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PALA Cup champs

The Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse women's team swept the competition over Labor Day weekend and won the first-ever Pan-American Lacrosse Association Sixes Cup.

The Nationals beat Puerto Rico Lacrosse 17-9 in the championship in Auburndale, Florida. The team finished with a plus-64 goal differential, according to USA Lacrosse.

Teams from as far away as Peru, Argentina and Colombia participated in the men's and women's senior divisions.

The Nationals are scheduled to compete in the "Super Sixes" tournament hosted by USA Lacrosse on Oct. 23-24 in Maryland.

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Manoomin will have its day in court

On Sept. 3, a federal judge dismissed the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources motion for an injunction against the White Earth Band of Ojibwe tribal court and judge in its lawsuit Manoomin versus Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

“The federal court rightly noted that it has no authority whatsoever to enjoin a tribal court judge from hearing a tribal court law case,” said Angelique EagleWoman, professor and co-director, Native American Law and Sovereignty Institute at Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

“This is a matter of respect between different sovereigns and is also a matter of U.S. Supreme Court decisions holding that tribes have sovereign immunity,” EagleWoman added.

EagleWoman is a citizen of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Oyate.

“Manoomin will have its day in court; this is big,” said Michael Fairbanks, chairman of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe on hearing about the court’s decision… READ more.

Mary Annette Pember, Indian Country Today

Tribes lose bid to block digging at lithium mine

RENO, Nev. — A federal judge has denied tribal leaders’ bid to temporarily block digging for an archaeological study required before construction can begin for a Nevada lithium mine on what they say is sacred land where their ancestors were massacred more than a century ago.

U.S. District Judge Miranda Du refused three tribes’ request for a preliminary injunction blocking the trenching planned to collect samples near the Oregon state line at the site of the largest known lithium deposit in the United States.

The tribes say their ancestors were massacred in the late 1800s at the proposed Thacker Pass site. Lithium is a key component in electric vehicle batteries. Demand for the mineral is expected to triple over the next five years... READ more.

The Associated Press

Progressive ‘Squad’ members in Minnesota to protest pipeline

BEMIDJI, Minn. — Four congressional Democrats who are part of the progressive “Squad” and want President Joe Biden to stop construction of the Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline traveled to the shores of the Mississippi River to make their plea.

Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Cori Bush of Missouri, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan were spending the holiday weekend visiting Bemidji and other parts of northern Minnesota to speak with members of Indigenous communities and others who have been protesting the project.

“We have been encouraged by Joe Biden’s boldness so far,” Omar said, referencing his January decision to cancel a border-crossing permit for the Keystone XL pipeline that would have carried oil from Canada to Nebraska. “Now we have another chance to reject a moving pipeline. We hope you will act.” READ more.

The Associated Press

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Running Medicine provides ‘healing journey’

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — The infamous running boom started almost 50 years ago in the 1970s. Another running boom may be under way with its roots in Albuquerque as more and more people turn to running during the pandemic.

It’s called Running Medicine, a nonprofit program operated by family medicine doctor Anthony Fleg and his wife, Shannon, in coordination with the Native Health Initiative that they founded in Albuquerque shortly after they married in 2005.

It brings together families from throughout the Albuquerque area several times a week in six urban and rural communities, with eight- to 10-week sessions. The program was honored in December with a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports award, which recognizes those who display a collaborative effort at making their communities healthier.

“Running Medicine has found a unique blend of intergenerational play, partnerships, and culturally grounded wellness creating an inclusive space for movement,” Anthony Fleg wrote in a 2019 article he co-authored in the Annals of Family Medicine… READ more.

Dan Ninham, special to Indian Country Today

That Reservation Dogs Greasy Frybread music video backstory

It’s no secret that such lyrics as “Gotcha auntie in the kitchen, Like no, he didn’t, gotter gramama’s skillet, like she ‘bout to kill it,” is uttering from the pointed lips of Natives all over Indian Country that have seen music video, “Greasy Frybread.”

The musical artist in question is Punkin’ Lusty, at least that’s his character’s name on “Reservation Dogs.” Punkin’ Lusty is portrayed by Native hip hop and tattoo artist Sten Joddi, who has been in the music scene for decades.

With the exposure provided by FX and Hulu and show co-creators Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi, Joddi’s range has reached a new level.

Indian Country Today’s Vincent Schilling met with Joddi and asked about the creation of the video and his involvement on the show as Punkin’ Lusty, the hip hop artist and negligent father to Bear Smallhill, played by D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai... READ more.

Vincent Schilling, Indian Country Today

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