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    Curbing Breast Cancer Rates in Our Communities

    Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American Indian women, but the positive news is many women can survive breast cancer if it’s detected and treated early. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and at the
    Cherokee Nation we are honoring that mission by better educating our citizens.

    Addressing breast cancer in our communities

    Cherokee Nation Chief Bill John Baker encourages regular testing to address breast cancer among Native women:
    This year, one out of every eight women, regardless of race, will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Across Indian Country it’s even worse, as Native women have significantly lower rates of screening than other races. In addition to low mammography rates, Natives as a whole also suffer from higher obesity rates and are more likely to have unhealthy diets. These are critical factors in battling breast cancer.

    Winnebago Tribe’s business makes a big contribution

    Praise for Ho-Chunk Inc., the economic development corporation of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska:
    In myriad ways, this community and region benefits from the vision, the creative spirit, and the commitment to and investment of capital necessary for economic growth produced through Ho-Chunk’s rise in profile, scope and influence.



    ICT interview with Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn of BIA

    Indian Country Today interviews Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn, a member of the Chickasaw Nation who has been in charge of the Bureau of Indian Affairs for two years now:
    In our first interview back in October 2012, you said you were skeptical about taking this job and you described it as “one of the hardest jobs in government.” Do you have any regrets that you took it and has it turned out to be one of the hardest jobs in government? Well, I didn’t have much information to go on, but it certainly is a difficult job. It’s largely because of having to be an expert in everything all the time – just think of the range of the questions you’ll ask.

    Breakdown of Prop 48, off-reservation casino debate

    The ads calling for a No Vote on Prop 48 make it sound like the vote would stop Indian tribes from building casinos off of reservation property. But that’s not really the issue. It’s aimed squarely at the North Fork Tribe of Mono Indians.
    The federal government has declared the 300-acre site just north of the Madera city limits to be their reservation. Until that declaration the tribe did not have an official reservation.


    North Fork Rancheria won’t give up off-reservation casino plan

    The North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians won’t drop its off-reservation casino even if voters reject the tribe’s Class III gaming compact month, Vice Chair Maryann McGovran said.
    The Bureau of Indian Affairs has already placed the 305-acre gaming site in trust. The tribe can still develop the land without a compact in place.

    Families Without Water, Blame Chukchansi Casino Closure

    Some families say the closure of Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino has left them without water.
    The families live along Road 417, and say they share the same water source as the casino — an issue that first surfaced when the casino was being constructed in 2003.
    "It’s the same water table our wells are off of," says Luke Davis, who lives on the Picayune Rancheria, just yards from the Coarsegold Casino.

    Closure of Chukchansi Tribe’s casino affects reservation water

    The closure of the casino owned by the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians in California has affected water service on the reservation.
    The Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino shares the same water tables as homes on the reservation. Residents say they had an agreement in which the tribe would replenish holding tanks if they ran dry.

    Poarch Creeks won’t confirm or deny talks for gaming compact

    The Poarch Band of Creek Indians won’t confirm or deny that is has entered compact talks with the state of Alabama.
    But there appears to be some movement on the front. Gov. Robert Bentley (R), who previously said he hadn’t talked to the tribe, now says he’s open to a Class III compact.

    Indian Center makes alcohol ban permanent

    The Indian Center’s board of directors permanently banned alcohol on its grounds Monday night after a wild football tailgate party in September ended in more than a dozen arrests and sparked outrage.
    The 4-3 decision comes one month after a near riot before the Sept. 20 Nebraska-Miami football game.

    Lincoln Indian Center adopts permanent alcohol ban after party

    The Lincoln Indian Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, adopted a permanent ban on alcohol after an unruly tailgate party drew negative attention.
    The center allows University of Nebraska-Lincoln football fans to use its parking lot for pre-game events and parking. But after a party got out hand last month board members voted 4-3 to permanently ban alcohol.


     Bad move to dissolve Shoshone and Arapaho Joint Business Council

    How a sovereign state behaves toward its neighbors is a sign of its maturity. A sovereign nation would, one would think, prefer to make decisions in a way that reflects its status as a true sovereign nation, dealing with other nations respectfully, as equals.
    So we’re discouraged by the Northern Arapaho tribe’s decision last month to formally suspend its involvement with the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Joint Business Council, a move that effectively dissolves the body.

     Bad move by Northern Arapaho Tribe on joint council

    Wyoming newspaper criticizes Northern Arapaho Tribe for withdrawing from a joint council with the Eastern Shoshone Tribe:
     How a sovereign state behaves toward its neighbors is a sign of its maturity. A sovereign nation would, one would think, prefer to make decisions in a way that reflects its status as a true sovereign nation, dealing with other nations respectfully, as equals.

    Worley home engulfed by fire

    Katrina Lasarte woke up Monday morning to her daughter frantically screaming that their house was on fire and to get to safety.
    Moments later, the single-family home on 355 Lena Louie Lane in Worley was engulfed in flames and destroyed.
    Five residents inside the home at the time of the fire evacuated and escaped injuries.

    Coeur d’Alene Tribe reaches out to family that lost home to fire

    The Coeur d’Alene Tribe of Idaho is reaching out to a family whose home was destroyed by a fire on Monday morning.
    Five people escaped without suffering injuries. Fire crews were able to stop the blaze from spreading to other homes and to timber and brush, The Coeur d’Alene Press reported.

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