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On Thursday Oct. 21, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the Quapaw Nation reservation in northeastern Oklahoma was never disestablished by Congress and has existed without abrogation since 1833. The decision was by a 4-0 vote.

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ill.—Late last week, the Illinois General Assembly convened and introduced House Resolution 0504, in support of returning the illegally sold Shab-eh-nay Reservation lands back to the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation (PBPN). 

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All across Turtle Island and the world, Steve DeRoy (Anishinaabe) is on a mission to train communities to decolonize their maps. Then, Indiginize them.

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TOLEDO, Iowa — Marian Wanatee said her mother, Adeline, talked little about her experiences at the Flandreau Indian School in South Dakota and the Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kansas.

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CARLISLE, Pa.—Mary Kininnook (Tlingit) was one of nearly 200 children who died and were buried while students at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, the nation’s first off-reservation Indian Boarding School. But you wouldn’t know it by scouring the graveyard at the former school grounds. 

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WASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior  this week asked tribal governments, Alaska Native Corporations, and Native Hawaiian groups to weigh in on its Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative, announced in June by Secretary Deb Haaland in an effort to shed light on the dark history of the Indian Boarding School System. 

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The Catholic Bishops of Canada are owning up to “grave abuses” committed by the church during the Indian Residential School period, a move that sets the stage for the United States to follow suit.

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ALBUQUERQUE—The city of Albuquerque will become the first US city to use ground-penetrating radar to search for remains of Native American children buried in unmarked gravesites over a century ago.

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MINNEAPOLIS—On Friday, hundreds of people marched in solidarity as part of the boarding school survivor and victim memorial event in Minneapolis. Crowds marched through Southside neighborhoods to raise awareness of the legacy of boarding schools that is still felt in the American Indian community today. 

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TULSA, Okla.—Negiel Bigpond is a Yuchi elder, an Evangelical pastor, an Indian boarding school survivor and an activist. Since 2003, he’s worked with Sam Brownback—the former U.S. Senator, Kansas Governor and present U.S. Ambassador for Religious Freedom—to pursue a formal apology from the mouth of the United States president for atrocities committed against Native Americans.