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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Issues Statement on Upcoming French Auction of Tribal Sacred Objects

U.S. Department of the Interior

WASHINGTON - Next week, a Paris auction house will hold a sale which includes American Indian tribal sacred objects and objects of cultural patrimony. Last December, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell met with France's former Minister of Justice to seek cooperation in working to repatriate these sacred objects to Indian tribes in the United States. Jewell issued the following statement today:

“Auctioning off tribal sacred objects is extremely troubling not only because tribal law precludes the sale of these objects by individuals, but because items held by a dealer or collector are likely the results of wrongful transfer and may be for sale illegally.

Trump doubles down on Elizabeth Warren ‘Pocahontas’ attack after Native American woman calls him ‘offensive’

Hunter Walker

Donald Trump repeatedly mocked Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., as “Pocahontas” at a press conference in North Dakota on Thursday, even as a Native American woman present at the event interrupted to call his comments “offensive.”

“That’s very offensive. Sorry,” the woman said.

“Is that offensive? You tell me,” Trump asked.

The woman replied that she was offended, and Trump quickly repeated the phrase.

President Clinton expresses support for tribes in struggle to protect their rights and grizzly as Trump adds insult to injury

Native News Online Staff

BILLINGS, MONTANA—On recent campaign stops in Indian Country for presidential candidate Secretary Hillary Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, spoke on a range of issues with tribal implications, including environmental concerns and the potential for green economic initiatives on reservations. In Billings, Montana, President Clinton met with the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council (RMTLC), followed by representatives from GOAL Tribal Coalition, and both exchanges reflected those themes.

Thomas Begaye Faces Six-Count Indictment in Murder of 11-Year-Old Ashlynne Mike

Levi Rickert - Native News Online

ALBUQUERQUE— Thomas Begaye, 27, has been indicted on six counts by a federal grand jury in Albuquerque, New Mexico for his role in the abduction and murder of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike on the Navajo Indian Reservation earlier this month.

The indictment charges Begaye with first-degree murder, felony murder, kidnapping resulting in death, two counts of aggravated sexual abuse resulting in death and kidnapping of a minor on Monday, May 2, 2016.

Young Indigenous Artists Share Their Gifts Worldwide

Johnnie Jae - Native News Online

LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM – From the USA to Canada to Germany and now England, members of the Dream Warriors artist collective are making waves both at home and internationally. Nearly 2 years after MTV’s Rebel Music Native America, Sicangu Lakota hip hop artist Frank Waln continues to spread messages of hope, life, love, and healing through his music, messages, and collaborations with other artists as well. His work shows it is never solely about the individual, but rather about those we uplift along the way. When it comes to showcasing the strength of voices in art, collaboration is the key to empowerment by sharing the stage and spaces we create.

Eskasoni woman's message to body-shaming bullies goes viral

Peggy MacDonald, CBC News

A 19-year-old Mi'kmaq woman has shaken off the anguish of bullying to encourage people to love themselves, no matter what others say. And her message is being shared by thousands around the world.  

Hannah Battiste of Eskasoni, N.S., was just a child when she lost her dad, and her brother committed suicide not long after. She struggled with confidence and self-esteem, and she was bullied at school about her weight.

First Nations student safety in Thunder Bay: 9 things inquest lawyers agree on

Jody Porter, CBC News

Jurors at the inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students in Thunder Bay were presented this week with hundreds of proposed recommendations to consider.

The inquest is examining the deaths of Jethro Anderson, Paul Panacheese, Curran Strang, Robyn Harper, Reggie Bushie, Kyle Morriseau and Jordan Wabasse. All of them had travelled from remote communities to Thunder Bay to attend high school and died between 2000 and 2011.

Justin Trudeau pleased with G7 progress on fostering economic growth

Canadian Press

Justin Trudeau says he's encouraged by the pledges made Friday by his fellow Group of Seven leaders in Japan, on both their renewed vow to stop paying ransoms for hostages and their approach to boosting the global economy.

But the prime minister's push to encourage leaders of all the G7 advanced economies to commit to boosting government investment as a way to help the stagnant global economy did not yield across-the-board support.

‘Unique zombie’ mansion sold on Clinton Street

- Watertown Daily Times

WATERTOWN — One of those so-called “zombie properties,” a 5,100-square-foot mansion with eight bedrooms on Clinton Street, has been sold.

A local woman with four foster children purchased the vacant mansion at 244 Clinton St. for $215,000.

Allison I. Carlos, 24, always noticed how beautiful the eight-bedroom mansion was while she was growing up and immediately became interested in inquiring about it when she heard it went on the market last winter.

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