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Alaska celebrates Native affirmation on currency and heritage month

ANCHORAGE, Alaska-On October 7, the Indigenous Alaskans were honored in two ways. First, Gov. Mike Dunleavy signed House Bill 126 into law, declaring November as Alaska Native... — Updated 11/7/2019


Pokagon Band of Potawatomi commemorate 25th anniversary of Reaffirmation of Sovereignty

DOWAGIAC, Mich.-On Septembe 21, 2019, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Reaffirmation of its Sovereignty. Sovereignty as affirmed by the United... — Updated 11/4/2019

 By Harrison Mantas    News 

Tribes will have objects, human remains repatriated by Finland

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Twenty-six tribes will see the return of ancestral remains from Finland, where the items have been held in a museum after being taken from Colorado almost 130... — Updated 11/3/2019


Framework sets long-term, strategic vision for the Canada's Arctic and North

OTTAWA, Ontario-Canada's Arctic and Northern Policy Framework was launched in September. The Framework sets out a long-term, strategic vision that will guide the Government of... — Updated 11/3/2019

 By Amy-Xiaoshi DePaola    News 

Wells Fargo agreement called "tremendous victory" for consumers, Navajo

WASHINGTON-Consumer advocates said recently that Wells Fargo's $6.5 million settlement of a Navajo Nation lawsuit that charged the bank with preying on tribal members is a... — Updated 11/3/2019


Shoal Lake 40 First Nation breaks ground for water treatment system

Shoal Lake 40, Ontario-Recently Dan Vandal, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Services, and Shoal Lake 40 Chief Erwin Redsky participated in a ground breaking... — Updated 11/3/2019


IHS awards $1 million for Urban Indian Education and Research Program

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Indian Health Service Office of Urban Indian Health Programs has awarded $1,050,000 to the National Council of Urban Indian Health for the Urban Indian Education and Research Program Cooperative Agreement.... — Updated 11/3/2019


Tribal management grants to support tribal self-determination

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Indian Health Service has awarded grants totaling nearly $1 million to nine tribes and tribal organizations as part of a competitive program to develop and improve... — Updated 11/3/2019


Cherokee Nation Announces Largest Language Initiative in Tribe's history

TAHLEQUAH, Okla.-Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. recently announced a $16 million investment in Cherokee language preservation-the largest language investment in... — Updated 11/3/2019 Full story


Road excavation halts for tribal remains

LOS ANGELES, Calif.-In early October, the Orange County Transit Authority halted a road-widening project on the I-405 Freeway when construction workers discovered human remains,... — Updated 11/3/2019


Federal Gas Tax fund brings aid to Yukon

WHITEHORSE, Yukon-Yukon has received the first of two $8.25 million annual installments of the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF), along with a top-up of $16.5 million, made available... — Updated 11/3/2019


Preserving Indigenous Language in British Columbia

VANCOUVER, B.C.-The Government of Canada and Nisga'a Lisims Government are pleased to announce an agreement to support the Nisga'a Nation's efforts to revitalize its language. The... — Updated 11/3/2019


Government of Canada agrees to provide funding for Inuit of Nunavik

KUUJJUAQ, Quebec-In Setpember, a 10-year funding contribution agreement was signed between Indigenous Services Canada and the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services... — Updated 11/3/2019


Largest tribal outpatient health facility in U.S. opening first phase to patients

TAHLEQUAH, Okla.-The Cherokee Nation's new four-story, 469,000 square foot outpatient health center opened its optometry, audiology, physical rehabilitation, behavioral health,... — Updated 11/3/2019

 By Harrison Mantas    News 

Tribal health insurance coverage rose, but still trailed U.S. average

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The number of people who showed up at Indian Health Service facilities with health insurance rose from 64% of patients in 2013 to 78% in 2018, according to a new... — Updated 11/3/2019


Indigenous groups vie to purchase Trans Mountain Pipeline

EDMONTON, Alberta-In 2018, the Canadian federal government bought the Trans Mountain Pipeline for $4.5 billion from Kinder Morgan. And now several First Nations groups want to buy... — Updated 11/3/2019


Ground broken for the Native American Veterans Memorial on National Mall

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Recently, the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, which sits on the National Mall in Washington, broke ground for construction of the Native... — Updated 11/3/2019


Water investments improve access, offer protection

BAY OF QUINTE, Ont.-The Government of Canada and First Nations communities are working in partnership to improve water infrastructure and expand access to safe, reliable drinking wa... — Updated 8/20/2019


Court rules on First Nations hunting

REGINA, Sask.-Indigenous leaders are celebrating a court ruling that says First Nations hunters from outside Saskatchewan have a constitutional right to hunt in the province... — Updated 8/20/2019


Legislation will help build stronger, healthier first nations

OTTAWA, Ont.-Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde welcomed the passing of two new pieces of federal legislation passed in the House of Commons in early... — Updated 8/20/2019

 By Miranda Faulkner    News

Court rules that coal mine owned by Navajo government is immune from suits

WASHINGTON, D.C.-A federal appeals court said environmental groups cannot sue to block expansion of a coal mine owned by the Navajo Transitional Energy Co. (NTEC), because it is an... — Updated 8/20/2019


Report urges government to expand procurement spending with Aboriginal businesses to five percent

Calgary, Alb.-The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) recently released a data-driven report calling on the federal government to increase the dollar value of its... — Updated 8/20/2019


Tribes encouraged to participate in 2020 U.S. Census

CHEROKEE NATION-Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker is sending out a message that might be a wise reminder for all Native Americans. "Native people have been... — Updated 8/20/2019


First Nations children most impoverished in Canada

Ottawa, Ont.-While premiers and territorial leaders meet in Saskatchewan recently to discuss the well-being of Indigenous children, youth and families, a new report released co-auth... — Updated 8/20/2019

 By Jim Uttley    News

Indian Life Ministries' founding director passes

On a January day in 1988, I received a call from a George McPeek in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He called inviting me to come check out Intertribal Christian Communications, of whic... — Updated 8/20/2019


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