Juanita Growing Thunder Fogarty (Assiniboine/Sioux) won Best of Show in the 2021 Juried Competition at the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market. This work is titled "Wakitagka (Strong-Willed) Pandemic Survivalist." (Photo courtesy of Heard Museum social media)

Evening briefs in Indian Country

News from Friday, March 5, 2021

NM flag - by Ken Lund

New Mexico Senate backs bill to change school funding

The chamber advanced a funding bill that would increase the amount of money sent to school districts with non-taxable lands

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Chairman Andy Teuber introduces U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. Azar was in Anchorage to tour the Alaska Native Health Campus. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

Search ends for Alaska helicopter piloted by tribal official

After an extensive search with our available assets resulting in inconclusive findings, it’s with a heavy heart that we have to suspend this search pending any new information

Grand Canyon. (Photo by Mark, Creative Commons)

House OKs bill to ban mining around Grand Canyon

That threat is particularly concerning to members of the Havasupai tribe, whose ancestral home is in the canyon

File photo: Wendsler Nosie, Sr. speaks with Apache activists in a rally to save Oak Flat, land near Superior, Ariz., sacred to Western Apache tribes, in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 22, 2015. The land sits on top of a large copper deposit and Resolution Copper Mine enlisted the help of Sen. John McCain. McCain, R-Arz., who attached a provision into a defense bill in December 2014 that transferred 2,400 acres of federal land to them in exchange for 5,300 acres of land owned by the company. McCain heralded the bill as a compromise that protects 800 acres of sacred land along Apache Leap, allows access to Oak Flats campgrounds and requires the mine to undergo an Environmental Impact Statement before it receives the land. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Evening briefs in Indian Country

News from Thursday, March 4, 2021

Mohegan Tribe Community Center and Government Building in Uncasville, Connecticut. (Photo by Bob Nichols, U.S. Department of Agriculture)

Connecticut lawmakers upset tribe left out of gaming deal

Governor announced his administration reached an agreement with the Mohegan Tribe that could eventually lead to legalized sports wagering and online gambling


Tribes, fishermen slam halt to Alaska-Canada water analysis

Critics such as some local tribes, fishermen and scientists have argued that the governments have not done enough to ensure water quality is adequate

Pictured: Official portrait of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey.

Arizona House OKs gambling bill amid transparency questions

Passage of the legislation is tied to the updated gaming compact Gov. Doug Ducey has struck with tribes but not released to the public


Tribal firefighter accused of operating meth lab

A 36-year-old man is under federal investigation

Rep. Deb Haaland, D-New Mexico, is sworn in during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on her nomination to be Interior Secretary, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP)

Senate energy panel backs Haaland for interior secretary

‘Quite honestly, we need you to be a success,’ said Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski

Rep. Deb Haaland, Laguna and Jemez Pueblos, is poised to be selected by President-elect Joe Biden to lead the Department of Interior. (Photo by Haaland for Congress)

Politics at play in Deb Haaland's confirmation date

The COVID relief bill and a slim House majority are likely to affect Rep. Deb Haaland’s confirmation date, an expert says

The emergency entrance to the Acoma-Canoncito-Laguna Hospital in Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico. (Photo courtesy of Pueblo of Acoma)

Evening briefs in Indian Country

News from Wednesday, March 3, 2021

The Navajo Nation weighed several plans Thursday to spend the last $177 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds the tribe received – money that has to be spent by the end of the year or will be lost. (Photo by Chelsea Hofmann, Cronkite News)

Navajo Nation reports 3 more COVID-19 deaths

Tribal health officials said more than 16,000 people have recovered from COVID-19

Intertribal Agriculture Council Member Zach Ducheneaux chats with Navajo Nation high school students while in the Whitten Building Patio before Vice President Mike Pence commemorates National Agriculture Day and delivers remarks regarding President Donald J. Trump's National Ag Day Proclamation at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) headquarters in Washington, D.C., on March 20, 2018. Vice President Pence's address includes the importance of agriculture and honoring America's farmers, ranchers, and foresters, with a special recognition of youth. (Photo by Lance Cheung, U.S. Department of Agriculture)

Lakota rancher to head Farm Service Agency

Zach Ducheneaux is among a growing list of Indigenous people named to key positions by the Biden administration

Carrie Chesnik of the Oneida Nation holds a "Protect Water" sign as part of the march to observe the 30th anniversary of the 1991 spill into the Prairie River and was charged with public nuisance and obstructing a roadway on March 3, 2021. (Photo by Mary Annette Pember, Indian Country Today)

Clash at historic Minnesota pipeline spill leads to charges

Water protectors gathered at the site of a 1991 oil spill that was the largest inland oil spill in the U.S.

NPD officer in Nome (Photo courtesy of KNOM).

Seeking Justice, Wanting Protection: Disparities in Sexual Assault Crimes in Nome

This is the final part in a series of five stories that explores the community dynamics around sexual assault in Nome and efforts by law enforcement to heal long-standing mistrust.

Work continues at Enbridge Line 3 construction site in minus 11 degree temperatures in Aitkin County Minnesota. (Photo by Mary Annette Pember)

'Pipe Dream': Enbridge escalates local tensions

Community crackdown on water protectors in Minnesota raises constitutional questions about free speech, assembly