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The 2022 Oklahoma Mother of the Year is a Cherokee Nation woman.

Robyn Sunday-Allen, CEO for the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, was named the 76th woman in Oklahoma history to hold the honor.

Sunday-Allen will be recognized in April during the 87th National Convention of American Mothers, where one honoree will be named national mother of the year.

Sunday-Allen, who lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, has received numerous awards over the years, including Indian Health Service’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the first-ever CEO in Oklahoma’s Circle of Excellence, according to a news release.

For a full list of honorees, click here.


Shortly after the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act passed into law in 1971, headlines started appearing in local newspapers that hinted at a growing confusion among Alaska Native communities: “Indian Country hard to define,” stated one Tundra Times edition. “ANCSA and tribalism?” asked another.

The articles were referring to the new, unusual Indigenous legal landscape that ANCSA had established, and the ambiguity surrounding tribes’ jurisdiction going forward.

“Exactly what authority might tribes exercise? ” asked one Tundra Times op-ed. Many were confused about how this legislation would affect tribal sovereignty in Alaska.

Fifty years later, there are still parts of this question that remain unanswered. READ MORE.Meghan Sullivan, Indian Country Today

Federal officials have scheduled a series of public meetings to gather comments on the U.S. Interior Department’s proposal to limit oil and gas development on federal land surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

Two in-person meetings will be held Wednesday in Farmington, New Mexico, each with participation limited to 50 people. A virtual meeting will follow Thursday evening. Those who plan to attend any of the meetings must register in advance.

The meetings are part of a process that aims to withdraw about 550 square miles of federal land holdings within 10 miles of the park boundary, making the area off-limits to oil and gas leasing for 20 years.

New leases on federal land in the area will be halted for the next two years while the withdrawal proposal is considered.

A World Heritage site, Chaco is thought to be the center of what was once a hub of Indigenous civilization. — Associated Press

MADELINE ISLAND, Wisconsin — They came together as they hadn’t in years, gathering in the darkest of winter in the heart of Ojibwe country to revive a tradition that had been slipping away.

They played snow snake at Madeline Island, the latest effort to return to a winter game once widely celebrated by the Ojibwe, Ho-Chunk, Oneida and other northern tribal nations, a competition in which wooden poles up to 10 feet long resembling snakes are hurled down a channel cut through a mound of snow. The distance traveled by the snake determines the winner.

Volunteers prepare the track the night before the Inter-Tribal Snow Snake Festival, held Feb. 5, 2022 on Madeline Island. The traditional game of snow snake - a popular winter event among the Ojibwe, Ho-Chunk, Oneida and other northern tribal nations, is facing renewed interest. (Photo by Dan Ninham for Indian Country Today)

Frank Vandehei, Oneida and Menominee and a lifelong resident of Oneida, Wisconsin, came to the gathering to learn, clutching the handmade snake he designed in the shape of a javelin.

“I made my own snakes for these games,” Vandehei told Indian Country Today. “The type of snow snake I used was a javelin-style snake, which is a design that I came up with based off of pictures I’ve seen and what I feel would work well on both Haudenosaunee and Ojibwe-style tracks.” READ MORE. Dan Ninham, Special to Indian Country Today

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The Cherokee Nation's first delegate to the US House of Representatives joins us. Plus, a recap of Indigenous participation at the Winter Olympics, and an update on legislation from a history-making North Dakota state lawmaker.


A Yavapai-Apache Nation police officer who was shot in the abdomen while on duty is expected to make a full recovery, his wife, Bailey, said Friday.

Sgt. Preston Brogdon and another Yavapai-Apache officer had responded to a call about shots fired in a housing area near the Verde River last week when Brogdon was shot. A bullet went through his vest and belt, punctured his small intestine and shattered his pelvis and hip, Bailey told reporters in Camp Verde.

Brogdon was moved out of a hospital’s intensive care unit earlier this week after multiple surgeries and transferred to a rehabilitation facility. Bailey Brogdon said she believes his training and mindset as a Marine helped save his life.

The FBI continues to search for the suspected shooter, 39-year-old Valentin Rodriguez, who fled the scene on foot after the shooting. A federal criminal complaint charges him with assaulting two tribal officers and discharging a firearm in a violent crime. — Associated Press


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