Good News Around the Nation, Volume 1

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The holidays are here and (some of us) are spreading joy and good cheer. Your pals at Native Nation Events are here to help give your brain a much needed break in the day. Introducing the first-ever Good News Around the Nation newsletter. We know watching or reading the news isn’t the happiest place, and we’re making it our mission with this newsletter to change that.

Sit back, make yourself a nice hot beverage, and enjoy a few moments of exciting news in the Native American community. We’re celebrating the movers and shakers, those fighting for more representation, landmark victories, and so much more. There is so much to be celebrated and so little time, so let’s dive in.

New Builds

Photo courtesy of Yaamava Resort & Casino Instagram

  • Congratulations to the San Manuel Tribe on the grand opening of the Yaamava’ Resort & Casino; a feat several years in the making. Explore the resort and think about planning a vacation, we know we want to.
  • The Seminole Tribe of Florida reached an agreement to purchase the operations of The Mirage Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip – making it the first tribal operation on the strip. There have been other tribal properties in Las Vegas adjacent to the strip but this will be the first physically on it. Read more and join in on the celebration here.
  • Right on the heels of this news, The San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority received approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission to license and operate the Palms Casino Resort after previously closing in March 2020. Learn about their plans and how to book your stay here.

Representation Matters

Photo courtesy of Kaxe.org and Michael Lyons

  • A Maine couple, Suzanne Greenlaw and Gabriel Frey, authored “The First Blade of Sweetgrass” about Native children in Maine after not being able to find being able to find book that spoke of their heritage for their kids. This is one of several books being published this year by Native authors in Maine. Read more about how libraries are putting a higher focus on Indigenous storytelling and how to order a copy of the book here.
  • Looking for a puppet-led podcast to teach little ones about Ojibwe language and culture? “The Boozhoo Nanaboozhoo Podcast” on the morning show at KAXE/KBXE community radio in Bemidji, MN can help. Learn more and give them a listen.
  • Reservation Dogs on Hulu was renewed for a second season and the show’s creator, Sterlin Harjo, has signed an overall deal with FX to continue to create more original content for the network.

Celebrations and Victories

  • The monumental passing of H.R.2074 – Indian Buffalo Management Act is a major cause for celebration, establishing a permanent program within the Department of the Interior to develop and promote tribal ownership and management of buffalo and buffalo habitat on Indian lands.

 

Credit to Artist Ben Pease

If you have an article or a success you’d like to share, please let us know! Send an email to holly@nativenationevents.org to get the conversation started. Until next time!

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