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Tribal Council Donates $10,000 to Kanikonhr’i:io i:wa ne Ona’:ke Canoe and Kayak Club

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

On Tuesday, Onerahtohkó:wa/May 3, 2016, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council provided a donation of $10,000 through the Community Partnership Fund to support the Kanikonhr'i:io i:wa ne Ona':ke Canoe and Kayak Club. Participation in the Club is free and was created under the auspices of the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Services (AMPS) for the enjoyment of all Akwesasne paddlers. Pictured above are (from left) Tribal Sub-Chief Cheryl Jacobs, AMPS Community Services and Support Officer Constable Rob White, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Liaison Officer Corporal Cynthia Lord and Tribal Sub-Chief Michael Conners.

Referendum Questions Announced For June 4th

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

Akwesasne, NY—On Tuesday, Onerahtohkó:wa/May 3, 2016; the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe announced three questions will be posed to eligible tribal voters in a referendum to be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, Ohiarí:ha/June 4, 2016 in the Community Building Lobby. Two questions pertain to the proposed exploration of the marijuana and hemp industries, while the third seeks to clarify the basis for determining tribal membership.

World Poker Fund to acquire stake in Oklahma tribe’s iGaming assets

Gaming Intelligence

World Poker Fund Holdings (WPFH), the poker and entertainment business backed by rapper Soulja Boy, has signed an agreement to acquire a 49 per cent stake in Universal Entertainment Group (UEG), the online gaming subsidiary of the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma.

The acquisition gives WPFH access to assets including trademarks, online gaming platforms and source codes of UEG, as well as casino licensing and consulting agreements.

Murder on Navajo Indian Reservation: 27-Year-Old Tomas Begaye Admits to Sexually Assaulting and Killing Ashlynne Mike

Levi Rickert - Native News Online

FARMINGTON, NEW MEXICO — Tomas Begaye, 27, of Waterflow, New Mexico, was arrested yesterday and was in federal court this morning to face charges that he kidnapped and murdered Ashlynne Mike, 11, on Monday.

He is charged with two counts of kidnapping and one count of murder.

In a criminal complaint released by the U.S. Department of Justice today, Begaye admitted to law enforcement officers that he sexually assaulted the innocent 11-year-old Ashlynne before striking her at least two times in her head. He then left her to die in desert on the Navajo Indian Reservation.

The criminal complaint details the events leading up to Ashlynne’s death.

The Gathering of Nations Powwow is Homeless after University of New Mexico Ends Agreement

Levi Rickert - Native News Online

ALBUQUERQUE— The University of New Mexico (UNM) announced on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, it will no longer host the Gathering of Nations powwow.

For  more than 30 years, the Gathering of Nations, which is touted as the nation’s largest powwow, has been held at the WisePie Arena, most commonly known as “The Pit.” The Gathering of Nations just finished its powwow this past weekend.

Desperate Washington NFL Team Has 'Few Viable Options' to Keep R-Word Slur, Halbritter Says

Sheena Louise Roetman - Indian Country Today

The Washington NFL team’s legal counsel have devised yet another bizarre plan to overturn the team’s trademark cancellation in July.

On Monday, April 25,  the team’s legal counsel, Lisa S. Blatt of Arnold and Porter and Robert L. Raskopf of Quinn Emanuel, filed a special petition with the Supreme Court for their case to be heard alongside a similar trademark appeal – that of the all Asian-American rock band The Slants.

The Supreme Court has not yet agreed to hear the case.

AIM Co-Founder Dennis Banks to Attend Purification Gathering in Arizona

Lee Allen - Indian Country Today

In unity there is strength. This is a concept slated to be demonstrated at the Times of the Purification Gathering on May 5 through 8 in southern Arizona.

“The Great Spirit has sent many Native elders to our spiritual restoration purification ceremonies since 2001,” said Gabriel of Urantia, leader of southern Arizona’s host site, Avalon Organic Gardens and Ecovillage, and the 120 Destiny Reservists/Change Agents there from around the world who currently work to bring global change to the planet.

 

Ceremony: Remember and Honor Those Buried at Hiawatha Asylum

ICTMN Staff

Construction of the Hiawatha Asylum for Insane Indians by the Bureau of Indian Affairs began in Canton, South Dakota in 1901. 

“When Western doctors first entered Indian country, they brought with them a Christian-informed, European Enlightenment belief in madness as illness in the body—that is, the belief that loss of one’s reasoning ability came about through defects in the body, specifically, the brain,” says David Edward Walker in a past ICTMN piece. “Very soon, the now-abandoned psychiatric label, lunatic, was being applied to resistant, overwhelmed or merely displaced Native people who were the victims of colonization and oppression.”

Innu leaders want archaeological dig of former military base

Catou MacKinnon, for CBC News

For the people of Uashat-Maliotenam, the year the Royal Canadian Air Force took over land at Moisie Point to build a radar station marked the beginning of a dark chapter in the history of the Innu people on Quebec's North Shore.

In 1949, the Iron Ore Company also moved into the region, building a railroad which crossed vast forests to link Sept-Îles to its mine in Labrador.

Not long afterwards, dozens of children were taken away and placed in residential schools.

Australia's Indigenous 'guardians' program finding favour in Ottawa

Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press

An experiment that has won favour in Australia is gathering steam in Ottawa as the federal government scrambles to live up to its promise to help Aboriginal Peoples.

Members of a Canadian team called the Indigenous Leadership Initiative are proposing a national "guardians program" that would allow people in Indigenous communities to monitor the land, preserve wildlife and maintain their culture.

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