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Billy Mills

article Mills wants activism to be remembered more than gold medal
(Japan) -- A few years before Billy Mills won his gold medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, the Native American was several floors up in front of an open hotel window,...
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Cherokee Nation

article Owasson among first students accepted into new OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at Cherokee Nation
(Oklahoma) -- The first class of 54 student doctors to be accepted into the new Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine at Cherokee Nation received...
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COVID-19

article Brazil indigenous leader Aritana dead from COVID-19
(Brazil) -- Chief Aritana Yawalapiti, one of Brazil's most influential indigenous leaders who led the people of Upper Xingu in central Brazil and helped create an...
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Eastern Band of Cherokee

article OP/ED: We didn’t “sign” up for this
(North Carolina) -- One of the appealing things about Cherokee is the natural beauty of the homeland. Indeed, all western North Carolina was homeland for the Cherokee...
article Cherokee will delay budget hearings, adopt baseline budget
(North Carolina) -- In a resolution passed last month, Tribal Council decided that it will not hold budget hearings this year but will instead delay them until January...
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First Nations

article Racism in B.C. healthcare: Deadline for First Nations survey coming up on Aug. 6
(British Columbia) -- The emergency room staff allegedly called the game “The Price is Right.” When an Indigenous person arrived for care, doctors and nurses...
article New supportive housing aims to help Indigenous women reconnect with their culture
(Canada) -- New supportive homes for Indigenous women have been opened in Victoria, where residents will be given the opportunity to reconnect with their culture through...
article Spectre of atomic bomb still looms over N.W.T. community 75 years after Hiroshima
(North Canada) -- Seventy-five years after two nuclear bombs were dropped in Japan — killing hundreds of thousands of people in the cities of Hiroshima and...
article How to ethically support First Nations artists during COVID
(Canada) -- A new campaign launched by the Indigenous Art Code highlights the importance of buying Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander art from ethical sources,...
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Fond du Lac Band

article Fond du Lac Band reports first COVID-19 cases; 21 new cases in St. Louis County
(Minnesota) -- The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is reporting its first lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Fond du Lac Reservation.
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Food Sovereignty

article FOOD BY THE BOOK: Washington interacted with many tribes
(Indian Country) -- With the recent ruling about Indian lands in eastern Oklahoma and the current questioning of many of the country’s founders as slaveholders, a...
article Protecting Indigenous bush foods and medicines against biopiracy
(Australia) -- The use of Indigenous knowledge and resources—including bush foods and bush medicines—is increasingly on-trend. Cosmetics, pharmaceutical...
article For the Navajo Nation, a fight for better food gains new urgency
(Navajo Nation) -- When Summer Brown lived in Phoenix, she had no problem finding fresh produce. If the Sprouts supermarket near her home didn’t have what she was...
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Fort Hall

article 14 new COVID-19 cases on the Fort Hall Reservation
(Idaho) -- The Tribal Office of Emergency Management officially reports 14 new COVID-19 cases on the Fort Hall Reservation, bringing the total to 84 overall positive...
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Land Issues

article Raleigh Finally Pays Due to Indigenous People in a Dix Park Ceremony
(North Carolina) -- The ancient percussion of cicadas rattles in the treetops above Raleigh’s Dorothea Dix Park as Kaya Littleturtle uses golden eagle feathers to...
article Tribes and Wildlife Would Benefit Under Custer Gallatin National Forest Plan
(Indian Country) -- Covering more than 3 million acres in Montana and South Dakota, Custer Gallatin National Forest is one of the most ecologically, socially,...
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Law Enforcement & Security

article Native Council program aiming to keep Indigenous youth out of justice system
(Canada) -- A new program is aiming to connect off-reserve Indigenous youth who are in conflict with the law with their traditional teachings, in the hope of keeping...
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McGirt

article LEGAL BLOG: Review of McGirt v. Oklahoma – How the Supreme Court and Justice Gorsuch’s Revolutionary Textualism Brought America’s “Trail of Tears” Promise to the Creek Nation Back From the Dead
(Oklahoma) -- How does a child sex offender’s appeal of his criminal conviction result in half the State of Oklahoma – 113 years after it was admitted as the...
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Mental Health

article Regina protest camp calls for suicide prevention legislation, calls Sask. plan 'vague, meaningless'
(Saskatchewan) -- As he continues a hunger strike, Tristen Durocher says he wants suicide prevention legislation passed by the Saskatchewan government because it would...
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Mescalero Apache

article Mescalero man charged with sexual abuse of a minor
(New Mexico) -- Pasqual Francis Ortega, 35, a member of the Mescalero Apache Nation was sentenced in federal court in Las Cruces, on Aug. 4 for sexual abuse of a minor.
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Mining & Drilling

article Rio Tinto says it “missed opportunities” to prevent demolition of sacred caves
(Australia) -- Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto has admitted that it missed a series of chances to better communicate with traditional landowners that might have...
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Mississippi Band of Choctaw

article Tribe, economy, even cemeteries hurt as virus hits Choctaws
(Mississippi) -- When Sharon Taylor died of coronavirus, her family — standing apart, wearing masks — sang her favorite hymns at her graveside, next to a...
article VIDEO: Coronavirus ravages Mississippi Indian reservation
(Mississippi) -- As confirmed coronavirus cases skyrocket in Mississippi, the state’s only federally recognized American Indian tribe has been devastated. COVID-19...
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Navajo Nation

article Navajo Nation backs away from buying Remington
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation has ended its pursuit to buy a centuries-old manufacturer of firearms and ammunition. The tribe had been in talks to acquire Remington...
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Paycheck Protection Program

article Bennet introduces bill to help tribal businesses obtain PPP loans
(Washington D.C.) -- Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow businesses that share an Employer Identification Number to submit their...
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Residential Schools

article Residential school survivor wants criminal case reopened against former child care worker
(Ontario) -- A survivor of one of Canada's most notorious residential schools wants the criminal case against his alleged abuser — which ended with the...
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Supreme Court

article How Native tribes starting winning at the Supreme Court
(Washington D.C.) -- On a September morning in 2001, Native American leaders from across the country convened in a ballroom at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC to talk...
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Trump Adminstration

article NAC: Is that true?
(Indian Country) -- A video promoted by President Trump and viewed by millions of people touts a cure for the coronavirus that is disputed by every reputable medical...
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Wampanoag Aquinnah

article Tribal members can park along West Basin
(Massachusetts) -- Tribal members will be allowed to park at the bend along West Basin Road in order to access common land that is a federally granted birthright for all...
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Water Issues

article As many Navajos face pandemic without running water, tribal members urged to ‘lift each other up’
(Navajo Nation) -- By now, you’ve probably heard it more times than you can count: One of the simplest ways to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection is to wash...
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Other News

article The end to Coon cheese has surprised the owner of Wodonga's Coons Dairy who says she does not find her surname "racist at all"
(Australia) -- The renaming of Coon cheese, after a campaign by an Aboriginal activist, has surprised Wodonga dairy company chief Linda Coon.
article Indigenous leaders 'losing faith' in environmental protection amid oilsands monitoring budget cuts
(North Canada) -- Indigenous leaders in the Northwest Territories and northern Alberta are "angry" about a reported joint decision by the federal government and Alberta...
article The Racist Foundation of Nuclear Architecture
(Minnesota) -- This past Memorial Day, a Minneapolis police officer knelt on the throat of a Black man, George Floyd, for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Seventy-five years...
article Indigenous-run services given $50m to take control of Closing the Gap
(Australia) -- Almost $50 million will be put towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled services over the next four years aiming to help end...

8/4/2020

article Early census deadline has New Mexico officials reeling
(New Mexico) -- Cristina Caltagirone paused to catch her breath as she laid out everything she suddenly had to do in the face of a new deadline. Drive promotional...
article Court case challenges how Indian Child Welfare Act could apply in Washington
(Washington) -- In Washington State Supreme Court, an Alaska Native Tribe and others are challenging a decision in a child custody case. According to court documents, in...
article Half of Oklahoma Is Now Indian Territory. What Does That Mean for Criminal Justice There?
(Oklahoma) -- When police officers found the bodies of two children inside a hot pickup truck in Tulsa, Oklahoma, blame quickly fell on their father. Dustin Lee Dennis...
article Oklahoma AG Seeks Guidance on Criminal Appeals After High Court Ruling
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter asked the state’s highest criminal appeals court Monday for guidance on a flood of inmate appeals after the U.S...
article Kiowa Tribal voters sound off on injunction holding up COVID-19 relief
(Oklahoma) -- The freeze of COVID-19 relief funds following a court injunction has prolonged hurting among Kiowa tribal members. It was just over a week ago, July 28,...
article The Anonymous Professor Who Wasn’t
(Arizona) -- An anonymous anthropology professor remained outspoken about fairness in academia even as she suffered for months with coronavirus. “This person was a...
article COVID-19 cases on the rise in Cherokee Nation
(Oklahoma) -- Positive COVID-19 cases recorded by the Cherokee Nation’s health care system have increased more than 200 percent within just 30 days, prompting...
article Hoopa ceases non-emergency operations, 6 active Covid-19 cases on the reservation
(California) -- The Hoopa Valley Reservation is shutting down all non-emergency operations for the next 14 days. The decision made by the Hoopa Tribal Council is in...
article Cases spike in Benson, Ramsey counties as tribal leaders warn of COVID-19 spread on the reservation
(North Dakota) -- Thirty-three new cases of coronavirus were reported Monday, Aug. 3, in Benson County, which encompasses most of the Spirit Lake reservation. Lake...
article Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa mandate masks in businesses
(North Dakota) -- Leaders of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians have mandated the wearing of face masks in all businesses on the tribe's northern North...
article Indigenous leaders call for Wisconsin schools to retire Native American mascots, logos
(Wisconsin) -- The retiring of the Washington NFL team name last month has renewed calls for school sports teams in Wisconsin to do the same and drop all mascots, logos...
article Native Council of P.E.I. asking community members for input on John A. Macdonald statue
(Prince Edward Island) -- The Native Council of P.E.I. is consulting with its members about the future of the Sir John A. Macdonald statue, which sits on a bench in...
article “Pervasive failure to investigate:” Report finds lack of scrutiny in cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women
(California) -- For generations, order and cleanliness had been Christina Lastra’s family’s way of fighting off poverty. But the day in July 1991 when her...
article Black activists inspire generations of Natives
(Indian Country) -- As Indian Country joins the nation in honoring the legacy of civil rights icon John Lewis, we are reminded of the leadership of Black people, past...
article OP/ED: Long Lines at Polling Places Are Deadly in a Pandemic
(USA) -- In this pandemic-tainted election year, long lines at the polls have the potential to be catastrophic. The kinds of interventions used to reduce the risk of...
article Donald Trump Jr. opposes Pebble mine as Trump administration weighs key permit
(Alaska) -- Donald Trump Jr. said Tuesday on Twitter he opposes the Pebble mine prospect, as the Trump administration considers whether to issue a key permit for...
article CSKT water compact bill clears first hurdle in U.S. Senate
(Washington D.C.) -- A Montana water rights bill that would end a years-long debate was passed by a congressional committee on July 29, the next step in ensuring...
article Montana Indian Equity Fund helps start Native American businesses
(Montana) -- Thanks to one annual grant program, Native American businesses are receiving financial assistance to get them up and running. It’s called the Montana...
article Arizona counties navigate restrictions on tribal land for primary
(Arizona) -- Tents are going up on the Navajo Nation with hand-washing stations. One tribe has shortened the hours for voting. A ticketing system will let voters in...
article Klamath Tribes making sure they're counted
(Oregon) -- Ginette Lewis has been knocking on doors and making hundreds of calls over the past few months, all to spread the good word of the 2020 U.S. Census. As the...
article Cherokee Nation launches online portal for elders to apply for utility help, direct economic assistance
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation has launched an online portal for qualifying Cherokee elders age 62 and older to apply for COVID-19 relief assistance. As part of the...
article Podcasts team up to keep Ashley Morin's disappearance in public consciousness
(Saskatchewan) -- Numerous national and international podcasts are sharing an episode about Ashley Morin, a North Battleford, Sask. woman who disappeared two years ago,...
article Police violence, racism must stop, say demonstrators who forced meeting with police in Thunder Bay, Ont.
(Ontario) -- Demonstrators with a group called 'Not One More Death' are calling for an end to police brutality and more public accountability from the Thunder...
article Yakutat Tlingit Tribe to receive $900K in CARES Act money
(Alaska) -- Alaska Congressman Don Young announced that nearly $16 million in funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Health...
article CARES Act money helps Tribes address affordable housing and homelessness during pandemic
(Alaska) -- As part of the CARES Act, Congress appropriated $100 million earlier this year to help Tribes cope with housing and sanitation issues during the coronavirus...
article CTUIR announces its own set of COVID-19 restrictions
(Oregon) -- Shortly after Gov. Kate Brown forced Umatilla County to revert to baseline COVID-19 restrictions, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation...
article Hope House adds name of LaMere to honor founder
(Iowa) -- A sober living house that opened two months ago in downtown Sioux City was renamed Tuesday to honor founder Frank LaMere, who died in 2019. Hope Street of...
article NAC: Gut check
(Indian Country) -- Digestion is hard work that requires several internal organs functioning together. It also requires a complex balance of microorganisms that thrive...
article Native Americans dying at much higher rate from COVID-19
(New Mexico) -- The mortality and hospitalization rates for Native Americans diagnosed with COVID-19 remain far above other racial and ethnic groups in New Mexico, even...
article Patient says she was forced to sleep in a storage room at Iqaluit medical boarding home
(Nunavut) -- A medical patient from Baker Lake, Nunavut, says she was forced to sleep in a storage room at the medical boarding home while she received treatment at the...
article Use your COVID-19 awareness to help First Nations kids breathe easier, doctor urges
(Ontario) -- Dr. Tom Kovesi can skip a step these days when he wants to explain how stagnant indoor air is a problem for First Nations children. "Before COVID,...
article Yakama Nation approves ban on social, religious gatherings involving non-household members
(Washington) -- The Yakama Nation Tribal Council issued a public safety order banning all social and religious gatherings that involve people from different households....
article $20 million gift to ABQ nonprofit will benefit thousands of Native American students
(New Mexico) -- Angelique Albert knew something big was in store, and so she had prepared for the moment. The executive director of Albuquerque's American Indian...
article 'Yellowstone': Kelsey Asbille Brings the Strong, Captivating Monica Dutton to Life
(Hollywood) -- Yellowstone Season 3 has viewers on the edge of their seats so it's at least a relief knowing that it is guaranteed to come back for a fourth season....
article How to Keep a Condor Wild
(California) -- “Don’t treat condors as pets,” says Tiana Williams-Claussen, director of the Yurok Tribe Wildlife Department. Scavengers with a nine-...
article Native American advocate reflects on long career
(Oregon) -- For more than two decades, Chuck Hudson has been an advocate for both salmon and Indigenous people in his role as the intergovernmental affairs director for...
article A History of Kyrie Irving's Social Justice Activism
(USA) -- Kyrie Irving is one of the most polarizing athletes in sports today. He's never been afraid to speak his mind, and that's been no different in 2020. A...

8/3/2020

article How the Pandemic Defeated America
(Washington D.C.) -- How did it come to this? A virus a thousand times smaller than a dust mote has humbled and humiliated the planet’s most powerful nation....
article Census Cuts All Counting Efforts Short By A Month
(Washington D.C.) -- The Census Bureau is ending all counting efforts for the 2020 census on Sept. 30, a month shorter than previously announced, the bureau's...
article Oklahoma AG asks Court of Criminal Appeals for guidance on cases affected by McGirt ruling
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter is asking the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals for clarification following a confusing landmark U.S. Supreme Court...
article A Queer Indigenous Professor Who Died of COVID-19 Didn’t Actually Exist
(Arizona) -- A popular Twitter account claiming to be run by a queer, Indigenous Arizona State University professor who “died from COVID-19” on Friday was an...
article 'Hit us at our core': Vulnerable Navajo Nation fears a second COVID-19 wave
(Navajo Nation) -- When the largest Indian reservation in the U.S. was hit by a surge of COVID-19 cases in April and May, it took weeks for federal aid to arrive. By the...
article Navajo Nation reports 35 more COVID-19 cases, 1 death
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation health officials have reported 35 more cases of COVID-19 and one additional death. That brings the total number of people infected to 9,103...
article Turning air into water: how Native Americans are coping with water shortage amid the coronavirus pandemic
(Arizona) -- Washing your hands is one of the simplest preventative measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in fighting the spread of the...
article Food insecurity amid COVID-19 prompts Native Americans to return to their roots
(Arizona) -- From a traditional hogan in a remote area on the Utah-Arizona line, Cynthia Wilson spent much of her spring sourcing drought-resistant seeds, packing them...
article Navajo ‘Water Warrior’ brings resource to those in need amid pandemic
(Arizona) -- When the sun is up, he’s up and ready to hit the road by 8 a.m. Flatbed trucks are loaded with brimming barrels of water, and the teams take off up...
article Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians: New COVID-19 cases confirmed within reservation
(Michigan) -- The Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians issues the following statement regarding confirmation of COVID-19 cases within the Reservation...
article Warm Springs extends quarantine order to slow virus
(Oregon) -- A quarantine at the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, has been extended until Aug. 11. The order, which has been...
article Sturgis rally travelers shouldn’t go through Cheyenne River reservation
(South Dakota) -- Two state government agencies are advising motorists headed to the Sturgis motorcycle rally they will face tribal traffic checkpoints on two...
article As COVID-19 spreads, Blackfeet Nation rallies to protect elders, preserve culture
(Montana) -- It was just hours after the Blackfeet Nation reported its first active coronavirus cases on the reservation when Loren Racine took action. The tribe...
article There Sure Are a Lot of Racist Washington Football Team Shirts for Sale
(Washington D.C.) -- One of the weird side effects of being a journalist is you start to see a lot of strange ads online. Just doing some cursory reporting on a single...
article “Pervasive failure to investigate:” Report finds lack of scrutiny in cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women
(California) -- For generations, order and cleanliness had been Christina Lastra’s family’s way of fighting off poverty. But the day in July 1991 when her...
article In 1920, Native women sought the vote. Here’s what they seek now.
(Missouri) -- Native American women were highly visible in early 20th-century suffrage activism. White suffragists, fascinated by Native American matriarchal power,...
article RCMP says improper force allegations confirmed in just 1 per cent of cases
(Canada) -- As police services everywhere cope with public pressure over their use of force policies, the RCMP is reporting that just one per cent of the more than 3,000...
article Counties Navigate Restrictions on Tribal Land for Primary
(Arizona) -- Tents are going up on the Navajo Nation with hand-washing stations. One tribe has shortened the hours for voting. A ticketing system will let voters in...
article CSKT water compact bill clears first hurdle in U.S. Senate
(Washington D.C.) -- A Montana water rights bill that would end a years-long debate was passed by a congressional committee on July 29, the next step in ensuring...
article EBCI Cannabis Commission seeking community input
(North Carolina) -- Tribal Council unanimously passed Resolution No. 215 (2020) on Thursday, July 9 authorizing the Cannabis Commission to submit the Eastern Band of...
article A 'bigoted and divisive extremist': NAACP takes on BLM chief
(Washington D.C.) -- The opposition keeps growing against William Perry Pendley, President Trump's nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management. A large coalition...
article 'We have been vindicated': Oneida Nation celebrates victory in long-running sovereignty case
(Wisconsin) -- The historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling in McGirt v. Oklahoma is having immediate impacts in Indian Country, with the Oneida Nation the first tribe to...
article Coronavirus in Oklahoma: COVID-19 cases on the rise in Cherokee Nation
(Oklahoma) -- Positive COVID-19 cases recorded by the Cherokee Nation's health care system have increased more than 200 percent within just 30 days, prompting...
article HOSKIN: Cherokee Nation Career Services provide new opportunities in a difficult time
(Oklahoma) -- At Cherokee Nation, we are putting the federal CARES Act dollars to work for our citizens and our communities. To that end, we have committed more than $7...
article Cherokee Nation launches online portal for Cherokee elders
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation has launched an online portal for qualifying Cherokee elders age 62 and older to apply for COVID-19 relief assistance. As part of the...
article OP/ED: COVID Tourism
(North Carolina) -- Since the early 1950s, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) has depended on tourism in some form or fashion to be a sustaining economic...
article These Vancouver hotels help pay for social programs. COVID-19 is threatening to put an end to that
(British Columbia) -- By all appearances, the YWCA Hotel Vancouver seems like any other hotel offering travellers on a budget a clean and comfortable place to stay.
article OP/ED: Trading in Native artifacts does real harm
(USA) -- How would you react if your ancestors’ skeletons were kept locked in private or museum closets? How would you feel if your ceremonial objects, so central...
article "It's About Humanity": Sterlin Harjo's 'Love and Fury' Shows Struggles And Joys Of Native Artists
(California) -- Seminole and Muscogee Creek filmmaker Sterlin Harjo has been busy. He's set to write and produce a series for FX called 'Reservation Dogs'...
article NATIVE LENS invites Native and Indigenous storytellers to share their stories
(Colorado) -- Rocky Mountain PBS and KSUT Tribal Radio proudly announce an invitation to Native and Indigenous storytellers of any age to share their own mini-...
article Watch surreal animated official video for Redbone's classic hit "Come and Get Your Love"
(USA) -- The first-ever official music video for the 1974 Redbone hit "Come and Get Your Love" premiered today on the band's official YouTube channel....
article Documentary by two-spirit Cree filmmaker shares journey through IVF to parenthood
(Canada) -- A two-spirit Cree filmmaker is sharing her journey to parenthood through in vitro fertilization (IVF) in a new short documentary. The film êmîcêtôcêt: Many...
article Why 'Come and Get Your Love' now? After 46 years 'the time has come'
(Indian Country) -- As an enduring pop hit, Redbone’s “Come and Get Your Love” has had millions of plays on air and on YouTube with the pioneering rock band's visually...
article Uncharted waters ahead for fishing on the Great Lakes
(Michigan) -- Fishing on the Great Lakes is in limbo right now. There’s legislation in the state Senate to change commercial fishing regulations, and five Michigan...

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