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How film is putting Indigenous languages in the spotlight

“Sooyii” is shot entirely in the Blackfoot language, a significant feat considering how few first language speakers there are among the Blackfeet Nation in Montana. Jesse DesRosier, a Blackfoot language teacher who served as a consultant on the film, estimates that his tribe — one of four bands that make up the Blackfoot Confederacy — …

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New Jersey becomes second state to require Asian American history to be taught in schools

Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation on Tuesday that will make it mandatory for K-12 schools to include Asian American and Pacific Islander history in their curriculums starting on the 2022-2023 school year. The move makes New Jersey the second state in the nation to require the curriculum change, after Illinois. “By teaching students about the …

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Opinion: America has taken its eyes off the ball on Iran

“We are reaching a point where Iran’s nuclear escalation will have eliminated the substance of the JCPOA,” the Arms Control Association said earlier this month of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the Iran nuclear agreement signed by Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China, the United States, as well as Iran, in 2015. Three years later, …

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Two long-serving Democratic congressmen announce they won’t seek reelection in 2022

McNerney, who has served since 2007, announced that he will not run for another term in Congress, pointing to California’s newly-drawn 9th congressional district. “Today I am announcing that I will not seek reelection in California’s newly created 9th Congressional District,” he wrote on Twitter. “I am honored that the citizens of California’s 9th Congressional …

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International airlines suspend some US flights over 5G issue

Emirates, Air India, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines all announced service cuts citing the issue. Emirates said it would suspend flights into nine US airports: Boston, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas Fort Worth, George Bush Intercontinental in Houston, Miami, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco and Seattle. It said it would continue flying into New York’s John F. …

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Website to order free Covid-19 tests is up and running

White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed Tuesday that the government website to order free Covid-19 tests is up and running as part of a “beta phase” ahead of the government website’s formal rollout Wednesday morning. “COVIDtests.gov is in the beta phase right now, which is a standard part of the process typically as it’s …

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Federal antitrust enforcers are considering updating corporate merger guidelines

The announcement comes amid growing concerns about concentration in a range of industries, which some experts worry can reduce competition and consumer choice, and following several decades of less aggressive antitrust enforcement. Merger filings more than doubled from 2020 to 2021, according to the agencies.  The review is meant to consider whether merger guidelines should be modernized …

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AT&T, Verizon delay launching 5G near some airports after airlines ask Biden to intervene

AT&T made the announcement as it works with the aviation industry and the US Federal Aviation Administration for further information, according to a statement from AT&T spokesperson Megan Ketterer. “We are frustrated by the FAA’s inability to do what nearly 40 countries have done, which is to safely deploy 5G technology without disrupting aviation services, …

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