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‘Drastic changes’: Sea ice levels affecting seal hunting

The first time Inupiaq elder Bobby Schaeffer was old enough to join the community hunt for ugruk, or bearded seal, his dad taught him a critical lesson: always be observant, and always look at the whole picture.

Schaeffer was only 14 then, but he never forgot this advice. He thought of it every spring when he ventured out on to the glacial waters of Alaska’s northwest coast, navigating ice fields and powerful currents, to reach the resting ugruk.

He also thought of it as he began to notice unusual changes in the sea, ones that threatened to interrupt the thousand-year-old Inupiaq tradition that he looked forward to each year.

Decades after his first hunt, Schaeffer’s observations have become a key part of a recently released research project about climate change’s impact on the regional ugruk. The study revealed an unignorable trend: Kotzebue’s seal hunting season has shrunk about one day per year over the last 17 years, primarily due to a decline in sea ice… READ more.

Meghan Sullivan, Indian Country Today


The Indigenous goddess we all need(ed)

There is one queen Indigenous people are bowing down to this week: Quannah Chasinghorse.

The 19-year-old Hän Gwich’in and Oglala Lakota model has been the talk in Indian Country for the last few days since she modeled for various shows during New York Fashion Week. But she blew up Indigenous social media Monday and Tuesday. Even Kris Jenner took notice and was the first one to approach her on the carpet, Chasinghorse’s mom said.

Chasinghorse graced the red carpet at the 2021 Met Gala in New York City in a gorgeous gold lamé gown by DUNDAS X REVOLVE with layers of Diné turquoise jewelry, which was *chef’s kiss*. READ more.

Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, Indian Country Today

Justice Department awards tribe cash to combat domestic violence

The Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women has awarded $433,000 to the Penobscot Indian Nation in Maine.

The award will support the tribe in exercising jurisdiction on domestic violence crimes on tribal land, according to a news release.

“The awards we are making this year will touch the lives of millions of survivors of violence and help our nation end these devastating crimes,” said Allison Randall, OVW acting director. “OVW is proud to be the leading federal voice in the country’s fight against sexual and domestic violence.” READ more.

Mary Kim Titla among '21 Leaders for the 21st Century'

Mary Kim Titla, San Carlos Apache, was named among Women's eNews' "21 lLeaders for the 21st Century'

Titla, a longtime journalist, is the executive director for United National Indian Tribal Youth, or UNITY.

A virtual gala is set for Oct. 19. Details here.

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Increasing Indigenous visibility

Chris Aadland is joining the Indian Country Today team as a beat reporter covering Indigenous communities in the Pacific Northwest.

His hire is part of the collaboration with Underscore.news, a digital reporting team based in Portland, Oregon. He will be shared with the organization to produce daily news or spot stories as well as long-form enterprise stories. The goal is to increase the visibility of Indigenous communities in storytelling and news.

“I’m excited that I get to continue that work. I can't imagine being on any other kind of beat right now,” Aadland said, who is Red Lake and Leech Lake Bands of Ojibwe.

Since Aadland will be based in Portland, Oregon, with Underscore.news, he is looking forward to exploring, hiking and backpacking with his dog at the trails and public lands in the Pacific Northwest… READ more.

Kalle Benalle, Indian Country Today

Indigenous Film+ Online and more 2021

Listing prepared by Indigenous Media Initiatives: September 15 – September 22

From this past week’s New York Times “Cooking,” a blog with recipes: “Now, it’s nothing whatsoever to do with preparing shirred eggs or chicken fra diavolo, but you really should be watching ‘Reservation Dogs’ on Hulu.” READ more.


Webinar: Leading the Way: Indian Country and COVID-19 Vaccinations

#ICYMI: Native actress cast as Echo in Disney+ series

Alaqua Cox has been cast as Maya Lopez, the alter-identity of Echo, a deaf Native superhero. Cox, who is also deaf, will be appearing alongside Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye in “Avengers”) in the Marvel/Disney+ series “Hawkeye.”

Besides Cox, Zahn McClarnon has been cast in the series as William Lopez; some media outlets have reported he will likely be playing Echo’s father, but this has not yet been confirmed.

Other actors in the series include Renner as Hawkeye, Hailee Steinfeld, Vera Farmiga, Florence Pugh, Fra Fee and Tony Dalton... READ more.

Vincent Schilling, Indian Country Today

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