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Hearing: COVID-19 response in Native communities
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will host a Wednesday hearing that looks at the COVID-19 response in Native communities one year later.
Leaders with Indian Health Service and other Native health organizations are listed as witnesses.
The hearing starts at 2:30 p.m. EST and is livestreamed. For details and how to watch, click here.
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City gives 14 bison to tribal nations
The city of Denver is sending 13 bison to the Cheyenne Arapaho Tribes in Oklahoma, and another down the road to the Tall Bull Memorial Council in Colorado.
To listen to the NPR report, click play below.
Tatanka Means is the latest Indigenous actor to join the ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ cast.
South Dakota wants July fireworks at Mount Rushmore
KEYSTONE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem sent a letter to President Joe Biden this week asking that he intervene and allow a Fourth of July fireworks display at Mount Rushmore.
The National Park Service has denied a permit for the fireworks this year, citing concerns about the spread of COVID-19, tribal opposition and the environment.
Fireworks returned to Mount Rushmore last year for a Fourth of July celebration that included a campaign stop by then-President Donald Trump. It was the first time Mount Rushmore has hosted a fireworks show since 2009.
Trump’s visit was protested by more than 200 treaty defenders and resulted in multiple arrests. Charges against Nick Tilsen, Oglala Lakota, president and CEO of NDN Collective, were recently dropped after a lengthy legal process.
From social media:
- Enbridge taps new approach for pipelines: Growing use of ‘corporate social responsibility’ helps companies bypass tribal opposition.
- Crowning blow: Pageants hit by lockdowns: Winners hold onto their crowns a bit longer these days until competitions can be held again in person.
- Polynesian voyaging canoe captain, navigator dies: Chad Kalepa Baybayan served as a crew member since 1975, when he was 19, after the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s canoe docked in his Maui hometown.
- Marijuana and mental health: As restrictions on marijuana use fall and its popularity around the world rises, researchers and therapists are examining its influence on mental health.
- Watch: An existential threat to northwest tribes: Alyssa Macy talks about how salmon are on the brink of extinction and what that means for tribal people.