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In May, after a year of investigating, the U.S. Department of Interior released its report on the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative. The findings show the federal Indian boarding school system consisted of at least 408 federal schools across 37 states and roughly 53 different schools had been identified with marked or unmarked burial sites. READ MORE.

North Carolina could have its first Indigenous person elected to Congress in November. Charles Graham, Lumbee and Waccamaw Siouan, won the Democratic nomination for his district in a May primary. READ MORE.

Fifty years ago, Mount Adams returned to the Yakama people. An executive order signed by Richard Nixon in 1972 returned the sacred Pahto mountain to tribal lands, but disputes continue to arise. The anniversary was May 20. READ MORE.

The first Native federal judge in California’s history was confirmed by the U.S. Senate this month, becoming only the seventh Indigenous federal judge ever named to the bench. Sunshine Suzanne Sykes was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. She is the first Navajo Nation citizen to be named a federal judge. READ MORE.

The ICT Newscast was at the Reservation Economic Summit the week of May 23. Watch interviews with Native though leaders, government officials and young leaders, “ICT Newscast with Aliyah Chavez.”

Here are ICT stories you should read up on.

NEWS

One year later: Canada mourns loss of 215 children at Kamloops: ‘So many children gone. So much possibility gone.’

Indigenous LGBTQ+ youth face difficult challenge with new laws: New laws in Florida, Texas put Two-Spirit Native youth at risk.

Lumbee elder credits smiles, laughter for long life: Allie Oxendine, who will turn 102 in August, lived through the Great Depression, World War II and segregation.

Red Cloud Indian School begins search for graves: Bryan Newland of the Bureau of Indian Affairs makes unexpected visit to Red Cloud.

Late Ojibwe artist gets stamp of approval: US Postal Service releases Forever stamp featuring the abstract works of George Morrison.

Haskell hosts first in-person commencement in two years: Commencement recognizes pandemic struggles, and shares emotional words from Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.

‘Greenwashing’ gets new look from regulators: A proposal would hold companies accountable for their promises on climate change.

‘Metrics of economic well-being’ show Native Americans underserved: Rep. Sharice Davids: ‘This report from the Joint Economic Committee shows how closely related issues of health, economic stability, housing, and education truly are.’

Boarding school survivors: Stories will be heard: The Wednesday news conference in Washington was historic, but also a sad reminder of the trauma Indigenous people have experienced for over a century.

‘Sad day in Canadian country music world:' Cree country musician Shane Yellowbird dies suddenly at 42.

Columbia River treaty fishing sites to get upgrades: The Interior’s assistant secretary for Indian Affairs says the $880,000 — part of a $10.65 million Indian Country infrastructure package — will help begin tackling a lengthy list of longstanding problems at in-lieu and treaty fishing access sites.

Raising awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous people: President Joe Biden issued a proclamation on Wednesday for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day 2022.

Reviving the art of brain tanning hides: Choctaw man shares his knowledge of traditional tanning without chemicals.

Fifty years ago: Mount Adams returned to Yakama people: An executive order signed by Richard Nixon in 1972 returned the sacred Pahto mountain to tribal lands, but disputes continue to arise.

Diné woman confirmed as first Native federal judge in California: Justice Sunshine Suzanne Sykes is only the seventh Indigenous federal judge ever seated.

Supreme Court could halt access to safe abortions, Indigenous activists say: Overturning Roe v. Wade is another move in a long history of federal policies that have impacted Indigenous people’s right to choose when and if they have children.

US boarding school investigative report released: The findings show the federal Indian boarding school system consisted of at least 408 federal schools across 37 states and roughly 53 different schools had been identified with marked or unmarked burial sites.

​​Senate committee holds confirmation hearing for IHS nominee: Roselyn Tso, Navajo, would lead an underfunded agency that has lacked permanent, long-term leadership since 2013.

ELECTIONS

North Carolina has never elected an Indigenous person to Congress: This could change with two Indigenous people, Crystal Cavalier and state Rep. Charles Graham, both running for US House of Representatives.

Charles Graham wins Democratic nomination: North Carolina could have its first Indigenous person elected to Congress in November.

CLIMATE CHANGE

UN report urges greater protection for Indigenous rights: At the close of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, leaders call for 'enhanced participation' at the international level.

Enbridge takes the gloves off in Line 5 battle: Legal fight takes aim at tribal council members opposing project.

Indigenous climate migrants face unique challenges: Advocates call on countries like Mexico to employ Indigenous staff at consulates.

Indigenous Endorois fight for their land and rights at UN: Conservation efforts in Kenya displaced hundreds. Can there be justice for stolen lands and culture?

Indigenous Taíno of Puerto Rico fight for visibility, rights: Without US representation, the Taíno advocate for environmental justice and cultural preservation internationally.

ENTERTAINMENT

Musician Delbert Anderson: ‘The Heartbeat Swings:’ Diné performer speaks about his evolving journey into jazz, rap and national recognition.

Indigenous artists shine in 2022 Juno Awards: Inuit icon Susan Aglukark wins Humanitarian Award for her work with Indigenous youth.

INDIGENOUS A&E: Broadway, language, 'Indian Land' artist: A biweekly column from Indian Country Today featuring the latest news from the arts and entertainment world.

Native Pulitzer winner ‘honored and humbled:’ Raven Chacon becomes first Native person to win in Pulitzer category for music.

Star Wars Day through Indigenous eyes: The “May the 4th be with you” celebration unites fans everywhere, including Indigenous fans.

ALASKA

Coordinated response needed to respond to climate change effects on tribes: ‘You're looking out, and there's the Bering Sea right there.’

Tlingit John Kito retires after 57 years in education: ‘I realize how fortunate I have been to have had a career I've loved.’

Alaska affirms water certificate for proposed Donlin mine: ‘The results have effectively no reliability.’

Alaska Native corporations: ‘Homegrown engines of the economy:’ The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act changed legal policy, land ownership, and economic structure for Alaska Natives. But it also completely transformed the general Alaskan economy.

Alaska Native Vietnam-era veterans hopeful for new lands: ‘I really didn't feel very good about selecting lands there …but I thought that that was the only choice we had.’

Inupiaq boy hopes for life-saving stem cell transplant: ‘You can be a hero in more ways than one.'

Arctic Inupiaq leaders take aim at Biden oil policy: ‘It's something that I'm sure Vladimir Putin was pleased by.’

Federal government sues Alaska over subsistence: Subsistence is vitally important to villages, as it is to the economy of all of rural Alaska. It's also deeply ingrained in Indigenous way of life.

SPORTS

Indigenous prep football talent ‘show out:’ Dozens of Indigenous football players participate in the free Indigenous Football Combine in Arizona.

Haudenosaunee Nationals’ quest for Olympic glory continues: In a few months, a major decision by the International Olympic Committee will determine if lacrosse is an Olympic sport. Even if it does, for the Nationals lacrosse teams, it gets complicated.

Hockey goes Indigenous for Stanley Cup playoffs: Four Indigenous players and a coach known as ‘Chief’ are in the mix for the championship.

GLOBAL INDIGENOUS NEWS

GLOBAL INDIGENOUS: Promises Down Under, demands for basic services.

GLOBAL INDIGENOUS: Auntie laughs, a Papal visit and forests

GLOBAL INDIGENOUS: Promises, knighthood and netball

GLOBAL INDIGENOUS: Violence, deforestation and overdue recognition

WATCH: ICT NEWSCASTS

Representing Indigenously: A photographer documents the elders of her tribe, 'Star Wars' in the Navajo language and there’s a new Miss Indian World.

History making Natives: We are meeting the first Indigenous person to receive a Pulitzer Prize, celebrating National Nurses Week, and learning about Ginger Sykes Torres's recent withdrawal from the race.

Setting Indigenous excellence: We learn about truth and healing. Plus, Alyssa London takes on MSNBC and the Haudenosaunee bid for the Olympics in 2028.

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