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July 1 is Canada Day

In Canada, the start of July usually means a celebration. Not so, for many.

Six Yukon communities have announced they will not be celebrating Canada Day in light of the recent residential school gravesite discoveries across the country.

Within the last few days, Dawson City, Carmacks, Haines Junction, Mayo, Watson Lake and Teslin have posted on Facebook they will not be going ahead with Canada Day celebrations due to the findings as well as the fact the territory is grappling with a COVID-19 outbreak… Read more.

Several First Nations and municipalities in B.C. are opting not to mark the occasion at all, according to CBC Indigenous.

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Supreme Court upholds Arizona voting restrictions

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld voting restrictions in Arizona in a decision that could make it harder to challenge other voting measures put in place by Republican lawmakers following last year's elections.

The court, by a 6-3 vote, reversed a lower court ruling in deciding that Arizona's limits on who can return early ballots for another person and refusal to count ballots cast in the wrong precinct are not racially discriminatory.

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2018 file photo, Mildred James of Sanders, Ariz., shows off her "I Voted" sticker as she waits for results of the Navajo Nation presidential primary election to be revealed in Window Rock, Ariz. The Navajo Nation is suing Arizona counties over what it says were unequal opportunities for tribal members to correct signature deficiencies on early ballots in Arizona's general election. The tribe is asking a federal judge in a lawsuit filed this week to allow more than 100 Navajos to make the fixes. The request has the potential to delay the state's certification of ballots, scheduled for Dec. 3. (AP Photo/Cayla Nimmo, File)

The federal appeals court in San Francisco had held that the measures disproportionately affected Black, Hispanic and Native American voters in violation of the landmark Voting Rights Act... READ more.

Tribe renovates entertainment center

A newly renovated entertainment center will open Friday at the Tachi Palace Casino Resort in California. It is owned and operated by the Tachi-Yokut Tribe, a tribal nation of the present day San Joaquin valley.

When the space first opened in 2018, the casino’s general manager Michael Olujic, says it was designed in a way that provided operational challenges like rooms that didn’t have an open concept floor plan or a pool hall that didn’t serve food.

The COVID-19 pandemic presented an opportunity to remodel the space while it was still closed down.

The state of the art Coyote Entertainment Center now features family friendly activities including more movie theaters, a 30-lane bowling alley, a new e-gaming area and an updated arcade.

The casino resort’s general manager says all of the renovations were done by the tribe and cost about 400 thousand dollars to complete.

The casino resort is located in Lemoore, California which is about 200 miles north of Los Angeles.

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Her powwow voice

Deanna Rae StandingCloud, Red Lake Nation, from Minneapolis, is one of the few female powwow emcees in a typically male-dominated field. Now that powwows and other social gatherings are coming back after a months-long pandemic, StandingCloud wants her voice to be heard, too.

StandingCloud and others like Kwe Blomgren want powwow decision makers to know that they are available to emcee your powwow... READ more.

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Update on First Nations hockey star

Veteran NHL goalie Carey Price is four wins away from hoisting hockey’s ultimate prize.

Montréal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, Ulkatcho First Nations. (Photo courtesy of Montréal Canadiens Twitter)

The Ulkatcho First Nations star from Anahim Lake, British Columbia, has led the Montréal Canadiens to its first Stanley Cup Final in nearly 30 years.

Montreal is down 0-2 to defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning. The series shifts to Canada on Friday...READ more.

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US boarding schools to be investigated

The U.S. Department of Interior will formally investigate the impact of federal Indian boarding schools, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced in June.

The new “Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative” will result in a detailed report compiled by the Interior and will include historical records of boarding school locations, burial sites and enrollment logs of children’s names and tribal affiliations… READ more.

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