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Interview with Rutherford Falls ‘comedy superstars’

The long-awaited "Rutherford Falls" premiered this week.

Executive producer Sierra Teller Ornelas and actors Ed Helms, Michael Greyeyes and Jana Schmieding sat down for an interview with Indian Country Today to discuss their excitement about the show.

The show is about two lifelong friends, Nathan Rutherford (played by Ed Helms known for his role as Andy on “The Office”) and Reagan Wells (played by Jana Schmieding, Cheyenne River Lakota).

The show also stars Cree actor Michael Greyeyes (“I Know This Much Is True” and “Blood Quantum”) as one of the tribal leaders of the fictional Minishonka Nation.

To watch the interview, click here.

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Easing virus fears prompts return of Alaska Native festival

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Celebration, a four-day dance-and-cultural event billed as the largest gathering of Alaska Natives in southeast Alaska, will return next year as an in-person event after widespread immunizations in the nation’s largest state.

Sealaska Heritage Institute said the event celebrating Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures will be held in Juneau from June 8-11, 2022.

The biennial event was held virtually in 2020. Another event planned for this year was scrapped in January.

To read more, click here.

The Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival, shown here in 2018, has been canceled for a second year because of the pandemic. The annual festival was set to be held in August 2021 on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation in Idaho. It is the largest cultural festival in the state. (Photo by Mark Trahant, Indian Country Today)

Gathering of Nations starts Friday

The Gathering of Nations – one of the largest powwows in North America set for April 23-24 – and a number of other events in Indian Country will be virtual once again this year, some free and some for a fee. Other events opted for in-person but socially distanced gatherings.

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Indigenous knowledge at the White House

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said at her first White House press briefing, “how monumental this week has been for Indigenous representation.” She was the latest Cabinet member to take questions from reporters on Day Two of President Joe Biden’s climate summit.

There are so many firsts associated with Haaland's appointment. She is most likely the first Native American to brief the national press corps from the White House podium.

To read more, click here.

Former Ojibwe chairman tapped for Indian affairs

President Joe Biden nominated former tribal chairman Bryan Newland, who is Ojibwe, for assistant secretary for Indian Affairs of the Interior Thursday.

Newland was chairman of the Bay Mills Indian Community in Michigan, and served as a policy adviser for Indian Affairs at Interior under former President Barack Obama. He also served as the chief judge of the Bay Mills Tribal Court. Back in February the Interior announced Newland's appointment as principal deputy assistant secretary of Indian Affairs.

The next step is for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to confirm Newland. If he is confirmed by the committee, the vote moves to the full Senate.

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