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The true stakes of the Indian Child Welfare Act

By Nick Martin. This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for Haaland v. Brackeen, a case in which the justices will decide the future of the Indian Child Welfare Act. Passed by...

 

Blackfeet Nation Challenges Ban & Four Tribes Join Lawsuit to Protect Antiquities Law

Blackfeet Nation Challenges Ban on Montana Vaccine Mandates By Katheryn Houghton. Kaiser Health News. Law professors and attorneys say the challenge appears to be the first time that pandemic-related...

 

Atlantic First Nations Water Authority makes history as first Indigenous Water Utility

UNCEDED TRADITIONAL MI’KMAQ TERRITORY – It’s now official after an agreement was formally signed in Halifax on November 7: the Atlantic First Nations Water Authority (AFNWA) becomes the first...

 

New school provides education closer to home for high school students in Poplar River First Nation

POPLAR RIVER FIRST NATION – A new Kindergarten to Grade 12 school at Poplar River First Nation means that some high school students will no longer have to travel outside the community to pursue...

 

Manitoba Métis Federation's initiative to bring home the spirits of Métis children who never returned from residential schools

THE RED RIVER MÉTIS, MANITOBA MÉTIS FEDERATION – Locating unmarked burials at former residential school sites across Canada is a tragic reminder of the abuse that many Indigenous children...

 

United Nations Notifies Canada of Gaps in Country's Response to Allegations of Insufficient Action to Protect Mi'kmaq People

SIPEKNE’KATIK, FN – The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has issued a letter to the Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations Office in Geneva. The...

 

Yakama and Umatilla Tribes unite for comprehensive salmon recovery

PRESCOTT, Wash. – On Tuesday, Aug. 9, tribal leaders from around the Pacific Northwest gathered at Fishhook Park to advocate for working together to restore Columbia Basin salmon populations. The...

 

Chief Mike Sack endorses findings of Peace on the Water Senate Report

The release of the recent Peace on the Water Senate report gives our community hope that there may be a pathway forward for the recognition and implementation of our Indigenous rights. We are...

 

Yakama Nation Responds to Murray - Inslee Draft Salmon Report

YAKAMA RESERVATION – The Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation (“Yakama Nation”) recognize Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Governor Jay Inslee (D-WA) for their release of a draft...

 

First Nation, Canada Wide, United States and NYS COVID-19 Update

Epidemiological summary of COVID-19 cases in First Nations communities as reported to FNIHB on November 17, 2020 at 2:55 p.m. ET for the week of November 15 to November 21, 2020. 10 Quebec Cases 1...

 

Trump Administration Invites Oil Industry to Desecrate Sacred Arctic Refuge

WASHINGTON, D.C. Amid a global public-health crisis and with oil prices at extreme lows, the lame duck Trump administration is expected to issue a “request for nominations” as early as Monday,...

 

Sipekne'katik votes Mike Sack back in as Chief for third term

Sipekne’kitak, FN. – In a defining election Chief Mike Sack was notified of the final ballot count of over 72% in his favor this evening by the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq returning...

 

News from Around the Nations

Mi’kmaq First Nation, Nova Scotia The federal government is affirming the Mi’kmaq First Nation’s treaty rights in an ongoing dispute with non-Indigenous fishermen in southwestern Nova Scotia....

 

Navajo Nation takes part in COVID vaccine study

By Dalton Walker. Reprinted with permission from Indian Country Today. The Navajo Nation, which has lost more than 500 citizens to the COVID-19 pandemic, is on the frontlines of a volunteer vaccine...

 

Alaska Natives protest state lawsuit on subsistence hunting

By Joaqlin Estus. Reprinted with permission from Indian Country Media. Caribou and moose hunting season opened this month in Alaska, but only locals will be hunting at a popular destination for urban...

 

Navajo Nation moves forward with hogan-style housing manufacturing facility

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer recently visited a newly-established housing manufacturing facility where the first Navajo hogan-style home is being constructed to...

 

Feds proceed with Chaco drilling plan while tribes distracted by pandemic

By Arlyssa Becenti. Reprinted with permission from Navajo Times June 4, 2020. Window Rock, Arizona. As tribes are distracted by coronavirus humanitarian efforts, the federal government has proceeded...

 

Brazil's Indigenous tribes: COVID-19 spreading in Amazon region

As coronavirus pandemic spreads in Brazil and its cases rise about 340,000, its Indigenous communities are taking a disproportionate hit and threaten vulnerable Indigenous communities in the Amazonas...

 

ICYMI: UNITED TRIBES FILE FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT IN BEARS EARS CASE

(January 9, 2020) Rising from the center of the southeastern Utah landscape and visible from every direction are twin buttes so distinctive that in each of the native languages of the region their...

 

SQUAMISH NATION REACTS TO FEDERAL COURT OF APPEAL RULING ON FEDERAL CONSULTATION ON TRANS MOUNTAIN EXPANSION PROJECT

February 4th, 2020, Vancouver, BC (Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Territory) – The Squamish Nation is extremely disappointed with today’s Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) decision to uphold...

 

Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs Urge Diplomacy from Premier Horgan In Coastal GasLink Dispute

January 15, 2020, Smithers, (B.C.) Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs are collectively calling for diplomacy in light of B.C. Premier John Horgan’s recent statements in relation to the Coastal...

 

Tŝilhqot'in Nation Celebrate Grand Opening of its Solar Farm

Williams Lake, BC: The Tŝilhqot’in Nation celebrated the Grand Opening of its Solar Farm on October 18, 2019. The Tŝilhqot’in Solar Farm is located 80 km west of Williams Lake on what is...

 

Crisis at the Border Continues – How to Help

The U.S. held a record 69,550 migrant children in detention facilities in 2019, a Tuesday report from The Associated Press and PBS Frontline found, leading to major psychological and physical harm...

 

Paths to Reconciliation: National Tour Launches in Ottawa

OTTAWA, Nov. 6, 2019 – In a school gymnasium filled to capacity with elementary students, Phyllis Webstad, an Indigenous residential school survivor, recounted her first day at St. Joseph’s...

 

Amazon Guardian killed, another shot, as loggers attack in Brazil

Reprinted with permission from Survival International November 2, 2019. An indigenous Amazon Guardian has been shot dead by loggers and another...

 

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