Good Morning, NUNAverse,

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which develops and executes the President’s budget, announced it has appointed Elizabeth Carr (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians) to the new permanent Tribal Policy Advisor position. The position was created to advocate for the needs of Indian Country and ensure the office meets priorities for Indigenous communities. 

Last week, Mohegan Chief Marilynn “Lynn” Malerba was sworn in as the Treasurer of the United States, the first Native person to hold that office. Her signature will now appear along with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on U.S. currency. Secretary Yellen hailed the appointment at the Treasury Department ceremony as a sign of the Biden administration’s “respect for, and commitment toward, our nation-to-nation relationship, trust and treaty responsibilities, and Tribal sovereignty and self-determination.”

Life expectancy for Native and Alaska Native individuals declined more than any other race between 2020 and 2021, according to new data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The data shows the decline in Native communities was due primarily to increases in mortality due to COVID-19 — which impacted Indigenous peoples more than any other race — as well as unintentional injuries, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis, suicide, and heart disease.

The National Congress of American Indians announced last week that it has elevated Larry Wright, Jr. (Ponca Tribe of Nebraska) to the post of executive director for the national advocacy group.  Wright, a former tribal chairman of 11 years, has been serving as NCAI’s acting executive director in addition to his role as the director of leadership engagement for the organization. 

Keep reading for a full news update. 


Office Of Management And Budget Names Elizabeth Carr First Ever Tribal Policy Advisor

Native News Online, September 13

Malerba Sworn In As 1st Native American In US Treasurer Post

AP News, Fatima Hussein, September 12

Remarks By Secretary Of The Treasury Janet L. Yellen At Chief Lynn Malerba’s Swearing In Ceremony As The United States Treasurer

US Department of the Treasury, September 12

Interior Leaders To Testify On Department’s Commitment To Strengthening Indian Country

Native News Online, September 12


Coquille Finally Get Hunting Rights

Indian Country Today, Mark Freeman, September 16

South Dakota Settles With Tribal Nations In Voting Rights Lawsuit

Native News Online, Jenna Kunze, September 13

Boarding Schools:

First National Gathering On Unmarked Burials At Residential Schools Concludes

Native News Online, Jenna Kunze, September 14


Native American And Alaska Native Life Expectancy Declines, CDC Reports

Native News Online, Jenna Kunze, September 12

Native Mascots:

2 Illinois Sites Get New Names, Eliminating Derogatory Term

AP News, September 17

Maine’s 1st Ski Mountain Restores Historic Name

AP News, September 14


State Of Unease: Colorado Basin Tribes Without Water Rights

AP News, Felicia Fonseca, September 17

Detroit Lions Rookie Malcolm Rodriguez Joins The Community Of Indigenous Nfl Players

Native News Online, September 16

Alaska Native Corporation Pursues Denali-Area Airport To Bring Tourists

Anchorage Daily News, Alex DeMarban, September 16

1700-Mile Run Will Have Tribal Members Striding For Sovereignty

Native News Online, Jenna Kunze, September 15

Sacheen Littlefeather Reflects On Her Protest Against Hollywood’s Depiction Of Native Americans

CNN, Harmeet Kaur, September 14

Native American Church Of North America Advocates At Capitol Hill For Protections Of Peyote

Native News Online, Darren Thompson, September 14

Congress Told Colleges To Return Native Remains. What’s Taking So Long?

The New York Times, September 14

US Withdraws Polluted Montana Site From New Mining

AP News, September 14

NCAI Announces Larry Wright Jr. As New Executive Director

Native News Online, September 12

The University Of North Dakota Will Return Native American Remains To Tribal Homes

NPR, September 12