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Army to disinter remains of six Native Americans at Carlisle Barracks

Paul Smith ~ Fox 43

CARLISLE, PA  —   The U.S. Army plans to disinter the remains of six Native American children buried at the Carlisle Barracks this summer. This is the third straight year for this disinterment project.

The children died after being sent to the Carlisle Indian Industrial School and were buried there more than 100 years ago. The decedent names are Ophelia Powless (aka Ophelia Powias), Sophia Caulon (aka Sophy Coulon), Jamima Metoxen (aka Jemima Meloxen), Henry Jones, Alice Springer, and Adam McCarty (aka Adam McCarthy).

Heredity or hoax?

Jorge Barrera and Tiffany Foxcroft

When Louis Côté became suspicious of a Toronto-based laboratory that tests people's DNA to determine their ancestry, he decided to try an experiment by submitting a sample from his girlfriend's dog for analysis.

According to the results, Côté shares more than a friendship with Snoopy the chihuahua; they share the exact same Indigenous ancestry.

"I thought it was a joke," Côté said. "The company is fooling people … the tests are no good."

Cannabis entrepreneurs set sights on non-smokers

Diane Buckner · CBC News

Canadian entrepreneurs are busy developing a wide range of new ways to use recreational cannabis in a socially acceptable way — without having to roll or smoke a joint.

Cocktails, beer, coffee and tea — along with specially designed vape devices — are in the works. None will create the notorious stench or clouds of smoke associated with marijuana and they will offer non-smokers more choices, beyond the edible cannabis products already on the market.

Navajo Nation Withstands Motion to Dismiss in Colorado River Breach of Trust Litigation

Native News Online Staff

WINDOW ROCK – Last week, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit granted the Navajo Nation’s request to overturn a decision of the Arizona District Court holding that the Nation’s claim that the United States had breached its fiduciary duty to the Navajo Nation in decisions regarding the management of the Colorado River was barred by sovereign immunity.  Attorney General Ethel Branch explained the significance of the ruling: “The decision in Navajo Nation v. Department of Interior, 9th Circuit No. 14-16864, is particularly important for tribes within the jurisdiction of the Ninth Circuit because it clarifies that Congress has waived the immunity of the United States for all suits for injunctive and declaratory relief that do not seek money damages.”

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Donates $10,000 to Akwesasne Holiday Helpers

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

On Tsiothóhrha/December 8, 2017 the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Community Partnership Fund donated $10,000 to the Akwesasne Holiday Helpers for this year’s community fundraising event. They are hoping to surpass last year’s efforts that provided a happy holiday season for 1,628 Akwesasne families with a food basket and toys for children. The annual fundraiser took place at the Hogansburg-Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department’s Station #1. Members of the Holiday Helpers participated in the check presentation, along with (from left) Chief Michael Conners, Sub-Chief Agnes Jacobs, Everett Lazore, Matt Rourke (kneeling), Caroline Peters, Sub-Chief Cheryl Jacobs and Chief Eric Thompson.