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Kali “K.O. Mequinonoag” Reis was the first Native woman to become a world champion boxer and now she’s on the verge of becoming an undisputed super lightweight champion.
On Friday, Reis, Seaconke Wampanoag, will square up against Canadien Jessica Camara in New Hampshire during the Road To Undisputed where there will be three belts at stake.
When Reis first won the World Boxing Association’s 140 pound belt against Kandi Wyatt last November the ICT Newscast produced a video feature on her.
In August Reis defended her WBA super lightweight title for the first time against Diana Prazak and added the International Boxing Organization belt to her collection.
The World Boxing Organization belt will also be up for grabs at the event.
Reis and Camara will be fighting 10 rounds at the SNHU Arena, the winner will advance to the final round of the Road to Undisputed tournament.
The fight will be streamed exclusively, live on DAZN.com. — Carina Dominguez, Indian Country Today
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Tribes welcomed an infusion of money in the massive infrastructure bill to expand broadband coverage, fix roads and address water and sanitation needs, but they say real change will come only with sustained investment.
President Joe Biden signed the $1.2 trillion deal earlier this week that includes about $11 billion in benefits for Indian Country, according to the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. About one-third of that, $3.5 billion, will go to the Indian Health Service, the federal agency tasked with providing healthcare for more than 2 million Native American and Alaska Natives.
Two southwest tribal leaders were in attendance for the signing, Gila River Indian Community Governor Stephen Roe Lewis and Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez. READ MORE. — Indian Country Today
The first 100 percent Indigenous woman-owned airline launched its first scheduled flight on Aug. 16 after a delay from the pandemic.
“COVID has been absolutely devastating to Iskwew Air and the entire industry,” Founder and Lead Executive Teara Fraser, Métis, told Indian Country Today. “An airline startup in a global pandemic is literally next level impossible.”
The flight departed from Vancouver International Airport, where it was welcomed by Musqueam and Qualicum First Nations. The airline first asked the Musqueam people to do business on their lands. READ MORE. — Kalle Benallie, Indian Country Today
The Indigenous sci-fi thriller film “Night Raiders” that aired at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is gaining international recognition for its futuristic storyline that is based on the realities of residential school horrors of the past.
Directed by Cree/Métis writer/director Danis Goulet and starring Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (“The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open,” “Blood Quantum”), and Brooklyn Letexier-Hart (“Burden of Truth”), “Night Raiders” explores the story of the world in 2043, where all children, in this case regardless of their race, become immediate property and wards of the government. READ MORE. — Vincent Schilling, Indian Country Today
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Coming up, tribal co-management of public lands is gaining traction. Plus, more on the complex governance issues facing Alaska Natives.
The Center for International and Public Affairs at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles will honor alumnus Joseph Medicine Crow.
Medicine Crow, Apsáalooke, completed his master's degree in anthropology while on scholarship at USC in 1939, according to USC News.
A scholarships program for Native students is in the works, according to the report.
“Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow was an ambassador and bridge builder who used education to create intercultural understanding and promote collaboration between peoples and communities,” USC President Carol L. Folt said. “Likewise, this building is an important nexus of interdisciplinary study that unites people across differences. Naming the building — and establishing a scholarship program — in his honor pays tribute to his life and legacy and ensures future generations of students have the opportunity to learn his remarkable story.”
Medicine Crow died in 2016 at age 102.
It’s that time of year again where you can grab your favorite pair of moccasins or traditional footwear, a turquoise ribbon or a t-shirt showcasing your Indigeneity, and post a photo on social media. Make sure to include the the hashtag #RockYourMocs or #RockYourMocs2021.
“Rock Your Mocs” started in 2011 as a one-day celebration, the day was created by Jessica Jaylyn Atsye, Laguna Pueblo. The event evolved into a one week celebration and is organized by Melissa Sanchez, Acoma and Laguna Pueblo.
- Natural-born shooter keeps her eye on the light: Ojibwe photographer draws attention for bold works.
- Judge keeps oil pipeline case in federal court: Line 5 moves 23 million gallons daily of crude oil and natural gas liquids between Superior, Wisconsin, and Sarnia, Ontario.
- ICWA experts say state laws could protect Native families: 'The Indian Child Welfare Act is one of the most important acts of external sovereignty a tribe can engage in.'
- Program to kill Grand Canyon bison nets animals, criticism: Critics say rather than killing the bison, the animals should be relocated to other areas or given to tribal nations under an existing effort.
- Judge won't reconsider tribes' bid to block mine: Lithium Nevada Corp.’s construction is scheduled to begin earlier next year at Thacker Pass, about 230 miles northeast of Reno.
- Molly of Denali cast announced for Gwich'in episodes.
- Photographers share reflections on their identity during Native American Heritage Month.
- Biden makes gaffe about Oneida Nation in Wisconsin during White House Tribal Summit.
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