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The Chippewa Cree Tribe in Montana announced the important cultural event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

It will mark the first time bison will be back on tribal lands since the early 90s, according to the Chippewa Cree Tribe.

The historic transfer of 11 buffalo from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and American Prairie, a nature reserve, to Rocky Boy will be marked with traditional song and dance, a teepee raising, a pipe ceremony and a community feast before the buffalo are released.

Community members are encouraged to attend the event which will take place at the Chippewa Cree Tribal Buffalo Pasture, located off of Hwy 448 in Box Elder.

Guest speakers include Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, BIA’s Deputy Bureau Director of Trust Services Johnna Blackhair and the Intertribal Buffalo Council President Ervin Carlson. — Carina Dominguez, Indian Country Today


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HONOLULU — In the ongoing protest over a giant telescope planned for Hawaii’s tallest mountain, a group marched to the state university system president’s home.

Tuesday’s march of about 70 protesters marked 2,400 days since heavy equipment first arrived on Mauna Kea in 2015, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

Protesters have blocked construction. They say the Thirty Meter Telescope will desecrate land held sacred to Native Hawaiians.

Healani Sonoda-Pale, one of the protest leaders, said they marched to David Lassner’s Honolulu home because he has the power to stop the project.

The University of Hawaii manages the Big Island summit under a 65-year lease from the state that’s due to expire in 2033.

Telescope opponents say the university has not properly managed the land and has ignored Native Hawaiians’ pleas to stop construction.

Protesters sang and chanted as they marched from Palolo Valley District Park to Lassner’s home about a mile away.

The march also came as the university is accepting public input on a draft master plan for Mauna Kea, which reaffirms plans to decommission some observatories already on the mountain. — The Associated Press

Indigenous MMA action in Arizona

Indigenous MMA fighters will take the cage Saturday in Phoenix at Celebrity Theater. 

The Ruff, Puff and Rumble event is the first time RUF Nation is collaborating with Trap Culture Events, which is known for putting on cannabis friendly events.

There will be a cannabis expo from 1 to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of Celebrity Theater before the pay-per-view fights.

Shannon Ritch, Choctaw, will be taking on Samson Guerrero in the headlining fight.

George Sopi, Samoa, will take on Deran Martinez, Gila River, in the Indigenous Title Fight.

Owner Joel Lopez, Tohono O’odham, welcomed the opportunity to bring the cannabis expo to the fight because his grandmother, who was a Sobadora, used it as a medicine, soaking it and applying it topically to clients.

He says healthcare providers will be on site and encourages therapeutic driven approaches to healthcare. — Carina Dominguez, Indian Country Today

PHOENIX — An attorney for citizens of the San Carlos Apache tribe on Friday asked the the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to back their efforts to halt the transfer of central Arizona land that they consider sacred to a copper mining company.

“We are talking about the survival of the Apache people,” attorney Luke Goodrich told the panel, arguing that an end to religious activities on the land known as Oak Flat would help spell an end to the tribe.

Oak Flat supporters held a prayer vigil outside a Tonto National Forest office in Phoenix on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (Photo by Carina Dominguez, Indian Country Today)

An attorney for the U.S. government argued the land transfer must go ahead because it was part of legislation approved by Congress. The land has been set to be transferred to Resolution Copper, as part of a provision in a must-pass 2014 defense bill, once the final environmental impact statement is published.

The three-member panel did not immediately release a ruling. The judges will now confer in private and write a decision that may not be issued for as long as three months... READ MORE. The Associated Press

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In its effort to continue to uplift and highlight the world of Indigenous creators, superheroes and storylines, Marvel Comics will be releasing “Marvel’s Voices: Heritage #1” this November, Native American Heritage Month.

According to the press announcement by Marvel: “Now in its second year, Marvel’s Voices continues to expand and feature the work and lived experiences of Marvel creators and fans, painting the full picture of Marvel’s ever-evolving universe and showcasing how much Marvel truly reflects the world outside our windows.”

An exclusive sneak peak of Steven Paul Judd’s American Eagle story. (MARVEL)

The issue is one of several titles that is part of Marvel’s critically acclaimed and celebrated title works from the Marvel’s Voices line, which has been celebrating — as Marvel cites, “titles spotlighting Black, Asian, Indigenous, LGBTQ+, Latino and Latinx creators and characters inspired by the communities and culture surrounding them.”

Two Indigenous writers contributing to this issue are “Rutherford Falls” writer and actor Bobby Wilson, Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota, and artist and writer Steven Paul Judd, Kiowa and Choctaw, both spoke with Indian Country Today... READ MORE.Vincent Schilling, Indian Country Today

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WASHINGTON -- The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals ruled unanimously Thursday that Congress never disestablished the Quapaw reservation.

The decision by the appeals court follows the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 2020 McGirt v. Oklahoma decision affirming the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s reservation boundaries.

The Quapaw Nation's land in Oklahoma outside of the Five Tribes to be affirmed using the Supreme Court’s McGirt decision.

It has since been extended to include the Five Tribes -- Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee, and Seminole tribes in Oklahoma... READ MORE. — Nancy Marie Spears, Gaylord News


The NBA kicked off its 75th season earlier this week with a loaded double-header that featured the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks beating the Kyrie Irving-less Brooklyn Nets; and the Golden State Warriors knocking off the new-look Los Angeles Lakers.

Also this week, in commemoration of the milestone season for the league, the NBA released its top-75 players of all-time.

It’s a star-studded list, featuring the biggest names from the early days of the league to some of the biggest stars of the modern game.

As sports fans tend to do, debates have ensued about who got snubbed, who doesn’t deserve to be on the list and what is the best starting five lineup from the players on the list? READ MORE. — Kolby KickingWoman, Indian Country Today

Rosita Worl unexpectedly grew teary eyed as she looked at the coho salmon a younger family member had brought her.

The silver fish was a sight she was used to, but one she had learned wasn’t always guaranteed.

“I just cried that our traditions were still viable, and that he was able to still bring food to me as an elder,” she said.

Worl, Tlingit, was born in Petersburg, Alaska, during the 1930s. She was brought up in a subsistence lifestyle, living off the land in Southeast Alaska as her ancestors had. As she grew older, the ceremonies, traditions, and community need for subsistence stayed constant, but the laws surrounding it changed... READ MORE.Meghan Sullivan, Indian Country Today

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