December 22, 2014

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Executive Director: Housing Authority of the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma Responsible for the oversight and management of the eight employee organization.  Applicants shall possess a Bachelor's degree or equivalent housing authority, realty management or administrative experience.  Indian preference.  Request an application or send resume to \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You... Read more
Job Training Services Available for Older Veterans MUSKOGEE, Okla. – This year’s commemoration of Veteran’s Day is a reminder that many U.S. veterans are still unemployed. Experience Works is providing the tools older veterans need to succeed.   “It’s about making sure older workers have the skills and confidence to compete in today’s workforce. Retirement just isn’t an option for the... Read more
Top 10 interview questions job seekers must ask Career Coach and Author Ford R. Myers Warns Job Seekers: Will be Judged More on the Questions You Ask Than the Answers You GiveHAVERFORD, PA  (September 23, 2014) - Many job seekers walk into an interview ill-prepared, expecting the employer to ask all the questions. Contrary to popular belief, the most important questions of the... Read more
Cherokee Nation receives $3.7 million grant for out-of-work citizens TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation was recently awarded a $3.7 million Job-Driven Nation Emergency Grant to provide training for workers who have lost their jobs in high-demand industries.Cherokee Nation, the only tribal government recipient, joins 32 states and Puerto Rico as a recipient of the two-year grant from the U.S.... Read more
Ways Job Seekers can Make a Good First Impression Career Coach and Author Ford R. Myers Offers Key Strategies to Make a Good Impression on Your Potential EmployerHAVERFORD, Penn. – Your résumé stood out among the others. You made it through the phone screen. Now it's time to meet your potential employer in person. This is "do or die" time - an opportunity that cannot be missed.Ford R.... Read more


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Cherokee Nation increases budget to hire more staff for health centers TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation increased its 2015 operating budget from $615.4 million to $622.9 million Monday during the December Tribal Council meeting. The increased funding comes from fiscal year 2014 carryover funds.The additional $7.5 million will provide $2.1 million to staff new jobs and operate the new Ochelata Health... Read more
Tribal council member pleads guilty to charges BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – A former Chippewa Cree tribal council member pleaded guilty Monday to embezzlement, tax evasion and other federal charges as part of a wide-ranging investigation into corruption within the northern Montana tribe.John “Chance” Houle entered the pleas during an appearance before U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in... Read more
Tribes could issue protective orders against non-Natives JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The U.S. Senate has passed legislation that would allow Alaska tribes to issue and enforce protective orders against non-Natives.Sen. Mark Begich’s office said the provision passed as a pared-down version of a safe families’ bill, through a legislative maneuver known as unanimous consent.There was no floor vote,... Read more
Judge asks if settlement possible in voting case JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A federal judge has asked the state and the Alaska Native plaintiffs who sued over the translation of voting materials to see if they can reach a settlement.U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason in September ordered the state to take additional steps to provide voting materials to Alaska Native voters with limited... Read more
Attorneys for judiciary say judge’s emails confidential A group of American Indians filed a federal court petition in California in July to preserve the emails as evidence. BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – Attorneys for the federal judiciary moved Tuesday to prevent the release of hundreds of inappropriate and offensive emails from a U.S. district judge in Montana who was reprimanded for sending... Read more


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Letter: Response to "Many ideas floated over Yellowstone buffalo" Dear Editor,We've been given no other choice but to seek Endangered Species Act protection for the Yellowstone buffalo.  This important action has been taken by Buffalo Field Campaign and Western Watersheds Project.Not a single IBMP affiliate has the guts to defend wild buffalo. Not the Park, not FWP, not even the Tribes. The dastardly... Read more
Words Into Action: N Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Its Impact in the United States in 2014 Four years ago, on December 16, 2010, when the United States issued its statement of support for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, it joined the world community in welcoming a new era of human rights. For the first time in the history of international human rights, indigenous peoples were seen as equals, entitled... Read more
Campaign launches to prevent violence among American Indian communities SAN FRANCISCO – An American Indian/Alaska Native public education campaign designed to prevent children’s exposure to violence officially launched this week at the Indian Nations Conference in Palm Springs, Calf.The campaign, called “Strengthen Families, Prevent Violence” aims to:Create awareness on the issue of children’s exposure to... Read more
Suicide Prevention Strategies among Alaska Native Youth UMass Amherst expert will develop culturally responsive interventions AMHERST, Mass. – The annual suicide death rate for American Indian/Alaska Native youth is as much as 18 times higher than the national average for all American youth, and most native youth never receive behavioral health care, even when they show clear signs of... Read more
Law schools prepare students for tribal issues OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A growing demand for lawyers with backgrounds in Native American legal studies has kept Indian enrollment steady or rising at the state’s law schools, officials said.“It’s easy to tell the change of focus driving that demand over time,” said Professor Casey Ross-Petherick, who heads the Oklahoma City University... Read more


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Pueblo, feds appealing ruling on gambling compact SANTE FE, N.M. (AP) – The federal government and a northern New Mexico tribe are appealing a judge’s ruling in the tribe’s dispute with the state over a proposed new gambling compact.The Interior Department and the Pojoaque Pueblo last week filed notices that they’re appealing U.S. District Judge James Parker’s October rulin that... Read more
Judge’s ruling favors Cowlitz tribe in casino case VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) – A federal judge has sided with the Cowlitz Indian tribe in its long fight to establish a reservation and build a casino along Interstate 5 in southwest Washington.U.S. District Judge Barbara J. Rothstein in Washington, D.C., on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by plaintiffs who had challenged a federal... Read more
Dakotas tribes react to fed marijuana decision PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The federal government says it’s OK for tribes to grow and sell marijuana on reservations, but tribes in the Dakotas don’t appear to be jumping at the opportunity.U.S. Attorney for North Dakota Timothy Purdon says he’s not aware of any tribes in the two states actively considering a marijuana industry.The Oglala... Read more
Tribes wary of selling pot, even if feds allow it GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – Many in Indian Country are wary of the idea of growing and selling marijuana on tribal lands, even if it could present an economic windfall and the U.S. Department of Justice says it’s OK.“I would really doubt tribes would be wanting to do something like that,” said Don Gentry, chairman of the Klamath Tribes in... Read more
Agency says Indian tribes can grow, sell marijuana GRANTS PASS, Oregon (AP) – Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday.Some advocates said the announcement could open new markets across the country and give rise to a rich new... Read more


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Cherokee citizen earns gold at world martial arts competition TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Cherokee Nation citizen Wade Blevins just struck gold in China. The 41-year-old won the World Traditional Wushu Championships in the bare-handed division, beating out some 3,000 top martial artists there competing from around the globe.Blevins was one of 30 to make the U.S. Wushu-Kungfu Federation team back in... Read more
Fort Sill baseball matchup different from previous years The game was played on the 136th anniversary of Satanta’s death, and the Kiowa chieftain’s greatgreat-granddaughter, Betty Washburn of Apache, spoke a few words on his behalf before the game. LAWTON, Okla. (AP) – A recent vintage “baseball” match-up between the Fort Sill Indians and the Fort Sill Cannonballs took place under different... Read more
Protesters of Redsk*ns name rally outside Arizona game GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Demonstrators opposed to the Washington Redsk*ns name held a rally Sunday before the team's scheduled game against the Arizona Cardinals.Various Native American advocacy groups conducted a march followed by news conference outside University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.More than 100 people chanted and held... Read more
SD group tries to recruit Native American referees SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Finding referees for middle school games in communities on Native American reservations can sometimes be impossible in South Dakota.In some cases, it’s even led to people getting pulled from the stands to call games, the Argus Leader reported Sunday. Emergency volunteers aren’t necessarily certified, which... Read more
Washington team defends case against Native Americans ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) – The Washington NFL team has filed a motion defending its federal lawsuit against a group of Native Americans over trademark protections.The Washington Post reports the team filed a motion late Friday night arguing that the team chose the correct courthouse and plaintiffs to sue in Alexandria federal court.The... Read more

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