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The 2022 Beijing Olympics are finally here.

Chinese President Xi Jinping declared the Games open during Friday's ceremony.

But perhaps it's Monday, Feb. 7 many in Indian Country are looking forward to. This is when three Indigenous hockey players hit the ice rink for Canada and the U.S. team.

The Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, open Feb. 4, 2022, and run through Feb. 20, 2022. (International Olympics Committee)

Abby Roque, Ojibway from Wahnapitae First Nation, is the breakaway star of the U.S. team. She’ll be facing two Indigenous women on the Canadian team – Jocelyne Larocque and Jamie Lee Rattray, both of the Métis Nation.

Team USA is the defending Olympic champion but Canada has won four of the last six gold medals. Read more about the three Indigenous players here.

The two teams clash at 11:10 p.m. ET and can be streamed on Peacock.

Don't forget to follow snowboarder Liam Gill, Liidlii Kue First Nation in the Northwest Territories, as he competes for Canada.

Do you know of any other Indigenous athlete competing in the Beijing Olympics? Send us a note at icteditors@indiancountrytoday.com.

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In what is believed to be an unprecedented appeal, the United Nations has asked the United States to halt planned tribal evictions of former Nooksack citizens from their homes on tribal trust lands in Washington, while the U.S. government simultaneously signaled its acceptance of at least a handful of the removals.

Former Nooksack citizens, shown here on Jan. 26, 2022, are facing possible eviction from their homes in a tribal dispute that has drawn the attention of the United Nations. The UN sent a letter Feb. 3, 2022, asking the U.S. to intervene to halt the evictions but the U.S. government declined to step in. (Photo courtesy of Galanda Broadman)

Two of the U.N. Human Rights Council's special rapporteurs on Thursday asked the U.S. to stop the impending evictions of more than 60 former Nooksack tribal citizens amid a federal investigation into allegations that the evictions would violate civil rights laws.

Nooksack leaders have been trying to kick the former members – who were controversially dis-enrolled from the Washington tribe in 2018 – out of their homes for years because, they say, those homes are needed for tribal citizens. READ MORE.Chris Aadland, Indian Country Today and Underscore.news

There is a climate change pipeline problem. No, it’s not just the 2 million miles of pipes that transport fossil fuels. This pipeline problem is about the money, risk and tough choices that lay ahead in order to significantly reduce fossil fuel emissions.

At a Senate hearing Thursday, the Biden administration’s nominees for the Federal Reserve were questioned about using climate change as a framework for economic decisions. Much of the focus was on Sarah Bloom Raskin, the president’s pick for vice chairman for supervision at the Federal Reserve, a role that by design is tasked with overseeing how major banks monitor emerging threats to the economy.

So is climate change a major risk? And how should the Federal Reserve bank respond? READ MORE.Mark Trahant, Indian Country Today

Chris Wondolowski says he took the scenic route to the heights of professional soccer.

A self-described “late bloomer,” Wondolowski wasn’t tracked for youth state or national teams and received one offer from Division II Chico State to play collegiate soccer.

U.S. forward Chris Wondolowski (17) celebrates after scoring a first-half goal against Mexico during an international friendly soccer match Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rock Scuteri)

He credits carrying a chip-on-his-shoulder to what ultimately would result in a storied professional soccer career.

“I definitely believe that my mentality and my drive and my competitiveness, I think is what really kept me around,” Wondolowski said. READ MORE.Kolby KickingWoman, Indian Country Today

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