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The Vatican recently responded to Indigenous demands and formally repudiated the “Doctrine of Discovery,” the theories backed by 15th-century “papal bulls” that legitimized the colonial-era seizure of Native lands and form the basis of some property laws today. A Vatican statement said the papal bulls, or decrees, “did not adequately reflect the equal dignity and rights of Indigenous peoples” and have never been considered expressions of the Catholic faith.

The largest holder of Native remains – a federally-owned power company in Tennessee. – is taking steps to complete the decades-long repatriation of more than 14,000 ancestors who were unearthed in dam construction projects across the Tennessee valley from the 1930s through the 1970s.

American Indians and Alaska Natives face a “disproportionate burden” of oral health disease in the U.S. from childhood onward, a crisis with roots in structural racism and exacerbated by lack of access to healthy food and housing stability, a joint research effort has found. The situation was outlined in a report compiled by CareQuest Institute for Oral Health, a nonprofit group based in Boston, in collaboration with the Society of American Indian Dentists, the National Indian Health Board, and Southern Plains Tribal Health Board.

Keep reading for a full news update. 


American Indian, Alaska Native Communities Face ‘Disproportionate Burden’ Of Poor Oral Health

USA Today, Marc Ramirez, April 1

Native Mascots:

Students At Spokane Indian Reservation School Vote To Keep Native American Mascot

The Seattle Times, James Hanlon, March 29

Panel Exploring Changes To State Seal Ready To Resume Work

AP News, Mark Pratt, March 27


New Mexico Governor Signs Bill Expanding Voter Access

AP News, March 30

New Mexico Court Upholds Native American Actor Convictions

AP News, March 28


Rep. Zinke Tells Interior Secretary Deb Haaland: “It’s Not Cowboys And Indians” 

Native News Online, Levi Rickert, March 30

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to Conduct a Hearing on Tribal Energy Development 

Native News Online, March 28


Alaska Natives Rescued Navy Crew In 1955. Their Medals Have Arrived

AP News, Mark Thiessen, April 1

The Largest Holder of Native American Human Remains is Preparing to Return Thousands of Indigenous Ancestors

Native News Online, Jenna Kunze, April 1

Native Americans Used Horses Far Earlier Than Historians Had Believed

The Hill, Saul Elbein, March 31

After The Spanish Conquest, Horses Transformed Native American Tribes Much Earlier Than Historians Thought

Science, Andrew Curry, March 30

Vatican Rejects Doctrine That Fueled Centuries Of Colonialism

AP News, Nicole Winfield, March 30

Vatican Rejects Doctrine Of Discovery 

Native News Online, March 30

TVA To Return Ancestral Remains Of Native Americans

AP News, March 29

Dartmouth Conducts Review Of NAGPRA Compliance

Dartmouth, March 28

Clash Over Building Atop Native Burial Sites Angers N.Y. Tribes

The New York Times, Jay Root, March 27