Happy Monday! Here’s a look at what’s happening today:

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Private museums could face NAGPRA scrutiny

Small museums and private institutions that accept federal CARES Act money or other stimulus funds could be forced to relinquish thousands of Indigenous items and ancestral remains now in their collections.

Under the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990, museums or other institutions that accept federal funding must compile an inventory of Indigenous cultural items and initiate repatriation of the collections and remains to tribes or family members.

At least two museums are now facing possible scrutiny. Hundreds of other small museums and institutions could also face scrutiny of their Indigenous collections if they have accepted federal funds.

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Fauci says pandemic exposed ‘undeniable effects of racism’

ATLANTA (AP) — The immunologist who leads the COVID-19 response in the United States said that “the undeniable effects of racism” have led to unacceptable health disparities that especially hurt African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans during the pandemic.

“COVID-19 has shone a bright light on our own society’s failings,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said during a graduation ceremony for Emory University.

Speaking by webcast from Washington, Fauci told the graduates in Atlanta that many members of minority groups work in essential jobs where they might be exposed to the coronavirus. He also said they are more likely to become infected if exposed because of medical conditions such as hypertension, chronic lung disease, diabetes or obesity.

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Zoo adds Native American perspective

Dakota Zoo and the Sacred Pipe Resource Center have partnered on a project to bring a Native American perspective to the Bismarck zoo, according to the Bismarck Tribune.

Officials held a recent grand opening for the attraction involving signs and a storytelling program.

The two organizations produced 10 signs featuring cultural information about animals that are Indigenous to the Northern Plains.

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Pueblo woman named to GreenBiz 30 Under 30

Mayane Barudin, Kewa Pueblo, is a 2021 GreenBiz 30 Under 30 honoree.

Barudin is a regional director and tribal liaison for Vote Solar in Albuquerque.

"Our honorees for 2021 are intrepid startup founders, tenacious corporate innovators and determined public servants," according t GreenBiz.

To read more, and to see the full list, click here.

What happened to the land?

Indian Country Today needs your help. Was there an Indian boarding school or mission school in your area? Is the school building still there? Is something else operating there?

Most of the boarding schools are now closed, but many were built on lands allocated, granted or sold by the U.S. government, including some that had been tribal lands. Questions still linger about the properties.

Please use this form to provide Indian Country Today and reporter Stewart Huntington with details about any schools in your community. Help us find answers to what happened to the land.

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