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Massena man indicted on federal allegations of receiving, distributing child pornography

- Massena Daily Courier

MASSENA — A Massena man was indicted Thursday on federal allegations that he distributed child pornography over the internet.

Joseph R. Banker Jr., age not available, is charged in U.S. District Court, Plattsburgh, with distribution of child pornography, receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

Former Waddington couple charged with attempted murder in child starvation case

- Massena Daily Courier

CANTON — A former Waddington couple was indicted by a grand jury on attempted murder and assault charges Thursday in St. Lawrence County Court in connection with the alleged nearly two-year malnourishment of a 5-year-old child.

Shelly L. Shirley, 44, of 53 Franklin Road, Waddington, and Anthony J. Gladle, 32, of 300 Ellis Road, Canton, are each charged with second-degree attempted murder and second-degree assault.

Tribal Council Extends Support to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

Akwesasne, NY — For the past week; more than 1,500 environmentalists, tribal members and other supporters have made their way to Cannon Ball, North Dakota to show their support for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. The most recent supporters to arrive are Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Chief Ron LaFrance and Sub-Chief Cheryl Jacobs, who made their way to the protest site located just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Tuesday, Seskéha/August 23, 2016.

Arsenic in Hopis' water twice the EPA limit, and it may be making them sick

, The Republic

HOPI RESERVATION – When their water doesn’t taste right, many residents living on First Mesa will boil it.

Boiling gets rid of the taste of chlorine, which the Hopi Tribe uses to treat its water. But it does nothing about the tasteless, odorless arsenic that could be making tribal members sick.

Zora Polingyumptewa, 76, and Anita Polacca, 92, preferred the water in nearby springs, which sustained the community of Sichomovi on the rocky mesa for as long as they could remember. It wasn’t until running water came in the 1980s that the water began to taste odd.

Hotel Blames Bad Coffee on Native American Employees

Sheena Louise Roetman - Indian Country Today

A Best Western Plus just outside the Navajo Nation in Page, Arizona, came under fire last week for allegedly posting an offensive response to a customer complaint on its TripAdvisor page.

An account named “Guest Relations Manager” responded to a negative review of the Lake Powell location, stating that the hotel “is working with a mostly Native population that have not had privileged education available in most parts of the country.”

Manning: In So Many Ways, We Have Already Won

Sarah Sunshine Manning - Indian Country Today

Colonization tragically forced many indigenous people to forget and forsake our innate connection to Earth. But many of us today are beginning to remember. What is taking place in Standing Rock is awakening what once lied dormant in so many of our people: the Earth is our Mother, and Water is Life.

It was late at night when I drove into the conjoined Oceti Sakowin and Red Warrior camp in Standing Rock. I set up camp in the rain with my sisters, crawled into bed, and eagerly anticipated waking up wrapped in the energy of unity that next morning. That is exactly what happened.

Roadblocks Remain While Prayer Camp Stays Peaceful

Chelsey Luger - Indian Country Today

HUNKPAPA TERRITORY—John Eagle Shield Sr. of Standing Rock, one of several traditionally appointed camp leaders, estimated on Sunday August 21 that about 2,500 people were peacefully gathered amongst what has grown into three separate prayer camps. The mission of those gathered is to protect Standing Rock’s water from the environmentally disastrous Dakota Access Pipeline. The campsites are clustered on the west side of the Cannonball River just north of Cannon Ball, North Dakota, along the Standing Rock reservation’s northern border, where the pipeline is slated to cross.

Sixties Scoop means 'going through life not knowing who you are', Thunder Bay man says

Jody Porter, CBC News

A man from Thunder Bay, who was part of what is known as the Sixties Scoop, says he's looking for a court ruling similar to the residential school settlement.

William Campbell is part of a $1.3-billion class action lawsuit heard Tuesday in an Ontario court.

It alleges as many as 16,000 Indigenous children were deliberately taken from their parents and placed with non-native families by Ontario child welfare officials in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

Dakota Access Pipeline: The legal challenges and protests

James MacPherson, The Associated Press

A federal judge has heard testimony in the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's request to temporarily block the construction of a four-state oil pipeline near their reservation, which straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said Wednesday he will make a decision on the issue by Sept. 9.

Little Change as class begins in Thunder Bay, Ontario

Jody Porter, CBC News

The school year begins at Dennis Franklin Cromarty First Nations high school in Thunder Bay, Ont., much the way it ended last spring, despite a coroner's inquest into the deaths of seven students which issued 145 recommendations in June.

School starts on Thursday, welcoming students who flew to Thunder Bay earlier this week from their remote First Nations where there are no high schools.

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