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Happy International Women’s Day from Indian Country Today! Here’s a look at what’s happening today:

Joy Harjo chosen among 9 others for Women’s Hall of Fame
SENECA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Joy Harjo has been chosen for the National Women’s Hall of Fame as part of a Class of 2021, the organization announced Monday. She was chosen among nine others including former first lady Michelle Obama, late NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson and late author Octavia Butler.

The group will be inducted during an Oct. 2 ceremony in an in-person ceremony. It will also be livestreamed.

4 running in election for Mashpee Wampanoag tribal chair
MASHPEE, Mass. (AP) — Four people are running to become the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council's next chairperson.

They are Nelson Andrews Jr., Kyle Bassett, Aaron Tobey Jr. and Brian Weeden, the Cape Cod Times reported Monday.

The chairperson's job is to preside over tribal council meetings, serve as the coordinator over all tribal government activities, and act as the tribe's official spokesperson.

The election is currently scheduled to take place through mail-in balloting through March 26. However, three tribal members, including Tobey, have sued the tribal council and the tribe's election committee to allow in-person voting and reschedule the election.

The federally recognized tribe's last two chairs have either been convicted of federal crimes or are currently facing federal charges.

Andrews, 44, is the tribe's emergency management director and co-interim tribal administrator.

Bassett, 52, is a retired corrections officer and business owner. Tobey, 64, is retired. Weeden, 28, works at the Mashpee Department of Public Works.

Tribal members will also vote for the next council vice-chair, treasurer and council secretary.

President Biden’s Indigenous appointees
Jaime Pinkham, Nez Perce, is a fisheries expert in line for a top post in the Biden administration. He is expected to be appointed to a position overseeing the policies and performance of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works program.

His appointment has not yet been formalized but was made public in late February during the National Congress of American Indians’ 2021 Executive Council Winter Session.

Here’s a list of Biden’s other Indigenous appointees:

  • Libby Washburn, Chickasaw, special assistant to the president for Native American affairs, White House Domestic Policy Council
  • Bryan Newland, Bay Mills Indian Community, principal deputy assistant secretary of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior
  • Paawee Rivera, Pojoaque Pueblo, senior adviser for intergovernmental affairs and White House Director of Tribal Affairs
  • Wahleah Johns, Diné, director of the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, Department of Energy
  • Heather Dawn Thompson, Cheyenne River Sioux, director of the Office of Tribal Relations, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Zach Ducheneaux, Cheyenne River Sioux, the first Indigenous person to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Services Agency

To read more on Pinkham, click here.


People celebrate International Women’s Day, many take to social media:

The latest headlines: 

  • #NativeNerd: ‘WandaVision’ excellence, other film reviews: This has been a huge week for movie releases as well as releases on streaming platforms. Of significance is “WandaVision,” whose ninth episode series finale was released Friday on Disney+. Native Nerd also wrote reviews for ‘Coming 2 America,’ ‘SpongeBob: Sponge on the Run,’ ‘Tom and Jerry,’ and the mind-altering thriller ‘Tenet’
  • Coronavirus deranges the immune system in complex, deadly ways: While all viruses find ways to evade the body’s defenses, a growing field of research suggests that the coronavirus unhinges the immune system more profoundly than previously realized
  • Alaska Native group, Neiman Marcus settle coat lawsuit: According to the lawsuit, Neiman Marcus violated the federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act requiring that products marketed as “Indian” are actually made by Indigenous people.
  • Pause on leasing public land draws mixed reaction: Land, and specifically what to do with land, has been among the most divisive topics in U.S. history since the arrival of European settlers in 1492. More than 500 years later, little has changed.
  • Race, sovereignty clash as Congress meddles in tribal enrollment: Members of Congress are threatening to hold up housing funds for tribes. To the chief of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, it’s infringing on tribal sovereignty. For those seeking citizenship, it’s a chance to change a ‘system of hidden anti-Black racism.’
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