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‘Reservation Dogs’ is almost here

The highly anticipated comedy show, “Reservation Dogs,” premieres on Monday, and Indian Country can hardly wait.

The show, which was co-created and produced by Sterlin Harjo, Seminole, and executive produced by Taika Waititi, Maori, follows the adventures of four Indigenous teens in rural Oklahoma.

It stars stars D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Ojibwe, Devery Jacobs, Kanienʼkehá꞉ka Mohawk, Paulina Alexis, Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, and Lane Factor, Caddo and Seminole Creek.

In June, it was part of the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Indian Country Today was there. More about that here.

The show will run on FX on Hulu on Monday, Aug. 9. On Thursday, a special red carpet event took place in Los Angeles and Indian Country Today was there. More on that in the coming days.

ICT’s Vincent Schilling has the goods. In his #NativeNerd review, Schilling says: “So many TV viewers have never seen Native Rez life, Sterlin Harjo brings it in all its captivating glory. Reservation Dogs is beautifully sincere.”

Director Sydney Freeland, Navajo, at the premiere of "Reservation Dogs" in Los Angeles on Aug. 5, 2021. Of the first episodes, two are directed by Freeland. (Photo by Max Montour, Indian Country Today)

To see Schilling’s full review and what he thought of the first four episodes, click here. For an additional Indigenous take of the show, click here to read Shea Vassar’s article.


Native member of Congress tests positive for COVID-19

Rep. Sharice Davids, Ho-Chunk, a Kansas Democrat, said she has tested positive Friday for the coronavirus.

Davids said she has been vaccinated, but didn't say how she may have contacted the virus.

"I have followed CDC recommended precautions throughout this pandemic, including masking indoors in areas of high or substantial transmission," she said in a news release.

Native Hawaiians 'reclaim' surfing

Carissa Moore wore a white and yellow plumeria pinned next to her ear for her victory-lap interviews after making history as the first Olympic gold medalist at surfing’s historic debut.

Her mother — crowned the Honolulu Lei Queen in 2016 — had given her the flower hair clip before she left for Tokyo to remind the only Native Hawaiian Olympic surfer of where she came from.

At this pinnacle point, Moore is still in disbelief when she's compared to Duke Kahanamoku, the godfather of modern surfing who is memorialized in Hawaii with a cherished monument... READ more.

Watch: Indian Country's dreams and aspirations

On this weekend edition of Indian Country Today we're showcasing an Olympic legend, an attorney storyteller and a Kiowa filmmaker.

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Man arrested after Native American statue stolen, damaged

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man has been charged with receiving stolen property after Kansas City police recovered pieces of a statue of a Native American woman that was stolen earlier this week.

Clay County prosecutors charged Charles Fuentes, 56, on Friday. He is being held on $25,000 bond.

Help from the public helped detectives find a large section of the 400-pound, 7-foot-tall statue but it had already been cut into pieces, police said.

The statue was sheared from its bolts at the François Chouteau and Native American Heritage Fountain in northern Kansas City sometime between Monday and Wednesday, police said. It has an estimated value of $80,000.

The fountain honors American Indians and French trader François Chouteau for their roles in founding Kansas City.

Listen: Local communities spar over Minnesota oil pipeline

Indian Country Today’s Mary Annette Pember is a guest in this segment as part of The State of Science, a series featuring science stories from public radio stations across the United States.

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‘No small task’: Working in the White House

In President Joe Biden’s White House, there are hundreds of staffers working in the executive office to help him run the nation. In this sea of staffers, four Native professionals are working to make sure Indian Country has a seat in these important discussions.

The executive office of the president was established more than 80 years ago by former President Franklin D. Roosevelt, as a means to provide the president with “the support that he or she needs to govern effectively.”

Every day, staffers research and write memos for President Biden to read overnight — many involving topics ranging from coronavirus case numbers and vaccination rates to national security threats… READ more.

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