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A U.S. quarter featuring the image of the late Cherokee Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller will be unveiled June 6 with a celebration in Oklahoma honoring her move from activist to the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation.

The quarter features a portrait of Mankiller, wrapped in a traditional shawl with the wind at her back, and the seven-pointed star of the Cherokee Nation. It spells out Cherokee Nation in the Cherokee syllabary.

It is the third quarter released by the U.S. Mint in a series honoring prominent American women.

“Traditionally women have had an important leadership role in our Indian Nations, so we are deeply honored for Wilma to be recognized along with the other great women selected to be represented on the quarter,” said Charlie Soap, Wilma’s widower, in a statement released by the Cherokee Nation. READ MORE Indian Country Today


ICT’s editor-at-large Mark Trahant joins Maria Hinojosa for the Idaho Humanities Council free two-part web series called “The Changing Face of Media.” It will be on June 2 and 14 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time.

Trahant, citizen of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, and Hinojosa — Pulitzer Prize-winner, anchor and producer for Latino USA and CEO of Futuro Media — will discuss the theme of “Why Do We See Media as Polarizing?” on June 2.

Register on Eventbrite to receive a Zoom link prior to the event. There will be a Q&A session after the panel and it will be available on the Idaho Humanities Council’s YouTube channel after the event.

The event will be simulcast in Spanish and American Sign Language.

More information here.

It looked like it was all over for Team Canada at the International Ice Hockey Federation championship in Helsinki, Finland, until Indigenous hockey player Zach Whitecloud gave them one last chance for gold.

There were just more than two minutes left on the clock, and the Canadian net was empty so that an extra skater was out on the ice. Everything was on the line when 25-year-old Whitecloud of the Vegas Golden Knights put on a world-class performance.

He started the play up the ice with a crisp pass to Adam Lowry of the Winnipeg Jets and picked up the pass from the corner, firing a perfect shot past Finnish netminder.

The celebration of his singular shot was quickly tempered, with the goal put under review in a game that already had had some questionable calls.

Finland began the third period with three straight power plays, including a 5-on3 power play that gave the team the opportunity to score two goals in the third period to take a 3-1 lead. Canadian broadcasters calling one of those penalties a “phantom call."

Whitecloud’s goal was eventually allowed to stand, however, and the game continued. With 1:24 left on the clock, Canadian Max Comtois scored to tie the game and send it to overtime. Then, with just more than five minutes left in overtime, Canadian Captain Thomas Chabot was called for hooking and Finland’s Sakari Mannimen put the game on ice for the hometeam.

Finland won gold, and Canada took silver. READ MORE — Miles Morrisseau, Indian Country Today

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Jourdan Bennett-Begaye needed a break. 

Her intense undergrad work as an athletic training major was heavy in science and she thought a class in video production and blogging sounded like a fun change in pace.

“I accidentally fell into journalism,” she says. “I came to the first day of class and got the syllabus and it was news media writing. I thought, ‘Holy cow, what did I get myself into.’”

Bennett-Begaye is now the first female executive and top editor of Indian Country Today, a 40-year-old independent, nonprofit, multimedia news enterprise that serves the Indigenous community across the United States. Originally from New Mexico, growing up on Navajo Nation ground, she’s also a board member of the Native American Journalists Association.

“I love that I get to learn every single day. It suits very much my personality, which is talking to people, learning their stories, learning what drives them and motivates them,” she says. “We’re all different. I love seeing how the world works and how the world is interconnected, which is what the pandemic is showing us now. We’re relying on each other.” READ MOREIt’s All Journalism


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