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White House issues Transgender Day of Visibility proclamation

President Joe Biden issued a Transgender Day of Visibility proclamation on Wednesday to honor and celebrate the achievements and resiliency of transgender individuals and communities.

"Transgender Day of Visibility recognizes the generations of struggle, activism, and courage that have brought our country closer to full equality for transgender and gender non-binary people in the United States and around the world," the proclamation read.

Also on Wednesday, the Pentagon swept away Donald Trump-era policies that largely banned transgender people from serving in the military, issuing new rules that offer them wider access to medical care and assistance with gender transition, according to the Associated Press.

The changes come after a Pentagon review aimed at developing guidelines for the new policy, which Biden announced just days after he took office in January.


Native woman named to North Carolina's administration secretary

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Pamela Cashwell, a veteran North Carolina state agency administrator and former federal prosecutor, was appointed on Wednesday by Gov. Roy Cooper as the Department of Administration secretary.

Cashwell, a chief deputy secretary and senior policy adviser at the Department of Public Safety, will become the first Native American woman to lead a Cabinet agency in North Carolina, Cooper’s office said.

To read more, click here.

Cleveland bans headdresses, painted faces at games

CLEVELAND (AP) — While moving forward with a plan to change their name, the Cleveland Indians said they will not permit fans inside Progressive Field wearing Native American headdresses or face paint.

The team’s new policy states fans can be ejected or denied entrance for disorderly, unruly or disruptive conduct that includes “headdresses and face paint styled in a way that references or appropriates American Indian cultures and traditions.

To read more, click here.

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2020, file photo, players and coaches for the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Baseball Team stand for the national anthem before Game 1 of an American League wild-card baseball series in Cleveland. The Indians are changing their name after 105 years, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020. After months of internal discussion prompted by public pressure and a national movement to remove racist names and symbols, the team is moving away from the name it has been called since 1915, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not revealed its plans. (AP Photo/David Dermer, File)

Indigenous-language radio show promotes vaccine effort

Radio B'alam is reaching thousands of Mayan Guatemalans in California who speak a language called Mam. The name of the show translates to Radio Jaguar.

NPR reports an estimated 18,000 Mayan Mam-speakers have found a home in the great San Francisco Bay Area, and the audio program is educating listeners about the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine.

To listen, click here.

Virtual food sovereignty panel set for Thursday

The Aspen Institute is hosting a virtual food seventy panel at 3 p.m. ET. The panel includes Indigenous chef Brian Yazzie and other food experts.

The panel will discuss the food sovereignty movement and how Native communities are challenging dominant food structures to build systems that are resilient.

For details and to register, click here.

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