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On this weekend edition of Indian Country Today, we highlight Canada's Indigenous People's day. Plus, tourists are back on the road to enjoy Indian Country again. And, we'll also be taking a look at some Pulitzer Prize nominated cartoons!

It’s summer time, and with vaccinations, folks are feeling more confident about taking in the sites on tribal lands. Sherry L. Rupert works with tribes and entrepreneurs at the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association. Visitors will see some changes since COVID-19 put a halt to tourism. 

In Canada, Indigenous People's Day is celebrated in June. We’ve all been shocked about the discovery of many unknown graves at residential schools in Canada. Our hearts go out to our First Nations relatives at this time of remembrance and honor. Leena Minifie, from Vancouver, British Columbia, tells us more.

Marty Two Bulls is an award winning cartoonist. He was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, but didn’t win. In fact, nobody won. The reason: “no consensus pick emerged.” Marty’s primary client is the South Dakota-based Lakota Times. The Pulitzer Board described his work as “innovative and insightful cartoons that offer a Native American perspective on contemporary news events.” We talked last week.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • Today marks the 145th Anniversary of the Battle of Greasy Grass.
  • Indigenous Brazilians continue to clash with police outside the National Congress building in the country's capital.
  • The Coast Miwok in Northern California are objecting to a plan to kill elk. 
  • Three people were arrested Monday at a prayer lodge along the Mississippi River near an Enbridge construction site.
  • Reporter Carina Dominguez is on the road to the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. She caught up with the star of Catch the Fair One.

Find more details on these stories at the top of today's newscast.

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Mark Trahant, Shoshone-Bannock, is editor of Indian Country Today. On Twitter: @TrahantReports Trahant is based in Phoenix. 

Shirley Sneve, Sicangu Lakota, is vice president of broadcasting for Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter @rosebudshirley She’s based in Nebraska and Minnesota.

Carina Dominguez, Pascua Yaqui, is a correspondent for  Indian Country Today. She covers news, politics and environmental issues. She’s based in Phoenix and New York. Twitter: @Carinad7, Instagram: @CarinaNicole7

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