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New Tommy Orange book on the way
The much-anticipated sequel to author Tommy Orange’s acclaimed first novel, “There There,” will take readers to places they may not have gone before.
The 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, the rise of Indian boarding schools and the mind of Richard Henry Pratt, who coined the phrase, “Kill the Indian, save the man,” will chart the links between history and the characters from his first novel.
“The same brutal stuff is there,” Orange told Indian Country Today in a recent interview. “I'm trying to make that world feel alive in a fictional way.”
The still-untitled new novel, set for likely release in late 2022, will reunite with the characters from “There There” following the aftermath of the first novel’s powwow finale… READ more.
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First Indigenous person appointed as Canada’s governor general
A longtime advocate for Inuit rights and a former leader of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference has been tapped as Canada’s 30th governor general, the first Indigenous person to hold the office.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the appointment of Mary Simon on June 6 followed by a press conference at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec. Trudeau said Queen Elizabeth II has approved the appointment.
The governor general is the viceregal, or representative, of Canada’s monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, and holds a largely ceremonial position that is nonpartisan and apolitical. Since Canada is a constitutional monarchy, where the duties of state and head of government are distinct, the governor general represents the powers and responsibilities of the queen... READ more.
Wire fraud: Mississippi tribal council member pleads guilty
JACKSON, MIss. (AP) — A tribal council member in Mississippi has pleaded guilty to wire fraud.
Roderick Bell, 42, of Philadelphia, admitted submitting phony hotel bills and receipts to the Mississippi Band of Choctaw government as business travel expenses between April and October of 2017, a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
He pleaded guilty last Tuesday in federal court in Jackson, and is scheduled for sentencing Oct. 6 before Judge Carlton Reeves on the single charge. It carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
A federal grand jury had indicted Bell in February 2019 on charges of theft and wire fraud.
NHL goaltender Carey Price update
Veteran NHL goalie Carey Price, Ulkatcho First Nations, is three wins away from hoisting hockey’s ultimate prize, but his Montréal Canadiens have a steep hill to climb to do so.
The Canadiens trail the Tampa Bay Lightning three games to win in the best of seven Stanley Cup Final.
The Canadiens won Monday at home in overtime, game 5 heads back to Florida on Wednesday.
For details about the series, and for more on Price, click here.
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Tribal leaders hope Wyoming follows Colorado
Tribal leaders from Wyoming were in Colorado recently to take part in a signing ceremony on new laws affecting Native people.
Northern Arapaho Business Council leader Jordan Dresser told KPVI that he hopes Wyoming lawmakers take up a similar fight... READ more.
Longtime tribal judge dies
Winona Tanner, long time chief judge of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in Montana and tribal employee for almost 40 years, passed away on July 2, according to a news release.
Tanner started working for the tribe's legal services department in 1983 and became chief judge in 2004.
"Everyone who ever worked with Winona behind the bench or appeared before her will miss her dedication, care and deep understanding of our community,” Chairwoman Shelly R. Fyant said.
NABI set to begin Monday; announces NBA surprise
The Native American Basketball Invitational is set to begin next week in Phoenix, with championship Saturday set for July 17.
However, news of the Phoenix Suns reaching the NBA Finals has thrown a potential wrench in NABI's championships. Usually, NABI basketball championship games take place at the arena home to the Suns and Mercury.
The NBA Finals start Tuesday in Phoenix and Game 5 is scheduled for July 17 in Phoenix. If the series goes that long, NABI will need to find another venue for its championship games.
On Tuesday, NABI announced winners of Saturday' championship games will receive a ticket to Game 5.
If NABI has to relocate, it will play games at Camelback High School.
The best of seven NBA series could be over on July 14 if one team wins its first four games.
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Other top stories:
- Indigenous questions removal of boarding school plaque: The plaque noted the site of a burial ground for students who attended the school between 1882 and 1933.
- Family of Stonechild Chiefstick files lawsuit over police shooting: Federal suit says police should have de-escalated the encounter with the Cowichan/Cree man, who was fatally shot July 3, 2019.
- Seminole Tribe donates $250,000 to Surfside rescue efforts: The Florida tribe will also provide Hard Rock dinners to search-and-rescue workers and collect donations from guests, employees.
- Shipping sage and praying on Zoom: It’s all about helping an individual 'create a balance within their mind, body and spirit, and with their surroundings.'
- Osage women dress Indigenous actress: Osage women’s clothing is not easy to come by as it is all handmade, nor is it easy to put on. 'Killers of the Flower Moon' actress Cara Jade Myers received the full Inlonshka experience.
What we’re reading:
- What are we going to do when they find the bodies?
- 1st woman elected grand chief of Mohawk Council of Kahnawake
- The most important case ‘in generations.’
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