News From Indian County 04 01 2016 E Edition Page 1

APRIL 2016 NEWS FROM INDIAN COUNTRY: www.IndianCountryNews.com PAGE 1 California court wont intervene in ICWA case, Page 2 Hope and Hemp: The unfinished odyssey of White Plume, Page 3 Canada $3/U.S. $2.00 www.IndianCountryNews.com April 2016 - Vol. XXX No. 4 Sanders, Clinton continue historic primary outreach to Native communities By MATTHEW BROWN BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) M ontana officials and tribal leaders in ceremonial headdresses laid to rest a revered warrior and keeper of Crow traditions on April 6th, 102-year- By Teresa Wiltz www.pewtrusts.org T hey're poor, more likely to be sexually abused, end up in foster care, drop out of school, become homeless. They're often the prey of traffickers. American Indian and Native Alaskan girls are a small fraction of the population, but they are over-represented in the juvenile justice system, whether they are living on or off the reservation. Native American girls have the highest rates of incarceration of any ethnic group. They are nearly five times more likely than white girls to be confined to a juvenile detention facility, according to the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. News From Indian Country 8558N County Road K Hayward, WI 54843-5800 Remembered as a "Great man in two worlds" Nations oldest War Chief, Joe Medicine Crow, 102 laid to rest on Crow Reservation old Joe Medicine Crow. He was the last in a long line of Crow Tribe war chiefs, and later successfully assimilated into the modern world to gain widespread acclaim as a Native American historian. More than 700 mourners, including Gov. Steve Bullock and other state officials, gathered to bid Medicine Crow farewell at a service marked by military pomp and traditional regalia. The crowd packed into the one building on the Crow Reservation large enough to it them all, viewing a flag-draped coffin lanked by Medicine Crow's World War II uniform and a picture of him in a massive feathered headdress. During a service that stretched more than two hours, those who knew Medicine Crow recounted his military exploits and his contributions to preserving his tribe's culture. Medicine Crow passed away April 3rd after a months-long illness. He spent more than a half-century cataloging Crow history and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2009. He attained the title of war chief for a series of deeds performed during combat in World War II, including hand-to-hand combat with a German soldier whose life Medicine Crow spared. During the war, he wore an eagle feather under his helmet and war paint beneath his uniform. He later said that Plains Indian warfare was not about killing so much as leadership, honor and intelligence. Medicine Crow embraced the changes that came with settling the West, and he A portrait of Joe Medicine Crow in full headdress stands next to his casket during his funeral service at the Apsaalooke Veterans Cemetery near Crow Agency, Montana, April 6, 2016. Medicine Crow was the Crow Tribe's last surviving war chief and a widely-renowned historian. Medicine Crow, who passed on April 3, 2016 at 102, spent decades cataloging Crow history and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2009. AP Photo by Matt Brown See Nation's oldest War Chief, Page 5 New York, Wisconsin, Arizona (AP/ICC) H illary Clinton met with Native American leaders in Washington state during late March, promising to be a good partner. Clinton visited Chief Leschi Schools in Puyallup, where she appeared before more than 40 people. The school has about 1,000 students from preschool to 12th grade. After a musical performance, tribe chairman Bill Sterud introduced Clinton, recalling when tribal members marched in an inaugural parade for President Bill Clinton. He said the tribe has a number of needs, including help with cleaning up Puget Sound. Clinton thanked the group for hosting her and said that if elected, she would expect a delegation at her inauguration. I came to listen, she said. To learn more from each of you. Here's a look at what a couple of voters had to say about the nomination process that is occurring for both the Democratic and Republican parties across the country: Marie Howard, a 57-year-old Navajo Nation resident, supported Hillary Clinton in Arizona's presidential primary. She believes as president, Clinton would be See Sanders, Clinton, Page 5 There are programs on tribal lands that work with Native girls who have been caught up in the system, using federal funds. But American Indian girls often find themselves without state or local social service programs tailored to their cultural backgrounds and experiences, which are distinct from other girls living in or on the edge of poverty. As Indian people, our greatest hope is our children. And our kids are really at risk, said Carla Fredericks, director of the American Indian Law Clinic at the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder. The only way we can help these girls is if we do it cooperatively, with the states, federal government and within our own communities. American Indian girls often fall through the cracks See American Indian Girls, Page 6

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