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Happy Thursday. Here’s a look at what’s happening today:

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BIA celebrates birthday

The oldest bureau of the U.S. Department of Interior celebrated nearly 200 years on Thursday. The Bureau of Indian Affairs turned 197.

Deb Haaland’s final Senate vote set

Rep. Deb Haaland’s historic appointment to lead the Department of the Interior will happen Monday afternoon.

Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer released new details Thursday indicating that Haaland’s confirmation will move forward, setting up a final Senate vote on Monday at 5:30 p.m. E.T.

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$31 billion to 'change the course of the pandemic in Indian Country'

President Joe Biden signed into law Thursday the American Rescue Plan — a $1.9 trillion comprehensive initiative that will help families that have been hurt by the economic impact of the coronavirus.

The signing came hours before Biden delivered his first prime-time address since taking office. He's aiming to steer the nation toward a hungered-for sentiment — hope — as he marks one year since the onset of the pandemic that has killed more than 529,000 Americans.

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WH: $1,400 individual checks may arrive soon

WASHINGTON (AP) —The White House says the $1,400 direct payments for most Americans funded by the American Rescue Plan will start showing up in bank accounts as early as this weekend.

Press secretary Jen Psaki says the government will make the first direct deposits this weekend. She says payments will continue throughout the next several weeks.

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Coronavirus-positive racer removed from Iditarod race

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A veteran Iditarod musher was removed from the race Wednesday after he tested positive for the coronavirus, organizers said.

Gunnar Johnson, 52, of Duluth, Minnesota, was withdrawn from the event at the McGrath, Alaska, checkpoint, the organizers said in a news release.

The Iditarod normally goes from the Anchorage area to Nome. But because of the pandemic, mushers are traveling in a loop from Willow, about 50 miles north of Anchorage, to the ghost town of Iditarod, and then back to Willow for the finish.

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As persistent drought and climate change threaten the Colorado River, several states that rely on the water acknowledge they likely won't get what they were promised a century ago. But not Utah.

There is a new mini-documentary film, “The Bears of Pine Ridge” that explores the distressing statistics of Native youth suicide plaguing the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

After struggling with adjusting to the pandemic, a division of Boys and Girls Clubs of America that focuses on Native youth was pleasantly surprised to learn in December that they can fall back on a portion of the $30 million from a South Dakota foundation.

An overview of the three vaccines that have been approved for emergency use in the United States.

Brent Cahwee joins today's newscast to talk about Native athletes in high school, college, and even the pro sports during the pandemic.

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