Indian Country Today video news report for Feb 26, 2019, with Vincent Schilling
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Stories in this video report for February 26, 2019
Greetings and She:kon everyone, this is Vincent Schilling and I am the associate editor of Indian Country Today and your host for this week’s Video News Update. With this video update, Indian Country Today will bring you some of our top stories to hit the site.
This past weekend was Oscar awards’ weekend
Many folks on social media are claiming the Oscars, due to the increase of the diversity initiatives, finally saw an upswing in viewership after a four-year decline. We at Indian Country Today have provided a bit of coverage this 2019 Academy Award season with a humble nod to the gracious Sacheen Littlefeather, who turned down the Oscar for best actor Marlon Brando in 1973. Last year, Sacheen read the speech she was never allowed to read that night on the air on my radio program Native Trailblazers. I didn’t realize she hadn’t read it in its entirety in 45 years.
Check out the story links below including “After 45 years, Sacheen Littlefeather reads the Oscar's speech she wasn't allowed to give for the first time” as well as our coverage of Indigenous representation at the Oscars thanks to best actress nominee Yalitza Aparicio, and Native folks behind the scenes and talking on Social media in Jourdan Bennett-Begaye’s article “You have to love films to work during the Oscar celebration.”
A defining moment for Alaska Natives – a devastating state budget
In our latest story by Alaska correspondent John Tetpon, The governor of Alaska dealt a devastating blow to Alaska’s Native people in his proposed budget with unprecedented cuts to programs that have given life-changing opportunities for thousands of people across the state.
Alaska is currently overdrawn by $1.6 billion. The proposed budget is part of Dunleavy’s plan to trim the deficit by $1.3 billion. The plan includes cutting nearly one-fifth of the budget of the state Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, which include the university education system.
Specifically, funds on the proverbial chopping block as outlined by Governor Dunleavy touted as the “Honest Budget,” including a $300 million cut from K-12 education, $3 million cut from the Village Public Safety Officer program. Ending the Alaska Marine Highway system, Ending the fish tax revenue sharing program for small fishing villages. Ending the Power Cost Equalization fund that helped villages reduce the high costs of heating oil and electrical power. Without the fund, the cost of power could jump more than 100-percent. Check out the entire story on our site.
Many tribes say the billion-dollar cannabis business is a gateway to economic development
Ely Shoshone is one of a growing number of indigenous nations that are getting into the cannabis market, which is expanding as an increasing number of states legalize cannabis for recreational and/or medical use.
For isolated tribes like Ely Shoshone, located in the region of Ely, Nevada, cannabis is providing the seed money for economic development in the same way that gaming is doing for tribes elsewhere. Customers come from as far away as Elko and Salt Lake City, a three- to four-hour drive away, Buckner said.
Because indigenous nations are sovereign, the tax revenue they receive—including from cannabis-related businesses on their lands—do not go to the state. However, there are still state and tribal compact obligations. The Ely Shoshone is one of several tribes benefitting from new job creation and tribal revenue - but there are still some members that hesitate to endorse the practice. Read the entire story in Indian Country Today. What are your thoughts on recreational or medicinal cannabis? Reach out to us on Twitter, or let us know in the comments below.
Let Indian Country cast the first votes to pick the next president
Editor Mark Trahant posted a thought-provoking article in Indian Country Today calling to question Senator Elizabeth Warren’s statement about reparations to Native Americans, Recently, Warren told the Washington Post about whether “they” should receive reparations, Warren stated, “I think it’s an important part of the conversation” and spoke of America’s, “Ugly history.” Trahant said, “Reparations are well and good. But it’s not an issue that has surfaced much in Indian Country. There are dozens of issues that tribes are eager to insert into the national discourse -- and reparations would have been way down on that list.”
He described several factors as to why Native citizens would be best in selecting a president.
Indian Country has an advantage that the United States needs, a young population. The Native population would call on a presidential candidate to protect and improve the Indian Child Welfare Act, and candidates should be asked about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and a federal response, or Or how to fix what Trahant called “the convoluted legal mess of the 2009 Supreme Court Carcieri decision that makes a mess of tribal authority and lands.” Check out the full article.
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