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'Where else are our children?'
Courtney Tanner and Alastair Lee Bitsóí
The Salt Lake Tribune
The bodies of Paiute children are likely buried below summer grasses at the site of an Indigenous boarding school they were forced to attend in Panguitch, Utah tribal leaders and history experts say.
Exactly how many children lie under the school grounds, just north of the small southern Utah city, no one yet knows. Initial research indicates there could be at least 12 bodies in unmarked graves.
Utah State University plans to apply ground-penetrating radar to the 150-acre site.
“What I know about this [boarding] school is that they would come, and they would take the kids for labor,” said Corrina Bow, chairwoman for the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah. Paiute leaders say children ages 6 years old and older were forced to work at a farm on the property… READ more.
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Statue of early white settler opposed by Narragansetts
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — Citizens of the Narragansett Indian Tribe in Rhode Island are upset that they were not consulted before a statue of one of the state’s earliest English settlers was put up in Pawtucket this week.
The Rev. William Blackstone — after whom the Blackstone Valley region is named — settled the area in the 1630s at a time when the Indigenous population was brutally oppressed, tribal members told WPRI-TV.
The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council Inc., which is behind the statue effort, argues that the 14-foot sculpture called “Tolerance,” which depicts Blackstone riding a bull while reading a book, will spur conversations and a better public understanding of the Colonial period.
“We’re not about putting lipstick on a pig,” council President Bob Billington said. “We’re looking it square in the eye. It’s a great time to discuss this topic — civilly and in a good way.”
Billington said his organization reached out to a tribal museum for input.
The statue is on private land and was paid for with private funds. But taxpayer money was used to fix up the surrounding area, a city spokesperson confirmed. Mayor Donald Grebien was out of town and unavailable for comment, a spokesperson told the station.
Line 3 protesters arrested at Minnesota Capitol
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota troopers on Friday arrested four people protesting Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 replacement pipeline project at the state Capitol.
Videos posted on social media showed law enforcement officers surrounding about a dozen protesters. About 1,000 demonstrators gathered earlier in the week for a major rally calling on Democratic Gov. Tim Walz and President Joe Biden to pull permits and shut down the replacement pipeline project.
Department of Public Safety spokesman Bruce Gordon told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the arrests happened after a teepee remained on the Capitol grounds Friday after the event permit expired Thursday evening… READ more.
#NativeNerd: Jason Momoa, Paw Patrol, and 'Reminiscence'
She:kon #NativeNerd readers,
This week I am reviewing the latest episodes of the soon-to-be-released season 2 of “See” starring Jason Momoa and Dave Bautista. I also viewed the latest Hugh Jackman film “Reminiscence” as well as “Sweet Girl,” this week’s latest #1 trending film on Netflix which is also starring Momoa. I also watched the light-hearted and family-friendly “Paw Patrol Movie.”
Let’s get to it... READ more.
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Indian Country races into the weekend
This week, we have artists in studios and on the race track. Plus an update on wildfires and climate change.
Decolonized menu at Owamni by the Sioux Chef
Every culture seems to have food at the center of gatherings and a new Indigenous restaurant has a menu that’s entirely decolonized.
Owamni by the Sioux Chef opened on July 19 and prides itself on providing true North American cuisine.
The restaurant is in downtown Minneapolis on the banks of Haha Wakpa, also known as the Mississippi River.
“As you might know it's a wonderful, beautiful, sacred space, and we're just excited to have a restaurant that's extremely unique and kind of the only one out there like it,” said Sean Sherman, also known as the Sioux Chef. To watch a short video, click here.
Why working at ICT matters
Osiyo, my name is Kaitlin Onawa Boysel. I'm a producer and reporter for the ICT broadcast team.
Traditionally I did not grow up on reservation or even participate in community events. I even went to a high school called “Union (R-word)” in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At that time I had no idea the amount of pain and trauma Indigenous people had gone through and the heavy weight that racial slur held.
My middle name “Onawa” was given to me by my Cherokee parents. Onawa means wide awake girl in Cherokee.
Fast forward to college, I was accepted into the Native American Journalists Association’s fellowship program for young aspiring Native journalists learning the ropes and the importance of Native storytelling. I went back to the program three times because I enjoyed the people so much… READ more.
#ICYMI: Forge fellowship awards $25,000 to four Native notables
Four Native movers and shakers are the recipients of a $25,000 cash award and fellowship opportunity provided by the Forge Project, an initiative in New York created to “to support established and emerging Indigenous leaders in the land justice, education, and cultural fields with financial support and a residency.”
In addition to the cash award, each of the four will also be able to secure use of the Forge Project property located in the Hudson Valley. The Forge House property, designed by the world-renowned Chinese artisan Ai Weiwei in collaboration with HHF Architects, consists of two large wood and corrugated metal buildings that contain a living space, studio space and an illuminated art gallery... READ more.
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Other top stories:
- 'Rights of nature' cases could bolster treaty guarantees: White Earth Nation’s tribal court is one to watch in strategies to protect the environment.
- Gaps in wildfire smoke warning network exposed: Data on air quality is particularly sparse in eastern Montana, where smoke on the Northern Cheyenne got so bad that officials closed a health clinic when air filters couldn’t keep up with the pollution.
- Judge nixes backup site for disputed Hawaii telescope: Construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Hawaii’s tallest mountain, Mauna Kea, has been stalled by opponents who say the project will desecrate land held sacred.
- COVID relief funds highlight complexity of issues: 'There were so many rules from the U.S. Department of Treasury regarding the CARES … that made it really difficult to try to spend that money where it was needed.'
- Could ‘baby bonds’ close racial wealth gap?: Setting aside government money at birth for all children has been tried both inside and outside of the United States. Not everyone is a fan.
What we’re reading:
- Artists going for ‘Wow’ factor with MMIWG mural.
- Standing Rock Sioux Tribe welcomes NBA player as official member.
- ‘Firestarter’s Michael Greyeyes Signs First-Look Deal With Blumhouse.
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