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Less than a day after season 1 of "Reservation Dogs" ended, the writers are back at it.
Season 2 of the popular TV show was green lit earlier this year.
Writer Tazbah Rose Chavez posted on Instagram Tuesday a photo of the writers meeting virtually. The post had more than 1,300 likes. The photo included creator Sterlin Harjo, amongst the talent.
Deadline reported on Tuesday that actor Devery Jacobs, the character Elora Danan in the show, is joining the all Indigenous writers room too for the new season.
On Sunday, the stars of the show, including Jacobs and Harjo, presented at the 73rd Emmy Awards.
"We are here on television's biggest night as creators and actors, proud to be Indigenous people working in Hollywood, representing the first people to walk upon this continent, and we are really happy to be here,” Harjo said at the award show.
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The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Tuesday lifted stays in two cases it overturned based on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the state has no jurisdiction over crimes committed on tribal lands by non-Natives against Native people.
The court lifted stays of its previous reversals of the murder conviction of Shawn McDaniel and the child neglect conviction of Victor Castro-Huerta.
The ruling comes after state Attorney General John O’Connor filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme appealing the state court’s decision that Oklahoma did not have concurrent jurisdiction in Castro-Huerta’s case.
O’Connor argued the state has concurrent jurisdiction in cases in which the crime was committed by someone who is not Native American, although the victim is a member of Cherokee Nation, according to The Oklahoman.
The state court has repeatedly rejected the argument by both O’Connor and former state Attorney General Mike Hunter that Oklahoma has jurisdiction over crimes committed on tribal lands if the suspect is not Native American.
The court cited what is known as the McGirt decision, in which the Supreme Court ruled that Oklahoma lacks authority over crimes committed on tribal reservations in which the defendants or the victims are tribal citizens. — The Associated Press
Six tribes sued Wisconsin on Tuesday to try to stop its planned gray wolf hunt in November, asserting that the hunt violates their treaty rights and endangers an animal they consider sacred.
The Chippewa tribes say treaties give them rights to half of the wolf quota in territory they ceded to the United States in the mid-1800s. But rather than hunt wolves, the tribes want to protect them.
The tribal lawsuit comes three weeks after a coalition of wildlife advocacy groups sued to stop Wisconsin’s wolf hunt this fall and void a state law mandating annual hunts, arguing that the statutes don’t give wildlife managers any leeway to consider population estimates... READ more. — The Associated Press
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DURANGO, Colo. — Ernest House Jr. pulled the plaque off one of the stone columns beneath the clock tower at the heart of Fort Lewis College, one of three panels that for the last two decades have offered an inaccurate portrayal of federal Indian boarding schools.
The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe citizen understood that sometimes a wound must be opened to begin to heal. And so in a recent ceremony on the southern Colorado campus, the scars of history were laid bare beneath the clock tower.
Afterward, stone remnants were the only traces left of three informational plaques that had adorned the base of the Durango college’s clock tower since 2000. A dozen panels lined the tower’s walk-thru base, bearing pictures and text illustrating the institution’s journey to becoming a college that serves a large Native population, thanks to a tuition waiver for students from federally recognized tribes or Alaska Native villages... READ more. — The Associated Press
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa — American Samoa, a U.S. territory in the Pacific, reported its first case of coronavirus on Friday.
The territory’s acting governor, Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo Ale, and health officials said the islands’ first case of COVID-19 was in a resident who returned to American Samoa from a trip to the U.S. mainland and Hawaii earlier this week.
The infected traveler flew in on Monday, the first day of newly resumed commercial flights from Honolulu to Pago Pago. The route had been suspended since March 2020 because of the pandemic.
There were a few positive coronavirus cases associated with cargo ships that had docked in American Samoa last year. But the crews were never allowed to leave the vessels, and officials didn’t include the isolated infections in their overall count.
American Samoa Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga was among the passengers on the Monday flight from Hawaii and is now in quarantine.
Officials said the sick resident was fully vaccinated and had tested negative for COVID-19 before boarding the flight back to American Samoa.
American Samoa requires all travelers to be vaccinated and to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. Three tests are required before the flight to the islands, and post-travel tests are also being offered. The infected person was among about 260 other passengers on the flight.
Health officials are contact tracing, and all other passengers from the flight are in quarantine for 10 days. — The Associated Press
Cheyenne Tribal Police Chief Lolo Long’s niece, Jayla, star of the Lame Deer Lady Stars High School basketball team, is in danger. The girl has been getting credible death threats, so Long asks her friend, Absaroka County Sheriff Walt Longmire, to help her find out who is responsible.
What makes the case especially ominous is that Jayla’s older sister, Jeanie, disappeared months ago. Longmire figures the disappearance and the threats are probably related. With the help of his pal Henry Standing Bear, he sets out to discover what happened to Jeanie while trying to keep Jayla safe at the same time.
So begins “Daughter of the Morning Star,” Craig Johnson’s 17th novel featuring Longmire. This time, the author uses the mystery genre to raise awareness about violence against Native American women, half of whom are reported to have been victims of sexual violence and who are murdered at ten times the national average.
As usual with this series, the characters are well drawn and the suspenseful plot takes some surprising twists. However, the author’s prose, which is usually first-rate, falters when he writes about basketball. In the acknowledgements, he credits a high school basketball coach with helping him understand the game, but the descriptions of practices and tournament games are clumsy and sometimes hard to follow. — The Associated Press
Indian Country reveled in the fact the Indigenous presenters would be coming to the stage to present a category for the EMMY’s as well as represent Native inclusion on Sunday.
“Reservation Dogs” co-executive producer and director Sterlin Harjo, Seminole and Muscogee, made it to the 73rd Emmy Awards stage alongside D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai (who plays Bear Smallhill), Devery Jacobs (Elora Danan), Paulina Alexis (Willie Jack), and Lane Factor (who portrays the character Cheese).
Before the crew presented the Emmy for “Outstanding Directing in a Limited Series,” they expressed some sentiments that left the room and Indigenous people everywhere rejoicing and crying happy tears... READ more. — Vincent Schilling, Indian Country Today
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- High expectations for early marijuana sales: The Saint Regis Mohawk Indian Tribe in New York is already taking applications for tribal licenses for cannabis businesses.
- Deb Haaland signs Montana tribes water rights compact: 'Our elders continually remind us to protect our water, and this day marks the beginning of the water compact implementation that will protect the water for all generations to come.'
- Natives aim to boost voting power in New Mexico: 'Through the proposed boundary changes, we worked hard to maintain tribal voting power ... '
- Watch: AISES conference: 'Together towards tomorrow': The American Indian Science and Engineering Society kicks off its national conference Thursday. We hear from leaders in the organization.
- Indigenous students say flying Haudenosaunee flag is a step in the right direction.
- 'Our tribe elects me to represent them and it’s deeply gratifying work.'
- Tony Hillerman mystery thriller to film on Navajo.
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