Hello Monday! Here’s a look at what’s happening today:
Enbridge pipeline showdown looms
When Enbridge Line 5 was built in 1953, the notion of tribal consultation was often overlooked by states and corporations.
In those days, pipeline construction was a simple matter. The company paid the state of Michigan $2,450 for an easement for a portion of its pipeline on the lake bottom of the Straits of Mackinac.
Today, however, the state of Michigan and 12 tribes are demanding more from Enbridge than money. They want accountability, meaningful consultation and the right to stop the flow of oil through the aging pipeline.
Treaties — long-ignored and often drawn out in extended court fights — may be key to the dispute.
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American Families Plan’s impact on Native people
The White House has released details on how President Joe Biden’s American Families Plan impacts Native people.
A fivepage fact sheet was released highlighting postsecondary opportunities, teacher preparation, universal preschool, childcare, paid family and medical leave, nutrition and tax credits.
“President Biden’s American Families Plan will deliver a fairer and more equitable America for Native Americans and will support Native families,” read the fact sheet.
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Cherokee Nation citizens to get $2,000
The Cherokee Nation is planning to use American Rescue Plan Act dollars as direct payments to citizens, according to KTUL in Tulsa.
Every citizen will receive $1,000 each year for the next two years, according to the report.
The tribe, one of the largest in the U.S. is receiving $1.8 billion in COVID-19 funds.
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Feds OK tribal casino, sports betting deal
PHOENIX (AP) — Gambling on sporting events and online fantasy sports betting became legal in Arizona on Monday, along with a host of new gambling options at tribal casinos, after the U.S. Department of the Interior approved an updated tribal gaming compact with the state.
The approval puts into effect emergency legislation Gov. Doug Ducey signed in April that was a counterpart to the new tribal gambling agreement. The deal the Republican governor signed with the tribes allows them to expand their casino gambling offerings and offer sports and fantasy betting.
Outside of the reservation casinos, major professional sports groups will be able to offer wagering on pro sports like the NFL, and NBA. And online fantasy sports operations like DraftKings can piggyback on the licenses.
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Navajo Nation reports 2 new COVID-19 cases, but no deaths
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - The Navajo Nation on Monday reported two new confirmed COVID-19 cases but no additional deaths.
Tribal health officials said the latest figures pushed the total number of cases since the pandemic began more than a year ago to 30,780 on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
The known death toll remained at 1,301.
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Digital divide talk with VP Kamala Harris
Vice President Kamala Harris hosted a listening session on Monday on the digital divide that included Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Chairman Aaron Payment.
The virtual discussion was streamed on the White House social media. Harris discussed how American Jobs Plan will invest in access to high speed internet.
Oklahoma prosecutor argues that McGirt is not retroactive
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma court has agreed to consider a prosecutor’s assertion that a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the state lacks jurisdiction for certain crimes on land within tribal reservations is not retroactive.
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday granted Pushmataha County District Attorney Mark Matloff’s request for a stay of court proceedings in the case of Clifton Parish and directed Matloff and defense attorney Debra Hampton to file briefs in the case.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in what is known as the McGirt decision that Oklahoma lacks jurisdiction for crimes committed on tribal reservations in which the defendants or victims were tribal citizens.
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From social media:
- Hunting hooligans in Alaska: A river near Anchorage supports a run of eulachon, a small silver fish also known as hooligan. As the fish leave the ocean and enter freshwater to spawn, predators wait.
- Pueblo-designed hot air balloon takes flight: The ‘ambassador’ balloon in Albuquerque is a new marketing strategy to attract business to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.
- Telling a story with tattoos: When it comes to Cherokee-based tattoos, Nathalie Standingcloud likes to educate clients on the history and background specific to Cherokee culture.
- Rick Santorum is gone, but media problems remain: CNN cuts ties with Rick Santorum but it's all of mainstream media that does not include Native voices on air.
- Watch: Looking through the telescope: Hawaii's House Speaker Scott Saiki says building a telescope on Mauna Kea is getting community input.
What we’re reading:
- Ultimate Fighter featuring Mvskoke citizen will air June 1.
- She was supposed to become Prime Minister but was locked out of Parliament.
- How Cherokee tribal courts are handling surge in cases due to McGirt ruling.
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