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More than 150 people — many dressed in orange shirts and waving signs — marched through Minneapolis Friday to remember the victims of Indian boarding schools.

The rainy morning ended just before the Boarding School Survivor and Victim Memorial March began about 1 p.m. on at the Little Earth Residents Association. The march continued through the heart of the Native community to end at the Powwow Grounds coffee shop along Franklin Avenue.

Many remembered family members who attended boarding schools, including those who never returned home.

“Many of us carry the trauma and pain in ourselves and family lines,” said Marisa Miakonda Cummings, Umoⁿhoⁿ/Omaha, president and chief executive of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center. “I am the granddaughter of a Haskell Institute survivor. I am the great-granddaughter of both a Carlisle Institute survivor and Genoa Institute survivor.

“While my grandparents experienced the trauma and abuse of the boarding schools, they were resilient survivors and maintained our language and our way of life to the best of their abilities,” she said... READ more.Dan Ninham, Special to Indian Country Today


The Supreme Court announced that Alaska Native corporations were eligible for CARES Act funding in June, after a year of legal conflicts surrounding the issue. The decision was widely celebrated by impacted Alaska Native organizations that stated the stalled relief funds negatively affected an already at-risk community during the height of the pandemic. Now, the corporations are moving on to phase two of the process: determining how they can best use the final funding amount they each received.

“There's a significant amount of need in our region, and among Alaska Native and American Indian people. And it's a huge responsibility for CIRI, as well as our sister [corporations] and our partner organizations to responsibly get this money and these resources out to where they’re needed most, as expeditiously as possible,” said Ethan Tyler, director of corporate affairs for CIRI, one of the 13 Alaska Native regional corporations.

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2020, file photo the Supreme Court is seen in Washington. With abortion and guns already on the agenda, the conservative-dominated Supreme Court is considering adding a third blockbuster issue _ whether to ban consideration of race in college admissions. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Overall, 13 Alaska Native regional corporations and more than 150 village corporations received nearly $450 million in relief funds. They have until December 31, 2021, to spend it, according to the CARES Act legislation... READ more. Meghan Sullivan, Indian Country Today

Middlebury College removed the name of a former Vermont governor from the campus chapel on Monday because of his “instigating role” in eugenics policies of the early 1900s that “sought to isolate and prevent the procreation of so-called ‘delinquents, dependents, and defectives,’” the school announced.

The move follows the Legislature’s apology last spring to all Vermonters and their families and descendants who were harmed by state-sanctioned eugenics policies and practices that led to sterilizations.

Some Vermonters of mixed French Canadian and Native American heritage, as well as poor, rural white people, were placed on a state-sanctioned list of “mental defectives” and degenerates and sent to state institutions.

John Mead, a physician and industrialist who graduated from Middlebury in 1864, served as Vermont governor from 1910 to 1912, the school said... READ more.The Associated Press

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Even in his final moments, Myron Dewey, the award-winning filmmaker, was doing what he enjoyed most: Helping others.

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The founder of Digital Smoke Signals, known for his visual work on the No Dakota Access Pipeline movement in Standing Rock, was tragically killed in a car crash on Sunday in Yomba, Nevada. He was 49.

Dewey’s lifelong partner Deborah Parker said Dewey died in a head-on collision. As first responders were using the Jaws of Life to extract Dewey from a vehicle, Parker says she was able to share the last loving thoughts with him before he died during a call on her cell phone.

“He tried to fight, he tried to breathe, but he didn’t make it,” shared Parker... READ more.Vincent Schilling, Indian Country Today

Greetings Indian Country Today film review readers. The 2021 Toronto International Film Festival has come to an end, and I’ve decided to focus on the Indigenous offerings available this year.

I was not able to view them all, but those that I did see (they were wonderful) I will add a few words of review. But I do want to list all of them so the readers can keep an eye out when they come to theaters, video-on-demand or festivals near you.

Here is the list of Indigenous films that appeared at this year’s TIFF. — Vincent Schilling, Indian Country Today


The U.S. government released projections that indicate an even more troubling outlook for a river that serves 40 million people in the West.


The Bureau of Reclamation recently declared the first-ever shortage on the Colorado River, which means Arizona, Nevada and Mexico will get less water than normal next year. By 2025, there's a 66 percent chance Lake Mead, a barometer for how much river water some states get, will reach a level where California would be in its second phase of cuts. The nation's most populated state has the most senior rights to river water.

While the reservoir on the Nevada-Arizona border is key for those three lower Colorado River basin states, Lake Powell on the Arizona-Utah border is the guide for Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and Utah in the upper basin. Smaller reservoirs upstream of Lake Powell have been releasing water into the massive lake so it can continue producing hydropower. But any bump from the releases that started this summer isn't factored into the five-year projections, the Bureau of Reclamation said... READ more. — The Associated Press

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