News From Indian County 07 01 2017 E Edition Page 1

LATE JULY/AUG 2017 NEWS FROM INDIAN COUNTRY: www.IndianCountryNews.com PAGE 1 Lies were told: Strip billions from health care, call it better, Page 8 Love Water, Not Oil horse ride trots thru Wisconsin, Page 11 Canada $3/U.S. $2.00 www.IndianCountryNews.com Late July - Early August 2017 - Vol. XXXI No. 7 Emails Show Iraq War PR Alums Led Attempt to Discredit Dakota Access Protesters By Steve Horn and Curtis Waltman, MuckRock Full Story at www.desmogblog.com B ehind the scenes, as law enforcement officials tried to stem protests against the Dakota Access pipeline, alumni from the George W. Bush White House were leading a crisis communications effort to discredit pipeline protesters. Emails show that the firms Delve and Off the Record Strategies, apparently working on contract with the National Sheriffs Association, worked in secret on talking points, media outreach, and communications training for law enforcement dealing with Dakota Access opponents mobilized at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota. This revelation comes from documents obtained via an open records request from the Laramie County Sheriff's Department in Wyoming. As previously reported by DeSmog, the GOP-connected firm DCI Group led the forward-facing public relations efforts for Dakota Access via a front group called Midwest Alliance for Infrastructure Now (MAIN). Today MAIN has morphed into By MORGAN LEE SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) T he recent spread of fake Native American art and jewelry has shown the need to update how the federal government protects tribal artists from fraud that undercuts the value of their work, according to two U.S. senators who gathered suggestions for reforms during July. New Mexico Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich convened a hearing in the American Indian arts hub of Santa Fe, where federal law enforcement officials and leading Native American artists described a disheartening influx of counterfeit jewelry, weavings and contemporary art knock- offs. We've got a serious problem on our hands,'' said Udall, vice chair of the Senate Indian affairs committee, summarizing three hours of testimony. Fake Indian arts and crafts are flooding the markets right here in Santa Fe and across the country and this is having an effect of destabilizing the Native Art market. It's forcing Native Americans to quit their crafts. Udall said he hopes to propel efforts to modernize the Indian Arts and Crafts Act to cope with sophisticated international jewelry rings that copy Native American designs and police online sales. The act makes it a crime to falsely market and sell art as Native American-made when it is not. News From Indian Country 8558N County Road K Hayward, WI 54843-5800 Testimony on fake Indian art highlights international threat In this undated photo provided by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows fake Native American styled-jewelry seized by federal officials during a 2015 investigation in New Mexico. Federal prosecutors are preparing for trial in an ambitious investigation that traced falsified Native American art from the Philippines to galleries across the United States. Efforts to prevent the sale of counterfeit tribal art and jewelry was the focus of testimony July 7, 2017, as two U.S. senators held a field hearing in New Mexico about protecting legitimate American Indian artists and markets from fraudulent goods. Photo from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP A 2010 amendment to the Indian Arts and Crafts Act broadened provisions to allow any federal law enforcement to conduct investigations, while a 2012 agreement put the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the forefront of pursuing violations. William Woody, the top law enforcement official at the Fish and See Emails show, Page 4 See Testimony on fake, Page 5 By Sandra Schulman News From Indian Country J im Billie, the controversial folk singing, alligator wrestling, former Chairman of the Seminole tribe who ushered them from bingo to billion dollar Hard Rock Casino Resort owners, is now looking toward setting up marijuana- growing operations on Native American land. A company owned in part by Billie announced in June it is forming a partnership with a major marijuana investment and advisory firm out of Nevada. The goal is to bring marijuana cultivation and production to Indian land. This business could be way bigger than bingo, Billie said, as medical marijuana is fast becoming legalized state by state in the USA. Billie and the Nevada-based Electrum Partners will cast a wide net at first, looking to advise tribes on setting up medical marijuana regulations in states where such regulations are already in place. The ambitious new partnership Former Seminole Chair Billie latest to look at growing marijuana and hemp products Billie, the former tribal chair of the Seminoles has been involved in several successful tribal and private business adventures over the years. Photo submitted by Sandra Schulman aims to open licensed medical marijuana facilities in states where its already legal, to compete alongside the legal entities, but as sovereign nations the Indian marijuana industry would have a huge tax advantage. A Native American-owned business not only avoids the federal income tax, but the Internal Revenue Code also imposes an additional burden on medical marijuana See Seminole latest to look, Page 3

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