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A northeastern Wisconsin couple have claimed half of a $632.6 million Powerball jackpot won last month, the Wisconsin Lottery announced.

Tammy and Cliff Webster, who live in Oneida, near Green Bay, won roughly $316 million of the jackpot from the Jan. 5 drawing. The other winning ticket was sold in California. The total jackpot was the seventh largest in Powerball’s history.

The Websters, Oneida Nation citizens, are taking the cash option of $225 million instead of annual payments, according to the lottery. After state and local taxes, they will take home nearly $154 million.

The Oneida Nation congratulated the Websters in a social media post.

"We are very excited and happy for Cliff and Tammy and wish them all the best. It's wonderful news when two hardworking people win the lottery."

The tribe also shared a statement from the Websters.

"This is an amazing blessing, and we are incredibly thankful and most appreciative for this extraordinary set of circumstances. We always believed that we had a chance to win if we played, and this is a dream come true."

The Websters did not say how they plan to spend their newfound wealth, the lottery said. — Associated Press

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Indigenous artist Walter “Bunky” Echo-Hawk Jr. has been charged with lewd behavior with a child under 16 years old in Pawnee County District Court, according to court documents.

Mugshot of Walter "Bunky" Echo-Hawk Jr. (Photo courtesy of Pawnee County Sheriffs Department)

A warrant for Echo-Hawk’s arrest was issued Jan. 10 and he was booked into jail Jan. 14 before being released the same day after posting $10,000 bond. Echo-Hawk made his first court appearance Jan. 18, according to court records. Echo-Hawk is Yakama and Pawnee.

Echo-Hawk denies the allegations, according to court documents.

The allegation stems from an investigation that began in November 2021. According to a sworn statement from a law enforcement officer filed with the court, the victim reported being improperly touched repeatedly over several years starting at about 7 years old. READ MORE.Indian Country Today

It was another classic game in the undisputed rivalry between Team Canada and Team USA in women’s hockey. In a match up before the start of the medal round, with both teams undefeated, Team USA dominated with 57 shots to Team Canada's 34, yet in the final tally the Canadians won 4-2.

Canada forward Jamie Lee Rattray (47), Métis Nation, scores the third goal on United States goalkeeper Maddie Rooney (35) as teammate Kelly Pannek (12) looks on during second period women's ice hockey action at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, in Beijing, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

It was as usual a rough and tumble affair with a lot of hits and open ice checks but very few penalties. This game had it all including the first penalty shot goal in Olympic history when Canadian captain Marie Philip Pulan was awarded the shot when she was hooked heading into a breakaway. The game had a wild finish with a Canada player in the penalty box and Team USA goalie Maddie Rooney pulled for the extra attacker. It was six on four for almost the last two minutes of the game.

The MVP was Team Canada goalie Anne-Renee Desbiens, but the Indigenous women representing both countries had an impact on the game. READ MORE. Miles Morrisseau, special to Indian Country Today

Violette Perry’s Indigenous values have driven her into an elite world of athletic competition.

Māori athlete Violette Perry of New Zealand is drawing attention at Yale University in shot put where she is already closing in on university records. Perry, Ngāi Tahu, was among the honorees in December 2021 of the Māori Sports Awards, where she received the Skills Active Māori Sports Awards scholarship. (Photo by Brad Ahern, courtesy of Yale University Athletics)

The Māori woman from New Zealand — who now attends Yale University where she competes in water polo and track and field — told Indian Country Today that her core values have defined her training and competition.

“In Te Ao Māori, a holistic view of health and well-being known as hauora is paramount,” she said recently. “Hauora comprises taha tinana (physical well-being), taha hinengaro (mental and emotional well-being), taha whanau (social well-being), and taha wairua (spiritual well-being).

“The values of hauora have played an integral part in enabling me to achieve and succeed,” she said. “I have always placed an importance in all aspects of my life to be well-rounded, not just to focus on athletic success.” READ MORE.Dan Ninham, special to Indian Country Today

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We learn about two bills in the Washington state Legislature that aim to address the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous relatives. Plus, a former Oglala Lakota NFL player previews the Super Bowl and we recap this week's 'Global Indigenous' column.

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Yá’át’ééh! I’m Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, the new editor at ICT. It’s been a little over a month since this new role and I wanted to introduce myself to you — our readers, partners, and relatives.

I’m Diné, a millennial, pronouns are she/her. For my relatives, I am Towering House Clan, born for the Coyote Pass Clan of Jemez, shicheii (my maternal grandfather) is of the Mexican Clan, and shinálí (my paternal grandfather) is of the Hopi with Red Running into the Water Clan.

Home is where I was born and raised, Diné Bikéyah defined by the legal geographic boundaries and some say Dinétah, which is our ancestral homelands between the four sacred mountains. Besides being a rez kid who can speak little Navajo (but trying to learn more), I also have bordertown kid experiences with immeasurable love for my community and people. READ MORE. — Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, Indian Country Today

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