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Around the World: A Cree Nation athlete wins eight medals, an Australian First Nation wants to heal the forest, a report finds police misconduct toward the Māori and an Indigenous community in Colombia works to offset climate change.

CANADA: Cree Nation athlete wins eight international medals

Cree Nation athlete Trina Ross was given a hero’s welcome at the Winnipeg airport in Canada after winning eight medals – including three golds – at the 2022 Dragon Boat World Championships in the Czech Republic, APTN News reported on Sept. 8.

She was the only Indigenous woman on Team Canada to compete in the International Canoe Federation championships, which were moved from Ukraine to Račice, Czech Republic, this year after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. READ MOREDeusdedit Ruhangariyo, Special to ICT

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Improving the lives of Native Americans was the heart of Gary Niles Kimble’s work in politics and managing organizations and agencies that addressed issues facing tribal communities.

Kimble, 80, who died of complications from a motor vehicle accident in July, was a pioneer in Montana politics and helped set the foundation for American Indian federal policy throughout his career.

He had been hospitalized at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Washington D.C., where he died on July 30, according to his cousin, Bum Stiffarm. READ MORENoel Lyn Smith, ICT

Robbie Woodhouse’s grandfather began nearly a century of family farming along the Gila River near Yuma in the middle 1920s when he dug up a bunch of mesquite stumps on his land to make way for his barley, wheat, Bermuda seed, cotton and melon fields.

Farming never really took off at the Woodhouse homestead until 1954, when the federal government finished a 75-mile-long concrete canal to bring Colorado River water to what’s now known as the Wellton-Mohawk Irrigation and Drainage District, which covers about 58,500 acres along the Gila River east of the Colorado.

Today, Woodhouse presides over the governing board of a district with more than 120 individual growers, partnerships, trusts and other operating entities growing about 100 different crops, including seed crops as well as staples like wheat, cotton, lettuce and other produce. Wellton-Mohawk is one of six agricultural districts in the Yuma area that together grow 90 percent of the cauliflower, lettuce, broccoli and other winter vegetables sold in the U.S. READ MOREArizona Daily Star/Associated Press

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National Hispanic Heritage Month (US) September 15 – October 15

Native American Day (California and Nevada) September 24

Orange Shirt Day (Canada) September 30

Orange Shirt Day is held annually on September 30 in Canadian communities with students and staff being encouraged to wear an orange shirt to school. September 30th falls during the time of year when Indigenous children were taken away to residential school. Created as an observance in 2013 it’s also known as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Since 2021, in light of the revelations of more than 1,000 unmarked graves near former residential school sites, it was made into a statutory holiday by the Canadian government. Wearing the orange shirt represents remembering the history and abuse suffered by Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada and to symbolize that Every Child Matters, even if they are now adults. READ MORE Indigenous Media Initiatives

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On the Wednesday edition of the ICT Newscast, November’s midterm elections are around the corner. We are learning about voting rights lawsuits, and previewing next week’s National Voter Registration Day. Holly Cook Macarro is in Washington, D.C. for the week’s historic events. READ MOREICT

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An award-winning Canadian author accused of kidnapping her son and faking their deaths so they could flee the country will not face charges in the United States until after her charges in Canada are resolved, if at all.

U.S. officials have put on hold their case against Dawn Marie Walker, also known as author Dawn Dumont, on charges of aggravated identity theft and possession of false identification documents, which they say she used to enter the U.S. under an assumed name on July 23. Walker is a citizen of the Okanese First Nation. READ MOREKarina Brown & Miles Morriseau, Underscore News/ICT

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