Author: Native Origins Community

In late September, Space-X Crew, the fifth crewed operational NASA Commercial Crew flight of a Crew Dragon spacecraft, and the eighth overall crewed orbital flight launched into the cosmos and traveled to the space station. But unlike any other space mission in history, this one was led by mission commander Nicole Aunapu Mann, a colonel for the U.S. Marines, the first woman commander of a NASA Commercial Crew Program launch, and the first Native American woman in space. Before ever setting foot in NASA territory, Mann attended the U.S. Naval Academy for her undergraduate degree and Stanford University for her…

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In a first of its kind for any Native American tribe, the Cherokee Nation has signed a historic self-governance agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation. In June, U.S. Deputy Transportation Secretary Polly Trottenberg, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Transportation, joined Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr. of the Cherokee Nation to sign the first compact under the Department’s Tribal Transportation Self-Governance Program (TTSGP). This approval grants the Cherokee Nation the freedom to plan its own road construction and transportation services without federal permission, but marks the first contract of its kind to occur between a Native American tribe…

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Along with the many elections that took place last fall, former tribal judge Mary Peltola was officially sworn in to represent Alaska’s congressional district. This election not only makes Peltola the first woman to represent the state of Alaska, but the first Alaskan Native to serve in Congress. Her presence also gives full representation in Congress to the three major indigenous groups in the United States. Mary Peltola brings Alaskan Native representation alongside Native Hawaiian, Kaiali’i Kahele, and six Native American representatives. Pelota takes on the title of representative after former congressman Don Young passed away in March of 2022. …

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Indigenized Energy Initiative (IEI), the Native-led nonprofit that aims to diminish energy poverty, mitigate climate change and create thriving American Indian communities with the clean and regenerative power of solar, has announced its relaunch as Indigenized Energy Initiative. It was formerly known as Covenant Tribal Solar Initiative. IEI is bringing together for the first time renowned Indigenous solar leaders Chief Henry Red Cloud of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe, founder of Red Cloud Renewable and Lakota Solar Enterprises; Otto Braided Hair, tribal member and traditional leader of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, and co-founder of IEI and ecoCheyenne; Robert Blake, tribal citizen of the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe, and…

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