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Spectators wave at parade participants during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in downtown Little Rock Monday afternoon, Jan. 16, 2023. (Photo by John Sykes/Arkansas Advocate/01/16/2023)

In more ways than one, Dr. King taught us to speak up for the oppressed

BY: - January 16, 2023

The speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be cited throughout this day meant to honor his memory and legacy – and for good reason. As one of the world’s most influential orators of the 20th century, he brought truth to power with his words, time and again. Equally deserving of praise is King’s […]

President Joe Biden and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland talk about new initiatives for Native Americans and a possible new national monument sacred to many Southwest tribes at the 2022 White House Tribal Nations Summit, held at the Department of the Interior on Nov. 30, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

At tribal summit, Biden pledges federal commitment to Indian Country

BY: - November 30, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday said he is poised to designate Avi Kwa Ame, a sacred site for Native American tribes in southern Nevada, as a national monument that would ensure the preservation of ancestral lands for those 12 tribes.  “I’m committed to protecting this sacred place that is central to the creation […]

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Wilma Mankiller served in the top leadership role of the Cherokee Nation from 1985 to 1995. (Peter Turnley/Corbis Historical via Getty Images)

Wilma Mankiller, first female principal chief of Cherokee Nation, continues to inspire

BY: - November 28, 2022

If you fish in your pocket or purse for a U.S. quarter today, there’s a chance you’ll see Wilma Mankiller’s face. She was the Cherokee Nation’s first female principal chief, and she inspired generations of Cherokees and young Native people like me. In 2022, Mankiller was one of the first women honored by appearing on […]

Record-setting number of women elected as governors in midterms

BY: - November 10, 2022

Correction: An earlier version of this report misstated the history of female governors in Alabama.  WASHINGTON —  The United States’ ceiling for female governors was shattered this week, with voters in 12 states electing women to the role, breaking the prior record of nine set for the first time back in 2004.  While not all of […]

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Justice Department funds to aid tribal law enforcement and help Indigenous victims of crime

BY: - September 22, 2022

The U.S. Department of Justice announced it will provide more than $246 million in grants to Native American and Alaska Native communities for improvements in law enforcement and justice. The well-received announcement was made in Anchorage on Wednesday at the start of the federal government’s annual tribal consultation conference on violence against women. Allison Randall, […]

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In states where abortion is banned, children and families already face an uphill battle

BY: - September 19, 2022

Some proponents of abortion bans and restrictions say they are concerned about “supporting not just life,” but what they call “quality of life worth living,” saying they want to promote laws and policies that help families. Three authors from Brigham Young University, for instance, have noted that the overturning of Roe v. Wade provides a […]

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A tale of two missing Memphis women

BY: - September 13, 2022

I took last week off as a vacation with the intent of clearing my mind. I largely stayed off social media and limited my exposure to news, for even those of us in the news business need a ‘‘timeline cleanser,’’ to use a popular phrase. But no vacation caused me to miss the tragic events […]