A lot of news out there, especially out of Canada as more little ones are being found. If you are feeling triggered, here is a resource list for trauma responses from the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition in the US. The National Indian Residential School Crisis Hotline in Canada can be reached at 1-866-925-4419. If you're in Treaty 4 territory, call 306-522-7494. Take care of yourself.
We did our best to gather the latest news for you from other Indigenous news outlets and Indigenous journalists. Remember to scroll to the bottom to see what’s popping out to us on social media and what we’re reading.
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182 unmarked graves found at third former residential school
Another First Nation is reporting the discovery of unmarked graves near the site of a former residential school, St. Eugene’s Mission School.
It follows reports of similar massive findings at two other such church-run schools: one of more than 600 unmarked graves at the former Marieval Indian Residential School and another of 215 bodies at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.
The community of ʔaq’am, also known as St. Mary’s band, is situated within the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa Nation near Cranbrook, British Columbia. It located 182 unmarked graves in 2020 using ground penetrating radar. It's close to the former St. Eugene’s Mission School, which was operated by the Catholic Church from 1912 until the early 1970s.
But it only recently notified the nearby Lower Kootenay First Nation about the find... READ more.
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Navajo wins Lanford Wilson Award
Rhiana Yazzie, Navajo, was named co-recipient of the 2021 Lanford Wilson Award, according to Broadway World.
Yazzie is a playwright, filmmaker, director, performer and producer.
The award is named after the late award-winning playwright.
Mariam Based also won the award, and each writer receives a $20,000 prize... READ more.
Oneida cyclist back on Tour
Competitive cycling's most prestigious race is back.
Neilson Powless, Oneida, the first Native to compete in race history in 2020, is back for this year's Tour de France.
Last year's race was held in August and September.
(Previous: Bright future for Oneida cyclist)
The 2021 race started on June 26 and goes through July 18. Follow the race here. Powless was in 19th place as of early Wednesday.
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Construction workers on Enbridge Line 3 brought more COVID-19 virus
Nearly 800 people working on Enbridge’s Line 3 construction in northern Minnesota tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, according to an investigation by Al Jazeera.
Healthcare workers say that cases could have been avoided if Minnesota Governor Tim Walz of the state’s Democratic Farmer-Labor Party had issued an emergency stop on construction as requested by Indigenous leaders and others in November 2020.
Al Jazeera journalists obtained data from the Minnesota Department of Health showing that 788 Enbridge workers have tested positive for the virus.
According to the data, a wave of Enbridge workers contracted the virus in December 2020 shortly after construction began in November. Thousands of workers, many from out of state, traveled to rural communities in Minnesota to work on the pipeline.
Most of the cases occurred in Pennington County near the Red Lake and White Earth Nations.
Data from the state's Department of Health indicate that none of the Enbridge workers sick with COVID-19 died although 3 were hospitalized.
Enbridge spokespersons say that employees are required to wear masks and observe social distancing at worksites and are encouraged to get vaccinated. But a former employee said that workers frequently ignored the company’s directives.
Hopi cross country coach named to national hall of fame
Hopi High School cross country coach Rickey Baker is being recognized nationally for what Arizona has known for years: Baker is an outstanding coach. His list of wins includes taking Hopi High to 27 straight titles.
He started coaching in Keams Canyon, Arizona in 1987. His string of titles ended in 2017, but his teams finished runner-up the last three seasons.
Rickey will be inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) National High School Hall of Fame on Thursday.
Morongo tribal chairman retires after three decades
The longtime leader of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians is set to retire, according to the Desert Sun.
Robert Martin has served six consecutive terms as chairman, and decided not to run for reelection this month... READ more.
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Other top stories:
- Sex trafficking sting nets 2 more Enbridge workers: The arrests mark the second time this year Enbridge Line 3 workers have been accused of sex trafficking.
- Indigenous multi-genre artist Ty Defoe: ICT's Carina Dominguez talks with Oneida, Ojibwe artist about projects, gender identity and Pride month.
- Indigenous comedy in the spotlight: New book chronicles Indigenous comedy from the 1800s to today's 1491s.
- Documentary about Indigenous Catholics short on accuracy, long on spin: ANALYSIS: Catholic Church continues to dodge culpability in Indian boarding and residential schools.
- Watch: The new adventures of Super Indian: Arigon Starr talks about her new virtual exhibit at the Autry Museum of the American West.
What we’re reading:
- Native American women face an epidemic of violence.
- Cherokee National Treasure Dorothy Sullivan featured in new exhibit at Saline Courthouse Museum.
- Memoir of hockey legend Fred Sasakamoose released.
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