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The first true American revolution

Public schools regularly teach about the American Revolution, when the colonies stood up to the throne and overthrew British rule of the so-called “new world.” However, long before that revolution, Pueblo people staged a successful revolution against Spanish colonizers.

The Pueblo revolt took place on August 10, 1680, and has been referred to as the first true American revolution.

Conroy Chino, Acoma Pueblo, a former journalist, explains to Indian Country Today how his ancestors took part in the Pueblo revolt.

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Southeast Montana town evacuated as wildfire closes in

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A small town in southeastern Montana was ordered evacuated Tuesday as strong winds drove a wildfire dangerously close to the community just outside the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, officials said.

Roughly 500 to 600 people living in Ashland and the surrounding area were ordered to leave, Rosebud County Sheriff Allen Fulton said.

By early afternoon, flames were within about a quarter mile of a subdivision along the Tongue River after strong winds pushed the blaze several miles, Fulton said. Some people in the evacuation zone left but others were staying in place.

"We're actually pretty worried about it," Fulton said. "It's jumping highways, it's jumping streams. A paved road is about as good a fire line as we could ask for and it's going over that in spots."

The fire began on private land in the Richard Springs area about 10 miles southwest of Colstrip and had grown to almost 100 square miles by Tuesday morning. Three outbuildings were destroyed during the initial efforts to fight it.

Shelters for evacuees were being set up in the nearby towns of Lame Deer and Broadus.

Legal group backs review of US boarding schools

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The American Bar Association’s policymaking body has voted in favor of a resolution supporting the U.S. Interior Department as it works to uncover the troubled legacy of federal boarding schools that sought to assimilate Indigenous youth into white society.

The resolution, adopted Monday by delegates at the bar association’s annual meeting, calls for the Biden administration and Congress to fully fund the initiative and provide subpoena power to the Interior Department as it gathers and reviews reams of records related to the schools.

The measure also supports legislation that would create a federal commission to investigate and document all aspects of the boarding school system in the U.S., including issuing reports regarding the root causes of human rights abuses at the schools and to make recommendations to prevent future atrocities… READ more.

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White House meeting with leaders Wednesday

President Joe Biden will meet virtually with governors, mayors, tribal officials, and others to talk about the bipartisan infrastructure investment. Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., will be part of the meeting. READ MORE ABOUT THE INFRASTRUCTURE BILL.

Other attendees include members of the National Governors Association, U.S. Conference of Mayors, National League of Cities, National Association of Counties, National Conference of State Legislatures, and National Congress of American Indians.

Speakers include:

  • Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan
  • Mayor Jerry Dyer, Fresno, CA
  • Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba, Jackson, MS
  • Commissioner Liz Hausmann, Fulton County, GA
  • Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr., Cherokee Nation

Navajo Nation reports 16 new COVID-19 cases, 1 more death

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - The Navajo Nation on Tuesday reported 16 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death.

The latest numbers pushed the tribe's pandemic totals to 31,666 cases and 1,384 known deaths.

Based on cases from July 23 to Aug. 5, the Navajo Department of Health has issued a health advisory notice for 19 communities due to uncontrolled spread of COVID-19.

"The data here on the Navajo Nation still shows that the majority of new cases are the result of in-person social and family gatherings where people let their guard down and often don't wear masks,” President Jonathan Nez said in a statement Tuesday. 

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Big win for $1T infrastructure bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a robust vote after weeks of fits and starts, the Senate approved a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan on Tuesday, a rare coalition of Democrats and Republicans joining to overcome skeptics and deliver a cornerstone of President Joe Biden's agenda.

The 69-30 tally provides momentum for this first phase of Biden's "Build Back Better" priorities, now headed to the House. A sizable number of lawmakers showed they were willing to set aside partisan pressures, eager to send billions to their states for rebuilding roads, broadband internet, water pipes and the public works systems that underpin much of American life.

Infrastructure was once a mainstay of lawmaking, but the weeks-long slog to strike a compromise showed how hard it has become for Congress to tackle routine legislating, even on shared priorities… READ more.

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Tlingit author honored with ‘distinguished’ award

The Rasmuson Foundation honored former Alaska Writer Laureate Ernestine Hayes, Tlingit, with its 2021 Distinguished Artist Award. Hayes is the author of two Alaska Native memoirs, “Blonde Indian,” and “The Tao of Raven.”

Telling the story of her life, she intermingles pride, love, poverty, shame, beautiful vistas, the perspectives of wildlife and the Earth, and Tlingit tales.

She writes about growing up with her Tlingit grandparents in a Native enclave in Juneau called the Indian Village, a remnant of Tlingit homelands, while her mother spent years recovering from Tuberculosis in a sanitarium… READ more.

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