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CHICAGO — The Native American community was afforded a sneak preview on Saturday of the new Native Truths: Our Voices, Our Stories exhibition at the Field Museum in Chicago. 

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This weekend and next week, Indian Country is tuning in to music with a message, and streaming TV with an Indigenous edge.

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NEW YORK—Thirty years ago, David Boxley (Tsimshian), an Alaska Native carver and dancer from Southeast Alaska, was stopped in his tracks at the entrance of the Northwest Coast Hall at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan.

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DeAnna Autumn Leaf Suazo’s signature girls exist somewhere between Tokyo, Navajo Nation, and Taos Pueblo, in a stylized world accessorized with lollipops, sunglasses, and pops of Japanese comics and Native culture.

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The first Saturday in May welcomes the 148th Kentucky Derby, the most celebrated horse race in the country, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. This year’s race, on May 7, will be the 148th running. Horse racing was one of the first major sporting activities in U.S. history. Thoroughbred racing as an industry evolved from the settlers in the American Colonies, with the first organized race by settlers in Maryland in 1745.

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Last week, National Football League’s (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell wore a medallion with the logo of the 7G Foundation, while announcing the Minnesota Vikings first round draft pick. 

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This weekend, Indian Country is pulsing with modern Indigenous music, forward-looking fusions of artforms, and brilliant basketry. 

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Bestselling author Angeline Boulley (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe) was awarded on Thursday night the Edgar Award for Young Adult for Firekeeper’s Daughter by the Mystery Writers of America at a ceremony held at the New York Marriott Marquis Times Square. 

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On Monday, the City of Sparks, Nevada dedicated April 25, 2022 as Austin Corbett Day. Austin Corbett is a citizen of the Walker River Paiute Tribe in Schurz, Nevada, and a former starting offensive guard for the Los Angeles Rams–the team that won Super Bowl LVI earlier this year. 

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As the Chefornak dancers took the stage on the first day of the Cama-i Dance Festival, the group leader reached for a microphone. Drummer Sam Flynn asked for a moment of silence to honor community members who had recently died.