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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.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced on Friday afternoon by Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill to 22 years and 6 months for his role in the death of George Floyd. Chauvin was convicted for second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for the death of Floyd on April 20, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minn. 

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court today issued a 6-3 decision in Yellen v. Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, et al., holding that Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs) are included in the definition of “Indian tribes” under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDA) and thus eligible for funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

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COWESSESS, Saskatchewan — Donning a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls pin on Thursday, Chief Cadmus Delorme of the Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan announced the discovery of as many as 751 unmarked graves on what was formerly the Marieval Indian Residential School.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on Wednesday, June 23, will conduct an environmental impact statement for the Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership Line 5 permit application.

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WASHINGTON — The Committee on Indian Affairs will host a roundtable on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the infrastructure needs in Indian Country. The “Concrete Solutions: Building a Successful Foundation for Native Communities’ Infrastructure Development” will take place today, June 23, at 2:30 p.m. – EDT.