The Department of Justice has proposed legislation to improve access to voting in Indian Country. The Tribal Equal Access to Voting Act of 2015 requires states and local governments to place polling locations on reservations and in Alaska Native villages. Tribes will be able to make requests for the sites and will be obligated to provide staffing, although the bill requires states to provide "compensation and other benefits" to election officials and poll workers to the same extent as those provided elsewhere. “The Department of Justice is deeply committed to ensuring that every eligible individual is able to exercise his or her fundamental right to vote,” newly-confimed Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch said in a press release. “That’s why, today, I am calling on Congress to help remove the significant and unnecessary barriers that for too long have confronted American Indians and Alaska Natives attempting to cast their ballots.
Last week, the Obama administration announced conditional approval for Royal Dutch Shell to return to the Arctic for oil and gas exploration. His administration upheld a 2008 Arctic lease sale, which cleared a hurdle for Shell to return to the Arctic waters.
The decision comes in the wake of a series of incidents in 2012 involving Shell’s Artic drilling rig, which illustrated the dangers of drilling in the Arctic.
Following Obama’s decision, Shell Oil shipped its Arctic drilling rig, the Polar Pioneer, to the Port of Seattle, despite the mayor of Seattle stating that Shell did not have a proper permit to dock in Seattle. The Seattle city council issued a notice of violation against Shell, who now face daily fines for being docked illegally.
Young Native people, it's unfortunate how much you deal with on a day-to-day basis: navigating the world, developing your own beliefs, having to listen to your parents. It's bad enough you have to go through all that, but you also have to deal with people who tell you to “let go of the past, and get over what happened to your people so long ago.” I'm sorry; there isn't an island big enough to put these people on. Unfortunately, you're experiencing a Native rite of passage: dealing with bigots and ignorant racism.
Queen Victoria was the most powerful person alive during most of the 19th Century, but her Victorian society was rife with racism, sexism, and social intolerance. Her long reign of absolute power had zero influence on rampant sexism. Women did not win the right to vote until she had been dead for 17 years. Margaret Thatcher was prime minister in the 1980’s, but there is still sexism in British society. The Brits are used to a queen as head of state, even if the present queen is but a figurehead, but there willingness to assign political power to a female politician is a nostalgic expression of antiquated propriety, not evidence of burgeoning social enlightenment.
BUSBY, Mont. –– Although she was happy to mark the end of a three year journey leading to a second master’s degree in education, Alvera Cook, (Vé'ho'kevá'e, Little White Woman) Northern Cheyenne, didn’t realize until the May 9, 2015 commencement ceremonies that she was selected as the Outstanding Graduate Student of 2015 by her professors in the Department of Educational Leadership at MSU Bozeman. “Holy smokes! I was so surprised,” she exclaimed in her usual cheerful and modest manner. Cook earned a master’s degree in educational leadership paving the way for certification as a k-12 principal. That tops off another master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Montana in 2002, a BS degree in elementary education from Northern Montana College in the 1990’s and a high school degree from St. Labre. And, for the past twenty years she taught elementary and Cheyenne language classes at Northern Cheyenne Tribal Schools (NCTS) in Busby, for the last year serving as assistant principal.
Earlier this week a group of representatives in Pennsylvania put together a bill that would allow casinos in the state the ability to offer daily fantasy sports to casino patrons. The licensing fee would be $50,000 and the government would take 5% of the tournament gross revenue. It's assumed the casino would take out a portion for themselves too. This follows New Jersey announcing last year that Monmouth Park would be offering daily fantasy sports and the announcement by several other states that their racetracks and casinos are looking at offering fantasy sports as well.
Two B.C. First Nations leaders have just written a book that outlines the challenges Indigenous people face and offers solutions that they believe could benefit their people and the rest of the country.
It's called Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call.
"I think it is important for not only Indigenous people, but Canadians to understand the struggle," said author Arthur Manuel, who is also the former chief of the Neskonlith Indian Band.
Members of Garden Hill First Nation are grieving over the death of 11-year-old Teresa Robinson while still conducting daily searches for her partial remains.
Hundreds of volunteers have joined the search of the heavily wooded areas around the northern Manitoba community over two weeks after remains were first found.
"They are still going to go search every day," said community member Ron Monias. "They are having a prayer walk today and they are going to light up a sacred fire for four days representing the four directions."
As the process to compensate Indian residential school survivors who suffered severe abuse winds down, efforts are being made to reach out to former students who started claims and have not followed up.
Anyone who suffered sexual or severe physical abuse at one of the schools First Nations children across the country were forced to attend could make a claim for compensation under the Independent Assessment Process or IAP.
Much of Gayle Weenie's time after hours is spent on a project she's passionate about: creating an authoritative Plains Cree translation of the Bible.
"I think about all those people who were punished when they went to residential school for speaking their First Nation languages... and it's now kind of coming full circle and we're trying to revive them," explained Weenie during an interview on CBC's Saskatoon Morning.
While portions of the Bible have been translated previously, Weenie said the text is sometimes incomplete or needs refinement. Also, many translations are exclusively in syllabics.
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