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    Winnebago attorney joins BIA as deputy assistant secretary

    Ann Marie Downes, a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, is the new deputy assistant secretary for policy and economic development at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

    Rep. Daines praises House action on tribal general welfare bill

    Rep. Steve Daines (R-Montana) praised the House for passing H.R.3043, the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act.
    Daines is a co-sponsor of the bill. He said it will help tribes provide general welfare services to their people without fear of audits and enforcement actions from the Internal Revenue Service.

    US Senate candidates debate Native issues

     The only debate held in western South Dakota went off without a hitch with three candidates all vying for a crucial senate seat being left open by the retirement of longtime lawmaker Tim Johnson (D-SD).

    Oglala Sioux man still pushing MazaCoin currency

    Mashable runs a lengthy feature on Payu Harris, who developed the MazaCoin as a form of digital currency that he wanted the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota to adopt:
    The short history of altcoins is already littered with corpses of currencies that once were. Of the 400 currencies tracked by, more than half do less than $100 worth of trading every day. More than 80 have no trading volume at all.

    Norbert Hill: It’s past time to drop the Washington NFL mascot

    Norbert Hill Jr., a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin who serves as education director for the tribe, and Robert A. Yingst, a civil rights lawyer, discuss the Washington NFL team’s racist mascot:
     Young people who wince and retreat into themselves every time their identity as human beings is boiled down to this offensive, disparaging R word are entitled to more.

    9th Circuit rules against Chemehuevi Tribe in land deed case

    The Chemehuevi Tribe of California must obtain Congressional approval to assign land to its members, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday.
    Most tribal members were forced to leave the reservation when the federal government flooded the land in the 1940s. To lure them back home, the tribe offered assignments that were “as close to fee simple absolute as possible,” according to a tribal ordinance.

    Officer investigated for ‘drunk uneducated animals’ comment

    A Royal Canadian Mountain Police officer is under investigation for referring to Native people as “drunk uneducated animals.”
    The RCMP would not identify the officer who made the comments on Facebook in response to a news story about a shooting on the Sucker River Reserve, which is part of the Lac La Ronge First Nation in Saskatchewan. But Native users shared a screenshot that indicated Anthony Setlack, who works for the force, posted the derogatory remarks on Monday.

    NWIFC schedules briefing on ‘Treaty Rights 101’ on Capitol Hill

    The Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission will host a briefing on treaty rights on Capitol Hill next week.
    The NWIFC plans to educate Congressional staff about treaties between tribes and the United States. The group’s newly elected leader said the centuries-old agreements are under constant threat.

    KU Volleyball Junior Tiana Dockery (Navajo); Talks About Breaking Stereotypes and Dealing with Racism

    A: “I was in seventh grade, I had never played volleyball before and I was the only black girl that was on the team. Next year, no one came back but me. I had racist remarks and the normal stuff against me. I never thought there was an issue with me being on the team. From then on I literally just said, I’m black, so what?”

    Types of Iroquois Dwellings

    Native American homes varied in style based on tribe, geography and climate. The Iroquois lived in one basic style of dwelling called a “longhouse.” The buildings were communal and housed many people. Longhouses had divided spaces, similar to rooms. Some longhouses were grouped together near other clans and others were more isolated.

    The American Revolutionary War’s causes (1775–1783)

    Taxes The close of the Seven Years’ War in 1763 (the French and Indian War in North America) saw Britain triumphant in driving the French from North America, but also heavily in debt. Taxes in Britain were already very high and it was thought that the American colonies should pay for the soldiers to be stationed there. Parliament passed the Stamp Act in March 1765, which imposed direct taxes on the colonies for the first time starting November 1.

    Lichens Used by Navajo Weavers

    Navajos began weaving sometime before Spaniards came to the new world. Juan de Onate introduced Churro sheep to the New World. Their wool took dye easily, and it was perfectly suited for the robes and bedding needed to protect the Navajo from the bitter cold of the desert winter. The dyes used by Navajo weavers then were mostly from plant matter, ranging from tree roots, bark and nuts, to native shrubs, grasses and lichen. A single ground lichen is used by the Navajo as a dyeing agent. It is known formally as Xanthoparmelia chlorochroma.

    The American Revolutionary War: First phase, 1775–1778

    Outbreak of the War 1775–76 Massachusetts In February 1775 Parliament declared Massachusetts to be in a state of rebellion. Lieutenant General Thomas Gage, the British North American commander-in chief, commanded four regiments of British regulars (about 4,000 men) from his headquarters in Boston, but the countryside was in the hands of the Revolutionaries. On April 14, he received orders to disarm the rebels and arrest their leaders.

    How to Make Ceremonial Native-American Drums

    Drums are an important part of most Native American cultures. Drums are used as a form of entertainment, and are often the sole accompaniment to singing and dancing. Players will occasionally play for hours at a time, performing complex rhythms, using their hands or a drumstick. Drums are also an important part of many Native American ceremonies and religious observations. They are used to bring about a good harvest or luck for the new year. With some carpentry skills, it is possible to make a ceremonial Native American drum.

    Chris Cook ~ Kwakwaka’wakw

    Chris has studied History at the University of Victoria, and he has also completed a silversmithing course at Camosun College. He names his main influences as Harold Alfred, Francis Dick and Terrence Campbell. Chris is involved with Kwakwaka’wakw dance groups and has traveled internationally with them. He has also lectured at the university level about his cultural heritage and plans to continue his academic education to the graduate and doctorate levels while still creating his art in the medium of jewellery.

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