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When you live in Canada, you know the story about the Pilgrims and the first American Thanksgiving, but we didn’t make a big deal about it. We didn’t study it in school and there were no school plays.

What we knew about American Thanksgiving we learned from “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” a television special that didn’t air in Canada until the late 1970s. The most memorable scene is the opening sequence, which features one of the defining scenes in the Peanuts cartoon — when Lucy pulls the football away from Charlie, the optimistic fool whose effort is so intense he flies in the air and lands on his back.

(Related: Thanksgiving offers a way forward)

In Canadian schools, the most important symbol of Thanksgiving after the turkey was the Horn of Plenty, also known as the cornucopia. The horn was overflowing with a variety of fruits and vegetables that our families in north and south had never seen in real life.

It didn’t seem to matter. There weren’t a lot of turkeys around, either. READ MORE. — Miles Morrisseau, special to Indian Country Today


Kali “K.O. Mequinonoag” Reis, Seaconke Wampanoag, unified the WBA, IBO and WBO 140 titles last Friday.

Now she’s only one win away from becoming the undisputed female junior welterweight champion.

Reis won by a split decision and now her record stands at 19-7-1 with six consecutive wins, a career best for her.

Reis won her matchup against Canadien Jessica Camara in New Hampshire during the Road To Undisputed event. Reis defended her WBA and IBO titles and added the WBO belt to her collection.

Boxing’s first Native female world champion defending Super Lightweight title - photo by Rudy Mondragon at Kali "K.O." Reis's weigh-in on Thursday, August 19th, 2021.

She was featured on the ICT Newscast last November when she first won the WBA title against Kandi Wyatt.

In August Reis defended her WBA super lightweight title for the first time against Diana Prazak and added the International Boxing Organization belt to her collection then.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday said he had pardoned two members of California Indian tribes coinciding with Native American Heritage Month.

The month “honors the vibrancy and resiliency of Native American culture,” his office said, and the pardons recognize the recipients’ “efforts and successes in rehabilitation post-conviction, as well as their extraordinary service to their communities.”

Newsom said tribal leaders supported the pardons of Robert Morgan from the Koi Nation of Northern California and Frank Spa-ghe Dowd of the Resighini Rancheria.

Both men were convicted of assault with a deadly weapon.

Morgan was convicted in Sonoma County in 2006 of striking two victims during a fight at a party, according to the governor’s office. He was sentenced to 91 days in jail and three years of probation.

Dowd was convicted in Del Norte County in 2002 of striking someone with a bat, also during a fight at a party. He was sentenced to 270 days in jail and five months of probation. 

Since taking office in 2019, Newsom has granted 88 pardons, 91 commutations and 29 reprieves. — The Associated Press

Indigenous artist Nicholas Galanin, whose powerful Never Forget artwork was the most-visited art in Palm Springs at Desert X 2021, has been named to the board of the organization.

Desert X has drawn more than 1.25 million to its exhibitions in the Coachella Valley and has received critical acclaim and worldwide attention for the artwork curated across the Palm Springs area.

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Indigenous perspectives and representation are needed globally within institutional and cultural organizations at all levels, and not limited to the contributions of Indigenous artists,” Galanin, who is Tlingit and Unangax̂, said in an email to Indian Country Today. READ MORE.Sandra Hale Schulman, special to Indian Country Today.

For the next 30 days, we’ll be highlighting some of the stories and insights of past and present Alaska Native leaders, as well as the goals and perspectives of younger Alaska Natives.

Angela Jenkins: ‘Speak up’

Kelsey Haake: ‘A battle of words and laws’

Sam Kito: ‘Unified with a purpose’

ICT's ANCSA coverage

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The other day I listened to a fundraiser for a local public radio station. It was the usual pitch, something that occurs every few months.

So ordinary.

I have been thinking about our November fundraising month and how extraordinary that is. The very idea of Indian Country Today as a public medium is only a couple of years old.

A few days ago I heard from a foundation that asked questions about our funding sources. They wanted specific information about all our revenue. I was able to tell them about the breadth of ICT’s audience support, more than 4,000 people who gave an average of less than $35. This is a real number that in aggregate equals and exceeds a grant from a major foundation. And it’s so heartwarming. READ MORE.


In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, the Freedom Forum spotlights its 30 years of training, mentoring and promoting Native American students and journalists.

Three journalists who have participated in Freedom Forum programs are part of a virtual panel Tuesday.

ICT Editor Mark Trahant will be among the panelists.

To register, click here.

What you, our Indian Country Today readers, read most each week.

  1. A Wampanoag retelling of Thanksgiving
  2. Indigenous love for Jason Momoa
  3. Program to kill Grand Canyon bison nets animals, criticism

To see the entire list, click here.

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