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Red Road to DC completed
After a two-week journey, the totem pole carved at the Lummi Nation made it to the nation’s capital.
The journey, Red Road to DC, was meant to bring awareness to Indigenous sacred sites at risk from the extractive industry. On the way to Washington, the House of Tears Carvers and its caravan of activists stopped at eight well-known sacred sites across the country.
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, Laguna Pueblo, welcomed the arrival of the totem pole Thursday on the National Mall lawn.
“Our paths are crossing in this moment because we're coming together in a new era, an era of truth, of healing, of growth an era in which our Indigenous knowledge is valued and respected, in which Indigenous leadership has a seat at the table to make decisions about our communities, in which we have an opportunity to rise above the challenges our people face and build a brighter future for all of us,” Haaland said. “Every time I visit a protected sacred site, it gives me hope, knowing that all of us are working to honor and respect these important places.”
The nearly 5,000-pound totem pole will be on display in front of the National Museum of American Indians until July 31, according to event organizers, where the House of Tears Carvers’ exhibition will be viewable until Sept. 9. A permanent home for the totem pole is still in the works.
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Montana fire quickly expands, threatens homes
CROW AGENCY, Mont. (AP) — A southeastern Montana wildfire exploded in size and was threatening numerous homes as it burns through grasslands and sage brush around the Crow Indian Reservation near the Wyoming border, officials said Thursday.
No homes were lost when strong winds pushed the fire more than 15 miles south in a 24-hour period, Crow Tribe information officer Jack Old Horn.
The fire that started Tuesday in the Poverty Flats area outside the reservation has grown to at least 86 square miles, according to an official estimate released Thursday.
Old Horn said he was told it was even larger but that a precise size estimate was unavailable as crews concentrated on fighting the blaze.
Cooler temperature, some cloud cover and the prospects of rain could help as firefighters continued their work Thursday, Old Horn said.
In Broadwater County, the sheriff's office issued a mandatory evacuation order for residents near a fire that has burned more than 19 square miles in the Woods Creek area of the Big Belt Mountains east of Helena.
Evacuation orders remained in place for a fire east of southeast of Cascade that grew to more than 40 square miles.
Family affair: Seminole musicians in the spotlight
From the Florida swamplands to the stages of Woodstock and the Hard Rock cafes, the Seminole and Miccosukee nations continue to make their marks on the music world.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Miccosukee brothers Stephen and Lee Tiger performed across the country as Tiger Tiger and rubbed shoulders with Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, the Grateful Dead and Johnny Winter.
Today, bands of brothers — The Osceola Brothers and siblings Spencer Battiest and Doc Native — are stepping into the spotlight.
What has made the Seminole and Miccosukee musicians successful? Family ties are one component, as families tend to stay close-knit on tribal lands, helping each generation navigate the fast-paced changes of the past 60 years... READ more.
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Strong earthquake rattles Alaska villages
A powerful earthquake which struck just off Alaska’s southern coast caused prolonged shaking and prompted tsunami warnings that sent people scrambling for shelters. The 8.2 magnitude quake was the 7th largest in the United States, according to the Alaska Earthquake Center.
Residents reported only minor damage, but officials said that could change after sunrise and people get a better look.
“Right now I'm just trying to assess our situation, and get a message out to all the operators to just do a thorough inspection of our water systems, power systems, fuel systems, our roads and our infrastructure, village buildings," Administrator Michele Anderson with the Native Village of Chignik Lagoon, said Thursday morning… READ more.
Surfing USA: Indigenous Hawaiian takes gold
An Indigenous athlete in an Olympic sport with Indigenous roots is a gold medalist at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
Carissa Moore, 28, an ethnic Hawaiian representing Team USA, won the inaugural gold medal in Olympic women’s surfing when she defeated South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag, who earned the silver medal, 14.93 to 8.46, in the final round in Ichinomiya, Japan. Japan’s Amuro Tsuzuki took bronze.
Moore was ranked number one in the world heading into the Olympics, just in time for surfing’s debut as an Olympic sport... READ more.
Mi’kmaw harvesting lobster under heavy police, federal presence
Mi’kmaw harvesters are back on the water fishing for lobster and following their own food, social and ceremonial fishery plan.
But the large contingent of police and fisheries officers is intimidating and infringing on their Treaty Rights... READ more.
First Indigenous person appointed as Canada’s governor general
A longtime advocate for Inuit rights and a former leader of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference has been tapped as Canada’s 30th governor general, the first Indigenous person to hold the office.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the appointment of Mary Simon on June 6 followed by a press conference at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec. Trudeau said Queen Elizabeth II has approved the appointment.
Trudeau praised Simon, Inuk, as a lifelong bridge-builder who brings together people from diverse backgrounds... READ more.
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Other top stories:
- After COVID setbacks, tribal police chief looks forward: During the pandemic, officers often worked 16- to 24-hour shifts to fill in for sick or quarantined colleagues.
- Supreme Court ruling fails to protect Indigenous voters: In Brnovich v. DNC, the court has made it harder for people of color — especially Indigenous populations — to vote.
- Red Lake Nation officer fatally shot: Officer Ryan Bialke, a six-year veteran of the Red Lake Police Department, died. He was 37 and left behind a wife and six children.
- An Indigenous person could be the next Seattle mayor: Colleen Echohawk, Casey Sixkiller among 15 candidates in Aug. 3 primary.
- Watch: A busy year for the Muscogee: We visit the principal chief as well as the ambassador of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation to see how the tribe is doing.
What we’re reading:
- Podcast: ‘Stubborn optimism’ for elephants fuels Indigenous conservation effort.
- This Indigenous man survived a 10-year Amazonian odyssey—but not COVID-19.
- Native American artist keeps history of Hiawatha alive.
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