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In the calm before the storm, U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola, Yup’ik, embraced her colleague U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, Ho-Chunk, on the House floor. Peltola was wearing her white mukluks with deep brown fur for her swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday night.
Last month, on her 49th birthday, Peltola, a Democrat, won the special election to finish out the late Don Young's term, which ends in January. Her victory meant Peltola bested a field of candidates that included Republican Sarah Palin, who was seeking a political comeback in the state where she once served as governor.
Peltola looked up to find her family and friends in the gallery. She gestured toward them and both lawmakers waved. A dozen or so people waved back at Peltola and Davids. Her husband, seven children and a few of her grandchildren were in attendance. READ MORE – Pauly Denetclaw, ICT
After months of research, students at the University of Oregon have narrowed potential sites where they think five Cayuse men were buried or reburied after they were hanged for the death of missionary Marcus Whitman.
The burial locations have been unknown for generations, but students in the UO Clark Honors College have given citizens of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) reason to believe the sites may one day be identified. The CTUIR includes citizens of the Umatilla, Cayuse and Walla Walla tribes in eastern Oregon.
“While the five Cayuse men hanged in 1850 in Oregon City have come to be called ‘the Cayuse Five’ in recent years, we must remember their names and the importance of each of their lives to their families and our Tribes, then and now,” said Bobbie Conner, director of Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, the museum and archive repository for the CTUIR. READ MORE – Wil Phinney, Underscore News
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The intensifying crisis facing the Colorado River amounts to what is fundamentally a math problem.
The 40 million people who depend on the river to fill up a glass of water at the dinner table or wash their clothes or grow food across millions of acres use significantly more each year than actually flows through the banks of the Colorado.
In fact, first sliced up 100 years ago in a document known as the Colorado River Compact, the calculation of who gets what amount of that water may never have been balanced. READ MORE – The Colorado Sun/Associated Press
The National Congress of American Indians has named the former tribal chairman of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, Larry Wright Jr., its new executive director.
Wright will manage “day-to-day operations of the organization and create a strategic pathway to long-term success for NCAI and the NCAI Fund,” according to a news release.
“NCAI is excited to welcome and congratulate Larry Wright, Jr. in his new role within the organization,” NCAI President Fawn Sharp said in the release. “His experience advocating on behalf of Tribal Nations coupled with his unique understanding of the critical role NCAI plays to protect and advance tribal sovereignty make him the ideal candidate to lead this organization forward.” READ MORE – Kalle Benallie, ICT
A federal judge on Friday ordered the Biden administration to reinstate a drilling lease that has been in dispute for decades on land near the Blackfeet Indian Reservation that is considered sacred to tribes in the U.S. and Canada.
The 10-square-mile oil and gas lease in the Badger-Two Medicine area of northwestern Montana was first issued in 1982. It was canceled in 2016 under then-U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, at the request of the Blackfoot tribes and conservation groups.
There have been efforts to declare the area a national monument or make it a cultural heritage area, and tribal leaders have bitterly opposed drilling in recent decades. READ MORE – Associated Press
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On the Tuesday edition of the ICT Newscast, the debut novel 'Shutter' is called a blood-chilling, supernatural thriller. We talk to the author. We learn about Diné resistance at the Intermountain Indian Boarding School in a new book. Plus, it’s a big week for two Native women making history in Washington. READ MORE – ICT
Chief Marilynn “Lynn” Roberge Malerba, Mohegan Tribe, looked over at Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, Laguna Pueblo, before she began her speech on Monday.
“Deb, I see you weeping a little bit. Now, please don't make me cry too, Madam Secretary,” Malerba said after giving her signature that will be featured on U.S. currency.
Malerba was wearing her traditional regalia during her historic swearing-in as the 45th Treasurer of the United States. She is the first Native American to hold that office. She was sworn-in at the U.S. Department of the Treasury in Washington D.C. READ MORE – Pauly Denetclaw, ICT
- Appellate court next for Osage Nation case: 'While we are disappointed by the ruling, we are not deterred in our efforts to reestablish the Osage Nation Reservation'.
- Weather helping, but threat from Western fires persists: In the last five years, California has experienced the largest and most destructive fires in state history.
- Can better data help retain Indigenous students?: The University of Montana is streamlining the financial aid process for Native students this fall, part of a multi-phase equity project funded by the Gates Foundation.
- OPINION: Indian Country wins big in 117th Congress: CHIPS and Science Act latest example of President Biden’s and Congress’s commitment to Indian Country.
- Uncle Jack Charles, actor and revered Victorian Aboriginal elder, dies aged 79
- Who Gets Osage Oil Money? A List From BIA Raises New Questions
- ‘We don’t need a new king’: Lidia Thorpe calls for Indigenous treaty then a republic
- Suspect in murder of Farmington resident Cecilia Finona pleads guilty, faces 33 years
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