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- Friday, September 22, 2023 – The scope of the massive Arizona Medicaid scam expands by Koahnic on September 22, 2023 at 1:00 pm
At first officials identified Navajo, Apache, and other Arizona tribal members as among those who were victims of a massive Medicaid fraud scam. Now tribes in Montana, North and South Dakota, and other states are taking stock of their members who were also caught up in the fake substance abuse treatment con that reaches into the hundreds of millions of dollars. The Blackfeet Nation declared an emergency to help gain resources to repair the fallout for its citizens. We’ll find out the latest on the efforts to help the people who were harmed and hold those responsible accountable. GUESTS Reva Stewart (Diné), grassroots advocate with the #StolenPeopleStolenBenefits campaign Jeri Long (Diné), Native American advocate and director of business development at Milestone Recovery Melissa Lonebear (Northern Cheyenne), member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council Shelly Hall (Blackfeet), member of the Blackfeet Tribe Business Council
- Thursday, September 21, 2023 – Growing recognition to change offensive place namesby Koahnic on September 21, 2023 at 10:00 am
Until this month, one of Colorado’s highest peaks was named for the former state governor who fostered and supported what became known as the Sand Creek Massacre in 1864. It took years of pressure and an awareness campaign to get the name changed. Still, support is not universal. We’ll get the story on changing the Mount Evans name to Mount Blue Sky – and some updates on other important place name changes. GUESTS Fred Mosqueda (Southern Arapaho), Arapaho Language and Culture Program Coordinator for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma Chester Whiteman (Southern Cheyenne), Cheyenne coordinator of the Culture Program of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes Dr. David Lewis (Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde), assistant professor of Anthropology and Indigenous Studies at Oregon State University and blogs at NDN History Research Roman Rain Tree (Dunlap Band of Mono Indians, Choinumni, Wukchumni), chief impact officer for Seeds of Sovereignty and community organizer for the Industrial Areas Foundation Tom Rodgers (Blackfeet), senior advisor for the Rocky Mountain Tribal Council
- Wednesday, September 20, 2023 – Maui fire response turns to healing, rebuilding by Koahnic on September 20, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Neighbors are helping each other rebuild after the historic deadly fire on Maui. The community is in line for hundreds of millions of dollars in federal and state funds, in addition to private donations from all over the world. More than a month after the blaze swept through the city of Lahaina and the surrounding area, officials are still sorting out the cause and the factors that contributed to its severity. And, while not as bad as originally feared, the death toll approaches 100 people. We’ll check back in with the rebuilding effort in Hawaii and what some of the major challenges are as residents look to the future.
- Tuesday, September 19, 2023 – Finding suicide intervention that worksby Koahnic on September 19, 2023 at 6:01 am
The newest survey from the Pew Charitable Trusts concludes suicide is an urgent public health issue. Their data shows that while the suicide rate increased an alarming 30% across the board over a 20-year span, the rate for Native American and Alaska Native females rose a staggering 135% over the same time. The number for Native males is close behind. At least half of those people had contact with the health care system within a month of taking their own lives, indicating an opportunity for trained professionals to intervene. It’s Suicide Awareness Month, and we’ll look at the promising work to turn around a dire trend.
- Monday, September 18, 2023 – Is the end of federal support for Native businesses in sight?by Koahnic on September 18, 2023 at 1:00 pm
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling denying race-conscious college admissions has Native business owners on alert over the far-reaching implications beyond higher education. A recent federal judge’s decision puts an additional hurdle in front of Native businesses when it comes to a program in place to diversify federal contracts. Some experts and Native small business owners worry it’s only the beginning of a new system that will mean fewer successful Native entrepreneurs.
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- Bison’s Relocation to Native Lands Revives a Spiritual Bondby Editorial Staff on March 6, 2022 at 11:06 pm
By BOBBY ROSS Jr. Associated Press Centuries ago, an estimated 30 million to 60 million bison roamed the vast Great Plains of North America, from Canada to Texas. But by 1900, European settlers had driven the species to near extinction, hunting them en masse for their prized skins and often leaving the carcasses to rot The post Bison’s Relocation to Native Lands Revives a Spiritual Bond appeared first on Native America Today.
- ‘The Land You Know Has Been Given to You,’ Film Documents Quechan Battling Gold and Lithium Miningby Editorial Staff on March 6, 2022 at 9:55 pm
Article by Brenda Norrell Censored News Members of the Quechan Indian Tribe in California and other groups are in opposition of gold mining taking place on 20 acres of public land. (Photo Credit: The Land You Know Has Been Given to You) Gold is the ‘snake’s blood; and the creatures in the desert will die The post ‘The Land You Know Has Been Given to You,’ Film Documents Quechan Battling Gold and Lithium Mining appeared first on Native America Today.
- Non-Natives Making a Difference: Artist Russ Dockenby Editorial Staff on February 26, 2022 at 7:52 pm
Non-Natives Making a Difference: Artist Russ Docken By NAT Staff Artist Russ Docken: “The Native American is compelling both visually and historically. I focus on the idealistic, spiritual interpretation rather than the historical interpretation.” Painting professionally for over thirty years, Russ Docken has been featured on news programs and in magazines in the likes of Southwest The post Non-Natives Making a Difference: Artist Russ Docken appeared first on Native America Today.
- Organizations Supporting Native Americans in STEMby Editorial Staff on February 12, 2022 at 10:52 pm
Organizations Supporting Native Americans in STEM By NAT Staff More and more, Native Americans are entering STEM fields, but there is still a lack of representation in the classroom. Most higher education institutions lack culturally relevant inclusion and support strategies for Native American students and faculty. Fortunately, groups dedicated to the advancement of Native American The post Organizations Supporting Native Americans in STEM appeared first on Native America Today.
- Opinion: Every Farm Countsby Editorial Staff on February 9, 2022 at 2:37 am
Opinion: Every Farm Counts Per the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 56,092 farms and ranches operated by 71,947 Native Americans sold a total of $3.24 billion in agricultural products raised on 57.3 million acres. By Zach Ducheneaux, Intertribal Agriculture Council In spite of notable efforts on the part of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service The post Opinion: Every Farm Counts appeared first on Native America Today.
- National Native Organizations Oppose Federal Shutdownby Native American Rights Fund on September 22, 2023 at 8:35 pm
A coalition of national Native organizations, collectively serving the interests of Tribal Nations and their citizens, joined in unison to oppose a federal government shutdown, spending cuts for tribal programs, and to remind Congress that Native lives are not a political bargaining chip. The post National Native Organizations Oppose Federal Shutdown appeared first on Native American Rights Fund.
- Pembina Settlement Distribution Begins Sept. 20, 2023by NARF on September 20, 2023 at 5:30 pm
On September 20, 2023, the Pembina Class Action Settlement Administrator began distribution of settlement proceeds to four Pembina Tribes (the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, the Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy’s Reservation, the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe of Montana, and the White Earth Band of Minnesota Chippewa Indians) and more than 30,000 individual eligible settlement class members. The post Pembina Settlement Distribution Begins Sept. 20, 2023 appeared first on Native American Rights Fund.
- Shingle Springs Voters Gain Registration Accessby Native American Rights Fund on September 19, 2023 at 4:50 pm
On September 12, 2023, Shingle Springs held a special tribal council meeting at its Rancheria. The purpose of the gathering was to designate the Tribe’s local health center as a voter registration agency under the National Voter Registration Act. The post Shingle Springs Voters Gain Registration Access appeared first on Native American Rights Fund.
- Arizona Native Voting Rights Protectedby Native American Rights Fund on September 15, 2023 at 8:52 pm
The court ruled in favor of the Tribes and Native voters against a voter suppression law requiring proof of a physical address when Native Americans across Arizona do not have physical addresses on their homes. The post Arizona Native Voting Rights Protected appeared first on Native American Rights Fund.
- Right Now You Can Double Your Impactby NARF on September 14, 2023 at 11:21 pm
The rights and sovereignty of America’s First Peoples are under constant threat. Thankfully, dedicated people like you are determined to fight back. Right now, the Shakopee The post Right Now You Can Double Your Impact appeared first on Native American Rights Fund.