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The Wrap: Lily Gladstone riding the wave after historic run

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Spoiler alert – this story contains plot developments from Hulu’s “Under the Bridge.”

Teen girls with dangerous fantasies of the glam side of crime cross the line in a beguiling murder mystery series. Premiered Thursday, April 17, on Hulu and running for eight episodes, “Under the Bridge” is a fictionalized adaptation of the true-crime book by Rebecca Godfrey.

Following a disturbing true story of a teen girl murdered by her classmates, the show features Indigenous characters in a cold, rainy Canadian town.

Set in 1997, Rebecca Godfrey – played by Riley Keough, who has Cherokee roots from her grandfather Elvis Presley whose great-great-great-grandmother Morning White Dove was full Cherokee – is home in Victoria, British Columbia, researching a book when she crosses paths with a group of teenage bad girls who obsess over crime. It seems like teen fantasy until 14-year-old Reena Virk, played by Vritika Gupta, whose family are immigrants from India, disappears after a party and later is found dead after a fight under a bridge.

The police investigation is led by ambitious officer Cam Bentland, Lily Gladstone, Siksikaitsitapii and Nimíipuu, who has past conflicts with her own family.

She and Gladstone “just DM’d about random things or responded to each other’s stories. We didn’t say ‘Let’s work together,’” Keough said to Hollywood Reporter. “I was such a fan of hers and when you’re a fan of other actors you’re kind of always thinking of them when you’re doing jobs. She was the first person who came to mind for this. Reena’s story is incredibly important in wanting to honor her and her life. Secondly, there were just themes in this series that I haven’t really seen explored in this genre, like empathy, sort of radical forgiveness, and that was interesting to me.”

As for Gladstone, “I was really intrigued by the opportunity to build and travel that arc,” she said in an interview with Deadline, “because I feel like with a piece like my last project (the factual crime story in ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’) true crime is such a fascinating genre and it has been for a long time. There’s something that we’re compelled by with these stories. I feel like a lot of times the human element of it, particularly the people who suffered the most, are the ones that get erased. The thing that happened to them becomes a sensationalized thing for the media. And then it becomes something for consumption.”

Gladstone says she was intrigued by her law enforcement character Cam and the racism the victim’s family felt coming from the police as well as the media, the way the police didn’t take it seriously at first, how the trial overwhelmed them all with the fascination people had with it, and how Reena got lost in that process. READ MORE. — Sandra Hale Schulman, ICT


One of the greatest athletes of all time, Jim Thorpe, racked up a number of achievements over the course of his career.

Now, posthumously, the Sac and Fox Nation and Potawatomi citizen is being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom; the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Recipients of the medal are “​​individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the prosperity, values, or security of the United States, world peace, or other significant societal, public or private endeavors,” a press release from the White House stated.

Wa-Tho-Huk or Bright Path, Thorpe’s Sac and Fox name, perhaps is best known for his performance at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden.

Thorpe dominated the pentathlon and decathlon, winning the gold medal in each event by a wide margin and becoming the first Native American to win Olympic gold. However, it should be pointed out, American Indians were not considered citizens until 1924 when then-President Calvin Coolidge signed a bill in June of that year.

His performance was so exemplary at the 1912 games, King Gustav V did not mince words when congratulating Thorpe on his win.

“You, sir, are the greatest athlete in the world. I would consider it an honor to shake your hand,” Gustav V said after placing two gold medals around Thorpe’s neck. READ MORE. — Kolby KickingWoman, ICT

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BRASILIA, Brazil — Thousands of Indigenous people marched on Thursday in Brazil’s capital, calling on the government to officially recognize lands they have lived on for centuries and to protect territories from criminal activities such as illegal mining.

With posters bearing messages like “The future is Indigenous,” they walked towards Three Powers Square, where Congress, the Supreme Court and the Planalto presidential palace are located in Brasilia.

A group of Indigenous leaders entered the palace to talk to President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, while others shouted toward the building: “Our rights are not negotiable.” Last week, he backed down from the creation of four Indigenous territories, citing opposition from state governors.

In addition to calls for more land recognition, some tribes protested a proposed 950-kilometer (590 miles) rail project to transport soybeans from the state of Mato Grosso, in the central part of the country, to ports along the Tapajos River, a large Amazon tributary.

Indigenous leaders from the Kayapo, Panará and Munduruku tribes said they hadn’t been adequately consulted and feared the new infrastructure would lead to increased deforestation.

Thursday’s rally marked the culmination of the annual Free Land Indigenous Camp, now in its 20th edition. This year’s gathering marked a critical view of Lula’s administration. Unlike the two previous years, the president was not invited to visit the camp, set up in Brasilia’s main esplanade.

“There is political instability, disrespect and mistrust,” Marivelton Baré, head of the Rio Negro Federation of Indigenous Organizations, told The Associated Press during the march.

“We expected a lot from the government, but it’s doing very little. We knew that Congress would be hostile, but not as much as it has been. And in Congress, the government is using the Indigenous and environmental issues as bargaining chips,” added Baré, whose organization represents 24 Indigenous tribes from the northwest part of Brazil´s Amazon. READ MORE. — Associated Press


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