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Rosita Worl unexpectedly grew teary eyed as she looked at the coho salmon a younger family member had brought her.
The silver fish was a sight she was used to, but one she had learned wasn’t always guaranteed.
“I just cried that our traditions were still viable, and that he was able to still bring food to me as an elder,” she said.
Worl, Tlingit, was born in Petersburg, Alaska, during the 1930s. She was brought up in a subsistence lifestyle, living off the land in Southeast Alaska as her ancestors had. As she grew older, the ceremonies, traditions, and community need for subsistence stayed constant, but the laws surrounding it changed.
She recalled the first time she realized this, as if it were yesterday. She was fishing with other kids from her village as they always did, when state officials suddenly told them that the familiar process was illegal.
“We didn't know that it was against the law. They confiscated the fish and we couldn't believe it. We kept saying, ‘what value is it to you to take that fish away and not return it?' Whereas to us it meant winter food,’” she said... READ more. Meghan Sullivan, Indian Country Today
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Indigenous Peoples Day on Oct. 11 also marked the day 175 years ago when Myaamia tribal citizens were forcibly removed from their homelands near the campus of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Myaamia tribal leaders, citizens and Miami University officials and students gathered to commemorate that fateful day when it seemed everything Myaamia was lost. Their collective mourning, however, was lightened by recognition of the remarkable partnership between the tribe and university that helped restore the lost Myaamia language and culture, offering healing and reclamation of pride in being Myaamia.
Recipients of the Miami Heritage Award Program hung 330 strips of cloth on trees throughout campus, one for every tribal citizen who was removed from their homelands in 1846, 16 years after President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act of 1830.
Today, 39 Myaamia students attend the university with a fee waiver as part of the Heritage Award... READ more. — Mary Annette Pember, Indian Country Today
U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland's mother, Mary Toya, a longtime civil servant and U.S. Navy veteran, has died.
Officials with the Interior Department confirmed Toya's passing Saturday but didn’t immediately release her age or cause of death.
“We celebrate Mary Toya’s long life and are grateful for her 25 years of service to Native students as a member of the Interior team within Indian Affairs," department spokeswoman Melissa Schwartz said in a statement... READ more. — The Associated Press
Eighteen tribes and tribal organizations were awarded tourism grants by Indian Affairs totaling $1.5 million. And $600,000 was awarded to two Native Hawaiian organizations.
The funds were awarded under the Tribal Tourism Grants Program.
“With the ongoing impact COVID-19 is having on the tourism industry, it is important to recognize how much more the Tribal tourism sector, which is a vital part of many Tribal economies, is suffering,” Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Bryan Newland said in a statement. “The Tribal Tourism Grant Program is one way we can aid Tribal governments and organizations in their efforts to stay open for business during this time of national crisis.”
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The Gila River Indian Community's gambling operation has begun construction of its fourth casino in metro Phoenix.
Gila River Hotels & Casinos on Monday held a groundbreaking ceremony for the planned Santan Mountain casino, which will be located in the Chandler area near Gilbert Road and Hunt Highway.
The 160-acre, $150 million project will feature more than 850 slots and table games, a BetMGM Sportsbook and multiple dining options for guests, and new games will include mini baccarat, craps and roulette.
Two of the tribe's current casinos also are located in the Chandler area. The other is on the metro area's southwestern rim.
The tribe announced the new casino project last summer after signing a revised gambling compact with the state.
Gambling expansion legislation approved by state lawmakers at Gov. Doug Ducey's best included provisions allowing tribes to increase their gambling offerings, both in number of casinos and types of gambling games.
Arizona currently has 24 tribal casinos statewide, including seven in metro Phoenix.
The legislation will allow up to 11 statewide, including four in metro Phoenix and one in the Tucson area. — The Associated Press
The Navajo Nation on Tuesday reported 85 more COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths for the 14th time in the past 20 days.
The latest numbers pushed the tribe's totals to 34,999 confirmed COVID-19 cases from the virus since the pandemic began more than a year ago. The known death toll remains at 1,464.
Tribal officials still are urging people to get vaccinated, wear masks while in public and minimize their travel.
Based on cases from Oct. 1-14, the Navajo Department of Health issued an advisory for 31 communities due to the uncontrolled spread of the coronavirus.
All Navajo Nation executive branch employees had to be fully vaccinated against the virus by the end of September or submit to regular testing. — The Associated Press
The 8th National Native American Languages Summit is scheduled for Nov. 18-19.
The event is free and virtual.
It's being hosted by the Department of Education’s White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education, the Department of Health and Human Service’s Administration for Native Americans and the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Education.
The summit goal is to identify ways to further support communities teaching their Native languages, improve accountability for educational progress, provide measurable goals to show our success, and encourage our youth to gain the skills to speak their language.
To register, click here.
This is not Cowlitz comedian Joey Clift’s first time at the animated short video rodeo. But it is the first time this Comedy Central video is about an actual Native mascot change, and for that, he is grateful.
Earlier in October, when the then Cleveland Indians played their last game with that name, (they have changed their name now to the Cleveland Guardians) Clift, in the first time ever collaboration with Comedy Central, released his latest video that he wrote, directed and starred in... READ more. — Vincent Schilling, Indian Country Today
- Marie Wilcox, who saved her tribe's language, dies: The Native elder was once the last fluent speaker of Wukchumni but she worked for more than 20 years to produce a dictionary of the language spoken by her tribe.
- Boston Marathon’s Indigenous legacy: A strong Indigenous connection to one of the premiere marathons in the world continues to grow.
- On the education frontlines: Educators and students gathered for the 52nd annual convention and trade show of the National Indian Education Association.
- In Southeast Alaska, a new type of conservation: A new fund focuses on promoting Indigenous-led, local solutions to global problems.
- Watch: The rest is rock n' roll history: Rock and roll musician Stevie Salas tells us about his storied career.
- When a CNY kid forcibly cuts a Native American student’s hair, it’s a teaching moment for a school district.
- New program gives free smartphones to Indigenous women at risk.
- The Supreme Court Agreed to Hear Two Cases on Tribal Sovereignty. Here Is What’s at Stake.
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