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The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will host a roundtable discussion, entitled “Closing the Digital Divide in Native Communities through Infrastructure Investment” on Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 2:30 p.m. – EST led by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI), chairman of the committee.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Clyde Bellecourt, one of the original founders of the American Indian Movement (AIM), passed away today due to complications with cancer, according to Lisa Bellanger, Co-Director of the American Indian Movement’s Grand Governing Council. His Ojibwe name is Nee-gon-we-way-we-dun—“Thunder Before the Storm." He was 85 years old.

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The group at the helm of the Indian Boarding School reckoning movement—the Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS)—announced new leadership last week.

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On January 7, 2022, the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) issued an amendment extending the tribal deer season to January 31, 2022. Normally, the tribal deer season ends during the first Sunday of January, which would have been January 9, 2022, but has been extended to mirror the state’s deer season. The state has extended non-tribal bow hunting through January 31st. The tribal hunting season extension permits tribal members to continue to hunt by firearm as well as bow. The season applies to the Wisconsin portions of the 1837 and 1842 ceded territory.

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WASHINGTON — In addition to articles already covered by Native News Online, here is an overview of other news released from Washington, D.C. that impacts Indian Country during the past week.

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Speaking at the memorial service in Las Vegas for the late Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), President Biden on Saturday said Reid championed Native Americans and tribal communities when it was not particularly popular for him to do so. The former Senate majority leader passed away on Dec. 28, 2021, after a four-year fight with pancreatic cancer. He was 82.

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In October, Apsaalooké journalist Luella Brien quit her job at Big Horn County News in a huff.

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Recently, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer signed resolutions approved by the Navajo Nation Council that will provide hardship assistance to Navajo citizens to mitigate negative impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Tribal Medical Supplies Stockpile Access Act, legislation that would guarantee the Indian Health Service (IHS), tribal health authorities, and other Indian organizations will have access to the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) has been reintroduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Representatives Tom Cole (R-OK), Co-Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus, and Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), a member of the Congressional Native American Caucus. The Strategic National Stockpile is a federal repository of drugs and medical supplies that can be tapped if and when a public health emergency exhausts local supplies.