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This week, a group of Indigenous survivors, First Nations leaders, Canadian government officials, and church representatives gathered in Edmonton, Alberta, for the first national discussion on unmarked burials and the recovery of missing children from Indian residential schools. 

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A special 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 three families living on 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. 

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This is the third 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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Today, the University of North Dakota (UND) announced it discovered “dozens” of Native American human remains and “several hundred objects taken from Indigenous lands and communities” that the school is working with tribal nations and federal officials to catalog and return.

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This summer, the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa finalized the return of more than 1,500 acres of land along the shoreline of Lake Superior in Northwest Wisconsin from Bayfield County.

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Last month, the Wiyot Tribe of Northern California reclaimed nearly 50 acres of their ancestral homelands from a private owner.

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Supporters and opponents of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) have set the stage for Brackeen v. Haaland, a Supreme Court case that could overturn the Indian Child Welfare Act.

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*Trigger Warning* The situations detailed in this story and survivor testimony could be triggering and harmful to some.  

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HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. — Tribal leaders and tribal citizens began arriving an hour before the start of second stop of "The Road to Healing" tour at the Pellston High School's gymnasuim on Saturday, August 13, 2022. By the time the event began, several hundred people were on hand as the Spirit Lake drum ushered in 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). 

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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.