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Tribal Representatives Discuss Development Projects with U.S. Senator Gillibrand’s Office and NBRC

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

On Tsiothóhrha/December 19, 2016 the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe met with representatives of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s Office and the Northern Border Regional Commission to discuss economic and infrastructure projects for future federal funding. NBRC provides funds for development projects throughout the northeast in vital economic areas that include business development, broadband and telecommunications, and community infrastructure.

Tribal Efforts Safeguard $2.7m Family Support Program

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

AKWESASNE — In 2011, the State of New York launched a major effort to redesign the Medicaid Program to curb spending and centralize their care system through a partnership between the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the New York State Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). The proposed plan was submitted to the Federal Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) for implementation despite being developed without tribal consultation, as it will eliminate specialized services provided by the Family Support Program of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Division of Community and Family Services.

Navajo Code Talkers to Represent Indian Country in Trump Inaugural Parade

Native News Online Staff

WINDOW ROCK – Several Navajo Code Talkers will represent the Navajo Nation and entire Indian Country in the 58th Presidential Inaugural parade in Washington D.C. on January 20, 2017.

“On behalf of the Navajo Nation Council, we thank the inaugural planning committee for recognizing and honoring our Diné warriors who have sacrificed a great deal for the entire country and we look forward to supporting them during the inaugural events,” stated Navajo Nation Council Speaker LoRenzo Bates.

Dakota Access Pipeline Battle in Deep Freeze. But for How Long?

- Indian Country Today

STANDING ROCK, ND—Jeff Kelly’s smartphone was inches away from his nose as he swiped and tapped at his screen in search of a certain photo.

“Here it is,” Kelly said with a sense of satisfaction. The director of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Game and Fish department was sitting behind a large L-shaped desk cluttered with papers, notebooks and a red clock playing country music.

Trump Transition Team Appears Energized to Address Indian Affairs

- Indian Country Today

When it comes to political uncertainty, it seems that Indian country has cornered the market. The most profound current uncertainty derives from not knowing how the incoming Trump administration will address critical issues affecting Indian country today—or whether the Trump folks even comprehend the issues at stake.

This was made apparent at a December 14 transition meeting closed to press, but which attendees and others in Indian country have been talking about over the past month with trepidation.

Exclusive Interview With Leonard Peltier: ‘I’d Be There For My People Again’

- Indian Country Today

Nine days remain in American Indian Movement (AIM) activist Leonard Peltier and his bid for a presidential commutation of his life sentence. Peltier was convicted for killing two FBI agents in a shoot-out on the Pine Ridge reservation on June 26, 1975. The incident took place two years after the 1973 uprising at Wounded Knee, at the height of intra-tribal strife between the AIM supporters and a group that called itself the Guardians of the Oglala Nation, or GOONS.

Indigenous leader, activist, Arthur Manuel dead at 66

CBC News

A widely respected Indigenous leader and activist from the Secwepemc Nation has died. Arthur Manuel was 66-years-old.

The son of the late George Manuel, who founded the National Indian Brotherhood — precursor to the Assembly of First Nations — Arthur Manuel entered the world of Indigenous politics in the 1970s, as president of the Native Youth Association.

Standing Rock spurs 'protest laws' in North Dakota Legislature

James MacPherson, The Associated Press

North Dakota's Republican-led and largely oil-friendly legislature is quickly introducing a raft of bills spurred by the bitter dispute between Dakota Access protesters and law enforcement, from restricting face coverings at protests to requiring the state to sue the federal government as a means of recouping millions in policing costs.

New book aims to teach children about painful history of residential schools

Holly Caruk, CBC News

A new children's book aims to respond to one of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's calls to action — to begin education about the legacy of residential schools with children as early as kindergarten.

"I feel like it's a history that everybody needs to know, and it's something that we're not doing enough of, even though teachers are doing a much better job now and are much more willing to do it now than they were before," said Winnipeg author David A. Robertson.

Health minister vows to save Canadians 'billions' on drug prices

Timothy Sawa and Lisa Ellenwood, CBC News

Canadians forced to pay some of the highest drug prices in the world could save billions through changes promised by Health Minister Jane Philpott in an exclusive interview with the fifth estate.

An analysis by the fifth estate shows that Canadians, for example, pay far more than people in New Zealand for drugs produced by the largest Canadian-owned pharmaceutical company.

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