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No cold elders: Volunteers provide firewood for Navajo families ahead of winter

As winter approaches, volunteers with Chizh for Cheii are preparing to deliver firewood to elders on the Navajo Nation reservation, where nearly 90% of homes rely on wood for heat. The nonprofit organization, whose name means... — Updated 2/2/2021

 By Allen H. Awfe    News 

Navajo program again distributes reservation coal to heat tribal homes

WASHINGTON-For decades, coal from the Navajo Nation helped deliver water and helped power homes and businesses throughout Arizona and the Southwest. Now, some of that coal is being used to heat Navajo homes as well. For the fifth... — Updated 2/2/2021


IKEA offers first Indigenous showroom

EDMONTON, Alb.-An Indigenous design is a new featured look in an IKEA in Canada as an Alberta-based artist has helped IKEA design its first-ever Indigenous showroom. IKEA is a... — Updated 2/2/2021 Full story


President Trump signs monumental Native bills before leaving office

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Before leaving office, President Donald J. Trump signed historic bills that will help Native Americans for years to come. The Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement... — Updated 2/2/2021


NCAI announces $1M grant from Google

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is proud to announce, with support from, the Small Business Stabilization Grant program-a $1 million... — Updated 2/2/2021


Governments' authority over Indigenous usage questioned at North Bay trial

NORTH BAY, Ont.-Fifty-four people from Lake Nipissing say they are guilty of doing what they've been accused of: fishing. However, their lawyer says, that doesn't make a difference.... — Updated 2/2/2021


University to provide fellowships focused on diversity

WATERLOO, Ont.-The University of Waterloo has announced a new fellowship designed to support the university's The Indigenous and Black Engineering Technology (IBET) program. The... — Updated 2/2/2021


Indigenous storyteller-in-residence program introduced at university library

SASKATOON-With the new year, the University of Saskatchewan (USask) has begun a six-week pilot for a unique Indigenous Storyteller-in-Residence program at the university library. The storyteller will be involved in creating and par... — Updated 2/2/2021


Plans to develop Native-driven curriculum in public schools

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) recently announced a partnership with Lumina Foundation to support the expansion of tribally-designed and driven K-12 curriculum in public schools, as well as... — Updated 2/2/2021


Indigenous youth tell stories through TikTok

KANSAS CITY, Mo.-Step aside, Instagram, TikTok has taken the floor as teenagers' second favorite social media app to the tune of 29 percent of teens choosing it as their favorite... — Updated 2/2/2021


$2.5 million to offset federal scholarship funding shortfall

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.-In mid January, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez signed Resolution CD-97-20, approving $2.5 million from the Navajo Nation's Unreserved, Undesignated Fund Balance for the Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship... — Updated 2/2/2021


Native American Languages Summit features record attendance

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The 2020 National Native American Language Summit, hosted by the Administration for Native Americans (ANA), the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), and U.S. Departmen... — Updated 2/2/2021


AYA walking app launches new character

PAULS VALLEY, Okla.-The Chickasaw word "AYA" means "to go" or "to journey." AYA is an interactive mobile walking app designed to keep participants moving by combining physical... — Updated 2/2/2021


Native writers create groundbreaking TV series

TALEQUAH, Okla.-That's a wrap for four Native writers tasked with creating a groundbreaking TV series focused on Native themes and characters. It's all part of the 2nd Annual... — Updated 2/2/2021


Herrell first Native Republican woman in the House of Representatives

Yvette Herrell from New Mexico's 2nd district has been sworn in as the first Native American woman to serve in the House of Representatives as a member of the Republican Party,... — Updated 2/2/2021


Tribe offered $127 million in land settlement

ASSINGBOINE FIRST NATION, Sask.-More than a century ago the Mosquito Grizzly Bears Head Leanman First Nation in Saskatchewan lost land. And after a 24-year trial the government of Canada has made an offer. The federal government... — Updated 2/2/2021


Navajo doctor chosen to serve on COVID-19 presidential advisory board

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Navajo leader Dr. Jill Jim has been added to the panel of health and policy experts that are being called on to help the new US presidential administration strategi... — Updated 2/2/2021


Tears, cheers, jeers, and fears as Biden shuts down pipeline

WINNIPEG, Man.-On the first day of his U.S. presidency, Joe Biden used an executive order to cancel the permit former president Donald Trump had approved to build the Keystone XL... — Updated 2/2/2021


Cleveland to retire "Indians" name

WASHINGTON, D.C.-In October 2018 the Cleveland, Ohio, baseball team retired the caricature logo known as Chief Wahoo, and now, two years later the team has retired their name as... — Updated 2/2/2021


As COVID-19 cases and support rise, so do misunderstandings and distrust

WINNIPEG, Man.-As the number of active COVID-19 cases in First Nations continues to rise, Indigenous Services Canada is investing $1.2 billion in additional support to address ongoi... — Updated 2/2/2021


Thanksgiving Day Parade features land acknowledgement and Wampanoag blessing

NEW YORK-For the first time in its 94-year history, the 2020 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade featured a land acknowledgement and blessing to honor the Wampanoag and Lenape people.... — Updated 12/8/2020


Native American Veterans Memorial opens

WASHINGTON, D.C.-After 25 years in the making, the National Native American Veterans Memorial opened on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on November 11, 2020, which was Vetera... — Updated 12/8/2020


Providing COVID-19 protection and the gospel across Northern Canada

WINNEPEG, MB-Almost 175 First Nations communities across Canada have received kits including personal protective equipment (PPE), Bibles and other support supplies from a coalition... — Updated 12/8/2020


Record number of Indigenous lawmakers elected

WASHINGTON, D.C.-On election day 2020 in the United States, a record number of six indigenous people were elected to positions in the U.S. House and Senate. The U.S. House expanded... — Updated 12/8/2020


Native American community builds homeless camp for their own

RAPID CITY, S.D.-If you're seeing tepees outside of Rapid City, S.D., you might assume it's yet another Black Hills attraction for the tourists. But you might assume wrongly. You... — Updated 12/8/2020


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