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WASHINGTON — Evert week Native News Online brings you the latest Indian Country news and moves from Washington, D.C. This past week the U.S. Commerce Department announced $100 million has been allocated to Indigenous commuities to provide relief from the pandemic, the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held a hearing on three bills now in Congress and the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services released a report on healthcare trends for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

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CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Major Leaugue Baseball team announced on Friday it will drop the "Indians" name after over a 100 years at the end of the current baseball season. The team will be named the Cleveland Guardians next season. 

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AITKIN, Minn. — Winona LaDuke was released Thursday from Aitkin County Jail in Minnesota, after spending three days in custody.

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WASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior announced on July 15 that it will begin consultations with tribal and Native Hawaiian community leaders about an overhaul of regulations that implement the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). The draft regulations will reshape the processes by which federal agencies and museums return Native American human remains and cultural objects to descendents and Native communities. 

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On Monday, Alaska’s largest Native organization and several other groups sued state Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration over its move to drain a pool of money that subsidizes high rural energy prices for roughly 84,000 Alaskans in 194 communities.

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SAINT PAUL, Minn. — On Monday, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) announced that a man’s remains were found in several five-gallon buckets and a tote bag on the bottom of Lake Superior on July 15. His name is Richard “Ricky” Anthony Balsimo and he’s a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in North Dakota. The family says he was last seen in Minneapolis late June 19. Police say he was last seen in St. Paul on June 20.

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CARLISLE, Pa. — Following last week’s exhumation of nine Rosebud Sioux youth who were buried at the former Carlisle Indian Industrial School for more than a century, Army officials said they are working with additional requests for disinterment. 

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WARNING: This story contains distressing details about residential and boarding schools for Indigenous children.

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In the wake of the discovery of several mass graves holding the remains of Indigenous youth who died at residential schools in Canada, the United States’ first Native American cabinet secretary, Deb Haaland, is driving America's investigation into its own dark history.