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Imagine the challenges of putting together a panel of accomplished Indigenous women who work in finance, these are the people putting together major energy and climate deals that cost millions of dollars.

Who has the credentials? Who can speak with authority? And then the real problem for the organizers of the First Nations Major Projects Coalition’s Toward Net Zero by 2050 Conference, was, how do you limit the number of powerful speakers? The planners answered that question with two panels of accomplished Indigenous women working in finance.

“My journey of financial sustainability started with my mom who raised four kids on her own on a budget of $400 per month. That's true financial sustainability, and it's next to nature for us Indigenous women,” said Jolain Foster. “All I can say is thank God for the fish and the moose meat that I grew up on.” READ MORE.Mark Trahant, Indian Country Today

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The first Native American U.S. poet laureate, will end her third term for the Library of Congress at the end of April.

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation citizen is the 23rd U.S. poet laureate and is an award-winning author of nine poetry books, two memoirs, one children’s book and one young adult book.

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To celebrate her term ending the Library of Congress will host a reading, dance party and the first retreat for In-Na-Po – Indigenous Nations Poets, a new organization that mentors emerging Native writers. Former Wisconsin Poet Laureate Kimberly Blaeser — Anishinaabe and White Earth Nation — founded the organization. READ MORE.Kalle Benallie, Indian Country Today

The Navajo Nation election season has revved up with several candidates — including incumbent Jonathan Nez, Buu Van Nygren and Ethel Branch — announcing their bid to become president for one of the largest Indigenous nations in the country.

Jonathan Nez launched his 'Nez 4 Prez 2.0' campaign for a second-term as Navajo Nation President in his hometown of Shonto, Arizona on Saturday, April 23, 2022.

Nez, whose tenure has been dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, is seeking a second term in office.

Nez made the announcement over the weekend from his hometown of Shonto, Arizona. Nez, 46, highlighted his administration's handling of COVID-19 and said he wants to ensure that plans to rebuild the economy, and extend power and water lines continues.

"We must continue on the path of recovery and healing together," he said in a statement.

On the Navajo Nation, vice-presidents are announced after the primary election and only those who make it to the general election select a vice-presidential candidate. READ MORE. — Pauly Denetclaw, Indian Country Today

The flag flies at half-staff at the Supreme Court on the morning after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Tribal leaders from the Muscogee Nation and Cherokee Nation were in Washington D.C. Wednesday as the U.S. Supreme Court finished its current term hearing arguments in what tribes hope is the last of the litigation stemming from the McGirt decision.

A seemingly divided court heard arguments in Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta and will decide Oklahoma's authority to prosecute some crimes on Native American lands. The outcome probably rests with Justice Amy Coney Barrett, the only member of the court who didn't take part in the earlier case.

Barrett, who joined the court later in 2020 during the Trump administration, after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death, didn't tip her hand in more than two hours of arguments.

The case pits Native tribes in Oklahoma against Cherokee Nation citizen and Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt and is the latest strain on his relationship with tribal leaders. READ MORE.Indian Country Today

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The Global Indigenous Youth Caucus on Thursday demanded that the United Nations send investigators to Hawai'i to probe the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, a series of World War II-era reserve tanks which have leaked at least 14,000 gallons of fuel-laced water into Honolulu's groundwater aquifer. The Caucus also urged the U.N. to re-inscribe Hawai'i on the list of non-self governing territories – a move that would classify Hawai'i as a colonized territory alongside Guam, the Falkland Islands, Western Sahara and 14 others.

"We are supposed to have access to water for our ceremony, for clean drinking water," said Makanalani Malia Gomes, a Pacific representative of the Caucus. "When we ensure Indigenous peoples rights, we ensure the rights of all people of Hawai'i, it's a human right."

Makanalani Malia Gomes, a Pacific representative of the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus, speaks at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. (Photo by Tristan Ahtone, Grist)

The remarks come as Native Hawaiians demand the U.S. Navy take action at Red Hill after the discovery of the fuel leak last November forced the closure of water wells which serve nearly half-a-million residents on the island. Coupled with ongoing drought, Hawai'i’s Board of Water has asked residents to reduce water use by 10 percent. READ MORE.Tristan Ahtone, Grist

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