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Epcot features Seminole artifacts on loan from tribe

The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum deep in the swampy heart of the Florida Everglades is a hidden treasure with artifacts, dioramas, and films about Seminole history. But because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum has been closed since last year.

Taking up the mission, the American Heritage Gallery at the front of the American Adventure Pavilion at Disney’s Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida, has been sharing the Seminole arts story by borrowing objects from Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki.

The current exhibit, “Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art,” represents 40 American Indian tribes and focuses on how ancestral craftsmanship inspires and relates to contemporary art.

Seminole crafts — bandolier bags, sashes, and dolls — have been on display for the park’s millions of annual visitors to see and learn about the original inhabitants of Florida and the southeast. The crafts are being seen by far more people than would ever pass through the Everglades museum, even at the best of times… READ more.

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Indigenous Olympians bring home the medals

A Tokyo Olympics gold medalist wrote a message to herself recently on Facebook.

“Dear Younger Self,” wrote Tyla Nathan-Wong, Ngāpuhi, a member of New Zealand’s gold-medal women’s rugby team. “If only you could believe and see what you have achieved in your lifetime. That dream of making it to the Olympics and winning gold, well that very dream comes true.”

(Related: Indigenous athletes ring up Olympic wins)

She posted a photo collage of herself with her gold medal and another of when she was young, with the Olympic rings behind them.

Nathan-Wong is not the only Indigenous athlete who lived her dreams at the Tokyo Olympics… READ more.

First Nations woman offers redesign of British Columbia flag

The British Columbia flag in Canada is "too plain," Lou-ann Neel said.

The First Nations woman decided to create her own version, according to a Vancouver Sun report. Neel said she doesn't expect the province to adopt her flag and that she did it for fun.

"... I was thinking as a First Nations person I’m here, and I want to see this flag to represent me, in the way I would do it,” she said.

See the flag design below.

IHS awards $25 million

Indian Health Service has awarded 14 tribes and tribal organizations funds to help with their small ambulatory health care facilities.

In total, IHS awarded $25 million ranging from $600,000 to $2 million to facilities in Alaska, California, Montana, Oklahoma, New York, Texas and Oklahoma.

For additional information and to see a full list of facilities, click here.

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Native tapped to lead national parks

For the first time, a Native American may become the director of the National Park Service.

President Joe Biden nominated Charles F. “Chuck” Sams III Wednesday and will be considered by the U.S. Senate. If confirmed, he will be the 19th permanent director of the National Park Service.

Portrait of Charles F. "Chuck" Sams III. (Photo by Ben Lonergan/East Oregonian)

A National Park Service director was last confirmed by the Senate during the Obama Administration... READ more.

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#ICYMI Retracing his ancestor's boarding school escape

When news broke of the mass graves found in Canada at residential schools earlier this year, one young cross country runner in Nevada thought of his own family.

Ku Stevens, Yerington Paiute Tribe, is 17, and a runner. His great grandfather Frank Quinn attended the Stewart Indian School in 1913. Quinn ran away three times.

In the midst of the news, the Nevada high schooler decided to retrace his great-grandfather's escape route, when he fled boarding school back in 1913... READ more.

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