A lot of news out there, especially with the recent discovery of 751 unmarked graves at another residential school in Canada (more below). If you are feeling triggered, here is a resource list for trauma responses from the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition in the US. The National Indian Residential School Crisis Hotline in Canada can be reached at 1-866-925-4419. If you're in Treaty 4 territory, call 306-522-7494. Take care of yourself.
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The latest out of Canada: 751 unmarked graves is ‘a wake up call’
Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan says it discovered 751 unmarked graves at the site of the former Marieval Indian Residential School in a press conference Thursday. The discovery follows last month's report of 215 graves at another school.
They are currently treating the area as a "crime scene,” Cowessess Chief Cadmus Delorme said.
The graves were found using ground-penetrating radar which resulted in 751 “hits,″ indicating that at least 600 bodies were buried in the area, Delorme said. The radar operators said their results could have a margin of error of 10 percent… READ more.
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'A lot of money moving really fast'
Nearly $2 trillion is being injected into the economy to help with pandemic recovery.
“There's a lot of money moving really fast and it's hard to keep track of it all. But, just to do a real quick recap, the American Relief Plan Act passed about $1.9 trillion. Out of that $1.9 trillion, about $32.2 billion is set aside and that's dedicated funding for tribes or broadly Indian country,” said attorney Burton Warrington, who is Menominee, HoChunk, and Prairie Band Potawatomi. He was previously with the office of the Interior assistant secretary of Indian affairs and now president of Indian Ave, an investment firm.
Panelists said the funds will go to hundreds of programs and nearly every federal agency, and from there to institutions and individuals. Agencies are setting varying deadlines to apply for funds. Treasury direct funds have a 2024 deadline to get the money committed… READ more.
Paiute youth runner to retrace great-grandfather's escape from boarding school
Ku Stevens is a runner.
The Paiute citizen is getting read to retrace his great-grandfather's escape from the Stewart Indian School in Nevada decades ago.
Stevens' relative ran 50 miles to get back to his family on the Yerington Paiute reservation when he was only 8-years-old, according to a report in the Reno Gazette Journal.
"The Remembrance Run" is inspired by the remains of 215 children found in British Columbia last month at a residential school.
The run will beheld the weekend of Aug. 14... READ more.
Cherokee leader meets with Joe Biden
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin met with President Joe Biden earlier this month during Biden's visit to Oklahoma to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre.
The Cherokee Phoenix documented the meeting...READ more.
Phoenix Indian Center announces leadership winners
The Phoenix Indian Center announced the 2021 Arizona American Indian Excellence in Leadership Awards recipients earlier this month. For nearly 40 years the center has recognized individuals for their impact in Arizona.
James RindingIn, Pawnee, received the Kent C. Ware Lifetime Achievement award and Barbara Poley, Laguna Pueblo and Hopi, received the Phyllis J Bigpond Lifetime Achievement award.
To see the full list of winners, click here.
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Other top stories:
- Alaska fish plant pivots due to dismal outlook: With commercial fishing becoming a less reliable venture, one fishing enterprise is hoping to find stability by turning to veggies.
- National park visitors – and money – are coming back: 'We’re doing very well, we’re recovering, and there’s a lot of confidence.'
- Children ‘happy’ to return to summer camp: The “traditional teachings” summer camp in Albuquerque centers activities around perpetuating Pueblo culture.
- China, Canada spar over human rights failings: Chinese envoy Jiang Duan inveighed against Canada’s past mistreatment of Indigenous peoples.
- Watch: NCAI conference is already heating up: The new director of the largest Native American association joins us.
What we’re reading:
- Ensuring safe drinking water for California’s Native American communities.
- SFU paleontologist honours Indigenous culture through collaboration.
- COVID ‘knocked the wind out of’ Navajo Nation, its colleges. Here’s how they’re recovering.
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