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Winter is on the horizon again with the end of daylight saving time coming Sunday across most of the United States.

Standard time begins at 2 a.m. local time Sunday. Set the clocks back an hour before bed Saturday night and gain an extra hour of sleep. Going forward, it will be lighter earlier in the morning but will grow darker earlier in the evening.

According to a psychiatrist writing for Psychology Today, even this one hour of disruption to our body’s natural rhythm can trigger danger. And that warning could be particularly important for Hopi and Navajo people living in Tuba City in northern Arizona.

The town has two time zones because it’s both on the Navajo Nation and in the state of Arizona.

Most of Arizona does not observe daylight savings time so the two Hopi villages near Tuba City are on Mountain Standard Time while Tuba, which is on Navajo land, will fall back with the time zone change.

If that’s confusing, consider this: people living in Tuba City can walk across the street and can either lose an hour or gain an hour, depending on which way they walk.

A recent poll shows that most Americans want to avoid switching between daylight saving and standard time, though there is no consensus behind which should be used all year.

Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and most of Arizona do not observe daylight saving time. Daylight saving time returns at 2 a.m. local time on Sunday, March 13. — Indian Country Today


A full-on virtual Indigenous music festival is a first for Alaska, for sure. Organizers say it’s probably a first for the United States.

The festival’s lineup includes Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Supaman, Pura Fe, Pamyua, Ya Tseen, the Native Jazz Trio and more. Genres include Inuit soul music, Native jazz, blues, and hip-hop. Rock Áak'w is named after the original Tlingit inhabitants of Juneau, Alaska.

Organizer Stephen Qacung Blanchett, of Pamyua, told KTOO’s Rhonda McBride that Rock Áak'w gives Indigenous artists “the opportunity not only to perform at a festival, but to headline at one.” Otherwise, he said they typically get put on an Indigenous or world music stage tucked away in a corner of festival grounds.

Admission to the Friday and Saturday concert is free. A $10 raffle ticket buys you a chance to win two Alaska Airlines tickets to anywhere the airline flies. Go to for free tickets and more information. — Indian Country Today

The Canadian government announced Friday it will fully raise Canada's national flag again at all federal buildings, ending a nearly six-month period when the banner has been flown at half-staff in honor of children whose remains were buried at Canada's Indigenous residential schools.

The former Kamloops Indian Residential School is seen on Tk'emlups te Secwépemc First Nation in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada on May 27, 2021. The remains of 215 children have been found buried on the site of the former residential school. (Andrew Snucins/The Canadian Press via AP)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked that flags be flown at half-staff in May after more than 200 children's remains were found buried at what was once Canada's largest Indigenous residential school.

The raising of the flag at sunset on Sunday will come just before Canada honors war veterans on Remembrance Day on Nov. 11.

From the 19th century until the 1970s, more than 150,000 First Nations children were required to attend state-funded Christian schools as part of a program to assimilate them into Canadian society. They were forced to convert to Christianity and not allowed to speak their native languages. Many were beaten and verbally abused, and up to 6,000 are said to have died. — The Associated Press

There is a phrase that an Alaska Native elder likes to say: “When Natives fight Natives, someone else is winning.”

It’s the mentality behind a new initiative from First Alaskans Institute, a non-profit that focuses on empowering Alaska Native people. The program, called “Being Good Relatives,” aims to increase collaboration between Alaska Native tribes and Alaska Native corporations.

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“People have noted for many years about the need for our tribes and corporations to bring their power together, and work through some federally created divides that make it hard for tribes and other entities to have the relationship that we know that they could have,” said La quen náay Liz Medicine Crow, Tlingit and Haida, president and CEO of First Alaskans.

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Alaska’s Indigenous legal landscape is unique when compared to the rest of the Lower 48: there are Alaska Native regional and village corporations, which oversee around 44 million acres of Indigenous land. And then there are 231 federally recognized Alaska Native tribes, which have a government to government relationship with the United States. READ MORE. Meghan Sullivan, Indian Country Today

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Manuelito Wheeler isn't sure exactly why Navajo elders admire Western films.

It could be that many of them were treated to the films in boarding schools off the reservation decades ago. Or, like his father, they told stories of gathering around a television growing up to watch gunslingers in a battle against good and evil on familiar-looking landscapes.

Whatever the reason, Navajo elders have been asking Wheeler to dub a Western in the Navajo language ever since "Star Wars IV: A New Hope" was translated into Navajo and released in 2013.

In this photo provided by Manuelito "Manny" Wheeler of the Navajo Nation Museum, Jennifer Jackson-Wheeler, from left, Joe H. Kee, and Hawk Sequra work on the Navajo dubbing of the iconic Western film, "A Fistful of Dollars," at Native Stars Studio in Gallup, N.M., Monday, Oct. 25, 2019. The film is the third major flick available in the Navajo language. It will be screened this month on or near the Navajo Nation that extends into Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. (Manuelito "Manny" Wheeler/Navajo Nation Museum via AP)

The result? "Béeso Dah Yiníłjaa'" or "A Fistful of Dollars," an iconic Western starring Clint Eastwood who plays a stranger — known as "The Man With No Name" — entering a Mexican village among a power struggle between families. The 1964 flick is the first in a trilogy of spaghetti Westerns produced and directed by Italians. READ MORE.The Associated Press


Dear Creator in the heavens above, what is it about Jason Momoa?

Is it the fact he seems as though he could care less about the film industry semantics and just instead delivers realistic and gritty portrayals that are completely believable?

I think so.

I am not saying he hasn’t studied Anton Chekhov or Stanislavski in theater arts in college (I did study all of that in theater arts in college, by the way). But what I am saying is that Momoa comes across like the guy who tossed the acting book everyone else had earmarked and highlighted — and he just threw his into the trash and got up to deliver a profoundly incredible acting job. READ MORE. Vincent Schilling, Indian Country Today

Indian Country Today Editor Mark Trahant is one of three journalists set to participate in a series marking the 30th anniversary of the Freedom Forum.

Katie Oyan, Associated Press West desk editor and Shondiin Silversmith, Arizona Mirror Indigenous affairs reporter will join Trahant for the Nov. 23 virtual discussion.

"Three journalists who have participated in Freedom Forum programs will share how the initiatives impacted them and talk about their work today," read the announcement.

To register and for more details, click here.

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