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Alyssa London has always felt most at home with her Tlingit community.
"I am a proud Tlingit woman who grew up with her family telling her who she is and where she comes from," said London.
London knows her culture's past and lives out the values and traditions daily. It's the future she has questions about.
"I would like future generations to not have to defend their identity as much," she explained. "And to just be able to be raised with that sense of who they are and to just be able to continue to walk in the footsteps of their parents and grandparents and uphold that legacy."
When the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act passed into law, it established 12 corporations. Those who were at least one quarter Alaska Native and born before Dec. 18, 1971, were eligible to receive 100 shares in their corporation. So now, corporations are faced with a big decision: open up enrollment to descendants born after the initial date, or stick with original shareholders only. READ MORE. — Meghan Sullivan, Indian Country Today
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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — The Seminole Tribe of Florida shut down its online sports betting app Saturday after being dealt its latest legal defeat in a case that has halted a massive expansion of gambling throughout Florida.
The tribe said it will temporarily stop taking bets on its Hard Rock Sportsbook app in response to a federal appeals court decision rejecting its request to allow wagering to continue as it pursues an appeal.
The Friday ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit follows a lower court’s decision to block an agreement between Florida and the Seminoles to allow online sports betting because it violates a federal rule requiring a person to be physically on tribal land when wagering. The lawsuit, which was filed by non-Indian casino owners in Florida, challenged the approval of the deal by the U.S. Department of the Interior, which oversees tribal gambling operations. READ MORE. — The Associated Press
The former governor of the Laguna Pueblo was sentenced to four years in prison for sexual abuse.
Conrad Lucero, 71, of Mesita, New Mexico, was sentenced in federal court on Oct. 28, according to the Justice Department.
Lucero pleaded guilty on April 23. After his release from prison, Lucero will be under five years of supervised release and must register as a sex offender.
Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma was awarded a five-year, $2.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
The federal funds were awarded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions Program.
About 33 percent of Northeastern students are Native and represent more than 30 tribes, according to the school.
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Co-creator and recent Gotham award winner Sterlin Harjo stops by to tell us his storytelling journey. Plus, Source NM reporter Shaun Griswold talks education.
In the wake of the discovery of unknown children’s bodies at the Kamloops Indian Boarding School as well as other locations in the United States and Canada, a fearless Native filmmaker is working to explore and expose a disturbing past faced by Native families.
“Oyate Woyaka (The People Speak)” in pre-production delves into the issues of historical trauma, languages lost and the cultural genocide committed due to residential boarding schools.
Oyate Woyaka, which is described as “a feature-length documentary following Lakota elders as they embrace their language and spirituality to heal from historical trauma” on the film’s Kickstarter page, is being created through a collaborative process by filmmaker Bryant High Horse and his nephew George McCauliffe. READ MORE. — Vincent Schilling, Indian Country Today
PORTLAND, Maine — A ski mountain is set to remove a derogatory term for Native American women from its name — two decades after state law eliminated the slur from names of communities and public landmarks.
The leader of a group of investors that’s buying Big (s-word) Mountain Resort in Greenville vowed to retire the name upon completion of the purchase, the Portland Press Herald reported.
“It’s going to change. There is no doubt about that,” said Perry Williams, managing partner at Big Lake Development Co.
“It’s about time,” Penobscot National Tribe Ambassador Maulian Dana said of the prospective owners’ plans. READ MORE. — The Associated Press
To continue our countdown to the 50th Anniversary of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, we hear from a reporter who was there on the ground.
Lael Morgan worked for the Native newspaper Tundra Times during the land claims movement. Morgan's story is unique -- she wasn't from Alaska originally, but she got involved with the land claims movement when she moved up north in the late 1950s.
She continued writing after ANCSA, and went on to have a successful career in journalism. Today, she reflects on ANCSA, the Tundra Times and the media's role in advocacy. READ MORE. — Meghan Sullivan, Indian Country Today
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