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While baseball may be America’s pastime, football is king of the big four American sports and the National Football League celebrated a birthday Friday.

The NFL is 100-years-old.

The league has had a number of great players in that span but there is one star Indian Country holds near and dear to its heart. Jim Thorpe, Sac and Fox and Potawatomi, played 12 seasons in the league and was elected as its first commissioner.

Considered by many to be the greatest athlete of all time, Thorpe was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1963, 10 years after his death.

On behalf of Thorpe, his former teammate and friend Pete Calac accepted his entrance into the Hall of Fame.

In accepting the Hall of Fame award, Calac too referred to Thorpe as “​​one of the greatest football players in both college and professional football in his day.”

“Today I know that he had that familiar grin on his face up in the happy hunting grounds and it's surely a great honor for me to accept this award in his honor. I thank you very much,” he said according to the Hall of Fame website. — Kolby KickingWoman, Indian Country Today

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Indigenous leaders are largely being excluded from participation in the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference as the world grapples with escalating problems from floods, fires, heat, drought and other disasters.

Limited access to COVID-19 vaccines in certain regions, travel restrictions and quarantine in the United Kingdom for people from “red list” countries in Central and South America, Africa and Asia, and rising costs of travel and lodging are hindering Indigenous participation, Indian Country Today has found.

Flags of member nations fly high in this 2005 photo at the United Nations, which is hosting a worldwide climate change conference Nov. 1-12, 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland. Indigenous leaders, however, are facing barriers gaining access to the conference. ( UN Photo by Joao Araujo Pinto via Creative Commons)

Even those who manage to get to Glasgow, Scotland, for what is shaping up to be one of the world’s most important meetings on addressing climate change may have little access to influence the discussion, despite the UN’s recognition that Indigenous knowledge is key to long-term success.

“Indigenous peoples need to create their own Indigenous Climate Change Convention,” said Graeme Reed, co-chair of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change. Reed is of Anishinaabe and European descent... READ more.Mary Annette Pember, Indian Country Today

BILLINGS, Mont. — The Biden administration said this week that federal protections may need to be restored for gray wolves in the western U.S. after Republican-backed state laws made it much easier to kill the predators.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initial determination that the region's wolves could again be in peril — after decades spent restoring them — will kick off a year-long biological review.

It marked an abrupt turnaround for the federal wildlife agency and brought a swift pushback from Montana's Republican governor, who said officials in Washington shouldn't be “second guessing” the state's wildlife policies... READ more.The Associated Press

Minnesota regulators have ordered Enbridge to pay more than $3 million for allegedly violating state environmental law by piercing a groundwater aquifer during construction of the Line 3 oil pipeline.

Mary Rosenberg, who was born and raised in Park Rapids joins water protectors along Mississippi River, one of Line 3 crossings in Solway, MN. "My dad was a fishing guide in this area; I had to come down and touch this water in his memory.  (Photo by Mary Annette Pember) June 7

The state Department of Natural Resources said Enbridge, while working near Clearbrook in January, dug too deeply into the ground and pierced an artesian aquifer, which resulted in a 24 million gallon groundwater leak.

“Enbridge’s actions are a clear violation of state law, and also of the public trust,” said Barb Naramore, the department’s deputy commissioner. “That is why we are using all of the tools in our authority to address the situation.” READ more. — The Associated Press

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ST. LOUIS — A statue of a Native person that served as a landmark at an intersection of a St. Louis business district was removed Friday after officials determined it did not "appropriately honor" Indigenous communities.

The statue will be donated to the National Building Arts Center, a repository for area architectural artifacts, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Its sculptor, Bill Christman, endorsed the statue's removal.

The Cherokee Street Community Improvement District said in a social media post the sculpture was removed early Friday, after a vote Thursday night at a meeting of the district.

The fiberglass statue, which stands 21 feet high, was commissioned in 1985 by the Cherokee Station Business Association to serve as a landmark for the street and its resurgent commercial district. — The Associated Press

In today’s world, everything should be taken with a grain of salt.

There’s so much information out there, you can prove both sides to an argument should you put the time in.

Which brings me to one of Indian Country’s favorite cousins, Kyrie Irving.

Little Mountain (the name given to Irving by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe) put out an ambiguous tweet on Wednesday... READ more.Kolby KickingWoman Indian Country Today

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More on the impact the California gubernatorial recall has on tribes, plus, elders are honored in film, and we visit Oklahoma’s newest museum. Watch ICT's weekend newscast below:

The first time Inupiaq elder Bobby Schaeffer was old enough to join the community hunt for ugruk, or bearded seal, his dad taught him a critical lesson: always be observant, and always look at the whole picture.

Schaeffer was only 14 then, but he never forgot this advice. He thought of it every spring when he ventured out on to the glacial waters of Alaska’s northwest coast, navigating ice fields and powerful currents, to reach the resting ugruk.

He also thought of it as he began to notice unusual changes in the sea, ones that threatened to interrupt the thousand-year-old Inupiaq tradition that he looked forward to each year.

Decades after his first hunt, Schaeffer’s observations have become a key part of a recently released research project about climate change’s impact on the regional ugruk. The study revealed an unignorable trend: Kotzebue’s seal hunting season has shrunk about one day per year over the last 17 years, primarily due to a decline in sea ice... READ more.Meghan Sullivan, Indian Country Today

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