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White Earth tribe holds high hopes for hemp 9.8.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
The tribe's invested nearly $100,000 to grow a few acres of industrial hemp on the edge of the reservation. It's an experiment White Earth leaders believe could plant the seeds for future economic success.
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Trump is breaking the federal government's promises to Native Americans 7.8.2017 LA Times: Commentary

When Republicans made yet another unsuccessful attempt to take away healthcare from millions of Americans last month, Native Americans, specifically Alaska Natives, worked to ensure that Sen. Lisa Murkowski voted against the plan, sealing its defeat.

They fought against the “skinny repeal” because...

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From Seed to Smoke, Uruguay Is Now First Nation to Oversee Pot Sales 20.7.2017 Wall St. Journal: World
Tiny South American country embarks on ambitious experiment to regulate the cultivation and sale of marijuana.
The Future of US Education Is Standing Rock 4.7.2017 Truthout.com
Faced with devastating debt, dangerous climate change and unprecedented inequality, the US should rethink its education system. Mainstream schools can look to the "Defenders of the Water School" in Standing Rock for inspiration: It engaged a curriculum centered in Indigenous knowledge and grounded not in a culture of extraction, dispossession and elimination but in the ethics of relationship and accountability to each other, as well as to future generations. The four main teachers at Mní Wičhóni Nakíčižiŋ Owáyawa, Defenders of the Water School: Jose Zhagnay, Blaze Starkey, Alayna Eagle Shield and Teresa Dzieglewicz. (Photo: Jeremy Garcia, Assistant Professor, University of Arizona) As a professor of education, an Indigenous scholar and member of the  NYC Stands with Standing Rock Collective , I was ecstatic to learn that the Wallace Global Fund recently named the Standing Rock Sioux the inaugural recipient of the  Henry A. Wallace Award , a $250,000 prize that includes up to an additional $1 million to ...
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Algonquin elders hold Faith Is Peace walk to save sacred site Akikodjiwan 30.6.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Albert Dumont A special moment in my life took place last Friday June 23, when Algonquin elders took part in the Faith is Peace walk from Victoria Island to Parliament Hill. What made this walk so profoundly joyful and memorable for me is the fact that many of the region's faith leaders walked with us in support of our struggle for sacred Akikodjiwan (Chaudière and Albert Islands). Together we stood as one! Shoulder to shoulder, heart to heart, Indigenous roots intertwined with settler roots, the walk became a moving, breathing statement to Canada. All present were in agreement: First Nations spirituality is a faith. And as a faith with its own unique foundation and creation story, the First Peoples' places of worship must be protected. Shielding them from abuse must be done with the same force and vigour Canadians would put into motion to protect a synagogue, a temple, a mosque, a church or any house of worship in a free world, if it came under attack by people who had no respect for it. Are we not ...
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Washington Redskins win trademark fight over the team’s name 30.6.2017 Washington Post
The Native American group fighting the NFL team over its trademark registrations ended a nearly-25-year legal fight in federal appeals court. In the aftermath of a June 19 Supreme Court ruling, the Justice Department also gave up its fight against the team.
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Blackfeet Researcher Leads Her Tribe Back to Traditional Foods 28.6.2017 Truthout.com
Researcher Abaki Beck, 23, has vivid childhood memories of helping her mother, grandmothers, and aunts pick traditional foods and medicines on the Blackfeet Nation in northwest Montana. Because her great-grandmother passed down her vast knowledge of the tribe's traditions, Beck learned the importance of eating these foods at an early age. Well before white settlers colonized their land, Blackfeet Nation members used more than 200 types of plants for food and remedies. But forced assimilation and reliance on the US government for food adversely shifted most nations' diets from whole foods to industrialized processed foods and eroded tribal health. More than 80 percent of American Indian and Alaska Native adults are overweight or obese, and half of American Indian children are predicted to develop Type 2 diabetes in their lifetimes, according to the Indian Health Clinical Reporting system. Beck, who has a degree in American studies and has researched the impacts of settler-colonialism on Blackfeet youth ...
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Unions need to promote equality for Indigenous people inside and outside of the workforce 22.6.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Unions need to promote equality for Indigenous people inside and outside of the workforce
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The Supreme Court Just Made A Washington 'Redskins' Name Change Much Less Likely 19.6.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The NFL franchise in Washington, D.C., received a major boost in its fight to save its controversial “Redskins” name Monday morning, thanks to a Supreme Court ruling in a separate legal dispute.  At issue is the team’s federal trademark protections for the nickname, which Native American activists have described as a “dictionary-defined racial slur.” The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board invalidated those trademark protections in 2014 , ruling that the name was “disparaging to Native Americans” and thus violated a clause in a federal trademark law. The Supreme Court, however, struck down that clause Monday , ruling that the law’s prohibition on providing federal trademarks for disparaging terms or logos violated the First Amendment’s free speech protections. The court’s ruling came in a case brought by a band named “The Slants,” which also lost its trademark protections after the trademark board said the moniker was disparaging to Asians and Asian-Americans. The band’s ...
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Trump administration wants to shrink Bears Ears National Monument 13.6.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Whether the new monument, considered sacred to Native Americans, should be abolished or reduced is the first part of a review of national monuments under an executive order by President Trump.
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The Energy 202: Paris climate accord divides industrial trade group 13.6.2017 Washington Post: Politics
Eastman Chemical withdrew from the IECA over the issue.
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Trump Administration Wants To Shrink Bears Ears National Monument 13.6.2017 NPR News
Whether the new monument, considered sacred to Native Americans, should be abolished or reduced is the first part of a review of national monuments under an executive order by President Trump.
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Interior secretary recommends Trump consider scaling back Bears Ears National Monument 13.6.2017 Washington Post
Secretary Ryan Zinke has submitted an interim report to the president following his review of the controversial designation for the 1.35 million-acre monument in Utah.
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Trudeau ready to defend constitutional status quo without consulting Indigenous nations 6.6.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Politics in Canada In the 150th year of Confederation, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard wants to talk about how Canada governs itself. Justin Trudeau put him off, saying he did not want to open the Canadian Constitution for debate. As former premier of Ontario Bob Rae pointed out, the Canadian Constitution is a living document, and discussion of its workings cannot be closed down. Trudeau himself has initiated changes to the way the Senate is appointed and how it operates. Real Senate reform would require constitutional changes, as Rae pointed out. Couillard wants Quebec to engage with Canada, and lamented how much of his province has lived in a sort of internal exile from Canada. Being a Quebecer is "our way of being Canadian" is the message the Quebec Liberal government wants to communicate across Canada. In releasing a 177-page discussion paper, Quebecers: Our Way of Being Canadian , on June 1, the Liberal premier suggested that opening up a dialogue on Canada should be of interest to all Canadians ...
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Theodore Roosevelt IV: Bear Ears: A story of what passes and what endures 6.6.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Nowhere is the tension between short and long-term values so furiously fought as on our western public lands – a multi-generational struggle around issues of sovereignty, identity, and regional or national definitions of well-being. Shortly before leaving office, President Obama used his executive authority under the Antiquities Act to confer national monument designation on 1.35 million acres of Utah’s canyon lands. Five First Nation tribes had sought this designation for an area rich in native...
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Indigenous Alliance Launches Divestment Campaign Against US and Canadian Pipelines 25.5.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Indigenous activists march with allies in the Tar Sands Healing Walk in northern Alberta, Canada. (Photo: Velcrow Ripper ) A coalition of 121 Indigenous tribes across North America is working to change the narrative around fossil fuels. Alongside a growing campaign to defund the banks that are financing the Dakota Access pipeline and four other pipeline projects to pump Alberta tar sands oil across the continent, they are also pushing a discussion on sustainable forms of alternative energy. Indigenous activists march with allies in the Tar Sands Healing Walk in northern Alberta, Canada. (Photo: Velcrow Ripper ) Want to see more coverage of the issues that matter? Make a donation to Truthout to ensure that we can publish more original stories like this one. Toronto, Canada -- It's imperative to create an alternative to harmful fossil fuel extraction, according to Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. Nepinak is a member of the  Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion , a ...
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Reviving debate over Bears Ears National Monument also revives racial tension in a remote corner of Utah 10.5.2017 LA Times: Nation

The debate over the best use of these vast canyonlands is not just about states’ rights or who should control public land. Nor is it only about environmental protection or the preservation of Native American culture.

It is also about the people who have lived alongside each other in this remote...

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Robert Redford: Don't take Bears Ears away from us 7.5.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
As a Utah resident of more than 50 years, I am deeply troubled by President Trump’s recent decision, at the request of Utah’s congressional leaders, to explore rescinding or shrinking the boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument. It is no secret that at times I have disagreed with Utah’s congressional delegation. Yet, we are all citizens of Utah and share a respect for Utah’s rich culture and history. I believe we all agree it is important to hold onto our Mormon roots, and our ranching cult... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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With National Monuments Under Review, Bears Ears Is Focus Of Fierce Debate 6.5.2017 NPR News
Bears Ears in Utah is on land considered sacred to Native Americans. But some local residents say the 1.35-million-acre national monument is being pushed by extreme out-of-state environmentalists.
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Trump orders review of national monuments, says Bears Ears 'should never have happened' 27.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • President Donald Trump on Wednesday ordered a broad review of all national monument designations over the last 21 years that he says will give power back to the states and “free up” use of that federal acreage. He specifically targeted the new Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah that President Barack Obama named less than a month before leaving office using a 1906 law that will also be reviewed as part of the order. “The Antiquities Act does not give the federal govern...
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