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Editor’s Note: This essay was submitted by the Native American Women’s Empowerment Campaign (NAWEC), an online effort to celebrate and empower Native American women. Additionally, NAWEC seeks to create awareness and provide education regarding Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. The photographs served as inspiration for this essay.

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WASHINGTON — The first meeting of the Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Presidential Task Force, now designated as Operation Lady Justice task force, was held in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.

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Native News Online’s weekly column highlights upcoming arts, entertainment and cultural events taking place all across Indian Country. Every Thursday morning, we’re delivering a round-up of events you might want to check out, if they’re happening in your area.

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Editor's Note: This article was first published in the Osage News

PAWHUSKA, Okla. — Along with the other Oklahoma gaming tribes, the Osage Nation Gaming Commission is under notice the state’s Office of Management and Enterprise Services intends to audit the Nation’s exclusivity fees paid to the state from Class III gaming.

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WHITE EARTH INDIAN RESERVATION, Minn. — Longtime American Indian activist Marvin Manypenny passed away on Sunday on the White Earth Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota. He was 72.

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UPDATED: January 29, 2020

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. The Navajo Nation is mourning the passing of Sophie Yazzie, the longest-living veteran in the state of Arizona and a tribal citizen of the Navajo Nation. Yazzie passed away on Saturday in Tucson. She was 105. 

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By Meridith Depping KFBB Digital Producer

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - An assistant basketball coach on the Rocky Boy’s Reservation has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor.

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The closure of the Navajo Generating Station and the Kayenta Mine will have a major impact on the budget of the Navajo Nation, President Jonathan Nez said last night during his State of the Navajo Nation Address.     

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 1 pm- EST

WASHINGTON — Independent U.S. presidential candidate Mark Charles, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, will address the topics of mass incarceration, reparations and the 13th Amendment during a Livestream from Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.