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    Shoot-out! Shoni Schimmel vs. Angel Goodrich = WNBA Game of the Year

    OKMULGEE, Okla. – Following a trend that is sweeping the WNBA across the United States, Oklahoma’s Native American community, on Thursday evening, will present a special tribute to honor the Tulsa Shock’s Cherokee tribal member Angel Goodrich and her visiting counterpart, the Atlanta Dream’s rookie native sensation and All-Star MVP Shoni Schimmel, Umatilla.


    Rep. Markwayne Mullin, Cherokee, Among The Hill’s ‘50 Most Beautiful’

    Oklahoma’s Markwayne Mullin, Cherokee, is one of two Congressmen enrolled in a Federally-recognized tribe; the other is Tom Cole, Chickasaw, also of Oklahoma. That’s an exclusive club. So is The Hill’s annual “50 Most Beautiful” list, which spotlights the handsome and beautiful people on the DC political scene.

    Johnson’s Native Languages Bill Passes, Heads to Senate Floor

    U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) announced July 30 that the Native American Languages Reauthorization Act (S. 2299) successfully passed out of the Indian Affairs Committee and will now head to the Senate Floor.


    Preserving Culture: NPS Awards Historic Preservation Grants to Tribes

    National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis recently announced more than $700,000 in historic preservation grants to 18 American Indian tribes and Alaskan Natives organizations.

    Modern Masterpieces: Santa Fe Indian Market Auction Preview [12 Pictures]

    The Santa Fe Indian Market is less than a month away — it takes place August 23-24, with plenty of events in the days leading up to the weekend. One of the highlights is always the Live Auction Gala, which will fall on the the evening of August 23 for the 2014 market. “In spite of the ubiquity of other Native arts auctions, there is simply no other event in the Native arts world that compares,” says the description at the SWAIA website.




    Tohono O’Odham Chair Ned Norris Jr. on Job-Killing Legislation in Senate

    Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris, Jr. issued the following statement on the introduction of job-killing legislation in the U.S. Senate
     to stop the West Valley Resort project: “The federal courts and agencies have consistently found that the Nation has followed the law at every step of the process. Every argument raised by opponents of the project has been heard and dismissed by the courts.


    Alarming Video of Alaska Melting Away

    As the effects of climate change become more and more pronounced and better understood, the concerns of Indigenous Peoples are coming more and more to the fore. Conventional science is beginning to understand not only that they suffer inordinately from the phenomenon, but also that their traditional knowledge could hold some keys for adaptation, if not mitigation.

    Employees at Graton Rancheria casino to negotiate labor deal

    The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in California welcomes labor unions at its casino but it’s not clear how the first contract will be negotiated, The North Bay Bohemian reported.
    About 600 employees of the Graton Resort and Casino voted to join UNITE HERE Local 2850. The group hopes to include Station Casinos, which manages the facility for the tribe, in the negotiations.

    Rep. Markwayne Mullin named one of 50 Most Beautiful on Hill

    Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma), a member of the Cherokee Nation, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful people on Capitol Hill.
    Mullin is one of two tribal members in Congress. He told The Hill newspaper that he had to get used to a new wardrobe since coming to Washington, D.C.

    S.D. tribes gather to talk about ensuring water rights

    RAPID CITY – More than 100 years ago, a treaty established that all water on Native American land or that naturally flowed to Native American land was to be held by the sovereign tribes.
    But tribal governments say they still are fighting to make sure their water rights and, by extension, rights of sovereignty are protected.

    Great Plains tribes hold conference to safeguard water rights

    The Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance hosted a conference last week to discuss water issues.
    Tribal leaders in South Dakota discussed uranium mining, the Keystone XL Pipeline, federal management of the Missouri River and other threats to their water resources.

    Relying on social media to keep Native languages alive

    NPR reports on efforts to keep Native languages alive on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites:
        The creators and contributors of — a website that seeks to preserve Anishinaabemowin, an endangered Native American language from Michigan — use Facebook in a similar manner.


    Tohono O’odham Nation blasts bill to bar off-reservation casino

    The Tohono O’odham Nation of Arizona criticized a bill that would prevent the tribe from using its trust land for gaming.
    The tribe plans to build the $500 million West Valley Resort on 135 acres in the Phoenix area. The Bureau of Indian Affairs has agreed to place the land in trust but S.2670 would bar all forms of Class II and Class III gaming.

    Opposition group sues to block gaming referendum in Nebraska

    A group called Gambling with the Good Life filed a lawsuit to keep a gaming referendum off the ballot in Nebraska.
    The Horse Race Wagering Amendment authorizes electronic betting on historical horse races. The group claims the language the referendum violates the Nebraska constitution by asking voters to answer more than one question on the ballot.

    Yurok Tribe wraps up marijuana raids with nearly 13K plants

    Joined by local, state and federal authorities, Yurok Tribe of California seized nearly 13,000 marijuana plants and more than 300 pounds of processed marijuana in a series of raids on the reservation.
    Authorities executed 35 Humboldt County search warrants and nine tribal court search warrants as part of “Operation Yurok,.” No arrests were made but the effort put a big dent in the drug trade on the reservation.

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