May 5 is recognized as National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.

Many across Indian Country dressed in red and posted on social media to commemorate a day of awareness for the crises. More recently, a push to include all Native people has begun across the U.S.

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President Joe Biden said his administration is committed to working with Tribal Nations to ensure swift and effective action.

“Today, thousands of unsolved cases of missing and murdered Native Americans continue to cry out for justice and healing,” Biden said. “On Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day, we remember the Indigenous people who we have lost to murder and those who remain missing and commit to working with Tribal Nations to ensure any instance of a missing or murdered person is met with swift and effective action.”

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Umatilla tribes release online dictionary of fading language

MISSION, Ore. (AP) - The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation is using some of the latest technology to release an online dictionary of their language to preserve it and help new learners pick up their native tongue, which is at risk of being lost.

The project is a collaboration between the confederated tribes' language program and Amazon Web Services, an Amazon subsidiary that provides cloud-based platforms on a pay-as-you-go basis.

The tribe established a language program in 1996 to preserve Umatilla by recording elders and teaching the language to tribal youth and adults. The reservation in northeast Oregon is home to a union of three area tribes, the Cayuse, the Umatilla, and the Walla Walla.

The online dictionary, which includes a Umatilla keyboard, is available for free here: https://dictionary.ctuir.org.

National Native American Hall of Fame announces 2021 class

Eight new Native leaders will be inducted this year in the National Native American Hall of Fame.

Photo via nativehalloffame.org

The inductees are; Dave Anderson, Ojibwe; Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Northern Cheyenne; Joy Harjo, Muscogee (Creek); Marcella LeBeau, Cheyenne River Sioux; Emil Notti, Athabascan; Katherine Siva Saubel, Cahuilla; Ernie Stevens Sr., Oneida; and W. Richard West, Southern Cheyenne.

Fire destroys UP church named for Native American saint

BAY MILLS, Mich. (AP) - Fire in the early hours Wednesday destroyed a Roman Catholic church in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church was built in 1967 in Bay Mills Township in Chippewa County. It was declared a total loss, according to the police at Bay Mills Indian Community.

The church was named for the first Native American to be declared a saint in 2012.

The cause of the fire wasn't immediately known. It was reported shortly before 1:30 a.m.

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Navajo Nation sends masks to India

The Navajo Nation sent more than 1,200 cloth masks to India, according to KNAU.

India has been hit hard with a deadly wave of COVID-19 infections. The Navajo Nation is doing what it can to assist.

"We know how it is to get hit hard by COVID, but not as hard as India’s getting hit right now. But I know every little bit of resources does help, especially when you have limited funding and maybe even limited amount of support from your one government," President Jonathan Nez said.

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