Good Morning, NUNAverse,

Last week, CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendations for use of updated COVID-19 boosters from Pfizer-BioNTech for people ages 12 years and older and from Moderna for people ages 18 years and older. Updated COVID-19 boosters add Omicron spike protein components to the current vaccine composition, helping to restore protection that has waned since previous vaccination.

A North Dakota university that found sacred objects from Indigenous communities on campus and partial skeletal remains from dozens of people is working with tribal leaders to return the findings. Faculty and staff members at the University of North Dakota made the discovery while searching for a missing ceremonial pipe, which has not been located.

Last week, Mary Peltola made history when she became the first Alaska Native person elected to Congress. Peltola, a former state lawmaker who is Yup’ik, beat former governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin in the special election to fill Alaska’s sole congressional seat, which has been open since Representative Don Young died on March 19, 2022. 

The James Smith Cree Nation, located near Weldon, Saskatchewan, was hit with a horrific tragedy early Sunday that left at least 10 people dead with 18 others injured by stabbings at 13 different locations on tribal land and in Weldon. One of the two brothers who are prime suspects was found dead yesterday, while the other remains at large.  

This summer, the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa finalized the return of more than 1,500 acres of land along the shoreline of Lake Superior in Northwest Wisconsin from Bayfield County. Efforts to restore the tribe to its original boundaries have been underway since 2000, when Red Cliff Band initiated a Tribal Land Recovery Project.

Keep reading for a full news update.


Tulalip Tribe: SCOTUS Ruling On Protection Of Native American Children ‘not Upholding Case Law’

My Northwest, September 4

American Indian Movement Joins Long Walk To Pressure California Governor To Sign Agriculture Bill

Native News Online, Arthur Jacobs, August 30


Mary Peltola Set To Become First Alaska Native In Congress

Native News Online, Levi Rickert, September 2


CDC Recommends the First Updated COVID-19 Booster

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, September 1

How The Pandemic Shortened Life Expectancy In Indigenous Communities

The New York Times, Simon Romero, August 31


Canada Police Hunt Remaining Suspect In Stabbing Attacks

AP News, Rob Gillies, September 6

James Smith Cree Nation Mass Stabbing Suspect Found Dead; Other Suspect Is Still At Large

Native News Online, Levi Rickert, September 5

Dakota Comic Book Superhero Is Back

Indian Country Today, Dan Ninham, September 5

10 Dead, 15 Others Injured In Multiple Stabbings On Or Near James Smith Cree Nation In Saskatchewan

Native News Online, September 4

Search For Missing Native Artifacts Led To The Discovery Of Bodies Stored In ‘the Most Inhumane Way Possible’

NBC News, Graham Lee Brewer, September 3

Tribe: State Built Border Barrier Against Its Wishes

AP News, Elliot Spagat, September 2

Native American Remains Discovered In North Dakota College Building; Return To Tribes Planned

AP News, Saleen Martin, September 1

National Walk To Free Leonard Peltier Kicks Off In Minneapolis

Native News Online, Darren Thompson, September 1

New Study Reveals Challenges Of College Affordability For Native Students

Native News Online, Neely Bardwell, August 30

Why Native Americans Could Never Count On Roe

VICE, Adreanna Rodriguez, August 30

Chippewa Tribe Gets 1,500 Acres Of Lake Superior Land Back In NW Wisconsin

Native News Online, Jenna Kunze, August 30