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A new addiction treatment center on the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma is making a dent in the proliferation of opioid use on the tribe’s reservation.  Since opening in January of this year, the Cherokee Nation Harm Reduction Program — funded in part by a $1.9 million Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) Harm Reduction Grant— has treated more than 120 people to reduce opioid use on the Cherokee reservation in northeastern Oklahoma. 

Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs signed an executive order to officially establish a task force focused on addressing the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples crisis. The task force will propose legislation to address issues identified by the study committee and current task force. They will submit a report on an annual basis to the governor and legislative leaders and provide copies of the reports of the Secretary of State.

The Biden administration is approving a major oil project on Alaska’s petroleum-rich North Slope that supporters say represents an economic lifeline for Indigenous communities in the region, but environmentalists say is counter to President Joe Biden’s climate goals. The decision on ConocoPhillips Alaska’s Willow project, in a federal oil reserve roughly the size of Indiana, was revealed last Monday.

Keep reading for a full news update. 


Opioids Are Devastating Cherokee Families. The Tribe Has A $100 Million Plan To Heal

NPR, Brian Mann, March 19

Wisconsin Tribal Leader Calls For Action On Public Health

AP News, Harm Venhuizen, March 14

Cherokee Nation Makes Big Investment In Overdose Prevention And Addiction Recovery

Native News Online, Darren Thompson, March 13


Native American Groups Blast Governor For Agency Appointment

AP News, Susan Montoya Bryan, March 17


Feds Want Justices To End Navajo Fight For Colo. River Water

AP News, Michael Phillis, March 17

California, Humboldt County Sued For Discriminating Against Tribal Foster Youth

Native News Online, March 17

Senate Committee Seeks Comments On Proposed Indian Arts And Crafts Act Update

Native News Online, March 16

Once An Inspiration To People At Home, A Former Star Now Faces Trial

The New York Times, Jeré Longman, March 15


MMIP Task Force Established In Arizona

Indian Country Today, March 15

Yurok Tribe Hires Investigator To Pursue New, Existing MMIP Cases

Native News Online, March 14

Her Mother Disappeared. Then Her Babysitter. A Lawman Fears She Might Be Next

LA Times, Hannah Wiley, March 14


Head Coach Kelvin Sampson (Lumbee) Leads Houston Cougars To NCAA Basketball Tournament Sweet 16

Native News Online, March 18

Native Players In March Madness

Native News Online, Kolby Kickingwoman, March 17

Announcement Pending On Avi Kwa Ame Becoming A National Monument

Indian Country Today, Aliyah Chavez, March 16

US Tribes Get Bison As They Seek To Restore Bond With Animal

AP News, Matthew Brown, March 15

A Huge, Huge Issue’: Despite Gains, Anti-Native Bias Beliefs Still Plague Montana Hoops

Missoulian, Jeff Welsch, March 14

Tribe To Reopen Lac Du Flambeau Roads In Temporary Deal

AP News, March 13

Alaska’s Willow Oil Project Is Controversial. Here’s Why.

AP News, Becky Bohrer, March 13