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Remains of little ones coming home

Ten Native children who died and were buried at Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania more than 100 years ago are finally heading home.

Nine of the 10 children are from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. The 10th child is Alaskan Aleut.

Their names are Dennis Strikes First (Blue Tomahawk); Rose Long Face (Little Hawk); Lucy Take The Tail (Pretty Eagle); Warren Painter (Bear Paints Dirt); Ernest Knocks Off (White Thunder); Maud Little Girl (Swift Bear); Alvan, aka Roaster, Kills Seven Horses, One That Kills Seven Horses; Friend Hollow Horn Bear; and Dora Her Pipe (Brave Bull), and Sophia Tetoff, an Alaskan Aleut.

(Related: 'We won't forget about the children')

The disinterment project starts Saturday with archaeological and anthropological experts from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The project is set to last through July 17 and is the fourth disinterment project at Carlisle.

Carlisle opened in 1879 and was operated by the Interior until 1918. More than 10,000 children representing 50 tribes attended, according to a news release.


Joe Biden makes Juneteenth a federal holiday

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden signed legislation Thursday establishing a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery, saying he believes it will go down as one of the greatest honors he has as president.

Biden signed into law a bill to make Juneteenth, or June 19, the 12th federal holiday. The House voted 415-14 on Wednesday to send the bill to Biden, while the Senate passed the bill unanimously the day before.

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas — two months after the Confederacy had surrendered. That was also about 2 1/2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in the Southern states.

Some tribal governments announced closures on Friday.

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Sheriff, water protectors keep peace at Enbridge site

SOLWAY, Minnesota — Clearwater County Sheriff Darin Halverson spent a lot of time in the sun. By the time folks occupying the Fire Light camp finished their ceremonies and broke camp, his clean-shaven head was a bright shade of red.

Despite a nasty sunburn and some sleepless nights, it was all worthwhile for the sheriff of this small Minnesota county bordering the White Earth Reservation.

On the evening of June 14, Halverson quietly escorted about 50 water protectors from the camp out to Highway 40 where they were issued citations for trespassing on an Enbridge Line 3 work site. One of the water protectors was arrested at his own request, according to Halverson.

Clearwater County Sheriff Darin Halverson stands with water protectors listening to speakers during a June 7 march to the Mississippi River near an Enbridge Line 3 construction site. Halverson was able to avoid mass arrests that occurred at other protest sites near Solway, Minnesota. (Photo by Mary Annette Pember, Indian Country Today)

It was a far cry from the large police presence and more than 100 arrests at an Enbridge pumping station in nearby Hubbard County.

To read more of Mary Annette Pember's story, click here.

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#KickinWithKolby: Bringin’ it back

ICT's Kolby KickingWoman is a big sports fan. His sports column is back with thoughts from a Native sports fan.

Read Kolby's latest column here where he talks basketball, hockey and more.

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"As we bring this column back to life, it might be a little different from the previous iteration. Some weeks I may discuss a single topic or event that recently happened. Other times it might be a collection of cool sports social media posts I’ve come across."

Webinar to discuss town name change set

A California town is under pressure to change its controversial name, but local officials refuse to do so.

Squaw Valley, California is a small town in Fresno County.

On June 23, local tribal citizens and community leaders will host a webinar to discuss the harm caused by the name and why a name change is urgent.

“Federal agencies, state and local governments, and even an Olympic ski resort have recognized the term squaw as a racial slur,” read a news release. “However, in Fresno County, the board of supervisors has refused to put changing the name on their agenda despite significant community support for renaming the valley and many attempts at open dialog.”

The public is encouraged to attend. The webinar starts at 6 p.m. PT. Register here.

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