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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.
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
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.
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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.
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.
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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Other top stories:
- Tourism in Hawai’i: ‘People are fed up’: Crowds of tourists are back in Hawai’i, leaving some to question what the future of tourism looks like to accommodate the needs of residents.
- Preserving their way of life: Pacific Northwest tribal nations gathered at Salmon and Orca Summit call for actions.
- Meet the first Native Daytime youth Emmy nominee: He says the nomination has "blown his mind."
- ‘Now they’re home’: Sicangu bring 9 children home from Carlisle boarding school more than 100 years after they were forced from their families.
- Watch: Conference Indians are back! We’ll see what’s on the agenda for the Res Economic Summit and the National Indian Gaming Association.
What we’re reading:
- Caltech says it regrets drilling holes in sacred Native American petroglyph site.
- The girl that the Indian Child Welfare Act could have saved.
- Actor voices new character based on her own Nakoda background in Ubisoft video game.
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