A Native American woman attends a protest at Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House on July 4 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Probal Rashid/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams First Nations First Peoples News News

After 87 years, Washington’s NFL team drops racist name

“This is the result of decades of Native activism, mostly led by Native women.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Monday, July 13 Indigenous leaders across the U.S. celebrated Monday as Washington, D.C.’s football team dropped the…

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in favor of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, saying that nearly half of Oklahoma falls within a Native American reservation. (Photo: wbentprice/Flickr/cc)
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Holding US Government to its Treaty promises: Supreme Court rules nearly half of Oklahoma still Native American Territory

“The big news at the Supreme Court today will be Trump’s taxes,” said Cherokee writer Rebecca Nagle. “But for Indians in Oklahoma, we’ll be talking about today for decades.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday, July…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus First Nations First Peoples News News Racism

With new infections soaring, the Trump’s host a July 4th Pandemic Party at the White House

The White House is preparing to change its messaging on the coronavirus, to tell Americans it simply has to be lived with. by Common Dreams staff Saturday, July 4   Hundreds of thousands of people converged…

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Protestors rally outside of Lambeau Field prior to the game between the Green Bay Packers and the Washington Redskins on December 8, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo: Stacy Revere)
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Corporate sponsors join Native American call for Washington Redskins name change

Investor coalition worth $620 billion pushed FedEx, Pepsi, and Nike to change stance, prompting team owner to announce a review of the name. by Julia Conley, staff writer Friday, July 3   Washington Redskins owner Dan…

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One World “We Are One” video

Introduction by Taboo We can find unity in our diversity ✊? I am proud to partner IllumiNative and Mag 7 for the release of “We Are One,” a collaboration to show the richness, diversity, and beauty…

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Zach Fuentes, White House Lawn, September 2018
Posted in Coronavirus First Peoples News Investigations News Pro Publica

The Indian Health Service wants to return 1 million KN95 masks it bought from a former White House official

The former official, Zach Fuentes, is refusing to take back the masks even though IHS said they did not meet FDA standards. His company’s lawyer says the IHS is trying to cancel the order for “political…

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Posted in Coronavirus First Peoples News News Pro Publica Racism

A NM hospital was accused of racially profiling Native American women. Staff said administrators impeding an investigation

Federal regulators are investigating a New Mexico hospital accused of racial profiling. This comes as hospital staff said administrators appeared to hide documents and discouraged cooperation with an initial state inquiry. by Bryant Furlow, New Mexico…

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Posted in Coronavirus First Peoples News News Pro Publica

New Mexico opens investigation at hospital: Coronavirus policy profiled pregnant Native American mothers and separated them from newborns

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham cited “significant, awful allegations” in a ProPublica and New Mexico In Depth story on a hospital where clinicians said pregnant Native women were singled out for COVID-19 testing and separated from newborns…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus First Nations Rez Life The Conversation While we were looking elsewhere

Native American tribes’ pandemic response is hamstrung by many inequities

Native communities in North America have been disrupted and displaced for centuries. Many face long-standing food and water inequities that are further complicated by this pandemic.   by  Lindsey Schneider, Colorado State University; Joshua Sbicca, Colorado…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Navajo News Rez Life

As Covid-19 Devastates Navajo Nation, Doctors Without Borders Dispatches Team to Battle Outbreak

“You’re telling people, ‘Wash your hands for 20 seconds multiple times a day,’ and they don’t have running water.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Tuesday, May 12 As the virus continues to lay bare systemic inequities…

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The Seattle Indian Health Board's Esther Lucero, left, and Abigail Echo-Hawk, right, with a box of body bags. (Photo: Seattle Indian Health Board)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus First Peoples News News

Body bags Instead of requested Covid-19 testing kits for Native American clinic seen as cruel metaphor

“Are we going to keep getting body bags or are we going to get what we actually need?” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Wednesday, May 6 A Seattle-area Native American health center in April received body…

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Posted in Climate change Environment First Peoples News News

Amazonian indigenous leaders share Earth Day video message with the world

Leaders from Amazon Sacred Headwaters region deliver unified message: ‘Caring for the forests is caring for your life and future generations.’ by Meteor staff They come from different countries and different nationalities, but this Earth Day,…

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Posted in Colorado Plateau Coronavirus First Peoples News News Rez Life Safety Net

Thursday evening Navajo Nation reports: 70 new positive cases of COVID-19, two more deaths. 57-hour curfew begins Friday night 8 PM

Home to over 300,000 people the total number of positive tests for COVID-19 has reached 558 for the Navajo Nation as of Thursday by Meteor Staff from Navajo Nation press releases and firsthand accounts Friday, April…

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Posted in Colorado Plateau Coronavirus First Peoples News News Rez Life

President Nez and Vice President Lizer in self-quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19 individual

by Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer Thursday, April 9 WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.    During a live online town hall update on Thursday, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez announced that he and…

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Posted in Colorado Plateau Coronavirus First Peoples News Hopi Navajo News Rez Life Safety Net

Navajo and Hopi grassroots group bringing food and water as coronavirus spreads

“I know these are difficult times. But let’s remember we are never alone,” said Cassandra Begay, Communications Lead with the Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund, “Let’s remember the important relationships we have that are…

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Photo: Navajo President with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Arizona National Guard assessing possible sites for a Federal Medical Station. Photo Western Navajo Fairgrounds by Navajo President's Office.
Posted in Censored News Coronavirus First Peoples News Navajo News Rez Life

Navajo Nation coronavirus cases increase to 426, with 17 deaths, with curfew

42 new positive cases of COVID-19 reported for the Navajo Nation, two additional deaths By Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer Censored News WINDOW ROCK – The total number of positive tests…

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Rocky Ridge Boarding School on Navajo Nation stayed open after state school closure order. Then people started showing symptoms.

The federal government has released little information about the spread of coronavirus in Navajo schools. Now, some students and school staff are sick with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. by Alden Woods, The Arizona Republic April 7,…

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Posted in Common Dreams Community organizing First Peoples News Justice News Pipelines

‘Huge Victory’ for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as Federal Court rules DAPL permits violated law

“This is what the tribe has been fighting for many months. Their fearless organizing continues to change the game.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday March 25, 2020 A federal judge handed down a major victory…

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Posted in 2020 Census First Nations First Peoples News Public Policy The Conversation

Indigenous leaders urge Native people to be counted in 2020 Census

Kirsten Carlson, Wayne State University Native Americans living on reservations and in traditional villages were the most undercounted people in the 2010 U.S. Census. This year, tribal leaders throughout the U.S. are urging American Indians and…

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Casey Camp-Horinek, Ponca Nation leader, speaks out during an action inside the UNFCCC COP25 in Madrid. (Photo: Katherine Quaid/WECAN International)
Posted in Citizen Wealth Climate change Common Dreams Environment Environmental Justice First Nations First Peoples News Human Rights News Women

Celebrating Climate Women on International Women’s Day

In the midst of multi-layered injustices including institutionalized patriarchy, colonization, racism, and economic inequality, women continually lead the way. by Osprey Orielle Lake, Katherine Quaid As we celebrate the 45th anniversary of International Women’s Day, it…

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Posted in Climate change Environmental Justice First Nations First Peoples News Health Care News Poverty Race for the White House 2020

Civil Rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson endorses Bernie Sanders for President

‘Our Needs Are Not Moderate’ “The most progressive social and economic path gives us the best chance to catch up and Senator Bernie Sanders represents the most progressive path.” “With the exception of Native Americans, African…

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Blasting on Monument Hill at Organ Pipe National Monument on Wednesday. Photo Josh Galemore.
Posted in Arizona Environment First Peoples News News Off the wire Tonto O'odham

“Destruction of a sacred cultural site in international conflict is a war crime”

“I want to be clear: When sacred cultural sites are destroyed in international conflict, it is considered a war crime,” said the subcommittee’s chairman, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.). “It’s hard to see the blasting you showed…

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Posted in Colorado Plateau Diné Environmental Justice First Peoples News Hopi News Public Lands Utah Diné Bikeyah Water

Latest Bears Ears planning meeting convenes without indigenous voices

“Am I the only Indigenous person in the room right now?” asked Angelo Baca, a Navajo and Hopi resident of San Juan County and member of Utah Diné Bikeyah who attended the meeting as an observer….

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Posted in Arizona Environmental Justice First Nations Immigration Justice Mexico Off the wire Rez Life Social Justice Southern O'odham Tonto O'odham

For Native Americans, US-Mexico border is an ‘imaginary line’

By Christina Leza, Colorado College March 19, 2019  Immigration restrictions were making life difficult for Native Americans who live along – and across – the U.S.-Mexico border even before President Donald Trump declared a national emergency…

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