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Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grants $300,000 to American Indian College Fund for High School Equivalency Programs at Tribal Colleges

Denver, Colo.—September 29, 2021– The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is continuing its work with the American Indian College Fund to increase the number of Native American high school graduates through the award of $300,000 for the Native Students Stepping Forward: Dollar General High School Equivalency Completion program. The Native Students Stepping Forward program...

 

NATIONAL MEMORIAL TO HONOR FALLEN FIRE HEROES

EMMITSBURG, MARYLAND – America’s fallen fire heroes, who died in the line of duty, will be honored at the 40th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, October 2-3, 2021. The names of 215 firefighters will become a permanent part of the National Memorial in honor of their sacrifices. COVID-related line-of-duty deaths are now a factor in the tribute and will...

 

City & County Credit Union and YMCA of the North Partner to Increase Financial Literacy in Underserved Communities

Minneapolis, MN – City & County Credit Union and YMCA of the North, a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, have declared a new partnership and a shared commitment to increase financial literacy in underserved communities. City & County Credit Union and YMCA of the North plan to...

 

Three new princesses crowned at Chickasaw Princess Pageant

ADA, Okla. – Faithlyn Seawright's talent for winning First American princess pageants continued unabated as she was crowned 2021-22 Chickasaw Princess. Seawright served the Chickasaw Nation as Chickasaw Junior Princess in 2013-14. Additionally, she was crowned All Nations Pow Wow Princess in 2011 and 2013, Junior Miss Indian...

 

Native American Journalist Myron Dewey, a 'Dedicated Water Protector and Digital Warrior', Dies in Car Accident

YOMBA, Nev. - Myron Dewey, a filmmaker, professor and journalist, passed away in a fatal car accident early Sunday morning in Yomba, Nev., sources confirmed to Native News Online. He was 49. Dewey founded Digital Smoke Signals, a media production company that shared live frontline footage during the 2016 protests against the...

 

A Brand-New Museum in Oklahoma Honors Indigenous People at Every Turn

At 173,000 square feet, the new First Americans Museum (FAM) in Oklahoma City is the largest single-building tribal cultural center in the country, honoring Oklahoma's 39 tribal nations and housing the National Native American Hall of Fame. The museum opened this month after three decades of planning, and a design process that...

 

StrongHearts Native Helpline Statement for 2021 Domestic Violence Awareness Month

(EAGAN, Minn., September 22, 2021) - During Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, StrongHearts Native Helpline joins advocates, sister organizations and communities throughout Indian Country to raise awareness about domestic violence and to support and honor survivors and victims. This year, StrongHearts calls on everyon...

 

'We were them': Vietnamese Americans help Afghan refugees

WESTMINSTER, Calif. - In the faces of Afghans desperate to leave their country after U.S. forces withdrew, Thuy Do sees her own family, decades earlier and thousands of miles away. A 39-year-old doctor in Seattle, Washington, Do remembers hearing how her parents sought to leave Saigon after Vietnam fell to communist rule in...

 

Is it time to stop drinking? More Minnesotans are asking themselves that question

For recovery coach Nell Hurley's clients, sobriety looks like an intense workout in her St. Paul fitness studio. For the members of Jes Golding's Sober Duluth collective, it's a pop-up dry bar with local nonalcoholic brews like Ursa Minor's NA Time NA Where. And for those who party with Twin Cities arts and wellness nonprofit...

 

Here's What's Going On In Indian Country: Sept. 17

There's no shortage of art and entertainment in Indian Country this week: A stand-up comedy set from Indian Country's baddest and bawdiest Auntie, a major Oklahoma museum opening studded with Indian Country celebrities, a fashion-focused discussion with three sizzling-hot Indigenous style influencers and the opening of a...

 

Chickasaw warrior prepares for IRONMAN

Chris Wallace is no stranger to pushing the boundaries of his physical and mental endurance. A graduate of both the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, he has already pushed both his mind and body. Not one to shirk a challenge, Dr. Wallace has decided this year to train and...

 

PHOTO FINISH: Unseen images from an epic exploration of Alaska Native culture are finally seeing the light

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- Faces framed with thick fur, and adorned with traditional vertical-line chin tattoos. Kayak-makers concentrating on their craft. Mountainside island dwellings teetering on the skinniest of stilts. These glimpses into Alaska Native culture were captured in 1927, when photographer Edward Curtis traveled to Nome...

 

How two women helped eliminate Minnesota's time limit on reporting sexual assault

Asma Mohammed repressed memories of her sexual assault for years, but sometimes the way a light fell across a room or the whiff of a certain smell would send horrific visions flooding back. By the time she managed to process the trauma of what happened years later, it was too late. Minnesota's statute of limitations on...

 

The vast majority of Americans don't learn about Indian boarding schools growing up. These Native leaders and educators want to change that.

As the United States federal government gears up to assess the genocide it perpetuated against Native communities for nearly a century, Native leaders and academics say there is one glaring method for accessing truth and healing: education. Roughly fifty four percent of public schools across the United States make no mention of...

 

Shelby Elizabeth Mata (Comanche Nation) Crowned Miss Native American USA 2021-2022

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...

 

Minneapolis' bloody summer

Etta Riley has learned to listen for a hiss when she hears pops erupt outside her Minneapolis townhouse. The hiss brings relief. It means that bottle rockets are being fired in her neighborhood, not guns. Riley, a 57-year-old school bus driver, remembers waiting for that reassuring sound one night in May. A group of strangers...

 

Travois to host digital artist talk with award-winning Sicangu Lakota musician Frank Waln

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Sept. 10, 2021) – Travois, a Certified B Corporation focused exclusively on promoting affordable housing and economic development in Native communities, will host Sicangu Lakota performer, speaker and writer Frank Waln for a digital artist talk on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. (CDT). Since 2017, Travois has o...

 

Minnesota firefighters to help with hurricane recovery efforts in Louisiana

Minnesota firefighters from nine departments will travel to Louisiana to assist in recovery efforts. Gov. Tim Walz authorized a 18-day mission after the state received a request from Louisiana officials for help, according to a news release Wednesday. The firefighters are from Eden Prairie, Plymouth, Red Wing, Chaska, Brainerd,...

 

GAP's Fall Styles Feature Up-and-Coming Lakota Actress

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. "We brought actors, activists, artists, and an astronaut together, showed...

 

China bans men it sees as not masculine enough from TV

BEIJING - China's government banned effeminate men on TV and told broadcasters Thursday to promote "revolutionary culture," broadening a campaign to tighten control over business and society and enforce official morality. President Xi Jinping has called for a "national rejuvenation," with tighter Communist Party control of...

 

Power of northern lights tapped in new Indigenous thriller

A new short film that focuses on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has been unveiled – with a supernatural twist. Kwêskosîw (She Whistles) tells the story of a Two-Spirit woman on the way to her girlfriend’s place after a night out, who ends up being assaulted by her cab driver. The film shines a light on the violence and discrimination many Indigenous...

 

NEW YORK WOMEN IN FILM & TELEVISION PRESENTS SCHOLARSHIPS TO 11 FILM AND TELEVISION PRODUCTION STUDENTS

NEW YORK, NY – September 1, 2021 – New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is pleased to announce the presentation of 11 scholarships to film and television production students in 2021 as part of the organizations' ongoing commitment to nurturing the next generation of women filmmakers. Nine scholarships were...

 

Indians of All Tribes Asks Interior Department to Establish a Indigenous Cultural Center on Alcatraz Island

SAN FRANCISCO - In modern times, Alcatraz Island has become a symbol to American Indians. It is a symbol of both struggle and hope. The affinity American Indians have with Alcatraz Island goes deep. For years, the island was home to a federal penitentiary there. Called the "Rock," the penitentiary's most famous inmate was...

 

China limits children to 3 hours of online gaming a week

BEIJING - China is banning children from playing online games for more than three hours a week, the harshest restriction so far on the game industry as Chinese regulators continue cracking down on the technology sector. Minors in China can only play games between 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays, weekends and on public holidays...

 

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland Marries Longtime Partner on Saturday

SANTA ANA PUEBLO, New Mexico - Interior Secretary Deb Haaland married her longtime partner Skip Sayre on Saturday at the Santa Ana Pueblo, located north of Albuquerque, N.M. Friends and relatives of the couple began posting photos of the wedding reception on social media on Sunday. Even the groom got into the act. He wrote on...

 

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