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Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-reigning monarch and a rock of stability across much of a turbulent century, has died. She was 96.

Buckingham Palace made the announcement in a statement.

A link to the almost-vanished generation that fought World War II, she was the only monarch most Britons have ever known, and her name defines an age: the modern Elizabethan Era. The impact of her loss will be huge, and unpredictable, both for the nation and for the monarchy, an institution she helped stabilize and modernize across decades of huge social change and family scandals.

With the death of the queen, her son Charles automatically becomes monarch, even though the coronation might not take place for months. It is not known whether he will choose to call himself King Charles III or some other name. READ MOREAssociated Press

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TORONTO, Canada — The legendary Buffy Sainte-Marie will be honored with a Tribute Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, which will also feature the world premiere of a new documentary film examining her life as an Indigenous musician and activist.

The film, “Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry it On,” will kick off the festival Thursday, Sept. 8 as one of several Indigenous films featured this year.

“It does feel really cool to open up the festival with that documentary, and having Buffy there is just incredibly exciting,” Kelly Boutsalis, Mohawk, an associate programmer for this year’s festival, told ICT.

“She's such an icon.”

The festival runs from through Sept. 18 with a line-up of films that run the gamut from a midnight-madness slasher film to early Oscar contenders. READ MOREMiles Morrisseau, ICT

The South Dakota secretary of state will implement a voting rights coordinator and train state agencies to comply with federal voting rights laws as part of a settlement with two Native American tribes.

The settlement comes after U.S. District Judge Lawrence Piersol of South Dakota in May sided with two tribes, the Rosebud Sioux and the Oglala Sioux, and the Lakota People’s Law Project in a lawsuit accusing the secretary of state of not adhering to the National Voter Registration Act.

The judge ruled that the state’s agencies didn’t provide enough opportunities to register to vote or update voter registration information at places such as motor vehicle and public assistance offices in areas near Native American reservations. The law requires the agencies to help people register to vote at such offices, including ones that provide public assistance or serve people with disabilities. READ MOREAssociated Press

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The U.S. government has joined a ski resort and others that have quit using a racist term for a Native American woman by renaming hundreds of peaks, lakes, streams and other geographical features on federal lands in the West and elsewhere.

New names for nearly 650 places bearing the offensive word “squaw” include the mundane (Echo Peak, Texas) peculiar (No Name Island, Maine) and Indigenous terms (Pannaite Naokwaide, Wyoming) whose meaning at a glance will elude those unfamiliar with Native languages.

“I feel a deep obligation to use my platform to ensure that our public lands and waters are accessible and welcoming. That starts with removing racist and derogatory names that have graced federal locations for far too long,” Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said in a statement.

The changes announced Thursday capped an almost year-long process that began after Haaland, the first Native American to lead a Cabinet agency, took office in 2021. Haaland is from Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico. READ MOREAssociated Press

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It's back to school time for parents and children and while it's important to get school supplies and new clothes, it's also important to get health checkups for your children. Dr. Claire Nechiporenko is a pediatrician and works with the Indian Health Service in Phoenix.

Leaders of any city, state and tribe talk about the importance of economic development in growing their communities. That's the heart of the work of the Native American Development Corporation. This group serves Native businesses in Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota. Leonard Smith is the chief executive officer.

ICT is collaborating with Reveal News to take a look at how one community in Indian Country is navigating its boarding school history. ICT’s National Correspondent Mary Annette Pember is the lead reporter.

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The last suspect in a horrific stabbing rampage that killed 10 and wounded 18 in western Canada is dead following his capture, but how he died after being taken into custody has prompted fresh investigations.

One official said Myles Sanderson, 32, died from self-inflicted injuries Wednesday after police forced the stolen car he was driving off a highway in Saskatchewan. Other officials declined to discuss how he died.

“I can’t speak to the specific manner of death. That’s going to be part of the autopsy that will be conducted,” Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore, commander of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Saskatchewan, said at a news conference Wednesday night. READ MOREAssociated Press

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