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This is not Cowlitz comedian Joey Clift’s first time at the Comedy Central animated short video rodeo. But it is the first time the video is about an actual Native mascot change, and for that, he is grateful.

Earlier in October, when the then Cleveland Indians played their last game with that name, (they have changed their name now to the Cleveland Guardians) Clift, in collaboration with Comedy Central, released his latest video that he wrote, directed and starred in.

“I released a new animated short with Comedy Central!” Clift told Indian Country Today. “It's called ‘How to Cope with Your Team Changing Its Native American Mascot’ and it's a comedy PSA about sports fans whose teams just changed their weird Native mascots, like the Washington D.C. NFL team, Cleveland Indians and like, a million other teams because there are a lot.” Clift referenced his previous animated video with Comedy Central which compared being a bear with being a Native person.

The latest video was all Clift’s idea, which includes some impressive Native star power... READ more. Vincent Schilling, Indian Country Today


Depicting history, culture and community all within one jersey couldn’t be more unique. Making all proceeds from the sale of that jersey go towards supporting Native families and children who have been displaced is even more special.

Phoenix Rising FC’s Solomon Asante shows off his Indigenous Peoples’ Day warm-up jersey during pregame. (Photo courtesy of Ashley Orellana/Phoenix Rising)

Before the Phoenix Rising notched its second straight shutout by blanking the Oakland Roots 1-0 Saturday night at Wild Horse Pass, the team warmed up in high fashion by wearing T-shirts designed to pay homage to the O’odham people and the land on which the stadium sits.

Jaime Jackson, a graphic artist from the Gila River Indian Community and a Phoenix Rising supporter, helped create the poignant jerseys for the team to wear while warming up in honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day... READ more.Cronkite News

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will hold the fourth of four Wolf Management Plan Committee meetings on Oct. 21 at 9 a.m.

Six tribes sued Wisconsin in September to try to stop its planned gray wolf hunt, asserting that the hunt violates their treaty rights and endangers an animal they consider sacred.

The meeting is virtual and open to the public. Public comment will not be taken during the meeting.

To watch, click here.

What in the wide world of sports happened this week?!

From the continued fallout from Kyrie Irving and the decision by management of the Brooklyn Nets to not allow him to be a “part-time player,” putting his season at risk until he receives the vaccine, not to mention his now viral Instagram live video Wednesday night; to the resignation of Jon Gruden as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders for insensitive emails he sent nearly a decade ago that were leaked as part of an investigation into the Washington Football Team; a lot has happened in the world of sports.

(Photo by Aliyah Chavez, Indian Country Today)

That sentence was a lot in and of itself. Thanks for sticking with me.

All this overshadowing what so far has been a fun start to the MLB postseason, a great WNBA Finals between the Phoenix Mercury and the Chicago Sky and what was an instant classic Heavyweight bout between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder last Saturday night… READ more. Kolby KickingWoman, Indian Country Today

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Mark Dec. 5 on your calendars, football fans.

The 7G Foundation and the Minnesota Vikings will host the fourth Indigenous Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Vikings.

The game creates opportunities for Native athletes to compete at a high level, according to a news release.

Applications are open through Nov. 1. Details here.


Indian Country Today Editor Mark Trahant will be part of a discussion that explores the power of a changing media.

The discussion, called Salmon Lessons: Indigenous knowledge in the news, is virtual and free. Register here.

Beth Piatote, an associated professor at University of California, Berkeley, will also be part of the discussion.

Here's a short synopsis: Salmon are the life blood for many Pacific Northwest Indigenous communities. The health of salmon is the health of the ecosystem. As the climate crisis becomes more and more apparent, as warming rivers threaten the survival of fish and access to water becomes increasingly contentious, tribal communities have adopted strategies to protect the natural resources that have sustained them for centuries. What can media coverage of Indigenous communities explain about the vital connections to the places where we live and what can be done about a planet out of balance. — Indian Country Today


CINCINNATI, Ohio — It was a lifetime ago, more than 50 years now, that Jodine Grundy taught at the St. Mary’s Mission boarding school on Confederated Tribes lands in Omak, Washington.

It was 1966. Grundy was 20, an idealistic, newly minted graduate from the Jesuit’s Santa Clara University in California interested in art and social justice. Energized by the church’s involvement in civil rights issues, she jumped at a priest’s invitation to teach at the remote boarding school as a means to live out her Catholic faith and help improve the world.

It was a romantic adventure that turned sour in less than a year, forever tainting her relationship with the tenets of Catholic mission work. Today, decades later, vague misgivings and a sense of half-hidden evil linger on, resistant to time... READ more.Mary Annette Pember, Indian Country Today

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