April 18, 2021
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan (D), a tribal citizen of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, tweeted on Sunday afternoon that Minnesota is “a place where it is not safe to be Black.”
April 19, 2021 Currents 1401
WASHINGTON — The White House announced on Saturday that First Lady Jill Biden will visit the Window Rock, Ariz. on Thursday, April 22 and Friday, April 23. Window Rock is the capital of the Navajo Nation, home of the largest Indian reservation in the United States.
April 18, 2021 Currents 700
WASHINGTON — The National Congress of American Indians' (NCAI) five-month search for its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is over. Citing his experience in economic development, NCAI’s board of directors named Dante Desiderio (Sappony Tribe) the new CEO on Thursday. He has been the executive director of the Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) for the past 10 years.
April 18, 2021 Currents 498
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — For the seventh consecutive day, there no Covid-related deaths on the Navajo Nation on Saturday. The death toll stands at 1,262.
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April 19, 2021 Opinion 876
During her third week in office and her first official trip in her new role as U.S. Department of the Interior, Secretary Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo) conducted a fact-finding tour of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah.
April 16, 2021 Opinion 506
OPINION. Another historical milestone was reached on Thursday when the Biden-Harris Administration returned a major policy initiative of the Obama-Biden Administration by re-dedicating the White House Council on Native American Affairs (White House Council) and designating the Nation’s first Native American Cabinet Member ~ Secretary of Interior Debra Haaland (Laguna Pueblo) as chair.
April 08, 2021 Sovereignty 2108
The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled that Congress has the authority to enact the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), while striking down a portion of the law that gives preference to Indigenous families in the adoption of Native American children.
March 26, 2021 Sovereignty 1791
A recent decision by the Cherokee Nation’s Supreme Court struck down a law that freedmen – descendants of people enslaved by Cherokees in the 18th and 19th centuries – cannot hold elective tribal office. The ruling is the latest development in a long-standing dispute about the tribal rights available to Black people once held in bondage by Native Americans.
April 18, 2021 Education 463
DENVER — Overall Native student enrollment dropped in the fall of 2020 according to data collected by the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) and the National Student Clearinghouse. Overall student enrollment at tribal colleges and universities (TCU) enrollment is down by 1 percent with an 11 percent drop in freshman enrollment according to AIHEC; the National Student Clearinghouse data show a 23 percent decrease in freshman enrollment among Native students at all colleges and universities throughout the country.
April 15, 2021 Education 2050
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California State Assembly’s Education Committee earlier this month unanimously approved a bill that will protect Native American students’ rights to wear cultural items at graduation.
Arts & Entertainment
April 17, 2021 Arts & Entertainment 1461
SANTA FE, N.M. — The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) announced on Friday that the 99 th Santa Fe Indian Market will be held in-person—and online—on Saturday, August 21, and Sunday, August 22, 2021.
April 13, 2021 Arts & Entertainment 1505
Tinworks Art named the recipients of its 2021 Tinworks Artists Grant on Saturday, with two Indigenous grant winners among them.
April 05, 2021 Business 1867
Growing up, when Harlan Kingfisher (Plains Cree from the Sturgeon Lake First Nation) would leave the house for big hockey games, his grandfather, or Mushum, would instruct him to smudge his blades and hockey stick. “Smudging” is the Indigenous practice of burning sweetgrass or sage in prayer to summon positive energy and cleanse one’s spirit.
March 29, 2021 Business 5734
The digital divide is great in the United States, often separating the rural from the urban, the rich from the poor. Indian Country is no different, with just 60 percent of residents living on tribal lands in the lower 48 states having access to broadband internet at the end of 2018. That was tough enough pre-pandemic. Today, not having in-home access to the internet can mean long drives to places like McDonald’s for internet service, just so children can do homework assignments .