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Senate approves ban on Native American mascots at schools

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Senate has approved a measure to ban the use of Native American names, symbols and images as school mascots, logos and team names at most public schools in Washington.

The bill passed the Democratic-led chamber on a bipartisan 40-9 vote Tuesday night and now heads back to the House — which passed the measure in February — for a final vote. Once the House concurs and the measure is signed by Gov. Jay Inslee, the ban would take effect Jan. 1.

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TikTok stardom, Inupiaq style

Like thousands of others at the beginning of the pandemic, Patuk Glenn, Inupiaq, discovered TikTok as a way to cure lockdown boredom.


But unlike most users of the popular social media app, Glenn was catapulted to TikTok fame. Three months after she made her first post, she officially had a growing list of 120,000 followers that hailed from all corners of the Earth.

The reason behind her TikTok stardom? Inupiat culture.

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Deb Haaland heads to Bears Ears

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland will travel to Utah on Thursday to discuss stewardship of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. She is scheduled to see the national monuments and meet with tribes, elected federal, state and local leaders, and other stakeholders.

On Tuesday, Haaland was in New Mexico to meet with pueblo leaders.

Latter-day Saints to build new church temple near Navajo Nation

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced plans to build a new temple in Farmington, New Mexico making it the second temple in the state.

Church President Russell Nelson said the new temple in Farmington will be one of 20 newly planned temples being built worldwide and one of nine in the U.S.

The only other temple in New Mexico is in Albuquerque. Farmington is near the Navajo Nation border.

Agua Caliente Band holds tribal election

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Chairman Jeff L. Grubbe will serve his fifth consecutive two-year term.

Grubbe and other council members were reelected in March, according to the Desert Sun.

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Douglas Emhoff meets with Yakama tribal leaders

Douglas Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, met with Yakama Nation tribal leaders on Tuesday.

Emhoff was greeted with a traditional honor song as he arrived to meet with the Yakama Nation Tribal Council in Toppenish, Washington, according to the Yakima Herald.

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