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A Māori war veteran has accepted knighthood in honor of his comrades, Indigenous people demand a greater say in the Philippines, Aboriginal children are being held in detention despite being granted bail and a Māori journalist makes history.

Coverage around the world on Indigenous issues for the week ending Jan. 2, 2022.

Global Indigenous is a weekly news roundup published every Wednesday by Indian Country Today with some of the key stories about Indigenous peoples around the world. READ MORE. — Deusdedit Ruhangariyo, special to Indian Country Today


Joy Harjo, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, the first Indigenous person to be named U.S. Poet Laureate, is adding a new notch to her belt to start 2022.

Beginning Thursday, Harjo will be teaching a class on “Poetic Thinking” on the education streaming platform, MasterClass. The platform features video lessons on a variety of subjects from the likes of chef Gordon Ramsay, Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Ringo Starr.

Through her class, Harjo will challenge participants to break out of traditional writing forms, teach how to overcome creative blocks, practice music through improvisation, how to navigate and discuss difficult topics and more.

In a trailer for the class provided to Indian Country Today, Harjo says you don’t have to be a poet to participate.

“I’m offering you different kinds of approaches to poetry or to your innate creativity,” she says. “In this class we’ll be talking about imagery, writing, rhythm, revision. It’s good for anyone, you don’t have to be a poet. Everyone’s paths are different.”

Harjo’s class and the entire collection can be found at MasterClass. — Indian Country Today

Revenue distributed from an oil-tax agreement between the state and a tribe that accounts for about a fifth of North Dakota’s oil production is being done correctly, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said in an opinion Tuesday.

Stenehjem’s opinion came after an inquiry from state Treasurer Thomas Beadle, who said lawmakers and others had questioned the distribution formula.

“To the extent there were any questions, this resolves the issue,” Stenehjem said of his eight-page opinion.

An agreement between the Three Affiliated Tribes and the state was first authorized by the 2007 Legislature after oil companies said it would help promote investment on the Fort Berthold Reservation by setting up stable tax rates and rules. Before the agreement, only one well was drilled on the reservation, state and tribal data show. Thousands of wells have been drilled since.

Beadle said to date, the state and the Three Affiliated Tribes each have collected about $2 billion in oil tax revenue from drilling on the reservation, located in the heart of western North Dakota’s oil patch. — The Associated Press

A state judge has ruled that thousands of documents related to security during the construction in North Dakota of the heavily protested Dakota Access Pipeline are public and subject to the state’s open records law.

The Bismarck Tribune reports the Friday ruling by South Central District Judge Cynthia Feland is a victory for The Intercept news organization, which sued in 2020 to get access to the documents for investigative journalism.

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North Dakota Newspaper Association attorney Jack McDonald said the ruling also is “a good decision for government transparency

The documents being held by the North Dakota Private Investigation and Security Board relate to Energy Transfer, the Texas-based company that built the pipeline, and TigerSwan, the North Carolina company that Energy Transfer hired to oversee security during construction. READ MORE.The Associated Press

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Kyrie Irving, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, might be just the jolt the Brooklyn Nets need to escape a midseason slump.

It looks like they’ll find out Wednesday night at Indiana.

After being held out of the team’s first 35 games because he refused to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, Irving is set to make his highly anticipated season debut.

Coach Steve Nash was still finalizing plans for how the guard will be used.

Irving has been unable to play at home and for much of the season because of New York City’s vaccination mandate and was unwelcome on the road. The Nets didn’t want a part-time player, so sent him away during the preseason. READ MORE.The Associated Press


Since first contact Indigenous people have faced violence from settlers. The violence has spanned centuries and is even more insidious and complex now.

When Gabby Petito went missing her homicide investigation was covered by mainstream media, advocates for missing and murdered Indigenous people said it was yet another example of deep-seated racism.

The case also brought a resurgence of interest in the missing and murdered Indigenous people crisis and an opportunity for families and advocates to spread the word on missing loved ones.

However, the issue is even more complex when considering children and adults who have been, and continue to be, unjustly ripped away from tribal communities. READ MORE.Carina Dominguez, Indian Country Today

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