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Indigenous research by Indigenous People for Indigenous People. NUNA is partnering with the Research for Indigenous Social Action and Equity Center (RISE) to host its inaugural Research for Indigenous Social Action and Equity Conference and workshop at the Tulalip Resort in Tulalip, WA August 28-30, 2023. Featuring a data and grants workshop led by Karina L. Walters, Ph.D., M.S.W., National Institutes of Health Tribal Health Research Office (THRO) and Dr. Megan Bang, Director of the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research, and data in conversation sessions tackling Invisibility & Omission, Education, and Violence Against Indigenous communities with policymakers, researchers, philanthropists, attorneys, educational leaders, and leaders across Indian Country to come together to gain the tools for change. For more information on key sessions and registration, click here. (FYA – Hotel block closes August 7!)

Just three days after the Bureau of Land Management issued a public land order that prevents mining within 10 miles of Chaco Culture National Historical Park, the House Committee on Natural Resources sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo), alleging a conflict of interest and ethics violations.

The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands hosted a legislative hearing last week considering the third attempt at a bill that would block future efforts to remove or rename Mount Rushmore, which is built on stolen, sacred Indigenous land. The bill, H.R. 386, was introduced by U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) and is his third effort to pass the bill in the halls of Capitol Hill. The bill aims to prohibit the use of federal funds in any efforts to alter, change, destroy, or remove the monument.

Decades after many other rich countries stopped forcibly sterilizing Indigenous women, numerous activists, doctors, politicians, and at least five class-action lawsuits say the practice has not ended in Canada. A Canadian Senate report last year concluded “this horrific practice is not confined to the past, but clearly is continuing today.” 

Keep reading for a full news update.


Haaland Accused Of Ethics Violations 

Native News Online, Darren Thompson, July 16


House Subcommittee Considers “Racially Motivated” And “Unnecessary” Bill On Mount Rushmore

Native News Online, Darren Thompson, July 15


NICOA Introduces A New Toolkit To Better Understand Indigenous People Living With Disabilities

Native News Online, Kaili Berg, July 14

Boarding Schools:

Native American Leaders Visit Site Of Archeological Dig To Find Remains Of Boarding School Students

AP News, Trisha Ahmed, July 11

Dig Begins For The Remains Of Children At A Long-Closed Native American Boarding School

AP News, Trisha Ahmed, July 10


Chaco Canyon Hearing Gets Heated 

Native News Online, Darren Thompson, July 15

Navajo Nation Opposes Any Chaco Canyon Buffer Zone

Indian Country Today, Pauly Denetclaw, July 14

Oil And Gas Withdrawal Around Us Park Stirs Debate Over Economic Costs For Native American Tribe

AP News, Susan Montoya Bryan, July 13

Navajo Witnesses Clash Over Government’s Chaco Canyon Mining Ban

Cronkite News, Liam Coates, July 13

Bidenomics Is Delivering For Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, And Pacific Islanders: The President’s Plan Grows The Economy From The Middle Out And Bottom Up—Not The Top Down

The White House, July 13

Indigenous Women In Canada Forcibly Sterilized Decades After Other Rich Countries Stopped

AP News, Maria Cheng, July 12