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This is the final part in a series of five stories that explores the community dynamics around sexual assault in Nome and efforts by law enforcement to heal long-standing mistrust.

Indian Country Today'Pipe Dream': Enbridge escalates local tensions PALISADE, Minnesota – Even in the bitter cold, the pretty little park along the Mississippi River is inviting, a typical gathering spot for community events with its broad trees and public pavilion. But Berglund Park stood empty ...

Eric Tucker and Aamer Madhani Associated Press WASHINGTON — Saudi Arabia's crown prince likely approved the killing of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, according to a newly declassified U.S. intelligence report released Friday. The finding could escalate ...

ThinkFirst Navajo program is the only ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention projects serving a federally recognized Indian Reservation

Lauren Neergaard and Matthew PerroneAssociated Press WASHINGTON — U.S. health advisers endorsed a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson on Friday, putting the nation on the cusp of adding an easier-to-use option to fight the pandemic. The acting head of the Food and Drug ...

Felicia FonsecaAssociated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Nearly a year after Congress passed a coronavirus relief bill, some Native American tribes remain in legal limbo over what's been distributed. The issue didn't become any clearer for three tribes that argued during a federal court hearing this week ...

Foundation prepares for summer program partnership with South Dakota universities

Associated Press TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — It is time for Jeep to stop using the Cherokee Nation’s name on its Cherokee and Grand Cherokee SUVs, the chief of the Oklahoma-based tribe said. Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr. said in a statement first reported by Car & Driver magazine that he believes corporations ...

Collaborative effort vaccinates 350 members of the New York Native community and essential workers

The first state party in the country to establish a Democratic Tribal Committee elects Maria Vega and Lance Four Star as Chair and Vice-Chair

Extensive project includes urgently needed quarantine and isolation facility, a food pantry and an early childhood learning center

Sarah Blake MorganAssociated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sgt. Taylor Knueven always knew sexual assault and harassment plagued the U.S. Army. But the combat medic's own assault early last year opened her eyes to the broken system surrounding one of the military's most infamous problems. Earlier this ...

Kevin FrekingAssociated Press WASHINGTON — The House is expected to pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package late Friday that includes $1,400 checks for most Americans and billions of dollars for schools, state and local governments and businesses. Republicans are overwhelmingly against the ...

Navajo Nation approves $4 million of funding for summer youth employment and $18.7 million to four enterprises battling the impacts of the pandemic

Ethel Branch saw a need to help Hopi and Navajo elders get much needed supplies to the remote reservations. She created the Navajo-Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund. Microsoft founder Bill Gates called Branch one of the seven unsung heroes for leadership during the COVID crisis. With humble ...

Felicia Fonseca and Matthew BrownAssociated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — When Wyoming U.S. Sen. John Barrasso snapped at Deb Haaland during her confirmation hearing, many in Indian Country were incensed. The exchange, coupled with descriptions of the Interior secretary nominee as "radical" — by other ...

Stephen GrovesAssociated Press PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Senate on Monday unanimously supported a resolution urging the U.S. Congress to launch an investigation into Medals of Honor given to soldiers who participated in the Wounded Knee Massacre. Congress has the authority to rescind the ...

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Democrats are ready to shove a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package through the House on Friday, despite a setback that means a minimum wage boost is unlikely to be in the final version that reaches President Joe Biden. A near party-line vote seemed certain on the ...

Mary Annette PemberIndian Country Today PALISADE, Minnesota – Even in the bitter cold, the pretty little park along the Mississippi River is inviting, a typical gathering spot for community events with its broad trees and public pavilion. But Berglund Park stood empty recently as families and ...

Vincent SchillingIndian Country Today“Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry” follows the life and career so far of the multi-Grammy-winning musician followed and appreciated by millions all over the world. I was fortunate to review the film before its release date of February 26 on Apple TV+, ...

Alan FramAssociated Press WASHINGTON — The Senate parliamentarian has dealt a potentially lethal blow to Democrats’ drive to hike the minimum wage, deciding that the cherished progressive goal must fall from a massive COVID-19 relief bill the party is trying to speed through Congress, Democratic ...

Kolby KickingWomanIndian Country Today The National Congress of American Indians has closed out its virtual executive council winter session this week. Typically tribal leaders, Native advocates and attendees network in the Capitol Hilton lobby or at the coffee station in Washington, D.C., and ...

Lolita C. Balder and Robert BurnsAssociated Press WASHINGTON — The United States launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militia groups. The Pentagon said the strikes were retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month ...

Indian Country TodayNavajo police: Officers fatally shoot suspect pointing gun ST. MICHAELS, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation police officers fatally shot an armed suspect who allegedly pointed a gun at them, the police department said. The incident occurred Wednesday in St. Michaels, Arizona, after ...

Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska  — The president and chairman of Alaska’s largest tribal health organization has resigned his position, an official said. Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium President and CEO Andy Teuber resigned Tuesday, the Anchorage Daily News reported. Teuber did not ...

Kevin FrekingAssociated Press WASHINGTON — The Democratic-led House passed a bill Thursday that would enshrine LGBTQ protections in the nation's labor and civil rights laws, a top priority of President Joe Biden, though the legislation faces an uphill battle in the Senate. The bill passed by a vote ...

Aaron MorrisonAssociated Press NEW YORK — The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation is formally expanding a $3 million financial relief fund that it quietly launched earlier this month, to help people struggling to make ends meet during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The foundation, which ...

Zeke Miller and Darlene SupervilleAssociated Press WASHINGTON — Days after marking a solemn milestone in the pandemic, President Joe Biden is celebrating the pace of his efforts to end it. On Thursday, Biden marked the administration of the 50 millionth dose of COVID-19 vaccine since his ...

Minnesota House of Representatives Rep. Heather Keeler), Yankton Sioux Tribe, speaks as lead author of Increase Teachers of Color Act

KALLE BENALLIEIndian Country Today The first U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing of the 117th Congress took place Feb. 24, spotlighting Native Hawaiian, Alaska Native and Native American leaders' priorities. “I want to be clear that today’s hearing isn’t a ‘check-the-box’ exercise. ...

Cherokee Nation now in third and final phase of vaccine plan, more than 24,000 doses administered

Spectrum licenses granted to advance wireless communications to 21 Native communities

Like many Native families Nicole Willis and her family did everything they could to keep the coronavirus at bay. She’s Chickasaw and lives in Ada, Oklahoma. The family took precautions, wearing their face coverings, ordering groceries and picking them up at curbside and they kept their distance ...

Tribe will upgrade water and sewer lines serving more than 18,000 people in 10 counties

Ryan KnappenbergerCronkite News WASHINGTON – The federal district court in Arizona has been struggling to keep pace with a staggering civil and criminal caseload in the growing state, and it needs more judges to keep up, a judge from the court told lawmakers Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Diane ...

Federal assistance to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms

Associated Press WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation health officials on Wednesday reported 25 new confirmed COVID-19 cases with no additional deaths. The latest numbers bring the total number of cases on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah to 29,602 since the ...

The Associated Press ANNAPOLIS, Md.  — Not waiting for more federal help, states have been approving their own coronavirus aid packages, spending hundreds of millions of dollars to help residents and business owners devastated by the the pandemic's economic fallout.  Maryland and ...

Demand for the vaccine has been strong despite initial concerns that Oklahomans would shy away

Jessie Christopher Smith and Nancy Marie Spears Gaylord NewsOklahoma is pushing ahead with its COVID-19 vaccination drive despite severe winter storms that left thousands of people stranded in their homes and many without electricity and running water. The state continues to lead most adjacent ...

Indian Country TodaySouth Dakota lawmakers push office for missing Indigenous peoplePIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota House on Tuesday passed a proposal to create an office under the attorney general to coordinate tribal, state and local law enforcement agencies in tackling the crisis of missing ...

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Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison takes up responsibility of reducing salt pollution in the four lakes area of Wisconsin

The Cherokee Nation Public Health and Wellness Fund Act could set aside up to $12 million to provide citizens with access to substance abuse treatment and health centers

'I hope that what we do here today prompts others to do the same, which is support our local businesses, give as much as you can'

Kalle Benallie Indian Country TodayFifty small businesses in California were clueless about how much money the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians were going to give them. It was a big surprise of $20,000 each. Tribal Chairman Ken Ramirez broke the news to the business owners in a livestream event ...

A Chilkat robe has returned to its homeland at the Sealaska Heritage Institute, where one of the world's most complex and endangered weaving techniques will be studied

John Flesher and Jamie StengleAssociated Press DALLAS — As many people in the southern U.S. hosted neighbors who had no heat or water during the vicious February storm and deep freeze, Kate Rugroden provided a refuge for shell-shocked bats. Starving and disoriented, the winged mammals tumbled to ...

Michael Balsamo and Nomaan MerchantAssociated Press WASHINGTON — Police officers who defended the Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection did not properly lock down the building and were unsure of the rules for using deadly force against the rioters, according to the acting chief of the Capitol ...