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One of Indian Country's favorite shows won an award on Monday.

"Reservation Dogs” was named Breakthrough series - Under 40 minutes at the annual Gotham Awards. The popular show, created by Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi, announced a second season earlier this year.

Gotham, formerly IFP, held its 31st annual awards on Monday. The event had 12 award categories. "Reservation Dogs" beat out "Blindspotting," "Hacks," "Run the World," and "We Are Lady Parts."

Actress Devery Jacobs was nominated for outstanding performance for her role in "Reservation Dogs." "Rutherford Falls" star Michael Greyeyes was also nominated.

(Related: Director Sterlin Harjo talks ‘Reservation Dogs’)

In September, Harjo and the cast of "Reservation Dogs" presented at the 73rd Emmy Awards.


When a string of Yup'ik elders from St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, all received the same cancer diagnoses, officials initially shrugged it off as a bizarre medical mystery. But not long after, a different village reported an increase in unusual cancer symptoms as well. Then another case struck. Hours away in Unalakleet, several locals were diagnosed with Parkinsons, a rare disease for Alaska Native populations.

It was becoming clear that these grim trends weren’t a coincidence. Upon further investigation, all three villages had unknowingly been consuming contaminated drinking water and food.

“Emotionally, it cuts you to the core,” said Delbert Rexford, Inupiaq, president and CEO of Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation, the village corporation for Utqiagvik, the nation’s northernmost community. “My cousins, my aunts and uncles have been a part of that.” READ MORE.Meghan Sullivan, Indian Country Today

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer abandoned a federal lawsuit Tuesday aimed at shutting down an oil pipeline that runs through part of the Great Lakes but said the state would continue pursuing a separate case with the same goal.

Whitmer’s legal maneuver followed a federal judge’s decision earlier this month to retain jurisdiction over the suit brought by Enbridge Energy after the state revoked an easement allowing Line 5 to cross the Straits of Mackinac.

It further complicates a lengthy dispute over the 68-year-old pipeline, raising the possibility of simultaneous federal and state court cases alongside political negotiations involving Michigan, the Biden administration and the Canadian government. READ MORE.Mary Annette Pember, Indian Country Today

Native American Heritage Month, a White House Tribal Summit, Rock Your Mocs, a global climate conference and more. November was nothing short of busy.

Catch up on the stories that made headlines this last month. — Indian Country Today

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An Indigenous Tiktoker is using his two-spirit and Native identity to uplift Indigenous voices. Plus, we see the sights, sounds and tastes of a new Indigenous-owned restaurant in the Bay Area

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Looking to shop from Indigenous artists and small businesses this holiday season? Here’s a guide to where you can find these products online.

Want your online Indigenous shop to be added to our growing list? Send a quick note and link to the website to to be considered.

Also, consider buying something from local artists, your auntie’s food stand or small businesses on social media. READ MORE. — Indian Country Today


Fifty years ago the United States made a dramatic policy u-turn. Candidates running to lead the Colville Confederated Tribes ran on a platform rejecting termination as federal policy. They won. And Congress listened. By 1972 new legislation was enacted to restore a terminated tribe, the Menominee of Wisconsin.

This was major news for the Menominee and for Indian Country, but you would be hard pressed to find this story in most newspapers or television newscasts.

Then there will be a lot of 50-year anniversary stories next year because so many things happened in 1972.

Let me throw out this trivia question: What presidential candidate in 1972 called for an American Indian to lead the Interior Department? READ MORE.Indian Country Today

YELAMU, OHLONE LANDS, California — Thursday was a day of solidarity.

Indigenous people and allies spent their morning on Alcatraz Island off the mainland. This gathering has been the norm for decades on a day the federal government deems a holiday and millions of U.S. citizens commemorate it with a baked bird and all the fixings.

Not here.

For a handful of hours, the word “Thanksgiving” was barely mentioned and usually only during its destructive context to Indigenous people. Instead, Thursday’s sunrise gathering started at 5:30 a.m. on the famous island, with a bustling San Francisco downtown as a backdrop, and was a designated space for prayer, dance and song. Arvol Looking Horse, a Lakota spiritual leader, was a featured guest. READ MORE.Dalton Walker, Indian Country Today

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