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    Report: Stereotyped Mascots Harmfully Effecting Native American Youth

    A recent report prepared by The Center for American Progress found stereotypical team mascots have a harmful effect on American Indian and Alaska Native youth

    'Trendy' Native American headdresses are banned from Canadian music festival in a bid to 'respect the dignity of Aboriginal people'

    Feathered headdresses have become a popular - if controversial - fashion statement for young concert-goers, but one Canadian music festival has banned the trend.

    Tribes depend on Medicaid funding for health services

    Gregory Nickerson reports on efforts by the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and the Northern Arapaho Tribe to increase Medicaid enrollment on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming:
        For the past two years, the Wind River Health Disparities Roundtable has worked on strategies for better healthcare among the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone. American Indians in Wyoming suffer from an array of health challenges that put life expectancy at 53 years, while the general population has an expected lifespan of nearly 79 years.

    Mohegans’ 3Q profits fall on gambling decline

    The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, which operates Mohegan Sun casinos in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, said its third-quarter net income fell nearly 38 percent — a decline its CEO blamed on a lack of economic confidence and a decline in bettors’ discretionary dollars.

    Mohegan Tribe reports declines in gaming revenues and profits

    The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut saw declines in revenues and profits at its gaming enterprise.
    For the quarter ending June 30, the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority said profits were $13.9 million, down from $22.3 million in the same quarter last year. That represents a 37.7 percent decline.

    Proposed Pojoaque Pueblo compact hurts New Mexico

    New Mexico newspaper opposes Class III gaming compact being proposed by Pojoaque Pueblo:
        Pojoaque took its proposal to the U.S. Department of the Interior after negotiations with the Gov. Susana Martinez administration broke down over the existing compact. Among issues in dispute, the state wanted to gradually increase the state’s cut from 8 percent to 10.5 percent.

    A look at the proposed Tohono O’odham Nation casino

    Painted Rock Dam U.S. Army Corps of Engineers builds Painted Rock Dam on Gila River to provide flood protection for farmers and Yuma. Bureau of Indian Affairs and Corps assure Tohono O’odham Nation the project would not harm tribe land.

     Senate bill introduced to stop Tohono O’odham Nation casino bid

    Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) introduced a bill to prevent the Tohono O’odham Nation from using its land for a casino.
    S.2670 was introduced on Monday. It follows H.R.1410, the Keep the Promise Act, which bars all forms of Class II or Class III gaming on newly acquired trust land in the Phoenix area.

     Some Questions Regarding the UN High-Level Plenary Meeting

     Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: “Freedom is never given to anybody, for the oppressor has you in domination because he plans to keep you there, and he never voluntarily gives it up.” Although Dr. King was speaking generally, and in the context of the African-American Civil Rights movement in the United States, his excellent point is applicable to U.S. federal Indian law and policy.



    Flags Fly at Half-Staff on Navajo Nation in Honor of Code Talker

    The Navajo Nation mourns the loss of another warrior.On July 20, 2014, former Navajo Nation Code Talker Edward B. Anderson Jr. passed at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. He was 89 years old.“The Navajo Nation sends our deepest condolences and prayers to the family during this time of mourning,” said Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly.

    Former employee sentenced for theft from Chippewa Cree Tribe


    A former employee of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana was sentenced to prison for theft.
    Wilbur Harlan “Huck” Sunchild was a director of the Rocky Boy’s Wellness Center. He was found guilty of diverting more than $26,000 from the facility for his own use.


    Feds discuss changing tribal recognition process


        MASHPEE, Mass — The federal Department of the Interior is holding a hearing in Massachusetts on its plan to make it easier for American Indian tribes to gain federal recognition.
        The Tuesday morning hearing, at the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’s community center on Cape Cod, is the last in series of meetings on the proposal, and the only one on the East Coast.

    BIA holds final in-person meeting on federal recognition reform

    The Bureau of Indian Affairs is holding the final in-person meeting on Part 83 reforms to the federal recognition process today.
    The Obama administration has proposed the first major overhaul of the federal acknowledgment process since 1978. A series of public meetings and tribal consultations were held all throughout the month, ending with one today that’s being hosted by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts, whose federal recognition became final in May 2007.

    Muscogee Nation adds steakhouse to $335M casino expansion

    The Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma is bringing a popular steakhouse to its casino.
    A 15,505 square-foot Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse will be coming to the River Spirit Casino. It’s only the second location of the eatery, which is named for baseball legend Mickey Mantle, who was from Oklahoma.

     Tribal Contracts Must Be Honored—Permanently


    Most Americans know of the broken treaties that scar the history of the United States’ treatment of its First Peoples. Many do not know of more recent broken promises.
    For years, the federal government systematically breached its contracts with Indian tribes under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA).


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