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Kimmy Schmidt Asks How the Redskins Is This Still A Thing

Jacqueline Keeler - Telesur

"Redskins" was once used to describe the bloody body parts of Native men, women and children sold to the U.S. Government for bounty. Now it's a mascot.

In the first season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the surprise reveal of a blonde Upper East side trophy wife character being secretly Native American gave energy to the storyline--and part of the humor for me as a Native woman was the sick truth of it (I wrote about it last year here).

Over the last 13 years, has life improved in Indian Country?

Laura Santhanam - PBS News Hour

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights wants to know if living conditions for American Indian and Alaskan Native people has improved over the last decade.

To answer that question, the commission will update its seminal report, The Quiet Crisis, later this year so it may continue to guide federal and state policy in Indian Country since its 2003 release, explained Martin Castro, chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

The United States Moral Trust Responsibility to Indian Peoples

Galanda Broadman

In this era of tribal self-annihilation and self-termination, it is no longer easy to answer fundamental questions of tribal existence, like: Who's the tribe (qua tribal council)? Who's a tribal member?

Two centuries of federal laws designed to dispossess Indians of land and terminate tribes (i.e., Treaties, Dawes Act, Burke Act, IRA, P.L. 280) have converged to greatly confuse such questions. In particular, the federally prescribed dissolution of tribal cash assets on a "pro rata" or "per capita" basis over the last 110 years (Lacey Act of 1906, IGRA) has been especially destructive to tribal governments and communities.

Exterior of $130M Mohegan Sun hotel completed; fall opening eyed

Ray Kelly @repub.com

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – The final mammoth glass panel was placed Wednesday morning on the exterior of a 13-story, 400-room hotel, which is slated to open at the Mohegan Sun Casino in the fall.

Modeled after the existing 1,200-room Sky Tower design, construction on the $130 million Earth Tower began last year as a means of recapturing the approximately 450,000 room nights the Connecticut casino turns away each year.

"Raise the glass," Mohegan Tribal Chairman Kevin "Red Eagle" Brown said as a crane lifted the panel 160 feet in the air and workers fastened it into place.

$29bn reasons why you can't afford to ignore Tribal Gaming...

Ewa Bakun - Totally Gaming

US tribal gaming generated $28.94 billion in gaming revenues and $3.86 billion in ancillary revenues - a total of $32.80 billion last year, according to the 2016 Annual Report distributed by the National Indian Gaming Association during the Indian Gaming T​radeshow on March 13-16 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Clearly, it’s an industry to be reckoned with, and a business partnership opportunity that not many, outside of America, are aware of.

NAGPRA Fails to Stop Loss of Sacred Objects in Paris

Frances Madeson - Indian Country Today

“We had never heard of the Paris auctions,” said Leigh Kuwanwisiwma, of the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office.
 

This simple declaration opened “Consumption and the Market: The Paris Auctions,” the third panel in this Spring’s NAGPRA series at Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe. “In April 2013,” he continued, “we were notified that 65 of our Katsina friends were going to be sold; and the auction was only three and a half weeks away!”

Elsipogtog roadblocks planned to keep drugs out of community

Tori Weldon, CBC News

John Levi, the warrior chief at Elsipogtog First Nation, is planning to erect roadblocks on the three routes into the Mi'kmaq community in an attempt to curtail what he says is a steady stream of street drugs entering the reserve.

"It's been many years that we've had problems with drugs in our reserve," said Levi.

"It's not only Elsipogtog that's having problems, it's every community, but after so many years you know we decided we're going to stand up and get our community back."

Justin Trudeau visiting Shoal Lake 40 for documentary filming

CBC News

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is visiting Shoal Lake 40 First Nation on Thursday to participate in a VICELAND documentary on Indigenous issues.

The visit was announced in a release from VICE News, which said Trudeau will spend the day in the community, "speaking directly to members within the community and immersing himself in daily life on the reserve."

Kid-friendly Kik app gives predators direct online access to children

Connie Walker & Marnie Luke, CBC News

Within minutes of downloading Kik, a popular messaging app, 13-year-old Alicia started getting random texts from strangers wanting to know about her sexual fantasies.

"I'm 29 and I want to be your boyfriend," read one of the first messages appearing on the smartphone.

How obedient are you?" asked someone with the username MasterDaddy.

"Let me look out for you on here," texted another who wanted to "swap live pics" despite admitting he was old enough to be Alicia's father.

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