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Kyrie Irving visits Pine Ridge

NBA superstar Kyrie Irving was spotted Wednesday on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota.

The Pine Ridge High School and Red Cloud Indian School posted photos of Irving interacting with Native youth. Details of the visit aren't public, but a Facebook post by Red Cloud thanked Irving for stopping by.

"Today our relative from Standing Rock, Hela (Kyrie Irving), stopped by to say hi to our students and staff! Wóphila Kyrie for blessing and inspiring our students!" the post read.

Irving, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, plays for the Brooklyn Nets. In 2018 during a visit to Standing Rock, Irving received the name Little Mountain. Since the start of the pandemic, Little Mountain has donated supplies to the tribe, including food and face masks.

Irving won an NBA title with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016. Many NBA experts predict the Nets as this year's favorite to win the title.

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Court denied Line 3 appeal, pipeline still a go

The Minnesota Court of Appeals denied a request by tribes and others on Aug. 24 to hear an appeal opposing the construction of Enbridge Line 3.

The appeal, filed by the Red Lake, White Earth Band and Mille Lac Bands of Ojibwe and others, opposed the state’s Public Utilities Commission granting a certificate of need for the pipeline as well as a routing permit.

Winona LaDuke, White Earth Ojibwe and executive director of Honor the Earth, wrote in an email statement to Indian Country Today, “The rights of a Canadian corporation continue to prevail over the laws of nature and the human rights of Anishinaabe people. That a court would rule there is no environmental impact when the rivers have been sucked dry and scientists are declaring a code red for the planet is deeply disturbing. A crime is being committed in front of us all. And now Enbridge is set to make a profit off the destruction of our north.”

According to a report in Energy Wire, Enbridge Inc. stated in a filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this month that oil could begin to flow through Line 3 by mid-September… READ more.

Montana tribes banded together during fire season

MISSOULA, MONTANA – Residents in three separate Montana reservations banded together to save homes, lives and cultural sites as wildfires scorched nearly 200,000 acres on and near tribal lands in the last two weeks.

Ft. Belknap fire in Montana. (Photo by Rod Benson)

As of Monday, most of the fires threatening the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana; the Fort Belknap Indian Community in the north-central part of the state and the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in the east, have been contained. However, just a week earlier, evacuation plans were active in all three areas displacing hundreds of families... READ more.

Alaska Native convention delayed over COVID surge

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Federation of Natives has postponed its annual convention because of a rise in COVID-19 cases in the state, officials said in a statement.

The convention has traditionally been the largest gathering of Alaska Natives in the state. It had been scheduled for Oct. 21-23 but is now delayed until mid-December in Anchorage, the organization said in a statement Tuesday.

The federation's board of directors cited a rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations statewide and the increasing pressure placed on Alaska's limited healthcare system.

(Related: The modern treaty: protecting Alaska Native land, values)

Organizers said they will continue planning for an in-person convention at the Dena’ina Convention Center in downtown Anchorage with a virtual option. However, the statement said the board will make a decision by mid-October on whether to maintain the in-person part… READ more.

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Governor: Now is not a good time to travel to Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s governor asked Monday that visitors and residents reduce travel to the islands to essential business only while the state struggles to control COVID-19 as the highly contagious delta variant spreads in the community.

Gov. David Ige wants to curtail travel to Hawaii through the end of October.

“It is a risky time to be traveling right now,” he said.

(Related: Tourism in Hawai’i: ‘People are fed up’)

He said restaurant capacity has been restricted and there’s limited access to rental cars.

Ige stopped short of a mandate, saying it’s a different time now than last year when strict travel rules that required quarantining essentially shut down Hawaii’s tourism industry… READ more.

Navajo Nation reports 57 new COVID-19 cases

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Wednesday reported 57 new COVID-19 cases — 20 more than the previous day — plus one more death.

The latest numbers pushed the tribe’s totals to 32,374 coronavirus cases and 1,399 known deaths since the pandemic began more than a year ago.

President Jonathan Nez said all Navajo Nation executive branch employees will need to be fully vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19 by the end of September or be required to submit to regular testing.

New Haudenosaunee art exhibit

More than 50 contemporary artworks by Indigenous artists from all six Haudenosaunee Nations are part of a new exhibit at Syracuse University Art Museum in New York.

The artworks come from the New York State Museum’s contemporary Native Art collection.

“Collectively, the artworks in this exhibit break convention by challenging the expected, disrupting stereotypes, and interrupting non-Haudenosaunee historical narratives,” said Vanja Malloy, director and chief curator of Syracuse University Art Museum. “As the artists and their works demonstrate in this exhibit, the continuous trajectory of Haudenosaunee art has been in existence since long before 1607 and the arrival of Europeans.”

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#ICYMI: Jana Schmieding: Indigenous representation in TV

Natives in television are making news this year. Peacock TV’s “Rutherford Falls” and FX/ Hulu’s “Reservation Dogs featured productions that included Indigenous writers, directors and actors.

Jana Schmieding, Sicangu Lakota, plays the lead of Reagan on “Rutherford Falls.” She also appeared in episode two of “Reservation Dogs.” She joins us to talk about her experience working on both shows and her views on Indigenous visibility in Hollywood… WATCH INTERVIEW.

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