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ADA, Okla. — Last month, the state of Mississippi returned the largest collection of human remains and other items of significant cultural value in the state’s history, citing the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma repatriated 403 human remains and 83 lots of funerary items from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) in Jackson, Miss. It is the first repatriation by the state. 

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When Julie Badonie was growing up in the small Navajo community of Tohatchi in the 1940s, her father drove a horse-drawn wagon early each morning to a nearby spring. There, he filled wooden barrels with water the family would use that day to drink, cook, and wash. 

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — For the third day in a row, the Navajo Nation reported no Covid-19 related deaths. More good news was there were only two new Covid-19 cases reported on Tuesday.

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SEATTLE — The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has reversed a Trump administration decision to sell the National Archives at Seattle, Wash, which houses thousands of historical documents and other artifacts of tribes in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) opened its application to the general public on Monday its Covid-19 financial assistance program. The program was funded from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. 

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BOSTON — A Native American coalition in Boston is calling for organizers of the 2021 Boston Marathon to reschedule the race out of respect for its conflicting date with Indigenous Peoples’ Day on October 11. 

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FT. YATES, ND—LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, one of the leaders of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s fight against the Dakota Access pipeline, a Standing Rock Sioux tribal citizen and an undisputed Lakota historian, passed away on Saturday from brain cancer. She was 64. 

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On Saturday, the Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 16 new Covid-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and two more deaths. The total number of deaths is now 1,262 as of Saturday.

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MAYETTA, Kan. — Rachael McCoy, 29, an employee of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation’s transportation department, passed away on Wednesday from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle accident that occurred on Tuesday morning.