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Hundreds of Tribal Leaders in Washington for the White House Tribal Nations Conference

Levi Rickert - Native News Online

WASHINGTON – Hundreds of American Indian and Alaska Native leaders are in Washington for the final White House Tribal Nations Conference of the Obama administration that takes place on Monday and Tuesday.

The 2016 White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC.  This will be the President’s eighth and final Tribal Nations Conference, providing tribal leaders from the 567 federally recognized tribes with the opportunity to interact directly with high-level federal government officials and members of the White House Council on Native American Affairs.

Sacred Burial Ground Sold to Dakota Access

Cannonball Ranch in North Dakota has been sold to Dakota Access LLC. The ranch is not the site of the Standing Rock Camp where protectors are taking a stand against the Dakota Access pipeline, but the ranch has hundreds of burials and artifacts. 

MyNDNow reports the land was sold by David and Brenda Meyer on September 22 for liability reasons. David Meyer told MyNDNow that there were just too many people on the property.

Obama’s Legacy On the Line: The Dakota Access Pipeline Could Tarnish His Place in History

Gyasi Ross - Indian Country Today

Obama and Native nations have worked hard over eight years to create a special and healthy relationship during his tenure. Not a perfect relationship, but definitely special.  This is really the first time in the United States’ history that a Presidential Administration has really tried to live up to its treaty obligations. That’s good. Yet, if he fails to act and kill this Dakota Access Pipeline—a pipeline that directly threatens Native treaty rights and also directly threatens Native children’s health and well-being—all of that work may be for naught. 

Canadian police must acknowledge racial bias to fix it, Indigenous advocates say

Nicole Ireland, CBC News

The question of racial bias in Canadian policing is under even more scrutiny after news broke this week that the Thunder Bay, Ont., police force faces a conduct investigation into how it handles the deaths of Indigenous people.

The news comes as many people across the country continue to call on the newly established Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) inquiry to examine whether police forces under-investigated the deaths and disappearances of hundreds of women.

Dark ad campaign hopes to help catch online child predators

Waqas Chughtai, CBC News

The images are dark and ominous; children curled up on a bed or a couch as a man towers over them, camera in hand. The only thing protecting the child is an arrow. 

The ads are part of a national awareness campaign launched Monday by the Winnipeg-based Canadian Centre for Child Protection. It runs Canada's national online tool to report child abuse, Cybertip.ca.

"We want people to be reporting concerning behaviour to us, so that we don't end up with so many images on the internet of children being exploited," said Signy Arnason, the tipline's director.

Home Depot pulling Scary Peeper Creeper from stores

Andrew Lupton, CBC News

Home Depot says it will pull the Scary Peeper Creeper from its shelves after a woman who saw the Halloween window decoration in a Markham, Ont., store complained it makes light of predatory behaviour against women.

Equipped with suction cups for mounting outside a window, the decoration costs $29 and features the full-sized head, face and hands of a creepy-looking, hooded man peering into a window. The decoration is made to look life-like, not cartoonish. 

First Nations, environmental issues draw William and Kate to Great Bear Rainforest

CBC News

Prince William's personal interest in conservation and endangered wildlife protection will be front and centre when the royal couple visit B.C.'s Central Coast today.

The royal couple will travel north for an aerial tour of the Great Bear Rain Forest and a visit to the Heiltsuk First Nations community.

When they touch down around noon, they will be greeted with a traditional welcoming ceremony and a cultural sharing ceremony at the Bella Bella Community School.

After that, they will walk to the Elders Lodge, where William will mark the dedication of the Great Bear Rainforest as part of the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy initiative.

Then they'll take a boat tour of McLoughlin Bay before returning to Victoria for an evening reception at Government House hosted by the Government of B.C.



The long, complicated relationship between Indigenous Peoples and the Royals

Tim Fontaine, CBC News

When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet with Indigenous Peoples in British Columbia and the Yukon this week, it will be the latest interaction in a long, complicated relationship between Indigenous Peoples and the Crown.

The Royal Family landed in Victoria on Saturday, the first stop on a tour to Vancouver, Haida Gwaii and Kelowna, B.C. They will also be stopping in Whitehorse and Carcross, Yukon.

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