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Pueblo hospital remains open

The Acoma-Canoncito-Laguna hospital in New Mexico will continue to provide emergency services.

Indian Health Service shuttered some of the hospital services late last year, but the Acoma Pueblo filed a lawsuit to keep services open. A temporary restraining order issued in February that stopped IHS from cutting certain services to the hospital was extended through March 19, according to Law360.

IHS issued a statement this week about the services provided by the hospital and the opening of a new health center at nearby Laguna Pueblo.

Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee to honor civil rights icons

Sunday marks the 56th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” when more than 500 demonstrators gathered on March 7, 1965, to demand the right to vote and cross Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge. They were met by dozens of state troopers and many were severely beaten.

Chase Iron Eyes, lead counsel for the Lakota People’s Law Project and a key organizer against the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, will deliver a special invocation, a reminder that the civil rights struggle is interwoven among people of color, including Indigenous communities.

“It’s just been metastasizing in this country, it’s never gone away,” Iron Eyes said, of the nation's legacy of racism and oppression. “This country was founded on genocide and slavery. We call it the civil rights struggle but it’s also just a struggle to draft a new social contract, to change the way that we live with each other in this country.”

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Wisconsin hunters exceed wolf target

Wisconsin hunters and trappers killed nearly double the number of wolves that the state allotted for a weeklong season, and they did it so quickly that officials ended the hunt after less than three days, according to figures released.

Non-tribal hunters and trappers registered 216 wolves as of Feb. 25, blowing past the state's kill target of 119. The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) estimated before the hunt that there were about 1,000 wolves in the state. Its population goal for the animal is 350.

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Search on for Alaska helicopter piloted by tribal official

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for an overdue helicopter piloted by the former head of Alaska’s largest tribal health care organization who resigned last week after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against him.

Andy Teuber, Sugpiaq, former head of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, left Anchorage about 2 p.m. Tuesday in a black and white Robinson R66 helicopter, traveling to Kodiak Island, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

His flight disappeared an hour and a half later from tracking by air control. Family members reported three hours after his departure to the Coast Guard that he had not arrived in Kodiak, about 250 miles south of Anchorage.

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New Mexico PBS correspondent Antonia Gonzales talks with Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden, Dr. Anthony Fauci, about the virus and vaccine rollout in Indian Country. In this excerpt, Antonia and Dr. Fauci discuss federal efforts to build trust in the vaccine 

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