rally on July 31stfor anyone wanting more information about applying at NTU. Advisors, admissions staff, and financial aid counselors will all be in attendance.

For more information about NTU’s instructional site in Zuni or the remaining summer events, contact Reynelle Lowsayatee at reynelle.lowsayatee@ashiwi.orgor Vanessa Sandoval at

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Trump Tells 4 Congresswomen to “Go Back” to Country Where They Came From: Presidential Candidate Mark Charles (Navajo) Responds

Mon, 2019-07-15 18:33

Mark Charles thinks it is time for America to have a national conversation about race, gender and class.

Published July 15, 2019

Presidential Candidate Mark Charles (Navajo) wants to debate Trump 

WASHINGTON — Apparently, playing to his base, a not-so-presidential, on Sunday morning just before a round of golf, President Donald Trump told four freshmen minority Congresswomen through a tweet to “go back: to the country from where they are from. All four, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, are in fact citizens of the United States and would not be eligible to be members of Congress without such status.

Three of the four Congresswomen were born in the United States. Only Ilhan Omar, whose family fled civil war and came to this country from a Kenyan refugee camp, was born outside of the United States. She became a U.S. citizen when she was 17.

Mark Charles, a dual citizen of the Navajo Nation and the United States, announced in late May he is running for president of the United States. By Sunday afternoon, Charles responded to Trump’s remarks that race experts would call racist in a Tweet:

On Sunday morning President Donald J. Trump tweeted the thread pictured above. I don’t regularly respond to his chaos, but this tweet was so offensive and ignorant that I felt obliged to reply.

Mr President,

After the colonization and ethnic cleansing of Turtle Island, by European nations and the US, fixing the “totally broken”, white supremacist, racist and sexist foundations of THIS country is precisely what I am trying to do. I look forward to meeting you in the debates in 2020.

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Sharing Environmental Resiliency Knowledge

Mon, 2019-07-15 18:31

Pictured above is SRMT Environment Division Director Tony David (far left) with fellows that included Maria Fernanda, Brandon Loomis, Jen Pinkowski, Sean Gallagher, Jennifer Adler, Laura Adler, Vanessa Barchfield, Soyini Grey, Laura Paddison, and CUNY Resilience Journalism Program Manager Dale Willman.

Published July 15, 2019

AKWESASNE —  The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Environment Division had the pleasure of sharing tribal efforts in nurturing a resilient environment with fellowship journalists from The City University of New York’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism on Tuesday, July 9, 2019.

Environment staff presented on the Akwesasne Cultural Restoration Program, the removal of the former-Hogansburg Dam, amongst other environmental initiatives, with international journalists who contribute to The New York Times, The Guardian, National Geographic, National Public Radio, The Associated Press and other international publications.

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Nez-Lizer Administration Welcomes Army General Wesley K. Clark to the Navajo Nation

Mon, 2019-07-15 11:00

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, General Wesley K. Clark, and Council Delegate Edmund
Yazzie at St. Bonaventure Indian Mission and School in Thoreau, N.M. on July 9, 2019.

Published July 15, 2019

THOREAU, N.M.  Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Council Delegate Edmund Yazzie welcomed U.S. Army General Wesley K. Clark to the Navajo Nation on Tuesday, at St. Bonaventure Indian Mission and School in Thoreau, N.M. The purpose of General’s Clark visit was to discuss potential renewable energy development within the eastern region of the Navajo Nation.

Clark is a retired four-star general of the United States Army and serves as an entrepreneur, educator, writer, and commentator. He remains active in the areas of energy, alternative energy, corporate and national security, logistics, aerospace and defense, and investment banking. He also serves on various corporate boards throughout the country and has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Silver star, bronze star, purple heart, honorary knighthoods from the British and Dutch governments, and numerous other awards from other international governments.

“It’s an honor to welcome General Clark to the Navajo Nation to discuss potential investment in renewable energy and technology. The time is now for our Nation to transition and prioritize clean, renewable energy. Our people, especially the younger people, want change and that’s what the Nez-Lizer administration is committed to. Therefore, we are initiating discussions to move forward with a diversified economy,” said President Nez.

General Clark added, “The country, including the Navajo Nation needs to move towards a better and long-term investment in renewable energy. The Nation has the capabilities to meet the country’s energy challenges and combat the threat of global warming.”

In April, President Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer issued a historic proclamation, known as Navajo Hayoołkaał or Navajo Sunrise, stating that the Nation will pursue and prioritize clean, renewable energy development for the long-term benefit of the Navajo people.

The proclamation states that the Administration will prioritize providing off-grid solar-generated electricity to Navajo households that do not have power and building a new community and utility-scale clean energy projects. Once this economic engine is established, the Administration will continue to secure new investment and new jobs through ancillary industries like the assembly of solar panels and racking systems, further solidifying its role as a leader in the clean energy market.

During the discussion, Delegate Yazzie noted the need to establish partnerships with entities and individuals such as General Clark, for the Nation to move in the direction of renewable energy development, especially in the state of New Mexico.

President Nez also referenced the “Energy Transition Act” in the state of New Mexico, which was approved by the New Mexico Legislature and signed into law by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, requiring public utilities to acquire renewable resources until electricity generation is 100-percent carbon-free by the year 2045.

The bill also set aside funds for workforce development and economic development opportunities, including $2 million for the Navajo Nation, which the Nez-Lizer Administration intends to use for a solar energy development project at Paragon Ranch in New Mexico.

“The world around us is moving ahead with clean energy, and the Navajo Nation cannot afford to be left behind, especially when we have many sources of clean energy that can be harnessed to benefit our people. Our Nation has great potential to become energy independent,” said Vice President Lizer.

The Office of the President and Vice President thank General Wesley K. Clark for visiting the Navajo Nation, and the Administration looks forward to building upon the partnership.

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Cherokee Nation Launches Improved Website

Mon, 2019-07-15 11:00

Published July 15, 2019

By Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker

Our ability as a government to communicate with our citizens has just taken a great leap forward. The Cherokee Nation’s website – – relaunched July 1. The overhaul, the first in more than eight years, creates a better user experience on the website that operates as our digital front door to the world. A more sophisticated website has been our vision for some time now, along with the goal of making it easier for visitors to find the information that is important to them. The revamped site includes updated content, departmental contacts and cleaner navigation so that our tribal citizens can find the services they need more quickly.

Chief Bill John Baker

For the past few months, Cherokee Nation departments have collaborated with our Information Technology and Communications offices to determine how best to update their information from our old site. Outdated information has been removed. Program content has been reviewed, augmented and, in many cases, completely rewritten. With continued input fromeach department, the site’s new management system will give Cherokee Nation the ability to keep the site’s information fresh and relevant.

By transitioning our website to a more responsive, mobile-friendly platform, we expect it to grow as an online community, as tribal citizens and others come to rely on it for receiving information. We’ve focused on the ease of navigation, along with streamlining and reorganizing important material. At the top of the page, you’ll notice a section called “Find Your Way,” where some of our most popular links are listed, including language, citizenship, vehicle tags and health care.

A simple drop-down menu offers easy access to all of our services, basics about our government, employment opportunities throughout Cherokee Nation and our entities, and helpful links for planning your next visit. Homepage links to our popular social media accounts make it easier than ever to find our official presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Our TV show, “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People,” our radio show, “Cherokee Voices, Cherokee Sounds,” and the Anadisgoi newsroom now have direct links. The new has also been optimized for viewing across your mobile devices, since we know many of our citizens now use smart phones and tablets to access the web.

Towards the bottom of the page is a colorful section, called “What’s Happening,” that will change regularly. What’s Happening showcases program deadlines, new services and opportunities to watch live-streaming content, such as cultural presentations and Tribal Council meetings.

As always, there’s going to be room for improvement. We know that, and we appreciate all feedback fromtribal citizens. We’ll be adding department photos, more historical and cultural information, a map of the Cherokee Nation, and other key items in the coming weeks.

We invite you to visit the all-new today. If you have suggestions or comments, please send them to


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