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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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The Navajo Nation weighed several plans Thursday to spend the last $177 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds the tribe received – money that has to be spent by the end of the year or will be lost. (Photo by Chelsea Hofmann, Cronkite News)

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.

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