Good Morning, NUNAverse,

Last Friday, Pope Francis said the residential school system that abused and aimed to assimilate Indigenous peoples in Canada was “genocide.” The statement came in a conversation with reporters on his return flight to Rome, according to Vatican News. The statement followed the conclusion of the Pope’s six-day visit to what is now Canada.

Meanwhile, Chief Wilton Littlechild addressed gifting Pope Francis a headdress, saying “one of the things I learned that being raised by my grandparents, is you don’t criticize other traditions, other culture’s traditions. And in our traditional way, you would welcome a visitor of high dignitaries, and many other tribes have given headdresses to a lot of other people like ministers and senators and business people.” 

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that COVID-19 cases, including infections, deaths, and hospitalizations, are on the rise in the United States, and Native News Online reports on the rise of COVID-19 in Indian Country as well

Also last week, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy signed House Bill 123, the Alaska Tribal Recognition Act, on Thursday, in which the state formally recognizes 229 tribes. The tribes already had federal recognition. Some see it as a basis for strong partnerships between tribes and the state of Alaska similar to those between tribes and the federal government. Others have said they hope it signals the end of state lawsuits challenging tribal sovereignty.

Keep reading for a full news update.

Boarding Schools:

It Was Genocide: Pope Francis Calls Residential School System ‘Genocide’ After Concluding Tour Of Canada

Native News Online, Andrew Kennard, July 30

New Documentary Honors Rapid City Boarding School Children

Indian Country Today, Stewart Huntington, July 30

Chief Wilton Littlechild Talks About Why He Gave Pope Francis A Headdress

Native News Online, Neely Bardwell, July 29

How Indian Boarding Schools Have Impacted Generations | Part Two: First Generation Descendants

Native News Online, Jenna Kunze, July 29

‘Rescind The Doctrine’ Protest Greets Pope In Canada

AP News, Rob Gillies, July 28

Pope Francis Visits Québec, Apologizes Again; Does Not Hear Indigenous People In Attendance

Native News Online, Jenna Kunze, July 27

First Nations Chief Reacts To Pope’s Apology: What Was Missing

Native News Online, Jenna Kunze, July 26

NCAI’s Open Letter To Pope Francis On Indian Residential Schools

Native News Online, Fawn Sharp, July 25

Indian Country Responds To Pope Francis Receiving A Headdress During ‘Pilgrimage Of Penance’

Native News Online, Darren Thompson, July 25


FBI Releases List Of Missing Native Americans In New Mexico And Navajo Nation

ABC News, Kiara Alfonseca, July 26

List Of Native Americans Verified As Missing Throughout New Mexico And The Navajo Nation

FBI, July 25


Lac Vieux Desert Tribe Bans Drug Dealers From Its Reservation

Native News Online, July 29

COVID-19 On The Rise In Indian Country

Native News Online, Darren Thompson, July 27

Teva Agrees To Tentative $4.25 Billion National Settlement Over Opioids

The Washington Post, Meryl Kornfield, July 27


State Of Alaska Recognizes Tribes With Historic Bill

Indian Country Today, Joaqlin Estus, July 30

Judge Tosses Kentucky Student’s Lawsuits Over Dc Encounter

AP News, Dylan Lovan, July 27


Indigenous Candidates Seek Election To Washington State Legislature

Indian Country Today, Richard Arlin Walker, July 28


Help Available For Cherokee Homeowners Facing Hardship Due To Pandemic

Native News Online, Chuck Hoskin Jr., July 31

Oglala Sioux Tribe Rescinds Ordinance Suspending Churches And Missions

Native News Online, Darren Thompson, July 30

Wounded Knee Artifacts Highlight Slow Pace Of Repatriations

AP News, Philip Marcelo, July 29

Indigenous Peoples Want Sacred Items Returned From Catholic Museums

Indian Country Today, Mary Annette Pember, July 28

Tim Giago, Native American Newspaperman, Is Dead At 88

The New York Times, Alex Williams, July 28

Federal Grant Aims To Help The Oneida Nation Move Further Toward Renewable, Resilient Energy

Native News Online, Andrew Kennard, July 28

Items Taken From Wounded Knee Massacre Victims Reveal Monumental Task Of Returning Native American Artifacts To Their Rightful Owners

ABC News, July 28

Oklahoma Tribes Split Over Status Of Descendants Of Their Former Slaves.

Gaylord News, Lauren Green, July 28

For Once, Cherokee Actor Wes Studi Cast As Romantic Co-Star

AP News, Jake Coyle, July 26

Neilson Powless, Nairo Quintana Show Indigenous Strength At The 2022 Tour De France

Native News Online, Ben Pryor, July 26