By Doug George-Kanentiio
 -News From Indian Country-
 
When I watch the reports of the thousands of people coming north from their homelands in Central America I do not see Hondurans, Guatemalans, El Salvadorians; I see indigenous people, our southern kin, fleeing countries which have become overwhelmed by vicious gangs whose drug money comes directly from sales made in the United States.
 
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Arizona, Fort Defiance – Funeral service for Sonyia Theresa Gray was held Dec. 12, 2018 at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in Fort Defiance. Sonyia was born Apr. 4, 1991 in Gallup, NM. Sonyia passed away Nov. 22, 2018 in Phoenix. A Celebration of Life was held at the St. Dominic Hall in Fort Defiance.
 
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This week's stories:  Rep. Ruth Buffalo introduced bills to help solve crimes against Native Americans; The Cherokee Nation applauds passage of JOM reform bill; Native American Community Academy Inspired Schools Network named a winner in the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge Competition; Wyoming tribal license plates to benefit Native American UW scholarships; Joy Harjo is named one of the new chancellors at the Academy of American Poets.
 
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Editor – University of Wisconsin-Madison Environmental Resources Center
 
Appointment percentage: 50%-100% FTE
 
Salary: Minimum $42,167 ANNUAL (12 months)
 
Application Deadline: January 6, 2019
 
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This week's stories:  New farm bill benefits tribes; Native American remains discovered in Washington; New museum exhibit supports the return of killer whale Tokitae; First tribal aviary in Northwest welcomes six eagles; Woolsey fire unearths cultural sites.
 
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MADISON, Wis. (CN)

Four Chippewa tribes in northern Wisconsin filed a federal lawsuit against Governor Scott Walker and other officials over the state’s attempts to collect property taxes on reservation lands acquired through an 1854 treaty.
 
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Arizona, Window Rock – A funeral service for Harrison Yazzie, 65, of Pine Springs, was held Nov. 2, 2018 at the Window Rock Christian reformed Church.  Harrison was born Dec. 29, 1953, in Fort Defiance, into the Honaghaahnii (One-walks-around Clan), born for Kiyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan).  Harrison passed away Oct. 29, 2018, in Flagstaff.
 
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