TGIF! Here’s a look at what’s happening today:
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Deb Haaland creates climate task force
On Friday, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland issued two orders to prioritize action on climate change throughout the department and to restore transparency and integrity in its decision-making processes.
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Cherokee basketball star heads to WNBA
College basketball star Chelsea Dungee, Cherokee Nation, was the fifth overall selection in the 2021 WNBA draft.
The University of Arkansas star was drafted by the Dallas Wings. The All-American leaves the school as the team’s leading scorer with 2,147 points.
Muscogee (Creek) Nation breaks ground on new health facility
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s health department broke ground Friday on a 6,000 square-foot behavioral health clinic in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Funding was provided by the tribe and an ambulatory program grant through Indian Health Service.
Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate to host two-day vaccination event
The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate in South Dakota and FEMA will host a mass COVID-19 vaccination event Monday and Tuesday, and eligibility is open to anyone.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the Buffalo Lake Lanes/Dakota Connection parking lot in Sisseton.
“This is a public event and all are welcome, regardless of IHS eligibility,” read a tribal council news release
Happy birthday UNITY!
The United National Indian Tribal Youth celebrated 45 years on Friday. The nonprofit organization was founded by J.R. Cook, Cherokee, in 1976.
The organization’s mission is to provide Native youth opportunities to build leadership skills.
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Oklahoma court stays ruling, killer remains in state custody
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has stayed its ruling that overturns a man’s conviction and death sentence while the state asks the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on its claim of concurrent jurisdiction in the case.
The state court on Thursday agreed to a 45-day stay that keeps Shaun Bosse in state, rather than federal, custody.
The state court on March 11 overturned Bosse’s conviction and death sentence and rejected Hunter’s claim of concurrent jurisdiction in the case and turned down his request for a rehearing on the claim.
The court’s ruling was based on what is known as the McGirt decision in which the Supreme Court ruled that Oklahoma prosecutors lack authority to pursue criminal charges for crimes committed on tribal reservations in which the defendants or the victims are tribal citizens.
From social media:
- White House plans tribal nations conference this year: Conference established by President Obama has not been held since 2016.
- Billy Frank Jr. 'a warrior for justice': Nisqually leader 'opened up the eyes of the nation to the importance of our salmon.'
- White House plans $4 billion COVID-19 response: $2 billion will go toward replacing funds from private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and the VA.
- An existential threat to Northwest tribes: Alyssa Macy explains how salmon are on the brink of extinction and what that means for tribal people.
- WATCH: Saving Indigenous subsistence lifeways: On the weekend edition of Indian Country Today we'll hear about casinos, rivers and farming.