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MONTREAL — When 22-year-old Shina Novalinga (Inuk) and her mother sing together, the two women face each other, clutching one another’s forearms, omitting an identical sound from deep in their throat that–when heard together—can mimic the sound of birds, the wind, the river, or even a puppy.

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Memorial Day Weekend presents plenty of chances to honor and recognize ingenious and inspirational Indigenous role models, from a Muscogee movie star, to Navajo Code Talkers, to a powerful and influential Native American politician.  

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America is experiencing a reckoning as more BIPOC filmmakers, artists and writers are gaining momentum in telling their stories for themselves.

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A virtual version of Canada’s prime powwow, heart-stopping horse races, and a smokin’ hot shopping opportunity for Indigenous fashion fans are ready and set to go this weekend and next week in Indian Country.

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Many people today are reexamining what it means to show solidarity, especially within Black and Native communities. There is an underlying and overlooked shared history between the two groups that American culture needs to acknowledge and incorporate into its narrative. As with any progressive societal movement, it takes multiple voices to speak up and form alliances to make impactful change. Emerging and veteran BIPOC writers are reassessing their approaches to representing these stories on television.  

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This weekend and next week, Indian Country is chock full of hot happenings, from a colossal cultural center opening, to an evening of Indigenous inside jokes, to a virtual visit with an award-winning artist who is very in Vogue

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This weekend and next week, Indian Country is serving up a slew of enlightening activities and events including an epic mural unveiling, a daring display of Alaska Native athleticism, and a healing festival featuring Buffy Sainte-Marie.   

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Native people have endured countless atrocities, survived plagues, withstood erasure, mended community trauma and still manage to laugh it off. Humor is a powerful tool when it comes to survival and healing, which is why some Natives are bringing NDN humor to American sitcoms. 

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. —Travelers in and out of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, West Michigan’s largest airport, now have an opportunity to understand the rich connection the region has to its Native population, which has its roots in Michigan for thousands of years.

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This weekend and next week, Indian Country will observe Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Day on Wednesday, May 5—with awareness-raising art exhibits, virtual vigils and more.