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BISMARCK, ND — North Dakota lawmakers introduced a bill on Monday that would solidify the rules of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) into state law. 

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The Canadian government has agreed to pay more than $2 billion to hundreds of Indigenous communities to settle a lawsuit centered around nearly a century of abuse suffered by children who attended Indian residential schools.   

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GILA RIVER INDIAN COMMUNITY — Tribal citizens and boarding school survivors filled the Gila Crossing Community School near Phoenix on Friday, as senior officials from the Department of Interior held the fourth listening session on the yearlong Road to Healing Tour.

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**This story pertains to Indian Residential Boarding Schools. For support in First Nations, the Indian Residential School Survivors Society has a 24-hour Crisis Line available: 1-866-925-4419. In the United States, visit The Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition’s list of resources.**

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The Department of Interior’s year-long “Road to Healing Tour” will visit Arizona this week, with stops at the Gila River Indian Community near Phoenix this Friday and Navajo Nation at Many Farms on Sunday.

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At its first official meeting of 2023, the Seneca Nation Council unanimously approved a resolution condemning New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s veto of a bill that would have protected unmarked burials of Native American ancestors from unintentional excavation.

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One week after the Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska signed the official deed to put its first parcel of land into federal trust, the state of Alaska has sued the federal government in an effort to nullify the land transfer. 

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WAIMANALO, Hawai’i—The Independent & Sovereign Nation of Hawai’i and a California tribe have signed a first-of-its kind treaty of peace and perpetual friendship.

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The Shawnee Tribe is facing significant pushback as it tries to acquire a historic property in Kansas where many of its ancestors were sent — and some were possibly buried — during the Indian boarding school era. 
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New legislation that strikes down 11 outdated federal laws that discriminated against Native Americans was signed into law by President Biden on Tuesday, Dec. 27.