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“Like Watching Your Auntie Being Verbally Abused.” Indigenous Community Members Reflect on Deb Haaland’s Hearing

February 26, 2021 - 5:19pm

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WASHINGTON — When Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) returns to Wyoming this weekend he’ll be met by a familiar face, Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-NM). On two consecutive mornings this week, Barrasso, the Ranking Member on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, aggressively led Republican attacks on Haaland during her confirmation hearing to become Secretary of Interior. Billboards raised by the Global Indigenous Council supporting Haaland’s confirmation will greet his arrival in his home state.

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Thursday Navajo Nation Covid-19 Update: 45 New Cases & 9 More Deaths

February 25, 2021 - 9:45pm

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On Thursday, the Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 45 new Covid-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and nine more deaths. The total number of deaths remains 1,161 as of Thursday. Reports indicate that 16,054 individuals have recovered from Covid-19, and 243,703 Covid-19 tests have been administered. The total number of positive Covid-19 cases is now 29,655, including eight delayed reported cases.

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Navajo Nation Reports 10th Straight Day with Less Than 50 Covid-19 Cases Reported on Daily Basis

February 24, 2021 - 11:41pm

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — “Today is the tenth consecutive day that the Navajo Nation has had less than 50 new Covid-19 cases reported on a daily basis. That’s a very good indication, but we have to keep our guard up and not become complacent in our daily activities, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said on Wednesday.

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‘Obligated to Protect This Land’: Haaland Stands Ground on Day Two of Confirmation Hearing

February 24, 2021 - 9:30pm

WASHINGTON — On the second day of confirmation hearings for President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Interior Department — a position that ranks eighth under the president and tasked with overseeing federal lands and waters across the country — Rep. Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo) of New Mexico reminded senators that, if confirmed, she will work together with lawmakers to find bipartisan solutions.

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Cherokee Nation Removes “By Blood” from its Constitution

February 24, 2021 - 3:29pm

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation removed the term “by blood” from its Constitution, paving a path for other tribes on an often debated topic in Indian Country: blood quantum.

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Navajo Area IHS Reports that 116,611 Vaccine Doses Have Been Administered

February 23, 2021 - 10:40pm

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — As of Tuesday, the Navajo Area Indian Health Service (IHS) reported that 135,685 total vaccine doses have been received, 116,611 administered, which represents nearly 86-percent so far. 28,961 individuals have received a first and second dose of the vaccines.

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Haaland Retains Her Composure in the Face of “Immense Disrespect” in Confirmation Hearing

February 23, 2021 - 10:01pm

WASHINGTON — “I carry my life experiences with me everywhere I go. It’s those experiences that give me hope for the future. If an Indigenous woman from humble beginnings can be confirmed as Secretary of the Interior, our country holds promise for everyone,” Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-NM) shared in her opening statement before the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

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Hashtag #BearsforDeb Emerges from Deb Haaland’s Interior Nomination Senate Hearing

February 23, 2021 - 5:58pm

WASHINGTON — When Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines , questioned Rep. Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo) on why she co-sponsored a 2019 bill to protect a healthy population of Montana grizzly bears in perpetuity, Haaland responded: “I imagine, at the time, I was caring about the bears.”

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Deb Haaland Faces Fierce Questioning on Day One of Confirmation Hearing

February 23, 2021 - 3:03pm

WASHINGTON — Democratic Rep. Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo), President Joe Biden’s nominee for Interior secretary, sat before a bipartisan group of 20 senators on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources — both remotely and in person — for two and a half hours of questioning in her confirmation hearing Tuesday morning. The committee recessed, and will resume 10 a.m. Wednesday. CLICK to watch Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021 hearing at 10:00 a.m. - EST.

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On the 145th Birthday of Zitkala-Sa, Google Changes Homepage Logo with Doodle by Native Artist Chris Pappan

February 23, 2021 - 1:36pm

CHICAGO — Google on Monday replaced their homepage with a Doodle by Native American artist Chris Pappan, who used ledger art to celebrate Zitkala-Sa, a Native American musician, composer and suffragist on her 145th birthday.

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South Dakota State Senate Resolution Passed Unanimously to Rescind Wounded Knee Medals

February 23, 2021 - 9:13am

PIERRE, S.D.— On Wednesday, February 17, 2021, a South Dakota state senator introduced a resolution to the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee seeking to rescind the Medals of Honor given to United States soldiers for the involvement and participation in the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890. Senate Resolution 701 was introduced by fourth-term state senator Troy Heinert, a Sicangu Lakota of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe representing District 26, which includes Blule, Buffalo, Jones, Lyman, Mellette, and Todd County on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. 

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Navajo Nation President Says It Is Important for Citizens to Help Share Information about Vaccinations with Loved Ones

February 22, 2021 - 9:18pm

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez encourages Navajo citizens to share information with their loved ones about Covid-19 vaccinations.

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'I'm Ready to Serve': Read Interior Nominee Deb Haaland's Prepared Remarks for Her Confirmation Hearing

February 22, 2021 - 7:42pm

WASHINGTON — "I wouldn’t be here without the love and support of my child Somah, partner Skip, my mom Mary Toya, my extended family, and generations of ancestors who sacrificed so much, so I could be here today. I acknowledge that we are on the ancestral homelands of the Nakochtank, Anacostan, and Piscataway people." 

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Biden’s Interior Dept. Will No Longer Fight the Mashpee Wampanoag Land in Trust

February 22, 2021 - 2:18pm

WASHINGTON — What a difference a presidential administration makes. This certainly became evident on Friday when the Biden administration’s Interior Department decided to withdraw its appeal in the case of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe v. Zinke. The appeal was set in motion last August by the Trump administration’s Interior Department.

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Part 4 – Seeking Justice, Wanting Protection: Disparities in Sexual Assault Crimes in Nome

February 22, 2021 - 2:15pm

Under new leadership, the Nome Police Department says it is changing practices in response to a call for reform from a local advocate group after past mishandlings of sexual assault investigations. Survivors, advocates, and community members say the department is headed the right direction but has a long way to go to repair broken trust, especially among Alaska Natives.

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Sunday Navajo Nation COVID-19 Update: 27 New Cases

February 21, 2021 - 9:21pm

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On Sunday, the Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 27 new Covid-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and two more deaths. The total number of deaths is now 1,144 as of Sunday. Reports indicate that 15,989 individuals have recovered from Covid-19, and 242,063 Covid-19 tests have been administered. The total number of positive Covid-19 cases is now 29,535.

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Saturday Navajo Nation Covid-19 Update: 48 New Cases and Four More Deaths

February 20, 2021 - 8:54pm

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 48 new Covid-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and four more deaths. The total number of deaths remains 1,142 as of Saturday. Reports indicate that 15,989 individuals have recovered from Covid-19, and 242,063 Covid-19 tests have been administered. The total number of positive Covid-19 cases is now 29,509.

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Indigenous Organizations Challenge GOP attempt to block Haaland from Becoming the First Native American Secretary of Interior

February 20, 2021 - 12:19pm

BILLINGS, Mont. — Responding to Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) publicly stated commitment to block the confirmation of the first Indigenous nominee for Secretary of the Interior, tribal organizations are launching a high-profile campaign to rally support for Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-NM), President Biden’s pick to lead the Interior Department.

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Navajo Nation Sets Goal to Have 120,000 Covid-19 Vaccinations by the End of February

February 19, 2021 - 11:38pm

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation on Friday reset its Covid-19 vaccination February goal to have 120,000 vaccinations administered by the end of the month. This reset comes on the heels of the old goal of 100,000 being surpassed on Thursday, on the 18th day of the month.

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Indigenous People Are Dying From Covid-19 at Alarming Rates and Younger Ages, Study Says

February 19, 2021 - 10:01pm

American Indians and Alaska Natives are dying of Covid-19 at rates similar to those of whites who are 20 to 30 years older, according to a study published yesterday by the Brookings Institution.

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