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Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, partner wed in New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is a married woman.
Haaland and longtime partner Skip Sayre wed Saturday night in New Mexico, said Interior Department spokeswoman Melissa Schwartz.
Haaland wore a dress designed and sewn by her sister. The ceremony incorporated elements honoring her ancestry.
According to Schwartz, guests had to be vaccinated to attend and wear masks per CDC and New Mexico guidelines.
But pictures on social media that show some people, including Haaland, not wearing masks indoors the whole time have drawn criticism. Her office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The former New Mexico congresswoman is the first Native American to lead a Cabinet department. She is a citizen of the Laguna Pueblo.
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Tribes ‘still feeling effects’ of Hurricane Ida
Tribes in Louisiana are evaluating the damage done by Hurricane Ida and at least one said the damage is "overwhelming."
One of the most powerful hurricanes ever to hit the U.S. mainland weakened into a tropical storm overnight as it pushed inland over Mississippi with torrential rain and shrieking winds, its danger far from over.
Rescuers set out in hundreds of boats and helicopters to reach people trapped by floodwaters and utility crews mobilized Monday after a furious hurricane swamped the Louisiana coast and made a shambles of the electrical grid in the sticky, late-summer heat... READ more.
Panel considers future of coal-fired power plant
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s largest electric provider wants to transfer its share of a coal-fired power plant to an energy company backed by the Navajo Nation, but environmentalists argue that approving the deal would prolong the life of the plant and run counter to the state's renewable energy goals.
The state Public Regulation Commission will determine whether Public Service Co. of New Mexico's plan for Four Corners Power Plant is in the public interest during a two-week hearing. It heard from the public Monday.
Some tribal citizens told regulators that all levels of Navajo leadership are behind the proposal... READ more.
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Art installations remind LA residents they’re on ‘TONGVALAND’
A new collection of artwork billboards offer Los Angeles drivers a new perspective on the region they call home: It’s Tongva land.
The seven billboards, seeded by the NDN Collective’s Radical Imagination grant program, are composed of photographs, digital composites and paintings featuring six Indigenous artists as part of an effort to recognize and promote social justice for the Tongva people.
The billboard installation was in place beginning Aug. 28 and will continue through Sept. 2, though some billboards will remain up through Sept. 29. Each billboard will contain the hashtag #Tongvaland to drive viewers to the social media message... READ more.
What matters — now more than ever
Every day I am reminded of how fortunate I am to work for a nonprofit startup that delivers news about Native communities.
Just in the last week we told our online and public television audiences about wildfires that threatened tribal lands in Montana and the latest court ruling in Minnesota over the controversial Enbridge Line 3 pipeline. We introduced them to a dozen athletes competing in the Paralympics in Tokyo as well as to a Native actress who offered her take on increased Indigenous representation in TV shows.
We tell stories rarely covered by mainstream media, written and produced by Indigenous journalists for an Indigenous audience. In these changing times, finding accurate information about Native people and their issues is vital to Indigenous communities... READ more.
#ICYMI: Top 10 Indian Country stories
Each week, we publish a list of our most read articles. This week's top article features an Indigenous boxing champ... READ more.
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Other top stories:
- Tanya Talaga writing book on residential schools: The author focuses on toxic legacy of residential schools in her third book.
- COVID-19 surge pummels Hawaii and its Native population: The highly contagious delta variant exploited weaknesses as residents let down their guard and attended family gatherings after months of restrictions and vaccine hesitancy lingered in some Hawaiian communities.
- Tribes prep for vaccine booster after FDA approval: Oklahoma tribes have been at the forefront of cautionary and proactive COVID-19 response, even going so far as shutting down all activities on Labor Day due to the rise in cases, notably the delta variant.
- #KickinWithKolby: A jersey miss: The Phoenix Suns showed the sports world a new jersey concept. It was a clear miss from an otherwise respectable franchise.
- Watch: Cherokee Nation: McGirt case: The Oklahoma governor is attempting to overturn the Supreme Court ruling on McGirt. We’ll hear from the principal chief of the Cherokee Nation.
What we’re reading:
- Alex Soto named director of Labriola National American Indian Data Center.
- After video of abusive nurse, Canada’s Indigenous seek health overhaul.
- After George Wright’s street name change, Mukogawa follows.
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