By VIDA VOLKERT
 - GALLUP, N.M. (AP/ Gallup Independent) -

About five decades have passed since Etsitty Bedonie talked about the “Beginning of the Enemies.” His account about the enemies of the Navajo, as he heard it from his grandfather, was recorded with a reel-to-reel magnetic tape recorder, most likely, at Bedonie’s home in the Crownpoint area around 1969.
 
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 By Doug George-Kanentiio
 - News From Indian Country -

One of the basic rights of any people is to decided who, and who is not, a member. This determination is done among families, religious groups, fellowship lodges, motorcycle clubs and nations.  It is one of the most important elements in defining true sovereignty along with culture, jurisdiction, land and history.
 
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This week's stories:  Google celebrates Native American engineer; Canadian courts approve settlement on certain survivors of the Sixties Scoop; Seminole Tribe eliminates plastic straws at its casinos; Cherokee Nation make first conservation area on tribal land for an endangered beetle species; ShoShona Kish to receive 2018’s Womex Professional Excellence Award.
 
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By Arne Vainio, M.D.
News From Indian Country

My wife Ivy and I traveled to Scottsdale, Arizona in late July to attend the 47th annual conference of the Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP). It was 116 degrees when we arrived. We picked up the rental car and drove through the desert to the hotel and I could see the outlines of the mountains and the cacti against the starry night.
 
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By Ricey Wild
News From Indian Country

My Unk Koon came by the other day. He walked up to my door, came in and slapped an uncovered fish filet into my left hand. He turned to leave only saying, “It’s lake trout”.
 
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This week's stories:  Lumbee launches first Native American program to aid disabled veterans; 14 tribes receive grants from the Bueau of Reclamation; Cherokee Nation System Solutions supporting USDA data project; New scholarship aimed at brining more Native Americans into the medical field; Disney’s Epcot opens new Native American exhibit.
 
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This week's stories:  Bipartisan legislation introduced to help Native American veterans; Gary and Carmen Davis launch ‘Native Business’; AIGCS/Gates Millennium Scholar alumna receives Fulbright to study in Denmark; Oneida elder honored for her military service; Ritchie Valens Memorial Highway celebration.
 
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By Albert Bender
- Nashville, Tennessee (NFIC) -

From Murfreesboro, Tennessee to their next stop in Guthrie, Kentucky the intrepid young cycling Cherokees made their way non-stop through Nashville on a June day.
 
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