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It had been too long since Raeann Brown had been home and she wanted to keep her children connected to their Indigenous community.

Inuk author Raeann Brown wrote and illustrated a children's book, “Bedtime in Nunatsiavut,” to teach her children about her homelands in Newfoundland, Canada. The book is being published by Arsenal Pulp Press and will be available on April 26, 2022, in Canada and in June in the United States. (Photo by Jenna Mouland Photography, courtesy of Raeann Brown)

The Inuk from Nunatsiavut was always a storyteller who enjoyed creating stories and bringing them to life with doodles and sketches. It wasn't something that she took very seriously, however, as she focused instead on building her business and her young family.

She had been planning a trip to her traditional home on the northeast coast of Newfoundland with her family when the pandemic hit. When the world stopped, she began to look once again at her passion for telling stories.

“I got the opportunity, I guess, to sit down and be creative again,“ she told Indian Country Today from her home in Labrador City, Newfoundland, Canada. “Everything kind of stopped. My daughters are small. So I thought, what better way (than) to put Nunatsiavut in a story for them?”

The resulting children’s book, “Bedtime in Nunatsiavut,” is being published by Arsenal Pulp Press and will be available on April 26. READ MORE Miles Morrisseau, Indian Country Today


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Lynn ‘Nay’ Valbuena was sworn in as chairman of San Manuel Band of Mission Indians on April 12. It will be her fifth term.

She has served the San Manuel tribal government for nearly 50 years in various positions including: the tribe’s first housing commissioner, secretary/treasurer and vice chair on the tribal council.

“I express my deepest gratitude to all tribal leaders and citizens for serving our people,” Valbuena said in a press release.

Valbuena is currently serving her 27th year as chairwoman for the Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations. Other leadership positions she has held include: vice chairwoman for the California Nations Indian Gaming Association, secretary for the National Indian Gaming Association, and delegate to the National Congress of American Indians. She was also a trustee for the National Museum of the American Indian.

She will continue her trusteeship for the Autry Museum and being an advisory council member for the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California.

Laurena Bolden was elected to her first term on the tribal council as a member-at-large. Latisha Casas was re-elected to her fifth term as treasurer for the tribe. 

Greg Sarris, chair of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, a Northern California confederation of tribes, will talk about his book “Becoming Story” with Washington Post’s series “Race in America: Giving Voice.” Sarris will also discuss “how America can truthfully reckon with the history of its Indigenous peoples.”

On April 14 at 11 a.m. ET, viewers can listen in on Washington Post Live. Watch here.

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Consumers are seeing record high prices for gasoline since Russia invaded Ukraine. But is that good cause to open more public lands to drilling for oil and gas? The answer depends on who you ask.

The national average price for gasoline at the pump went from $3.60 before the invasion to $4.32 per gallon in March, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The nation’s highest prices, at $5.76 per gallon, are in California – more than twice the national pre-pandemic average of $2.20 – and the lowest, around $3.70, are in the midwest, according to the auto club AAA. (Sales taxes and proximity to refineries drive regional price variations.)

Those kinds of prices hurt consumers. Every increase in gas prices is money that can’t go to other household expenses such as food, housing, and health care. READ MORE — Joaqlin Estus, Indian Country Today 

On April 7 in the UC Theatre at the University of Montana, Mark Trahant delivered the lecture “Crafting a Narrative of Indigenous Excellence.” Students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and donors gathered to celebrate the journalism school’s founding dean, Arthur Stone.

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