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NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 is finally on board the International Space Station.

Dragon commander Nicole Mann was the first of the crew to float through the hatch with a big smile. Once again, she is breaking the glass ceiling to be the first Indigenous woman to live and stay on the space station.

All crew members gave hugs all around and held huge smiles on their faces. There are now 11 crew members on board.

During the welcome ceremony, Mann gave a shout out to her family.

“It’s incredible to be in space! Mom, look! I’m finally in space,” Mann said with the crew laughing after. “It’s been such a pleasure training with this amazing crew and we’re looking forward to getting to work here on Expedition 68. We’ve had a chance to thank a lot of people in the past day and a half or so that we’ve been flying. But I don’t know if I had a chance to thank my husband and son. Thank you, guys, so much. I love you. And mom and dad, and my sister Kirsten, thank you!” And blew a kiss to them. READ MOREJourdan Bennett-Begaye, ICT

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Indigenous peoples are celebrating hard after three years of virtual gatherings.

From the east coast to the majestic mountains in Alaska, there’s a celebration at every corner in the list of events ICT collected from across the country. Of course, some remain virtual and others are in-person again since the pandemic made it difficult to gather for large events.

On Friday, Oct. 7, President Joe Biden issued a proclamation recognizing Oct. 10 as Indigenous Peoples' Day.

"On Indigenous Peoples' Day, we honor the sovereignty, resilience, and immense contributions that Native Americans have made to the world," the proclamation reads.

It goes on to say, "Native peoples challenge us to confront our past and do better, and their contributions to scholarship, law, the arts, public service, and more continue to guide us forward." READ MOREICT

DENVER — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced an expansion Wednesday of a National Park Service historical site dedicated to the massacre by U.S. troops of more than 200 Native Americans in what is now southeastern Colorado.

Haaland, the first Native to lead a U.S. Cabinet agency, made the announcement during a solemn ceremony at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historical Site about 170 miles southeast of Denver to honor the dead, survivors and their descendants.

The move marks the latest step taken by Haaland, Laguna Pueblo, to act on issues important to Native people in her role as Interior Secretary. Haaland's “Tribal Homelands Initiative” supports fundraising to buy land and requires federal managers to seek out Indigenous knowledge about resources.

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Haaland’s selection to lead the federal agency that has wielded influence over the nation’s tribes for nearly two centuries was hailed as historic by Democrats and tribal groups who said it meant that Indigenous people would for the first time see a Native lead the powerful department where decisions on relations with the nearly 600 federally recognized tribes are made. READ MOREAssociated Press

Gravel crunches underfoot as Ku Stevens glides across the Nevada desert. The muted brown tones of sagebrush-covered hills behind his family’s home turn gold, illuminated by the rising sun. Ku runs the same trail his great-grandfather did as a child, for a different reason. His great-grandfather ran to survive. Ku runs to remember.

Kutoven “Ku” Stevens, an 18-year-old Yerington Paiute tribal citizen, has always been told his legs would take him places. Running is in his DNA. At the age of 8, Ku’s great-grandfather, Frank “Togo” Quinn, used his own legs to escape the Stewart Indian School in Carson City, Nevada. The young boy ran 50 miles through the Nevada desert, finding the way back to the Yerington Paiute Reservation by memory alone.

Quinn ran that journey on three separate occasions before government agents gave up and let him stay home. Had he not run away when he did, Ku might not be here.

A report released in May by the U.S. Department of the Interior found “rampant physical, sexual, and emotional abuse” at the 408 boarding schools run by the government between 1819 and 1969. The investigation found burial sites at 53 schools so far — a number that is expected to rise. READ MOREJarrette Werk, Underscore News/Report for America

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In January, Navajo leader Peterson Zah received a lifetime achievement award from the Grand Canyon Trust. From 1982 to 1987, Zah served as the chairman of the Navajo Nation. He then became its first president in 1990. President Zah reflected on his work from his home in Window Rock, Arizona.

Native Americans make up just a fraction of the Rapid City’s population — but more than half the jail population. A circle of elders is playing a direct role in trying to change that. Stewart Huntington has more.

Mycoplasma bovis is common in cattle, but rarely deadly. For buffalo, it’s taking a toll. In March, the New York Times reported on Fred Dubray’s bison herd — and this disease that has no cure. Fred has been ranching on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota for 30 years. Take a look at this interview from April.

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In August, Jayli Fimbres was gliding down the runway at the Lauren Good Day fashion show in Santa Fe wearing a brightly patterned dress alongside some of the top models and actors in Indian Country.

A day later she was featured on the Vogue magazine website.

Nearly a month later, she entered a different kind of spotlight in the boxing ring for her debut fight at the Four Bears Casino and Lodge in New Town, North Dakota.

“I’ll be making my professional boxing debut,” Fimbres, of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, told ICT before the fight. “It’ll be a debut on MHA nation soil, the place I call home. This is a dream that has come to fruition. I’ve envisioned this day countless times and I’m eager to see my vision become a reality.” READ MORESandra Hale Schulman, Special to ICT

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