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First Nations player in Stanley Cup

Set your alarms because you don’t want to miss this Indigenous hockey star on the games’ highest stage.

Carey Price, Ulkatcho First Nations, and his Montréal Canadiens open up the Stanley Cup Final Monday night in Tampa.

The veteran goalie has many trophies, including an Olympic medal, but the Stanley Cup isn't one of them.

Learn more about Price and his Indigenous roots here, and how to watch the Canadiens battle the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The puck drops for game 1 at 8 p.m.m ET.


2,000-year-old bones found

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — Unearthed bones recently discovered at a construction site in south central Indiana are believed to be thousands of years old, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Construction workers found the human remains in May while digging at the site of a new Bartholomew County judicial building in Columbus, The Republic reported. Archaeologists from the University of Indianapolis analyzed the bones, determining them to be between 2,000 and 3,000 years old.

The bones belong to an adult male, a preteen and an infant, according to the DNR. The bones are thought to be the bones of Native American people of the Adena culture… READ more.

Google Doodle of Mary Two-Axe Earley Doodle that is only viewable on www.google.ca. (Photo courtesy of Google Canada)

Canada’s Google Doodle honors Mohawk activist

Canada’s Google Doodle on June 28 honors Kanien’kehá:ka Mohawk activist and women’s rights champion Mary Two-Axe Earley, who fought for decades against discrimination contained in Canada’s Indian Act.

The Google Doodle, which is only viewable on www.google.ca, was created through the collaborative efforts of Kanien’kehá:ka Mohawk artists Star Horn and Courtney Montour.

Representatives at the National Film Board of Canada stated in their release: “Today’s Google Canada Doodle is visual artist Star Horn’s vibrant and richly symbolic portrait of Two-Axe Earley, a key figure in Canada’s women’s rights movement who fought against sex discrimination in the Indian Act, which had stripped First Nations women of their Indian status if they married non-Indian men,”... READ more.

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Janee' Kassanavoid finishes in 4th place at Olympic trials

A star athlete in the hammer throw from the Comanche Nation barely missed qualifying for the U.S. Olympic team.

Janee' Kassanavoid finished fourth Saturday, only inches behind the third place winner.

Women’s Hammer results:
DeAnna Price — 80.31 meters
Brooke Andersen — 77.72
Gwendolyn Berry — 73.50
Janee’ Kassanavoid — 73.45
Lisa Wilson — 70.90

Tribal oil boom versus Joe Biden's climate push

NEW TOWN, N.D. (AP) — With tribal lands now producing more than 3 percent of U.S. oil and huge reserves untapped, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland — the first Native American to lead a U.S. cabinet-level agency — faces competing pressures to help a small number of tribes develop their fossil fuels while also addressing climate change that affects all Native communities. Haaland is a citizen of the Laguna Pueblo.

The drilling rush has brought the tribes unimagined wealth — more than $1.5 billion and counting — and they hope it will last another 20 to 25 years. The boom also propelled an almost tenfold spike in oil production from tribal lands since 2009, federal data shows, complicating efforts by President Joe Biden to curb carbon emissions... READ more.


IHS leader visits tribes in South Dakota

Elizabeth Fowler, acting IHS director, was in South Dakota recently to support President Joe Biden's COVID-19 vaccine push.

News organizations partner to build Indian Country reporting

Underscore.news, a digital reporting team based in Portland, Oregon, that covers Indian Country, is collaborating with Indian Country Today, a national digital and television news enterprise covering Indigenous communities.

The reporter hired will be shared between Underscore.news and Indian Country Today to produce daily news or spot stories as well as long-form enterprise stories. The goal is to increase the visibility of Indigenous communities in storytelling and news reporting.

Application deadline is Sunday, July 11, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET

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What we’re reading:

  • Rosebud Sioux to receive the remains of their children who died at the former Carlisle Indian School.
  • 600 to 800-year-old Indian mound discovered in Baton Rouge.
  • Dispossessed, Again: Climate change hits Native Americans especially hard.

What we're watching:

  • Martin Sensmeier, Tlingit and Koyukon-Athabascan, is casted in Netflix's The Ice Road as Miner Cody. Streaming now.
  • A Tribe Called Red appears in the first season of Netflix's new docuseries called "This Is Pop." Check out episode, "What can a song do?" around the 21:00 mark. Read more about the documentary here.

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