This week's stories: Tribes form Native Farm Bill Coalition; Cherokee Nation launches language program for immersion charter school graduates; Tribes investing in health care through joint ventures with IHS; Open call for Native American TV writers lab; “Native America” four-part series to premiere on PBS in the fall.
 
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By Ricey Wild
News From Indian Country

I’m bringing back the greeting, “Happy New Year!!!” This very important wish was taken from us last year and anyone who was caught saying it was promptly shut down in light of the evil emanating from the White House.
 
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By Arne Vainio, M.D.
News From Indian Country

"Dr. Vainio, I’m not so sure I want to live anymore."
 
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By Sandra Hale Schulman -
News From Indian Country -

The annual Grammy Awards have announced their nominees for the 2018 Awards show that airs in January. While the traditional Native American Music category was eliminated after a ten year run, native music and musicians are still going strong in various categories. It seems to help if you were born in Hawaii, as three of the main nominees were all born there.
 
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By DOUG GEORGE-KANENTIIO© -
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Over 875 years ago Skennenrahowi, the Peacemaker, brought his instructions to the warring Iroquois in an effort to persuade our ancestors to abandon violence and revenge as a response to disputes. He codified his message in an oral constitution by which a great abiding peace might be achieved. He also introduced rituals to initiate healing and to remove those emotions which cloud rational thinking.
 
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By WINONA LADUKE - 
News From Indian Country -

As the plagued Keystone Pipeline spilled 200,000 gallons of oil near the Sisseton Dakota reservation, the Nebraska Public Service Commission made a convoluted approval of a permit. In the meantime, the Dakota, Lakota and allies stand strong.  (*Wiindigo is an Ojibwe description of the spirit of excess)
 
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This week's stories: Program aims to help parenting skills in the Native community; First recipient of the Ucross Fellowship for Native American visual artists; Osage Nation releases language app; Native Women Business Summit set for this spring; 100,000th Cherokee citizenship photo ID card issued.
 
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This week's stories: The Accohannock Tribe receives state recognition; Omaha Tribe restoring hospital opened by the late Susan La Flesche Pecotte, the first Native American doctor; The last Native American village in Yosemite being rebuilt; Documentary on Native American nurses receives two awards.
 
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