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Our Student Leadership Honorees for 2020:

Eshash Morales (San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians)
Karli Martinez (San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians)
Temyal Lomayesva (Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel)
Eric Chang (Cherokee/Delaware Tribe)

Their dedication to community, academics and their pursuit to serve as a peer to others has made these Native Students our honorees. Please join us as we honor our Native Youth at our Annual Awards and Fundraiser-Your support assists us in providing scholarships and helping our Native Youth succeed in academics.

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Hopi Tribe Battles COVID-19 Surge As Testing Positivity Reaches Twice Arizona’s Rate

The percentage of positive COVID-19 tests among the Hopi Tribe is more than double Arizona’s statewide rate and higher than peak nationwide numbers seen last year. The positive test rate is a key indicator of the virus’ spread. Hopi officials attribute much of the current surge to the holiday season and travel, and say it could soon overwhelm the limited medical facilities on the reservation. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius spoke with Hopi Vice Chairman Clark Tenakhongva about measures the tribe is taking to tamp down the spread.
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Indigenous lawmakers split Trump impeachment vote
Dalton Walker
‘Donald Trump has made it clear that he is unfit to serve as president of the United States’
Indian Country Today / Jan 13, 2021

Three Indigenous members of Congress voted Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump, charged with “incitement of insurrection.” He is the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.
The U.S. House voted 232-197 to impeach Trump, with 10 Republicans voting yes.
The vote fell along party lines for the Indigenous lawmakers. Democratic Reps. Sharice Davids, Ho-Chunk, of Kansas, Kai Kahele, Kanaka Maoli, of Hawaii, and Deb Haaland, Laguna and Jemez Pueblos, of New Mexico, voted in favor.
Republicans Tom Cole, Chickasaw, Markwayne Mullin, Cherokee, both of Oklahoma, and Yvette Herrell, Cherokee, of New Mexico, voted against. 

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Apache group sues over land swap for Arizona mine
‘It's all going to come to a head, I believe, falling back on things that should have been done'
Felicia Fonseca and Anita Snow / Associated Press 

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A group of Apaches who have tried for years to reverse a land swap in Arizona that will make way for one of the largest copper mines in the U.S. sued the federal government Tuesday.
Apache Stronghold argues in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Arizona that the U.S. Forest Service cannot legally transfer land to international mining company Rio Tinto in exchange for several parcels the company owns around Arizona. 
The group claims the land around Oak Flat was reserved for Western Apaches in an 1852 treaty with the United States.
"It's all going to come to a head, I believe, falling back on things that should have been done," said Wendsler Nosie, a former San Carlos Apache chairman who leads the group.

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Conspiracy theories threaten Native sacred sites
Native people push back against disrespectful appropriation of the Serpent Mound.
Mary Annette Pember / Indian Country Today

Is it a home to a mine for spaceship fuel? Could it be a portal to another dimension ready to be activated? Is it a place of hidden paranormal powers? Was it a safe spot to be when the 2012 Mayan prophecy predicted the end of the world or was it the place to be during the Harmonic Convergence in 1987? Was it built by a race of evil giants? Does its evil power need to be exorcised by Christians?
In its stranger-than-fiction modern history, the Serpent Mound is routinely appropriated to support these outlandish claims and more.

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Fake Courts for Real Learning with Morongo Tribe
ICTMN Staff - 12/23/15

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians remains a strong advocate for education, according to tribal chairman Robert Martin. That devotion could be seen in the moot court competition held at the Morongo Tribal Administrative Center on December 5.
American Indian students from Southern and Central California participated in UCLA Law School’s competition, during which they learned about the legal system and earned college credits.
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ANA is pleased to anounce the inclusion of AIR's Pride for Life Project within "Fiscal Year 2008 Report to Congress on Impact and Effectiveness of Administration for Native American Projects" and the inclusion of AIR's Voices of Tomorrow Project within "Fiscal Year 2009 Report to Congress on Impact and Effectiveness of Administration for Native American Projects"

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