Good Morning, NUNAverse,

Last week, the Federal Register published a proposed rule to rewrite the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) in order to expedite and simplify the process for tribal nations seeking their relatives’ return. Passed by Congress in 1990, NAGPRA is a human rights law that legally compels museums and federal institutions that possess Native human remains and associated funerary objects to catalog and return those ancestors and belongings within five years.

The Maine Department of Education is not doing enough to enforce a decades-old law requiring students to be taught about Native history, leading most schools to fall short, according to a study. The study, released is Indigenous Peoples Day, concluded most school districts are failing to cover all required areas of Wabanaki studies.

The Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program has issued more than $1.35 billion in funding, according to a National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announcement Wednesday. The latest round of funding awarded $602 million to 23 tribal projects, the largest single distribution yet from the program’s $1.98 billion pool of funding.

Keep reading for a full news update. 

Boarding Schools:

Native Americans Recall Torture, Hatred At Boarding Schools

AP News, Matthew Brown, October 15

Native Mascots:

Native American Group Blasts Chiefs For ‘Mocking Our Culture,’ Calls Team’s ‘End Racism’ Message ‘Ironic’

Fox News, Scott Thompson, October 1

Board Likely To Push Kansas Schools To Remove American Indian Mascots, Other Offensive Imagery 

CJOnline, Rafael Garacia, October 12 


Department Of Interior Proposes Overhaul Of NAGPRA

Native News Online, Jenna Kunze, October 13

Study: Most Maine Schools Fall Short On Wabanaki History

AP News, David Sharp, October 10


Tribal Leaders Pepper New Mexico Candidates With Questions

AP News, Susan Montoya Bryan, October 14

Arizona’s CD2 Could Decide Congressional Delegation Makeup

AP News, Felicia Fonseca, October 13

Georgia GOP Senate Candidate Herschel Walker:  “I’m Native American”   

Native News Online, October 12


For Decades, This Paper Failed To Take Native American Issues Seriously

Seattle Times, Michele Flores, October 16

Ute Indian Tribe Criticizes Biden Monument On Ancestral Land

AP News, Brady McCombs, October 13

Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program Crosses $1b Funding Threshold

Native News Online, Chez Oxendine, October 12

FEMA Announces First National Tribal Affairs Advocate  

Native News Online, October 12

Hopi Curator To Lead New Mexico’s Native American Art Museum

AP News, October 12

Mass. Museum Returns Sacred Native American Items From Its Collection 

MassLive, Ryan Mancini, October 11