Good Morning, NUNAverse,

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum has signed a bill into law codifying the federal Indian Child Welfare Act into state law, Burgum’s office announced Monday. Several other states — including Montana, Wyoming, and Utah — have considered codifying the act this year, as the U.S. Supreme Court considers a challenge to the federal law.

Last week, a group of archivists published a list identifying 87 Catholic-run Indian boarding schools that operated in 22 states through the late 1970s. The list is part of an effort to point tribal communities to the diocese, parishes, or religious orders where specific school records might be housed.

The White House announced on Friday that Dr. Jill Biden, the First Lady of the United States will visit Bethel, Alaska on Wednesday to highlight the Biden-Harris Administration’s investments to expand broadband connectivity in Native communities, including Alaska Native communities in Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Keep reading for a full news update. 


Bill Expanding Gambling Threatens Kickapoo Tribe

San Antonio Express News, Jasper Scherer, May 13

North Dakota Governor Signs Law Protecting Tribal Adoptions

AP News, Trisha Ahmed, May 8


Indigenous Missing Person Cases Get Researchers’ Attention

AP News, Susan Montoya Bryan, May 8

Boarding Schools:

‘A Critical Step In The Process’: Archivists Release List Of Catholic-Run Indian Boarding Schools

Native News Online, Jenna Kunze, May 9


Native American Remains Discovered At Dartmouth College Spark Calls For Accountability

AP News, Michael Casey, May 15

‘Alaska Daily’ Canceled; ABC Drama Highlighted MMIW Crisis 

Native News Online, May 15

First Lady Biden To Visit Alaska Native Leaders On Wednesday

Native News Online, May 13

Chief Standing Bear, Native American Civil Rights Icon, Is Honored On A Postal Stamp

NPR, Emma Bowman, May 13

This Tribe’s Land Was Cut In Two By US Borders. Its Fight For Access Could Help Dozens Of Others

AP News, Hallie Golden, May 13

Native American Leader And Advocate For Tribal Sovereignty Joe A. Garcia Dies At 70

AP News, May 13

Forced From Grand Canyon National Park, The Havasupai Tribe Embraces Spiritual Homecoming

AP News, Felicia Fonseca, May 12

ESPN’s John Anderson Apologizes For Insensitive Comment About Golden Knights’ Whitecloud

ESPN, Joseph Salvador, May 9