Indigenous News: tribe to Redsk*ns – “no thanks to dirty money”

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council: No thanks to Redsk*ns dirty money

EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. – The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council voted on Wednesday to refuse all money from the Washington NFL football team and The Washington Redsk*ns Original Americans Foundation that was set up by Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redsk*ns, on the pretense to assist American Indians.

The Tribal Council’s vote includes a $25,000 check made out to the Cheyenne River Rodeo Association, dated July 10, 2015 that made its way to the Internet earlier this week. The money was presumably to assist with an upcoming rodeo on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.

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Navajo Nation to take legal action against EPA for toxic river spill

SHIPROCK, N.M. – Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye announced that he intends to take legal action against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the massive release of mine waste into the Animas River near Silverton, Colo.

President Begaye made this announcement Saturday evening at the Shiprock Chapter House, which was packed to capacity with concerned community members living along the San Juan River.

“They are not going to get away with this,” President Begaye said of the destructive impact to natural habitats and ecosystems that traditional Navajo culture relies on.

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Family: Sarah Lee Circle Bear was pregnant when she died in police custody

Sarah Lee Circle Bear, a 24-year-old Native American mother of two boys, was pregnant when she died in police custody in South Dakota last month, Circle Bear’s family says.

In June, Circle Bear told friends she was expecting her third child and that she was concerned about her pregnancy, Adrienne Yancey, Circle Bear’s older sister, told Indian Country Today Media Network. Yancey said Circle Bear had complications with her last pregnancy and was consulting with physicians prior to her death.

“She had a hard time carrying her last baby,” Yancey said. “She had to go see the doctor all the time.”

On July 5, Circle Bear was found unresponsive in her cell at the Brown County Jail in Aberdeen, S.D., according to reports. She allegedly cried out for help because she was suffering from excruciating abdominal pain. But, said a witness, jailers on duty told her to “knock it off” and “quit faking.”

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Journalist: Native girls in custody at sky-high rates

Independent journalist Mary Annette Pember shares the alarming findings from a new report that shows Native American girls are in residential placements at a rate of 179 per 100,000, by far the highest rate in the United States.

Native American girls are at the highest risk of imprisonment in the U.S. According to the report 179 of every 100,000 Native girls end up in prison. The report also states that girls in the juvenile justice system are disproportionately victims of sexual violence. The 2007 Amnesty International report Maze of Injustice found that Native American women and girls are also 2.5 times more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted than any other women in the U.S.

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Sexual abuse to prison pipeline report: a Native perspective

I had my first pelvic exam at age 13 in a juvenile detention center. It was a frightening, humiliating experience. There was no mother, auntie or other supportive female present to guide me and explain the procedure. Afterwards, as my fellow inmates and I stood naked in a line to receive uniforms, the nurse told us that the doctor had been especially disgusted by our lack of hygiene. I was a runaway and had been sleeping rough for several nights. Sexually abused as a youngster, I was acting out. Although it happened more than 40 years ago, the memory can still turn my skin into an uncomfortable prickly garment of shame and anger.

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Andrea Perkins
Andrea Perkins

"I am a stay at home parent and grad student. I work as a freelance writer. I write about subjects that matter to me or I find interesting. I'm Indigenous and Black and sometimes I will write about topics that impact my community."