A First Nation is grieving the loss of a young community member after police confirmed the body of a five-year-old boy who went missing in April was found over the weekend.
The CBC reports Frank Young was playing outside when he was last seen on the Red Earth Cree Nation in Saskatchewan.
Police say he was found Saturday in a river not far from where he went missing and do not suspect foul play.
Police and volunteers had conducted searches on land, air, and boat around the community and the surrounding area.
Tributes and condolences are pouring in on social media for the family and community.
Red Earth Cree Nation Chief Fabian Head thanked people for their support during the community’s time of grief.
The First Nation and police are expected to hold a press conference on Tuesday as the investigation continues.
The Shinnecock Nation in New York and the TILT Holdings company broke ground Monday on construction of a cannabis dispensary located on Shinnecock territory in Southampton.
A ceremony was held at the future site of the Little Beach Harvest, which will be a 5,000 square-foot dispensary.
The tribal cannabis operation is a result of a partnership between the tribe and the company after six years of lobbying, development, and planning.
Construction is expected to be completed by early 2023 and there are plans for a future wellness and consumption lounge.
The Shinnecock Indian Nation is a federally recognized tribe located on its ancestral territory on Long Island.
TILT is a global provider of cannabis business solutions including cultivation, manufacturing, processing, and brand development.
A fourth California condor will be attempted to be released on Tuesday into Yurok ancestral territory and Redwood National Park.
The Yurok Tribe, in collaboration with national and state parks, released three condors in May in Northern California’s redwoods. The restoration effort started in 2008.
The release of condors is in an area where the critically endangered birds have been absent for more than a century.
For the Yurok Tribe, the recovery of the species is part of restoration of the ecosystem and the people responsible for taking care of it.
The condor plays a principal role in the Yurok creation story and is prominently featured in the traditional dances.
In a video message in May, tribal council member Sherri Provolt shared the significance of the reintroduction and what it means for future generations.
“We know why they left, logging and environmental destruction and we lost them in my lifetime. My children now, they’re adults and my grandchildren, it will always be in their life, they’ll always see this bird. It is our responsibility to make sure it has a home that it’s safe, that it can thrive. It’s amazing to think about what we’re doing as a community, as a people to bring back our traditions, our cultural knowledge. Yet, there’s so much to do.”
The condor has to voluntarily enter a designated staging area with access to the outside world. Plans for reintroduction are for one cohort of condors every year for at least the next two decades.
Listen to this Native America Calling episode about the Yurok Tribe’s condor program
The Native American Heritage Fund recently announced awards for six projects in Michigan communities to help replace Indian mascots in public schools.
Nearly $480,000 will support community projects, academic program updates, mascot changes, and other projects that honor Native Americans.
Board chair Jamie Stuck says funding the decommission of racist mascot imagery now will leave more money in the future for proactive programs and curriculum.
The awards will be distributed in August.
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