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DILLINGHAM, Alaska — After the Department of Justice unveiled a new pilot project in Alaska last summer that would work with tribes to tackle the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) crisis in their communities, tribal administrator Courtenay Carty was quick to let them know that the Curyung Tribe wanted in.  

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OTTAWA, Canada — Whether or not Pope Francis will apologize to the Indigenous people of Canada for recently discovered graves that contain the remains of children who attended residential schools that were operated by the Catholic church will remain a mystery until at least December.

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BEMIDJI, Minn. — Two men linked to Enbridge’s construction of a new Line 3 were arrested over the weekend in a human trafficking sting operation. In total, six men were were arrested on Sunday, June 27, for various sex crimes in Bemidji, Minn., in a two-day sting operation led by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s Human Trafficking Investigators Task Force (MNHITF) and the Tribes United Against Sex Trafficking (TRUST) Task Force.

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Monday’s Google Canada Doodle honors the life and legacy of Mary Two-Axe Earley (Mohawk), a First Nations women’s rights activist, on the 36th anniversary of the Act to Amend the Indian Act in Canada. The Indian Act was amended after nearly two decades of Two Axe Early’s activism against provisions that stripped First Nations women of their Indian status when they married non-Indigenous men.  

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Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont last Wednesday signed a bill into law that, beginning next year, will strip 12 local communities of state funding if they keep names or images appropriating Native American culture.

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BRITISH COLUMBIA, Canada — Two more Catholic churches burned down in western Canada early Saturday. The churches were located near Indigenous communities at St. Ann’s Church and Chopaka Church, which are located within an hour of each other in British Columbia.

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Every week, Native News Online brings you the latest Indian Country news and moves from Washington, D.C.  In addition to Interior Sec. Deb Haaland establishing the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative on Tuesday, other happenings in our nation’s capital were; Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes obtain the National Bison Range Lands in trust; Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held a virtual roundtable to hear about infrastructure needs in Indian Country and Native American housing legislation was reintroduced.

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With funding to continue the Montana task force through the next biennium, stakeholders are strategizing incremental improvements to an intractable problem.

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NORTHERN MINNESOTA — As construction continues on Enbridge Line 3 replacement project so does activity by those who oppose the controversial tar sands oil pipeline in northern Minnesota.