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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. 

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‘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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Federal Reserve’s Center for Indian Country Development appoints 12 members to leadership council

The Center for Indian Country Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis has appointed 12 new members to its leadership council. The CICD aims to address structural barriers to tribes’ economic sustainability and stability. 

The world of digital events has vastly expanded over the past year, so matching the options to your needs is ever more important. Getty

The Essentials Of Virtual Event Planning

When going digital, you need a plan. There’s no easy way around it, but you can expand your resonance and reach when done right. This is the first article, a two-part series to help you imagine and implement the best possible virtual event for your needs.

Vice President Joe Biden underscores the need for tribal nations to protect its citizens. White House Tribal Nations Conference. Dec. 3, 2014. Photo by Jared King.

Biden Administration Resumes White House Council on Native American Affairs

On April 23, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice will convene the first White House Council on Native American Affairs meeting of the Biden-Harris administration. Secretary Haaland will serve as the Council’s Chair.

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Israel To Open International Travel To Vaccinated Tourists In May

The Israel Ministry of Tourism has announced that it will open its borders to international travelers starting 23 May, provided they have been vaccinated. The country–which has been closed to tourism for over one year since the start of the pandemic–will open to travelers under a phased approach.

The Carnival Paradise is one of two Carnival ships sent to rescue residents of St. Vincent from a potential volcanic eruption on the island.

Cruise lines rush to rescue residents of St. Vincent following volcano eruption

The Caribbean island has warned that an eruption is imminent after increasing activity in recent days, and ordered the evacuation of thousands. Carnival Cruise Line and the sister brands Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises all deployed ships to the Caribbean island on April 8.

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After a year at home, vaccinated seniors find joy in planning travel again

Liz and J.B. Wright have been busy during the past year in Virginia: puzzles, curbside pickup, painting rooms at home, FaceTiming with family, watching after one of their grandchildren. But all the action was close to home, and three of their four grandkids were growing up in other states.

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Travel restrictions by country: Here's where Americans can visit this summer

You've got your COVID vaccine, and the CDC says it's OK to travel this summer, even internationally. But you're likely to find that your overseas options are limited by border restrictions in many countries.

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