Good Morning NUNAverse,

Indian gaming revenues soared to a historic high in 2022, reaching nearly $41 billion, the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) reported last week. The NIGC said gross gaming revenue (GGR) for fiscal year 2022 grew 5% to $40.9 billion, an increase of nearly $2 billion over fiscal 2021. Seven of NIGC’s eight regions showed an increase over FY 2021.

The new standards approved by the Florida Board of Education on race to be taught in the state’s public schools has received criticism from educators and civil rights groups, including the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). On Friday, the NCAI released a statement, authored by the organization’s treasurer Shannon Hosley (president of the Stockbridge- Munsee Band of Mohican Indians), that rebuked the new standards.

Chemawa Indian School, Oregon’s only federally-run boarding school for Native students, failed to properly spend or account for millions of taxpayer dollars as well as hundreds of thousands contributed to student accounts by Indigenous families, according to an audit published by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Inspector General.

Two decades ago, an anthropology professor at the University of Utah asked the National Science Foundation to fund research on Native ancestors to determine when the cultivations of crops like corn first became prevalent in their cultures. The work destroyed Native remains, and inspired even more destructive research on ancestral remains by other scientists supported by federal funding and done without the consent of tribes.

Keep reading for a full news update.


Native Americans Vote Along Party Lines On The National Defense Authorization Act

Native News Online, Levi Rickert, July 17


Indian Gaming 2022 Revenue Hits Historic $41 Billion 

Native News Online, Levi Rickert, July 19

Boarding Schools:

No Children’s Remains Found In Nebraska Dig Near Former Native American Boarding School

AP News Online, Trisha Ahmed, July 21


Florida’s Board Of Education Standards Receive Rebuke From NCAI

Native News Online, Levi Rickert, July 22

Muscogee Nation Renews Lawsuit Over Alabama Casino They Say Desecrated A Sacred Site

AP News, July 22

Oklahoma Governor’s Feud With Native American Tribes Continues Over Revenue Agreements

AP News, Sean Murphy, July 21

Pala Band Of Mission Indians Enters First-Of-Its-Kind Mutual Aid Agreement With State Of California

Native News Online, July 21

Muwekma Ohlone Chair Member Calls Upon Haaland To Help Tribe Attain Federal Recognition

Native News Online, July 21

Biden-Harris Administration Announces Nearly $21 Million in Grants to Improve Road Safety on Tribal Lands

DOT, July 20

Actions Needed To Improve Use Of Data On Adverse Events By Indian Health Service

Native News Online, Kaili Berg, July 20

Proposed National Monument Adjacent To Grand Canyon Pits Tribal Leaders Against Mining, Agriculture Interests

Native News Online, Darren Thompson, July 20

A Scientist Said Her Research Could Help With Repatriation. Instead, It Destroyed Native Remains.

ProPublica, Mary Hudetz, July 20

Unanimous Vote Leads To The Creation Of An Alaska Native Specific Seat On The Board For Alaska’s Biggest Tourism Marketer.

Native News Online, Neely Bardwell, July 20

“Oppenheimer” Brings Painful Memories For New Mexico Hispanics

Axios, Russell Contreras, July 20

Congress Passes Legislation To Place 720 Acres Of Sacred Pala Band Land Into Trust

Native News Online, July 19

Federal Audit Finds Financial Mismanagement At Oregon Boarding School For Native Americans

OPB, Rob Manning, July 18

9th Circuit Denies Bid By Environmentalists And Tribes To Block Nevada Lithium Mine

AP News, Scott Sonner, July 17