The House subcommittee on Indigenous people held a hearing to establish a truth and healing commission on federal Indian boarding school policies. Boarding school survivors and tribal leaders testified at the hearing, including Shawnee Chief Ben Barnes.
Indigenous people are more likely to report alcohol and substance abuse disorders than any other race, according to data from the Indian Health Service. Native American Connections wants to help. Counselor Sonya Brooks joins us from the Phoenix-based treatment center.
Haskell Indian Nations University graduation featured a speech from Interior Secretary Deb Haaland. In addition, the ceremony honored the students’ commitment and work during the pandemic. Jared Nally reports.
The Haudenosaunee created lacrosse. They call it the Creator’s Game. It’s become one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Ironically, the Haudenosaunee have been banned from competing internationally. Rex Lyons and his family are on a quest to play in the Olympics in 2028, just like any other country. Their journey is also the subject of a documentary in progress.
Alyssa London is a leading voice on Indigenous culture and identity. She was named a contributor for NBC News and MSNBC this week. London shares more about her first appearance in this position on the program “Morning Joe."
It’s graduation time in many communities across the country. Last year, Kiera Charley’s graduation meant leaving home to pursue an interest in astrophysics. She was named a Flinn Scholar at Arizona State University which meant her family could afford tuition. ASU News reports.
A slice of our Indigenous world
- In California, Sunshine Sykes has been confirmed as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. She is the first Native federal judge in California.
A renovated New York City museum is showcasing Indigenous perspectives from the pacific northwest.
In Chicago, a Field Museum opened its doors to local Natives for a sneak peak.
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