In one Oklahoma town, a state budget crisis and low enrollment have reignited rumors that the local public school will be shut down. The closure might save money, but for the community’s Cherokee population, there’s much more at stake.
The Kiowa Tribe's language had been slowly dying out, but a revitalization program is sponsoring programs of storytelling, singing and language instruction to pass on the language to Kiowa youths. Using a federal grant, the tribe will train 25 teachers to educate students at a variety of age levels, as well as hold regular singing sessions and storytelling evenings.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has submitted a treaty to more than 400 other indigenous nations, formally requesting that they divest from all financial institutions that have an interest in the multibillion-dollar Dakota Access Pipeline project. For the many tribes with limited fund resources, divestment could damage vital bank relationships, and for the few tribes enjoying gaming-related wealth, divestment would mean major economic restructuring.
Donors who give money, winter clothing, food, building materials and medical supplies, along with volunteers who help provide potable water and shelter, are aiding the protest at the Sacred Stone Camp against construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota and their supporters fear an oil spill from the line could contaminate the Missouri River, their main source of water.
NOTE TO EDITORS: Global Press has intentionally deviated from AP Style in references to North Dakota.
Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline surged toward law enforcement on Sunday and narrowly escaped another confrontation in a string of clashes between protesters and police. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, an indigenous tribal nation based within the U.S., is leading the fight against the pipeline, which could disrupt the tribe’s water supply from the Missouri River.