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The Bush Foundation announced the 2022 Bush Fellows earlier this year.

The 24 recipients of the prestigious award were chosen from a group of 468 applicants. Six of the winners are Indigenous.

The Foundation chooses fellows from communities in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography.

Fellows receive up to $100,000 over 12 to 24 months to pursue education and learning experiences that help them develop skills and relationships to foster large-scale change within their communities and region.

Celebrating its 60th year, the organization has supported more than 2,400 people with fellowships in which recipients have the flexibility to define what they need to become more effective and equitable leaders. Fellows can use the funding to pursue education, leadership training, networking and mentorship. READ MORE.Mary Annette Pember, ICT


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A sign on the outskirts of Obaashiing in the northernmost portions of Red Lake Nation states simply, “Home of the Ojibway language.”

At one time, Obaashiing had the largest number of first-language speakers of the Ojibwemowin in Minnesota. But their numbers have dwindled over the decades, and the language was at risk of dying with them, along with traditional knowledge about such things as making birch-bark canoes, crafting snowshoes, skinning rabbits and harvesting Indigenous foods such as wild rice, or manoomin.

Then the nonprofit Manidoo Ogitigaan, or Spirit’s Garden, stepped in a few years ago with the motto, Geyaabi ginzhizhawizin_ji-minwaabanjigaadeg wenjibaayan (Keep working hard for your community), joining a growing effort to preserve the language and traditional knowledge. READ MORE.Dan Ninham, Special to ICT

A Native-owned restaurant is carving a path to modernize Indigenous foods, and they were recognized for it this week as the “Best New Restaurant” from the prestigious James Beard Awards.

Owamni, located in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, is owned by Sean Sherman, Oglala Lakota, and Dana Thompson, lineal descendant of the Wahpeton-Sisseton and Mdewakanton Dakota tribes. Together, they operate the Sioux Chef company which aims on “re-identifying North American Cuisine and reclaiming an important culinary culture long buried and often inaccessible.”

The food is served family-style and offers seasonally-based dishes such as game, fish, birds, insects, corn, beans and wild rice.

Sherman said customers not from Indigenous communities are able to gain perspective on Indigenous culture and the opportunity to try new flavors. Throughout the restaurant are messages like “You are on Native land” and “#LandBack.” READ MORE. Kalle Benallie, ICT

Mary Peltola, a former state lawmaker and one of the few Democrats in a massive field of candidates seeking Alaska's only U.S. House seat, has advanced to an August special election, where she will face former Gov. Sarah Palin, Republican Nick Begich and independent Al Gross.

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The four emerged from a field of 48 candidates in a special primary for the seat left vacant by the March death of longtime Republican Rep. Don Young. Peltola, Yup'ik, from the rural city of Bethel, was one of just six Democrats in the race.

She advanced as state elections officials announced more results Friday. Vote counts also were conducted last Saturday and Wednesday.

Peltola, who was recovering from COVID-19, said Thursday she didn't want to “jinx” her chances but felt good about her campaign and was encouraged and pleased. READ MORE. Associated Press

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ALONG BAYOU POINTE-AU-CHIEN, La. — Driving through her village along the southeastern Louisiana bayou, tribal official Cherie Matherne points out remnants of house after house — including her own — wrecked nine months ago when Hurricane Ida roared through the Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe community.

Trailers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and travel campers sit next to pilings that elevated homes 14 feet off the ground to protect them from flooding. But the wind got them this time. For hours, the Category 4 hurricane tore off roofs and siding, ripped out insulation and scattered treasured belongings.

“It’s going to take years before people can get back to their lives. The majority of people are still at a standstill,” said Matherne, the tribe’s cultural heritage and resiliency coordinator. READ MORE.Associated Press

The owners of a Rapid City hotel are facing a lawsuit over a social media post by one of them that promised to ban Native Americans from the property.

The lawsuit comes from a shareholder who happens to be a relative of the family that owns the Gateway Hotel.

Judson Uhre recently filed a lawsuit in Pennington County against his mother, Connie Uhre, and his brothers, Nick and Chad Uhre, as well as the company that operates the hotel, Retsel Corporation.

Judson is alleging a breach of fiduciary duty, shareholder oppression and interference in the hotel’s operation, the Rapid City Journal reported.

Connie Uhre, Retsel’s president, garnered widespread attention last spring when she said on social media that she would no longer allow American Indians on the property following a fatal shooting at the hotel involving two teenagers which police said were Native American. — Associated Press


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