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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.

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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.

Navajo Tribal Utility Authority Selects Atlantic Tele-Network For 4G LTE Service

Providing a new era of wireless network services to the residents of Navajo Nation, Atlantic Tele-Network, a subsidiary Commnet Wireless LLC, will develop and operate a 4G Long Term Evolution wireless network in that area.

The 4G Long Term Evolution increases the capacity and speed of mobile telephone networks. The next-generation mobile broadband gets a superior user experience and simplified technology with Long Term Evolution.

Navajo Tribal Utility Authority received a $32.1 million federal stimulus grant on March 25, by the National Telecommunications & Information Administration.

Treaty Days to be annual celebration

WINDOW ROCK – The Navajo Nation will no longer be celebrating the Fourth of July with a fair – but it will begin annually celebrating the signing of the Treaty of 1868 that established the tribe’s relationship with the federal government.

Fighting Sioux nickname fight ends in relief, fatigue

For at least three decades the University of North Dakota and its fans, and Native Americans and their supporters, struggled to determine whether the school’s Fighting Sioux nickname properly referred to green-clad athletes or demeaningly characterized Northern Plains tribes.

As other colleges across the country and high schools in South Dakota and elsewhere gave up similar nicknames and logos, UND found itself standing more alone. In isolation, it became a target of public judgment on the general treatment of tribal culture by the dominant society.

Fire shuts down Native treatment facility

The only substance abuse treatment facility for Native Americans in the area is closed after a fire broke out Saturday on the Sioux San Hospital campus, officials say.

The fire-alarm system went off at 1:07 p.m. in the Native Healing Program building, formerly known as Hope Lodge, according to Capt. Mark Enright of the Rapid City Department of Fire & Emergency Services. Stations three and five responded to the fire.

A 33-year-old male patient was injured in the fire and was taken to Rapid City Regional Hospital, but his injuries were not life-threatening, according to Enright. Sioux San officials said he was treated for smoke inhalation.

Cronkite student wins coveted Edward R. Murrow Award

   An ASU journalism student won an Edward R. Murrow Award, one of the most prestigious honors in professional broadcast journalism.

   Colton Shone, 21, a junior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, won the Murrow Award for a story he reported and produced for KTAR-FM in Phoenix. The winning story, a Halloween feature on a haunted maze in Glendale, won in the “Use of Sound” category for large market radio stations in Region 3, which covers Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming……

….Shone, who is Navajo, said the underrepresentation of Native American journalists leads to a lack of coverage of issues important to those communities. He has traveled around the state to talk with Native American students and with the few Native American television journalists.

Gathering of Nations goes outdoors

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The world’s largest gathering of Native American and indigenous people will take place in Albuquerque, N.M. April 22 – 24. The 27th Annual Gathering of Nations, considered the most prominent Native American powwow in the world, will host more than 150,000 people and more than 500 tribes from throughout the United States, Canada and around the world celebrating their culture and traditions through dance, music, food and indigenous dress including feathers, bells, jingles and fringes.

The three-day event will include more than 40 indigenous bands performing musical genres including country, reggae, rhythm and blues, hip-hop and rock ‘n’ roll. In addition, more than 3,000 Native American singers and dancers will entertain, and more than 600 Native American artisans, craftsmen and traders will display and sell their work. Dozens of vendors in the Native Food Court will offer guests a wide variety of food choices including Southwestern-style cuisine and traditional Native American fare.

MT’s Rehberg (R) Vulnerable: Facing Progressive Tribal Opponent

This is not the greatest time for me to run for political office; I have young children, a teenage daughter that need my attention. I am midway through the goal of proceeding to law school. I have lived a life of delays, disappointments, and dreams deferred. I come from a background of sheer poverty; I lived on Hill 57, a mostly Ojibwe camp for 20 years. My teens were spent in a two room house during the height of Reaganomics; a member of a class of forgotten Americans–urban, non-reservation Native Americans. My own parents were disabled. My father suffered from a heart weakened by a childhood bout of rheumatic fever, my mother was an insulin-dependent diabetic.


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