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The shortest month was not short of news.

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken at least 10,000 American Indians and Alaska Natives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ICT's Kalle Benallie has more.

The leader of the largest advocacy group on behalf of tribes delivers its State of Indian Nations. ICT's Kolby KickingWoman has more on National Congress of American Indians President Fawn Sharp’s speech.

The United Nations' Human Rights Council called on the U.S. government to stop Nooksack Tribe evictions. In a statement, the tribe demanded the UN retract its unusual call, saying the U.N. statement was “riddled with misinformation.” ICT's Chris Aadland has more.

The month also showed Indigenous excellence in the sports world. Two Métis Nation citizens, Jocelyne Larocque and Jamie Lee Rattray, representing Canada captured the gold medal in women's hockey at the Beijing Olympics. Team USA and Abby Roque, Ojibway from Wahnapitae First Nation, took silver. ICT freelancer Miles Morrisseau has more.

Walker River Paiute citizen Austin Corbett is a Super Bowl champion. The Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman helped defeat the Cincinnati Bengals, 23-20. Read more about the win here.

Here are the ICT stories you should read up on.

Helena Linnell, the Coquille Tribe’s biological operations and planning manager, secures a newly netted salmon in Ferry Creek, while her helpers turn toward the next target. (Courtesy of the Coquille Indian Tribe)
Margaret Nakak, Inupiaq and Yup'ik, wearing a muskrat parka trimmed with mink, fox, beaver, and wolverine, at Alaska Native Heritage Center, Feb. 9, 2022 (Photo by Joaqlin Estus)
Canada's Jamie Lee Rattray (47), Métis Nation, reacts after defeating the United States in the women's gold medal hockey game at the 2022 Winter Olympics. The game was held Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, in Beijing (late Wednesday, Feb. 16 in the United States.) Rattray was one of three Indigenous women playing in the gold medal game, joining fellow Canadian Jocelyne Larocque, Métis Nation, and American Abby Roque, Ojibway from Wahnapitae First Nation who grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Canada won 3-2 to reclaim the gold medal. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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