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Donny Belcourt’s resume speaks for itself.

Belcourt, Chippewa Cree Tribe from Rocky Boy’s in northern Montana, was one of the 13 athletes and two champion teams to be inducted in the Montana Indian Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 9 in Missoula, Montana.

The hall of fame shines on top Native athletes in sports and powwows. The late Blackfeet Nation Honorary Lifetime Chief Earl Old Person was also inducted as a powwow announcer. He passed away less than a week later.

Belcourt was a member of the 1983 state champion cross country team and a Montana state champion Golden Gloves boxer in the 112 pound division.

He attended Billings Senior High School from 1981-1983, Haskell Indian Junior College from 1983-1985, and Oklahoma State University from 1985-1988… READ MORE. Dan Ninham, special to Indian Country Today

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. — The University of Southern Mississippi is now displaying flags to recognize students enrolled there from six Native nations.

The flags were dedicated during a ceremony Oct. 15 in the student union building. They are for the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, the United Houma Nation, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and the White Earth Nation.

“At most institutions, the campus union is considered a non-academic ‘heart’ of campus, or the campus ‘living room,’ if you will,” Denny Bubrig, vice president of student affairs, said in a university news release. “One of our goals is recognizing the backgrounds, experiences and lives of our students, and in doing this, we want to make sure our community sees the union services, resources, and capabilities as accessible to all.”

Three years ago, the university placed flags in the union to recognize international students.

Tammy Greer is a psychology professor, adviser to the Golden Eagles Intertribal Society and co-director for the Center for American Indian Research and Studies. She said she and Native American students at USM are grateful for the effort to recognize their nations.

“I appreciate Dr. Bubrig’s work to have our flags displayed in the union and celebrate our Native students,” Greer said. “It takes extra effort to look around and notice what is missing, which groups have been left out, and then step up to make sure they are included. And, as we just celebrated Indigenous Peoples’ Day, this event is right on time.” — The Associated Press

NEW TOWN, N.D. — A college on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation is offering an incentive for students to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College in New Town announced that students who can verify they are fully vaccinated will receive $500. The shots must be completed by Nov. 4.

“We are seeing a resurgence in the number of positive (COVID-19) cases in the Fort Berthold area and across the state of North Dakota and determined it was time to act,” said Twyla Baker, NHSC president. “The financial incentive rewards those who have prioritized their health and the health of others. It is also meant to motivate those who have not yet been vaccinated, to act.”

The Three Affiliated Tribes college offers in-demand certificate programs and associate degrees as well as three bachelor’s degrees. — The Associated Press

The House Committee on Natural Resources subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States is hosting a hearing Tuesday titled, “Strengthening Indigenous Communities Through Cultural and Environmental Preservation.”

The committee will hear testimony from the White Earth Nation, Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, the Cultural Fire Management Council and the Intertribal Timber Council.

The hearing is scheduled for 12 p.m. ET. To watch, click here.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — The cities of Tulsa and Owasso, state law enforcement and business groups and the states of Texas, Kansas, Louisiana and Nebraska have filed briefs supporting Oklahoma’s request that the U.S. Supreme Court overturn its ruling that some tribal reservations were never disestablished.

The briefs filed Thursday allege crimes such as domestic violence have not been prosecuted because of what is known as the McGirt decision.

Acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson in Tulsa and Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. dispute the claims.

In this Aug. 22, 2019, file photo, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., speaks during a news conference in Tahlequah, Okla. Hoskin Jr. plans to invest $16 million into the Oklahoma-based tribe's language preservation program, including a new cabinet-level position focused on its language, culture and community. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Oklahoma has reviewed almost 3,000 cases since the McGirt ... decision,” Johnson said in a statement to the Tulsa World. “My office has opened over 900 of those cases — 450 of which have been indicted thus far.”

Hoskin said the tribes have expanded and coordinated with law enforcement.

Stitt has called the McGirt decision the biggest issue facing the state and praised the filings.

The McGirt decision found that Oklahoma has no jurisdiction over crimes committed by or against Native Americans on tribal reservations. — The Associated Press

GALLUP – Navajo Nation continues to hold strong on its stance against radioactive waste being dumped near its lands, while also pushing for the waste to be removed completely.

The Church Rock uranium mill site is owned by United Nuclear Corporation, and in 1979 this site is where 93 million gallons of radioactive tailings were released into the Pipeline Arroyo and Puerco River. This is the biggest radioactive spill in U.S. History.

It’s well-documented how this spill has impacted the Navajo people, poisoning the water and land. But this is not a devastation of the past, because waste remnants still exist. Where to dump those remnants is the issue before the Navajo Environmental Protection Agency and the Red Water Pond Road Community Association today... READ MORE. Arlyssa Becenti, Source New Mexico

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The virtual Rock Aak’w Indigenous Music Festival is scheduled for Nov. 5-6 in Juneau, Alaska.

Described as the state's first global Indigenous music festival features 13 musical acts.

For the two-day lineup list and to purchase virtual tickets, click here. Festival ticketing is pay as you can.

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