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SAN FRANCISCO — In pre-dawn hours of Monday, October 11—Indigenous Peoples’ Day—hundreds of people boarded ferries at Pier 33 in San Francisco for a short ferry ride to Alcatraz Island, where they participated in the Indigenous Peoples’ Day Sunrise Gathering.

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On Monday, October 11, a physician employed by the Cherokee Nation was arrested in Chicot County, Arkansas for first-degree murder of a nurse also employed by the tribe. Both were non-tribal members. 

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RANDALLS ISLAND, New York—The word “recognize” doesn’t exist in the Shinnecock Nation language, according to tribal member Chenae Bullock. She is one of the organizers of the seventh annual New York City Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration on Randalls Island, a small island located in the East River, between Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens. 

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Once every 10 years federal and state districts are drawn up from data released by the U.S. Census. In New Mexico, the state’s legislature will vote in December to approve new redistricting maps.

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More than 116,000 Native American ancestors are in limbo—their remains not yet laid to rest, but instead kept in storage at museums and institutions across the country.

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Blackfeet Nation Chairman Tim Davis today issued a searing indictment of the federal government’s consistent and continuing failures in addressing the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) crisis. Davis chose to issue his letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, Secretary Deb Haaland, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) – chair of the Indian Affairs Committee, and puts the spotlight on the Department of Interior (DOI), Department of Justice (DOJ), and the US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs that includes both of Montana’s US Senators, Jon Tester (D-MT) and Steve Daines (R-MT).

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On Friday, October 8, 11 members of Congress sent a letter to President Biden, United States Attorney General Merrick Garland, Director of Federal Bureau of Prisons Michael Carvajal, and Southeast Regional Director of Federal Bureau of Prisons J.A. Keller requesting the expedited release of and clemency for Leonard Peltier. 

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As we celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we asked our writers at Native News Online and Tribal Business News to put their thoughts about the work they do year round. 

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This Monday, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, will see athletes from all over the world run the 125th Boston Marathon. The marathon, typically scheduled for a Monday in mid-April, was cancelled last year due to Covid-19, and this year was rescheduled due to the pandemic.