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Happy December! A lot of news out there. Thanks for stopping by Indian Country Today’s digital platform.

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Water protectors from all over Turtle Island converged six years ago at the center of the unceded territories of Standing Rock Sioux land as outlined in the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851. The Dakota Access Pipeline was slated to traverse the lands near the Missouri River and go through sacred burial grounds along the area in Cannonball, North Dakota.

As tensions between the water protectors and North Dakota authorities grew, Nataanii Means stood at the front lines of the action, with an independent film production company at the center of the action, and Nataanii interacted with the National Guard and local law enforcement. As the tensions hit their peak, Nataanii was pulled into the center of the scuffle.

Oglala Lakota, Omaha and Navajo hip-hop artist Nataanii Means at a performance at Norfolk State University. (Photo Vincent Schilling, Indian Country Today)

He was shot with rubber bullets and, according to Nataanii, when he was off-camera, “They beat the hell out of me. They completely bloodied my face,” Nataanii told Indian Country Today. READ MORE. Vincent Schilling, Indian Country Today


By almost every measure it's an amazing year here at Indian Country Today and IndiJ Public Media. We set an annual budget estimating bringing in $200,000 from individuals. We thought it was a stretch goal and wondered if it was even possible.

We had no idea. This year we are going to exceed that $200,000 — and by a lot. The final tally will be in the 300s.

Our November fundraising month was a good example of “the why.”

Our goal for the 40th anniversary was a rounded, $40,000. A few days ago we were worried about reaching even that. On the night of our video fundraiser we raised about $4,000 — only 10 percent of the goal. But day by day (and with a last minute push) we made our goal. READ MORE. — Indian Country Today

Coverage around the world on Indigenous issues for Nov. 22-28, 2021.

News from around the world: The New Zealand Indigenous foreign minister hits back at a racial attack, the first Indigenous police officer in Australia is celebrated, six Indigenous Greenlanders seek compensation from Denmark, more than 100 Indigenous people run for political offices in New South Wales and the Ogiek people of Kenya work with the government to restore the forest. READ MORE.Deusdedit Ruhangariyo, special to Indian Country Today

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Illinois honored three individuals in November.

Lawrence Baca, Pawnee Nation, Delina White, Leech Lake Ojibwe, and Cheryl Crazy Bull, Sicangu Lakota, were recognized for their contributions to "Native American society, culture, and history," according to a news release.

Baca is an expert in federal Indian Law and served in the U.S. Department of Justice. White is a Native apparel designer and founder of IamAnishinaabe. Crazy Bull is the CEO and president of the American Indian College Fund.

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The best Native high school football players will gather in Minneapolis for the annual 'Indigenous Bowl.' More on the 50th anniversary of ANCSA, and an update on what's happening in Washington.

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Jill Biden, wife of President Joe Biden, and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland will visit the Cherokee Immersion School on Friday to highlight Native language preservation.

Biden is scheduled to visit a children’s vaccination clinic in Philadelphia prior to her Oklahoma stop.


Seven new Tribal Historic Preservation agreements were signed with tribes in seven states, according to the National Park Service.

“The National Park Service takes our responsibilities to tribes seriously,” said NPS Deputy Director Shawn Benge in a statement. “I know that developing a tribal historic preservation plan takes a lot of work and coordination and I am pleased to welcome the new Tribal Historic Preservation Offices into the federal preservation community.”

Here are the seven tribes:
Cowlitz Indian Tribe, Washington
Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, Texas
Southern Ute Indian Tribe of the Southern Ute Reservation, Colorado
Resighini Rancheria, California
Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, Utah
Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico
Moapa Band of Paiute Indians of the Moapa River Indian Reservation, Nevada

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