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Oscar-winning Filmmaker Louie Psihoyos Backs Interior Sec. Haaland as Sen. Daines Uses the Grizzly Bear in “Proxy War” Against Her

April 4, 2021 - 10:31am

BILLINGS, Mont. — After incensing tribal leaders and members of the Indigenous community with his conduct during Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland’s confirmation hearing, Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), Montana's junior senator, has introduced federal legislation to overturn tribes’ landmark court victory that returned Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections to the grizzly bear in Greater Yellowstone.

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Navajo Nation President Nez Urges Caution during Easter Holiday

April 2, 2021 - 10:55pm

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez knows holidays have caused Covid-19 surges after holiday celebrations during the past year.

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Secretary Deb Haaland Launches Missing & Murdered Unit at Interior Dept.

April 2, 2021 - 3:01pm

WASHINGTON — In her third week on the job as head of the Dept. of the Interior, Secretary Deb Haaland announced on Thursday the creation of a new unit to investigate and solve cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women. 

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Two Native Groups Launch Effort to Protect the Native Vote

April 2, 2021 - 1:03pm

PHOENIX — With efforts underway in over 40 state legislatures across the United States to suppress the vote of people of color, two Native American voter advocacy organizations, Four Directions and the Global Indigenous Council, launched on Thursday an educational campaign to support federal legislation that seeks to protect the Native vote.

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Colorado is Latest to Weigh Ban on Native American Mascots

April 2, 2021 - 2:15am

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers are considering a proposal that would ban Native American mascots in public schools and colleges amid a nationwide push for racial justice that gained new momentum last year following George Floyd's death in Minneapolis and the NFL team in Washington changing its name.

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New Mexico Tribes Sue U.S. Over Federal Clean Water Rule

April 2, 2021 - 2:03am

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two Indigenous communities in New Mexico are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over a revised federal rule that lifts protections for many streams, creeks and wetlands across the nation, saying the federal government is violating its trust responsibility to Native American tribes.

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Wednesday Navajo Nation Covid-19 Update: 15 new cases; Death Toll at 1,247

March 31, 2021 - 8:36pm

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On Wednesday, the Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 15 new Covid-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and no recent deaths. The total number of deaths remains 1,247 as previously reported on Tuesday. Reports indicate that 16,398 individuals have recovered from Covid-19, and 254,374 Covid-19 tests have been administered. The total number of positive Covid-19 cases is now 30,095, including one delayed reported case. 

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University of Houston, Led by Lumbee Head Coach, Heads to Final Four

March 31, 2021 - 1:17pm

HOUSTON, Texas — The University of Houston Men’s Basketball Team is heading to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Final Four for the first time in 37 years. While it’s definitely exciting for the Houston Cougars, it's also a milestone for head coach Kelvin Sampson. It’s his second Final Four appearance; his first was 19 years ago while serving as head coach for the University of Oklahoma.  

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Georgene Louis Falls Short in Democratic Nomination Race for Deb Haaland's Vacated U.S. House Seat

March 30, 2021 - 10:56pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — On Tuesday evening, New Mexico state Rep. Georgene Louis (Acoma Pueblo) was not selected as the Democratic nominee to go to bat to fill the 1st congressional district seat vacated by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland. The New Mexico Democratic Party announced it would hold a runoff on Wednesday after no candidate garnered a majority vote to proceed to the special election that will be held June 1.

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Three Affiliated Tribes Continues to Distribute Care Packages to Community

March 30, 2021 - 6:29pm

NEW TOWN, N.D. — In an effort to prevent additional spread of Covid-19, the Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara — Three Affiliated Tribes — distributed their fifth care package to tribal members on Monday in preparation for Easter weekend. 

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First Case of Covid-19 U.K. Variant Confirmed on the Navajo Nation 

March 30, 2021 - 5:19pm

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation on Tuesday announced the first case of the Covid-19 U.K. variant, known as the Covid-19, SARS-CoV-2 Strain Variant B.1.1.7, was confirmed on the country’s largest Indian reservation.

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Oregon’s Largest Reservation Has Faced a Water Crisis Amid Covid-19 and Record Wildfires

March 30, 2021 - 2:15pm

WARM SPRINGS, Ore. — As the globe recognized World Water Day last week, about 90 tribal residents on Warm Springs Indian Reservation in northern Oregon were without clean water for several weeks after an electrical failure in its pump system put a section of the tribe on a boil water notice.

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All Pueblo Council of Governors Backs Georgene Louis to Fill Congressional Seat Vacated by Deb Haaland

March 29, 2021 - 6:54pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Days before the Democratic Party chooses its nominee to fill the 1st congressional district seat vacated by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the All Pueblo Council of Governors (APCG) endorsed Acoma Pueblo citizen Georgene Louis for the nomination.

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Our Sisters

March 29, 2021 - 2:03pm

We are all Sisters on Turtle Island, the Creator made it so.

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Saturday Navajo Nation Covid-19 Update: 12 New Cases; Death Toll Reaches 1,246

March 27, 2021 - 10:03pm

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On Saturday, the Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 12 new Covid-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and one more death. The total number of deaths is now 1,246 as of Saturday. Reports indicate that 16,342 individuals have recovered from Covid-19, and 253,123 Covid-19 tests have been administered. The total number of positive Covid-19 cases is now 30,052.

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True Crime Daily Podcast Recounts the Murder of Debra Black Crow

March 26, 2021 - 2:16pm

BURBANK, Calif. — On Friday, March 26, 2021, True Crime Daily The Podcast featured the story of Debra Black Crow, an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe who was brutally murdered while six months pregnant by her ex-husband Patrick “Rodney” McNeal. 

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Whose Land Are You On? This App Will Show You Which Indigenous Territory You’re On

March 26, 2021 - 1:43pm

Native Land, an Indigenous-led Canadian nonprofit with an interactive website and mobile app, aims to answer one of the world’s most important questions: Whose land am I on? 

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In Shift, Oil Industry Group Backs Federal Price on Carbon

March 25, 2021 - 8:53pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The oil and gas industry's top lobbying group on Thursday endorsed a federal price on carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming, a reversal of longstanding policy that comes as the Biden administration has pledged dramatic steps to address climate change.

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New Mexico State Senate Passes Hair Discrimination Bill

March 25, 2021 - 2:29pm

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico state Senate has passed a bill that would prohibit discrimination based on traditional hairstyles and head coverings.

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Efforts to Reinstall Toppled Columbus Statue Gains Momentum, Opposed by Tribal Leaders

March 25, 2021 - 2:02pm

SAINT PAUL, Minn. — On Wednesday, March 17, 2021, the Minnesota Senate State Government Finance and Policy and Elections Committee voted to advance a bill to repair and return the statue of Christopher Columbus to the Minnesota State Capitol Grounds. 

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