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Runner Ku Stevens, Yerington Paiute Tribe, continues to dominate. The high school teenager was named Gatorade cross-country runner of the year for Nevada.

Last year, Stevens retraced his great grandfather Frank Quinn's boarding school escape to honor the young people who were forced into boarding schools.

(Related: Retracing his ancestor's boarding school escape)

Quinn attended Stewart Indian School in 1913 and ran away three times.

Stevens is a senior at Yerington High School in Nevada.

“What sets Kutoven Stevens apart from other athletes is his work ethic. He’s like the energizer bunny—he never gets tired, he just keeps going. Not only is he a great athlete, he’s also a great student and an even better human being," Damonte Ranch High coach Lupe Cabada is quoted on the player of the year page.

This year is the 37th year Gatorade has been honoring the nation’s best high school athletes. Stevens is a finalist for the Gatorade national runner of the year award to be announced later this year.

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The Washington NFL Team released its new name, the Commanders, after decades of conversations, protests, written letters, and media appearances from Indigenous peoples telling owners that the previous name was (and still is) a racial slur. Sponsorship pressure was the last straw.

The new name unveiled Wednesday comes 18 months after the franchise dropped its old nickname.

The Washington Commanders, unveil their NFL football team's new identity, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Washington joins Major League Baseball's Cleveland Guardians among North American major professional sports teams abandoning names stereotyping Native Americans. The NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, NHL's Chicago Blackhawks and baseball's Atlanta Braves have said they are not planning to make a similar change. READ MORE.Indian Country Today

In a two page letter to President Joe Biden and other officials, the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators asked Biden to grant Leonard Peltier clemency.

Peltier, 77, recently tested positive for COVID-19, according to the letter dated Jan. 31. The letter is signed by New Mexico State Sen. Benny Shendo and North Dakota state Rep. Ruth Buffalo. A similar letter was sent to Biden late last year.

"Peltier's poor health and pre-existing condition put him at a higher risk of severe COVID-19 infections and death while in federal prison," the letter read.

Peltier has been in prison for more than 40 years, serving two life sentences for the killings of two FBI agents. — Indian Country Today

Around the world: More burial sites are believed to have been found at a former Canadian residential school, the Maasai people are facing eviction from their homelands, a Māori family-owned company wins an international award, Illegal logging threatens Cambodia’s Kuy people, and a platform launches to empower Indigenous youth in Australia.

Coverage around the world on Indigenous issues for the week ending Jan. 30, 2022. READ MORE. Deusdedit Ruhangariyo, special to Indian Country Today

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We meet the new CEO of popular brand Eighth Generation and Stanford Law's first Native faculty member. Plus, a reflection on the Washington football team's new mascot.

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Across the U.S. and Canada, Indigenous athletes have left indelible marks at all levels of competition, across countless sports.

Launched Tuesday, Feb. 1, the North American Indigenous Athletics Hall of Fame will celebrate and honor the achievements of Indigenous individuals and teams for their respective successes in athletics.

For some time now, longtime prep basketball coach Dan Ninham, Oneida, has looked at various halls of fame across the country and Canada; including the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, and other state and provincial halls of fame.

One thing that piqued his interest into halls of fame is the fact that his great-grandfather, Martin Wheelock, Oneida, was inducted into the aforementioned hall of fame at Haskell. Wheelock played on the Carlisle Indian School football team and was a captain of the team in 1899. READ MORE. Kolby KickingWoman, Indian Country Today

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