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Analysis: Canada, US differ on boarding schools

Comparing the histories of Indian residential schools in Canada with Indian boarding schools in the U.S. is almost like comparing apples with oranges. A true comparison is nearly impossible since so little data on the schools and children in the U.S. are available.

In the U.S., there is no comprehensive index to records created by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Numbers aren’t the only differences in the Canadian and U.S. boarding schools.

Although information about the number of schools and children who attended in the U.S. is limited, Indian Country Today found important comparisons between the two countries’ federal policies regarding boarding and residential school systems... READ more.

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PolyMet air permit case sent back to agency

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northern Minnesota encountered a setback Monday when the state Court of Appeals ordered regulators to revisit a critical air emissions permit given to the project.

The court ruled that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency hadn't sufficiently justified granting the permit after opponents raised allegations that PolyMet was planning a much larger mine.

A former iron ore processing plant near Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota, shown here on Feb. 10, 2016, would become part of a proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. The Fond du Lac Band is fighting the mine in court, saying it would pollute the waterways. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Environmental groups and a tribe pointed to a report that PolyMet filed with Canadian regulators that suggested PolyMet was considering expanding the mine to four times the size that the air permit would allow... READ more.

Treatment of tribes varies at the US-Canadian border

Canada and the United States closed their border to non-essential travel in March 2020 and have renewed the restrictions monthly ever since, most recently on July 5.

We'll look at the varying border-crossing requirements for the Akwesasne people of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Reservation in New York, the Red Lake Band of Chippewa in Minnesota, the Sinixt people of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Washington state, and people who wish to drive through Canada to Alaska.

COVID-related per capita deaths in the United States are 2.5 times the rate in Canada, and Canadian requirements are more restrictive than on the U.S. side… READ more.

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Commission meeting to review controversial state seal, flag

BOSTON (AP) — A state commission tasked with reviewing and suggesting changes to Massachusetts’ seal and motto, which includes a controversial depiction of a Native American man, is meeting for the first time.

The 19-member Special Commission Relative to the Seal and Motto of the Commonwealth is gathering virtually Monday.

The commission was created by lawmakers in 2020 law to investigate features of the official seal and motto that “may be unwittingly harmful” and recommend design changes.

Members of the commission include Massachusetts tribe members as well as representatives for the state commission on Indian affairs, the state historical commission and the state cultural council, among other agencies.

Native American groups have long criticized the state seal as a “symbol of white supremacy” because it references the defeat of local tribes at the hands of English colonists during their bloody battles centuries ago.

The emblem depicts a Native American man, a colonist’s arm brandishing a sword, and a Latin phrase that reads, in part, “By the sword we seek peace.”

NABI crowns champions

The week-long Native American Basketball Invitation wrapped up Saturday with two great championship games.

New Mexico Elite and Young Guns captured the girls’ and boys’ championship, respectively.

New Mexico Elite beat Native Soldiers and Young Gun beat Oklahoma Runners. Both winners avenged earlier tournament losses.

Games were held at Camelback High School in Phoenix. Winners got more than a trophy. They attended game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks.

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Navajo Nation revives horse ride for new council session

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - The Navajo Nation Council is commencing its summer session with a return to tradition.

Tribal officials marked the beginning of the session Monday with a horse ride to the council chamber in Window Rock, Arizona, the Farmington Daily Times reported.

The horse ride was canceled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The ride's participants typically would travel to various chapters before arriving at the session. The event honors how previous tribal leaders would go to the Navajo Nation's capital.

Delegate Mark Freeland said he rode alongside more than two dozen others.

Still, some delegates chose to attend the session by telephone.

Hard hit by the pandemic with more than 31,000 known cases, the Navajo Nation is seeing cases going down. But leaders are continuing to urge mask wearing and vaccinations.

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Healing with horses and voices

A Lakota rancher made the healing power of horses his life’s work.

Jon Eagle Sr. has made it his life’s work to bring healing through horses. “Becoming one with the spirit of the Horse” is the business Jon and his family started for breeding and equine therapy… READ more.

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