Obama Administration Exceeds Goal to Restore 500,000 Acres of Tribal Homelands

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that the Obama Administration has exceeded its goal of placing half a million acres of tribal homelands into trust for federally recognized tribes. 

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Potomac water on a prayerful, 400-mile journey

“Ni guh izhi chigay nibi onji,” I do it for the water. The walkers recite the phrase in Ojibwe as they hand off the water. In a 13-day relay, Davila-Day and dozens of fellow participants in a Native American ritual are walking the entire length of the Potomac, praying for its return to unpolluted health. They will speak to the water, sing to the water, and pray for the water. They believe the water has a spirit, and as spiritual people, they need to speak to that spirit.”

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Is the US Government taking control of Native American lands?

The US Government is taking control of Native American lands and forcing them to allow oil developers to drill on their land and move oil via pipelines. From watching what happened with the Tar Sands of Canada, we can get a good glimpse at what the land will look like after they’re done with it.

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Chief of the King Island Native Community gives her perspective on historical trauma

The historical trauma that my community has experienced is still with us today and manifests itself in the social ills of poverty. Yet, it is the rich culture provided by the wealth of the land and sea that defines the health of our community. Just as in Inupiaq times, when men and women, elders and youth had vital and equally important roles to play in the success of a community, we all have roles today. All of our institutions have roles to play. 

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Statement on Dakota Access Pipeline Arrests

Yesterday, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier sent a letter to United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch requesting federal monitors in North Dakota and pleading for her to speak out against the aggressive actions at Standing Rock taken by what seems to be corporately hired enforcement. Enforcers have used attack dogs and pepper spray, leaving six people bitten and 12 maced.

Should this pipeline go forward, it could contaminate the drinking water of multiple reservations and would be desecrating sacred land in what is clearly a major human rights violation. Where are you, United Nations?

Here’s what he said:

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