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Reporting from Native America

May 25, 2016
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Wednesday, March 13

The Payne Family Native American Center is receiving a new facility for students to learn about and work on issues of land and culture on reservations.

The Elouise Cobell Land and Culture Institute will be located in the basement of the Native American Center and construction is said to start in July. Funding for the project came from the University, Terry Payne who is an alumni of the University and some private donors. The idea of the institute is to honor Cobell and her legacy.

Thursday, May 24

When strange howls come from the mountains or justice needs to be brought to the Navajo people, the Navajo Nation Cops are on the scene.

Through six episodes of “Navajo Cops”, a show picked up by National Geographic Television featuring the lives and work of Navajo officers on the reservation, viewers got a backstage pass on what patrolling the Navajo reservation is like.

The show, produced by Sam Dolan and Flight 33 Productions, aired a pilot in May 2011 that gained so much attention that more episodes were in high demand.

Thursday, May 24

Based on Navajo tradition and origin stories, it is said that the current world is the Fifth World.

Navajo people believe that there are a number of worlds in which the Navajo people emerged.

While we are currently in the Fifth World Navajo film director Nanobah Becker decided to look into the future and give people a glimpes of the next world, the Sixth World.

Tuesday, May 22

TULSA, Okla. — Continued construction of a tribal casino in Broken Arrow, Okla., has come to hault due to an injunction issued by U.S. District Court Judge Greggory Frizzell on May 18.

The injunction was granted against the Kialegee Tribal Town, a federally recognized tribe based in Wetumka, Okla., after a three-day court hearing held in Tulsa, Okla.

Frizzell issued the injunction because evidence by the state cites the property is not under the jurisdiction of the tribe nor are the owners of the property members of the tribe.

Thursday, May 17

Most kids can't remember their first birthday, but Kevin Kicking Woman can.

He was 14 years old, his party consisted of cake, presents and a barbecue.

"I felt corny because I never had one before so I didn't know how to act. You always think about them all the time," he said.

But his childhood wasn’t always filled with positive memories. When he was two years old his father put him up for adoption and then he moved around from home to home. He faced abuse, was taunted by his siblings and missed out on the typical childhood most children have.

Wednesday, May 16

The governing board of the Shiprock Associated Schools Inc. – located in the northern region of the Navajo Nation – voted to place the school district’s executive director and human resources coordinator on administrative leave during its May 14 meeting.

The move came months after the board voted to drastically restructure the school district by replacing the entire staff. Since then, staff have made numerous complaints about both Executive Director Leo Johnson and Human Resources Coordinator Endora Sisco, board members said.

Thursday, April 26

Sam McCracken has traveled near and far sharing his story about how one man rose from one of Montana’s most desolate Indian reservations to a managerial position at the biggest sports apparel company in the country-Nike.

He has told many audiences about how he was unsure about his place in the world as a young man but rarely mentions how his Montana roots helped him become an influence in Indian Country.

Thursday, April 12

Health care has been a poplar topic in almost every community in America especially the Native American communities. The ideas or threats for new health care plans have flooded headlines in newspapers and have even become discussion topics for many programs and debates, but this isn’t something new in Indian Country.

While the general population tries to find a solution to many health care issue, Native Americans are also trying to to solve their own issues with health care in the United States.

Friday, October 7

MISSOULA, Mont. – About 50 people attended a town hall meeting at the University of Montana to discuss fallout from several incidents that involved racial discrimination.

Thursday, May 5

New Mexico Senator Tom Udall joined others Thursday in criticizing the U.S. military’s use of the code name Geronimo during the mission that led to Osama bin Laden’s death days ago.

The Democrat Udall praised the mission’s intent but said Geronimo’s association with the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks was “highly inappropriate and culturally insensitive.”


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