March 24th, 2023

KIPI News, October 12, 2022 – Part 1

A Native American photographer took powerful portraits of members of every tribe across the US…Photographer Matika Wilbur went on a mission to photograph members of every federally recognized Native tribe in North America. Wilbur herself is Swinomish and Tulalip. She began Project 562 after her grandmother appeared to her in a dream and told her to leave an assignment in South America and photograph her own people.

SpaceX has delivered a fresh crew to the International Space Station for NASA, including the first Russian to launch from the U.S. in 20 years. The crew of four also includes the first Native American woman to orbit the Earth. The capsule docked Thursday, a day after blasting off. It’s the first time in 20 years that a Russian hitched a ride to the station from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the result of a new crew exchange agreement. The new arrivals will replace four astronauts who will return in their own SpaceX capsule next week.

The COVID pandemic challenged every single tribal leader in the nation to keep their citizens safe. Any plans they may have had for economic advancements or structural reforms were quickly replaced with life-and-death decisions about public health, business shut-downs and conflicting priorities with surrounding government leaders. American Indians and Alaska Natives died of COVID-19 at much higher rates and at younger ages than other groups.