KIPI News, October 6, 2022 – Part 1

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The actor and activist who declined Marlon Brando’s 1973 Academy Award for “The Godfather” on his behalf in an indelible protest of how Native Americans had been portrayed on screen has died from breast cancer . Sacheen Littlefeather was 75. Littlefeather’s appearance at the 1973 Oscars would become one of the ceremony’s most famous moments. Littlefeather said she was “red-listed” from the industry afterward. The academy apologized to her earlier this year.

A $45 million grant is changing the financial lives of Native American communities…“It’s really going to change the face of the industry with this sort of huge infusion of capital,” said Lakota Vogel, Executive Director of the Four Bands Community Fund CDFI based in Eagle Butte…The Coalition, led by Four Bands, is a group formed from nine different Native Community Development Financial Institutions throughout the Midwest. CDFIs are a type of financial institution, like a bank or credit union, that specifically works to provide financial services and advice to places that otherwise might not have access to them. Native CDFIs have a customer base that is at least 50% Native American.

Tomorrow is pow wow time in the Black Hills!!! The celebration is the first since the COVID pandemic hit and the 34th annual for He Sapa Wacipi Na Oskate. The pow wow is being held at the new Summit Arena at the Monument. If you are under 4 or over 65, you can attend for free. Others will need 18 for a 3 day pass and 32 dollars for a weekend pass. Grand entry is at 7 PM Friday Night.

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