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Proposed FCC regulation Limits Indian Country’s Access to Internet

Ross Racine - Native News Online

When it comes to internet access, Native American and Alaskan tribes are among the least connected in our country. An analysis by the White House Council of Economic Advisers found that along with the rural South, portions of the Southwest, predominately home to Indian communities, are amongst the lowest connected regions.

In today’s connected world, it is crucial that the federal government promote internet connectivity across the nation. But the Federal Communications Commission is considering a regulation that would have the opposite effect.

Sec. Jewell and Obama Administration Racing Clock on Indigenous Issues

Kara Briggs - Indian Country Today

Interior Department Secretary Sally Jewell, who in her three-and-a-half years in office has visited tribes across the U.S., urged leaders at the National Congress of American Indian’s mid-year convention in Spokane in June to keep the pressure on the United States—especially as the Obama Administration enters its final months.

At the top levels of Interior and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Jewell said staff is working to clarify and nail down Indian policies and guidelines from Indian child welfare to water settlements so that the Administration’s progressive policies and cooperative approach to tribes will continue.

Osage Nation Takes Ownership of Ted Turner's 43,000-Acre Ranch


Yesterday media mogul Ted Turner officially transfered ownership of his 43,000-acre Bluestem Ranch to the Osage Nation. The tribe's $74 million purchase restores a portion of the roughly 1.2 million acres that the tribe owned until 1906, when the reservation was allotted to individual tribal members, according to Chief Geoffrey M. Standing Bear. The Osage Reservation once covered the entirety of Osage County.

Dakota Access: Stars From Hollywood to Washington Support Water Protectors

ICTMN Staff - Indian Country Today

Photo: Actress Susan Sarandon speaks to a crowd outside U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., rallying against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. (Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press)

From movie stars to prominent politicians, celebrities are adding their voices and presence to the fight against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, and the number is growing.

Shailene Woodley, star of the movie series Divergent, has been most in evidence, spending weeks with the water protectors out near the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation, traveling to Washington D.C. to help get the word out to government officials, and lending her voice to events in New York City. She was joined there by Rosario Dawson and Riley Keough.


Kendall Latimer, CBC News

Kendall Latimer, CBC News

Photo: Fashion designer Becki Bitternose (right) plans to drive to New York with her family. (Courtesy Peter Scoular)

An Indigenous fashion designer from the George Gordon First Nation in Saskatchewan is getting ready to display her designs in the Big Apple.

Becki Bitternose is preparing for New York's Couture Fashion Week taking place at the beginning of September.

She was selected to attend in mid-spring, but said the news is still sinking in. The designer never imagined models would dress in her designs on a runway in New York. 

Edmonton police searching for missing Inuk man Daniel Flaherty

CBC News

Edmonton Police Service says a young Inuk man has been reported missing in the city.

A police spokesperson says they are currently investigating.

In a post on social media Friday morning, a family member wrote Daniel Flaherty has been missing for almost two days.

The post says Flaherty is 22 to 23 years old. He was last seen wearing a black cap, black shoes, jeans above his ankles and a shirt.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Daniel Flaherty is asked to call Edmonton Police Service at (780) 423-4567.


Fentanyl crisis coming to Ontario, police and community groups warn

Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press

Ontario police and community groups are raising the alarm that a fentanyl crisis could be looming as synthetic versions of the drug appear across the province.

An advisory released Monday by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council and other groups says 2016 has been a record year for overdose alerts and seizures of "bootleg" fentanyls by law enforcement officers.

Elderly man using walker begs for access to washroom, but gas station refuses

Victoria Dinh, CBC News

Scouting out a public washroom can be tough, especially when you need it most.

Last week, Jenneffer Albert witnessed an elderly man with a walker begging employees at a Saskatoon Co-op gas station to use the building's washroom. He was denied access.

"He had to pee really bad. He was like, 'Please, I'm going to pee my pants.' And they still denied him and that's when I was like, 'No, I'm leaving. You had a choice to either help an old man or not and you chose not to,'" explained Albert.

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