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National Indian Health Board, Indian Health Service Meet to Discuss Funding for Tribal Health Programs, Services

12 hours 53 min ago

Published September 17, 2019

TEMECULA, Calif. — Sunday, during a quarterly board meeting and in advance of the National Indian Health Board’s (NIHB) National Tribal Health Conference, the NIHB Board of Directors met with the Indian Health Service (IHS) leadership to discuss funding for programs. The Board also voted on a new executive committee member and resolutions to support its work in Washington, DC and throughout Indian Country.

IHS Principal Deputy Director RADM Weahkee was joined by Deputy Director for Intergovernmental Affairs P. Ben Smith and Director of the Office of Management Services Athena Elliot. They spoke about efforts to work with NIHB to continue its current cooperative agreements that fund a portion of the organization’s advocacy and technical assistance work with tribes, like the Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee and outreach and education on the Affordable Care Act.

“NIHB Board of Directors appreciates and values our partnership with IHS, and it’s at these meetings that we have an opportunity to express our concerns and recommendations to the federal agency that oversees health care services for all of Indian Country,” said NIHB Board Chairperson and Great Plains Area Representative Victoria Kitcheyan. “It’s imperative as tribal leaders and health advocates that we hold agencies like IHS accountable to their trust responsibility to provide quality health care for all tribal citizens. Funding through the IHS cooperative agreements is critical in carrying out NIHB’s mission of strengthening Tribal health systems.” In addition to meeting with IHS, the NIHB Board of Directors also elected a new Member-at-Large to serve on the Board’s Executive Committee. Marty Wafford, who is the chairperson of the Southern Plains Indian Health Board and the current Oklahoma City Area Representative, will fill a vacancy recently created by an outgoing officer. Ms. Wafford serves as the Under Secretary of Support for the Chickasaw Nation Department of Health. “I am blessed to serve on the NIHB board and now elected to executive committee,” said Ms. Wafford. “Participation on the board helps the Oklahoma City Area have a stronger voice about our health care and makes us more informed advocates for policies made on a national level that help our people.” The NIHB Board of Directors also passed several resolutions, including supporting the expansion of the Community Health Aide Program; calling on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to hold formal Tribal consultation to finalize and implement the Tribal Public Health Agenda; elevating the position of the IHS Director to Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS); and urging Congress to establish an “indefinite discretionary” appropriation for IHS to fund lease obligations under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA). Passed resolutions guide the policy and advocacy plan for the organization. This week, NIHB brings together more than 600 Tribal leaders, health providers, health experts and advocates to focus on strengthening health policy through advocacy and federal relations and highlights that health is a key component of the federal trust responsibility and a pathway to sovereignty.

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Join the City of Moriarty & Campo de Oro for Hemp Harvest Forum, October 3, 2019 at the Moriarty Civic Center

12 hours 54 min ago

Published September 17, 2019

MORIARTY, N.M. — The City of Moriarty and Campo de Oro LLCare excited to announce and invite the surrounding East Mountain communities to the Hemp Harvest Forum presented at the Moriarty Civic Center in Moriarty, New Mexico, on October 3, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.

The Hemp Harvest Forum is set as a dynamic educational venue to foster public dialogue about the state’s hemp program, sustainable hemp business practices and to inform the public about the environmental attributes of hemp and hemp consumer products. “This year farmers have ushered in a new era of hemp cultivation on American soil, reclaiming the virtues of hemp after nearly 80 years of prohibition. We are pushing the threshold of opportunity for future generations of farmers and consumers, and a narrative of healthy lifestyles, sustainable agriculture along with community and environmental stewardship,” said Jeremy P. Diaz, CEO, Campo de Oro LLC.

Hemp farmers of the Estancia Valley and 30 other counties will harvest for the first time this century. The New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) has issued 16 Hemp licenses in Torrance county. Hemp education is critical for communities to understand the positive environmental and economic impacts of this plant and hemps legal status both state and federally due to the 2018 Farm Bill. The NMDA and Agricultural Environmental Services Division, and the New Mexico Environment Division (NMED) have worked diligently to get the hemp program started on the right foot in 2019 and open economic opportunity for farmers, processors, distributors and businesses.

Jill Browning, N.M. Hemp Association Chair emphasized: “These educational community events are vital for New Mexicans to acquire the facts on the burgeoning hemp industry and to learn about the impact hemp is positioned to have environmentally and economically in their communities.”

The hemp market is poised to impact and revitalize rural communities and support a model for improving sustainable agriculture. “The City of Moriarty looks forward to the upcoming Hemp Forum to educate the City of Moriarty and the surrounding communities about the new hemp industry and share facts and statistics on the very highly regulated hemp industry. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday at the Civic Center!” said Ted Hart, Mayor of Moriarty. A hemp product display and a hemp inspired menu will be provided for guests to sample starting at 5 p.m. prior to the Hemp Forum commencing at 5:30 p.m. Contact Brenda Tapia, Marketing & Communications Manager, City of Moriarty for additional information at (505) 832-4406 or

Get the full scoop on topics of concentration presented by N.M. Hemp Association, USDA, NMDA, Scepter Labs, Campo de Oro LLC, Torrance County Sheriff’s Department, and agriculture attorney A. Blair Dunn planned for the upcoming Hemp Harvest Forum at

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September 16-20 is Bristol Bay Salmon Week in DC

12 hours 54 min ago

Published September 17, 2019

WASHINGTON — From September 16 -20, 27 restaurants in Washington, DC and Wegmans locations in Maryland and Virginia will feature wild sockeye salmon from Bristol Bay, Alaska on their menus and in their aisles. They are participating in the inaugural Bristol Bay Salmon Week, sponsored by the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBRDSA). Bristol Bay in southwest Alaska is home to the world’s most prolific commercial wild sockeye salmon fishery, responsible for producing more than half of the sockeye sold worldwide.

During the 2019 Bristol Bay fishing season, a near-record 43 million sockeye were harvested in Bristol Bay, with over 56 million fish returning. These returns support over 10,000 jobs and a billion-dollar annual economy associated with the over-130-year-old commercial fishery and a thriving sport fishery, whose ripple effects extend far beyond Alaska. Just as important, these epic summer runs that turn Bristol Bay’s rivers and streams red with salmon are the lifeblood of a Millennia-old Alaska Native way of life.

“Bristol Bay Salmon Week gives is an opportunity to showcase these special fish that feed the world,” said Andy Wink, executive director of BBRSDA. “I hope Washingtonians will visit our partner restaurants to learn more about Bristol Bay and the sockeye it produces – and enjoy some delicious wild food.”

Restaurants participating in the week are located across the city and are diverse in their fares. In addition to some of the top seafood-focused restaurants in the District, Mitsitam Cafe at the National Museum of the American Indian will prepare salmon using traditional recipes from the Alaska Natives who call the Bristol Bay region home. Joining Mitsitam Cafe are a food truck, delis, a fishmonger, several Asian restaurants, and many others. Each restaurant is taking its own unique approach for featuring sockeye salmon on their menus, which itself showcases the versatility of the fish.

Want to find out how DC restaurants are featuring salmon? Visit one of these participating restaurants September 16-20:

  • Art and Soul
  • Bidwell
  • Blue Duck Tavern
  • The Bombay Club
  • Brasserie Beck
  • Brothers and Sisters
  • Brookland’s Finest
  • Call Your Mother Deli
  • Convivial
  • Coppi’s Organic
  • The District Fishwife
  • Emelie’s Equinox Fast and Saucy food truck
  • Grillfish High Street Café
  • Himitsu Maketto
  •  Marcel’s Mitsitam Cafe at the National Museum of the American Indian
  • Neopol
  • Savory Smokery (three locations in DC & Baltimore)
  • The Red Hen
  • The Salt Line
  • Slapfish DC
  • Spoken English

While the primary purpose of Bristol Bay Salmon Week is to celebrate these incredible fish and the amazing people who bring them to the world, it is also a recognition that the Bristol Bay fishery faces threats. The proposed Pebble Mine, which is now going through the permitting process, represents a significant, long-term threat to the world’s most abundant wild salmon run.

In addition to BBRSDA, other sponsoring organizations for Bristol Bay Salmon Week in DC are Antarctica Advisors, LLC, The Conservation Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, and United Work and Travel.

For more information about Bristol Bay Salmon Week, please visit You can also follow the conversation on social media at #BristolBaySalmonWeek to learn more about how participating restaurants are featuring salmon. We will also have people who rely on Bristol Bay’s bounty available to speak to the media upon request, as well as representatives from some of the participating restaurants.

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Bipartisan House Members Co-lead Solutions to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Crisis

Mon, 2019-09-16 11:02

Published September 16, 2019 

WASHINGTON — Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04) helped introduce the BADGES for Native Communities Act with Congresswoman Deb Haaland (N.M.-01) to fight violence against Native women and address the missing and murdered indigenous women crisis. The BADGES for Native Communities Act will address barriers that stand in the way of improving the efficiency of law enforcement agency data sharing and officer recruitment and retention – both of which are imperative to address the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women. The bill will also ensure Tribes can continue important public safety programs that work to increase protections for Native communities by making them permanent.

“The crisis of murdered and missing Native American women devastates communities who often lack the resources and tools to take the appropriate steps. Expanding access to criminal and missing persons data between tribal and federal law enforcement agencies will make Native American communities safer and help protect the most vulnerable in Indian Country,” said Rep. Gwen Moore. “I successfully fought to include protections for Native American women in the 2013 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and supporting this legislation is another reminder that our work is far from over.”

“Everyone deserves to be safe and free from the cycle of violence, but a legacy of violence against native women and children perpetuates the disproportional violence that they experience. VAWA has shown us how impactful congressional public safety measures can be. It’s why I’m leading the BADGES Act to support the resources and data systems that will help us prevent violence, solve missing persons cases, and help end the missing and murdered indigenous women crisis,” said Rep. Deb Haaland, Co-Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus.

The Senate version of the BADGES for Native Communities Act is led by U.S. Senator Tom Udall and has been referred to the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. The House bill has bipartisan support from co-leads Representatives Tom Cole (Okla.-04), Sharice Davids (Kans.-03), Markwayne Mullin (Okla.-02), Don Young (Alaska), Ruben Gallego (Ariz.-07), Tom O’Halleran (Ariz.-01), Norma Torres (Calif.-35), Dan Newhouse (Wash.-04), Gwen Moore (Wis.-04), and Paul Cook (Calif.-08).

“It is fitting that the introduction of the BADGES for Native Communities Act falls on the 25th anniversary year for VAWA, which has been instrumental in making native communities safer. Although we have made strides in the right direction, more can still be done. Far too often, tribal members suffer the consequences of the dysfunctional relationship between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Institute of Justice. Moreover, Tribes have only half of the amount of local law enforcement officials necessary to effectively police and protect their communities. By streamlining federal criminal database coordination and incentivizing efforts to recruit more law enforcement officials, the BADGES Act represents a necessary step toward making Native American communities safer,” said Rep. Tom Cole, Co-Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus.  

“Improving coordination and information sharing between law enforcement agencies is vital to increasing the safety of Indian Country and addressing the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women. I’m proud to join my colleagues in introducing the BADGES Act, which will help ensure the health and safety of Native communities and allow survivors to seek the justice that they deserve,” said Rep. Sharice Davids.

“The silent crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women is wreaking havoc on our families and our communities,” said Rep. Markwayne Mullin. “All parties have to work together to fight back against this epidemic of violence. Our priority must be to protect native women and children and this legislation will help federal, state, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies better coordinate their efforts.”

“Alaska Native communities are home to some of the most remote population centers in our great state. Because of the difficulty in travel and communication, crime – particularly the scourge of missing and murdered indigenous women – has reached a crisis level,” said Rep. Don Young. “Alaskans from all walks of life have been horrified by recent headlines detailing stories of violence, sexual assault, and other crimes, and it is crucial that we take action to make our communities a safe place for everyone. The BADGES Act will increase public safety by bringing down the barriers preventing law enforcement from properly coordinating and providing Native communities with increased access to law enforcement data. I am proud to co-lead this legislation and am grateful for the work of Congresswoman Haaland on this important issue. It is my great hope that we can soon turn the tide in the fight against crime being perpetrated in our Native communities, and I will keep working to ensure that Alaska is a safe place for all.”

“For too long, Indigenous communities have been denied the attention and resources they need to ensure the safety of their people and get justice for missing and murdered Indians,”said Rep. Ruben Gallego, who chairs the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States. “I’m proud to support this bipartisan bill, which would improve data collection, facilitate federal coordination with tribes, and increase resources for tribal law enforcement – steps that will make a real difference in Indian Country and help begin to curb the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women.”

“Within Arizona’s First Congressional District are 12 different native tribes and nations, all of whom who face significant hurdles in their pursuits for justice both in and out of the courtroom,” said Rep. Tom O’Halleran. “As both a public servant and a former police officer, I have dedicated much of my life to protecting our most vulnerable and advocating for underrepresented communities like many in Indian Country. I know just how difficult our criminal justice system can be for these individuals. Today, I am proud to join my colleagues to introduce the BADGES Act to streamline public safety and criminal justice reform for Native American communities and strengthen tribal sovereignty in the process.”

“On the 25th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, it has never been more important to reaffirm our commitment to addressing the crimes against missing and murdered indigenous women,” said Rep. Norma Torres.“ That’s why I’m proud to work with Congresswoman Haaland to introduce legislation that would facilitate data sharing between law enforcement to tackle this crisis head on and strengthen public safety in Indian Country.”

“For too long, Native American communities and law enforcement agencies have struggled to access coordinated federal crime data. The BADGES for Native Communities Act aims to address this issue by providing tribes and tribal law enforcement access to federal resources and criminal databases needed to effectively investigate cases of missing and murdered indigenous women. It strengthens our tribal communities’ ability to enforce public safety by addressing the lack of resources and the shortage of qualified law enforcement personnel facing Native communities in Central Washington and across the country. I will continue to work to bring justice for indigenous women and their families and look forward to this legislation being signed into law,” said Rep. Dan Newhouse.

“I’m proud to cosponsor this important legislation on the week of the 25th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act. The BADGES Act will bridge data gaps in the federal government to improve cooperation with Indian Country law enforcement, provide grants to fight the missing and murdered Indigenous women crisis, and initiate studies and demonstration programs that will ensure safety for Native American communities. I look forward to working with my colleagues to advance this critical legislation,” said Rep. Paul Cook.

The BADGES for Native Communities Act bridges agency data gaps and ensures safety for Native communities by:

  • Addressing inefficiencies in federal criminal databases;
  • Increasing Tribal access to federal criminal databases;
  • Improving public data on missing and murdered indigenous women cases and Indian Country law enforcement staffing levels;
  • Promoting more efficient recruitment and retention of BIA law enforcement;
  • Providing Tribes with resources to improve public safety coordination between their governments, states, and federal agencies; and
  • Mitigating against federal law enforcement personnel mishandling evidence crucial to securing convictions of violent offenders.
  • The BADGES for Native Communities Act has broad support from victim advocate organizations, tribal officials and public health organizations:

“It’s imperative that Congress and the U.S. Government honor the trust responsibility and do everything in their power to support tribal authority to end the crisis of violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and bring all perpetrators to justice. BADGES is one small step forward, we look forward to continuing our work with Representative Haaland and the rest of Congress to continue the momentum of change needed to end violence against Native women.” — National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center 

“The BADGES Act seeks to ensure justice for our relatives who are navigating multiple justice systems, promotes adequate response and will improve systemic coordination at several levels to allow for more effective access to data. Eliminating barriers to safety and coordinating existing efforts makes sense. Our tribal communities need this now.” — Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW)

“I applaud Rep. Deb Haaland for introducing the House companion bill of the BADGES Act, and I commend the efforts by our federal partners in improving data collection and information sharing with the Navajo Nation and our sister nations. I would like to emphasize that data compiled by any agency are actual stories of indigenous families—we must hold them sacred. When the Navajo Nation initiated the Missing & Murdered Diné Relatives (MMDR) project, we made it a point to work with Navajo families and to tell their stories through the creation of a data institute, advocacy campaign, and community action. We are also pleased to know that this Act will provide grant opportunities to assist the Navajo Nation in bulking up its response to addressing MMDR and we look forward to continue working with our federal partners.” – Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty, 24th Navajo Nation Council

“Seattle Indian Health Board has shed light on the gaps in and the challenges of collecting data that informs policies and resources addressing the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls crisis. The BADGES Act takes an important step in bridging law enforcement data gaps to address the issues that have caused our missing and murdered loved ones to go unnoticed for centuries. We stand with our tribal partners to increase interagency coordination, and will continue to support all efforts to ensure the safety of our relatives regardless of where they reside.” — Seattle Indian Health Board

“The United States, in partnership with Tribal Nations, must do more to address the shameful rates of missing and murdered Native people. This includes ensuring parity for Tribal law enforcement–both in access to crime information, as well as opportunities for recruitment and retention of personnel. USET SPF supports the BADGES for Native Communities Act as a strong step toward more fully delivering upon the trust responsibility and obligations, as well as better supporting the exercise of our inherent sovereign rights and authorities to protect our people and communities.” – President Kirk Francis, USET Sovereignty Protection Fund

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Chickasaw Nation Annual Meeting and Festival Set for Sept. 27 – Oct. 5

Mon, 2019-09-16 11:00

Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby delivers State of Nation Address last year.

Published September 16, 2019

ADA, Okla. — A time of reunion, fellowship and cultural pride; the Chickasaw Nation Annual Meeting and Festival gets underway Sept. 27 and continues through Oct. 5.

This year marks the 59th Annual Meeting of the Chickasaw Nation and 31st Annual Chickasaw Festival. Each year, friends and family from across the country attend the weeklong event, which is highlighted by Governor Bill Anoatubby’s State of the Nation Address Saturday, Oct. 5.

In 1960, more than 100 Chickasaws met at Seeley Chapel near Connerville, Oklahoma, to discuss the state of their nation and a vision for the future. Annually, the Chickasaw Nation pays tribute to this historic event by celebrating Chickasaw pride and progress during the Chickasaw Nation Annual Meeting and Festival.

The week features the coronation of tribal princesses, stickball, fun runs, archery, horse shoes, senior and junior Olympics, golf tournament, coed slow-pitch softball and artists of southeastern tribes displaying their wares at the Southeastern Art Show and Market (SEASAM).

Venues in the Tishomingo, Ada, and Sulphur areas will host activities throughout the week, beginning with a social game of stickball, stomp dance and a traditional cornstalk shoot at Kullihoma, located 7 miles east of Ada on S.H. 1.

Several activities are planned in Tishomingo, including a one-mile fun walk and 5K run, co-ed softball tournament, a golf tournament, museum tours, Junior Olympics and a stickball tournament.

Three young ladies will be crowned Chickasaw Princess, Little Miss Chickasaw and Chickasaw Junior Princess during the Chickasaw Princess Pageant at the Ada High School Cougar Activity Center. New princesses will serve the remainder of 2019 and into autumn 2020 as ambassadors of the Chickasaw Nation at events around the state and across the nation.

The Chickasaw Nation Annual Meeting and Festival takes place Sept. 27-Oct. 5 in Tishomingo, Ada and Sulphur. Activities are planned for attendees of all ages.

Chickasaw Cultural Evening will include artists, Chickasaw Press authors, a traditional meal of pashofa, grape dumplings, pork and fry bread at the Chickasaw Cultural Center.

Chickasaw Nation Arts and Culture Awards, conducted on the cultural center campus will honor the Silver Feather Award recipient and name the Dynamic Chickasaw Woman of the Year.

The hub of activity is the Chickasaw National Capitol, located in Tishomingo, where attendees learn to play stickball, try their hand at archery, tour historic Chickasaw Nation buildings, stomp dance and learn techniques in ancient arts and crafts during the week.

The Southeastern Art Show and Market (SEASAM) takes place at the historic capitol grounds in Tishomingo. The show is open to all artists of Southeast and Woodlands tribes.

Other events include a parade, arts and crafts vendors, cultural demonstrators, food booths, a health fair, horseshoe tournament, children’s activities, entertainment, a parent/child fishing tournament, storytelling, and stomp dance and stickball demonstrations.

A complete listing of events, locations and schedules is available online at Event schedule is subject to change. Please visit often for the latest event updates.

Follow Chickasaw Nation social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates.

For more information call (580) 371-2040 or 1 (800) 593-3356.



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The New Mexico Indian Affairs Department Awards over $540,000 to Special Projects and Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Programs in New Mexico Tribal Communities

Mon, 2019-09-16 11:00

Published September 16, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. – The New Mexico Indian Affairs Department (IAD) on Friday announces $297,324.00 in Special Projects funding and $249,300.00 in Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program (TCPP) funding that was awarded across several tribal communities or tribal serving organizations by the Special Project Grant Program.

During the 2019 New Mexico Legislative Session, IAD received a General Fund Appropriation to support special projects in Fiscal Year 2020 that benefit NM tribal communities. From this appropriation the department made funds available for projects that identify and address a need of tribal communities across New Mexico.

The Indian Affairs Department receives an appropriation from the Tobacco Settlement Revenue Oversight Committee for Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Programs. The committee continues to fund the department to direct tobacco cessation and prevention campaigns in tribal communities.

“IAD’s Administrative Services Division works closely with New Mexico tribal governments and tribal serving entities to ensure New Mexico’s tribal communities continue to receive the funding they need in order to provide services and programs to their community members,” said Secretary Lynn Trujillo. “We are proud to be able to fund such important projects through these funds.”

One of the projects funded is with the Keres Children’s Learning Center. “The goal of our program is to work with community elders and parents to support younger generations as they develop in the Keres language,” said Keres Children’s Learning Center Executive Director, Trisha Moquino. “The best way to do native language revitalization is through intergenerational language immersion.  This strengthens the language at all age levels and prepares our young people for lifelong bilingualism.

Below are the awarded Special Projects and a description:

New Mexico Kids Matter, Tribal Serving Organization, $33,379

Native American Children in Foster Care Project

Pueblo of Zuni, Tribal Government, $35,000

Zuni Veterans Project

Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum, Tribal Serving Organization, $49,404

Native MESA: To increase Native students’ motivation and persistence in STEM

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Tribal Serving Organization, $49,500

Professional Development for Tribal Librarians: Archival Training on Print & Digital

Keres Consulting, Inc., Tribal Serving Organization, $32,206

Youth Diabetes Prevention Program

Keres Children’s Learning Center, Tribal Serving Organization, $49,971

Building Community through an Intergenerational Model of Keres Language Fluency

Pueblo of Pojoaque, Tribal Government, $47,864

Pojoaque Youth Employment and Resilience Project

Below are the awarded Tobacco Cessation Prevention Programs and a description:

Pueblo of Acoma, Tribal Government, $15,094

Smoking Cessation & Prevention

Albuerque Area Indian Health Board, Inc., Tribal Serving Organization, $23,200

Commercial Tobacco Cessation & Prevention

Capacity Builders, Inc., Tribal Serving Organization, $27,795

Tobacco Free

Pueblo of Pojoaque, Tribal Government, $14,338

Be Tough – Don’t Puff Part II

Keres Consulting, Inc., Tribal Serving Organization, $28,979

Commercial Tobacco Outreach Program

Albuerque Indian Center, Inc., Tribal Serving Organization, $31,528

Tobacco Cessation

Mescalero Apache Tribe, Tribal Government, $40,471

Tobacco Cessation & Prevention

Native American Community Academy, Tribal Serving Organization, $25,249

Tobacco Cessation & Intervention Program Expansion

Oso Vista Ranch Project, Tribal Serving Organization, $42,646

NM Native American Community Outreach Education

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Cherokee Heritage Center Invites Students to Experience Cherokee Culture Firsthand

Mon, 2019-09-16 11:00

Published September 16, 2019

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Area students are invited to experience Cherokee culture firsthand through interactive opportunities offered at the Cherokee Heritage Center.

Ancient Cherokee Days is held Oct. 3-4, and Cherokee Heritage Days runs Nov. 7-8. Both events feature similar curriculum for school-age children.

“Education has always been a priority for the Cherokee people, and events like these allow us to expand the boundaries of the classroom,” said Dr. Charles Gourd, executive director of Cherokee Heritage Center. “It is vitally important that we support our educators and take an active role in teaching an authentic and accurate account of our history from our perspective. These students will enjoy an immersive experience that will not only teach, but celebrate, the history, culture and art of the Cherokee people. We hope that through events like this we continue to challenge the notion that our culture exists only in history books and get more people to understand and appreciate what makes Cherokee culture so special.”

Admission for each event is $7 per student and accompanying adults are only $2. Teachers and bus drivers are free. Admission includes entrance to the Cherokee National Museum, the Trail of Tears exhibit, Adams Corner Rural Village and Diligwa, an authentic re-creation of Cherokee life in the early 1700s.

The outdoor cultural classes feature interactive curriculum and games based on Cherokee lifestyle in the early 18th century, including craft demonstrations in pottery making, basket weaving, food grinding, weapons or tool making, and language.

Additional stations feature Cherokee games such as chunkey, marbles, stickball, blowguns, language activities and more. Face painting is offered at $1 per design and represents Cherokee tattoos from the early 1700s.

Groups are encouraged to make their visit a daylong event. Picnic tables are available for guests bringing lunches, and there is ample parking for school buses and private vehicles.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information or to register for the events, please contact Tonia Weavel at 918-456-6007 or

The Cherokee Heritage Center is the premier cultural center for Cherokee tribal history, culture and the arts. It is located at 21192 S. Keeler Drive, Park Hill, Oklahoma.

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What You Didn’t Know About Running a Successful Charity Raffle

Mon, 2019-09-16 11:00

Published September 16, 2019

You want to raise money for a good cause. Excited, you ask friends and family to support you. But all you get are empty promises or little to no support. Organizing a charity raffle goes a long way to raise funds for a cause or charity without looking like you’re begging or desperate.

And the best part is, you’re not alone. Thousands of charities around the world run raffles to raise more money for their own personal causes each year. So it’s a practical, well-proven, and time-tested method to help achieve income goals. However, you need to jump through some hoops before you get started.

It’s easy to run a charity raffle but …

You need a license to start with. Obtaining one is easy. In some instances, it’s not even required. For example, if you run a charity lottery as part of an event, no need for a license. But you need one if you’re running a standalone raffle.

Next, you need to know where to source your raffle prizes. Running a raffle is about a charity making 100% profits and keeping them all. But even so, supporters need to win prizes to keep motivated in supporting your charity or cause for weeks on end.

If you can have prizes donated to your cause by corporates, supporters and partners, the better as you’ll save sums of money. (Note: the prizes you choose depend on the people buying raffle tickets).

Get prizes that flatter supporters, the kind that attracts them to the raffle. You can have cash prizes as well as mind-blowing but ingenious prizes to encourage your supporter base to try the raffle.

A charity lottery is only profitable with a proper plan in place

Mapping out your goals will help save time and money. You can hire professional charity raffle providers to handle everything for you including fueling engagement. All these require planning ahead of time. For the record, well-planned charity lotteries increase success of other future campaigns.

A clear plan also helps identify who your target support base is, and what you want to achieve for your charity after the raffle is done with. After crafting a great plan for your charity raffle, promote it. Go out of your way and hire a marketing team if possible. It will help get word out fast.

You can run marketing campaigns both online or offline. This marketing strategy is worth its weight in gold as it can help inject emotion and persuade supporters to turn out in large numbers. If you focus on this pointer you’ll be home and dry. Even woo more supporters to the lottery.

A quick reminder: Your local authority needs to know how much profit you earn from the raffle. And whether 20% of the income was directed to funding the intended cause. This legal requirement is important after 3 months for all standalone raffles you run.

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Former Muscogee (Creek) Nation Chief Pleads Guilty to Bribery Charge

Sun, 2019-09-15 20:10

Former Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief George P. Tiger

Published September 15, 2019

TULSA, Okla. — George P. Tiger, the former principal chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, pleaded guilty Friday to one count of bribery of accepting $61,900 while serving as chairman of the Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town Economic Development Authority Board.

Tiger faces up to 37 months in federal prison.

In court on Friday, Tiger admitted accepting more than one bribe from Aaron Dewayne Terry Terry, who held various management and control positions in companies owned by the Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town, a 350 member tribe, located in Wetumka, Oklahoma.

“Mr. Tiger took advantage of the position of trust he had been given by the people of the Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town,” U.S. Attorney Brian J. Kuester commented. “Instead of acting in the best interests of those he was appointed to serve Tiger sought out and received unlawful profit for himself.”

Tiger won election to the principal chief position of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in 2011, but was defeated by James Floyd, who is not seeking another term this year. Tiger is currently running for the position. While Muscogee (Creek) Nation prohibits felons from serving in elected offices, Tiger name will still remain on the ballot for the nation’s primary election set for September 21.



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Navajo Nation Vice President Lizer Advocates for Navajo Children & Families at the 2019 First Things First Tribal Consultation

Sun, 2019-09-15 11:02

Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer and First Things First Navajo Nation Region representatives during the 2019 First Things First Tribal Consultation in Phoenix, Ariz. on Sept. 12, 2019.

Published September 15, 2019

PHOENIX  — On Thursday, Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer was joined by the First Things First Navajo Nation Regional Director Memarie Tsosie and First Things First Navajo Nation Region Partnership Council member Yvonne Kee-Billison, during the 2019 First Things First Tribal Consultation in Phoenix, Ariz. to advocate for healthy development and learning for young children and the strengthening of families on the Navajo Nation.

Since 2006, the First Things First Navajo Nation Region has been designated to serve as one of the critical partners in creating a family-centered, comprehensive, collaborative, and high-quality early childhood system that supports the development, health, and early education of Navajo children from birth to age of five. Approximately 10,900 children within the First Things First Navajo Nation Region are under the age of six.

“Healthy development in the early childhood years provides the building blocks for educational achievement, responsible and disciplined citizenship, lifelong wellbeing, strong kinship and self-identity, and successful parenting of the next generation. As leaders we need to ensure our young children and families have the resources and services to achieve a strong foundation of development, learning, family and cultural values, and love,” said Vice President Lizer.

The tribal consultation allows First Things First to improve the government-to-government relationship with Arizona’s 22 federally recognized tribes, and enables the tribes to advocate for early childhood development and health services and policies.

During the consultation, Vice President Lizer spoke of the need for more culturally appropriate education and professional development for early childhood professionals on the Navajo Nation. Currently, the First Things First Navajo Nation Region provides professional development in partnership with Northland Pioneer College and the Navajo Nation Child Care and Development Fund program, however, more educational programs are needed, especially in rural communities, he added.

According to the Regional Director Memarie Tsosie, accessibility to education and professional development for early childhood professionals is challenging due to the lack of adequate telecommunications and transportation. Moreover, only one of the Nation’s tribal universities, Navajo Technical University, offers a bachelor of arts in early childhood education program.

Recommendations to the First Things First board members included the creation of early childhood education programs and institutions in rural tribal communities and to hold an inter-tribal early childhood summit to begin addressing issues and concerns discussed at the session.

The Office of the President and Vice President recognizes early childhood development is key to ensuring the social and emotional health of Navajo children and families. First Lady Phefelia Nez was also recently recommended to serve on the First Things First Navajo Nation Region Partnership Council.

Other tribes present at the session included the Hualapai Tribe, White Mountain Apache Tribe, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Havasupai Tribe, Ak-Chin Indian Community, Hopi Tribe, and Gila River Indian Community.

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Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Scholarship Dinner and Auction Raised $354,458 for Student Success

Sun, 2019-09-15 11:00

AIA Director of Institutional Advancement Danyelle Means, along with some of the volunteers from the event. Photo by Eric Davis.

Published September 15, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. — IAIA Director of Institutional Advancement Danyelle Means (Oglala Lakota), has announced that the IAIA Annual Scholarship Dinner and Auction, held on August 14, 2019, raised at least $354,458 for critically needed scholarship funds that assist IAIA students in reaching their academic and artistic goals. These funds will support 209 students, with the school awarding 520 scholarships this Fall.

The Office of Institutional Advancement (OIA) honored students, staff, and faculty volunteers with a Thank You party on September 4, 2017. Danyelle Means   thanked all for their assistance at the Dinner. Several students remarked on their experience and the rewards of giving back to the school that has done so much for them.

People who contributed works and/or experiences to the auctions at the Dinner included Representative Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo), Amangiri Resort,    Tommy Orange (Cheyenne/Arapaho) ’16,  Keri Ataumbi (Kiowa) ’96 & Atumn Borts-Medlock (Santa Clara Pueblo), Gregory Lomayesva (Hispanic/Hopi), George Alexander (Muscogee[Creek}) ’16, Patricia Michaels (Taos Pueblo) ’89, Cara Romero  (Chemehuevi) ’05, Diego Romero (Cochiti Pueblo) ’86, Rose B Simpson (Santa Clara Pueblo) ’07 and ’18, Jeff Kahm (Plains Cree) ’92, Jody Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo) ’90, Tania Larsson (Gwich’in) ’17, Kevin Red Star (Crow) ’65, Dale Chihuly, Glenda Loretto (Jemez Pueblo) ’93, and more.

Lead sponsors for the event included the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians. Additional sponsors included Stagecoach Foundation and Walt Disney Imagineering.

Director of Institutional Advancement Danyelle Means commented: “Every year the generosity of those who attend our Scholarship Dinner and Auction amazes me. From our volunteers, students, and alumni who donated their artworks — to the sponsors and attendees who came and generously gave, we are grateful. Thank you for another stellar year!”.

To arrange an interview with Danyelle Means, please contact Eric Davis at 505.424.2351, or

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Ranchers Appear to Win Battle over Drought Relief Funds

Sun, 2019-09-15 11:00

Navajo Times | Cindy Yurth
About 50 ranchers listen to Resources and Development Committee Chairman Rickie Nez during a meeting about drought insurance Monday at the Navajo Engineering and Construction Authority office in Shiprock. The committee agreed to facilitate a meeting with the executive branch to help the ranchers work out a conflict with the Navajo Nation Department of Agriculture that was preventing them from getting individual compensation for forage and livestock loss due to drought.

Published September 15, 2019

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — With just days to spare until the deadline to roll over their drought compensation applications, Northern Agency ranchers appear to have won their battle with the tribe over federal drought relief funds.

In a meeting Monday in Shiprock with the Navajo Nation Council’s Resources and Development Committee, which also included representatives of the Navajo Department of Agriculture, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Navajo Land Department, the ranchers reiterated their request that the Nation withdraw its application for drought insurance under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency so the ranchers could individually claim the acreage under the Farm Service Agency’s Livestock Forage Disaster Program.

Ferdinand Notah, representing the agriculture department, continued to maintain that lumping the tribal trust land in New Mexico under one umbrella would result in a program that could help all ranchers and farmers — even ones who hadn’t applied for the FSA benefits — while the ranchers said they hadn’t seen any help from the department yet and preferred to apply on their own.

Under instruction from Natural Resources Division Director Rudy Shebala, the ag department had attempted to address the ranchers’ concerns in an Aug. 20 letter to the FSA asking that the agency compensate the ranchers directly as “sub-units” of the tribe, while also leaving the tribe free to apply for drought insurance. But Ernest Diswood, representing the ranchers, said that’s not what they wanted.

“When we had talked to Dr. Shebala earlier, that’s not what we agreed to,” he said. “We agreed that Dr. Shebala would write a letter asking to return benefits to the grazing permit holders, waive the (late) fee or the Navajo Nation would pay the fee, and we would receive rollover certification for September.”

Sept. 15 — this coming Sunday — is the deadline for the current year applications to “roll over” for next year. Meanwhile, the FSA has deferred compensation until the tribe and the individual ranchers can work out their dispute. The Aug. 20 letter, Diswood said, is problematic because it doesn’t resolve the issue of the tribe and the permittees “double dipping” for the same acreage — which is the reason many of the permittees were denied benefits this year.

He also argued, as he had in the past, that the Navajo Nation has no losses from the drought and nothing to insure because it doesn’t run cattle on the land as the producers do. Notah countered that under the drought insurance program, which is separate from the FSA program, acres of land are insured rather than cattle, and the grazing permittees don’t have any acreage.

According to Diswood, the FSA calculates “virtual acres” based on the number of cattle allowed under each grazing permit in order to award compensation.

Representatives from the Farm Services Agency had been invited to the Monday meeting to clear up some of the confusion, but did not show up. RDC Chairman Rickie Nez said they had told him the agency had a mandatory meeting in Albuquerque the same day.

Former Agriculture Department manager John Blueyes argued the ranchers’ rights under Fundamental Law had been violated because they were not consulted when the tribe applied for drought insurance on their behalf. “Deadlines have come. Deadlines have gone. That bothers these people,” Blueyes said. “What more do we have to lose? We need to make amends.”

While Blueyes said the matter could be resolved administratively, RDC’s legislative counsel Shammie Begay said that’s not true, because the decision to purchase the drought insurance was enacted by legislation, which would have to be repealed.

Nez noted the ranchers could simply lobby President Jonathan Nez not to sign the drought insurance application when it comes due in November, but Diswood later said the ranchers have no problem with the tribe applying for the insurance as long as they leave the grazing permittees’ areas out of it.

Harold Dodge, grazing official for Nenahnezad Chapter, argued the tribe doesn’t even have a map of the area it’s claiming, or at least they aren’t showing it to the ranchers.

“I kept asking for maps — to this day I haven’t got one,” he said. “One-hundred, fifty-five thousand acres … we don’t even know where it’s at exactly.”

Notah said the acreage is claimed under “weather grids” used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The precipitation is recorded for the various weather grids and the awards are made according to how much rainfall each area got.

Notah said the ag department has been in “constant contact” with the USDA, FSA, RMA and Natural Resource Conservation Service and has been waiting for a “comprehensive work session” to “get into the details” of the various programs.

But Elouise Brown, grazing committee representative for Tsé Alnaozt’I’I, said the ranchers need help now. “Ashoodi, ashoodi, ashoodi, let’s get this resolved today,” she pleaded.

Committee member Kee Allen Begay agreed, noting the Sept. 15 rollover deadline. “Let’s set another meeting as soon as possible,” he said, adding that the committee could go to the FSA’s office in Albuquerque if it had to.

The committee voted unanimously to meet with the president Tuesday and apprise him of the situation. According to Diswood, the president did not show up at that meeting, but Shebala did.

“The meeting was very positive,” he said, noting that Shebala agreed to allow the ranchers to draft a letter to the FSA making their requests, and that Shebala would sign it. They would then meet with the FSA on Friday, hopefully resolving the matter before the Sunday deadline.

Diswood said the controversy has been beneficial in getting the ranchers together to present a united front, which they can continue to build on with other issues. “I think this may be the eve of a change in the way the tribe approaches issues related to land,” he said. Shebala did not return a phone call to confirm Diswood’s account of the meeting.

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

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What is the Role of Professional Transcription in Various Industries?

Sun, 2019-09-15 11:00

Published September 15, 2019

If you work in transcription, then you’ll have a lot of different career opportunities to explore. Some of which can be found below.

Transcribing Speeches

When you host a conference, you’ll probably have some invited guests and you may even have people who make speeches too. All of this is designed to motivate your company and it can also act as a great deal of inspiration too. Having speeches transcribed is a fantastic way for you to refer back to them at a later date, not to mention that it also ensures that every single word is captured too. If you want to make things easier then consider investing in AI transcription services instead.


As mentioned above, a conference is a great marketing tool and it also gives you the chance to announce your profits, acquisitions, closures and more. If you don’t have an accurate record of what was said, then you may not be able to control the output of journalists and even commentators. They will be hanging on every word that you said, and if you have a transcription service to write everything down then you can help to protect yourself. This will help you to get your message out more efficiently and it will also help you to make the best decisions too.

Videos on your Site

Having a video on your site is a great way for you to boost the overall efficiency of your marketing campaign. A lot of your video content will contain great keywords and this will help you with your copy. If you have your video transcribed, then this will help you to release your keywords and it can also improve your presence on the web too.

Details in Meetings

Holding a meeting is so very important. A lot of companies leave the junior staff members to take notes, but this can lead to issues. Professional writers are great at their job and they will take down absolutely every single detail. By having a full transcript, you can then improve your business services and you can also really help yourself to highlight any key moments.

Keeping an Eye on your Competition

When your competitors are holding public events, it can be useful to have a transcription service so you can take down any details. A transcriber can help you to get an edge over your competition and they can also help you to make sure that you are always fully understanding of the industry you work in.

Transcribing HR Meetings

Disciplinary meetings are never nice. You have both sides who are trying to protect themselves and they also want to get the best outcome too. A transcription service can help you to capture every utterance and pause so you can convey the tone and even the intent of the words, rather than having the text alone without any context at all. If you use an independent transcriber then they will be completely impartial too, so you won’t have to worry about anything there.


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Mark Charles to Address Recent Questions from the Democratic Debate (With Additional Questions from Indian Country)

Sun, 2019-09-15 00:18

Mark Charles (in blakc shirt) with tribal leadersThe Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum in Sioux City, Iowa

Published September 14, 2019

WASHINGTON — Mark Charles, a dual citizen of both the United States and the Navajo Nation, is running as an independent candidate for the office of President of the United States. Charles is currently the leading independent candidate in the 2020 race. His campaign has been well publicized throughout Indian Country, is gaining publicity in the mainstream press and is also being covered globally by several international publications.

Mark Charles addressing press at forum

With the momentum building, The Committee to Elect Mark Charles for President is pleased to announce that Mark will host a live stream on Monday, September 16th from 8pm – 9pm EDT / 5pm – 6pm PDT to answer some of the same questions asked at the Democratic Debate that recently took place on September 12th, 2019. Because Charles is running as an Independent, he has not had access to many of the same platforms to discuss current issues alongside the other Presidential candidates. When he did share the stage with 10 of the Democratic candidates, including Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, at The Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum in Sioux City, Iowa, Charles demonstrated that not only can he hold his own, but he can stand out. Mark has proven that his vision, his understanding of the issues and his ability to connect with voters makes him a viable contender in the 2020 election.

The goal of this event is to provide a platform where the public can hear Charles’ unique perspective in response to the same questions and issues as the other candidates. Allowing his platform and message for #AllThePeople to be heard and discussed nationally.

At this event Charles will also respond to questions submitted by the public. Anyone who would like to submit a question for Mark can do so before 5pm EDT / 2pm PDT on Monday September 16 via our campaign website (

The Live Stream can be viewed at:

Date: September 16th
Time: 8pm – 9pm EDT / 5pm – 6pm PDT

Additionally, Charles will host a virtual gaggle on Zoom after the live stream for media and press.

URL: Please request URL via email @
Date: Monday, September 16
Time: 9:15pm – 9:45pm EDT / 6:15pm – 6:45pm PDT


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Important Considerations to Make Before Purchasing a Gun

Sat, 2019-09-14 11:06

Published September 14, 2019

Gun control is a hot-button topic across America today, and for good reason with all of the unfortunate events which have occurred across the country over the past 10 to 20 years. Millions of Americans legally own firearms today, and when used properly are positive experiences for their owners. More and more people are becoming first-time gun owners, and need lots of knowledge before they make their initial purchase. We examine the safe operation of these tools, and other important information to help guide the legal buying of firearms. 

Before Researching Gun Products, First Understand Your Local Laws

Every state and local municipality has its own set of rules and regulations for who can buy guns, how many, what types, and where they can be purchased. Before doing anything else, be sure to do lots of online research regarding what’s allowed for guns within your state and immediate area of residence. You can also go to a federal firearms license (FFL) gun dealer to learn about local laws and restrictions, but keep in mind that they aren’t entirely a neutral party as they have products to sell and money to make – not to say that they will lie to you by any means, but the most accurate information comes from government websites. 

Understand Why You Want to Own a Gun

Every gun has a different use and purpose – some are solely purchased as a collector’s item, some have been designed for sport hunting, and others are ideal for self-defense reasons. Be sure to have a logical use for a gun before even seriously researching different styles, brands, and models. Once you understand the important question of why regarding a gun, then everything can flow naturally from there. 

It Can Be a Pricey Hobby

Gun ownership comes at a cost and is one of the more expensive hobbies to have. From the pistol cost, ammo, targets to shoot at, ear and eye protection, gun safe, and potentially even having to pay a membership or session fee for a club to shoot at – everything adds up. 

Keeping Guns Safe Is Your First Mandate

It’s no surprise that guns are dangerous weapons, and certainly aren’t toys. Accidents do unfortunately happen, but as a gun owner, you are completely responsible for understanding all of the risks and for keeping your guns out of the hands of others. Keeping guns locked up in a very secure way is vitally critical, and trigger locks are certainly a proactive measure to take. 

Gun Safety and Firearms Owner Training Classes Should Be Taken

Educational learning is immensely important when it comes to owning a firearm of any kind. Operating it safely, effectively, and accurately should always be top of mind. Most jurisdictions, unfortunately, don’t require gun owners to take training classes, but the investment is worthwhile to keep yourself and others around you safe. 

Always Wear Eye and Ear Protection

Guns are loud and when fired, small pieces of metal or even shells can go flying through the air and potentially create dangerous situations. Always have and use protective eyeglasses, shooting earmuffs and earplugs. Your eyes and ears are integral to your overall quality of life, and you must protect them at any cost when operating a gun. 

Gun ownership can be a rewarding and incredible experience when they are put to good recreational uses, but safety should always be at the forefront of your mind at all times whether they are being used or being locked and stored away.

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Native American Artists Brooke Simpson, PJ Vegas & Redbone to Perform at Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration on Oct. 13 in LA

Sat, 2019-09-14 11:03

Published September 14, 2019

Thousands expected to attend the second annual event at Grand Park

LOS ANGELES — NBC’s ‘The Voice’ finalist and pop singer  Brooke Simpson, MTV Video Music Award winner PJ Vegas, and acclaimed Native American rock group REDBONE,  will take the stage at the second annual Indigenous Peoples Day celebration at Grand Park, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell announced today.

The event  is set to take place Sunday, October 13, 4 p.m., on the stage next to the Spring Street steps of City Hall, 200 N Spring Street, Los Angeles, 90012.

Councilmember O’Farrell, who is joined by the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission as co-collaborators on the event, are using this platform to focus on the theme Past, Present, and Future, with a call to action for our state and federal lawmakers to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.

“I am thrilled to work with PJ Vegas and REDBONE once again on this very special event for the Native American community in Los Angeles,” said Councilmember O’Farrell. “The addition of Brooke Simpson will also help amplify our message that we must take this movement to the next level and inspire the entire country to affect change in their communities.”

“Our community has fought hard for this annual celebration, and for this platform to uplift the issues, talent and contributions of Native Americans in Los Angeles,” said Chrissie Castro, Chair of the Los Angeles City-County Native American Indian Commission. “Through this event, we are paying tribute to the city and nation’s first peoples, the Tongva, and rejecting the violent, genocidal man that is Columbus.”

“I’m looking forward to taking the stage once again with my father for this historic event,” said  PJ Vegas. “Redbone’s message is all about ‘love and music,’ and this is a perfect theme for an event aimed at uniting our community.”

“The performance for Indigenous Peoples Day will allow me to celebrate who I am as a human being and as an artist,” said Simpson. “Native American people have been through so much and often we are forgotten. I’m so proud to play a role in shedding light on this event.”

Other musical performances will be featured throughout the day, including artists such as:  Kelly Mejia, Doc and Spencer Battiest, Antoine Edwards, Jr., Poodeezy, and MATO WayUhi.

The celebration at Grand Park  is being billed as one of the largest Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations in the country, with a Facebook event page that has received thousands of responses from people planning on attending the special celebration.

RSVP: The Inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day celebration in Los Angeles

In collaboration with countless Native community leaders, Councilmember O’Farrell, a member of the Wyandotte Nation, led the initiative to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day during his first term in office. After numerous hearings with members of both the Native American and Italian American communities, the City Council voted in August of 2017 to establish Indigenous Peoples Day as the second Monday in October.

Nationwide, there has been a movement to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.  The long list of cities that have adopted resolutions to declare the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day include Berkeley, San Francisco, Denver, Seattle, Anchorage, Portland, Albuquerque, Minneapolis, and Santa Cruz.

Since Los Angeles replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day in 2017, other large cities such as Detroit, Tulsa, and Long Beach followed. New Mexico, South Dakota, and New Hampshire are just a few states that also celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day.

Brooke Simpson is an American singer and songwriter from Hollister, North Carolina. She finished third place of the thirteenth season on Team Miley Cyrus of NBC’s talent competition, The Voice. She recently released the singles “2 AM,” “Perfect,” and “Little Bit Crazy.”

PJ Vegas is an indigenous RnB/hip-hop artist and activist from Los Angeles. He’s a Native American Music Award and MTV VMA winner, and the son of Pat Vegas, legendary member of the Native American rock band, Redbone. PJ is the voice of a new generation of Native artists, and his latest single “Lose My Mind” can be purchased on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Music.

REDBONE is a rock band that was formed in Los Angeles in 1969 by two Native American brothers, Pat and Lolly Vegas. Two other Native Americans joined them, Tony Bellamy on rhythm guitar and Pete DePoe on drums. They produced several hit songs including Maggy, The Witch Queen Of New Orleans and Come And Get Your Love, which was also the featured track in the 2014 movie “Guardians Of The Galaxy.”

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Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program Accepting Applications

Sat, 2019-09-14 11:00

Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program participant Mikah Glass, standing alongside his parents Dana and Mike Glass, was honored by program director Howard Paden in 2018 after graduating from the Cherokee Nation program. Applications for the next class are now being taken.

Published September 14, 2019 

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program is now accepting applications. The two-year language program is centered on a group language immersion experience and only accepts a limited number of applications each year.

“This language program is critical in how we will continue to preserve and promote our language for future generations,” said Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. “Every day that the men and women of that department work with their students is another day that they help preserve our language.”

After completing the program, students will have 4,000 contact hours with the Cherokee language and will have spent more than 40 hours each week studying and speaking the language.

“Each generation of Cherokee people have been tasked with challenges,” said Howard Paden, director of the Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program. “This generation’s greatest challenge is whether or not our precious Cherokee language will continue to exist as a living language. The Cherokee language has helped us overcome some of the greatest adversities written in history. We know, without a doubt, the values that flow over us through the Cherokee language are sacred. It is time for us as Cherokee people to save this precious gift.”

In 2014, the tribe began the program as a part of the Cherokee Nation Community & Cultural Outreach department as a way to promote the Cherokee language. Since its inception, the program has grown into its own department.

As part of his first 100 days initiatives, Chief Hoskin proposed in August the largest investment in language programs in the tribe’s history, including a plan that will dedicate millions of dollars in business profits to create a new language program facility. It also will quadruple the size of the Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program.

Applicants must be 18 years or older, be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., live near Tahlequah or be willing to relocate, and possess a strong desire to learn and cultivate the Cherokee language and culture through teaching.

The deadline for applications is Oct. 1, 2019.

Applications are available at

Submit applications to, or mail to: Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program, P.O. Box 948, Tahlequah, OK, 74465.

For more information, call the Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program office at 918-207-4964.

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Cheyenne River Youth Project Graduates a Record-Breaking 11 Arts Interns from Summer Cohort

Sat, 2019-09-14 11:00

CRYP’s summer cohort of teen art interns, working hard in the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) art studio.

Published September 14, 2019

EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. — On Labor Day weekend, the Cheyenne River Youth Project officially graduated 11 Lakota teens from its summer arts internship program. This is a record-breaking number for the nonprofit youth organization, which began offering teen internships in 2013.    “Normally, we see five or six kids complete the full arts internship track,” said Jerica Widow, CRYP’s youth programs director. “This time, we doubled that number. It’s incredible.”   Not only did the teens complete their internships, they also had an opportunity to exhibit their artwork at the annual Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Powwow, Fair & Rodeo in Eagle Butte. Two of the young artists, Roberta High Elk and Roslyn Smith, took third and fourth place.   “We’re so proud of them,” Widow said. “It’s always a good experience to prepare for and participate in a formal art show, but we were thrilled to see them also receive this special recognition. It’s a milestone for them, absolutely.”  

CRYP’s summer cohort of teen art interns, working hard in the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) art studio.

Cheyenne River teens who are interested in pursuing arts education at CRYP’s Waniyetu Wowapi (Winter Count) Lakota Youth Arts & Culture Institute must first take an Art Basics course that serves as a prerequisite for the full arts internship. Once they complete the course, they’re eligible to apply to become an intern.

  During the internship, teens learn graffiti art, digital arts, traditional arts, sculpture and pottery, stenciling, graphic arts and screen printing. In addition, they have opportunities to learn more about the business side of art, with classes that include public speaking, entrepreneurship, financial literacy and merchandising; and they explore the impact of public art and discover how art can foster healing in communities.   “The teen arts internship incorporates a variety of opportunities for our young people to explore the creative process, create pieces that represent who they are and share their stories, and ultimately exhibit their work in a public showcase,” explained Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director. “We also give them opportunities to travel to important sites related to Lakota culture and to the arts.”   This summer, the art interns visited Wind Cave National Park. They also traveled to Hill City and Rapid City to tour the communities’ art museums.    CRYP is currently accepting applications for the fall art internship, which will run from Sept. 16 to Oct. 18. It’s open to young people ages 13-18, who can expect to log 50 hours working in various mediums and participating in core job skills trainings.   To learn more about the Cheyenne River Youth Project and its programs, and for information about making donations and volunteering, call (605) 964-8200 or visit And, to stay up to date on the latest CRYP news and events, follow the youth project on Facebook (/LakotaYouth), Twitter (@LakotaYouth) and Instagram (@lakotayouth and @waniyetuwowapi).

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Navajo Nation FY 2020 Comprehensive Budget Signed into Law 

Sat, 2019-09-14 11:00

The Navajo Nation Fiscal Year 2020 Comprehensive Budget was signed into law in Window Rock, Arizona on Friday, September 13, 2019.

Published September 14, 2019

WINDOW ROCK – On Friday, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, Vice President Myron Lizer, 24th Navajo Nation Council Speaker Seth Damon, Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty, and Associate Justice Eleanor Shirley gathered at the Veterans Memorial Park in the capital of the Navajo Nation, for a signing ceremony to officially adopt the Navajo Nation’s Fiscal Year 2020 Comprehensive Budget.

“Early in the budget process, Vice President and I stood on the principle that we, as a government, have a fiduciary responsibility to account for public funds, to manage finances wisely, and to plan for the adequate funding of services desired by the Navajo People. In keeping with this principle, the FY 2020 Comprehensive Budget will provide for services to our Navajo people, including our elders, children, and veterans. We did not use the presidential line-item authority with this budget, and that is a symbol of the three branches of government working together to develop this budget,” said President Nez, while also calling for the Nation to approve a five-year Capital Improvement Plan prior to considering the budget for the next fiscal year after 2020. 

The 24th Navajo Nation Council approved budget resolution CS-30-19 on Sept. 3, by a vote of 16-4. The budget legislation was sponsored by Council Delegate Raymond Smith, Jr., who also serves as the Vice Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee.

“First, I wish to thank President Nez and Chief Justice Jayne for joining the Navajo Nation Council in creating this budget. Our stewardship over the Navajo people’s resources has always been carried out with our nation’s future in our minds. The Navajo Nation Council looks now to 2021 and beyond so that we can strengthen the nation’s position based on local needs. Council Delegates will continue to bring the priorities of our Navajo communities to the nation and we will continue to work together to develop the most effective solutions. This budget reflects a collaborative effort. On behalf of the 24th Navajo Nation Council, I wish to thank everyone that helped create the fiscal year 2020 budget,” said 24th Navajo Nation Council Speaker Seth Damon.

“Ahéhee’ to the 24th Navajo Nation Council, Speaker Seth Damon, President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer for diligently working to approve a comprehensive budget for Fiscal Year 2020. Specifically, I’d like to thank our leadership and the Navajo People for the funding appropriated to the Judicial Branch.  The goal of the Judicial Branch is to provide justice and the approved budget will be used for the necessary tools and services that the Navajo people need in regards to Judicial Branch responsibility and duties,” said Chief Justice JoAnn B. Jayne.

Some notable appropriations included in the budget include the following:

·      An additional $1 million for the Navajo Department of Aging and Long Term Care Services for each of the five agencies

·      Up to $2 million for chapter officials compensation, which was previously unfunded in previous budgets

·      Two-percent General Wage Adjustment for employees and chapter administrative employees 

·      Nearly $664,000 for the Navajo Energy Office 

·      Nearly $632,000 for a gravel pit site development

·      Additional $100,000 for a prosecutor for Dził Yijiin District

·      Additional $617,000 for unmet needs for Criminal Investigations

“The Navajo Nation will face revenue shortfalls in the coming years but working together with the Navajo Nation Council we will find ways to address the need of providing services to the Navajo People. We continue to stand by our positions of staying within our budgets, being fiscally responsible, and reviewing our financial system while maintaining our service level to the Navajo People and those that work with the Navajo Nation government. We trust the Legislative and Judicial Branches will join us in working within our budgets and being fiscally responsible for the funds entrusted to us,” Vice President Lizer stated. 

“Everyone got to work. Starting with the audit on fiscal year 2018 then proceeding with revenue projections. Division directors and program managers created their budgets with guidance from the three branch chiefs and the council’s oversight committees. This is the first year federal funding has been included so that we have a more complete picture. It took council less than half a day to approve the budget once it passed the Budget and Finance and Naabik’íyáti’ Committees. I commend all those involved, particularly the Office of the Controller and the Office of Management and Budget, for working together,” said Budget and Finance Committee Chairman Jamie Henio.

The Navajo Nation’s Comprehensive Budget will take effect on the first day of the new 2020 fiscal year on Oct. 1, 2019.

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Navajo Nation President Nez Advocates for the Navajo Nation on Capitol Hill

Fri, 2019-09-13 11:02

President Jonathan Nez and members of the 24th Navajo Nation Council meeting with U.S. Sen.
Mitt Romney (R-UT) in Washington D.C. on Sept. 12, 2019.

Published September 13, 2019

WASHINGTON  Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez met with members of the U.S. House and Senate on Wednesday and Thursday on Capitol Hill, to advocate for and speak on behalf of the Navajo people on several issues including the reauthorization of the Radiation and Exposure Compensation Act, the Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act, diabetes prevention, the protection of the Chaco Landscape in New Mexico, continuation of the Office of the Navajo-Hopi Indian Relocation, public safety, and more.

Several members of the 24th Navajo Nation Council also joined President Nez for several of the meetings to speak on behalf of the Navajo communities that they represent, including Council Delegates Kee Allen Begay, Jr., Amber Kanazbah Crotty, Rickie Nez, Mark Freeland, and Charlaine Tso.

“As the House and Senate go back into session this week and as the federal budget discussions approach, it’s very important that the Navajo Nation voices its position and advocates for our priorities based on the voices and input of the Navajo people,” said President Nez.

In a meeting with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) of New Mexico on Wednesday, President Nez and Delegate Begay spoke about the importance of reauthorizing funding for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI), which provides grants for diabetes prevention and management programs throughout Indian Country.

President Jonathan Nez and Council Delegate Kee
Allen Begay, Jr. meeting with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.)
in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 11, 2019.

President Nez highlighted the Nez-Lizer Administration’s recent declaration of its “War On Diabetes” on the Navajo Nation and the need to advocate for SDPI to be included in future federal budgets or continuing resolutions. Vice President Myron Lizer and Hopi Vice Chairman Clarke W. Tenakhongva were also part of the “War On Diabetes” proclamation during last week’s Navajo Nation Fair.

Senator Udall commended President Nez for being a good example for the Navajo people by promoting healthy and active living through his own actions, particularly through his participation in marathons and other outdoor activities.

In meetings with U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT), and U.S. Rep. John Curtis (R-UT), the Navajo leaders spoke in support of the Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act and the reauthorization of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act, to provide compensation to Navajo uranium mine workers and downwinders.

The Navajo leaders thanked Sen. Romney and Rep. Bishop for their advocacy and sponsorship of the Senate and House bills to bring water resources to the Navajo people in Utah. The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approved the Senate bill in May and the House Natural Resources Committee advanced the House version in June, following President Nez’s supporting testimony.

In addition, President Nez along with Delegate Crotty and Delegate Tso spoke in support of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and Savannah’s Act to provide protections and resources for women and children. Recently, the Nez-Lizer Administration which includes First Lady Phefelia Nez and Second Lady Dottie Lizer issued supporting letters for these bills.

In a meeting with U.S. Scott Tipton’s (D-CO) staff, President Nez and the Council members advocated for agriculture initiatives and informed his office of the Nation’s efforts to reincorporate Navajo traditional foods and practices into the food industry on the Navajo Nation.

The leaders also met with U.S. Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) of Arizona and her staff, regarding water issues and support for the continuation of the Office of Navajo-Hopi Indian Relocation to provide adequate homes for relocated Navajo families.

“Working together with the Navajo Nation Council, we had a strong and united voice on several key issues for the Navajo people on Capitol Hill,” said President Nez. “I thank the Council members and all of the Senate and House members for their time and support.”

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