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LONG BEACH, Calif. — The Global Indigenous Council (GIC) continues to be at the forefront of tribal efforts to galvanize the Indigenous and allied BIPOC communities to “vote no” in the California recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom.

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LAWTON, Okla. — Shelby Elizabeth Mata, a tribal citizen of the Comanche Nation, was crowned Miss Native American USA 2021-2022 on Friday, Sept. 10 in a special ceremony. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the competition for the Miss Native American USA pageant was canceled this year for the second year in a row. As an alternative solution to name a new Miss Native American USA, the pageant’s leadership team decided to give the title to Mata, 24, who was the first runner-up two years ago. She succeeds  Lexie James (Hopi), who reigned for one extra year because of the pandemic.  

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WASHINGTON — In addition to news already covered during the previous week, each Sunday Native News Online provides an overview of activity in Washington, D.C. that impacts Indian Country during the past week.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The powwow grounds became completely silent on Saturday afternoon right before the grand entry of the Grand Valley American Indian Lodge’s 60th Annual Powwow at Riverside Park, in Grand Rapids, Mich. to observe a moment of silence in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

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In remembrance of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Native News Online reached out to several prominent Native Americans earlier this week to have them reflect on where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news that the United States was under attack. Here are their responses.

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. — A Tulsa man pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Oklahoma to robbery in Indian Country.

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SAN FRANCISCO — The GAP, Inc. has launched a new ad campaign that skips fashion models in favor of “change-making individuals” including JaShaun St. John, a 20-year-old Lakota actress from the Crow Creek and Pine Ridge Indian Reservations in South Dakota. 

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WASHINGTON — One month after he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Bryan Newland (Ojibwe) was ceremonially sworn in today as Department of the Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs.

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WASHINGTON — The state of Texas, four tribes and several parents have filed petitions asking the Supreme Court to review the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).