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A few days a week, the Tonawanda Seneca Nation office transforms into a bustling language school.

Jayden Parker, 22, is one of the advanced Seneca language students at Honöta:önih Hënödeyësdahgwa'. He was inspired by a strong desire for connection and understanding.

“I grew up with a lot of older people, so they all spoke the language,” Parker said. “I wanted to be able to speak with them, too, and understand what they're saying. And then have them understand me as well.”

The classes range from kindergarten through adult classes, like the one Parker is taking, which involves transcribing recordings of Native speakers and learning ceremonial speeches.

“This is my home. And this is where I thrive. There's no other place that I could really see myself being,” Parker said. “I just hope to bring the language back as much as we can ... just to be helping my people as much as I can.” READ MORE. WXXI News

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Vegas is calling all Indigenous business leaders, thinkers, and innovators.

It’s the annual gathering at the Reservation Economic Summit at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. The second year of the conference coming back to being in-person.

The networking (and jokes) started Sunday in the hotel registration line. It turned into laughter and hugging while trying to find the coffee and pastries Monday morning.

And the Indian Country Today team is in attendance to capture it all. READ MORE.Indian Country Today

A day of commemoration and condolences by the Queen of England’s representative in Canada marked one year since the remains of 215 missing children were revealed at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia.

It was May 23, 2021, when the Tk'emlups Te Secwepemc First Nation announced that the remains had been found in unmarked graves around the school.

On Monday, Governor General of Canada Mary Simon, Dene, who is the symbolic head of Canada and serves as the Queen’s representative, spoke to the school survivors and families gathered for a memorial ceremony.

“You knew what happened here,” said Simon, the first Indigenous woman to serve as governor general. “The atrocities, the deaths, the loss and the silence. So many children gone. So much possibility gone.” READ MORE.Miles Morrisseau, Indian Country Today

A top lawmaker is calling for more protections for Indigenous women.

Last week, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski co-hosted a roundtable discussion on public safety and justice in Native communities.

The conversation was held by the U.S. Senate committee on Indian Affairs.

Lawmakers talked about the 2022 provisions for the Violence Against Women Act.

They called for support behind the Not Invisible Act — as well as Savannah’s act. Both laws aim to tackle the missing and murdered Indigenous women crisis.

The roundtable included leaders from Indian Country. Federal officials from the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Indian Affairs were also in attendance. — “ICT Newscast with Aliyah Chavez”

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Coming up, we’re in Las Vegas for the 2022 Reservation Economic Summit. We’re talking to chairman from the Nisqually and Shinnecock Nations, and more from a thought leader in Indian Country.

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A partial skull that was discovered last summer by two kayakers in Minnesota will be returned to Native American officials after investigations determined it was about 8,000 years old.

The kayakers found the skull in the drought-depleted Minnesota River about 110 miles west of Minneapolis, Renville County Sheriff Scott Hable said.

Thinking it might be related to a missing person case or murder, Hable turned the skull over to a medical examiner and eventually to the FBI, where a forensic anthropologist used carbon dating to determine it was likely the skull of a young man who lived between 5500 and 6000 B.C., Hable said. READ MORE.Associated Press

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