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Welcome to News from Native American Netroots, a Sunday evening series focused on indigenous tribes primarily in the United States and Canada but inclusive of international peoples also.

A special thanks to our team for contributing the links that have been compiled here. Please provide your news links in the comments below.


Wilma Mankiller, women’s rights heroine, walks on

WASHINGTON – Wilma Mankiller, former principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, passed away at age 64 in the morning hours of April 6 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Mankiller was best known for her leadership of her tribe, at which she served 12 years in elective office, the first two as deputy principal chief followed by 10 years as principal chief.

Endangered Language Fund

Endangered Language Fund Announces 2010 Request for Proposals

The Endangered Language Fund provides grants for language maintenance and linguistic field work. The language involved must be in danger of disappearing within a generation or two.

The work most likely to be funded is that which serves both the native community and the field of linguistics. Work which has immediate applicability to one group and more distant application to the other will also be considered. Publishing awards are a low priority, but will be considered.

Grants in this round are expected to be less than $4,000 each, and to average about $2,000. Eligible expenses include consultant fees, tapes, films, travel, etc. Overhead is not allowed. Grants are normally for a one-year period.

Researchers and language activists from any country are eligible to apply. Awards can be made to institutions, but no administrative costs are covered.

Visit the fund’s Web site for the complete RFP.

Contact: http://www.endangeredlanguagef……

Unique community housing project opens on Navajo Nation

A new community-owned and -operated apartment complex will house nearly a hundred Navajo families.

The new Chaco River apartment complex in Shiprock is the first of its kind on the Navajo reservation because of a joint community-private partnership.

With the help of various funding, the local non-profit Shiprock Community Development Corporation owns and manages the apartments.

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