Skip to main content

Happy first day of April! Here’s a look at what’s happening today:

Sign up here to get ICT's newsletter

Years later, Chickasaw remains returning home

JACKSON, Miss. — A man and a woman were found buried among wolf teeth and turtle shells. Other graves contained mothers and infants. Some tribal citizens were laid to rest with beloved dogs.

Over the last century, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History has stored the remains of hundreds of Native Americans who once inhabited the state.

“We see the repatriation process as an act of love," said Amber Hood, Director of Historic Preservation and Repatriation for The Chickasaw Nation. “These are our grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, uncles and cousins from long ago.”

To read more, click here.

Several hundred ancestral remains and artifacts are being repatriated to the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma by the state of Mississippi. Shown here on March 19, 2021 in Jackson, Mississippi, are, from left, Meg Cook, director of the archeology collections for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History; Jessica Walzer, archaeology collections manager; Robert Waren, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act collections manager; and Arianna Kitchens, archaeology collections manager. They are standing by one of the work carts with pottery and lithics that still have not been fully identified. The items will be gathered into hand-constructed muslim for repatriation. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)


Vermont House unanimously supports eugenics apology

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Legislators in the Vermont House have unanimously supported a resolution apologizing to all Vermonters and their families and descendants who were harmed by state-sanctioned eugenics policies and practices that led to sterilizations.

Under the eugenics movement, some Vermonters of mixed French Canadian and Native American heritage, as well as poor, rural white people, were placed on a state-sanctioned list of “mental defectives” and degenerates and sent to state institutions.

Some had surgery after Vermont in 1931 became one of more than two dozen states to pass a law allowing voluntary sterilizations for “human betterment.”

To read more, click here.

Indigenous lacrosse star dismissed from college program

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Nearly three years after he made a stunning college lacrosse debut, University at Albany star attackman Tehoka Nanticoke has been dismissed from the program.

The university said in a release Wednesday that the move was based on internal team issues but did not elaborate. Head coach Scott Marr declined to comment.

In a post on Twitter Nanticoke, from the Six Nations Reservation in Ontario, wrote “it is best for me personally and for the future of this team.”

To read more, click here.

Deb Haaland's first Cabinet meeting

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden's first Cabinet meeting looked and felt different from those of his predecessor.

To read more, click here.

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland attends a Cabinet meeting with President Joe Biden in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 1, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

DC tenure a gentle snow, ‘fierce blizzard’

From Operation Lady Justice to Twitter attacks, Tara Sweeney reflects on her time as assistant secretary of Indian affairs during the Trump administration.

As the first Alaska Native to hold the position, she was also prepared to elevate the complexities and diverse experiences of Alaska’s 231 tribes.

To read more, click here.

Looking for something to watch over Easter weekend?

Indian Country Today’s Vincent Schilling shares his perspective on two new blockbuster movies. One includes Maori actor Julian Dennison, known for his role in “Deadpool 2.”

From social media:

The latest:

Indian Country Today - bridge logo

Contribute $5 or $10 contribution today to help Indian Country Today carry out its critical mission. Sign up for ICT’s free newsletter.