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Big Washington NFL Team news
The Washington Football Team is moving on from any connection to a Native-themed mascot, according to an announcement Monday. The announcement comes nearly one year to the day of retiring the previous racist Native-themed mascot.
No, a new name was not selected but team president Jason Wright wrote in a blog post on the team’s official website that a short list of team names remain, and the new name and team logo will not have any linkage to Native imagery or iconography.
Amanda Blackhorse, Diné, and Suzan Shown Harjo, Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee, have long been on the front lines fighting Native-themed mascots and specifically the Washington Football team.
Harjo said it is never too late to do the right thing, although this is “way late.”
Both women believe the team could have saved a lot of people, a lot of time had they made this decision years or even decades ago… READ more.
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Navajo Nation’s largest casino prepares to reopen to public
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation’s largest casino is preparing to reopen for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began.
The Twin Arrows Resort Casino east of Flagstaff has been closed since March 2020. Officials had scheduled a Saturday job fair ahead of the planned Monday reopening.
Tribal President Jonathan Nez recently signed legislation that allows visitors to travel on the reservation and visit popular attractions like Canyon de Chelly and Monument Valley. The action paved the way for Twin Arrows to reopen.
The casino will have limited hours and a 50 percent occupancy level to start. Casino and hotel patrons will be required to wear masks and have their temperatures checked. Smoking won’t be allowed inside, and the buffet won’t be open.
The number of newly reported coronavirus cases on the reservation has remained relatively low. Still, tribal leaders have urged residents of the reservation that stretches into New Mexico, Arizona and Utah to be cautious, wear masks and get vaccinated.
Ngarigo woman wins Wimbledon
Everything came so easily for Ash Barty at the start of the Wimbledon final. Hard to believe one player would grab the first 14 points of a major championship match.
Still, Barty used that perfect start and a strong-enough finish to get the job done, holding off Karolina Pliskova's comeback bid to win 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3 at the All England Club on Saturday for her second Grand Slam title.
Barty, an Ngarigo woman, is the second Indigenous woman from Australia to win Wimbleton since Evonne Goolagong, Wiradjuri first won the Venus Rosewater Dish at Wimbleton 50 years ago... READ more.
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Paradigm shift: Tribe is now an owner of the power grid
A news release includes some almost hidden news. The lede: “Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, has completed its West of Devers transmission lines.” The company said the deal was important because it added more power, renewable and battery energy storage to serve Southern California.
And, as Kevin Payne, the utility’s president put it, the new lines will make it easier to distribute “energy resources like rooftop solar and battery energy storage” and “will contribute to decarbonizing our electric infrastructure, large-scale generation and reliable delivery of renewable energy will be vital to achieving California’s ambitious climate goals.”
OK so far. Reading further down it’s clear that a tribe is involved with the project. This is where the story gets interesting... READ more.
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Other top stories:
- New parks podcast shares Indigenous voices: America's Parks co-creators urge visitors to educate themselves about and acknowledge the Indigenous tribes whose ties to these sacred spaces span millennia.
- Harvesting sacred cedar: Puyallup tribal citizens returned to their ancestral lands for the first time in years to harvest sacred cedar bark.
- Enduring trauma: “If you ask, was that voluntary, I would ask you, is it voluntary when there isn’t any other option?”
- Cherokee basketball star joins ranks of WNBA: Cherokee Nation citizen Chelsea Dungee is living her dream.
- Watch: Retired after 39 years: Former Morongo Chairman Robert Martin has retired after 39 years. Plus ICT's Dalton Walker joins us to talk basketball and powwows.
What we’re reading:
- 76 percent of Canadians think supporting Indigenous entrepreneurs is important for healing: survey.
- Native Soul Cuisine puts Native food on the map in Seattle.
- German museum repatriates Lakota Chief’s shirt, citing ‘moral and ethical reasons.’
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