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Comanche one step closer to potential Olympic bid
Grab your cheering gear.
Athlete Janee' Kassanavoid, Comanche, will compete Saturday in the finals of the U.S. Olympic Trials in Oregon.
The former Kansas State University star competes in the hammer throw. She recently placed third in the qualifying round.
Most of the trials are broadcasted on either NBC or NBC Sports Network.
Read more about Janee' at our friends' over at NDN Sports.
Here is a recent news clip Janee'.
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Indian Country celebrates ‘Victory Day’
June 25 marks the anniversary of the Battle of Greasy Grass, known by many as “Victory Day.”
This year marked 145 years since tribes banded together to defeat Gen. George Armstrong Custer and the 7th regiment of the U.S. Calvary on June 25, 1876,
Learn more about the victory here.
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Alaska Native corporations win COVID-19 aid case
The Supreme Court ruled Friday that Alaska Native corporations are eligible for a portion of the coronavirus relief money.
The justices ruled 6-3 in the case, Yellen v. Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation et al., which involved the massive pandemic relief package passed last year and signed into law by then-President Donald Trump. The $2.2 trillion legislation earmarked $8 billion for "Tribal governments" to cover expenses related to the pandemic.
The question for the court was whether Alaska Native corporations, which are for-profit companies that provide dividends and benefits to more than 100,000 Alaska Natives, count as "Indian tribes” as defined by the Indian Self-Determination Act and Education Assistance Act and the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. The high court answered yes...READ more.
Justin Trudeau says Pope Francis should apologize
TORONTO — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday he has urged Pope Francis to come to Canada to apologize for church-run boarding schools where hundreds of unmarked graves have been found. He said Canadians are "horrified and ashamed" by their government's longtime policy of forcing Indigenous children to attend such schools.
Indigenous leaders said this week that 600 or more remains were discovered at the Marieval Indian Residential School, which operated from 1899 to 1997 in the province of Saskatchewan. Last month, some 215 remains were reported at Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia.
(Previous: 751 unmarked graves is ‘a wake up call’)
From the 19th century until the 1970s, more than 150,000 Indigenous children were forced to attend state-funded Christian schools, most run by Roman Catholic missionary congregations, in a campaign to assimilate them into Canadian society… READ more.
Healthy and vibrant communities
On this weekend edition of Indian Country Today, we highlight Canada's Indigenous People's day. Plus, tourists are back on the road to enjoy Indian Country again. And, we'll also be taking a look at some Pulitzer Prize nominated cartoons!
#KickinWithKolby — thoughts from a Native sports fan #Sportzball
One of the most welcome sights of the various sports during this 2021 season is the reintegration of fans back in stadiums and arenas around the country.
There was something unsettling about empty stands, and while some teams increased capacity faster than others, it’s awesome to have the fan-crazed atmosphere back in action regardless of capacity.
Although, having not been able to attend for a year, it seems that some fans have forgotten how to act. Which is a shame and will only make the live-game experience worse for the rest of us if leagues start implementing stringent fan code of conduct rules... READ more.
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Other top stories:
- Navajo Nation leery of Delta variant: President Jonathan Nez said that with about 70 percent of the eligible population vaccinated, the Navajo Nation’s main concern now is visitors.
- Army Corps plans extensive review of Enbridge tunnel: The tunnel would house a replacement for a portion of Enbridge’s Line 5 that crosses the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac.
- Meet the matriarchs of Diné Pride: Diné Pride hosted one of the largest Indigenous Pride events in the U.S. for a week in June.
- US boarding schools to be investigated: Following news of Indigenous children’s remains found at residential schools in Canada, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland will investigate the scope of the problem in the United States.
- Shawnee reclaim the great Serpent Mound: Ancestors of Native Americans, not prehistoric giants or space aliens, built the mound.
What we’re reading:
- Racism, drought and history: Young Native Americans fight back as water disappears.
- Is America ready to face the truth about the atrocities against Indigenous children?
- Tocabe's virtual pantry promoting Native American cuisine, culture.
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