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#ThereIsHope – Suicide Prevention and Awareness on the Pine Ridge

The Pine Ridge Reservation, a place that is often painted as one of the most impoverished, unhealthy and downright ugly places that you can imagine, whose 28,000 residents call this place home and choose not only to overlook the negative, but also to do what they can to make it beautiful. One of those residents is local youth, Janay Jumping Eagle, Oglala Lakota, of Kyle, SD. Last winter, Janay posted a photo to her Facebook profile of a basketball, with the ...
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Native Hockey Players Inspiring More Native Youth To Play

"You know, it isn't often that you'll find 5,000 South Dakotans in Western South Dakota cheering for an Indian kid," says Brandon Ecoffey, an Oglala Lakota journalist and hockey fan from Rapid City. "You know, and the way that (Winston) Day Chief plays the game with his ability and hard work, it's something that we can all really come together and support." And it isn't just Day Chief, a 26-year-old Blackfoot from the Blood Reserve in southern Alberta. Rush teammate and ...
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Idle No More Global Day of Action

Idle No More has called for a Global Day of Action on Oct 7 - #Oct7Proclaim   October 7, 1763, marked the signing of the British Royal Proclamation, an historic document that legally mandated Canada to recognize Indigenous land rights.  250 years later, on October 7, 2013... Idle No More calls on all peoples to raise (y)our voices and take action in support of:-- Our Land -- Our Water -- Our Bodies -- Our Stories -- Our Future -- Indigenous ...
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Pine Ridge Reservation Votes to End Ban on Alcohol

In a public referendum, the tribal members on Pine Ridge Reservation have voted to end the ban on alcohol.  The vote was 1,843 in favor and 1,678 against. Sales of alcohol off the reservation has become big business.  Millions of cans of beer are sold in Whiteclay, which is just off the reservation. Supporters believe lifting the ban will generate much needed revenue on the reservation. According to the New York Times:

Those supporting the initiative said opening shops that sold alcohol on ...
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NCAI Resolution to Urge Congress to Reimburse Native American Veterans Illegally Taxed While on Active Duty

National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) recently passed a resolution which calls upon its members and member Tribes to urge Congress to reimburse eligible Native American Service members who were illegally taxed by their state of residence while on active duty. To read the resolution in its entirety click here: http://www.ncai.org/attachments/Resolution_uNFXzhlbcGHDDUzPFgAdnhxOdjchQqKmaarlOCoMrxjjKCIFssD_REN-13-075%20final.pdf According to Federal tax laws, Native Americans who reside and work on federal reservations are not subject to pay income tax. However, our Native American service members have been ...
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Winnemem Wintu Fear Harassment From Forest Service As Ceremony Approaches

The Coming of Age ceremony (Balas Chonas) for the Winnemem Wintu tribe of Northern California is fast approaching and many fear the US Forest Service will interfere during the ceremony, which these fears are not unfounded. During previous ceremonies the tribe has been plagued by interference from the public and the US Forest Service law enforcement officers. The small Northern California tribe and the Forest Service are working out the language of the special permit for the temporary water way closure ...
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Haskell Junior to join hotshot crew in Arizona, again!

Nick Cesare (22), a junior at Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, KS heads out today to join a specialized “hotshot” firefighter crew, based in Logan, UT…again!   Cesare fought wildfires with one of the highly trained hotshot crews for three months last year and has been waiting for the day he could return ever since. Many Americans first heard of these firefighter crews about a week ago when 19 members of one ...
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Native American on Big Brother

Jeremy McGuire is one of the new house guests on the CBS show Big Brother. During the premiere episode last night Jeremy mentioned he was from the Cherokee. He currently works at a boat shop in Texas. Are you watching Big Brother? How do you think Jeremy will do? Jeremy's CBS Bio
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Obama Establishes White House Council on Native American Affairs

The White House has released an executive order establishing the White House Council on Native American Affairs. From the order: The United States recognizes a government-to-government relationship, as well as a unique legal and political relationship, with federally recognized tribes. This relationship is set forth in the Constitution of the United States, treaties, statutes, Executive Orders, administrative rules and regulations, and judicial decisions. Honoring these relationships and respecting the sovereignty of tribal nations is critical to advancing tribal self-determination and prosperity. As we ...
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Eagle Feather Causes Trouble At Graduation Again

According to Indian Country Today, another student has been asked to remove an eagle feather during graduation.  Sky Walkingstick of the Eastern Band of Cherokee was told to remove the feather before graduation.  The Assistant Principal of JB Pennington High School Steven Bryson told Sky to remove feather from his cap minute before the ceremony began. This is the second time this year that a feather has been an issue during graduation.  ...
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