News From Indian County 06 01 2016 E Edition Page 1

JUNE 2016 NEWS FROM INDIAN COUNTRY: PAGE 1 Three lessons Clinton could learn from Sanders, Page 8 Confederacy Chiefs, tribal delegation eulogize Ali, Page 21 Canada $3/U.S. $2.00 June 2016 - Vol. XXX No. 6 Yakama Nation students ind success with prosthetics prototype By RAFAEL GUERRERO YAKIMA, Wash. (AP/ Yakima Herald-Republic) I n a building just outside the main Yakama Nation Tribal School, its MESA prosthetics team has turned a classroom into a workshop. A 3-D printer hides behind a poster board. A clay oven is covered just outside the room. And there are tools everywhere. Here, one can tell students have been at work on something - in this case, prosthetic arms. The schools STEM teacher and team supervisor, Bill Razey, takes pride in what theyve accomplished, calling the four students a dream team determined to make something of note, the Yakima Herald-Republic reported. I think all kids want to get their hands on projects, dont you? he said. They just dont want to be sitting down and reading. Team members Temina Holt, Isiah Strom, Noah Pastrana and Justin Strom, all sophomores, put their hands-on learning to good use by developing from scratch four prosthetic arms along with mastering lessons in science, technology, engineering and math. The general simplicity of the products could make them affordable options to those needing prosthetics, the team says. All their hard work - which started earlier this year and included working until midnight some nights - paid off, as the project met critical acclaim. The team took first place at the regional By TERESA WILTZ NORTH STONINGTON, Connecticut Special to News From Indian Country C all it a tale of two tribes, separated here by a few miles, connected by DNA, but with decidedly different fortunes. To the west, there is the Mashantucket Western Pequot Tribal Nation reservation: rolling lawns, tribal museum, lavish houses, casino. To the east, there is the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation reservation: rutted roads, port-a-potties, rusted trailers. No casino. Both are Native American tribes with ancestry dating to pre-Colonial times. Both are recognized as Indian by the state of Connecticut. But the Mashantucket have enjoyed federal recognition since 1983, while the Eastern Pequots won recognition in 2002 after a 24-year battle and lost it in 2005. Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, a Democrat, has fought federal recognition of the Eastern Pequots and two other Connecticut tribes, even hand-delivering News From Indian Country 8558N County Road K Hayward, WI 54843-5800 In a May 18, 2016 photo, Justin Strom, a sophomore at Yakama Nation Tribal School, demonstrates how his team's prosthetic arm works during a presentation of the prototype at the annual Project Based Learning Showcase at the school in Toppenish, Wash. A team of four sophomore students competed in the regional Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement prosthetics challenge and placed first with their project at Heritage University. The Yakama Nation Tribal School team is the smallest school and only Native American group to compete in a prosthetics challenge. Photo by Shawn Gust/Yakima Herald-Republic via AP Yakama Nation students, Page 5 a letter to President Obama. And that, the Eastern Pequots say, has made all the difference in their ability to govern themselves; provide health care, housing and educational services for their 1,165 members; or even pave their roads. Without federal support and services and without the assistance of the state to help get them the development and survival of their tribe is at risk, they say. The Eastern Pequots launched their petition in 1978, a decade before tribal faming was a legal option to help them develop economically. And at one point, they wanted to build a casino like the one that brought in hundreds of millions of dollars for their cousins, the Mashantuckets. Now, theyre ambivalent. The gambling market isnt what it used to be. But Malloy, they say, is using an opposition to more faming in his state as a ruse to block their other route to economic development. (Malloy's office did not respond to repeated requests from Stateline for comment.) It amounts to technical genocide, said tribal counsel James Benny Jones. Theyre using laws instead of bullets and smallpox. Tribes find opposition to gambling the latest barrier to federal recognition First Lady tells Native American students to live their values By MARY HUDETZ SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) M ichelle Obama told graduates at a Native American high school during late May to take pride in their history and cultures at a time when she says the loudest voices in the national conversation suggest turning away from the tribal values that were part of their education. In a commencement address at Santa Fe Indian School, the first lady's comments appeared to touch on political rhetoric that has emerged in the presidential race, and especially within the GOP, though she did not mention any candidates by name. Some of the loudest voices in our national conversation are saying things that fo against every single one of the values See First Lady tells, Page 5 The Eastern Pequots are not alone in their quest to gain the government assistance they say they need to survive economically. There are 356 tribes that have applied to join the 567 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes spread through 34 states. On January 28, the Pamunkeys of Virginia became the latest tribe to be recognized after fighting off a legal challenge by a California group opposed to expanding Indian gaming. Like the Eastern Pequots, the 208-member Pamunkey Tribe is recognized by its state. Unlike the Eastern Pequots, the Pamunkeys had the support of their governor, Democrat Terry McAuliffe. But the Mashantucket have enjoyed federal recognition since 1983, while the Eastern Pequots won recognition in 2002 after a 24-year battle and lost it in 2005. See Tribes find opposition, Page 6

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