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Director Sterlin Harjo talks ‘Reservation Dogs’

There is no lack of unmistakable love for “Reservation Dogs” in Indian Country, and there is little argument that co-creators Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi have created one of this generation’s biggest Native-storyline television hits.

In an interview with Indian Country Today’s Vincent Schilling, Harjo, Seminole and Muscogee, shares details about his popular show. He talked about his process of the hidden Native Easter eggs, his unapologetic approach to showcasing life on the rez in Oklahoma, and his own childhood friend named Cheese.

Sterlin Harjo on the set of 'Reservation Dogs' (Photo by Shane Brown)

At the top of our conversation, I immediately wished Sterlin Harjo a robust congratulations for “Reservation Dogs” being picked up for a second season on FX/Hulu. Harjo was understandably pleased with the news... READ more.

Vincent Schilling, Indian Country Today


Equipment explodes in Seminole casino

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Fire suppression equipment exploded in a South Florida casino Monday morning as crews performed maintenance work, causing six people to be hospitalized and 20 others to be treated at the scene, officials said.

None of the injuries at Seminole Classic Casino Hollywood were life-threatening, Hollywood Fire Rescue told news outlets.

Contract workers were performing routine service on the building’s fire suppression system when a gas canister ruptured, Seminole Tribe spokesperson Gary Bitner said. The explosion occurred on the second floor in an area not accessible to the public but debris flew across the casino’s main floor, fire officials said.

Bitner estimated about 100 employees and guests had been in the building.

Hollywood and Seminole officials were investigating the cause of the explosion. They didn’t say when the casino might reopen.

The building is located about a half-mile south of the much newer and larger Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, which features a landmark guitar-shaped building.

The Associated Press

Rally in South Dakota over Indigenous history in schools

NDN Collective held a march this week in Pierre, South Dakota and demanded the resignation of Gov. Kristi Noem and members of her staff

More than a hundred people took part in the march, according to NDN Collective, which live streamed the event.

The march was related to the state being accused of cutting Native curriculum after it was recommended by a working group... READ more.

Interior to hold government-to-government consultations

The Interior department will begin consultations with tribes as it continues to strengthen the ability of sovereign nations to establish and consolidate their homelands, according to a news release.

The Interior invites tribes to provide feedback in consultations on land-into-trust process, leasing and rights-of-way and sacred sites and treaty rights.

“At Interior, we have an obligation to work with Tribes to protect their lands and ensure that each community has a homeland where its citizens can live together to lead safe and fulfilling lives,” Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland said in a statement. “These important actions are a step in the right direction to restore homelands that will strengthen Tribal communities.”

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Ski resort officially removes offensive word

SAN FRANCISCO — A popular California ski resort whose name included a derogatory term for Native women changed its name to Palisades Tahoe Monday. Resort officials had begun searching for a new name last year amid a reckoning over racial injustice.

The renaming of Squaw Valley Ski Resort is one of many efforts nationally to address a history of colonialism and oppression against Native people and other people of color that includes removing statues of Christopher Columbus.

A sign marking the 1960 Winter Olympics is seen by a chairlift at Squaw Valley Ski Resort in Olympic Valley, Calif., July 9, 2020. California's Squaw Valley Ski Resort is considering changing its name to remove "squaw," a derogatory term for Native American women. Squaw Valley President & CEO Ron Cohen says resort officials are meeting with shareholders and the local Washoe tribal leadership to get their input. He says he can't give a timeline on when the decision will be made. The renaming of Squaw Valley Ski Resort is one of many efforts across the nation to address colonialism and indigenous oppression. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)

The s-word derived from the Algonquin language, may have once simply meant "woman," but over generations, the word morphed into a misogynist and racist term to disparage Indigenous women, according to experts... READ more.

The Associated Press

Navajo Nation reports 50 more COVID-19 cases, 2 more deaths

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation on Tuesday reported 50 more COVID-19 cases and two additional deaths.

The tribe has seen 33,290 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,421 known deaths from the virus since the pandemic began.

Based on cases from Aug. 27 to Sept. 9, the Navajo Department of Health has issued an advisory for 35 communities due to uncontrolled spread of COVID-19.

Navajo officials are urging people to get vaccinated, wear masks while in public and minimize their travel.

The Associated Press


#ICYMI: Birthing center could reopen at Phoenix Indian Medical Center

The new leader of the largest hospital under the Indian Health Service wants to bring back its birthing center after services were shuttered roughly a year ago.

James Driving Hawk, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, was named Phoenix Indian Medical Center’s new chief executive officer in August.

The sudden shutdown of inpatient obstetrics services in August 2020 left an unknown number of expectant parents scrambling to seek birthing services elsewhere. Now, those services could return to PIMC... READ more.

Dalton Walker, Indian Country Today

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