February 3rd, 2023

KIPI News, August 16, 2022 – Part 2

Record inflation is taking an especially heavy toll on racial minorities in the United States. More than two-thirds of Native Americans and half of Blacks and Latinos report that recent price increase have caused “serious financial problems,” this according to a survey from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Although some results relate to long-term barriers and inequities, the disparities uncovered in the survey also point to a handful of short-term, pressing problems that are deeply concerning, says Robert J. Blendon, co-director of the survey and emeritus professor Harvard University.

Watch out for wild aunties on the town, now that the acclaimed series “Reservation Dogs” has returned for a second season. In addition to all-Native writers and producers and top actors Gary Farmer and Zach McClarnon, the new season of the hit FX show features a sister act in the form of siblings Tamara and Sarah Podemksi, Anishaabe/Ashkenazi, from Toronto. Sarah is returning for a second season as Rita Smallhill, the mother of Bear Smallhill, played by D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai. This season, she gets a visit from Bear’s aunt, played by real-life sister Tamara for three episodes.

A one-year memorial service was held this past Thursday for the nine children reinterred on tribal lands after being buried at the Carlisle Indian School cemetery in Pennsylvania for nearly 142 years. These nine Sicangu ancestors, along with thousands of others, were taken from their Lakota families in the 19th century. “Back in 1879, only three years after the Battle of the Little Bighorn, our children began leaving us for boarding school and they were gone all that time,” said Russell Eagle Bear, Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council Representative. The Rosebud children were among 10 students whose remains were disinterred at the school in 2021.