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 (AP) - New generations of children growing up in a tiny American Indian tribe in Arizona have lost a key way of learning to speak their native language, and it may not be coming back.

A private land developer stopped making payments five years ago that funded language development in Hopi schools and helped 18 other tribes in Arizona build schools, youth camps and educational facilities. The payments were required under a massive land swap with the United States.

The federal government reached a settlement this week with Barron Collier, a Florida-based company, that will allow the developer to pay just $29 million of the roughly $66.5 million it owed. The company also had to return a lot in Phoenix to the government.

During the week of September 11-14, 2017, tourism professionals, tribal representatives and local, state and national partners will gather in Green Bay, Wisconsin to share knowledge, experience and best practices from tourism programs in the U.S. as a whole and from Indian Country. The annual American Indian Tourism Conference is the only national conference on tourism in Indian Country.

Leaders of the Indian Health Service struggled Wednesday at a Senate hearing to defend the Trump administration’s plans to slash funding to the agency, which is reeling from quality of care problems at several of its hospitals, a doctor shortage and facilities showing their age.

The lack of answers infuriated both Democrats and Republicans on the Appropriations subcommittee.

“I cannot believe what has transpired today. All I want is some damn answers, that’s it,” said Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), as he admonished Rear Adm. Michael Weahkee, the Indian Health Service’s acting director since June.

ST. REGIS INDIAN RESERVATION, N.Y. (AP) - A summit on issues faced by tribal governments by the U.S.-Canada border will be held next month in Minnesota.

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in northern New York on Thursday helped announce the "Northern Tribal Border Summit" for Indian nation leaders.

Representatives will focus on tribal challenges in the light of current U.S. and Canadian border policies. Attendees will discuss forming a Northern Tribal Border Alliance.

The summit will be held Aug. 20-21 in Shakopee, Minnesota.

The Festival Returns to PBS and Station Branded Digital Platforms July 17-28

LINCOLN, Neb. – PBS announced the 25 films that will be part of the sixth annual, Webby Award-nominated PBS Online Film Festival on July 17-28, 2017. Vision Maker Media filmmaker Mark Lewis is among those featured in this year's Festival for his film Legacy.
Beginning July 17, the festival will be available via PBS and station digital platforms, including, YouTube and PBS social media channels. The films also will be available via the PBS app on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku and FireTV devices.

BUXTON, N.C. (AP) – The ground teems with evidence that John White’s Lost Colony came here.

A few shovelfuls of earth in a school yard or private driveway can uncover relics dating to the late 1500s, when English settlers landed on - and then mysteriously left - Roanoke Island 50 miles to the north.

Mark Horton, a professor and archaeologist from England’s University of Bristol, and local historian Scott Dawson have led digs in Buxton backyards and wooded lots within sight of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse every year since 2009.

JEFFERSON, N.H. (AP) – Hidden behind a bed and breakfast in the White Mountains, teams of volunteers with trowels and shovels needle the soil in several shallow pits searching for clues about Native Americans who passed through here 12,000 years ago.

The project is like many archaeological digs, with researchers hoping to find any artifacts that could explain just how these Paleoindians lived, why they set up shop above a valley and why they eventually moved on. But what makes this state-run effort in New Hampshire a little different is that amateurs – a retired sprinkler fitter, recent high school graduate, a former teacher – are among those digging.

DENVER (AP) – A Denver announcement Thursday that it is the new home for the nation’s largest outdoor recreation trade show underscored an important aspect of modern business – politics matter.

The Outdoor Retailer trade show – actually two trade shows a year – confirmed that it is leaving Utah after 20 years and decamping east to Denver.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – The recent spread of fake Native American art and jewelry has shown the need to update how the federal government protects tribal artists from fraud that undercuts the value of their work, according to two U.S. senators who gathered suggestions for reforms on Friday.

New Mexico Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich convened a hearing in the American Indian arts hub of Santa Fe, where federal law enforcement officials and leading Native American artists described a disheartening influx of counterfeit jewelry, weavings and contemporary art knock-offs.

“We’ve got a serious problem on our hands,” said Udall, vice chair of the Senate Indian affairs committee, summarizing three hours of testimony. “Fake Indian arts and crafts are flooding the markets right here in Santa Fe and across the country and this is having an effect of destabilizing the Native Art market. It’s forcing Native Americans to quit their crafts.”

DETROIT (AP) – It’s the moment every car owner dreads. The mechanic comes out of the garage to say your ride needs repairs costing hundreds of dollars.

Then two big questions pop into your brain: Are the fixes really needed? Am I being overcharged?

There might not be a way around getting the car fixed, but there are ways to stay in control of the situation. But it takes some work and planning both before and after the big repairs come: