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Breaking News: 13-year-old Lakota Girl Gunned Down on Pine Ridge

David Rooks - Indian Country Today

Wednesday morning, just after 3 a.m., 13-year-old Teca Clifford was gunned down in front of three of her friends on the main street of Pine Ridge Village on the Pine Ridge Reservation. She turned 13 four weeks ago, on June 22.

Police radio traffic indicated the girl had been shot through the abdomen at least once on a sidewalk beside Highway 18 near Yellow Bird’s convenience store and across from East Ridge Housing. The call to Pine Ridge Ambulance Service from police dispatchers was received at 4:03 a.m.

Veterans Share Concerns on NMAI Memorial

Brian Daffron - Indian Country Today

The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) has been working since October to build a Native American Veterans’ Memorial in Washington D.C. NMAI formed an advisory panel that was in Oklahoma City on July 19 hearing from local veterans. One of the main concerns presented was how to connect the warriors from all tribal nations through one symbol for the memorial.

Robert Poolaw, a Kiowa who served two tours in Vietnam, said the memorial’s designers should “pick something that represents all people.”

Lost Incan City, Last Refuge of Warrior Túpac Amaru, Found at Last?

Steve Russell - Indian Country Today

Spanish historian Santiago del Valle Chousa has published a book claiming that the last capitol of the Inca Empire, Hatun Vilcabamba, has finally been located after the last of 16 expeditions since 1997 reported on a site first noticed in the mid-60s. In Vilcabamba: The Sacred Refuge of the Incas, del Valle tells the tale of the search and promises that archaeologists will begin excavation of 99 percent of the site.

Number of Long Plain First Nation tornado evacuees rises to over 500

CBC News

As volunteers clean up the extensive damage left by a tornado at the Long Plain First Nation, the number of residents displaced by the storm has climbed to more than 500.

The Canadian Red Cross says 535 evacuees from the First Nation, located southwest of Portage la Prairie, Man., are being temporarily housed in Winnipeg hotels. Local leaders have said they could be out of their homes for months.

'Right now it's surreal': Horrific crime sends shockwaves through Watson Lake

Philippe Morin, CBC News

Counsellors in Watson Lake, Yukon, are encouraging people to cry, write, talk and scream — anything to express their feelings after a horrific murder in the community.

RCMP found partial remains of a body at an industrial property last weekend. Travis Dennis, 22, has been charged with second-degree murder and dismembering a body. Now several counsellors have travelled to Watson Lake for emergency trauma support sessions.

'Drop the Pringles and let's jingle': Powwow dances become fitness routines

Stephanie Cram, CBC News

Have you ever wanted to learn powwow dancing? A new video series produced by Coeur d'Alene Tribe from Idaho is turning traditional powwow dances into workouts.

The videos were produced to help get Indigenous people moving.

"We as Native people in the States have high rates of diabetes and heart disease." said LoVina Louie, the program coordinator for Qhest Life, which is the organization that produced the series. 

We're more vulnerable to heat-related illnesses than we think: study

Chris Seto, CBC News

People tend to underestimate their own vulnerability to heat-related illnesses during prolonged periods of hot weather, says Anne Wilson. 

The professor of social psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University is one of the lead researchers of an ongoing study at the university looking at the impact of heat-related illnesses on vulnerable populations.

She said it's this attitude of, "It can happen to you, but not me," that often causes people to be unprepared in coping with the heat.

Child found wandering reunited with parents

Linda Ward, CBC News

While a pair of Toronto parents frantically called police after waking up to find their little girl missing, police say she was happily watching cartoons at a local police station. 

A little girl, who appears to be about three years old, walked herself to the grocery store early this morning.

Police say she dressed herself, put on her rain boots, unlocked the door and walked about a block from her home.

Small plane pulled out of the water off Wellesley Island

Nick Canedo |

A pilot has survived after his plane crashed into a lake just off of Wellesley Island in the Thousand Islands region.

WWNYTV reports that pilot was trying to land his plane on the water Sunday morning when winds picked up. That complicated his landing and his plane crashed on the Lake of the Isles around 9:30 a.m.

A Coast Guard official told the TV station that the pilot suffered only minor injuries and declined medical treatment. He was wearing a life jacket in the water when crews arrived.

Crews were able to get the plane out of the water.


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