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Monument honors slain Northwestern Shoshone chief

A town in Utah dedicated a historical marker on Saturday to honor Chief Terikee, a Northwestern Shoshone chief, killed in 1850.

The city of Harrisville, Utah partnered with the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation and the Weber County Heritage Foundation to dedicate the historical marker.

Foundation Executive Director Katie Nelson said the killing was a “major historical event” in northern Utah’s history.

(Previous: Monument to honor Chief Terikee)


‘Indians’ mascot to remain

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — A Native American-themed mascot will be kept at a high school in southwest Oregon.

Roseburg High School school board members had to unanimously approve a motion to eliminate the “Roseburg Indians” and the vote fell one short last week, KLCC reported. Director Charles Lee was the dissenting vote.

Amanda Mendoza is a member of Roseburg High’s Class of 2001, and is of Muskogee Creek, Choctaw, and Cherokee heritage. She had circulated a petition to have the “Indians” removed.

“It’s a system that continues to fail students and families of color, or who identify outside the white dominant culture," she said. "I know that the mascot will change eventually…some day.”

Roseburg High and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians have had an agreement to use the mascot since 2017, as allowed under Oregon state law. Backers say the mascot honors Native Americans, and is a long-standing tradition at the school.

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Push back on plan to look at bison in refuge

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Greg Gianforte’s office says a U.S. Interior Department plan to consider if bison should be reintroduced to a sprawling refuge in central Montana raises questions about federal intrusion into state wildlife management.

Interior officials this week said they are anticipating a years-long process to examine potential bison reintroductions at the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge north of Lewistown.

(Related: Montana bison back)

Gianforte, a Republican, has sided with livestock interests opposed to returning bison to more places because of fears about disease and potential competition with cattle for grazing space. He recently cancelled a bison restoration plan adopted under his Democratic predecessor.

‘Best dad ever’ impacted many


Robert Begay, 63, died from COVID-19. (Photo Courtesy of Faith Begay-Dominique)

Robert Begay built things from scratch for his daughter like a raft made from tires, a basketball hoop out of a bucket, and the ultimate treehouse with a balcony and sliding door.

Robert Begay, Rosebud Sioux Tribe and Diné, died at the age of 63 from COVID-19 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

“My mom used to tell me that some of the other dads in Lower Brule would say ‘Geez Robert, you’re making us look bad. You’re always out there with your daughter, pulling her around in that wagon and getting me in trouble with my wife,’” his daughter Faith Begay-Dominique said.

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Racist message found on ancient Utah petroglyph

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Racist graffiti has been found covering ancient Native American petroglyphs in Utah on one of the most popular rock art panels in Moab, according to officials.

A tour guide with the Moab Tour Company discovered the words “white power” — a phrase associated with white supremacists — on Monday and graphic images on “The Birthing Scene,” a panel on a slab covered on four sides with Native American art. The Utah Bureau of Land Management is offering a reward to find who is responsible.

The art features figures from the Anasazi period nearly 2,000 years ago.

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