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National Native American Veterans Memorial design finalists announced

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian announced Jan. 25 the five finalists for the design of the National Native American Veterans Memorial. They are: James Dinh Daniel SaSuWeh Jones (Ponca) and Enoch Kelly Haney (Seminole Nation of Oklahoma) Harvey Pratt (Cheyenne /Arapaho) Stefanie Rocknak Leroy Transfield (Māori: Ngai

HHS takes major actions to protect conscience rights and life

On Jan. 19, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced two major actions to protect life and the conscience rights of Americans. HHS’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is issuing new guidance to state Medicaid directors restoring state flexibility to decide program standards. The letter issued today

FIU to host indigenous programs

MIAMI — Florida International University’s Global Indigenous Forum will host the following upcoming events: Feb. 22 – 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Maidique campus, SIPA 220: Author and illustrator Dorothy Downs with Lee Tiger, Miccosukee Tribal Member will hold a book signing presentation about”Canoe Back in Time:” An Indigenous Family’s Perspectives

Tribal First acquires American Indian Health Services

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Tribal First, a division of Alliant Specialty Insurance Services, has acquired American Indian Health Services (AIHS). The acquisition pairs Tribal First, the nation’s largest tribal insurance brokerage, with one of Indian Country’s leading providers of healthcare services and financing tools. “Access to quality, affordable healthcare continues to

Hard Rock charity poker event benefits Feeding South Florida

HOLLYWOOD — Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood hosted a charity poker tournament Oct. 3 benefiting Feeding South Florida and its hurricane relief efforts. PokerStars, which is the flagship brand of The Stars Group Inc. and is the world’s most licensed online gaming brand, matched the tournament donation

Cherokee Nation’s Bryan Rice named BIA director

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced Oct. 16 the selection of Bryan Rice, a veteran federal administrator and citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, as the new Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the federal agency that coordinates government-to-government relations with 567 federally

Haskell runners capture honors

A pair of Haskell Indian Nations University runners swept the Association of Independent Institutions’ cross country weekly honors Sept. 25. Freshmen Chantel Yazzie and Max Tuckfield turned in strong performances during the Emporia State University Papa John’s Invitational. Yazzie, of Fort Wingate, N.M., completed the 5-kilometer course in 23:52.72 in a meet

Native American Voting Rights Coalition to hold hearings

With growing concerns over voter suppression and voting rights violations, the Native American Voting Rights Coalition will be holding several field hearings in upcoming months across Indian Country. The goal of the hearings is to identify and document the obstacles indigenous voters continue to face. The first hearing was held

Hard Rock Stadium unveils phase III upgrades

MIAMI GARDENS — The Miami Dolphins unveiled their latest phase of a $500-million plus renovation at Hard Rock Stadium on Aug. 8. Privately funded by Dolphins and stadium owner Stephen Ross, the phase III renovations include a new partnership with Aston Martin Residences, new food and beverage offerings, luxury and party

Crevier named NCUIH executive director

WASHINGTON — The National Council of Urban Indian Health announced July 31 that its executive director position has been filled by Francys Crevier, who previously served NCUIH as the director of Governmental Affairs. Crevier (Algonquin) has been serving Indian Country for more than a decade. She has served in various capacities