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On this day in history 44 years ago, the American Indian Religious Freedom Act (AIRFA), enacted by joint resolution of Congress, was signed into law by President Jimmy Carter. 

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HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. — The second stop on the Road to Healing tour by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo) and Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland (Bay Mills Indian Community) will visit the lands of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in the northern part of the Michigan’s Lower Peninsula on Saturday, August 13, 2022.

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In Hawai’i, July 31 is a holiday: Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea, or Sovereignty Restoration Day. 

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On Wednesday, July 27, the Oglala Sioux Tribal (OST) Council voted that churches and missions can continue day-to-day operations, but must register within 90 days. The tribal council voted 10-7 to rescind Tuesday's ordinance, which put a stop to all activities by churches and missions on the reservation. 

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This is the second in a three part series following intergenerational impacts the United States’ nearly 200 year policy of Indian boarding schools had, and continues to have, on some tribal members on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota today. This story was produced as a project for the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism's 2021 Data Fellowship.

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In an emergency meeting Tuesday July 26, the Oglala Sioux Tribal (OST) Council temporarily suspended all activity of Christian missions on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. 

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In a move to fight back against increased use of methamphetamine on its reservation located in Watersmeet, Mich., which is in the western part of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Indians (LVD) announced a “Take Back Our Community Campaign” last Friday, July 22, 2022.

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This week’s Tribal Business News round-up includes a story about best practices to grow tribal enterprises, Native policy priorities for the next Farm Bill, the failures of mortgage agencies when it comes to Native America, and the struggle between Alaska Native people and one of the corporations created for their benefit.

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This week, we debut a weekly round-up of stories about Native business and the Tribal economy, with reporting from our sister publication, Tribal Business News.  

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This is the first in a three-part series following the intergenerational effects that the United States government’s century and a half practice of placing Indian children in boarding schools has had on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. This story was produced as a project for the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism's 2021 Data Fellowship.