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September brought the first Alaska Native Congress member and a new permanent Indian Health Service director. But first, September's big news came from across the Medicine Line.

Ten people killed on Sunday, Sept. 4 in a stabbing spree, nine victims from the James Smith Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, Canada. They were neighbors, friends and family, mothers, aunts and uncles, as old as 78 and as young as 23. Elders who had so much to share and young people just beginning their life's journey. The two stabbing suspects ended up dead. ICT's Miles Morrisseau has more on the victims.

Chief Marilynn “Lynn” Roberge Malerba, Mohegan Tribe, was sworn in as the 45th Treasurer of the United States on Sept. 12. She is the first Native American to hold that office. ICT's Pauly Denetclaw has more.


A day later, U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola, Yup’ik, was sworn into Congress, becoming the first Alaska Native elected to Congress. Peltola, a Democrat, won the special election in August to finish out the late Don Young's term, which ends in January. READ MORE.

Sacheen Littlefeather has no regrets. Academy Museum of Motion Pictures held “An Evening with Sacheen Littlefeather” on Sept. 17, nearly 50 years after she was the first Indigenous woman to stand at the podium at the Academy Awards. She was also booed and insulted. Littlefeather, now 75, Apache and Yaqui, spoke with ICT's Dianna Hunt. READ MORE.

Navajo Nation citizen Roselyn Tso was Senate confirmed on Sept. 22 to lead the Indian Health Service, the first permanent director the federal agency has had in nearly two years. Tso is Navajo and has worked for IHS for nearly four decades. READ MORE.

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Church commits $1 million to repair Alaska closure: Tlingit community was hit hard when the community church was shuttered in a move considered racist.

Leonard Peltier's 46 years in prison: ‘What else do you want?’: Former federal judge: Leonard Peltier ‘remains a casualty of this country’s cruel and lawless war against American Indians.’

Navajo Nation citizen will head Indian Health Service: Roselyn Tso was confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday. The health service has been without a permanent leader since Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Cayou Channel officially renamed to honor Coast Salish leader: A blessing and celebration are set for Oct. 2 along the Pacific Northwest waterway.

Miccosukee police join hurricane recovery efforts: Florida tribes reported no significant damage from Hurricane Ian.

Deb Haaland celebrates decades of Indigenous education: The Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute has educated thousands of Indigenous students in its 50 years of operation.

HUD awarding $9 million to help veterans: Some Native American vets experiencing homelessness will get a federal boost in rental assistance.

Indigenous people in Canada conflicted over death of Queen Elizabeth II: World leaders, royalty expected to attend the queen's funeral Monday at Westminster Abbey.

Indigenous leaders from Canada will attend Queen's funeral: First Nations, Métis and Inuit leaders will join Canadian delegation.

Osage News increases transparency: Indigenous journalism is advancing with Osage News joining hundreds of news partners and digital platforms in The Trust Project.

Former NCAI CEO’s lawsuit to move forward in court: Dante Desiderio, dismissed in June, alleges NCAI officials retaliated for disagreeing over personnel matters.

Chinook citizen tapped to be U.S. ambassador to Eastern Caribbean: Roger Nyhus founded a Seattle-based public relations company, served as communications director for a mayor and governor.

The gift of woodworking: Fond du Lac Ojibwe band citizen Thomas Howes is sharing his talents with his community.

Elder’s legacy continues to grow in Chicago: Susan Kelly Power helped open the first urban Indigenous center in the US nearly 70 years ago.

Canada grieves after ‘horrific’ massacre in Cree community: One suspect found dead but his brother remained at large late Monday.

Victims identified in Canada's stabbing rampage: All but one of the 10 people killed in Sunday's rampage are from the James Smith Cree Nation.

Acclaimed author fights charges in Canada: Criminal charges against Dawn Dumont Walker, citizen of the Okanese First Nation, in Oregon have been put on hold while Canadian charges are pending.

Truth and Reconciliation: A long journey to healing: Truth and Reconciliation Week and National Day of Remembrance is a time to remember and honor those who suffered.

Wounded Knee land comes home at last: Oglala Sioux, Cheyenne River Sioux buy 40 acres at massacre site to preserve as sacred without commercial development.

Judge orders ‘trespassing’ Enbridge to pay Bad River: The mixed ruling indicates the company may also be allowed to continue operating the Line 5 pipeline another five years until a new line is completed off tribal lands.

The Wounded Knee Memorial and cemetery, shown here in a 2018 file photo, marks the site where more than 250 Lakota men, women and children were massacred by U.S. soldiers in 1890 in South Dakota. The memorial land was already owned by the Oglala Sioux Tribe, but the tribal council voted Sept. 7, 2022, to join with the Cheyenne River Sioux to buy the remaining 40-acre parcel of the historic landmark from a non-Native owner. (Photo by Mary Annette Pember/Indian Country Today)
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Indigenous advocates say 'enough' at sacred Yanaguana site: San Antonio officials plan $7.75 million in park improvements, but Indigenous people point to depletion of a sacred spring and other negative impacts of growth.

Chief Marilynn Roberge Malerba sworn in as US treasurer: ‘We must leave footprints on the trail for those who come after us.’

Ponca man named new NCAI executive director: Larry Wright Jr had been serving as interim-CEO for the National Congress of American Indians.

Trailblazer in Montana politics remembered: Family remembers that Gary Niles Kimble was the first Native American in Montana to run for Congress.

How did Alaska Native corporations come about?: 'The guide will be useful in so many ways for so many people for many years to come.'


2022 tribal council elections so far: Tribal citizens head to the polls in 2022.

Rep. Mary Peltola sworn into Congress: She is the first Alaska Native elected to Congress and the first woman to represent Alaska in the House of Representatives.

Why didn’t Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski go the way of Liz Cheney?: ‘Alaska’s new system really saved her bacon.’

ICT’s Indigenous politics, policy newsletter: Welcome to ICT’s first newsletter, IndigiPolitics, dedicated to Indigenous politics and policy.


Villagers taking stock after typhoon hits western Alaska: The storm caused flooding along the state coastline that measures roughly half of the Lower 48.


Cherokee filmmaker debuts tale of survival: ‘The River Woe’ features all-Native cast, First Language speaker.

INDIGENOUS A&E: Cherokee freedmen, a new graphic novel and a Lumbee musician is back in action.

Dakota comic book superhero is back: Spirit Lake Dakota citizen and educator Mark Mindt is re-introducing ‘KODA The Warrior.’

Toronto festival honors Buffy Sainte-Marie with award, film premiere: The international festival also gives ‘shine’ to other Indigenous films.

Buffy Sainte-Marie kicks off Toronto festival with 'Carry It On': New documentary shows legendary musician and activist isn't stopping yet.

Sacheen Littlefeather has no regrets: An apology from the Academy of Motion Pictures recognizes her historic role in bringing change to the film industry.

Navajo anthology receives national award: Before Columbus Foundation named "The Diné Reader: An Anthology of Navajo Literature" a recipient of its American Book Award.

Indigenous contestants vie for Miss America, Miss USA: North Dakota, Minnesota contestants want to raise issues important in tribal communities.

INDIGENOUS A&E: Innovative painter, an electrifying athlete, mascot history.

INDIGENOUS A&E: High fashion, Indian Market stars, monumental sculpture.


Lumbee star has ‘big expectations' for Los Angeles Chargers: Keenan Allen is one of the few Native players in the NFL and his goal is a Super Bowl ring.


GLOBAL INDIGENOUS: Government pardons, environmental concerns and words that matter.

GLOBAL INDIGENOUS: Dragon boats, environmental woes and police misconduct.

GLOBAL INDIGENOUS: Election woes, deforestation and a Spring welcome.

GLOBAL INDIGENOUS: Courts, crowns and conservation


It’s back to school: Find out what to expect this school year. An athletic director in Oklahoma makes history, and Johns Hopkins invests in Indigenous health and policy.

Sovereignty and jurisdiction: An Alaska Native goes to Congress, an Oglala artist takes top honors. Sovereignty and jurisdiction in Oklahoma, and preparations for Orange Shirt Day in Canada.

Native stories in books and movies: New books feature different views of Native life, we meet youth who are making a difference in their communities, and Buffy Sainte-Marie takes the stage.

States address tribe’s need: An overdue apology and an update on voter suppression. Also, states are acting on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives. Meet this year’s Miss Navajo.

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