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Series based on Hillerman novels to be set on Navajo Nation
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Production of a six-episode television series based on crime novels by the late author Tony Hillerman is underway in New Mexico, the State Film Office announced Tuesday.
A psychological thriller set in the Four Corners region of the Southwest, “Dark Winds” centers on two Navajo Nation police officers trying to solve a double murder in the Four Corners region.
It’s a production of AMC Networks.
Hillerman’s acclaimed books featuring officers Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee were characterized by vivid descriptions of Navajo rituals and of the vast reservation.
The series will be shot on the Navajo Nation, in Santa Fe and other locations through November. It’s expected to premiere next year, the State Film Office said.
“We are ecstatic that AMC is being so intentional about telling this story in an authentic way by creative talent whose work speaks for itself, with a Native American director from New Mexico, as well as Native American writers, actors, and locations,” said Amber Dodson, the Film Office’s director.
Chris Eyre, who directed the movie “Smoke Signals,” is directing the pilot. The series stars Zahn McClarnon, Noah Emmerich and Kiowa Gordon.
Hillerman died in 2008.
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Hurricane Ida affecting tribes
Citizens of the United Houma Nation in Louisiana are reeling from the impact of Hurricane Ida. Besides causing power outages, damaging homes and evacuations, more rain is expected.
The tribe also doesn't have internet access. Still, we’re lucky to have the principal chief joining us by phone to talk about this disaster and what they need.
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Armed man charged with disrupting tribal event in Maine
CARIBOU, Maine (AP) — A man armed with an assault rifle and a stun gun threatened people at a tribal event hosted by the Aroostook Band of Micmacs before fleeing into the woods over the weekend, police said.
The man was arrested after a standoff that began late Saturday, the Caribou Police Chief Michael Gahagan said in a statement.
The man was charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, terrorizing, reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and creating a police standoff, Gahagan said.
The man remained in the Aroostook County Jail on Monday on $10,000 cash bail. It was unknown if he had a lawyer.
Rosebud voters elect Scott Herman as tribal president
ROSEBUD, South Dakota – Rosebud Vice President Scott Herman ousted incumbent tribal President Rodney M. Bordeaux in a general election Aug. 26 that also brought in a new vice president and several new council members.
In unofficial results reported by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Election Board, Herman drew 1,374 votes to Bordeaux’s 937. Bordeaux had served several terms in tribal government, as president and as a council representative for Rosebud.
The election drew 2,341 tribal citizens to 22 polling places... READ more.
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36 Navajo Nation communities have uncontrolled COVID spread
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Monday reported 17 new COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths for the second consecutive day.
The latest numbers pushed the tribe’s total to 32,545 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began more than a year ago. The known death total remained at 1,403.
Based on cases from Aug. 13-16, the Navajo Department of Health has issued an advisory notice for 36 communities due to uncontrolled spread of COVID-19.
President Jonathan Nez has 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.
The new rules apply to full, part-time and temporary employees, including those working for tribal enterprises like utilities, shopping centers and casinos.
Any worker who does not show proof of vaccination by Sept. 29 must be tested every two weeks or face discipline.
#NativeNerd: Indian Country’s love for ‘Reservation Dogs’
There’s a lot of love out there for Sterlin Harjo’s and Taika Waititi’s newest FX/HULU show, “Reservation Dogs.”
And for the record, it has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 100 percent Certified Fresh, myself included.
Set photos, social media posts and my review of episodes five and six... READ more.
#ICYMI: #KickinWithKolby: A jersey miss
In the world of sports, a lot of teams and schools don’t get it right when it comes to appropriating Native culture. We’ve all seen it.
Shoot, look how long it took for the Washington Football Team and Cleveland Indians to change their ways.
The latest example isn’t as egregious as those examples but it still misses the mark... READ more.
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Other top stories:
- Hawaii schools look to mainland to teach online classes: As the highly contagious delta variant continues to infect more people, schools are seeing an increased demand for online instruction.
- Panel considers future of coal-fired power plant: Some tribal citizens told regulators that all levels of Navajo leadership are behind the proposal.
- Minnesota court deals yet another setback to pipeline foes: Two tribal governments and three environmental groups challenged the court's decision on several grounds.
- Labor secretary visits Phoenix Indian Center: The center serves more than 7,000 Indigenous people from more than 100 tribes.
- South Dakota lawmakers start speedy redistricting process: A Native voting rights advocate told the committee it was already not doing enough groundwork to ensure Native voices are heard
What we’re reading:
- Dark Cloud: The last known Chippewa 'Sixties Scoop' survivor.
- Indigenous communities say climate change is threatening their way of life.
- MarJon Beauchamp signs with G League Ignite program.
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