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NAJA urges Indigenous journalists to avoid working with CNN, calls for Santorum’s dismissal

The Native American Journalists Association strongly cautions Native American and Alaska Native reporters from working with, or applying to jobs, at CNN in the wake of continued racist comments and insensitive reporting directed at Indigenous people.

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Opinion: Women of Bears Ears Are Asking You to Help Save It

We are among the Women of Bears Ears — Indigenous women who support our families and communities in the protections of ancestral lands. We come from Diné, Nuche, Pueblo and other allied Native Nations. From these Southwestern lands, twin buttes rise; they are known as Bears Ears.

Elouise Wilson, Mary R. Benally, Ahjani Yepa and Cynthia Wilson are among the founding members of, which supports the restoration of Bears Ears National Monument.

First lady Jill Biden speaks during a live radio address to the Navajo Nation at the Window Rock Navajo Tribal Park & Veterans Memorial in Window Rock, Ariz., on Thursday, April 22, 2021.(Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP)

Navajo students describe pandemic struggles to Jill Biden

Students on the country’s largest Native American reservation spoke to first lady Jill Biden on Friday about challenges they’ve faced during the coronavirus pandemic, including poor internet service and feelings of isolation.


Diversify Your Feed: 6 Indigenous Environmental Organizations You Should Follow

For Indigenous communities, the conservation of the environment is deeply intertwined with cultural preservation, land and water rights, tribal sovereignty, and the stewardship of ancestral homelands. In celebration of this year’s Earth Day, here are six Indigenous environmental organizations that should be in your feed!

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Vaccine Passports: Israel, Bahrain Reach Landmark Agreement

Israel and Bahrain on Thursday reached what Israel calls the world's first bilateral agreement for mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccine passports for quarantine-free travel between two countries, an Israeli diplomat who helped forge the deal tells NPR.

Vials with a sticker reading, "COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only" and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Johnson & Johnson logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

FDA and CDC Lift Recommended Pause on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Use Following Thorough Safety Review

Following a thorough safety review, including two meetings of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have determined that the recommended pause regarding the use of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 Vaccine in the U.S. should be lifted and use of the vaccine should resume.

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Blinken Will Allow U.S. Embassies to Fly Pride Flag

Secretary of State Antony Blinken has issued a blanket authorization for U.S. diplomatic outposts around the world to fly the Pride flag on the same flagpole as the U.S. flag at their embassy or consulate showcasing support for LGBTQ rights. The directive marks a departure from how the Trump administration handled the matter while the State Department was run by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, Laguna Pueblo, speaks during a press briefing at the White House on April 23, 2021.

Indigenous knowledge at the White House

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said at her first White House press briefing, “how monumental this week has been for Indigenous representation.” She was the latest Cabinet member to take questions from reporters on Day Two of President Joe Biden’s climate summit.

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Use Rescue Act funds for economic growth, recovery

As outlined, the DED’s ARPA plan also includes an additional proposed $25 million for artisans and $100 million for businesses in the new DED “ARPA Navajo Economic Artisan & Business Relief Grant Program 2021.”

The purpose of the grant program is to assist Navajo artisans and businesses facing financial hardship, lost revenue, and/or business interruption due to the COVID-19 public health emergency in order to regain economic stability.

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Indian Affairs Announces Proposed IEED Rule to Support Entrepreneurship in Indian Country

On April 13, Indian Affairs announced that the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development has published a proposed rule to establish the Indian Business Incubators Program under the Native American Business Incubators Program Act of 2020. The proposed rule sets out who is eligible for the program, how to apply, how the IEED will evaluate applications and make awards, and how it will administer the program. 


‘Rutherford Falls’ Boss on Building Diverse Native American Team for Peacock Comedy

When Sierra Teller Ornelas was in pre-production on her new Peacock comedy “Rutherford Falls,” she found inspiration in a quote she read from showrunner Prentice Penny describing his movie “Uncorked” as “This is Black people on a Tuesday.”

A Navajo doctor and patient pose for photos after receiving their COVID-19 vaccines at Northern Navajo Medical Center on December 15, 2020 in Shiprock, New Mexico. (Micah Garen/Getty Images)

Tribes see progress in COVID-19 fight

Tribal communities have been quick to vaccinate their populations. That, along with other evidence-backed strategies, were key factors in changing the trajectory for a group that has suffered disproportionately from the coronavirus.

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