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Onondaga Faithkeeper Oren Lyons received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Indian Gaming Association’s Tradeshow and Convention on Wednesday in Anaheim, California.

“We want to celebrate Oren Lyons’ outstanding contribution throughout Indian Country. His leadership in Indian Country has been recognized as a world-renowned leader and visionary for peace, justice and sovereignty,”said Ernie Stevens Jr., chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association. “He is a great mentor to many throughout Indian Country.”

Oren Lyons, 92, is a Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation of the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy) and a member of the Onondaga Council of Chiefs. He is an artist, speaker, author and environmental activist for Indigenous peoples worldwide. He has advocated to the United Nations to recognize Indigenous rights and has addressed the United Nations General Assembly.

He has won numerous awards, including: The Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor, the United Nations NGO World Peace Prize, Smithsonian’s award for Art and Cultural Achievement and Sweden’s Prestigious Friend of the Children Award.

“At this stage of the game, he doesn't even have enough space for all the awards and accolades he's receiving.” his son Rex Lyons said, “He's set the bar pretty high and he's getting a lot of recognition.” READ MORE — Kalle Benallie, Indian Country Today 


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Being stewards of the land, every day is Earth day for Indigenous people across Indian Country and beyond. With the official holiday coming Friday, April 22, tribes and Native organizations across the country are holding events to celebrate.

Some events are virtual, others are back to being in person; the following are some of the events taking place.

Is your tribal community holding an Earth Day celebration event? Email us at kkickingwoman@indiancountrytoday.com to let us know! READ MORE — Kolby Kickingwoman, Indian Country Today

Tribal nations across the country have the opportunity to receive funding to address the unique impacts climate change has within their communities.

“As the effects of climate change continue to intensify, Indigenous communities are facing unique climate-related challenges that pose existential threats to Tribal economies, infrastructure, lives, and livelihoods,” Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said in a statement.

The Department of Interior announced this month that it will invest $46 million in funding for tribal communities as part of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal Climate Resilience Program.

And it will support collaborative and community-led planning, relocation expenses, infrastructure investments, and other forms of assistance to Tribal communities, according to a news release.

“Coastal communities are facing flooding, erosion, permafrost subsidence, sea-level rise, and storm surges, while inland communities are facing worsening drought and extreme heat,” Haaland said. “President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s historic investments in Tribal communities will help bolster community resilience, replace aging infrastructure, and provide support needed for climate-related community-driven relocation and adaptation.”

Tribes and tribal organizations will be able to submit proposals to the program in 13 different categories related to climate adaptation; ocean and coastal management; relocation, managed retreat or protect-in-place; and internships and youth engagement. READ MORE — Shondiin Silversmith, AZ Mirror

After decades of conflict, 10 months of tense negotiations and the stroke of a pen, Oregon’s outdated forest practices have gotten a major update.

The historic Private Forest Accord legislative package, comprising three bills aimed at revising the Oregon Forest Practices Act (OFPA), flew through the legislature during the short February-March session with bipartisan support. Gov. Kate Brown signed the legislation into law.

The bills were the result of an unlikely agreement struck between conservation and logging stakeholders over expanding environmental protections in logging activities that occur on 10 million acres of private land across the state.

Under the new law, the state’s Department of Forestry will begin developing new rules on an array of logging activities, from forest road maintenance to establishing stream buffers to tracking beaver removals.

“[This is] really the most significant update to Oregon’s Forest Practices Act perhaps in the 50 years since its passage,” Jason Miner, natural resources policy advisor to Gov. Kate Brown, told state legislators during the recent session. “This is a rebirth, hopefully, of the Oregon way on some of the hardest issues that we’ve confronted over the past 40 [to] 50 years.”

In a March statement, the Portland-based Wild Salmon Center said the updates make “Oregon’s forest laws some of the strongest in the nation.”

But the landmark legislation is missing support from one key group: Oregon’s tribal governments. READ MORE — Kendra Chamberlain, Columbia Insight


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