TGIF! Here’s a look at what’s happening today:
Haskell removes leader, names acting president
Tamarah Pfeiffer, Diné, was named acting president of Haskell Indian Nations University on Friday, according to the Indian Leader.
Pfeiffer replaces Ronald Graham. The news organization reported Friday that Pfeiffer will assume the role immediately.
In April, the school’s Faculty Senate unanimously approved a vote of no-confidence in Graham.
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Native Americans gathering to honor victims of violence
BOSTON (AP) - Native Americans are gathering in Boston on Friday to remember Indigenous peoples who have been killed, gone missing or subjected to violence.
The event outside the North American Indian Center in the city's Jamaica Plain neighborhood is part of a national week of action honoring missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Participants are being asked to wear red in a show of support.
At least two Native American Massachusetts women have been killed in recent years, according to organizers. One of them was Jalajhia Finklea, an 18-year-old Mashpee Wampanoag teen shot to death last year.
Instagram apologizes, MMIWG movement erased online
Many in Indian Country woke up Thursday to a blank Instagram page as their posts from less than 24 hours before, related to the missing and murdered Indigenous women epidemic, vanished
Hundreds of people began sharing messages that all or much of that was gone from Instagram’s stories feature.
Instagram announced the problem had been solved, and apologized by Thursday evening. "We're sorry to all impacted, especially those raising awareness for important causes globally."
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Celebrating Native American women
On this weekend edition of Indian Country Today, the Colville Tribes celebrate a milestone. And we salute the mothers, sisters, aunts, daughters and grandmothers.
From social media:
- The election that ended termination: More than a hundred tribes were terminated by the United States — and not one after the Colville people voted against the idea.
- Statues to hatchet-wielding colonist reconsidered: The statues are being reconsidered amid the nationwide reckoning on racism and controversial monuments.
- Muscogee declaring its ‘own identity’: Oklahoma tribe changes its name to coincide with its ‘new era as an affirmed reservation’ after the McGirt decision.
- Pushback stalls tribal sovereignty proposal: An effort to change Maine’s relationship with tribes stalled with pushback from the Janet Mills administration.
- Indigenizing the universities: The University of Alaska Anchorage is picking a new chancellor during a time of nearly overwhelming challenges. Pearl Kiyawn Nageak Brower is one of eight finalists.
What we’re reading:
- Cherokee Nation, Rogers State University offer Cherokee language classes via public TV.
- Meet Joe Gomez, the Kickapoo Tribe’s own Captain America, created by Darcie Little Badger and David Cutler.
- Yatika Starr Fields on giving back and strengthening community connection.
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