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Border issues?

Canada and the United States closed their border to non-essential travel in March 2020 and have renewed the restrictions monthly ever since, most recently on July 5. And recently, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he expects non-essential travel to Canada will be allowed in mid-August for fully vaccinated U.S. citizens.

Basically border access on both sides is fluid.

Crossing the border varies on location and requirements. ICT's Joaqlin Estus explains the complications and shares what some tribes next to the border face... READ more.

In a second article related to the border, Estus shares a story on the Sinixt and how the border closer has affected some of their rights.

The tribe recently won a landmark case in Canada. Their name, “Sinixt” is derived from their name for Canada’s Arrow Lakes. The tribe is part of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Washington... READ more.

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Winona LaDuke, others, arrested in Minnesota

Winona LaDuke and six other women were arrested Monday while protesting Enbridge's Line 3 in northern Minnesota, according to Honor the Earth.

LaDuke is the founder of Honor the Earth, an environmental group, and has been against construction and the replacement pipeline for years.

The Line 3 replacement would carry Canadian tar sands oil and regular crude from Alberta to Enbridge’s terminal in Superior, Wisconsin.

It's unclear what charges LaDuke and others are facing and when they will be released from jail. A Tuesday post on Facebook, Honor the Earth said LaDuke has a court appearance on Wednesday.

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From the rez to national news anchor

Aliyah Chavez has dreamt of being on a television news program since her childhood. Now her dream is coming true. She is now the anchor for ICT’s newscast, the news organization announced Tuesday at the Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Naming Chavez, Kewa Pueblo, as anchor of “ICT Newscast with Aliyah Chavez” pushes the platform in the direction of reaching a younger audience and more Indigenous communities… READ more.

Mining CEO defends comments that Maine tribes lack rights

PATTEN, Maine (AP) — The head of a Canadian mining company has defended comments in which he touted the state of Maine as a good place to do business because of a lack of rights for tribal groups.

Wolfden Resources wants to develop a precious minerals mine in rural Maine. The chief executive officer of the company, Ron Little, has faced criticism recently because of comments he made during a 2019 presentation to investors in which he said there are “no indigenous rights in the state of Maine” and that “streamlines the permitting process.”

The Natural Resources Council of Maine, which opposes the mining project, shared the videos with Maine tribes, the Bangor Daily News reported. Penobscot Nation Chief Kirk Francis has described the statement as “obviously not an accurate comment.”

Little told the Bangor Daily News that the statements were taken out of context and his company reached out to Maine tribes more than a year and a half ago. He told the Daily News he made the comment to investors because “one of the biggest risks is that the Indigenous community might have a veto to not allow a project.”

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Oklahoma sues federal agency over coal mining oversight

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma is suing the U.S. Department of the Interior over the federal agency’s plan to strip Oklahoma of its jurisdiction to regulate coal mining on tribal reservations, Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Monday.

The lawsuit names as defendants U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement and that agency’s acting director, Glenda Owens.

The Interior notified the state earlier this year it planned to strip Oklahoma of its jurisdiction to regulate surface coal mining within the Muscogee Nation reservation following last year’s U.S. Supreme Court’s McGirt decision, which determined the tribe’s reservation in eastern Oklahoma was never disestablished by Congress.

Stitt claims that the decision applies only to criminal jurisdiction.

Tribe rejects proposed opioid settlement

The Yurok Tribal Council recently voted unanimously to oppose the proposed Purdue Pharma opioid settlement.

“There is no justice in this settlement,” Chairman Joseph James said in a statement. “The Yurok Tribe is incredibly disappointed with the agreement because it does not hold Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family accountable for the damage they have caused in our community and across the continent. Everything about the ability of this family to escape consequences and responsibility for premeditated actions offends the world view of the Yurok people.”

The settlement is part of Purdue Pharma’s proposed bankruptcy plan... READ more.

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Alaska Natives’ complicated identities

Part 1 of a 3-part series on Alaska Native identity as part of Indian Country Today’s project on the 50th anniversary of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

‘Hashtag’ complicated.

Ricky Tagaban’s robe during its First Dance ceremony at the Sealaska Heritage Institute on June 22, 2020. Tagaban is a tribal citizen, but is currently not able to be a shareholder in his regional or village corporation. He felt most connected to his culture through art and the community. (Photo Courtesy of Annie Bartholomew, The Juneau Empire)

Read part 1 here.

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