The Oklahoma Legislature pushed all but a few bills aside in order to pass a budget and conclude the 2020 session. A number of bills that could impact Oklahoma tribes are likely to resurface in 2021.
With an estimated 18 percent of HIV-positive Native Americans and Alaska Natives unaware of their status, Indian Health Service is among the agencies specifically tasked with helping stop the virus’ transmission.
The 2018 Government Accountability Office report stated that there was a 27 percent difference between Indian and non-Indian communities in terms of access to broadband service. That means an estimated 35 percent of Americans living on tribal lands lack access to broadband services, compared to 8 percent of all Americans.
“One thing I’ve come to realize is that until we start teaching Indigenous histories in the classroom, American newsrooms will continue to misunderstand us.”
Exposure to adverse, distressing events such as forced removal and cultural loss across multiple generations can manifest in anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses.
Every five years, U.S. legislators update bipartisan legislation regulating the agriculture industry and federal food assistance programs through the Agriculture Improvement Act, or farm bill. In June, Janie Simms Hipp addressed the Sovereignty Symposium in Oklahoma City about potential policy changes. She is director of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Read More »
The fur trade’s decline and colonial competition increased turmoil across Indian Country. Through the 18th to early 19th century, discord among Native Americans and the federal government continued to grow. Section five of the Cultural Heritage Center focuses on this influential time in North American history. Each Native group had their own survival tactics. Some Read More »
By Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton Naloxone is showing up in more corners of Indian Country as part of the continued growth of a two-year-old interagency agreement aimed at tackling the opioid epidemic. In December 2015, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Health Service announced a memorandum of understanding to allow for the hands-on training of BIA Read More »
Youth have power. Right now. “When we told them they’re the future, we accidentally said, ‘You don’t matter yet. You don’t count until some futuristic point on the horizon that, statistically, some of our kids won’t see,” Emcee One, born Marcus Anthony Guinn, recently told the Hownikan. “They’re — right now — the No. 1 Read More »