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Inland Northwest lawmakers push for House vote on bills to protect Native women

WASHINGTON – Lawmakers from the Inland Northwest are calling on leaders in the House of Representatives to allow votes on two bills to address violence against Native American women and girls, which despite bipartisan support have stalled as COVID-19 has thrown the legislative schedule into disarray.

Powwow marks Indigenous Peoples Day in Spokane

The gathering was both a celebration of Native American culture and a reminder that Christopher Columbus took part in many atrocities against indigenous people, including enslavement and genocide.

Ecuador starts cleanup after deal to end indigenous protests

Thousands of indigenous demonstrators, student volunteers and local residents launched a massive cleanup Monday of a Quito park where anti-austerity protesters fought police for days, leaving piles of burning tires, trees and construction material.

Missing indigenous women spotlighted as bill signed

A growing number of missing and murdered Native American women are the focus of a Washington bill signed into law Wednesday amid concerns the victims’ cases are slipping between jurisdictional gaps.

Hundreds gather for Indigenous Peoples Day powwow in Spokane

A few years ago, Native Americans in Spokane would not have celebrated this day. A few years ago, it was called Columbus Day. But in August 2016, the Spokane City Council voted to rename the holiday, recognizing the Italian explorer’s role in the slave trade and the spreading of disease to indigenous tribes.

Pope to indigenous: Amazon is ‘heart of the church’

Pope Francis traveled deep into the Amazon rainforest Friday demanding an end to the relentless exploitation of its timber, gas and gold and recognition of its indigenous peoples as the primary custodians to determine the future of “our common home.”

Pope has tough words for indigenous, Chile during Mass

Pope Francis took the Chilean state and the country’s largest indigenous group to task Wednesday over their failure to forge a truly unified nation, saying the government must do more than just negotiate “elegant” agreements and radical Mapuche factions must stop violence.

Indigenous Peoples Day? Italians say stick with Columbus

A movement to abolish Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day has gained momentum in some parts of the U.S., with Los Angeles in August becoming the biggest city yet to decide to stop honoring the Italian explorer and instead recognize victims of colonialism.