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Chickasaw Nation citizen confirmed to USDA

Janie Hipp, Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, has been confirmed to be general counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Hipp will serve under Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who was first appointed to the position by President Barack Obama in 2009 and reappointed by President Joe Biden earlier this year.

Hipp created the Office of Tribal Relations under Vilsack and served as his senior advisor during the Obama administration.

“In this new role, she will carry out the duties to enforce the laws and regulations of the USDA and ensure the interests of the American public are served by USDA’s programs and services,” Vilsack said in a statement. “Adding Janie’s expertise to the strong senior leadership team at USDA will only further our efforts to expand opportunity for those who live, work and raise their families in rural communities, especially in those communities that have experienced persistent poverty, make good on USDA’s responsibility to provide nutrition assistance to children and families, and contribute to removing barriers to access to USDA programs wherever they exist.”

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When wells run dry

MALIN, Ore. (AP) — Judy and Jim Shanks know the exact date their home’s well went dry — June 24.

Since then, their life has been an endless cycle of imposing on relatives for showers and laundry, hauling water to feed a small herd of cattle and desperately waiting for a local well-drilling company to make it to their name on a monthslong wait list.

The couple's well is among potentially hundreds that have dried up in recent weeks in an area near the Oregon-California border suffering through a historic drought, leaving homes with no running water just a few months after the federal government shut off irrigation to hundreds of the region's farmers for the first time ever.

Officials have formal reports of 117 empty wells but suspect more than 300 have gone dry in the past few weeks as the consequences of the Klamath River basin's water scarcity extend far beyond farmers’ fields… READ MORE.

Marchers honor Indigenous boarding school children

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — More than 100 people on Saturday marched six miles, from Onondaga Nation to downtown Syracuse, to honor the Indigenous children who were taken from their communities and forced into boarding schools that focused on assimilation.

The marchers left toys, flowers and children’s shoes at a statue of Christopher Columbus to commemorate the children who did not survive the schools, the Syracuse Post Standard reported.

Dressed in orange to support the Every Child Matters movement, they also acknowledged the trauma that these schools caused… READ more.

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Indigenous leaders urge top official to resign

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A broad coalition of Indigenous leaders in New Mexico called for the resignation Friday of the director of a legislative agency on public education, arguing undisclosed comments made by the top official were disparaging toward Native Americans.

At a rally and news conference convened by the All Pueblo Council of Governors, Native American leaders and advocates condemned comments made at least two years ago by Rachel Gudgel. Gudgel is the director of the Legislative Education Study Committee, which provides education research and guidance to legislators.

The All Pueblo Council of Governors unites leaders of roughly 20 Indian pueblo communities… READ more.

Letter from the editor: The case for Indigenous media

This begins ICT’s August donor campaign. We have budgeted $230,000 to be raised from individual donors. As of today we’re at about $130,000 — so we have $100,000 to go for this year. I know this is a long shot, but as an incentive, if we hit that goal this month … we won’t bother our readers again in 2021. (An old public radio trick.) To put in perspective that’s about 10 percent of our annual budget.

My favorite number: We have 2,500 donors so far this year and the average transaction is $33.59.

That is really cool because reader support is essential. The products of our journalism are free. We don’t charge subscriptions (and most other media can reprint our work at no cost). We are a public service and it’s something your contributions make possible. Thank you.

Click here to read the rest of Mark Trahant’s letter.

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#ICYMI: Top 10 Indian Country stories for week

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This week's top story is about Carisa Moore, an Indigenous Hawaiian surfer who recently took the gold at the Tokyo Olympics...SEE FULL LIST.

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