By St. Lawrence River Board of Control
The International St. Lawrence River Board of Control has agreed to allow temporary flow fluctuations at the Moses-Saunders Hydropower Dam in order to assist in efforts to salvage a sunken tug boat that remains located in the North Channel of the St. Lawrence River at Cornwall, Ontario.
By Sit News
SitNews) Anchorage, Alaska - Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards published a formal Attorney General Opinion last week regarding whether state and local law enforcement can enforce a tribal protection order that has not been registered with the court system. The opinion had been requested by Commissioner Folger, Department of Public Safety in order to provide clarity to the State Troopers in carrying out their duties.
Online and land-based gaming technology provider, BetConstruct announces that it has joined the National Indian Gaming Association, NIGA (indiangaming.org), as an associate member.
The National Indian Gaming Association is a nonprofit trade association, whose mission is to advance the lives of Indian people – economically, socially and politically.
By Ryan J. Foley | AP
IOWA CITY, Iowa — The National Park Service has shelved a blistering internal report that details a “decade of dysfunction” as the agency allowed dozens of illegal construction projects to cause significant damage to an ancient Iowa burial ground that Indian tribes consider sacred.
Titled “Serious Mismanagement Report,” the document blasts the park service’s failed stewardship of the Effigy Mounds National Monument from 1999 to 2010 and says the case should serve as a wakeup call for agency employees at all levels to avoid similar violations.
By Ernestine Chasing Hawk - Native Sun News Editor
BUFFALO CHIP –– Kelly Quinn, also known as “Throttle Girl” in the motorcycle community, is sponsoring a Native event benefiting One Spirit and the Lakota Nation.
The event, centered in “Lakota Village” at Buffalo Chip begins at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 7 with the Lakota Heritage Ride from Buffalo Chip to Landmark Park in Belle Fourche kicking off at 10:30. The ride will be followed by an after party celebration with t-shirts, Lakota Value Challenge Coins, honorary Lakota friendship gifts, industry sponsored swag bags and free raffle tickets. From 2 to 6 p.m. there will also be a catered BBQ, entertainment and live music.
It’s long past time for Indian country to have a say in how the government of the United States runs. Why? Because this country cannot be the democracy it purports to be as long as indigenous people do not have a real voice in the political conversation.
So what would be fair? How many American Indians and Alaska Native representatives should be in Congress?
A couple of years ago, Malia Villegas, director of the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center, said population parity would mean at least two U.S. senators and seven members of the House of Representatives. But that’s not going to happen in a winner-take-all election system because the small number of Native votes are spread across districts nationwide. (For what it’s worth: The U.S. is one of the last democracies in the world to continue electing people this way.)
The Ancient One, known to archaeologists and the public as Kennewick Man, has been the focus of controversy between archaeologists and American Indian tribes. The recent matching of DNA samples taken form members of the Confederated Tribes of Colville and the Ancient One show that he is one of their ancestors.
Archaeologists have long made arguments that only tribal groups that can show historical affiliation with ancestral remains and burial belongings can make claim for the return and reburial of their ancestors and associated belongings. For many Indian nations, where they live and how long they lived in a region are found in their oral traditions and creation or migration teachings. Indian nations claim ancestors who may have lived as long as ten or twelve thousand years ago. Archaeologists, relying heavily on scientific methods, do not belief that such arguments are reliable. They argue that tribes migrate, and they are expecting that the culture styles, art, and burial practices of an Indian nation will be similar, if not exactly the same, as when an ancestor lived thousands of years ago.
As a Native American man, and as a man who tries to live my life as a warrior, I would be nothing without the loving guidance of Native women that I know and care about. Every step I have taken to try and succeed or blaze a trail for Native people, my wife Delores has guided each one before I have even put on my shoes in the morning.
By CBC News
The loss of culture and traditional skills is a problem in Aboriginal communities across the country, but a group working in Deline, Northwest Territories is trying to stop that from happening.
The Moose Hide project is a traditional Dene camp, set up in the middle of the small Northern community. Boys at the camp learn to cut wood and make drums, while girls learn to sew, cook, and work with hides.
Elders like Stella Mackeinzo say the camp is needed to pass these skills to the next generation.
By Sima Sahar Zerehi, for CBC News
Inuit have long shared tales of cannibalism on Sir John Franklin's last expedition to the Arctic, and now researchers say they have found evidence to back up those stories.
Researchers from the University of Alberta and the U.K. public body Historic England looked at the remains from 36 cracked bones found on King William Island, in what is now Nunavut. The bones show signs of breakage and polishing consistent with heating in water to facilitate marrow extraction, as well as evidence of having been cut into with a sharp object.