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The U.S. Department of Interior released its investigative report Wednesday on the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative. It’s being called the first volume of the report and comes nearly a year after the department announced a “comprehensive” review.

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, Bryan Newland, assistant secretary for Indian Affairs, Deborah Parker who is the chief executive officer of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition and James LaBelle Sr., a boarding school survivor and the first vice president of the coalition's board, spoke at a news conference in Washington announcing the report’s findings.

Newland led the over 100-page report, which includes historical records of boarding school locations and their names, and the first official list of burial sites.

The findings show from 1819 to 1969, the federal Indian boarding school system consisted of 408 federal schools across 37 states, some territories at that time, including 21 schools in Alaska and seven schools in Hawai’i. Some of these schools operated across multiple sites. READ MORE. Kalle Benallie, Indian Country Today


A Navajo man was executed in Arizona on Wednesday.

Clarence Dixon, 66, was convicted of killing a college student in 1978 and is the first person to be executed in the state after a nearly eight-year hiatus in its use of the death penalty.

Dixon was killed by lethal injection Wednesday morning at the state prison in Florence for his murder conviction in the killing of 21-year-old Arizona State University student Deana Bowdoin. According to AP, he is the sixth inmate to be put to death in the United States this year. READ MORE. Indian Country Today

Eligible Vietnam-era Alaska Native veterans are waiting to find out about new lands becoming available for Native allotment selections.

Veteran Jim LaBelle, Inupiaq, said lands had been offered in bits twice before in a process that was far from easy. “One of the first times it got approved, the bureaucracy got in the way and there was a lot of us who could not select lands because of the way the rules were set up.”

The Bureau of Land Management initially made about 8 million acres available, but whole sections of the state, including his homelands in northwest Alaska, were off limits.

LaBelle ended up choosing land 600 miles from where he grew up and 260 miles from where he lives now in Anchorage. Instead of choosing lands he’s familiar with, he had to choose “foreign” lands. READ MORE. Joaqlin Estus, Indian Country Today

The year the world breaches for the first time the 1.5C global heating limit set by international governments is fast approaching, a new forecast shows.

The probability of one of the next five years surpassing the limit is now 50 percent, scientists led by the UK Met Office found. As recently as 2015, there was zero chance of this happening in the following five years. But this surged to 20 percent in 2020 and 40 percent in 2021. The global average temperature was 1.1C above pre-industrial levels in 2021.

It is also close to certain – 93 percent – that by 2026 one year will be the hottest ever recorded, beating 2016, when a natural El Niño climate event supercharged temperatures. It is also near certain that the average temperature of the next five years will be higher than the past five years, as the climate crisis intensifies. READ MORE. The Guardian

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Around the world: The Archbishop of Canterbury promises release of residential school records, an Australian health partnership marks 10 years of service, a UN report urges governments to listen to Indigenous landholders, the Māori Battalion's last survivor is knighted, and racism holds back Indigenous participation in the popular sport of netball in Australia.

Coverage around the world on Indigenous issues for the week. READ MORE. Deusdedit Ruhangariyo, Special to Indian Country Today

A pair of South Dakota law enforcement officials have been named to a federal commission tasked with helping improve how the government addresses a decades-long crisis of missing and murdered Native Americans and Alaska Natives.

Rapid City Police Chief Don Hedrick and Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregg Peterman will join the panel of nearly 40 law enforcement officials, tribal leaders, social workers and survivors of violence that was announced by U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland last week.

Native American people have consistently accounted for roughly 70% of the state's missing people in recent years.

Federal, tribal, state and local officials have been trying to address disproportionately high rates of unsolved cases in which Native Americans and Alaska Natives have disappeared or been killed.

The 37-member commission, created under the Not Invisible Act, is expected to hold hearings and gather testimony before making recommendations to the Interior and Justice departments to improve coordination among agencies and to establish best practices for state, tribal and federal law enforcement. The panel also is tasked with boosting resources for survivors and victims' families. — Associated Press


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