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Urban Outfitters seeks to limit suit filed by Navajos

Felicia Fonseca / The Associated Press

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Navajo Nation is seeking potentially millions of dollars from Urban Outfitters Inc. over clothing, jewelry and other merchandise bearing the tribe’s name that the popular retailer has sold.

The clothing chain asked a federal judge in Santa Fe on Wednesday to limit how far back in time the tribe can go to seek money over the company’s products, which included everything from necklaces, jackets and pants to a flask and underwear with the “Navajo” name. The judge did not issue an immediate ruling.

The tribe’s lawsuit alleging trademark violations has been working its way through the courts for more than three years. Efforts to settle the case featuring two unlikely foes have failed as the tribe seeks vast sums of money from the company that also owns the Anthropologie and Free People brands.

Casino workers utilized for gambling compact approval

Kim Morrison - World Casino News

Efforts to convince Florida lawmakers the benefits of the compact negotiated by Governor Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe outweigh the downsides were in full swing this weekend as tribal leaders deployed dozens of employees of the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa to Tallahassee in an attempt to get the deal ratified by the Legislature.

Under the terms of the proposed agreement, in exchange for exclusive rights to expand table game offerings such as craps and roulette at tribal casinos over the next seven years the tribe, would pay the state a total of $3 billion, tripling the current payments. The number of Seminole casinos offering blackjack would also increase from five to seven. Through the compact, the tribe also promises to preserve existing positions in addition to creating 4,800 new jobs. Baccarat and blackjack have been played on tribal casino floors in Florida, including Seminole Hard Rock, since former Governor Charlie Crist signed the last compact in 2007.

DiCaprio’s Art Imitates Life for the Pawnee in Real Grizzly Fight

Native News Online Staff

“Tell them the Pawnee Nation means business,” interim Vice President Adrian Spottedhorsechief declared after the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma committed to join the effort of Tribal Nations in both the US and Canada to protect and preserve the sacred Yellowstone grizzly bear. Within weeks, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is expected to announce a new rule to delist the grizzly from the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

With the success of Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Revenant, both the Pawnee and the grizzly are suddenly front and center in pop culture consciousness. Inspired by the life and times of frontiersman Hugh Glass, in the movie it is DiCaprio’s Glass in a life and death struggle after provoking a grizzly attack in the environs of the Grand River Valley of the Dakotas in early fall 1823. Nearly two centuries later, it is the bear that faces a fight for survival.

Leonard Peltier Has to Wait Six Months for Another CAT Scan to Measure Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Levi Rickert - Native News Online

COLEMAN, FLORIDA — Afflicted and suffering with an abdominal aortic aneurysm, Leonard Peltier (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians) was transported on January 29, 2016 by van to a healthcare facility approximately two hours from Coleman U.S. Penitentiary I in Coleman, Florida.

He was diagonosed with the abdominal aortic aneurysm during the first week of January 2016.



American Indian College Fund Debuts Campaign to Increase American Indian College Students

Native News Online Staff

DENVER — At the center of the American Indian College Fund’s new campaign is a staggering statistic—less than one percent of college students are American Indian. The College Fund joined forces with longtime partner, Portland-based advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy, to create a public service announcement to increase enrollment.

“We are in the business of ensuring that American Indian students are able to use modern tools to build better societies in their communities and in the United States. A college education is a critical tool we can help students access. Our new campaign bridges the traditional world of the students we serve with that of contemporary society, in a respectful way to Native cultures while giving the public a glimpse of our students. Startling statistics deserve a creative approach to drive the message home. We are particularly appreciative of our long relationship with Wieden+Kennedy that resulted in this exciting and beautiful campaign,” said Cheryl Crazy Bull, president and CEO of the College Fund.

To Change Congress: Change. The. Money.

Mark Trahant - Native News Online

Native Americans make up .37 percent of Congress (that’s about one-third of one percent) compared to about 2 percent of the country’s population as a whole.

If that number seems too small, consider this one, only .23 percent of the population invests more than $200 on political campaigns. Any campaign. But that tiny fraction, about one-fifth of one percent, spends more than $1.18 billion every cycle. The New York Times boiled the total down to 158 families who are responsible for half of all presidential campaign spending. (Tribes and tribal enterprises do spend significant amounts on political campaigns, more on that shortly.)

Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Get $48 Million to Move Off of Disappearing Louisiana Island

Terri Hansen - Indian Country Today

It has taken well over a decade of advocating on behalf of his tribe to keep his scattered community intact as their island on Louisiana’s Gulf coast disappears under Gulf of Mexico waters, but now Chief Albert Naquin of the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw is high fiving.

That’s because the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced in January that it had awarded the state-recognized tribe $48 million to pay for a move, most likely farther north inland, making them the first community of official climate refugees in the United States.

Chief Naquin is ecstatic to have gotten the funds.

National ‘Stop Disenrollment’ Visual Advocacy Movement Launches

ICTMN Staff - Indian Country Today

Indigenous People across Turtle Island will put their palms in the air to commence a national advocacy campaign: #stopdisenrollment, beginning today at 2 p.m. PST.

The STOP Disenrollment movement follows the motto: “Not Indigenous, Not Traditional, Not Acceptable, Stop Disenrollment.”

The crowd-sourced, online campaign can be followed at www.stopdisenrollment.com. There and through social media channels, Indigenous Peoples who believe that disenrollment is contrary to tribal values and traditions, and thus should be stopped, will engage in a powerful, uncensored mode of visual self-expression. All Indigenous Peoples are encouraged to participate.

Giant Lake Disappears! Experts Blame Global Warming, Pollution

Rick Kearns - Indian Country Today

Bolivia’s second largest lake, which had contained almost 1,200 square miles of water, has almost completely disappeared due to climate change, El Niño weather patterns and severe pollution according to several experts, who say the loss could be permanent.

Lake Poopo, which now looks like a large saline desert, has been a source of food and commerce for indigenous and other people in the High Plains of Bolivia for over 4,000 years, as well as being home to thousands of species of wildlife, but problems in the last 30 years have reduced it to a very small and shallow body of water.

Scientists say the lake has experienced intense evaporation in the past but this latest episode could be its death knell.

First Nations student deaths inquest: 5 things Nishnawbe Aski Nation wants

Jody Porter, CBC News

Young people from remote First Nations who are attending high school in Thunder Bay, Ont., need more help to stay safe, according to the Nishnawbe Aski Nation.

The lawyer for the treaty organization, representing 49 First Nations in northern Ontario, recently made several suggestions for improved student safety at the inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students in the city.

Meaghan Daniel was questioning Norma Kejick, the director of the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council. It operates the Dennis Franklin Cromarty First Nations high school in Thunder Bay, where six of the seven youth who died were students.

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