Happy King Kamehameha Day! Here’s a look at what’s happening:

Hawaii celebrates king of Hawaiian Kingdom

It’s a state holiday in Hawaii Friday as many celebrate King Kamehameha Day, the founder of the Hawaiian Kingdom. 

His grandson, King Kamehameha V, Lot Kapuāiwa proclaimed June 11, 1872 as King Kamehameha Day.

On social media, U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele called the king a “fierce warrior, wise diplomat and profound leader.” Kahele shared the history of the king in a number of tweets Friday.

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Two Native writers win Pulitzers

Writers Louise Erdrich and Natalie Diaz were named winners of the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in the categories of fiction and poetry — also included was Marty Two Bulls Sr. who was named a finalist in editorial cartooning on Friday.

This year’s Pulitzer prizes for journalism, books, drama and music were by Columbia University. The award is one of the most prestigious awards in the country honoring journalism and the arts. It was established in 1917.

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Small Minneapolis event eyes Klobuchar to help stop Line 3

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — About 100 people gathered at a Minneapolis park Thursday before marching to Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s office to promote shutting down reconstruction of an aging oil pipeline in northern Minnesota.

The half-hour program at Gold Medal Park included singing and speeches by activists insisting that Klobuchar pursue at least a delay on the final segment of the Enbridge Energy Line 3 project. One prominent opponent, Winona LaDuke, founder of the Indigenous-based environmental group Honor the Earth, mentioned Klobuchar by first name on several occasions and said the senator should demand a more thorough environmental impact study for the project.

Before walking less than a mile to Klobuchar’s office, the group sang a song that included the refrain, “We will stop Line 3. The people and the water will flow free.”

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Man gets settlement for injuries at tribal jail

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A northeastern Montana man has received a $50,000 settlement from the federal government in a lawsuit alleging staff at the Fort Peck tribal jail failed to protect him from being injured by another inmate and did not seek medical treatment for the severe hand injuries he suffered during the 2018 assault.

Tyler Headdress, now 37, filed the lawsuit in April 2020 and it entered mediation in February, said Tim Bechtold of Missoula, Headdress’ attorney.

“He’ll never be 100 percent because they waited too long, and they couldn’t fix him properly,” his father Henry Headdress told The Billings Gazette. “He sat there without help for six days, and that is unbelievable.”

Tyler Headdress was jailed in mid-December 2018 on a warrant with a $100 bond, court records said. Three days later, another inmate assaulted him. While guards stopped the fight, they did not seek medical care for Headdress, the complaint states.

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski names Alaska Native to lead committee

A Gwichyaa Zhee Gwich’in Athabascan Kristi Nuna’q Williams will be the first Alaskan to serve as staff director and general counsel of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

Committee co-chair Sen. Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican, announced Williams’ new position Friday. Williams had served as Murkowski’s lead staff for the committee, as counselor to the assistant secretary of Indian affairs at Interior, as a tribal rights advocate, and for the regional Alaska Native corporation Calista. Her speciality is Indian law with a focus on Alaska Native and rural affairs. Williams starts her new position on July 6.

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