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Summit and trail are renamed after Native American outcry

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (AP) — A summit of a Massachusetts mountain with a literary connection is being renamed, along with one of its trails, after outcry from Native American groups that call the area home.

Indian Monument Trail is being renamed the Mohican Monument Trail, and a peak, a summit of Monument Mountain, is now Peeskawso Peak, according to an announcement from the Trustees of Reservations, a conservation group that oversees the land.

The conservation nonprofit said it made the changes after more than a year of collaboration with the Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohicans.

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Utah high school announces new mascot following backlash

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A mostly White high school near Salt Lake City revealed its new mascot Friday that will replace its contentious Braves mascot.

The Redhawks will become Bountiful High School’s mascot starting next fall, Principal Aaron Hogge announced. The school is still designing its new official logo.

He said the red-tailed hawk is the most common hawk species in North America and “is one of the biggest birds of prey found in the mountains above Bountiful.”

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Virtual gathering to talk Mauna a Wākea

The Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University is hosting a virtual discussion with organizers supporting Mauna a Wākea (Mauna Kea) on April 16 at 6 p.m. EDT.

The controversial construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea has been met with Native Hawaiian opposition.

The event is co-sponsored by Empowering Pacific Islander Communities, Nā ʻŌiwi NYC, and NYU Native Studies Forum.

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Arizona’s plan to seek execution warrants includes Navajo

The life of a Navajo man could be in the hands of the Arizona Supreme Court.

Prosecutors have told the court that they intend on soon seeking execution warrants for two death-row inmates in what would be the state’s first executions in almost seven years.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office said that it’s asking the high court to set a briefing schedule before filing execution warrants for Clarence Dixon, Navajo, and Frank Atwood.

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‘Required': North Dakota passes Native education bill

A North Dakota bill requiring curriculum to be taught on Native American history for K-12 students passed in the State house on Tuesday.

The bill passed on a 72-21 vote.

North Dakota State House Rep. Ruth Buffalo of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation said that prior to this bill’s passing, the state law and century code left it to individual school districts discretion on whether or not to teach Native American history.

“This bill has been amended several times, but it's still good, the way it is,” she said. “We're still very happy with today's outcome because the keyword is ‘requires’ in there.”

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