Indigenous People, Organizations React to Overturn of Roe

“The Supreme Court issued final opinions Thursday after a busy term that included cases affecting Indian Country directly and indirectly. Perhaps the biggest opinion was overturning Roe v. Wade’s guarantee of the right to an abortion.” P. Denetclaw, ICT, June 30, 2022

Sarah Adams-Cornell, Choctaw, at the Ban Off Rally and People’s Hearing at the Oklahoma State Capitol on April 5, 2022. She co-founded Matriarch, a nonprofit that promotes the social welfare of Native women. (Photo by Allie Shinn)

Excerpt:  “We will never, ever stop having abortions’ By Pauly Denetclaw, ICT

The Supreme Court of the United States decided there is no federal constitutional right to abortion care for women and people who birth in a 6-3 decision of Roe v. Wade Friday morning.

Access to abortion has already been difficult for Indigenous women and people who birth, due to the Hyde Amendment that banned the use of federal money for abortion care.

Many Indigenous people rely on Indian Health Services for their care and the Hyde Amendment deeply impacted Indigenous communities’ access to abortion, forcing Indigenous people to drive hundreds of miles to access the care they needed.

‘We will never, ever stop having abortions. We will always be in control of our bodies. We will never succumb to a fascist, white supremacist government, no matter the cost. We will continue to help our communities access the care they need,’ said Indigenous Women Rising, one of the only Indigenous abortion funds in the country.

‘Our inherent sovereignty as Indigenous women and people determines that we must decide our own fate, and not allow the state to define these outcomes on our behalf. Upholding Roe v. Wade is the very least this country could have done, after centuries of the systemic oppression of anyone not white, male and Christian,’ said Ms. Foundation for Women’s Indigenous Women’s Advisory Committee in a statement.”

“Join Sister Mimosa Romero as she talks Pride 2022 with other GCSPI Sisters!”

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First Friday in June: Pride Night at the Heard

“We’re kicking off Pride Month at the Heard Museum with our first ever Native Drag Show, hosted by the Indigenous Fire Queen of Phoenix, Pyraddiction. Joining her will be Miss New Mexico Pride 2022, Tomahawk Martini; Mx Titos Pride 2022, Te D. DeMornay; K.Yasss Savage; Ritavon DeMornay; and Felix.

Enjoy free admission to the museum from 4 to 9 p.m., and then join us in our Steele Auditorium for the entertainment beginning at 6 p.m.. Prior to the Drag Show, we will be featuring Native LGBTQ poets reading their works. The Queens will take the runway around 7 p.m. Beverages and bites will be available in the Cantina, and you can browse Books & More for souvenirs. Don’t miss what is sure to be a memorable night at the Heard Museum!”

TIME: 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

LOCATION: Heard Museum Campus 2301 North Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004

Main: 602.252.8840


Don’t Miss the Navajo Math Circles 2022 Summer Camp!

Navajo Math Circles and COVID-19

“Most of our activities are still virtual as the pandemic comes under control. As in-person activities resume we will take all precautions and care. All NNMC visitors will be fully vaccinated and will follow CDC guidelines and local regulations. We will host an in-person summer camp and teacher workshop in 2022. Follow the event links for more information.”


“Good morning friends. Please share this educational opportunity for Summer 2022

Free Math Day Camp!

Grades: 6th-12th

Location: Page, Arizona at Coconino Community College

When: Session 1- May 31st to June 2nd

Session 2-June 6th to June 9th” Navajo Math Circles

Who are we? We are the Navajo Nation Math Circles (NNMC) for students and teachers of the Navajo Nation. Our goal is to share fun and rewarding mathematics with everyone. We partner with over 40 mathematicians across the United States to develop amazing mathematics and amazing mathematicians.

 The NNMC is many many people. We are a community of students, teachers, facilitators, professors, consultants… The NNMC is co-directed by:

• Dr. David Auckly, Mathematics, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.

• Dr. Henry Fowler, Mathematics, Navajo Technical University, Crownpoint, NM.

Who are you? We want “I do mathematics” to be a part of everyone’s answer to “Who are you?” That’s why the NNMC is different from any other Math Circle we know of–we honor the language, culture, and history of the Diné as part of the important work we do. We want to hear our participant’s pride in saying, “I am Diné and I love mathematics.” Both together is truly baa hózhó mathematics.

To contact the NNMC, send an email to and it will forward to the appropriate person.


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“Growth Slows for Endangered Mexican Gray Wolf Population”

“The rarest subspecies of gray wolf in North America was listed as endangered in the 1970s and a U.S.-Mexico captive breeding program was started with the seven remaining wolves in existence.” S. Montoya Bryan, ICT April 14, 2022

Researchers fitted this Mexican gray wolf with a radio collar in 2018. They estimate about two dozen Mexican gray wolf packs live in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico. (Photo courtesy of Jenna Miller, Cronkite News)


Excerpt: Susan Montoya Bryan, Indian Country Today, April 14, 2022

“There are now more Mexican gray wolves roaming the southwestern U.S. than at any time since the federal government started to reintroduce the endangered species, wildlife managers said.

The results of the latest annual survey of the wolves show there are at least 196 in the wild in New Mexico and Arizona — the sixth straight year that wolf population has increased.

At least 186 Mexican wolves live in western New Mexico and eastern Arizona, authorities say. The wolves – a rare subspecies of the gray wolf – were all but wiped out by the 1970s. (File photo by Michael Hannan/Cronkite News)

But officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the population’s growth in 2021 was tempered by higher than average pup mortality. Life was made more difficult for the wolves because of a persistent drought that has resulted in low precipitation and scant snowpack, the officials said.

‘We are happy to see the wild population of Mexican wolves continue to grow year after year,’ said Brady McGee, coordinator of the Mexican gray wolf recovery program. ‘The service and our partners remain focused on recovery through improving the genetic health of the wild population and reducing threats, while also working to minimize conflicts with livestock.’

Ranchers continue to have concerns about livestock killed by the wolves, saying efforts to scare the predators away from livestock — by horse riders, nonlethal shots fired from guns and flags put up on fences near cattle — have not been effective enough. Feeding caches for the wolves are also set up by officials to lure wolves away from livestock…’The disappointing lack of significant growth is a sign that this recovery paradigm is not working,’ Chris Smith with the WildEarth Guardians group said in a statement…Federal officials are expected this summer to finalize a new rule that will govern management of Mexican wolves in the U.S.”

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Diné Businessman Opens Paleta Bar Store in Mesa

“A coconut ice pop fully dipped in milk chocolate, topped with M&Ms and chunks of bananas, or a coffee ice pop dipped with powdered chili and chamoy, topped with Cocoa pebbles and chunks of watermelon. Delicious, right? They’re paletas, or eye-catching Mexican popsicles.” K. Allen, Navajo Times, Jan 21 2022

Courtesy photo | Franklin Yazzie Different flavors of paleta, or Mexican popsicles, are on showcase inside a Paleta Bar. The paletas can be dipped into other flavors and coated with toppings such as M&Ms and Oreos.

Excerpt: A taste of home: Diné entrepreneur set to open Paleta Bar store in Mesa, By Krista Allen, Navajo Times, Jan 21 2022

“And a store where people can buy these popsicles is opening Saturday in Mesa, Arizona (1917 S. Signal Butte Rd.).

At The Paleta Bar, Diné entrepreneur Franklin Yazzie said, it’s the customer’s choice. And there are many choices, each described as gourmet, fresh and made-to-order.

Courtesy photo | Franklin Yazzie Fresh fruits cubed and ready for toppings are seen under a showcase. Different flavors of paleta, or Mexican popsicles, can be dipped into other flavors and topped with chunks of fruits like watermelon and strawberries.

‘The Paleta Bar brand originated out of Albuquerque,’ explained Yazzie, 24, who’s a co-owner. ‘We recently started expanding into other states.’

Yazzie, who’s Bitáá’chii’nii, is originally from Naat’áanii Nééz-Tsé Bit’a’í. He’s a Navajo Prep alumnus.

Yazzie said after graduating from high school in 2015, he enrolled at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque.

When he decided that he didn’t have academic strength to finish college, he dropped out to take an entrepreneurial route because he knew he could operate a business instead…The Paleta Bar serves all kinds of paletas, said Yazzie. They’re frozen dessert, but visitors on Saturday might be able to warm up these unique paletas.”


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