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With each passing decade after the Rapid City Indian Boarding School shut down in 1933, the memory of the 50 children who died there grew fainter and fainter – until a handful of years ago.

It was then that Native community members in this western South Dakota town began documenting the children’s fate and vowed to honor their lives — first with an in-the-works, multimillion-dollar memorial called Remembering the Children and now with a documentary film with the same title.

“This film is about the children who perished at the Rapid City Indian Boarding School,” said producer Jim Warne, Oglala Lakota. “But there is a bigger picture as well. There were more than 400 Indian boarding schools across the country and children died at many of those as well. Those stories need to be told.”

The “Remembering the Children” film, directed by Arlo Iron Cloud, Oglala Lakota, and underwritten by the Windrose Fund at the Common Counsel Foundation, will premiere Saturday, July 30, at the Journey Museum in Rapid City. READ MORE. Stewart Huntington, Special to ICT

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Last week was one for the books: Across the country Americans lined up to buy a Mega Million lottery ticket and a chance to win $1.34 billion.

The odds of winning, one in three hundred million.

At the same time the Senate was reaching a deal to find the votes for the scaled-down version of President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better legislation. This compromise greatly improves the odds that this bill will become law.

And there are lots of odds to think about.

The World Meteorological Association says there is a 50/50 chance that the Earth will reach or surpass the critical mark of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) warming above pre-industrial levels at least temporarily between now and 2026. READ MORE. Mark Trahant, ICT

In Wes Studi’s potent and pioneering acting career, he has played vengeful warriors, dying prisoners and impassioned resistance leaders. For three decades, he has arrestingly crafted wide-ranging portraits of the Native American experience. But one thing he had never done in a movie is give someone a kiss.

“I thought it was about time, yeah,” Studi, 74, says chuckling.

RESERVATION DOGS “Come and Get Your Love” Episode 5 (Airs, Monday, August 30) Pictured: Wes Studi as Bucky. CR: Shane Brown/FXCopyright 2021, FX Networks. All rights reserved.

In “A Love Song,” a tender indie drama starring another long-pigeonholed character actor, Dale Dickey, Studi is for the first time cast as a romantic co-star. Dickey plays a woman camping by a mountain lake awaiting the visit of an old flame.

Studi, the Cherokee actor who masterfully played the defiant Huron warrior Magua in Michael Mann’s “The Last of the Mohicans” and who got his first big break playing the character credited only as “the toughest Pawnee” in “Dances With Wolves," hasn’t been limited entirely to what he calls “leather and feathers” roles. But it's sometimes taken some extra effort. When he heard Mann was making “Heat,” Studi called up the director and got himself a part as a police detective. READ MORE.Associated Press

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The state of Alaska has finally, officially recognized nearly 230 tribes within the state, a move that many hope will improve relations between governments and people.

Alaska governor Mike Dunleavy signed House Bill 123, the Alaska Tribal Recognition Act, on Thursday, in which the state recognizes 229 tribes. The tribes already had federal recognition.

“House Bill 123 is nothing more or less than a statutory codification of a simple truth: that tribes exist in Alaska,” said bill sponsor Rep. Tiffany Zulkowsky, Yup’ik. “Tribes have quietly been doing excellent work as government in its most local form, and stewarding this land we now know as Alaska since time immemorial.”

The new law offers acceptance and recognition of tribes. How much more it does is unclear but Alaska Natives have high hopes. READ MORE. Joaqlin Estus, ICT

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Small, ancient sculptures that have been gathering dust in an Albuquerque storage box are returning home to Mexico, where they are intertwined with the identity of Indigenous communities.

The Albuquerque Museum Foundation celebrated the repatriation of the dozen sculptures in a ceremony Wednesday. The local Consulate of Mexico accepted Olmec greenstone sculptures, a figure from the city of Zacatecas, bowls that were buried with tombs and other clay figurines that date back thousands of years.

The event came as Native, Indigenous and African communities have pushed for museums, universities and other institutions to repatriate items that are important parts of their cultures and histories.

Foundation President and CEO Andrew Rodgers said returning the es that have sat in storage for 15 years was the right thing to do. Even the foundation's board agreed. But some outside their organization had a different idea. READ MORE.Associated Press

Catch up on the stories that made headlines in this last month

July was packed with news, and it started with Road to Healing. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s healing tour started in Oklahoma on July 9. U.S. Indian boarding schools survivors are finally being heard. ICT was in Oklahoma for the start. READ MORE.ICT

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