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An artistic invitation to rise up

The artist behind a new mural in Rapid City, South Dakota talks about his inspiration. Plus we have an update from the nation's capital

Cares Act funding provided relief in many different ways, including the creation of a mural in Rapid City, South Dakota. Racing Magpie commissioned Oglala artist Micheal Two Bulls to create the large mural. Two Bulls is also a member of the musical group, The Wake Singers, and he’s a printer at Pejuta Press.

John Tahsuda III, Kiowa, is a regular contributor to Indian Country Today. In 2002, he worked as the staff director for the Senate Indian Affairs committee. He also is a former principal deputy assistant secretary for Indian Affairs and served in that position from 2017 to 2020. Prior, he worked with Navigators Global, a company that provides political services to several industries, including tribes.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians in Michigan is joining the state’s recreational cannabis market. 
  • To preserve their traditions, one band of Wampanoag in Massachusetts is working to save a living part of tribal history. 
  • Alaskan Natives are continuing to push to stop a massive copper mine. 
  • In an effort to heal from some of California’s racist history, Indigenous communities held a ceremony last Saturday to mark the removal of a Christian Mission bell.
  • Walking Eagle News is using Native humor to lighten the load, skewer politicians and raise awareness about serious issues. 

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