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Tim Giago showed no signs of ailment as editor emeritus in May 2022 at his Native Sun News Today office in Rapid City, South Dakota. Giago died Sunday morning, nearly two weeks after his 88th birthday.

At age 87, the longtime journalist was in his element in the busy newsroom, fielding questions from his reporters, while ICT’s national correspondent Mary Annette Pember interviewed him about his time as a student at Holy Rosary Indian boarding school (now named Red Cloud School) on the Oglala Lakota nation in South Dakota.

Irascible and sharp as a tack, he was quick to criticize the current mainstream coverage of Indian boarding schools.

“Reporters need to speak directly with survivors who attended these schools rather than relying on secondhand information,” he told ICT. READ MORE. Jourdan Bennett-Begaye and Mary Annette Pember, ICT

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MASKWACIS, Alberta, Canada – Saying it is time to find a pathway forward for healing, Pope Francis issued a long-awaited apology to the Indigenous people of Canada for the Catholic Church’s role in the brutal residential school system that separated children from their families, culture and language.

"I am deeply sorry," the Pope said, from the grounds where the former Ermineskin Indian Residential School operated from 1916 to 1975 as one of the largest government-funded schools run by the Catholic Church.

"In the face of this deplorable evil, the church kneels before God and implores his forgiveness for the sins of her children."

When the apology finally came nearly 150 years after the first Indigenous children were snatched from their families to face abuse and neglect, it drew applause and a few whoops from the hundreds of people gathered to hear the Pope at Maskwacis in the heart of the Cree First Nations and other Indigenous communities. READ MORE.Miles Morrisseau, ICT

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy is expected to sign legislation to formally recognize tribes in the state.

The Alaska Federation of Natives announced the bill signing would take place Thursday. Shannon Mason, a Dunleavy spokesperson, confirmed the timing.

The measure, from Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky, a Bethel Democrat, passed the Legislature in May.

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Supporters of the bill have called it an overdue step that would create opportunities for the state and tribes to work together.

The Alaska Federation of Natives said the measure “does not impact the existing legal status of Alaska Tribes, nor does it change the state’s responsibility or authority. However, it does recognize Alaska’s Indigenous people. This recognition will help unify our tribal governments with the state government.”

“The acknowledgment of our 229 federally recognized Tribes by the State of Alaska is a step toward building a stronger relationship with our state government,” the group’s president, Julie Kitka, said in a statement.

The measure is similar to an initiative that was slated to go before voters later this year. Initiatives that qualify for the ballot can be bumped if the Legislature passes substantially similar legislation first. — Associated Press

When Laura John started working as the city of Portland’s first full-time tribal relations director, she heard a common complaint from Indigenous community members: police weren’t taking action on missing and murdered Indigenous persons (MMIP), one of the most alarming problems facing the urban Native community.

“I was getting phone calls from communities outside of Portland, some rural and some from reservations,” John said. “People were having trouble connecting with an officer or not getting transferred if they called dispatch about a missing person in Portland.”

John says that prompted a series of conversations with the Portland Police Bureau.

“Primarily what I heard back was people hadn’t even heard of this issue,” she said. READ MORE. Underscore News

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