This weekend's stories: Oldest birch-bark canoe to go on display; UMNS Medical School in Duluth given donation to establish Native American Center of Excellence; Cherokee Nation processing freedmen memberships; HUD awards 77 Native American tribes funding for economic development; Nominations announced for music awards.
 
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ARIZONA, Tucson – A private memorial service for IRENE BURTON SYKES, 89, was held Jun 24, 2017, in Tucson.  Irene passed away Jun 18, 2017. Irene is survived by her sons, Jay and Jonathan; 3 granddaughters and eight great-grandchildren. Irene attended and graduated for Florida State University and worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the state of Arizona as a teacher. (Navajo Times, July 20, 2017)
 
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This weekend's stories: Los Angeles votes to change name of Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day; Leech Lake College ranked #1 in the nation for overall quality; MTV awards all six nominees in the ‘Fight Against The System’ category with award; Choctaw Nation hires marketing agency to promote tribe; Te Ata, a movie about a Chickasaw storyteller opening nationwide this fall to select theaters;
 
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IndianCountryTV.com broadcasted several segments of events from the Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 "Shut Down Line 5" in Mackanaw City, and St. Ignace, Michigan LIVE.
 
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Nearly every Native American journalist in the country can tell you what our national media ought to look like. We’ve all closed our eyes and dreamt the ideal news vehicle. We know what stories need to be told. And some of us have tried to make that dream so. Most of the time we are unsuccessful.
 
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