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Being stewards of the land, every day is Earth day for Indigenous people across Indian Country and beyond. With the official holiday coming Friday, April 22, tribes and Native organizations across the country are holding events to celebrate.

Some events are virtual, others are back to being in person; the following are some of the events taking place. READ MORE — Kolby KickingWoman, Indian Country Today


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Abstract horses, bird myth murals and a reclaimed swap meet trailer are featured in new exhibits across the Southwest by three very different Indigenous artists.

Hailing from different homelands, artists Sheldon Harvey, Nani Chacon and Brad Kahlhamer are at the top of their mesa game with powerhouse shows in Utah, New Mexico and Arizona that explore and explode contemporary Indigenous art.

Taking cues from tradition, their new art has visual narratives with history, humor and cosmic levels of spirituality. READ MORE — Sandra Hale Schulman, Special to Indian Country Today

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What kind of Earth Day is this, 2022? We are surrounded by ideas about how we can make the shift away from fossil fuels … only to be thwarted by those who ignore the evidence, no matter how compelling.

The latest science from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change could not be more clear or emphatic: “The world is not on track to meet the global rise in temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius.”

Not on track? We are failing because even now – as the evidence continues to mount – there is an organized continued resistance to making dramatic shifts in energy policy.

Or as the United Nations puts it: “The window is closing rapidly, despite available solutions. It is now urgent that countries step up climate action.”

So what is being done? A lot. Then we shift into reverse. Followed by a bit more action. This is a pattern that shows just how stuck our governing structures have become.

Let’s start with “a lot.” READ MORE Mark Trahant, Indian Country Today


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U.S. Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, assumed office in January 2003. He becomes the longest-serving Native American in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Former U.S. Rep. Charles David Carter of Oklahoma, Chickasaw Nation, previously held the record for a total of 7,048 days in office.

“I am proud of my record as a champion for Indian Country. In addition to authoring, sponsoring and supporting numerous pieces of legislation, I have embraced my role as a resource for my colleagues, helping them understand tribal sovereignty, the federal government’s trust responsibility and how we can and should work in a bipartisan way to solve some of the issues facing tribes,” Cole said in a press release. “While numerous strides have been made, there is still more work to do. In the days ahead, I remain committed to furthering, highlighting and elevating these important issues.”


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