Happy World Art Day! Here’s a look at what’s happening today:
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Interior Department celebrates World Art Day
The U.S. Interior Department highlighted its 101,000 piece art collection in celebration of World Art Day.
Various pieces of art can be found in the Interior’s bureaus and offices across the country, which includes more than 73 million items such as paintings, artifacts, and sculptures. The department manages one of the world’s largest museum collections.
April 15 is designated by the International Associated of Art as World Art Day.
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NCAI announces new CEO
The National Congress of American Indians named Dante Desiderio as its new chief executive officer.
Desiderio, Sappony Tribe, spent the last 10 years as the Native American Finance Officers Association executive director.
He’ll start May 11, and will oversee the day-to-day management and operations of NCAI.
Cicadas: ‘The other white meat’
Billions of Brood X cicadas are due to emerge from their 17-year slumber in coming weeks.
ICT's Mary Annette Pember explains: "Anticipating this year’s cicada occupation, I began to wonder if our Indigenous ancestors also feasted on this protein bounty."
To read more, click here.
Watch: ICT’s Aliyah Chavez talks Indian Country news
Award-winning journalist Aliyah Chavez is joining 7Gen Live on Friday to share the latest news from Indian Country.
7Gen is part of the Sicangu Community Development Corporation. The discussion will take place on Facebook.
To watch, click here.
Native American Caucus leadership announced for 117th Congress
Reps. Sharice Davids, a Kansas Democrat, and Tom Cole, an Oklahoma Repubilcan, will co-chair the bipartisan Congressional Native American Caucus.
“Looking forward to advancing tribal voices and working with Caucus members on matters vital to Indian Country,” Davids, Ho-Chunk, said in a social media post.
Cole is a Chickasaw Nation citizen.
For a full list of caucus members, click here.
What is a COVID-19 vaccine passport, and will I need one?
“Vaccine passports,” or vaccine certificates, are documents that show you were vaccinated against COVID-19 or recently tested negative for the virus, the Associated Press reports. They could help you get into places such as stadiums or even countries that are looking to reopen safely.
The certificates are still being developed, and how and whether they’ll be used could vary widely around the world. In the U.S., federal officials say there are no plans to make them broadly mandatory.
To learn more about the vaccine passport, click here.
From social media:
- Tribal lawsuit puts Donlin Gold in question: Judge rules proposed Alaska mine doesn’t meet water quality standard.
- Quechan mom needs help finding missing daughter: Darnella Melancon is asking people to assist in locating her daughter Angela Morrissey, , a 23-year-old Native American mother of two.
- Australia's oldest known Indigenous rock painting: Researchers have used radiocarbon dating to determine that the painting inside a rock shelter is 17,000-years-old.
- Lost on the front lines: Health care workers who died fighting COVID-19.
- Watch: Rematriation of seeds and students: Hope Flanagan talks about Dream of Wild Health.