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As we strive to keep you informed of the news and culture affect Native American communities from across the country, Partnership With Native Americans has compiled our favorite stories from the month of April. Stay up to date with more articles by following us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Native Americans across Ivy League convene at Penn for ‘Navigating Two Worlds’ conference via The Daily Pennsylvanian

  • “The student organization Natives at Penn hosted the biannual Ivy Native Conference this weekend for the first time since 2013, drawing in students from across the country and beyond. At the conference, which was centered around the theme “Navigating Two Worlds,” students and invited speakers discussed the barriers that Native Americans face in higher education. Some talked about the challenges of preserving traditional practices at college while others brought up the pressure of feeling like “cultural translators” for Native American culture.”

Native Americans Fighting Fossil Fuels via Scientific American

  • “A historic number of Native Americans are running for political office this year in congressional, state legislative and gubernatorial races. Although candidates are running on a variety of platforms, candidates like Deb Haaland put the environment front and center. Haaland, who is making a bid for Congress in New Mexico, is committed to addressing climate change through a transition to 100 percent renewable energy. “The fight for Native American rights is also a fight for climate justice,” she said in an interview.”

Native American-themed books garnering attention via Daily Press

  • “Author Mary Ruth Hughes was informed that her four “Native American” themed books were accepted into the archives of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Daniel F. Littlefield, the director of the Sequoyah National Research Center at the university, informed Hughes about the distinction. Her books include historical novels “Tishomingo” and “Return to Okla Chuka,” along with “Willow Flower’s Gift” and “Native American Recipes.” The vice president of the Mohahve Historical Society who lives in Apple Valley and has “strong roots” in her home state of Oklahoma, Hughes said she was “excited and honored by the news.” Located in Little Rock, Arkansas, the research center holds the largest assemblage of Native American expression in the world.”

Seattle School Board selects first Native American superintendent in city history via Seattle Times

  • “When Denise Juneau takes the reins of Seattle Public Schools in July, she will be the first Native American superintendent in the city’s history. The Seattle School Board voted unanimously 7-0 Wednesday evening to hire Juneau, who was Montana’s state superintendent from 2008 to 2016. “The work that we do is based on trust, and what I heard from so many people is that Ms. Juneau was already coming with a high level of trust,” Board Vice President Rick Burke said before the vote.”
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