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A grueling off-road competition that asks competitors to hand calculate longitude and latitude coordinates to find checkpoints. That’s what two Navajo women are up against.

The rez has prepared them for this. Shandiina Peters said growing up she did a lot of off-roading when she would go with her dad to install solar panels for those without electricity on the Navajo Nation.

“The landscape I was told is really similar with the Juniper trees and the sandstone and the different rock terrains that we have here on the reservation.” Her teammate Racquel Black said, “I think that’s what will give us kind of an edge.”

Peters and Black are the first all-Native female team to compete at the Rebelle Rally, an eight-day, off-road navigation race that starts Thursday... READ more.Kalle Benallie, Indian Country Today


Organizers of the Boston Marathon publicly apologized for running the 125th edition of the planet’s most celebrated footrace on Indigenous Peoples Day.

Now they’re seeking to make amends by throwing the spotlight on a citizen of Rhode Island’s Narragansett tribe who won the race twice in the 1930s and inspired the name “Heartbreak Hill” to describe the most iconic — and dreaded — section of the course.

The Boston Athletic Association, which administers the marathon, said it will honor the legacy of the late Ellison “Tarzan” Brown, Boston’s champion in 1936 and 1939, in the run-up to the race’s pandemic-altered Oct. 11 staging.

The Boston Marathon traditionally is held in mid-April on Massachusetts’ unique Patriots’ Day holiday. In 2020, it was canceled in its traditional format for the first time because of the coronavirus pandemic, and because of a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, it’s being run this year in the autumn rather than the spring... READ more.The Associated Press

Much is planned for Indigenous Peoples Day and the days before and after.

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The Cherokee Nation plans to help landowners tackle feral hog problems through a new trapping program funded by a $150,000 grant from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Feral swine have been found in 70 of Oklahoma's 77 counties, but are most prevalent across the southern parts of the state. They are viewed as vermin by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, which maintains they “should not be glamorized in any way.”

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“Feral swine have become a concern across Oklahoma due to their expanding numbers and the damage they inflict to the landscape,” the ODWC states... READ more. — Chad Hunter, Cherokee Phoenix

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Filming has officially wrapped for “Killers of the Flower Moon.”

The presence of background extras in costume, 1920s automobiles and the ever-present film crew wearing N95 face masks are gone. The sightings of the film’s all-star cast will have to wait for the premiere, which is most likely to be in the fall of 2022.

"The producers and the entire cast and crew of 'Killers of the Flower Moon' want to thank the Osage Nation for their great cooperation and participation in the making of the film. It has been a true honor and a privilege to work hand in hand with the community these many months, and we are grateful and happy that everyone has been so welcoming and accommodating," according to a statement from the film’s producers.

An Apple Original Film, “Killers of the Flower Moon” is based on David Grann’s best-selling book of the same name. It’s the story of the Osage Reign of Terror and the FBI investigation into the ring of criminals who systematically murdered Osages for their oil wealth in the 1920s… READ more.Shannon Shaw Duty, Osage News

A virtual roundtable on Native voting rights is set Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET.

The panel includes Rep. Sharice Davids, Ho-Chunk, and others,

The event is hosted by the National Congress of American Indians and the Native American Rights Fund. To register, click here.


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