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ANISHINAABE LANDS — Line 3 is dead. Long live Line 93.

Enbridge’s controversial Line 3 construction project is complete.

“The Line 3 replacement project/Line 93 came into service on Friday, October 1, as expected through N(orth) Dakota and Minnesota,” Juli Kellner, communications specialist for Enbridge, said in an email to Indian Country Today.

And with that, Line 3 will be deactivated, according to Kellner.

After nearly 8 years of Indigenous and citizen opposition that saw numerous protests and arrests in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and a string of state, federal and tribal court filings, it appears that the corporate giant has won.

Signs near the Firelight water protector camp along country Highway 2 near Bagley, Minnesota, on Oct. 4, 2021. (Photo by Mary Annette Pember/Indian Country Today)

Not so, say Indigenous and non-Native water protectors.

As clean-up begins and more construction accidents come to light, water protectors are claiming victory on a number of fronts... READ MORE.Mary Annette Pember, Indian Country Today

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On Friday, Apaches will go to court in an attempt to save their sacred land from destruction.

Attorneys for the Apache Stronghold, a community non-profit organization, will argue on behalf of saving Oak Flat from a foreign mining company that wants to extract the copper underneath.

The federal court of appeals hearing will be live streamed and accessible to the public starting at, roughly, 9:30 am PST on Oct. 22.

Apache Stronghold led a spiritual convoy across Arizona and California to the 9th Circuit Court in San Francisco.

A protest is planned at the Civic Center Plaza, outside of the San Francisco City Hall, a couple blocks west of the federal courthouse.

If the court doesn’t intervene a 2-mile wide crater could sink their ancestral lands, which Wendsler Nosie Sr. says has everything they have ever needed to live off the land.

“You can be born there and you can die there,” Nosie Sr. said. “We have worshipped on Oak Flat since time immemorial in reverence just as Abrahamic faiths revere Mt. Sinai and we will be outside the courthouse to defend and protect our sacred place.”

Becket Law is representing Apache Stronghold and released a video recently, describing what’s at stake in the fight.

“The government’s plan to destroy Oak Flat is a tragic reminder of how terribly our nation has treated, and still treats, native peoples,” said Luke Goodrich, vice president and senior counsel at Becket.

Oral arguments will be focused on the religious value the land holds to the Apache people.

“Such callous disregard of religious practices would never be tolerated for other faith groups, and it is long past time for our nation to provide equal protection for Native Americans and their religious practices.” — Carina Dominguez, Indian Country Today

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians held a recent ceremony to celebrate the transfer of the sacred and historic land known as Kituwah Mound into trust.

The area surrounding the Kituwah Mound, often referred to as the “mother town of the Cherokee,” was lost in a land cession treaty with the United States in 1823, and the tribe repurchased the property in 1996.

Kituwah Mound is off Highway 19 between Bryson City and Cherokee, North Carolina.

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Acclaimed Native artist and poet Bunky Echo-Hawk was injured and his 15-year-old daughter killed in an early morning, head-on crash early Saturday, Oct. 16, as they were driving to the Pawnee Nation for a ceremonial tribal dance in Oklahoma.

Alexie Echo-Hawk died at the scene of the accident on Interstate 70 in western Kansas. Bunky Echo-Hawk sustained injuries to his chest, foot, eye and knee. He was released from the hospital Sunday, Oct. 17, but has multiple surgeries and a long recovery ahead, his family said.

Alexie Echo-Hawk, Yakama/Pawnee, daughter of Native artist Bunky Echo-Hawk, was killed in a head-on crash on Oct. 16, 2021 while she and her father were driving from Denver to Pawnee, Oklahoma, for a ceremonial dance. Her father was injured in the crash and faces a long recovery. (Photo courtesy of Crystal Echo Hawk)

The funeral service for Alexie is set for Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Roam Chief Building at the Pawnee Nation in Pawnee, Oklahoma. A prayer service and wake were set for Wednesday evening. A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Sangre de Cristo school in Mosca, Colorado... READ MORE. — Sandra Hale Schulman, special to Indian Country Today

Patricia Hibbeler, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe, is leaving her CEO role at the Phoenix Indian Center on Nov. 3.

Hibbeler first joined Phoenix Indian Center in 2004.

The center is the oldest nonprofit of its kind in the country, according to a news release. It was formed in 1947 and serves 7,000 people.

Hibbeler is heading back to Montana to lead her tribe's Member Services. — Indian Country Today

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Are you an emerging leader? If so, the White House Fellowship might be for you.

The fellowship gives first-hand experience in the federal government.

Selected individuals typically spend a year working with sermons White House staff and Cabinet members.

The 2022-2023 fellowship will open on Nov 1. For details, click here.

Indigenous Peoples Day on Oct. 11 also marked the day 175 years ago when Myaamia tribal citizens were forcibly removed from their homelands near the campus of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Myaamia students, winners of the Miami University Heritage Award program, hang 330 strips of cloth, one for each tribal removed from their lands in 1846, in trees on the Miami University campus on Oct. 11, 2021. (Photo by Mary Annette Pember/Indian Country Today)

Myaamia tribal leaders, citizens and Miami University officials and students gathered to commemorate that fateful day when it seemed everything Myaamia was lost. Their collective mourning, however, was lightened by recognition of the remarkable partnership between the tribe and university that helped restore the lost Myaamia language and culture, offering healing and reclamation of pride in being Myaamia.

Recipients of the Miami Heritage Award Program hung 330 strips of cloth on trees throughout campus, one for every tribal citizen who was removed from their homelands in 1846, 16 years after President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act of 1830.

Today, 39 Myaamia students attend the university with a fee waiver as part of the Heritage Award... READ MORE.Mary Annette Pember, Indian Country Today

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