US Department of Interior Allocates $3 Billion for Native Programs in 2017

US Department of Interior Allocates $3 Billion for Native Programs in 2017 Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has presented Congress with the Department’s overall budget request of $13.4 billion for 2017, which earmarks nearly $3 billion for Native American programs — a $137.6 million increase above the enacted level for the 2016 budget. It asks for…

Harry Potter Author Offends Native American Scholars With New Story

holykaw.alltop.com The first story of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling’s new “History of Magic in North America” series has offended some indigenous scholars and members of Native American communities. The story, which chronicles wizards from the 14th to the 17th centuries, was criticized for lumping all Native Americans into one group, appropriating their stories and “completely re-writing…

APTN To Launch New 24-Hour Native American Cable Network

Canadian cable television broadcaster the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network is starting a new network across the border in the United States.  APTN has announced it is launching the All Nations Network with Castalia Communications. Described as a “24-hour network” APTN said ANN intends to provide “native news sports, scripted, lifestyle, feature-length movies and children’s programming written, produced,…

Tribes Receive $940 Million In Federal Contracts Settlement

A federal judge has approved a $940 million settlement between the United States and Native American tribes over claims the government shorted tribes for decades on contract costs to manage education, law enforcement and other federal services. The approval starts the funds release process, which will pay out to claims by individual tribes over several months. Nearly…

Armed Stand-Off Land In Oregon Was Once Promised To Tribal Nation

The lands in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon that were recently occupied by an armed group angry regarding federal land use policy were originally promised by the U.S. to the Burns Paiute Tribe for a reservation. The reservation never materialized however, as the federal government shifted course and declared the area a nature preserve. The site is currently in…

Native-Owned Business Improving Lactation Facilities For Mothers

New Mexico Community Capital, a Community Development Financial Institution supporting Native-owned businesses, has announced its newest Native Entrepreneur in Residence (NEIR) Participant, Stephanie Conduff of Leche Lounge located in Oklahoma. Leche Lactation suites are portable units that can be placed temporarily or permanently on site for pumping and nursing mothers. Fulfilling the requirements of pumping laws, Leche Lounge…