This weekend's stories: Virginia Senators reintroduced a bill for federal recognition of 6 Virginia tribes; Janie Simms Hipp receives the 2017 Tim Wapato award; Coquille tribe receives ancestral baskets; Chickasaw Nation’s summer youth program accepting applications; Montana tribes donate bison to Bronx Zoo.
 
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By Ricey Wild News From Indian Country   Today I got up, showered put on a face and got dressed. I got out of my house for a quick minute with my friends and that helped so much. Depression really, really sucks. I wanted to write something funny because it makes me happy to laugh and share. I’m trying; I really am because I miss that part of my life. Hang in there with me okay? I need yooz.
 
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By Arne Vainio, M.D. News From Indian Country
“Maple syrup needs sunny days and cold nights. I always look forward to this time of year and I sit out all night long with my fire when I’m boiling syrup. My wife used to come out here with me when we were first married and after a few years she lost interest. She died about ten years ago and now I sit by the fire with my dog.”
 
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SEAN FAHRLANDER
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Sean L. Fahrlander, age 49, of Hayward, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017 at his home.
 
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By Mark Trahant
News From Indian Country / Trahant Reports.com
March 16, 2017

Remember the sequester? Ah, the good old days. The new Trump Administration budget is short on details, but clear on direction. And we do know two things. First: If enacted, this budget would shrink the federal government to a much smaller size. Except for the military and the Veterans Administration. And, second, this budget guarantees chaos ahead.
 
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By AL GEDICKS
Special to News From Indian Country

State Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst)  of Wisconsin has announced his intention to repeal Wisconsin’s landmark mining moratorium law to make it easier for mining companies to operate metallic sulfide mining operations (gold, copper, zinc) without having to first demonstrate that sulfide mining can be done without polluting the environment (Wisconsin Public Radio, 1/10/17).
 
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