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A coffee shop on the Walker River Indian Reservation in western Nevada is doing more than helping their customers live a healthier lifestyle, it's also integrating the idea of rez economics.

The Next Evolution owner and Walker River Paiute Tribe citizen, Andrea Martinez, said their coffee beans are supplied from Star Village Coffee, which is owned by Joel Zuniga, a citizen from the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony.

“We established a really good relationship with (Zuniga) and he has been supplying us with our coffee since opening,” Martinez told ICT.“I just really think that it’s important for Natives to support Natives especially in business. We were never meant to make it in the world we live in today, but seeing these up and coming Native businesses — it’s inspiring to me.” READ MORE. — Kalle Benallie, ICT

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In Pawnee County District Court, Walter “Bunky” Echo-Hawk Jr. is facing an additional felony charge.

Echo-Hawk was originally charged with lewd behavior with a child under 16 years and prosecutors are adding the charge of felony possession of juvenile pornography, which Echo-Hawk is set to be arraigned on next week.

He pleaded not guilty to the original charge and denied the new allegation in a statement.

According to the affidavit, on Dec. 17, 2021, members of the Pawnee Police Department served a search warrant at Echo-Hawk’s residence where numerous items of evidence were collected, one item being an iPad. READ MORE.Kolby KickingWoman, ICT

The Whanganui River in New Zealand is surging into the ocean, fattened from days of winter rain and yellowed from the earth and clay that has collapsed into its sides. Logs and debris hurtle past as dusk looms.

Sixty-one-year-old Tahi Nepia is calmly paddling his outrigger canoe, called a waka ama in his Indigenous Māori language, as it is buffeted from side to side.

Before venturing out, he makes sure to first ask permission from his ancestors in a prayer, or karakia. It's the top item on his safety list. He says his ancestors inhabit the river and each time he dips his paddle into the water he touches them.

“You are giving them a mihimihi, you are giving them a massage," Nepia says. "That’s how we see that river. It’s a part of us.” READ MORE.Associated Press

Wilbur Slockish Jr. has been shot at, had rocks hurled at him. He hid underground for months, and then spent 20 months serving time in federal prisons across the country — all of that for fishing in the Columbia River.

But Slockish, a traditional river chief of the Klickitat Band of the Yakama Nation, would endure it all again to protect his right of access to the river and the fish that his people believe were bestowed to them by the Creator.

“It’s a sacred covenant,” he said. “Nothing’s more important.”

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Tribal fishermen like Slockish have drawn the ire of commercial and sport fisherman as well as government officials over the decades for engaging in an act of faith. For Slockish and his ancestors, who have inhabited the Columbia River Basin “since the beginning of time,” stewardship of the land, the river and its fish, animals and plant life is a divine contract at the core of a millennia-old religious practice. They've fished in the river not just to practice their faith, but also to eke out a livelihood. READ MORE. — Associated Press

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Missy Whiteman is an Indigenous filmmaker behind the short film “Coyote Eats Chocolate.” That project has sparked a Trickster Cinematic Universe. Last weekend her “OWAMNI X: Expanded Cinema Experience” combined film and live painting with Native song and dance.

Osage citizen Ryan Redcorn is a writer, director, and comedian whose work can be seen in both seasons of the hit TV series “Reservation Dogs.” He is also the co-founder of Buffalo Nickel Creative, a media production company that has been keeping him busy.

The killing of Indigenous people, land and environmental defenders is a chillingly common occurrence in Latin America, and Mexico is one of the world’s most dangerous countries for activists. ICT’s Carina Dominguez reports on these vicious attacks against Mexican women journalists, human rights defenders and land campaigners.

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The communications director for the Navajo Nation Council has been arrested for allegedly injuring a relative at his Gallup home, the Gallup Independent reported.

Alray Nelson, 36, is facing charges of aggravated battery, and evading or obstructing an officer, the newspaper reported. Nelson serves as the spokesman for the tribe's legislative branch and also is the executive director of Navajo Nation Pride, a group that has been advocating for lawmakers on the reservation to legalize gay marriage.

According to court documents, Nelson pushed one of his relatives down a set of stairs Monday, causing that person to hit their head on a glass coffee table and was briefly knocked unconscious. The relative was taken by ambulance to a local hospital and treated, the Gallup Independent reported.

A Gallup police officer had responded to a call of a possible domestic disturbance at Nelson's home and saw a large hole in the wall in front of a stairwell. Nelson's injured relative was on the floor, according to a criminal complaint.

The police officer said Nelson declined to speak without an attorney present, according to court documents.

Nelson told The Associated Press he was released from jail Thursday but declined to comment on the case, other than to say "I am remorseful and sorry this happened."

The Navajo Nation legislative branch did not immediately respond to a message left Thursday by the AP. — Associated Press

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