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Greetings and She:kon everyone, this is Vincent Schilling and I am the associate editor of Indian Country Today and your host for this week’s Video News Update. With this video update, Indian Country Today will bring you some of our top stories to hit the site.
Mystery Solved! Name found of Native man in a headdress that was sought by a German museum
Last week, the Weltkulturen Museum in the city of Frankfurt, Germany, posted a photograph of an unidentified Native man wearing a plains-style headdress on Facebook asking to identify the man by name. The poster that was slotted to be part of a museum exhibit on Reflections of Indigenous North America. As a result of the museum’s Facebook post, I posted a story in Indian Country Today outlining the efforts of the museum to identify the man. My investigation prompted attention from National Public Radio and CBC Radio Canada.
After just a few hours of investigation, I discovered the man to be a highly-respected Oglala Lakota elder. His name was Frank Fools Crow. To read about my full investigative process, read the story links below.
The FBI is seeking to repatriate thousands of Native artifacts ‘collected’ by Christian missionary
As part of an extensive recovery of thousands of Native cultural artifacts - which is the largest single discovery of cultural property in FBI history — the FBI is looking to repatriate items a Christian missionary had gathered over the years including skeletons, regalia and more. The missionary had even used a skull as a fruit bowl and adorned skeletons with the regalia in his home. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s website, an official operation led to the discovery of over 7,000 seized artifacts. The FBI has been reaching out to the 573 federally-recognized Native American tribes in the United States in an attempt to find the proper home and legal repatriation of thousands of culturally-significant items. The discovery has been the subject of ongoing investigations for years in which a 91-year-old Christian missionary by the name of Donald C. Miller, who lived in Indiana, had run an amateur museum of sorts out of his farmhouse.
The Navajo Nation commends the passage of Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the State of New Mexico, replacing Columbus Day
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer have applauded last week’s approval of New Mexico H.B. 100 by the New Mexico Legislature. The bill amends the state’s observed holidays by replacing “Columbus Day” with “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” in the month of October. The Nez-Lizer Administration respectfully requests New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to sign the measure into law and commend State Representative Derrick J. Lente (D), Representative Andrea Romero (D), and Senator Benny Shendo, Jr. (D) for sponsoring the bill. President Nez stated that the change is long overdue and that by honoring Indigenous people with an annual holiday it will enable and inspire people, especially Navajo youth, throughout the state to learn the true history of our people and the resiliency that continues to define Native Americans to this day.
The Navajo director Sydney Freeland has directed recent episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19, both were created by Shonda Rhimes
Read the article: Beyond IHS: Navajo director takes on Grey’s Anatomy
This is Freeland’s second time directing an episode of Grey’s Anatomy, which was dubbed the longest-running primetime medical show in television history at the end of February. Station 19, now in season two, focuses on a female firefighter in Seattle and is a spinoff of Grey’s Anatomy. Freeland is the lauded director of the award-winning film “Drunktown’s Finest,” and “Deidra & Laney Rob a Train” Freeland’s films have graced such notable venues as the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
The United States and Native American tribes stand together to protect Native children and uphold the Indian Child Welfare Act
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments last week in Brackeen v. Bernhardt, in which the United States and tribal nations are standing together in defense of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and the American Indian and Alaska Native children that it serves. A nationwide coalition of 325 tribal nations, 57 Native organizations, 21 states, 31 child welfare organizations, 7 members of Congress, and dozens of scholars of federal Indian law and constitutional law also stood with the parties in court during their amicus briefs supporting Native children and families through the Indian Child Welfare Act. In response to the arguments, a representative from the Protect ICWA Campaign. Stated, “The Indian Child Welfare Act is vital to the well-being of Native children and the stability and integrity of Native families today. We can’t afford to go back to the days when massive numbers of Native children were forcibly removed from their loved ones and were often separated from their families with little hope of ever seeing them again. It’s not an option.” The National Indian Child Welfare Association, the National Congress of American Indians, the Association on American Indian Affairs, and the Native American Rights Fund urge the ruling of the district court to be reversed. A decision by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is expected within a few months.
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Again, Thanks for watching this week’s video news report. I am Vincent Schilling, associate editor of Indian Country Today. Follow me on Twitter at @VinceSchilling.
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