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Last week, President Biden issued an official proclamation recognizing October 10, 2022 as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, noting that “on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we honor the sovereignty, resilience, and immense contributions that Native Americans have made to the world; and we recommit to upholding our solemn trust and treaty responsibilities to Tribal Nations, strengthening our Nation-to-Nation ties.”

Time published an article detailing why life expectancy for American Indian and Alaska Native populations is lower than the general population, writing that “the roots of health disparities among Indigenous people are inextricably linked with the complex history of our nation’s mistreatment of Indigenous peoples.”

A new network television series that centers on the inner workings of a scrappy Alaskan newsroom tackling complex Indigenous storylines premiered on ABC last week. The scripted show, Alaska Daily, follows an award-winning investigative journalist who leaves her high-profile New York life behind to join a daily newspaper in Anchorage and is assigned to work alongside a young Alaska Native reporter, played by First Nations citizen Grace Dove (Secwépemc), to report on cold cases of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in the state.

When a SpaceX capsule docked with the International Space Station last week to deliver the first Russian astronaut from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in 20 years, it also carried the first Native woman in space. Colonel Nicole Man (Wailacki of the Round Valley Indian Tribes) was among the four-person crew that included the Russian astronaut, a Japanese astronaut, and two astronauts from NASA. 

Keep reading for a full news update. 

Indigenous Peoples Day

Why More Places Are Abandoning Columbus Day In Favor Of Indigenous Peoples Day

KRON4, October 10

Maine Celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day

WGME, Ariana St Pierre, October 10

What Indigenous Peoples’ Day Means To Native Americans

CNN, Harmeet Kaur, October 10

A Proclamation On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, 2022

The White House, October 7

Why We Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day

Native News Online, October 7


Why Native Americans Are Dying Sooner

Time, Céline Gounder, October 5


New ABC Drama ‘Alaska Daily’ Highlights MMIW Crisis

Native News Online, Jenna Kunze, October 6


Governor Voids Territorial Orders Targeting Native Americans

AP News, Susan Montoya Bryan, October 10

Tribes Want Exclusive Rights On Online Gambling In North Dakota

AP News, James MacPherson, October 8

Trial Set In North Dakota Tribes’ Lawsuit Over Redistricting

AP News, October 4


Casino Divide

Cronkite News, Kristen Apolline Castillo, October 4


Long-Awaited ‘Spirit Rangers’ Debut

Indian Country Today, Aliyah Chavez, October 10

After Nearly 200 Years, The Tongva Community Has Land In Los Angeles County

Los Angeles Times, Jonah Valdez, October 10

The Sand Creek Massacre Site Will Be Expanded To Preserve Native American Tribes’ Sacred Land

CNN, Virginia Langmaid, October 9

SpaceX Delivers Russian, Native American Women To Station

AP News, Marcia Dunn, October 7

House Subcommittee For Indigenous Peoples Hears From Native American Church Leaders On Protecting Peyote Habitat

Native News Online, Darren Thompson, October 5

History Was Made As Nicole Aunapu Mann Became The First Native American Woman Launched Into Space

Native News Online, Levi Rickert, October 5

Interior Secretary Haaland Says U.S. Is Expanding Native American Massacre Site

AP News, James Anderson, October 5