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The Maryland Terrapins volleyball team started the 2021 season with an impressive win streak, which included arguably the program’s biggest win against No. 2 Wisconsin.

One of the key reasons the Division I program rolled early and head into conference play with only one loss is the dominant play of senior middle blocker Rainelle Jones, Peguis First Nation descendent. Jones, 21, set season highs with 11 kills against Temple and 11 blocks against Wisconsin. The 6-foot-3-inch star leads the nation with 1.9 blocks/set and was recently named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.

Maryland started conference play and will play heavy hitters in arguably the most competitive conference in college athletics.

The Terps visit Ohio State on Saturday and are back home next Friday against Northwestern. Click here for complete schedule and how to watch...READ more.Dan Ninham, special to Indian Country Today


South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Friday that she will relaunch the state's review of social study standards after it was bogged in controversy.

Noem said she has "set aside" the standards proposed by the Department of Education and told the department to restart the process. The Republican governor said that everyone who has expressed concern about the process, including Native Americans, will be included in the do-over.

"Our kids deserve to learn both America's and South Dakota's true and honest history, taught in a balanced context that doesn't pit our children against each other on the basis of race, sex, or background," Noem said in a statement.

New standards are released every seven years. The governor's plan calls for a new workgroup of people from across the state to develop the standards. Members of the previous working group - appointed by the Department of Education - said in August they were caught by surprise on Friday when the department released a document with significant changes that cut references to Native American history and culture.

Conservatives have also criticized the Department of Education's proposed standards. — The Associated Press

Thousands of Indigenous people across the U.S. and Canada —wearing orange shirts and the weight of their ancestors on their shoulders — turned out Thursday to remember the children who suffered in residential schools during a dark history in North America.

A week-long celebration of the Day of Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30, 2021 in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, included a walk from the Riverbank Discovery Center to the Brandon Indian Residential School site to honor those who suffered in residential schools. The day, originally known as Orange Shirt Day, is now a national holiday in Canada. The U.S. celebrates Sept. 30 as a Day of Remembrance. (Photo by Dannielle Morrisseau for Indian Country Today)

The commemorations, on a Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada and a Day of Remembrance in the U.S., came as Congressional leaders re-introduced a bill that would create a National Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies similar to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that has brought some healing to Canada.

The Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition announced support for the bill Thursday, calling for “a full accounting of the devastating impacts of the Indian boarding school policies that tore away generations of Native American children from their families and communities.”

“It has been a long time coming,” Ruth Buffalo, Hidatasa/Mandan, Chiricahua Apache, the coalition’s board president and a North Dakota state representative, told Indian Country Today... READ more. Dianna Hunt and Vincent Schilling, Indian Country Today

EUREKA, Calif. — California parks authorities voted Thursday to rename a popular park in Northern California to include its traditional Yurok name after a request from the state’s largest tribe.

The state Parks and Recreation Commission voted unanimously to change the name from Patrick's Point State Park to Sue-meg State Park after hearing testimony from tribal leaders about the cultural importance of the site.

Until the pandemic struck, Yurok families held brush dances at Sue-meg Village, a site within the current park boundaries, every year that was attended by hundreds of tribal citizens, Chairman Joseph L. James told the commission... READ more. — The Associated Press

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FARMINGTON, N.M. — A Navajo Nation company is taking over the operation of a coal mine it owns in northwestern New Mexico.

The Navajo Transitional Energy Co. has owned the Navajo Mine since 2013 but had contracted with a subsidiary of the North American Coal Corp. to run it.

Clark Moseley, the company’s chief executive, said the Navajo company will take over on Friday.

The mine that feeds the adjacent Four Corners Power Plant has nearly 400 employees — 85 percent of whom are Native American. Moseley said the Navajo Transitional Energy Co. will retain the workforce.

The company is one of the largest coal producers in the United States as the resource increasingly is falling out of favor. The company owns three coal mines in Montana and Wyoming, and a share of the Four Corners Power Plant near Farmington, New Mexico. — The Associated Press

The Phoenix Rising will wear a special jersey on Oct. 9 to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day.

Gila River Indian Community citizen Jaime Jackson created a warm up jersey that shows Gila River culture.

“The symbols and designs on the jersey represent the peoples of the Gila River Indian Community,” said Jackson. “The land that Phoenix Rising Stadium is on has belonged to the O’otham people since time immemorial. We feel the jersey design is a great representation to the Native American Tribes of Arizona. It pays homage and respect to the land. It is also specific to the O’otham and Pee Posh.”

The soccer team's stadium is on the northern edge of Gila River in the Phoenix Valley.

Indigenous Peoples Day is Oct. 11.


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