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Jukasa News Update – Friday March 15, 2019


A long-missing peace pipe tomahawk President George Washington gave to a Seneca Indian leader in the late 18th century has been returned to the Haudenosaunee.
Washington gave the pipe to Cornplanter as the United States negotiated a peace treaty with the Six Nations Confederacy.
The artifact eventually wound up at the State Museum in Albany, where it remained until being stolen in the late 1940s.
Last year, an anonymous collector returned the artifact to the museum. The artifact was returned Thursday to the Seneca Nation of Indians, who have put it on display in the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum in Salamanca.

History could be made later this month with the broadcast of what’s believed to be the first NHL game called in the Plains Cree language.
The game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Carolina Hurricanes is to air on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network on March 24.
APTN will use Sportsnet’s production capabilities to air the program featuring Cree commentary and analysis.

Twenty years ago, only 30 per cent of Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaq students were graduating from high school.
Today, that number stands at 90 per cent _ the highest on- reserve graduation rate in the country.
The federal government recognized the province’s Mi’kmaq community for leading the country on Indigenous education on Thursday by signing a new, 10-year education agreement worth $600 million.

A federal law that gives preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving Native children is facing a significant legal challenge.
A federal judge in Texas says the law is unconstitutional, race-based and violates equal protection clauses.
Hundreds of tribes, advocacy groups and the federal agency that oversees Indian Affairs are urging an appellate judge to overturn that ruling. They say the law is based on the political status of tribes, not race, and ensures children have a cultural connection to their tribes.

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