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    (CNN)President Joe Biden will appoint Marilynn Malerba as treasurer of the United States, making the lifetime chief of the Mohegan Tribe the first Native American to hold the position, the White House announced on Tuesday.The appointment means that for the first time in US history a Tribal leader and Native American woman's signature will appear on the nation's currency, the Treasury Department said in a news release. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is set to visit the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota later Tuesday, the first time in history that a Treasury secretary will visit a Tribal nation, according to the department.Malerba will directly oversee the US Mint, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and Fort Knox and will serve as a liaison with the Federal Reserve. She will be a senior adviser to Yellen and will lead a newly created Office of Tribal and Native Affairs within the US Treasury. The new office will coordinate Tribal relations across the Treasury Department and will include staff focused on communicating directly with Tribal nations, the department said.Read More"I am deeply honored...
    This is newborn baby ‘Luka’ safe in Poland - thought to be the first refugee child born to parents fleeing their native Ukraine since Russia invaded. His parents, mother Ksenia, 33 and Ruslan Zhuralev, 46, braved terrible and dangerous travel conditions when he was past his due date to ensure he could be born in the safety of Poland rather than his war-ravaged home nation. Luka was born February 26 just a day after the couple endured a nightmare eight-hour crawl through more than 12 miles of traffic to reach the border with Poland at Ustrzykydolne. This is newborn baby ‘Luka’ (pictured) safe in Poland - thought to be the first refugee child born to parents fleeing their native Ukraine since Russia invaded Heavily pregnant and due to give birth the day Vladimir Putin, invaded the couple felt they had no choice but to flee after hospitals were requisitioned by the military for possible wounded casualties. They joined thousands of others driving to the border and made it across before Ksenia went into labour. But the family’s anxiety and fears...
    One of the most fun moments in my life took place in Cincinnati. My brother Skyler, 35, who still lives in the city, told me he was going to a party with a friend in somebody’s backyard to watch a Bengals game. There would be food, “Natty Light” or some other cheap beer and, of course, cornhole. I hesitated about being stuck for hours, surrounded by strangers. I no longer lived in Ohio, and I thought I might no longer relate to residents of my modest hometown. I swallowed my reservations and decided to go. When my brother, his friend and I arrived, I recognized nobody and truly stuck out. But people didn’t really notice me. That’s because they had set up a slip-and-slide on a hill that, at this point, held as much mud as water. The long sheet of neon yellow had become splotched with sludge from party guests who,⁠ just like me, hadn’t come with a bathing suit. But rather than skipping the event, they decided to strip to their boxers (or, in one case, go commando)...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Jane Campion’s gothic western “The Power of the Dog” led nominations to the 94th Academy Awards, where streaming services more than ever before swept over Hollywood’s top honors. Campion’s Netflix film landed a leading 12 nominations in nominations announced Tuesday, including nods for best picture, best director and all of its top actors: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee. READ MORE: 'Wild Ice' Skater Gives First-Hand Account Of Deadly Moment Ice Broke And Friends Fell In Sierra County LakeCampion, a nominee for 1993′s “The Piano,” became the first woman to ever be nominated twice for best director. Last year, Chloé Zhao became just the second woman to ever win the award. Campion’s director of photography, Ari Wegner, also became the second woman ever nominated for best cinematography. The only previous woman to do so was Rachel Morrison for “Mudbound” in 2018. Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” followed closely behind with 10 nominations spread out largely in the technical categories as the academy gravitated to the craft of Villeneuve’s science-fiction epic. The nominees for best picture...
    toggle audio on and off change volume download audio WTOP's Jason Fraley salutes Virginian making 'Riverdance' history (Part 1) A 22-year-old from Richmond, Virginia is about to make history as a pioneering dancer. Morgan Bullock will be the first Black female dancer to perform in “Riverdance,” which hits the Kennedy Center this March as part of its 25th anniversary North American Tour. “It’s really amazing,” Bullock told WTOP. “I’ve grown up as an Irish dancer obsessed with ‘Riverdance,’ so to be the first Black woman in ‘Riverdance’ is such an amazing honor … being that little girl watching ‘Riverdance’ and never seeing someone who looked like me up there, it just means so much for me to be that person for other people.” Growing up the daughter of NBA referee Ray Bullock and accountant Yolanda Bullock, she discovered “Riverdance” by finding the original 1994 Eurovision performance on YouTube. “I was obsessed with the video,” Bullock said. “I’d watch it over and over again. I’m lucky to have been able to go to the show so many times … it...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — You’re never too old to make history, and the classic Broadway show “Phantom of the Opera” is proof. The New York cast is adding its first Black actress in the lead role of “Christine” and she’s from the Chicago area. Emilie Kouatchou grew up in Palatine. READ MORE: Teen Charged In 8-Year-Old Melissa Ortega's Murder Has Criminal Record For Carjacking And Gun ChargesAt just 25 years old, Emilie Koutchou is part of Broadway history. “It’s scary and daunting and exciting all at the same time. It’s so many feelings wrapped into one.” Koutchou said. Back in October, she became the first Black actor to play the role of Christine in the New York production of “The Phantom of the Opera.” She was the alternate leading lady. On Wednesday, she’ll again secure a spot in history when she takes over the role full time. Koutchou said she’s living out a dream. “Yeah, definitely. This is a show that I’ve envisioned myself in for a while.” READ MORE: 'Swept Under The Rug': Researchers Take A Closer Look At Mental...
    The US Mint has started shipping quarters featuring the likes of several trailblazing women as a part of the American Women Quarters Program, and poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou will be the first black woman to ever grace the coin. The Angelou coin is one of five new quarter designs that will run this year through 2025, while George Washington's likeness will remain on the other side, the US Mint recently announced.  Bosses there confirmed they have already begun shipping the Maya Angelou coins, meaning Americans should start to see them appearing in their change soon.   The other women to be featured in the collection include Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, Wilma Mankiller, the Cherokee Nation's first female principal chief, Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American Hollywood film star, and suffrage movement leader Adelina Otero-Warren. 'It is my honor to present our Nation's first circulating coins dedicated to celebrating American women and their contributions to American history,' Mint Deputy Director Ventris C. Gibson said in a news release.  'Each 2022 quarter is designed to reflect the breadth and depth...
    CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Chelsea forward Christian Pulisic has been named U.S. Soccer’s male player of the year. Ricardo Pepi was named the governing body’s young male player of the year before the U.S. team’s final exhibition of 2021 against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Saturday night. Pulisic became the first American to play in the Champions League final and the first to win it during Chelsea’s championship season. He had six goals and four assists across 40 appearances for the London club, highlighted by a two-goal game against Crystal Palace in April and a goal against Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal. For his national team, Pulisic served as team captain four times and also scored three game-winning goals, including two against archrival Mexico. The Pennsylvania native put in a penalty kick in the CONCACAF Nations League final, and he scored on his first touch last month after coming off the bench in a World Cup qualifier. The 18-year-old Pepi had a dynamic debut with the national team against Honduras in September, posting a goal...
    Chris Myarick is as Philly as they come. The Giants tight end was born in Elkins Park and went to Cheltenham High School before moving seven miles south to go to Temple University in North Philadelphia. So of course his first career NFL catch was a decisive touchdown for the Giants against their hated division rivals, opening up a 10-0 lead in a 13-7 win that had real implications on the fringes of the NFC playoff race. “Crazy play. Crazy first regular season catch for me,” Myarick said Sunday. “It was just crazy for me personally — finally getting the sign up, and that’s the first touchdown of the game and it was coming to me. It was kind of a crazy experience.” Myarick is right, because it isn’t just crazy that a Philly native caught his first career NFL pass for a touchdown in a huge moment. It’s how he ended up on the field, and how he caught it — or not. Backup tight ends Kyle Rudolph and Kaden Smith were out with injuries, so...
    Emma Raducanu unleashed her Romanian half to tell the locals she loves them after picking up her first win since her US Open title at the Transylvanian Open.   Before charming an almost empty stadium by speaking in Romanian she defeated experienced Slovenian Polona Hercog 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 to make the second round, in which she will face Ana Bogdan.  'It means a lot to play in my Dad's country,' she said after completing a win in two hours and 28 minutes. Raducanu then tweeted after the game: 'super happy to get my first ever WTA win today. Multumesc mult si, te iubesc.' The Romanian part of the tweet, translated, reads: 'Thank you very much and I love you.' Emma Raducanu tweeted following her first win since her US Open success at the Transylvanian Open The British No 1 has Romanian roots and posted this rooftop selfie following her latest victory Raducanu won her first match since her US Open triumph at the Transylvania Open Raducanu with father Ian. The tennis ace said 'it means a lot to play in my dad's country'...
    Scientists have made an astonishing discovery about the first citizens of the United States by analyzing teeth. Descriptions. The origins of the first Americans have always been the subject of debate in the scientific community. Some experts argue that the ancestors of the first citizens of the continent were Japanese. This theory refers to the Zaman people who occupied the American mainland 15,000 years ago. See also A recent analysis published in the scientific journal PaleoAmerica calls into question this hypothesis. The new research was commissioned by anthropologist G.S. Richard Scott carried on. The latter and his team of scientists studied 10,000 years old teeth. The mineralized bodies belong to Native Americans, Jemon individuals and ancient peoples from East, Southeast Asia and the Pacific. In fact, teeth and their roots have revealed some interesting information. In fact, hundreds of teeth present important differences between the early Americans and the Jemon people: ” Jemon is very different from a dental point of view The Native Americans », G. Richard Scott pointed out in a press release. The teeth of Native American...
    During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans of color were far more likely to be hospitalized or die of the disease than white Americans, a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds.  Researchers analyzed hospitalization data from 99 U.S. counties, including more than 140,000 patients who caught Covid between March 2020 and February 2021. Non-white Americans were up to four times more likely to be hospitalized with Covid and up to seven times more likely to die of the disease. Native Americans faced the highest risk with 233 Covid deaths for every 100,000 people - 7.2 times higher than the death rate for white Americans, who had 32 deaths for every 100,000 people. This higher risk may be tied to people of color working essential jobs, living in low-income urban areas, and relying on public transportation - along with other factors, the researchers said.  'Equitable access to Covid preventive measures, including vaccination, is needed to minimize the gap in racial and ethnic disparities of severe Covid,' the researchers wrote. Minorities face dramatically higher...
    Monday is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and this year it was officially recognized for the first time by a U.S. president. “Since time immemorial, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians have built vibrant and diverse cultures—safeguarding land, language, spirit, knowledge, and tradition across the generations,” President Joe Biden said in a proclamation issued on Friday. “On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, our Nation celebrates the invaluable contributions and resilience of Indigenous peoples, recognizes their inherent sovereignty, and commits to honoring the Federal Government’s trust and treaty obligations to Tribal Nations.” Biden went on to acknowledge: “For generations, Federal policies systematically sought to assimilate and displace Native people and eradicate Native cultures,” and “recommit to supporting a new, brighter future of promise and equity for Tribal Nations—a future grounded in Tribal sovereignty and respect for the human rights of Indigenous people in the Americas and around the world.” “I still don't think I've fully absorbed what that has meant,” Dylan Baca, a member of the White Mountain Apache tribe and Navajo, told NPR. “This is a profound thing the president has done, and it's going to mean...
    Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter. In its six decades of presenting the Grammys, the Recording Academy has never inducted a Native American woman to be a judge, until now. Jezelle Childs-Evans, also known as J25, is the first. The Wisconsin-based hip-hop star will help judge submissions for the next awards ceremony, in late January, and she’s seeking the creation of an Indigenous category. Of the academy’s 11,000-plus members, women account for just 26 percent. Childs-Evans says her induction “gives me a chance to be a part of the change in the future of music,” she tells Wisconsin Public Radio’s Elizabeth Dohms-Harter. The Green Bay Press-Gazette’s Frank Vaisvilas, who covers Native communities, first ran the story—and WPR’s new podcast takes a deeper dive into Childs-Evans’ lyrics and life in an interview that foregrounds her fight for the return of land. Each song—from “Land Back” to “Indigenous”—excoriates state-sanctioned theft and familiar injustices but also affirms how wide-ranging and creatively diverse Native joy is. Her music enlarges and expands...
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- A stretch of the 101 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley will be renamed in honor of Encino native Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.A resolution passed by the state Legislature designates a portion of the freeway in Encino as the Dr. Sally Ride Memorial Highway. Ride died of cancer in 2012 at the age of 61."As the first American woman in space, Dr. Sally Ride made history when she shattered the highest glass ceiling,'' Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel, D-Encino, said. "A proud Valley native, her legacy continues to inspire young people to reach for the stars, and I am immensely proud to help rename a portion of Highway 101 in Encino in her memory.''Ride began her professional career as an astronaut in 1978 when she was selected as one of only 35 people out of the 8,000 applicants to be part of NASA Astronaut Group 8. In 1983, the Stanford University graduate became the first American woman in space as a crew member on the space shuttle Challenger.Ride remains the youngest American astronaut to...
    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team announced Friday it is doing away with its moniker, Cleveland Indians, and renaming itself the Cleveland Guardians — a move that erases a 106-year-old name said to be in honor of Louis Sockalexis, who played major league baseball for the Cleveland Spiders in the late 1800s and is credited as the first Native American to play professional baseball. The Cleveland baseball team went through several name changes from the 1870s to early 1900s before ultimately deciding on the Cleveland Indians — a moniker that would last for more than a century before eventually being canceled. Brace Hemmelgarn/Getty Images The team previously had names like the “Cleveland Forest Citys” (1871-1875) — a likely nod to Cleveland’s nickname inspired by the city being encapsulated by a heavily forested area — and the “Cleveland Blues” (1879-1884), short for “Bluebirds,” which team members allegedly hated. There was also the bizarre “Cleveland Infants,” which lasted for one year (1890), as well as the “Cleveland Naps” (1903-1914). Though, when the team was called the “Cleveland Spiders” (1890-1899), it signed Louis Sockalexis, a member...
    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team announced Friday it is doing away with its moniker, Cleveland Indians, and renaming itself the Cleveland Guardians — a move that erases a 106-year-old name said to be in honor of Louis Sockalexis, who played major league baseball for the Cleveland Spiders in the late 1800s and is credited as the first Native American to play professional baseball. The Cleveland baseball team went through several name changes from the 1870s to early 1900s before ultimately deciding on the Cleveland Indians — a moniker that would last for more than a century before eventually being canceled. Brace Hemmelgarn/Getty Images The team previously had names like the “Cleveland Forest Citys” (1871-1875) — a likely nod to Cleveland’s nickname inspired by the city being encapsulated by a heavily forested area — and the “Cleveland Blues” (1879-1884), short for “Bluebirds,” which team members allegedly hated. There was also the bizarre “Cleveland Infants,” which lasted for one year (1890), as well as the “Cleveland Naps” (1903-1914). Though, when the team was called the “Cleveland Spiders” (1890-1899), it signed Louis Sockalexis, a member...
    Rick Santorum is standing by the comments about Native Americans that recently got him fired from CNN. 'You get savaged for telling the truth,' Santorum told Fox News host Sean Hannity in an interview on Monday, defending his remarks last month to a conservative youth group. 'We birthed a nation from nothing. I mean, there was nothing here,' Santorum told the group on April 23, before being fired last weekend. 'I mean, yes, we have Native Americans, but candidly, there isn't much Native American culture in American culture.'  Santorum on Monday said that he 'misspoke' but defended the intent of his remarks, saying that he was referring to the founding of the United States government and blaming 'cancel culture' at CNN for his firing. In the wake of his firing, CNN has been accused of double-standards for failing to take action against primetime star Chris Cuomo, who last week admitted advising his brother, New York governor Andrew Cuomo, on how to handle media attention during his sexual harassment scandal.  Rick Santorum is standing by the comments about Native Americans that...
    Rick Santorum appeared on Fox News Monday night in his first TV appearance since being let go by CNN. To recap: Santorum came under fire several weeks ago for the following comments he made about Native Americans: You know, if you think of other countries like Italy and Greece and China and Turkey and places like that, they’ve all sort of changed over time. I mean, they’ve been there for millennia in many cases. And their culture has sort of evolved over time, but not us. We came here and created a blank slate. We birthed a nation from nothing. I mean, there was nothing here. I mean, yes, we have Native Americans, but candidly that — there isn’t much Native American culture in American culture. It was born of the people who came here, pursuing religious liberty to practice their faith. Santorum was widely condemned for those remarks, and Native American organizations called for his firing. A few days later Chris Cuomo confronted Santorum on air over it, and Santorum said that he “misspoke.” Santorum started Monday night by...
    by Keith Russell McKINNEY, Texas – As a rising star on the PGA Tour, Will Zalatoris is well aware of the high expectations. READ MORE: Fort Worth Mayoral Runoff Candidates Discuss Policy Differences At Forum Finishing second in this year’s Masters, he now tees off in the AT&T Byron Nelson (being held for the first time at TPC Craig Ranch). READ MORE: Colonial Pipeline Restarting Operations After Cyberattack Playing in the pro-am with course developer David Craig and former McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller, Zalatoris attracted a crowd. Even with a field that in includes three time major champion Jordan Spieth, and reigning U.S. Open champ Bryson DeChambeau, Zalatoris is generation the most buzz this week. MORE NEWS: Dallas City Cameras Out Of Order At Crucial Moment Hinder Deadly Hit-And-Run Investigation From Plano, and having attend Trinity Christian Academy, Zalatoris would love to bring his first PGA Tour win home this week… in front of family in friends.
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (KABC) -- Los Angeles Angels third baseman Jose Rojas is living a dream. He's playing for the team he grew up watching as a kid in Anaheim."Walking into the stadium through the players entrance rather than the fan entrance is surreal. I can't put into words what that's like," said Rojas.The 28-year-old made his Major League Baseball debut last month after being drafted in the 36th round and spending about five years in the minors. He says he's gotten more comfortable as he goes - starting with a sigh of relief after his first major league hit last month."Just getting that first one out of the way definitely felt great. The feeling was unbelievable. So much gratitude running through my head and excitement for that first one," he said.Rojas' parents immigrated from Mexico and although baseball became his passion, school was always the priority for a better life. He thanks them for supporting his pursuit of the American dream... and for all the food!"Homemade cooked meals from my family for sure," he laughed. "I miss those every time...
    GARY, Ind. (WLS) -- Dena Holland-Neal couldn't be prouder of her daughter, Mia Neal, who made history at the Oscars."I was just elated and so grateful to be able to actually see that happen." she said.Her daughter, along with Jamika Wilson, became the first black women to win in the Best Makeup & Hairstyling category for their work on "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." Neal headed the hair department of the film."I also stand here as Jamika and I break this glass ceiling with so much excitement for the future," said Mia Neal during her Sunday night acceptance speech.Holland-Neal, who lives in Gary, hosted a Zoom watch party for family and friends."I dressed up like I was really going to the Oscars," she said. "I had two televisions, one that I could actually watch and another I could take pictures of."In her acceptance speech Neal paid tribute to her grandfather, James Holland. He served as the deputy mayor of Gary in the 1970s and 1980s. He was also a Tuskegee airman."He represented the US in the first Pan Am Games in...
    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Paige Bueckers is in a class all by herself. UConn’s star guard became the first freshman ever to win The Associated Press women’s basketball player of the year award Wednesday. Bueckers helped lead the Huskies to their 13th consecutive Final Four with 28 points in the regional final win over Baylor on Monday night, just the latest star turn for the phenomenal 19-year-old Minnesota native. READ MORE: Flashback: The 1st Intercollegiate Basketball Game Was Played At Hamline University In St. Paul “It’s amazing, surreal for people to think of me that highly and to be in that position as a freshman,” Bueckers said. “To get this award, I’m extremely humbled and grateful.” Bueckers was informed she won the award by coach Geno Auriemma during a team video session on Monday. She broke down as she accepted it in front of her teammates. “A lot has happened over the past year things that could bring people down,” Bueckers said. “To get a reward and find something positive in these times, you cherish them. I was there with...
    Every year thousands of school-aged children from across the Midwest make their way to downstate Illinois. Along the banks of the Mississippi River, wedged between St. Louis and the world’s largest catsup bottle, they spend a day touring the remains of one of North America’s oldest cities, now known as the Cahokia Mounds. Cahokia is a mysterious place. Shortly before it was abandoned in the 1300s, it had grown to be the same size as contemporary London. But, long before European settlers invaded the area, Cahokia’s more than 80 man-made hills and terraces had been largely empty for centuries. No one really knows who constructed the mounds or why. The only certainty is that they were the ancestors of modern-day Native Americans. That mystery — and that point of pride — is partly why game designer Connor Alexander chose Cahokia as the setting for Coyote & Crow. His tabletop role-playing game has been gathering steam for the better part of a month now, earning more than $816,000 in crowdfunding. That ranks it among the highest earning TTRPG campaigns of the...
    Every "Star Wars" movie and show ranked Lemonade-stand bans and other insane HOA rules "Changed the Game" is a Yahoo Sports series dedicated to the women who are often overlooked, under-appreciated or simply deserve more flowers for their contributions to women's sports history. © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Before the Netflix documentary series "Basketball or Nothing" introduced rez ball to a wide audience, Ryneldi Becenti was paving the way for generations of Native American basketball players. Becenti — a member of the Navajo Nation or as they prefer to be known, Diné, meaning "The People" — grew up playing basketball with her brothers on dirt courts marked with flour. She dreamed of winning a state championship and making it to the professional ranks buoyed by her family and community's support of the sport. The path to achieving her dreams wasn't easy to see, though. There were no Native American women playing at the sport's highest levels. Instead, she focused on Cheryl Miller, a Black woman who was pushing women's basketball into the mainstream while leading USC in the 1980s...
    March 16, 2021 7:20 AM | With information from DPA 15 minutes. The Senate of the United States (USA) confirmed Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Interior on Monday. In this way, she becomes the first Native American to lead this department. Haaland’s appointment received 51 votes in favor and 40 against, with the support of Republican Congressmen Lindsey Graham, Dan Sullivan, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins. Haaland thanked the Senate for its support with a post on her Twitter profile, in which she assured that “as Secretary of the Interior, I hope to collaborate with everyone. I am ready to serve“. At the head of the Department of the Interior, Haaland It will be in charge of the management of federal lands and the exploitation of fossil fuels in these territories.. Also, more than half a thousand indigenous tribes and their reservations. Precisely, their opposition to the extraction of fossil fuels through fracking, participation in a protest against the Dakota Access pipeline and support for the Green New Deal, ranked Haaland as the favorite profile among progressives. However, it...
    The Senate on Monday confirmed New Mexico Representative Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Interior, making her the first Native American to head a federal department and the first to lead the agency that has influenced the tribes of states. United for almost two centuries. Miami World / AP Haaland, 60, was confirmed by 51 votes in favor and 40 against. They praised your confirmation Democrats and tribal groups praised her confirmation, which they considered historic, noting that the fact that it was selected means that indigenous peoples – who lived in North America before the founding of the United States – will see an indigenous person for the first time. Heading the powerful department where decisions are made about relationships with the nearly 600 federally recognized tribes. The Department of the Interior also oversees multiple other issues, including national parks, obtaining power from public lands and waters, and endangered species. Chuck Shumer speech “The confirmation of Representative Haaland represents a gigantic step in creating a government that represents all of the wealth and diversity of this country,”...
    Deb Haaland from the Laguna Pueblo tribe of New Mexico has been confirmed as Minister of the Interior in the United States. A giant leap After being one of the first two Native American women elected to Congress, Deb Haaland continues to mark the history of United States. That which belongs to the Laguna Pueblo tribe of New Mexico was confirmed inside after a disputed vote by 51 votes to 40. Aged 60, the parliamentarian will take charge of a large department that manages in particular the natural resources of immense federal lands, but also the Amerindian reserves. “Ms. Haaland’s confirmation represents a giant leap towards the composition of a government that reflects all the richness and diversity of this country because Native Americans have been neglected for far too long.”, said Senate Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer ahead of the vote. A petition to choose it According to 20 minutes, nearly 120 tribal representatives supported his candidacy with a petition. They then urged US President Joe Biden to “to mark history” by choosing it. Deb...
    At age 60, he was confirmed 40 by 51 votes as Home Secretary, a vast department that manages the vast natural resources of the vast federal lands (one-fifth of the country’s surface area), but Native American reservations. Debb Holland is from Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico. She had already made history in 2018 as one of the first two Native American women to be elected to Congress. “Ms. Hollande’s affirmation marks a major step in building a government that reflects all the prosperity and diversity of this country because Native Americans have long been neglected,” Senate Democratic majority leader Chuck Schumer said before the vote. “By placing Ms. Hollande as head of the Interior Ministry, we are restoring the counters in the relationship between the Cooperative and the Native States, regaining cooperation, mutual respect and trust,” he said. His candidacy was backed by a petition from about 120 tribal representatives urging him to “make history” by electing Joe Biden. “I think it’s time to start asking the tribal people about climate change and the environment, not just our country – not...
    At 60, she was confirmed, by 51 votes to 40, as Minister of the Interior, a vast department which mainly manages the natural resources of immense federal lands (about a fifth of the country’s surface) but also Native American reservations. Deb Haaland is from the Laguna Pueblo tribe of New Mexico. She had already made history by becoming in 2018 one of the first two Native American women elected to Congress. “Ms. Haaland’s confirmation represents a giant step forward in building a government that reflects all the richness and diversity of this country because Native Americans have been neglected for far too long,” said Senate Democratic Majority Leader , Chuck Schumer, before the vote. “By placing Ms. Haaland at the head of the Ministry of the Interior, we are resetting the counters in the relationship between the federal government and indigenous nations to regain cooperation, mutual respect and trust,” he said. added. Her candidacy was supported by a petition from some 120 tribal representatives urging Joe Biden to “make history” by choosing her. “I think it is time for...
    Deb Haaland speaks during the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on her nomination to be Interior Secretary on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, in February.GRAEME JENNINGS/Getty Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.In a historic vote on Monday afternoon, the Senate confirmed President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Department of the Interior, New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland 51-40, making her the first Native American to serve as a Cabinet secretary. The confirmation is a victory for environmental advocates. In her two years in Congress, Haaland’s backed efforts like the Green New Deal and “30 by 30,” a House effort to protect 30 percent of US land and ocean by 2030—positions that earned her a 98 percent rating from the League of Conservation Voters. During her confirmation hearing in February, she pledged to be “a fierce advocate for our public lands” and to run a department that makes decisions “based on science.”  As I wrote earlier this month, conservationists...
    WASHINGTON - On October 13, 1652, after a day of fasting and prayer, 15 Native American men stood before a panel of Puritan church officials in Natick, Massachusetts. They had come to confess their sins and prove their commitment to Christianity. One of them was Waban, a member of the Nipmuc tribe. A portrait of Puritan missionary John Eliot by unknown artist.“Before I heard of God and before the English came into this country, many evil things my heart did work, many thoughts I had in my heart; I wished for riches, I wished to be a witch, I wished to be a sachem [chief]; and many such other evils were in my heart,” Waban stated.  Missionary John Eliot, who claimed proficiency in the local Algonquin dialect, translated the Native Americans’ statements, later publishing them as “Tears of Repentance.” History has dubbed Puritan missionary Eliot as “the apostle to the Indians” and celebrated him as the founder of the American missionary movement. Many Native Americans and some historians today see him as an agent of cultural genocide. The...
    Elizabeth Ann is just two months old, but her extraordinary life is already making history. This black-footed ferret is a clone of an animal that died more than 30 years ago, and she is the first successful clone of any endangered species native to the U.S.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said on Thursday that Elizabeth Ann's birth on December 10 was a "bold step forward" in the efforts to increase the genetic diversity and disease resistance of black-footed ferrets, which were once thought to be extinct. The species has been listed as endangered since 1967, and is North America's only native ferret. "Although this research is preliminary, it is the first cloning of a native endangered species in North America, and it provides a promising tool for continued efforts to conserve the black-footed ferret," said Noreen Walsh, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Mountain-Prairie Region.  Additional footage of the lovely Elizabeth Anne. ???? pic.twitter.com/fz7HnwyI1F— US Fish and Wildlife (@USFWSMtnPrairie) February 18, 2021 The only living black-footed ferrets today are descendants of seven individuals, the Fish and...
    Macs have always boasted of having less malware and fewer viruses, although it is something that continues to exist, no matter how much it has dropped by 40%. And it seems that not even the new Macs with the M1 processor are going to get rid of it since a new malware specifically designed to run on the M1 chip from Apple. The Apple M1 processor Mac security researcher Patrick Wardle has published a report where he explains in detail how this malware has begun to adapt and recompile to run natively on the M1 chip of the new Macs. East malware it was built to run on Intel x86 chips, but it has changed to also affect ARM processors like Apple’s M1. It is a Safari extension called “GoSearch22”, it is well known known to be within the “Pirrit” family of adware for Mac, one of the oldest and most active adware families for Mac. If it infects us, we will see on our Mac problems with pop-ups, ads, and banners when trying to navigate Safari. It’s about a...
    Loading the player... When Vice President Kamala Harris was sworn into office on Jan. 20, she made history as the first woman of color to hold the second highest office in the United States. Harris is the first woman, the first woman of color, the first South Asian American and the first Black American vice president, but according to a fact check from USA Today, she is not the first person of color to hold the position. Charles Curtis, vice president to the 31st President Herbert Hoover in 1929, was a Native American lawmaker of the Kaw Nation, as noted in a Facebook post that pointed out the misconception. Read More: ‘Love & Marriage: Huntsville’ stars Kimmi Scott, Melody Holt talk pandemic production, new episodes and more Curtis served as vice president from 1929 to 1933, at a time where widespread racism and prejudice towards Native Americans was intense. Prior to that, he served in the Senate from 1915 to 1929 and was the first Republican to hold the title of majority leader. According to his...
    (CNN)Michaela Goade just etched her name into the history books.This week she became the first Native American to win the Randolph Caldecott Medal for her illustrations in the children's book "We Are Water Protectors," according to the American Library Association. The Caldecott Medal is a prestigious award given annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.Michaela Goode is the first Native American to win the Caldecott Medal for children's book illustration."It's a great honor to be the first Indigenous artist to win this award, but I am of course standing on many shoulders," Goade, a member of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, said in a statement to CNN. "I think it's important to acknowledge and reflect on the significance of being the first in 2021, while also looking towards the future with much hope. I won't be the last! It brings me so much joy to think about Indigenous youth who will see themselves in this recognition and know that their stories are powerful and value.""We Are Water Protectors" was written by...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Amanda Gorman, a 22-year-old Los Angeles native, read her poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony Wednesday. Poet Amanda Gorman speaks during the 59th presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2021. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times/Getty Images) “Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken, but simply unfinished,” Gorman read. “We the successors of a country and a time, where a skinny Black girl, descended from slaves and raised by a single mother, can dream of becoming president, only to find herself reciting for one.” Her composition also acknowledged the recent violence at the U.S. Capitol. “We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it; would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy. And this effort very nearly succeeded. But while democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated. In this truth, in this faith, we trust. For while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us.” She concluded her roughly five-minute reading with a...
    ALHAMBRA, Calif. (KABC) -- 28-year-old Sasha Renee Perez made history when she was sworn in as the new mayor of Alhambra in December."I am the first of many things...I'm the first LGBTQ identifying person to be a part of the council, I am bisexual," said Mayor Perez. "And on top of that I am the first renters as well. So I'm a renter here in the City of Alhambra."The Alhambra native won the city council race in the November election. Because of the mayor rotation, Mayor Perez was sworn in as mayor and the council on the same day."I didn't realize when I was elected, as well, that I'd also be making San Gabriel Valley history by being the youngest woman to serve as mayor in the San Gabriel Valley," said Mayor Perez.Mayor Perez said her top priority at the moment is to protect and keep the residents of Alhambra safe."At my first meeting, I called for an urgency ordinance to protect small local businesses to slash in half the third party fees that our restaurants are being charged," said...
    Must be love on the brain. A$AP Rocky landed this week in Barbados, where his rumored girlfriend Rihanna is spending the holidays. A$AP Rocky and RihannaSamir HusseinWireImage The 32-year-old rapper was photographed rolling his luggage as he arrived at the airport from a commercial flight on Tuesday. A$AP’s visit comes after the “Diamonds” singer landed in her native country via private jet last week. As we exclusively reported, Rihanna then made a fan’s Christmas by recording a video with him at a local gas station. Rihanna, 32, owns a $22 million beachfront home in Barbados, according to E! News. Rihanna was first linked to the “1 Train” artist in January 2020 following her split from billionaire boyfriend Hassan Jameel. Page Six exclusively reported in November that the pair were seen out to dinner with a group of friends at West Village hotspot Beatrice Inn. The hip-hop artists have been longtime friends and have even collaborated on music together. And this isn’t the first time their friendship has fueled romance rumors. A$AP walked the red carpet...
    There’s been an avalanche of new electric vehicles announced in the past year and a half, ranging from the luxurious to the practical to the garish. So you’d be forgiven if you forgot about the Volvo XC40 Recharge, a great compact SUV with a terrible name. I won’t judge Volvo too harshly for its name choice. The Swedish automaker wanted to convey the simple message that this was a familiar vehicle with a new powertrain. And “XC40 Recharge” certainly gets that point across. That said, it’s an uninspiring name for what is arguably a fantastic EV. an uninspiring name for what is arguably a fantastic EV I got a chance to drive Volvo’s first all-electric vehicle around northwestern New Jersey for around two hours on a recent Friday. The roads were freshly plowed, the sky was a cloudless blue, and the XC40 Recharge was an able and attractive partner for my jaunt through the snowy woods. I already had an inkling of what to expect with the XC40 Recharge, having driven its sister EV, the Polestar 2,...
    Rep. Debra Haaland. In a move pushed by more than 100 Native tribes, environmental advocates, and scores of members of Congress, President-elect Joe Biden picked Rep. Debra Haaland, the progressive representative from New Mexico’s 1st District, to serve as secretary of the Interior, it was announced Thursday. She has been on his short list for the post for months. But there had reportedly been concern among some Democratic leaders that Biden was pulling too many people out of the House of Representatives where the Democratic majority is already slim.  If confirmed by the Senate, the 60-year-old congresswoman will be the first American Indian to serve in the Cabinet. Haaland will only resign from her current post once confirmed, at which time the New Mexico secretary of state will have 10 days to set the date of a special election to fill the 1st District seat. By law that must take place within 77-91 days of its becoming vacant. A long-time Democratic activist, Haaland is an enrolled member of the 7,500-member Laguna Pueblo. The symbolism of picking her can’t be stressed enough. Interior is charged with managing the nation’s natural resources and...
    BOYLE HEIGHTS, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- An Emmy award is one of the most prestigious recognitions within the television industry.That's why Boyle Heights native, Miguel Puga, took his first Emmy award on a photoshoot throughout East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights."It's something that I never knew I was gonna get. And, you know, I do pinch myself. I did sleep with it ... I take it everywhere," said Puga. "It was something that was like you know, just showing kids that this is attainable."Puga is a co-executive producer on the show 'The Casagrandes,' which won a Daytime Emmy award for Outstanding Main Title for an Animated Program this year.The show is about a Mexican-American family."I'm drawing kids that, you know, represent where I'm from," said Puga. "Casagrandes ... it's kind of like Boyle Heights meets Bronx. So there's a lot of storefronts that you see driving down Whittier Boulevard or Cesar Chavez." When Casagrandes meets ABC7! ???????????? Im working on a story about Miguel Puga who won his 1st Emmy trophy as co-executive producer for the show The Casagrandes and...
    A view of the Tom the Turkey float at the 94th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade® on November 26, 2020 in New York City. Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy's Inc. This year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade had a host of firsts that made the iconic event unlike any other held in previous years.  In addition to being television-only and featuring a shortened route, this year's parade included a land acknowledgement, traditional rattle song, and blessing to honor indigenous people.  The rituals honored the Wampanoag and Lenape people and took place in the Lenape territory of Manahatta, where the parade is held each year. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this year featured a land acknowledgement, traditional rattle song, and blessing to honor indigenous people.  The rituals honored the Wampanoag and Lenape people and took place in the Lenape territory of Manahatta, where the parade is held each year, according to a press release from Indigenous Direction, a firm that consults on indigenous cultural representations.  The blessing was aired in Wampanoag, but translates in...
    Because 2020 hasn't unleashed enough horrors, giant lizards from Argentina are invading the southern United States. The black-and-white tegu, which can grow up to four feet long, has long been spotted in Florida, with accounts of its presence in Georgia cropping up in May.  Now the dog-sized reptiles have been reported in South Carolina, Alabama, Louisiana, and as far away as Texas. Though tegu are not considered a threat to humans, the creature's voracious appetite means the population could devastate both farm crops and eggs of endangered sea turtles and other native species.  Tegus were first brought into the US as pets, and have thrived in the wild after escaping captivity or being released by owners. Scroll down for video The black-and-white tegu, which can grow up to four feet long, has been spotted in the wild in Florida for decades. After being reported in Georgia in May, the hardy reptile has made its way to South Carolina, Alabama, Louisiana, and as far away as Texas The largest of its species, the black and white tegu is native to Brazil,...
    (CNN)Kamala Harris on Saturday made history as America's first woman, first Black and first South Asian vice president-elect. But she will not be the first person of color to serve as vice president of the United States. In 1928, Charles Curtis -- a Native American lawmaker and member of the Kaw Nation -- became President Herbert Hoover's vice president. Curtis grew up in North Topeka, Kansas, where he was born to a White father and a one-quarter Kaw Indian mother. He was the great-great grandson of White Plume, a Kaw chief known for offering to help the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1804, according to the US Senate.He spent much of his childhood living with his maternal grandparents on the Kaw reservation in Council Grove, Kansas. Curtis even spoke Kansa, the Siouan language of the Great Plains, before he learned English.Charles Curtis, left, and Herbert Hoover, in 1928.His ability to speak Kansa allowed him to fit in the tribe comfortably, according to the US Senate website. He also learned to ride ponies and eventually became a winning jockey. Read MoreWhile...
    For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Whatever happens tomorrow, these day-after boosts are right here: Florida gets a raise. The Sunshine State became the first in the South to pass a $15 minimum wage, nearly doubling its current minimum in a milestone for the livable-wage movement supported by labor groups like Fight for 15. My colleague Hannah Levintova contextualizes it.  Medicine that works. Five states have made safe medicine more available—Arizona, Montana, Mississippi, New Jersey, and South Dakota—in cannabis changes that our science reporter Jackie Flynn Mogensen rolls right up for you. Bag it. New Jersey is the latest state to reduce its reliance on single-use plastic, seeing the stakes (and acting on them) as a climate imperative. Native visibility and voices. Six Native Americans are heading to Congress in a historic wave that gives the House a record number of Native members. Indian Country Today reporter Dalton Walker has more. Rising representation. New Mexico is the first state to elect all women of color to a House...
    Loading the player... As a kid, Leandra King loved visiting the cider mill every autumn, but visits were limited as the trip required traveling outside county borders. Now, the Detroit native has recreated the classic fall tradition in her hometown after launching the first cider mill in the Motor City, WXYZ reports. “It was one of my fondest memories, going to Parmenter’s,” King told the local ABC affiliate. “I’ve been to Blake’s. I just remember going to Yates as a kid, and I just wanted to recreate that for the city of Detroit.” Leandra King, founder of Detroit Farm and Cider (via website) According to research by American Express, Black women are starting businesses at the fastest rate of any racial group. Since 2007, the number of firms owned by African-American women has grown by 164%. Read More: Entrepreneur Mahisha Dellinger coaches Black women to take their business from the set up to the blow up The family-owned enterprise is called Detroit Farm and Cider, and it’s a first-of-its-kind for the majority-Black city. It’s located in a mostly residential...
    Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence voted in Indianapolis on Friday, becoming the first of the four people on the two presidential ballots to vote. The Pences, wearing face masks, dropped their absentee ballots in a drop box at the the Indianapolis City-County Building. They gave a thumb's up sign after depositing their ballots. Almost a million people have voted early in Indiana, according to the secretary of state's office.  'It's a great honor and great to be back home again,' Vice President Pence said.  The couple voted shortly after the building opened at 8 am and there was a line of voters around the block, waiting to cast their own ballot.  Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence voted in Indianapolis on Friday, becoming the first of the four people on the two presidential ballots to vote President Donald Trump, seen above with first lady Melania Trump at Thursday night's presidential debate, will vote early and in-person in Florida on Saturday The Biden campaign has not said when and how Joe...
    Porsche’s all-electric Taycan is the first car to get full Apple Podcasts integration, allowing owners to natively access Apple’s library of 1.5 million shows see its podcast charts, the company has announced. The car’s infotainment system is also getting support for Apple Music’s lyrics feature, which will be displayed on the passenger-side display. The features are available in new Taycan cars now, and will roll out to existing cars in January, the company says. Apple Podcasts has previously been available to stream to the Taycan’s infotainment system via Apple CarPlay, but the native app means you don’t have to connect your phone to start listening. It also means the app can stream over the vehicle’s built-in data connection (you get three years of data with the purchase of the car). Apple Music’s lyrics feature was not previously available over CarPlay. Joining the car’s existing CarPlay support As well as listing to shows, Porsche owners will be able to sync their podcast listening with other devices via their Apple ID. Voice control is supported via Porsche’s Voice Assistant. Apple Podcasts...
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