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'Reservation Dogs' almost here
This week, we finally caught a glimpse of the upcoming "Reservation Dogs" show coming to FX on Hulu August 9.
An official trailer was released on Thursday.
Native storytelling on the national level is more present than ever before.
The show follows the adventures of four Indigenous teenagers in rural Oklahoma as they attempt to make their way to California. It stars D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Ojibwe, Devery Jacobs, Kanienʼkehá꞉ka Mohawk, Paulina Alexis, Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, and Lane Factor, Caddo and Seminole Creek.
The show premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in June, and Indian Country Today was there... READ more.
Watch the trailer below:
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Tourism in Hawai’i: ‘People are fed up’
The Hawaiian islands have become a popular destination for vacation now that travel has become more frequent, but it has left Native Hawaiians to question what the future of tourism looks like in the state.
In 2019, a year before the coronavirus pandemic hit, the Hawaiian islands reported a record 10.4 million visitors. Then COVID happened, and strict measures were implemented to visit the state.
Now that the islands are seeing a large influx of visitors due to less strict travel restrictions, and airlines and hotels who were selling flights and accommodations for low costs, many of the COVID observations have changed.
Read more of Aliyah Chavez’s report HERE. For a news video, watch below.
Championship Saturday set for Phoenix
With NBA Finals tickets on the line, Saturday's Native American Basketball Invitational could be ultra competitive.
The popular prep basketball tournament annually attracts dozens of teams from across Indian Country.
Games started this week and the top two teams for the boys' and girls' tournament brackets advanced to the championships at Camelback High School in Phoenix. Doors open at 11 a.m. local time and the girls start at noon, followed by the boys.
The championship games usually take place on the homeport of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury, but because the Suns are playing in the NBA Finals games on Saturday, NABI moved to a local high school.
But a bonus this year is the two champions will receive tickets to the Suns game later that night... READ more.
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Conferences have returned
Two of the biggest conferences geared towards Native people are back.
The roots of Indian County's evolution
On this weekend edition of Indian Country Today, a retiring Morongo chairman reflects on 18 years of leadership. Plus, an Ojibwe woman finds healing through basket making.
Cherokee no longer largest tribe
The title of largest tribe in the United States can now be given to the Navajo Nation thanks to the pandemic-related financial assistance that garnered thousands of documents to be sent in, verified and updated.
The Navajo Nation Office of Controller said they received more than 293,000 applications that partially updated the total number of Navajo Nation members to 399,494 — a 30.4 percent increase. The tribe also has the largest tribal lands in the country… READ more.
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Other top stories:
- Diné designed water bottle pays off: Six months after its launch, the Diné designed water bottle is one of Nalgene’s most popular products.
- Minnesota park recognized as historic, sacred cemetery: For over a century, St. Paul regarded Indian Mounds Park as a recreational area. Now, it’s being recognized for its history as a cemetery for at least seven tribes.
- Alaska Natives’ complicated identities: Can ANCSA answer, ‘Where are you from?’
- A monumental task: The Interior has started combing through records in hopes of identifying past boarding schools and the names and tribes of students.
- Minnesota’s first MMIW office to open: The state passed its COVID-19 Recovery Budget that included public safety measures such as setting up their first physical office to be devoted to the missing and murdered Indigenous women movement.
What we’re reading:
- Halle Bryant: Indexing Rhode Island’s Indigenous history.
- The jingle dress project brings its healing message to Haystack Rock.
- Joe Biden picks former Sen. Tom Udall for New Zealand ambassador.
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