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Indigenous leaders met with Canadian bishops on Wednesday and were told Pope Francis won't add more stops, as they requested, to his trip to Canada, where he will apologize in person for the abuse suffered by Indigenous people at the hands of the Catholic church.

Pope Francis, who has been using a wheelchair because of a bad knee, will head to Canada on July 24 and visit Alberta, Quebec and Iqaluit, a small town in the far north. The pope leaves on July 29.

“Three locations were picked. The survivors had no say in that. We weren’t asked,” said Ken Young, a former regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations in Manitoba.

“We asked the bishops if that could change to include other venues, perhaps Kamloops, and that answer was no.”

Richard Smith, the archbishop of Edmonton, said the Vatican made it clear the trip had to be short, considering the pope’s health.

“The Vatican has announced those three sites, and when the Vatican announces it, that’s it,” Smith said. READ MOREAssociated Press 

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CEDAR CITY, Utah — She walked up a red carpet and crossed a stage to accept her diploma wearing an eagle feather beaded onto her cap that her mother had gifted her.

Amryn Tom graduated in late May from southern Utah's Cedar City High School. Her family cheered.

For the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah and other Native Americans, eagle feathers of the variety Tom wore are sacred items passed down through generations, used at ceremonies to signify achievement and connection with the community.

“This is from your ancestors,” Tom said her mother, Charie, told her.

One year ago, students in Tom's school district would have been barred from wearing any form of tribal regalia along with their traditional cardinal-colored caps and gowns.

Not this year.

In March, Utah joined a growing list of states in enshrining Native students' rights to wear tribal regalia at their graduation ceremonies. READ MOREAssociated Press

Around the world: A large island in Australia will return to Aboriginal ownership while Indigenous surfing titles returned to another region of the country, an Indigenous community files a lawsuit to stop a proposed coal mine in Thailand, and a Māori council member in New Zealand makes a bid to become his city’s first Māori mayor.

AUSTRALIA: Sydney Harbor island set to return to Indigenous control

New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet has announced that the government has committed $43 million to the clean-up and repair of Me-Mel, also known as Goat Island, before it is handed over to its Indigenous owners, The Guardian reported on May 28.

The funds will help in repairing seawalls and buildings, improving wharf access, upgrading services and removing contaminants such as asbestos over the next four years. It is the largest island in Sydney Harbor, The Guardian reported.

"A big part of my commitment is ensuring the island is remediated before it's transferred to the Aboriginal community," Perrottet said, according to The Guardian. "This island has been dormant for many, many years...but we've not made any steps forward until today." READ MOREDeusdedit Ruhangariyo, Indian Country Today

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Chairman John L. Lowery, Lumbee, leads the efforts on a new opportunity in his tribe of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The new department will direct farming, natural resources, conservation, and food sovereignty programs.

Sierra Teller Ornelas, Navajo and the executive producer of the NBC series, “Rutherford Falls", says season two will be launching on June 16 on the streaming service Peacock. ICT Editor Jourdan Bennett-Begaye caught up with her at RES 2022 for some insights.

The federal government is suing the state of Alaska over fish openings on the Kuskokwim River. ICT's Joaqlin Estus joins us to talk about it.

More than a century after the United States government took most of their land, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Washington state are getting small chunks of it back.

The nonprofit Methow Conservancy handed over the deed to 328 acres of forest, sagebrush, and salmon spawning grounds along the Chewuch River in the Methow Valley to the Colville Tribes on May 19.

The deal follows the return of 9,200 acres of ranch land just east of the Methow Valley to the Colville Tribes in October.

“It touches our heart that some of our people will be able to spend some time in their homeland on probably the very same place their elders’ footsteps once were,” Andy Joseph Jr., Colville Business Council Chairman, told KUOW.

The business council is the governing body of the Confederated Colville Tribes.

Long before Methow Valley became a cross-country skiing mecca and Seattle’s vacation playground, it was home to the Methow Tribe. READ MOREAssociated Press

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