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April was full of news in Indian Country.

Indian Country Today with the Institute for Nonprofit News and nine news partners looked at tribal and rural economies through regional and community efforts. Our special report, “At the Crossroads,” examines the state of the economy in Indian Country, its impact on local communities and what lies ahead for the future. READ THE SERIES HERE.

The 21st session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues started this week at the U.N. headquarters in New York. The forum is a rare opportunity for the international Indigenous community to set a high standard for respecting Indigenous land, rights, and culture and create clear recommendations for the U.N. and its member states. ICT's Carina Dominguez will be there to cover the forum. READ MORE.

Pope Francis delivered an historic apology to Indigenous Peoples on April 1 for the “deplorable” abuses they suffered in Canada’s Catholic-run residential schools. The Pope begged forgiveness during an audience with dozens of citizens of the Métis, Inuit and First Nations communities who came to Rome seeking a papal apology and a commitment from the Catholic Church to repair the damage. READ MORE.

A passion for piano. Renata Yazzie is set to graduate with an advanced degree in musicology with a focus on ethnomusicology and piano performance. She’s not done, she’s only getting started. READ MORE.

Here are other ICT stories you should read up on. Also, be sure to watch our daily newscast, “ICT Newscast with Aliyah Chavez.


Oren Lyons honored with lifetime achievement award: The artist, speaker, author and environmental activist for Indigenous peoples worldwide is being recognized for his contributions.

Small tribe takes giant leap for Indian gaming: San Manuel Band becomes first tribal nation to own/operate casino in Las Vegas with re-opening of Palms Resort Casino.

California universities, tribe make tuition free for many Indigenous students: The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria play a key role. Starting this fall, tribal citizens in California can attend one of the state system campuses tuition-free

The man behind the Nike Air Native N7: Sam McCracken works to bring sports resources to Indigenous communities.

The only road to Net Zero runs through Indigenous lands: The key to energy projects is early participation and ownership by Indigenous peoples.

Joy Harjo US Poet Laureateship to end: ‘For a remarkable three terms as U.S. poet laureate, Joy Harjo has tirelessly promoted Native poets and poetry.’

Giving new life to feathers: A Yaqui ornithologist is doing his part to help provide feathers for religious and ceremonial purposes.

Robert Mesta holds up California Condor feathers from the Liberty Wildlife collection. (Photo by Patty Talahongva, Indian Country Today)

Honolulu: Military fuel leak, drought, water crisis: ‘We had hoped we could avoid this.’

Economic growth: Fitting tribes into unfit programs: ‘As tribal leaders it is our responsibility to provide for the social and economic welfare of our tribal members and those living within our communities.’

There is a new justice in town: Ketanji Brown Jackson understands foundational principles of federal Indian law but has handled very few cases involving Indigenous plaintiffs.

‘Remembering the Children’ memorial gets $2 million grant: Memorial will go on a hillside believed to contain unmarked graves of students who died at the now-shuttered Rapid City Indian Boarding School.

Gasoline prices hurting consumers: Is drilling for oil the remedy?

Disenrolled Nooksack citizens continue fight to stay in homes: A lawsuit filed in state court comes after an appeal from the United Nations failed to convince the U.S. to intervene in planned evictions.

Boosting equity in the federal government: The White House is centering race in a historic way with the newly announced equity action plans, fulfilling an executive order Joe Biden signed on his first day in office.

‘You need to do more than wear an orange shirt:’ Longtime activist looks at Canada’s child welfare reform and other inequalities facing First Nations kids.

US quarters will feature three Indigenous women: The selection is in accordance with the Circulating Collectible Coin Redesign Act of 2020.

Tribe plans Las Vegas grand opening for Palms Casino: Launch would mark first time a tribe would own and operate a resort on the Strip.

Oklahoma’s abortion bill & Indigenous impact: A near ban on all abortions in Oklahoma, which is home to 39 Indigenous nations.


Election season is in full swing on the Navajo Nation: Five candidates announce their intent to run for president.

Alaska Natives running in crowded congressional race: Alaskans will be voting in an open primary and a ranked choice voting system, a new process voters opted for in 2020, to fill a seat left by the late U.S. Rep. Don Young.


Indigenous peoples say states must apply, enforce FPIC: Free, prior, and informed consent is the gold standard of Indigenous rights, but Indigenous leaders say it’s rarely enforced.

On Earth Day ‘the world is not on track:’ What is being done? A lot. And not nearly enough.

Clean water on the horizon for Iqaluit: ‘It should have been replaced decades ago.’

Climate change elevates environmental inequities: Being good stewards of land and water is part of ‘our way of life, and our values and traditions to be caretakers.’


New art exhibits explore Native identity, myth, ceremony: Distinct styles range from large-scale paintings to sculptures and murals.

Inuk writer carries children home in dreams: Pandemic isolation inspires new author/illustrator to share her love of home.

Author Raeann Brown wrote and illustrated a children's book, “Bedtime in Nunatsiavut,” to share details of her homelands in Newfoundland with her children during the pandemic. The book is being published by Arsenal Pulp Press and will be available on April 26, 2022, in Canada and in June 2022 in the United States. (Illustration by Raeann Brown)

‘Rutherford Falls’ season 2 at ATX TV Festival: The festival is taking place June 2-5 and additional Native programming will be announced in the coming weeks.

World champions dance for the people: Dozens of hoop dancers took part in the popular hoop dance championships in Arizona.

INDIGENOUS A&E: Jason Momoa, natural pigments and pioneering artwork: A biweekly column with the latest news from the arts and entertainment world.

Iconic Indigenous leaders elected to arts and sciences academy: Buffy Sainte-Marie and Oren Lyons become members of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the oldest learned society in the country.


Interior opens allotments for Alaska Native Vietnam vets: ‘They so deserve the opportunity.’

Alutiiq educator, author Gordon Pullar Sr. dead at 78: ‘Gordon always kept propping me up and saying, ‘You can do it, you can do it.’


Native runners take on Boston Marathon: More than a dozen Native runners took part in the popular marathon, including Kyle Sumatzkuku, the first Native runner to cross the finish line.

NBA rez dreams: A reality for Shawn Martinez: A former rez basketball player is now courtside for every Phoenix Suns and Mercury home game, calling the action off the court.

Indigenizing NCAA’s Final Four: The top talent in women’s college basketball is in Minnesota. The Indigenous Athletics Advancement Council is ready to make an impact off the basketball court with eyes on making an impact on it in the future.


GLOBAL INDIGENOUS: Reconciliation, forced removal and reindeer

GLOBAL INDIGENOUS: Justice at last on land, schools, recognition

GLOBAL INDIGENOUS: Murders, violence and the value of art

GLOBAL INDIGENOUS: Awards, apologies and impending devastation


'They need to pay attention to us:' We hear from national and local leaders who are supporting water rights and unhoused Native people. Plus, we’re taking you behind the scenes of the second anniversary of the launch of this broadcast.

Colorado River: ground zero for climate crisis: The Colorado River is in danger, we visit the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in Oklahoma and an award-winning artist takes bold steps.

Indian Country's forward thinkers: We're highlighting Indigenous leaders striving for a better tomorrow. Plus, a deadly threat to bison herds in the Great Plains. And legendary performer Gary Farmer discusses his latest projects.

Focusing on Indian Country's bright future: We hear from the first Indigenous female pro soccer player. And more on the U.S. Secretary of Education's visit to New Mexico. Plus, a children’s book author honors her parents and it's time to dance your style.

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