This week's stories:  MMIW campaign launches in South Dakota; Another Native American woman sworn into office wearing traditional regalia; Indigenous People’s March in Washington DC; AARP Oklahoma Indian Elders Honors accepting nominations; Rights of Manoomin has been adopted by the Whiter Earth Band of Ojibwe and the 1855 Treaty Authority.
 
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By Arne Vainio, M.D.
News From Indian Country

This had been a complicated operation and the incision was long. The sutures needed to come out and this was going to take some time. After any surgical procedure, the sutures need to stay in long enough to allow the incision to heal and stick, but not so long that they become a wick for bacteria and a risk for infection.
 
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Rice Lake, Minnesota - (ICC)
During January the White Earth Band of Ojibwe and the 1855 Treaty Authority adopted Rights of Manoomin for on and off reservation protection of wild rice and the clean, fresh water resources and habits in which it thrives. The Rights of Manoomin were adopted because “it has become necessary to provide a legal basis to protect wild rice and fresh water resources as part of our primary treaty foods for future generations” according to resolutions.
 
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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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