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Susan Aglukark is the most celebrated Inuit musical artist in Canadian history but it was her work off the stage that was recognized at the 2022 Juno Awards, the nation’s annual celebration of music.

The three-time Juno winner received the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ Humanitarian Award for her charitable work with the Arctic Rose Foundation, which she founded in 2012 as the Arctic Rose Project to support arts-based programming for Inuit, First Nations and Métis youth in Canada’s north.

It was an honor not just for her work but for the foundation’s success in promoting Indigenous-led programs that integrate language and culture while encouraging emotional and mental wellness. READ MOREMiles Morriseau, ICT

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The state can't impose property taxes on tribal lands that have changed hands without congressional approval, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

The decision from a three-judge panel from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals marks another chapter in a lawsuit four Chippewa tribes from northern Wisconsin filed in 2018.

The Lac Courte Oreilles, the Lac du Flambeau, the Red Cliff and the Bad River sued after the state imposed property taxes on land within their reservations. Such land is immune from state property taxes under an 1854 treaty, but the state argued that the land is eligible because tribal members sold it to non-American Indians before the land was sold back to tribal members.

The three-judge panel affirmed that the land isn't taxable without congressional approval, saying only Congress can diminish tribes' sovereignty and the treaty is best read to promise tax immunity even for reacquired lands. — Associated Press

One person was shot as a man and police exchanged gunfire at an eastern Oregon casino, tribal officials said.

Police stopped a man with a gun at the door of Wildhorse Casino and Resort in Pendleton, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation said Wednesday on Twitter.

A bystander was struck by gunfire during the shootout. The bystander’s condition wasn’t immediately known.

Officials said Wednesday afternoon that the suspect was in custody and the site was secure. Police from multiple agencies responded, officials said.

Officials were asking the public to stay away from the casino and resort area while officials investigated. — Associated Press

Teresa Dl’a Gwa T’awaa Varnell, a teacher and cultural coordinator for a school in southeast Alaska, was recognized with a 2022 Teacher of distinction award from the Sealaska Heritage Institute.

Varnell is the lead facilitator and teacher of SHI’s Through the Cultural Lens program, which is designed to integrate Native cultures into schools through training and an annual conference with educators

Institute President Rosita Worl said,“Teresa’s ability to guide conversations among educators on Native cultural values, societal structures, intergenerational trauma and the history of boarding schools has helped us open an important dialog,” Worl said. “These conversations can be challenging and uncomfortable, but she has helped create a community where people feel safe delving into these topics.”

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Varnell’s work also enables teachers to take the next step in professional development towards cultural relevancy and place-based practices, said the Institute.

The institute quoted Varnell saying the award “belongs to my ancestors…and to the future generations who will do this work,” Varnell said.

Varnell comes from a family of teachers and says her training in traditional Haiday values are at the core of her everyday life, and shape her approach to modern education. Her grandmother is the world-renowned master Haida basket weaver and instructor Delores Churchill.

The honor comes with a $4,000 award, which will go to Varnell’s employer, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District. — ICT

Lynnette Grey Bull gets Wyoming Democratic nomi8:35 p.m. MT The Associated Press called the Wyoming Democratic primary race for Lynnette Grey Bull. She will head to the general election this fall. She will face Harriet Hageman, the GOP nominee who was endorsed by Donald Trump.

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney conceded and made a passionate speech against Trumpism in Jackson, Wyoming. READ MOREPauly Denetclaw, ICT

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The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts celebrates its 100th Native art market in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Executive Director Kim Peone gives us the highlights.

The market includes some of the best of Indigenous cinema. The National Museum of the American Indian presents the Native Cinema Showcase. Cynthia Benitez talks about the films.

Santa Fe will be a major hub for Indigenous creatives, that includes artist and jeweler Jodi Webster. Her work includes the patterns and designs of her Ho-chunk and Potawatomi people. READ MOREICT

Prey dir. Dan Trachtenberg, starring Amber Midthunder as Naru, Dakota Beavers as Taabe, Naru’s brother, Michelle Thrush as Aruka, their mother, Stormee Kipp as Wasape, and Dane DiLiegro as the Predator. Producer and cultural consultant Jhane Myers. This action-packed prequel to the Predator action series is set in the early 18th century in which a young Comanche woman, trained as a healer and with dreams of being a warrior, must fight both colonizing invaders and an alien foe, as well as prove herself to a tribe that underestimates her. READ MOREIndigenous Media Initiatives, Special to ICT

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