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The legends tell of a universe filled with magical beings such as Little People and cannibalistic spirits, but they’re not from the world of Marvel movies or from the pages of a J.K. Rowling novel.

They’re the stories that Rocky Cree storyteller William Dumas grew up with in Manitoba, Canada.

By sharing them in a series of books, “Six Seasons of the Asiniskaw Īthiniwak,” he hopes to save the stories and the language of his people by getting readers involved at all ages.

Dumas’ book, “The Gift of the Little People,” published by HighWater Press and available online, is a companion volume to the “Six Season” series, which is funded through grants from Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. READ MORE.Miles Morrisseau, ICT

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Navajo Nation leaders have finalized an agreement on spending priorities for more than $1 billion in federal pandemic relief to improve water, sanitation, housing and communications infrastructure.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez on Friday signed an agreement from the Navajo Nation Council to deliver funding to improve infrastructure for water, electricity, high-speed internet, housing, COVID-19 mitigation and specialized hardship assistance to projects and residents across the reservation spanning portions of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

The coronavirus pandemic disproportionately hit Indian Country, underscored stark disparities in access to running water, sewage systems and internet communications amid interruptions in classroom teaching.

The spending at the Navajo Nation is linked to the American Rescue Plan Act, signed by President Joe Biden in early 2021. Additional aid is expected under a massive infrastructure bill, approved in November 2021, that set aside $20 billion for Indian Country.

“More water, electricity, broadband, housing, and hardship assistance will be provided to elders, youth, veterans, students, families, and others," Nez said in a statement. "Elders will get water lines, electricity, housing, and other basic necessities – they are not left out.”

Under the signed resolution, the Navajo Nation will devote $215 million to water and waste-water projects, $97 million to extend electricity to homes, and $250 million on internet and housing projects. Another $210 million is set aside for local priorities determined by Navajo chapterhouse government units. — Associated Press

Indigenous domestic violence advocate Desireé Coyote endured struggles at nearly every turn in her life, like so many Indigenous women in Oregon have. It could have ruined her life. She refused to let that happen.

Her determination and strength to find her voice, and help others find theirs, have served as an inspiration. Coyote's story, told through hours of interviews and documents, reveals how years of trauma and systemic failures drove her to fight for survivors like her. To understand it, you have to go back to the beginning.

Coyote, now 62, grew up in Sweetwater, a single-block, unincorporated town on the Nez Perce Reservation in North Idaho. The family moved into a two-story home there when Coyote was 3 years old, and when she and her nine siblings arrived, the children were thrilled to see a swing set and merry-go-round in the backyard. READ MORE. EO Media Group

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No one story can encapsulate the trauma that Indigenous survivors of domestic and sexual violence have endured.

But taken together, the stories of three Indigenous survivors in Oregon show what it means to forgive, to raise a child in a painful world, to find the strength to keep fighting, to build a community and find a home.

Shaped in isolation by the traumatic events they faced, their stories are linked by one woman who helped them find their voice and inspired them not only to press on through their pain but to bring other survivors with them.

A growing body of research shows that Native Americans nationwide endure disproportionately high rates of violence. READ MORE. EO Media Group

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Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, Laguna Pueblo, is recovering after breaking her leg Sunday during a hike in Virginia's Shenandoah National Park, the Interior Department says.

Doctors confirmed Monday that Haaland broke her left fibula in the accident, Interior said in a statement. Haaland is grateful to park staff, the U.S. Park Police, and the team at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for their excellent care, the statement said.

Haaland, 61, is expected to return to work virtually later Monday, an agency spokeswoman said. — Associated Press

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe celebrated the launch of its latest children’s book in a series about Malichi, a deer who finds himself away from his parents and embarks on a journey to learn more about who he is.

The tribe hosted a book launch at the Casino Del Sol on July 7 in Tucson, Arizona to celebrate “Who am I?: The Journey of Malichi” with families, case workers and officials from Pima County’s ICWA court.

The book series was commissioned by the Pascua Yaqui Office of Attorney General to provide a resource for displaced youth in the foster care system. READ MORE. — Carina Dominguez, ICT

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