Happy Tuesday! Here’s a look at what’s happening today:
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Foundation commits millions to address racial wealth gaps
The Bush Foundation has committed $100 million in grants to support Native and Black communities in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
The foundation is seeking one or two steward organizations to receive the funds and design and operate grant programs to distribute the money. Organizations will be selected by the end of the year.
The grant programs are intended to serve individuals who need a financial boost to access wealth-building opportunities, according to a news release.
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Sharice Davids celebrates new children’s book
Rep. Sharice Davids is now a children’s author. In June, HarperCollins will release “Sharice’s Big Voice,” an illustrated memory of Davids’ journey to Congress.
Davids, Ho-Chunk, was one of the first Native American women elected to the House in 2017. The Kansas Democrat recently spoke with the Kansas City Star about her book.
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NASA taps Oklahoma tribes to develop STEM education
The Choctaw Nation, Chickasaw Nation and Cherokee Nation were selected by NASA to create a STEM program that intertwines Native culture in the curriculum, according to a KOSU report.
The $3.3 million program is called Native Earth | Native Sky. Oklahoma State University is also part of the collaboration.
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Tlingit & Haida postpones tribal assembly
The Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska's Executive Council has postponed the 86th annual tribal assembly to September.
The assembly was previously scheduled for late April.
The decision to postpone provides a greater likelihood for deleagates to gather in-person. The April assembly was to be virtual.
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UK variant of COVID detected on Navajo Nation
A case of the United Kingdom, or B117, variant of COVID-19 was confirmed in a sample obtained in the western part of the Navajo Nation.
The B117 variant has been detected throughout the United States. The Navajo Department of Health is working with states and other public health agencies to identify any more variant cases, Navajo President Jonathan Nez said.
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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.
From social media:
- DC tenure a gentle snow, ‘fierce blizzard’: From Operation Lady Justice to Twitter attacks, Tara Sweeney reflects on her time as assistant secretary of Indian affairs.
- Watchdog says Haskell president silencing faculty: The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education wrote a letter to BIE to report what it called the administration's second front in the battle against expressive rights.
- Arizona declares holiday to honor Native code talkers: Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill to honor Native Americans who used their language to transmit coded messages during World War II.
- Veterans helping Navajo veterans: 'A sense of hope': 'We hear that other veterans are in trouble, we roll up our sleeves and we get to work.'
- Watch: ICT speaks with Mary Owen who give us the latest information on Indian Country's vaccine rollout. Plus, Natasha Brenna takes a look at a tribe that’s brewing beer.