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There’s an old joke about leadership and bureaucracy: We take a long time to make up our minds, but once we do, we really move slowly.
That in essence is the United States government’s approach to climate change. The lack of consensus in Congress means that every step is weighed, counter-measured, and then delayed.
And these delays are compounded by increasing use of fossil fuel use – and infrastructure projects – that lock in greenhouse gas emissions for decades to come.
The United Nations summed up the situation with this simple equation: “As long as countries continue to emit greenhouse gasses, temperatures will continue to rise.” READ MORE. — Mark Trahant, Indian Country Today
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When fish numbers are low, who gets to continue to harvest fish in rural Alaska? Federal agencies say only local, rural residents. The state of Alaska says all Alaskans.
The Biden administration filed suit on May 17 against the Alaska Department of Fish and Game over fish openings on the Kuskokwim River during fish shortages.
The lawsuit is part of a long-standing conflict between federal land management agencies and the state over subsistence, or the gathering of food from nature for nutrition and cultural practices.
This latest tussle was prompted by the state ignoring federal authority on the Kuskokwim river, which passes through the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. The state has been holding fish openings for all Alaskans on the same days the federal government had limited openings to local rural residents due to low fish numbers. READ MORE. — Joaqlin Estus, Indian Country Today
The federal Indian Health Service is one step closer to potentially having a permanent leader to guide it as it tries to improve the service it provides to Indigenous people amid frequent criticism of inadequate care and a COVID-19 pandemic.
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held a confirmation hearing for Roselyn Tso, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, on Wednesday, pressing her on how she would ensure the health agency, which has faced numerous challenges throughout its history and has been chronically underfunded, meets its trust responsibility to those it serves.
President Joe Biden announced Tso’s nomination to lead IHS on March 9. The agency has had only one permanent, Senate-confirmed leader - who held the job for less than one year – since 2013.
The committee didn’t take any action on the nomination during the hearing. But committee members didn’t question Tso’s qualifications and focused on asking how she’d address the many challenges – like serving a population with high rates of chronic health conditions, a lower life expectancy compared to the rest of the U.S. population and struggles recruiting and retaining qualified providers – the agency faces. READ MORE. — Chris Aadland, Underscore.news and Indian Country Today
Delbert Anderson was trying to do the right thing when things went wrong.
The Diné jazz musician was having a breakout year with The Delbert Anderson Trio and his jazz/hip-hop ensemble DDAT when he reached out to help a couple who appeared down on their luck.
He lost one thing that cannot be replaced, but was reminded of another that can never be taken away – his love of music.
“The main instrument that I valued most is my Inderbinen trumpet,” he told Indian Country Today from his home in Farmington, New Mexico.
“It's a Switzerland horn, and it's a completely custom horn. And it's not manufactured; it's actually hand-hammered. They don't use any metal bending. It is pretty fancy. And, you know, it took me forever to save up for that horn.” READ MORE. — Miles Morrisseau, Indian Country Today
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On Thursday's ICT Newscast, it is the final day of the 2022 Reservation Economic Summit in Las Vegas. A Nevada leader weighs in on boarding schools and we meet an award-winning education advocate. Plus, a politics update.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding $147 million to tribal communities this year.
The annual funds go towards block grants and 83 will support affordable housing and community development projects – with $95 million going to 24 communities through the Indian Housing Block Grant Competitive Program and $52 million awarded to 59 communities through the Indian Community Development Grant.
HUD made the announcement on Thursday.
“We're very excited to make this announcement,” said Heidi Frechette, Menominee and Brothertown, who is the deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Native American Programs. “We're always excited and encouraged to see investment in Indian Country, especially because there's such great need.” READ MORE. — Carina Dominguez, Indian Country Today
The Native American Employment and Training Council will meet on June 22 and 23.
Authorized under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the council is a non-discretionary committee that provides guidance to the U.S. Department of Labor.
The council meets in public sessions, which can also be attended online. Read the meeting notice and instructions on joining the meeting on the Federal Register.
- Gila River Indian Community receives traffic safety funding: 'This funding will save lives. This is critically important to the community, our families, and everyone who drives on Gila River lands.'
- Former Miss Navajo Nation titleholders run for delegate seats: They’re all under 40 and already have years of political engagement behind them.
- GLOBAL INDIGENOUS: Promises Down Under, demands for basic services: Coverage around the world on Indigenous issues.
- Charles Graham wins Democratic nomination: North Carolina could have its first Indigenous person elected to Congress in November.
- Fifty years ago: Mount Adams returned to Yakama people: An executive order signed by Richard Nixon in 1972 returned the sacred Pahto mountain to tribal lands, but disputes continue to arise.
- The US has spent more than $2B on a plan to save salmon. The fish are vanishing anyway.
- The Navajo Nation’s first economist takes a fresh view on development.
- Dolena Fox is one of the world's first female Yup'ik commercial pilots.
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