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SAN FRANCISCO — In modern times, Alcatraz Island has become a symbol to American Indians. It is a symbol of both struggle and hope. The affinity American Indians have with Alcatraz Island goes deep. For years, the island was home to a federal penitentiary there. Called the “Rock,” the penitentiary’s most famous inmate was notorious gangster Al Capone.

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HOUMA, La. — The United Houma Nation, based in Golden Meadow, La., reported  major devastation suffered during Hurricane Ida on Sunday that included deaths and multiple injuries.

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SANTA ANA PUEBLO, New Mexico — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland married her longtime partner Skip Sayre on Saturday at the Santa Ana Pueblo, located north of Albuquerque, N.M.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi citizens gathered with state and local officials at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich. to commemorate the bicentennial of the Treaty of Chicago, which was signed on August 29, 1821.

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WASHINGTON— In addition to news already covered during the previous week, each Sunday Native News Online provides an overview of activity in Washington, D.C. that impacts Indian Country during the past week. The U.S. Senate is out of session until Sept. 13. The Federal Communications Commission was busy this week with announcements. Read other briefs:

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MISSION, S.D. — Four Directions Native Vote and Fair Fight Action, two advocacy organizations that promote election protection, have released a 30-second video that encourages tribal citizens to call their elected officials in Congress to ask them to protect Native Americans' freedom to vote.

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DEER RIVER, Minn. — Mark Banks, who made a name for himself as a disc jockey and television host under the name of Johnny West, began his journey to the spirit world on Tuesday in Deer River, Minn., near the Leech Lake Indian Reservation, where he was born. He was 89.

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Department of, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, on Thursday reported the Navajo Nation has reached 1,400 deaths as the result of Covid-19.

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MUSKOGEE — Jimcy McGirt, 72, the man whose landmark case upended Oklahoma’s legal system, was sentenced to three life sentences by a federal judge on Wednesday.