By James Fink - Buffalo Business First
Just a few days after it spent more than $23 million to acquire various real estate parcels in downtown Niagara Falls, the Seneca Nation of Indians invested another $3.2 million on more deals in the neighborhood.
But, here’s the catch, the Seneca Nation bought all the land from its sister but separate organization, Seneca Niagara Falls Gaming Corp., which itself is part of Seneca Gaming Corp.
By - Native News Online
KANSAS CITY – The Kansas City Chiefs waived 11 players on Sunday afternoon to prepare for the NFL’s mandated 75-player roster limit by Sept. 1. Notably not on the list was Indian Country’s very own James Winchester (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) who was signed earlier this spring to tryout for the Long Snapper position. He was in closely contested battle for the position along side rookie long snapper Andrew East who was 1 of the 11 players waived by Kansas City.
“I think both of them are going to snap in this league,” Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said. “I think they’re both really good. I think it came down to just the velocity of Winchester. He was just a hair faster.”
By - Native News Online
RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA – News out of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation on Monday indicates Magistrate Judge Eric Strawn will find Trace O’Connell not guilty on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 of the misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge.
Native News Online has learned Rapid City city attorney Joel Landeen called a parent on Monday on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to inform the parent of the magistrate’s ruling.
O’Connell was tried without a jury in late July. The magistrate indicated he needed four to six weeks to reach his ruling.
O’Connell was accused of spraying beer on a group of 57 Lakota students from the American Horse Day school at a Rapid City Rush hockey game on January 24, 2015. He allegedly told the students to “go back to the reservation” during the incident. Several American Indians feel O’Connell should have faced more charges, including a hate crime charge.
Editor’s Note: This is a developing story that will be updated after the ruling is officially announced.
In eastern Montana, more than 250 miles from the nearest research-oriented four-year college, students on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Nation reservation are deeply entrenched in real-world scientific research.
A school of only about 150 students, Chief Dull Knife College in Lame Deer, Montana, receives funding from several government agencies, including NASA, to bolster its science, technology, engineering and mathematics curricula. The students engage in many projects, such as studying West Nile virus and alternative energy, and imaging forest fire recovery from above using a tethered blimp: great feats for a school without any pre-engineering or technological curriculum and limited staff. In fact, only seven faculty members and chief information officer Jeff Hooker, also the primary grant proposal writer, pull together to accomplish this.
By Noel Lyn Smith The Daily Times
FARMINGTON — Navajo Nation Attorney General Ethel Branch has selected a southern California-based law firm to represent the tribe in a future lawsuit stemming from the Gold King Mine spill.
Hueston Hennigan LLP will represent the tribe "in its claims relating to the release of hazardous substances" from the mine, according to a Monday press release from the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has accepted responsibility for the spill, which released more than 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater into the Animas River last month. The plume of heavy-metal laden wastewater then flowed into the San Juan River, which runs through the northern portion of the Navajo Nation and converges with the Colorado River at Lake Powell in southeastern Utah.
Obama is used to meeting with tribal leaders, typically during the annual White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, D.C. But this was a historic occasion -- a roundtable composed entirely of representatives of Alaska Native tribes, corporations and organizations.
"A number of them I've met with before during the tribal summits that we've had in Washington," Obama told reporters after the engagement at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center. "But this gave me a chance to focus more intensely on specifically what’s happening in Alaska."
By Mary Annette Pember - Indian Country Today
Advocates for indigenous women are outraged by what they call Amnesty International’s betrayal of those caught in the murky world of sex trafficking. During its recent decision-making forum in Dublin, Amnesty International voted to create a policy decriminalizing all aspects of consensual sex work, and call on states to ensure that sex workers enjoy full and equal legal protection from exploitation, trafficking and violence.
“I am deeply disappointed in Amnesty International’s new proposal,” says Lisa Brunner, program director with the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center. Brunner is a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota.
On Tuesday, a number of environmental organizations and a delegation of Native American youth gathered in Washington, D.C. to protest the expansion of the Alberta Clipper pipeline. Midwest Unrest, a coalition of young people from across the Midwest, traveled to the steps of Secretary of State John Kerry’s front door.
In an agreement that activists call a “backdoor deal,” pressure will be greatly increased in the existing Alberta Clipper pipeline to send more oil through – 800,000 barrels per day. The line currently sends 440,000 barrels of tar sands oil per day from Alberta, Canada, through North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
The impact of wildfires lasts well beyond the time when the last ember is extinguished. Communities are affected, as are individuals and industries. Nearly every segment of tribal life is affected and some will continue to be for years to come.
Jackie Richter on the Colville Reservation talks of the North Star Fire and how life has changed already and what she foresees. “Most of the time our visibility has been about 200 yards and on Tuesday it was more like 100 feet. You can’t hardly drive it’s so bad. Everyone is exhausted because we’re having to work so hard just to breathe. Many of us, including me, have been evacuated at one point or another. It’s been catastrophic up here. There’s not a corner of this county that fire hasn’t touched. It’s a large county, one of the largest in the nation. Our elders talk about never seeing anything like it.
By CBC News
Isaiah Tootoosis had no idea who Leonardo DiCaprio was when his aunt brought him to a movie audition in Calgary.
The seven-year-old lives on the Poundmaker First Nation, west of North Battleford. He and his cousin were playing at a hockey tournament when a friend suggested they attend an open call for First Nations actors in Calgary.
The audition took 15 minutes. Within days, they learned Isaiah would be playing Leonardo DiCaprio's son in The Revenant.
"It was so fun," said Tootoosis, "He was real nice."