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During a typical semester day, Anton Treuer teaches three Ojibwe language courses on the hour at Bemidji State University.
At 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., the classes are held both in person and virtually. It’s part of his mission to keep the Ojibwe language, or Ojibwemowin, alive and working in the community.
It’s a mission that is at the heart of the Waadookodaading Ojibwe Language Immersion School on the Lac Courte Oreilles Indian Reservation in northwestern Wisconsin, where Treuer also serves as a board member.
Treuer, Ojibwe, an author, speaker and professor at Bemidji State University, is a leader among leaders with Ojibwemowin revitalization projects for the past 30 years. He has been awarded more than 40 academic honors, including recognition from the American Philosophical Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation and the Bush Foundation, and was a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, according to his website. READ MORE. — Dan Ninham, special to Indian Country Today
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At least one Indigenous hockey player will win the gold medal in women's hockey at the Beijing Games.
Team USA, led by Abby Roque, Anishinaabe, Wahnapitae First Nation, the defending Olympic champion defeated Finland 4-1 in a women’s hockey semifinal on Monday to set up the sixth gold-medal showdown between the Americans and Canada. Roque scored an empty-netter in the win against Finland.
The cross-border rivals will play Wednesday night after Canada erupted for five first-period goals over an Olympic record span of 3:24 in a 10-3 win over Switzerland earlier in the day. Canada beat USA 4-2 in a match up before the start of the medal round.
Jocelyne Larocque and Jamie Lee Rattray, both of the Métis Nation, play for Team Canada. READ MORE. — Associated Press
Growling bears. Stickball. Vivid patchwork clothing. Vibrant street art murals.
These disparate objects live together in the heart of the Everglades at the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum.
Filled with more than dusty artifacts, the compound is home to 180,000 unique items that bring Seminole history to life. And finally, after a shutdown of more than a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum opened its doors again on Monday, Feb. 14, with two new exhibits.
The new exhibits include a painting show by artist and writer Elgin Jumper and one dedicated to Buffalo Tiger, the first chief of the Miccosukee. READ MORE. — Sandra Hale Schulman, special to Indian Country Today
The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed guard Lindy Waters III, Kiowa and Cherokee, to a Two-Way Contract.
Waters played college basketball at Oklahoma State University. Before signing his contract on Feb. 10, Waters played with the Thunder's minor league affiliate, the Oklahoma City Blue.
Waters joins at least two other Indigenous NBA players in Kyrie Irving, Standing Rock Sioux, and Patty Mills, Aboriginal from Australia. Both Irving and Mills play for the Brooklyn Nets. — Indian Country Today
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A Walker River Paiute citizen now owns a Super Bowl ring.
Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman Austin Corbett helped lead his team to victory Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, 23-20.
Corbett, a right guard, was on the field late for the game-winning score. It took a precise 79-yard drive capped by Cooper Kupp’s 1-yard touchdown reception with 1:25 remaining to give the Rams their first NFL title since the 1999 season — and their first representing Los Angeles since 1951. He was in the team’s starting lineup. READ MORE. — Indian Country Today
- Oklahoma governor knocks McGirt ruling: Gov. Kevin Stitt delivered his State of the State address on Feb. 7.
- Tribal officials call for ‘critical’ water infrastructure: Several witnesses outlined their water infrastructure needs in a recent House subcommittee hearing.
- Award-winning Mohawk musician reconnecting with culture: Logan Staats is finding light in the darkness.
- Tribe receives funding for nutrition center: The Walker River Paiute Tribe was awarded a $1 million grant.
- Expanding Ocmulgee's footprint: New director of outreach in Georgia's national park effort brings a Native voice to the table.
- Native American activists call for return of artifacts from Scotland.
- Indigenous sports milestones.
- World champion boxer makes acting debut in thriller 'Catch the Fair One.'
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