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Season 2 of ‘Rutherford Falls’

Good news, “Rutherford Falls” fans. Season two is a go.

Peacock TV’s hit comedy that created buzz in Indian Country this year with 10 episodes is coming back for a second season.

Executive producer Sierra Teller Ornelas and actors Ed Helms, Michael Greyeyes and Jana Schmieding and others tied to the show made the announcement on social media Thursday.

(Related: Interview with Rutherford Falls ‘comedy superstars’)

“I’m freaking ecstatic to announce that #RutherfordFalls will be back for season 2!!! Can’t wait to get new eps in front of your eyeballs soon! Until then, get your tush to @PeacockTV and catch up on season 1! What a day!!!” Sierra said in a tweet

This image shows Sierra Teller Ornelas, writer and producer of “Rutherford Falls,” a new series on the Peacock streaming service, April, 2021. (Reginald Cunningham via AP)

The show was hailed for its Native representation. The show follows Helms' and Schmieding's characters on the fictional Minishonka Nation. All season one episodes are available on Peacock TV.

More details about season two here.

(Related: #NativeNerd: ‘Rutherford Falls’ is the best thing I’ve ever seen on TV)


AG: Tribal-issued medical pot cards should be honored

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Attorney General’s Office says law enforcement should honor tribal-issued medical marijuana identification cards held by non-tribal members off the reservation, a view not shared by Gov. Kristi Noem’s administration and the state Highway Patrol.

Last week, Noem’s administration guided law enforcement officers not to honor Native American tribes’ medical marijuana ID cards if they are not issued to tribal members. The governor’s office said troopers who encounter 3 ounces or less of marijuana in the field would still make arrests of non-tribal members with tribal-issued medical marijuana cards.

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe opened the state’s first marijuana dispensary after the medical cannabis law took effect July 1 and planned to issue ID cards to anyone with a certified medical condition. The state doesn’t plan to begin issuing medical marijuana cards until November.

Tim Bormann, chief of staff for Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, said the tribe’s ID cards are valid under state law because they are medically certified… READ more.

Big Ojibwe, big talent

Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul celebrates toward fans as time runs out in Game 6 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday, June 30, 2021, in Los Angeles. The Suns won the game 130-103 to take the series 4-2. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Sam Strong sees a little bit of his younger brother when he watches the Phoenix Suns’ big man Deandre Ayton.

That’s great news for Ben Strong, 34, because it means he’s doing a heckuva job behind the scenes.

Ayton, 22, is one of the premier young centers in the NBA and has been invaluable during Phoenix’s historic playoff run to the championship round.

Ben, Red Lake Nation, is in his second season as the team’s player development coach, meaning much of his time is spent on working to improve the skills of each player, which include all-stars Chris Paul and Devin Booker. But it’s perhaps Ayton who is benefiting the most from Strong’s work ethic and expertise. Both are 6 feet, 11 inches tall and both have a soft touch around the basket... READ more.

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Relief fund partners to donate shoes to Navajo children

SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — Hundreds of children from several Navajo communities in northwestern New Mexico soon will have new kicks.

A relief fund created by former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and former Navajo Nation President Peterson Zah teamed up with four-time PGA Tour winner Notah Begay III and his foundation to deliver 300 pairs of Nike shoes on Thursday. They gathered at the Dream Diné Charter School in Shiprock to distribute the goods.

With no shoe stores on the Navajo Nation, organizers said they began getting tearful messages of appreciation from Navajo moms once they learned about the donation.

The relief fund was started last year to help get personal protective equipment and other supplies to the Navajo Nation during the pandemic. That included everything from food and water to diapers and funds to help with burial costs… READ more.

Cary Price's playoff run ends

The First Nations hockey star reached the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in his career. His season ended on Wednesday... READ more.


Mexico asks US retailer to stop copying Indigenous design

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s National Institute of Indigenous Peoples called on the U.S. retailer Anthropologie to stop copying a design used by the Mixe Indigenous community.

The institute said in a statement that Anthropologie’s “Marka embroidered shorts” copy a Mixe embroidery design from the predominantly Indigenous village of Tlahuitoltepec, which is in the hills east of the capital of Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca.

The shorts bear a pattern of blue flowers that the villagers say copies a traditional blouse design. The institute said the Mixes did not give permission for their design to be used, and called on Anthropologie to stop selling the shorts.

Anthropologie’s parent, Urban Outfitters Inc., did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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