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BIA Head Kevin Washburn Speaks to ICTMN About NCAI, Federal Recognition and More

BIA Head Kevin Washburn Speaks to ICTMN About NCAI, Federal Recognition and More

ICTMN's panel consisted of Ray Halbritter, Publisher; Gale Courey Toensing, staff reporter as moderator; Ray Cook, Opinions Editor; Valerie Taliman, West Coast Editor; and Simon Moya-Smith, Correspondent. All participants asked questions at various points in the conversation (photographer Cliff…

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BIA Head Kevin Washburn Speaks to ICTMN About Bay Mills and the Need to Resolve Water Rights

BIA Head Kevin Washburn Speaks to ICTMN About Bay Mills and the Need to Resolve Water Rights

Interior Secretary — Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn was in New York City in September as the historic Peoples’ Climate March and the United Nations General Assembly opened its 69th regular session with the first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, where he added to our excitement here at…

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Passamaquoddy Tribe Amends Fishery Law to Protect Its Citizens from State Threat

Passamaquoddy Tribe Amends Fishery Law to Protect Its Citizens from State Threat

The Passamaquoddy Tribe’s fishery law has been amended to implement individual catch quotas for the lucrative elver season that began on April 5. While the quota system conforms to a new state law, Passamaquoddy leaders stressed that the change was made to both protect tribal citizens and conserve…

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Federal Recognition Process: A Culture of Neglect

Federal Recognition Process: A Culture of Neglect

The Shinnecock Indian Nation was petitioner number 4 on the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ list of tribes seeking federal recognition in 1978 soon after the agency established the seven criteria for recognition. Thirty-two years and $33 million later in June 2010, the BIA acknowledged the Shinnecock…

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Tribal Solutions: Small Native-Owned Business Expands, Seeks Indian Country Partners

Tribal Solutions: Small Native-Owned Business Expands, Seeks Indian Country Partners

Francella Giatrakis knew from the very beginning of her work life not only that she wanted to own her own business one day, but also that she wanted it to enable her to help Indian communities develop sustainable economies. Recently, her dream came true. Last year Giatrakis, a citizen of the Pueblo…

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Rebuilding Native Nations Builds Leadership

Rebuilding Native Nations Builds Leadership

The late Hopi leader Thomas Banyacya once said, “Do not look outside yourself for a leader.” That’s good advice for those with inherent leadership qualities. Now the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy at the University of Arizona is offering an in-depth program to help…

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Two Spirit/LGBT Rights Toolkit for Tribal Governments Introduced

Two Spirit/LGBT Rights Toolkit for Tribal Governments Introduced

A first-of-its-kind guide complete with sample legal language is now available for tribal governments to adopt or amend their laws to recognize the rights of all their citizens, including Two Spirit and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people...

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Potawatomi Tribes Receive $4.2 Million Children’s Health Grant

Potawatomi Tribes Receive $4.2 Million Children's Health Grant

Three Potawatomi tribes in Michigan have received a grant of almost $4.2 million from the federal government to help promote children’s wellness through a five-year Project LAUNCH program. The federally-recognized Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi and Gun Lake…