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TV Guide names three Native programs in Top 100 Best Shows
This week proves another milestone for Native representation on television as TV Guide announced its selection for “The 100 Best Shows on TV Right Now.”
TV Guide recognized the talent of both Native writers and Native actors in naming FX/HULU Network’s “Reservation Dogs” at number 40 and Peacock TV’s “Rutherford Falls” at 51.
Paramount Network’s “Yellowstone” came in at 83.
And just an FYI to Indian Country, the much loved Grogu (aka Baby Yoda) also grabbed the attention of TV Guide with a number 38 ranking for “The Mandalorian” on Disney Plus… READ more.
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US energy secretary meets with Navajo Nation in New Mexico
NENAHNEZAD, N.M. (AP) - U.S Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm met with Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and other tribal leaders Thursday at a power plant in northwest New Mexico Thursday to discuss renewable energy initiatives, including a solar project and energy storage system.
Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez, D-N.M., and U.S. Office of Indian Energy Director Wahleah Johns joined the meeting at the Four Corners Power Plant in Nenahnezad near Farmington about 15 miles south of the Colorado line.
Granholm said in a statement it "was great" to meet President Nez and the Navajo Nation's cabinet "to discuss opportunities to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy."
The region is preparing for the closure in the coming years of two major coal-fired power plants and the mines that feed them.
Nez said Thursday's discussion focused on ongoing development of the Bisti Solar Project in Huerfano, which could produce as much as 100 megawatts of solar energy, and a 100-megawatt battery energy storage system.
"Renewable energy is the future of the Navajo Nation," Nez said in a statement. "We are pleased to share that vision with Secretary Granholm, the Biden-Harris Administration and the state of New Mexico."
Little League softball champs
A little league softball team hailing from Muskogee, Oklahoma and consisting of 80 percent Native players brought home the 2021 Little League Softball World Series championship, a first for the state.
A number of tribes were represented on the squad, including Choctaw, Muscogee Nation, Kiowa and Cherokee.
Oklahoma beat the team from Virginia 9-1 on August 18 to bring home the crown. The tournament was hosted in Greenville, North Carolina.
Game highlights show Virginia taking a 1-0 lead at the top of the 2nd inning on a throwing error. Although, it didn’t take long for Oklahoma to answer back.
They stormed back with 5 runs in the bottom of the second, adding three runs in the 3rd and the last run coming in the bottom of the 4th.
Shortstop Taylan Starr, Muscogee, had four hits and three runs-batted-in, in the win.
Indian Country is on fire
Things are heating up all over the world. What does climate change mean for Indigenous people? Plus, tribal nations across the country are looking at what it means to be a citizen.
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Judge throws out Trump-era approvals for Alaska oil project
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday threw out Trump administration approvals for a large planned oil project on Alaska’s North Slope, saying the federal review was flawed and didn’t include mitigation measures for polar bears.
U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason in Anchorage vacated permits for ConocoPhillips’ Willow Project in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska in a 110-page ruling.
The Trump administration approved the project in late 2020, and the Biden administration defended the project in court... READ more.
#NativeNerd: The Suicide Squad, Titans, Jolt, What If and Spin
This week I am reviewing the latest DC epic anti-hero blockbuster, “The Suicide Squad,” by James Gunn, the teen hero DC series “Titans”— also on HBO Max — which is three episodes into its third season, Amazon Prime’s “Jolt” with the actress most-arguably known for her roles in the vampire “Underworld” universe, Kate Beckinsale, the newest Marvel animated series “What If…” and an incredibly adorable and heartwarming tribute to Indian American culture on the Disney channel starring Avantika as a young Indian American teen striving to find her artistic and musical side in “Spin.”
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#ICYMI: Fish flown in after Yukon salmon plummet
Yukon River chum salmon, which make up 70 percent of the subsistence harvest in the region, didn’t turn up this year. Neighbors are helping out but people worry about hunger in the coming winter.
It’s as if emergency food supplies had to be delivered — beef to Oklahoma, wheat to North Dakota, or apples to Washington state — due to a sudden plunge in harvest levels after thousands of years of plenty. And no one knows why the crops or animal populations failed.
“It's devastating. And it's scary,” said Executive Director Serena Fitka, Yup'ik, of the Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association. “Because we don't know what is going on with this fish. Why isn't it coming back?” The association serves 42 Alaska communities on the Yukon River... READ more.
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Other top stories:
- Tribes canceling events in response to COVID-19 uptick: Unlike the hands off approach of the Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, the state’s tribes are taking steps to protect their citizens.
- Lawmaker calls for probe of capture, resale of wild horses: Sen. Dianne Feinstein urged Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to investigate.
- COVID’s impact on Native markets: The Southwest Association for Indian Arts' annual market is back, but with pandemic restrictions. The pandemic has affected the public’s access to the Santa Fe Indian Market, as well as how many artists can participate.
- A wildfire hits home: For the Klamath Tribes, the damage wrought by the Bootleg Fire is deeply personal.
- Update on court cases affecting Indian Country: Enbridge lawsuit countering order to shut down Line 5 delayed again; Court rules ‘rights of nature’ case can move forward.
What we’re reading:
- Why the jump in the Native American population may be one of the hardest to explain.
- Despite COVID, rain and tragedy, Crow Fair returns in 2021.
- Jonathan Windy Boy dances his way into the hall of fame.
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