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Hannah Corbett sat at a table of her peers. Each table in the room was asked to answer a series of questions about language revitalization. Corbett and the six others at her table were brainstorming what tools or resources were needed in their communities.

Corbett, Cow Creek Tribe, was writing down the answers on a large sheet of paper with a purple marker.

“Compensation for elders who educate.”

“Relevant curriculum and accurate teachings of history.”

“Language classes at the college level.”

This was just one of many issues the more than 100 young people from across the country were discussing at the White House Tribal Youth Summit. The single-day event featured a number of speakers and topics, from food sovereignty to mental health. READ MORE.Pauly Denetclaw, ICT

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TikTok creator Kara Smith said she plans on celebrating National Native American Heritage Month by doing what she’s been doing for two years — sharing the stories that were passed down to her and working on preserving that knowledge on her platform.

And especially having Afro-Indigenous people celebrate and take up space due to them being historically viewed as not Indigenous enough or less than.

“At times growing up I know I felt that and had voiced at school, ‘oh, I’m also Native American,’ because my mom always made sure to tell me my complete heritage, and oftentimes that would be denied or somebody would say ‘oh, no you’re not’ and invalidate what I had known,” the Chappaquiddick Wampanoag citizen said.

Smith, 28, known as @kararoselles on TikTok has garnered 116,000 followers and 3.5 million likes on her account. Her videos range from lifestyle, beauty and sharing her perspective as an Afro-Indigenous woman and a Wampanoag citizen. READ MORE.Kalle Benallie, ICT

The eagle feather Nimkii Curley added to his graduation cap was a gift to honor his Indigenous ancestors.

But instead of walking across the stage with other graduates at Evanston Township High School near Chicago in May, Curley was sent home before the ceremony began because the feather violated school rules.

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, he joined more than 50 members of Chicago’s Native community who marched into the Illinois Capitol for the inaugural Native American Summit, to support legislation allowing the use of regalia at graduation ceremonies and other issues important to Indigenous communities. READ MORE.Amelia Schafer, Special to ICT

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The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the state Department of Environmental Quality illegally issued a Clean Water Act permit for the proposed Resolution Copper Mine, which is being opposed by the San Carlos Apache Tribe.

The decision overturns a Maricopa County Superior Court ruling and orders ADEQ to restart the permit process.

San Carlos Apache officials say the mine will destroy Oak Flat, a sacred religious site on the Tonto National Forest.

Meanwhile, a group called Apache Stronghold that is authorized by the San Carlos Apache tribe to protect Oak Flat, said the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will rehear the case in front of a full panel of 11 judges. READ MORE.Associated Press

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Schools in New York state must stop using Native American references in mascots, team names and logos by the end of the current school year or face penalties including a loss of state aid, the state Department of Education said.

"Arguments that community members support the use of such imagery or that it is 'respectful' to Native Americans are no longer tenable," the department said in the memo, issued Thursday.

"Students learn as much through observation of their surroundings as they do from direct instruction," the memo added. "Boards of education that continue to utilize Native American mascots must reflect upon the message their choices convey to students, parents, and their communities."

The memo pointed to a state court's June ruling in favor of the department over the Cambridge Central School District north of Albany, New York, which decided to stop using a Native American reference in its team name last year only to reverse itself weeks later.

The state education department, which had issued a directive in 2001 for schools to stop using Native American imagery as soon as was practical, ordered the district to abide by its initial decision. The memo said districts that don't have approval from a recognized tribe to continue using the imagery "must immediately come into compliance."

Cambridge Central filed a lawsuit over the order, which a court dismissed. The school district has said it intends to appeal. — Associated Press

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