News From Indian County 01 01 2016 E Edition Page 1

JANUARY 2016 NEWS FROM INDIAN COUNTRY: PAGE 1 Burns Paiute want armed militia off their lands, Page 2 Bigfoot trek and Mankato hangings memorialized, Page 6 & 7 Canada $3/U.S. $2.00 January 2016 - Vol. XXX No. 1 Legislative leader says Bill is not going any where this session Tribes bury burial ground desecration Bill By Paul DeMain News From Indian Country MADISON, Wis. (NFIC) O ver a 1,000 people came to rally at the Wisconsin Sate Capital on Tuesday, January 12th in a united effort to defeat a legislative proposal that would endanger many of the 3-4,000 burial mounds, Indigenous cemeteries and ancient earthworks and art left in the State of Wisconsin if passed. News From Indian Country 8558N County Road K Hayward, WI 54843-5800 Ho Chunk Nation legislator Henning Garvin (right) opens up a rally of over 1,000 individuals from Wisconsin and surrounding states on a frigid January 12th, 2016 to oppose a Republican Bill that would force tribes, individuals and organizations to prove that human remains are in burial mounds, cemeteries and ancient earthworks or local landowners on private lands could destroy them for profit. Republican Assembly leader Robin Vos said the Bill is unlikely going anywhere this session. Photo by DKakkak Wisconsin once had over 20,000 effigy and ancient earthwork mounds, a 4,000 Native artifacts stored at Oregon refuge held by armed group By REBECCA BOONE Associated Press T housands of archaeological artifacts and maps detailing where more can be found are kept inside the national wildlife refuge buildings currently being held by an armed group of protestors angry over federal land policy. Ryan Bundy, one of the leaders of the froup occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Oregon, says they have no real interest in the antiquities. Still, their access to the artifacts and maps has some worried that looters could take advantage of the situation. Theres a huge market for artifacts, especially artifacts that have provenance, where you can identify where they came from, said Carla Burnside, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services refuge archeologist. More than 300 recorded prehistoric sites are scattered across the refuge, including burial grounds, ancient villages and petroglyphs. Some of the artifacts including spears, stone tools, woven See Tribes help bury, Page 4 See 4,000 Native artifacts, Page 3 National Congress says stronger self-governance key to future success By JESSE J. HOLLAND Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) T ribes want the federal government to work with them to strengthen and modernize their ability to self-govern, saying the best solutions for Native American life comes from the tribes themselves, the president of the National Congress of American Indians said January 14. At every level of government, more and more leaders are seeing that the path to a brighter future for America runs through Indian Country, said Brian Cladoosby in his 2016 State of the Indian Nations address. Imagine how much further we will go, as the next class of American legislators and policymakers further strengthen tribal self- determination. Cladoosby said decades of self- determination have turned some things around for Native Americans, pointing to successes in schools and tribal economies. However, he says antiqued laws and regulations need to be updated to continue the forward movement. We need to replace antiquated laws and regulations with policies that trust and empower tribes to govern, he said. We need a relationship based not on paternalism and control, but on deference and support; a partnership where tribes continue to meet their own challenges and chart their own path forward. In exchange for land, the federal fovernment promised things like health care, education, social services and public safety in perpetuity for members of federally recognized tribes. Those vows generally are born out of treaties. The U.S. negotiated more than 400 treaties with tribes, most of which were ratified by the Senate. Cladoosby invited presidential candidates to come out to Indian Country to see the successes they have achieved and to plan for their relationship after President Barack Obama leaves office. See for yourself, tribal nations are building brighter futures for their citizens and all Americans, he said. While Indian Country is still recovering from generations of damaging policies, more than four decades of tribal self-determination have launched our resurgence. Today, tribal nations are innovating and leading the way. The National Congress calls itself the oldest and largest American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country. While Indian Country is still recovering from generations of damaging policies, more than four decades of tribal self-de- termination have launched our resurgence. Today, tribal nations are innovat- ing and leading the way."

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