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Call it a hunch, but we’re thinking that there may be more non-Natives interested in what’s going on in Indian Country this month.  

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SAN FRANSISCO — The American Indian Film Festival (AIFF) returns to San Francisco from Nov. 4-12 for the first time in two years. AIFF is the oldest and most celebrated Native American film festival. 
 
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This weekend and next week in Indian Country, celebrations abound with film festivals, powwows, live music, Native American comedy and much more.

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On Wednesday, President Joe Biden appointed Navajo Nation First Lady Phefelia Nez to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center of Performing Arts in recognition of her advocacy for tribal communities. 

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NEW YORK—The all-caps message reads like Los Angeles' iconic Hollywood sign from a distance. It’s the same white font, with lettering set slightly askew, as if the words are printed on one of those advertisement banners pulled behind an airplane, sending a wave of air ripping through them. 

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There is plenty to do this weekend and next week in Indian Country, from a free virtual concert with award-winning musical artists to celebrate Native American Heritage Month, a special exhibition examining the role of horses in Native culture, webinars exploring the recent wave of Indigenous representation in popular media and much more.

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TORONTO–Emmy-award-winning filmmaker, and industry leader Jennifer Loren recently presented her expertise at this year’s imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. Part of the festival’s Industry Days, Loren delved into Cherokee Nation Film Office (CNFO) incentives and initiatives to help #morenatives get access to the film industry.

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New York Times bestselling author Angeline Boulley (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians) was out for a walk in her former neighborhood near Washington, D.C., when she heard the voice of a 16-year-old girl in her head that told her, “I stole everything they think I did, and even stuff they don’t know about yet.”
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This weekend and next week,  there are plenty of things to do in Indian Country — from film festivals dedicated to Indigenous storytelling to art fairs, powwows, engaging panel discussions with renowned contemporary Native artists and more.

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NEW BUFFALO, Mich.—Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk Nation) was named a 2022 MacArthur 'Genius' Fellow on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Native News interviewed him just after the announcement.