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Enbridge is getting personal with the Bad River Ojibwe tribe over the company’s Line 5 pipeline route through tribal lands in Wisconsin.

In recent lawsuits, Enbridge has targeted individual tribal members and staff, seeking the court’s permission to question them under oath about their “thought process” in opposing renewal of the company’s easement through the reservation.

For Bad River citizens and leaders, however, the issue has always been personal.

Bad River or Mashkiziibii (Medicine River) has an abiding, irremovable quality for Ojibwe people. Central to their world view and spirituality, and an example of their sustainable connection with traditional foods and ways, Bad River is more than geography. The river and land represent Ojibwe blood memory, according to Aurora Conley, a citizen of the Bad River tribe and a member of the Anishinaabe Environmental Protection Alliance. READ MORE.Mary Annette Pember, Indian Country Today

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The National Hockey League playoffs are underway and four Indigenous players and one Indigenous coach all have a chance to carry Lord Stanley’s Cup home.

Round one features a clash between one of the NHL's most decorated Indigenous and U.S.-born players – T.J. Oshie, whose Washington Capitals face off against the Florida Panthers and rising defensive talent Brandon Montour.

Florida Panthers defenseman Brandon Montour, Mohawk, right, celebrates after scoring in overtime of the team's NHL hockey game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, on April 23, 2022, in Sunrise, Florida. The Panthers won 3-2. They are in the Stanley Cup 2022 playoffs. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Behind the bench of the St. Louis Blues is the man they called “Chief” for his 17 years as a bruising NHL enforcer – Craig Berube, who will skipper his team against the Minnesota Wild and Connor Dewar, who was added to the Wild roster for the playoff run.

And Ethan Bear is in the hunt with the Carolina Hurricanes, who are playing the Boston Bruins.

That’s right, a Bear is taking on the Bruins – it’s Indigenous hockey in the 2022 NHL playoffs. READ MORE.Miles Morrisseau, Special to Indian Country Today

Not a lot is known about the jacket. But here are some basics.

It is made of tanned moose hide for an Athabascan chief. The metal zipper bisecting its front suggests a mid-20th century origin. A recent consultation with residents in Gulkana about its possible provenance turned up guidance that the beaded flowers running up the lapels denote it likely came from around Tanacross.

The jacket was recently moved into a display case at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage. It’s one of 1,744 Indigenous works of art and material culture that are part of a transfer so massive, it doubled the organization’s collection.

“These objects coming home, people will be able to identify where they came from. They might even be able to tell us who made them,” said Angela Demma, the Heritage Center’s collections curator. READ MORE. — Anchorage Daily News

Maine is joining a group of more than 30 states that allow sports betting, but the first legal wagers may not happen until 2024.

Milton Champion, executive director of Maine's gambling control unit, told the Bangor Daily News that he won't cut any corners when it comes to establishing regulations for the new gambling segment in Maine.

The new law championed by Gov. Janet Mills gives tribes in Maine exclusive control of mobile sports betting, which is expected to account for 85 percent of revenue.

In-person licenses are set aside for casinos and off-track betting parlors. There is a 10 percent tax on proceeds.

Rules and regulations will need to be drafted after the law takes effect this summer and the state hires two employees to oversee sports betting, Champion said.

Public hearings and written comments are required, a process that Champion said could take from eight months to a year and half to complete.

Austin Muchmore, Hollywood Casino general manager in Bangor, said people have been asking for years to place bets on sports Associated Press

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On Monday's ICT Newscast, we learn about an online tool kit helping transgender and two-spirit Native youth. Plus, more from an Oglala Lakota mental health nurse practitioner and abortion rights.

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Lummi Tribal citizens and Native communities across the Pacific Northwest gathered with faith leaders, activists and neighbors for the Spirit of the Waters Totem Pole Journey launch Tuesday, May 3, at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship.

The 2,300-mile journey highlights the vital role of the Snake River, salmon and orca to the lifeways and identities of tribal communities in the region. The updated pole, created by House of Tears Carvers, will travel for 17 days through tribal and metropolitan communities in Washington, Oregon and Idaho to advocate for the removal of dams on the Lower Snake River and for the health of salmon and orca.

Sponsored by Se’Si’Le (pronounced saw-see-lah) — an inter-tribal nonprofit aimed at reintroducing Indigenous spiritual law into the mainstream conversation about climate change and the environment — the Spirit of the Waters Totem Pole Journey informs and engages Pacific Northwest communities through inter-generational voices, ceremony, art and science, spirituality, ancestral knowledge and cross-cultural collaboration. READ MORE.Natasha Brennan, McClatchy Northwest

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