Indian Country Today

Happy Wednesday! Here’s a look at what’s happening today:

Sign up here to get ICT's newsletter

Tribes welcome COVID-19 relief funds, say problems remain

WASHINGTON – Advocates said the billions in aid slated for Native Americans under the latest COVID-19 relief bill is welcome, but they told a House committee Tuesday that a one-shot infusion will not solve all the challenges facing tribes.

“While the American Rescue Plan provides much-needed support to Indian Country’s ongoing requests, the pandemic is far from over and there is much work still left to be done,” said William Smith, the National Indian Health Board chairperson.

That includes not just health care, they said, but the whole range of infrastructure shortfalls, from health facilities to lack of broadband access to overcrowded housing, that have combined to contribute to the devastating effects of COVID-19 on Indigenous people.

To read more of this Cronkite report, click here.

SUPPORT INDIGENOUS JOURNALISM. CONTRIBUTE TODAY.

Bald eagle populations soar

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of American bald eagles has quadrupled since 2009, with more than 300,000 birds soaring over the lower 48 states, government scientists said in a report Wednesday.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said bald eagles, the national symbol that once teetered on the brink of extinction, have flourished in recent years, growing to more than 71,400 nesting pairs and an estimated 316,700 individual birds.

To read more, click here.

In this Nov. 20, 2020, photo a bald eagle grabs a fish from the Susquehanna River near the Conowingo Dam, in Havre De Grace, Maryland. The number of U.S. bald eagles has quadrupled since 2009, with more than 300,000 birds soaring over the lower 48 states, government scientists said. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The Weekly: Special Deb Haaland Edition

Indian Country Today published a special newsletter edition of Deb Haaland's rise to Interior secretary. Click here to read it.

Enbridge Line 3 pipeline argued in appeals court

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Tuesday heard arguments over Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 replacement project in northern Minnesota, which opponents are calling unnecessary due to an eventual decline in the demand for oil.

The Minnesota Department of Commerce, along with the Red Lake Band of Chippewa, the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, and several Indigenous and environmental groups, argued before the three-judge panel that Enbridge failed to show long-term need for the Line 3 project.

To read more, click here.

Brighter outlook for US as vaccinations rise

More than three months into the U.S. vaccination drive, many of the numbers paint an increasingly encouraging picture, with 70 percent of Americans 65 and older receiving at least one dose of the vaccine and COVID-19 deaths dipping below 1,000 a day on average for the first time since November.

Virus_Outbreak_Super_Bowl_21034477613857

Also, dozens of states have thrown open vaccinations to all adults or are planning to do so in a matter of weeks. And the White House said 27 million doses of both the one-shot and two-shot vaccines will be distributed next week, more than three times the number when President Joe Biden took office two months ago.

Still, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's top infectious disease expert, said Wednesday he isn’t ready to declare victory.

To read more, click here.

From social media:

The latest:

ICT logo bridge

Contribute $5 or $10 contribution today to help Indian Country Today carry out its critical mission. Sign up for ICT’s free newsletter.