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We start our best August coverage with a first for a Native astronaut. Nicole Aunapu Mann will be making history as the first Native woman to fly into space this fall. ICT Editor Jourdan Bennett-Begaye caught up with Mann to talk space and beyond. READ MORE.

In South Dakota, ICT learned that Red Cloud Indian School will dig for graves. The announcement came after a search with ground-penetrating radar was inconclusive about whether remains might be under what is now a concrete slab in a corner of the large basement. ICT's Mary Annette Pember reports. READ MORE.

In Canada, we learn about an Okanese First Nation author facing criminal charges in the U.S. and Canada. Dawn Dumont Walker is accused of kidnapping her son, faking their deaths. ICT Special Correspondent Miles Morrisseau is following the case. READ MORE.

We can't talk about August news without "Reservation Dogs." The popular show is back for its second season. ICT's Sandra Hale Schulman caught up with some wild aunties, Tamara and Sarah Podemski, Anishinaabe/Ashkenazi. READ MORE.

Also, be sure to watch our daily newscast, “ICT Newscast with Aliyah Chavez.

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NEWS

Celebrated Canadian author accused of kidnapping son, faking their deaths: Dawn Dumont Walker now faces criminal charges in U.S. and Canada.

NCAI again without CEO: Former CEO dismissed after serving less than a year, was placed on leave in June.

Decorated Chippewa Cree citizen dies: Alan R. Parker was known for being a decorated soldier, attorney, respected educator and a noted author.

Rapid City community asks feds to intervene in land dispute: Unprecedented request wants Interior Department to reclaim land now violating long-ago terms.

Stairs lead down to the basement of Drexel Hall on the campus of Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, where officials are set to begin excavation in October 2022 to search for unmarked graves. A search with ground-penetrating radar in the basement was inconclusive as to whether graves might be there. (Photo by Mary Annette Pember/ICT)

Red Cloud Indian School will dig for graves: Excavation in former dormitory basement the next step after inconclusive radar results.

‘Sometimes we hear the voices of children playing there’: Spirits of children buried at boarding schools provoke reckoning in Oklahoma and beyond.

Bunky Echo-Hawk faces additional felony charge: Arraignment hearing set for Aug. 23 in case against well-known artist.

Leading America's lawyers: Mary Smith, Cherokee Nation, takes office as president-elect of the American Bar Association.

A call for human rights on International Day of the World’s Indigenous People: Defenders are seeking justice in Mexico, after one Indigenous attorney was buried alive and another is in a maximum security prison.

First Native woman in space: NASA Astronaut Nicole Aunapu Mann will be traveling to the International Space Station and, if chosen, is on route to potentially being the first woman on the moon.

$1B added to tribal broadband program: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law continues to invest millions for tribal broadband access.

Prairie Band Potawatomi take historic step toward reclaiming land: A bill filed in Congress would clear the way for the tribe to reacquire Illinois homelands with $10 million in compensation.

Pine Ridge council votes to ban missionary from tribal lands: Does tribal sovereignty allow tribes to govern the activities of churches and missionaries on their lands? Pine Ridge will find out.

‘This is just evil’: Vehicle barrels toward mostly Navajo families during the annual Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial night parade in New Mexico.

'Defining' legislation of 21st century: Senate bill would increase resources for tribal nations, add incentives for transition away from some fossil fuels.

CLIMATE CHANGE

Tribes want governor to reject clean energy project proposal: In a letter, most of the federally recognized tribes in Washington state pushed the state to deny permits to a developer because its project along the Columbia River would mean the unavoidable destruction or damage to sites sacred.

Fifty years later and Congress is ready to act on climate change: Brookings: ‘It’s an odd way to write legislation, but if that’s what it takes to pass the most important climate bill ever, so be it.’

Tribal canoes rest near the entrance to the new Quileute Tribal School, which was formally dedicated on Aug. 5, 2022, and will open for classes in September. The school building - which was built on higher ground to get children out of a flood and tsunami zone - features design elements reminiscent of the longhouses that once were prominent in the Pacific Northwest. (Photo by Susan Devine, courtesy of Quileute Tribe)

Quileute Tribe opens K-12 school on higher ground: Moving children out of a tsunami zone is first step in village relocation.

Gambling on a climate deal: Tribal provisions include new investments for clean energy projects.

A billion dollar plan to save coal: Navajo Nation’s coal investment is at the center of proposed legislation and the controversy about carbon capture technology.

‘Time honored’ harvesting knowledge altered by climate change: Baidaj harvesting marks the new year for O’odham people and they’re noticing an alarming trend, earlier ripening of the saguaro cactus fruit.

ENTERTAINMENT

The coffee business of rez economics: ‘We were never meant to make it in the world we live in today, but seeing these up and coming Native businesses — it’s inspiring to me.’

Canada’s ‘Arctic Rose’ Susan Aglukark continues epic journey: Award-winning Inuit musician recognized with Humanitarian Award.

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100 years of Indigenous art in Old Town: The annual Santa Fe Indian Market has come a long way in a century.

FX, Sister Act Reservation Dog's Season 2 Monday 15, 2022 (Photo Courtesy: FX)

‘Reservation Dogs’ fetches a sister act: Tamara and Sarah Podemski bring real-life bond to new season.

Celebrating Welch legacy and the future of Native lit: Inaugural festival brings together Native writers from around the country.

Emerging filmmaker moves from acting to directing: Ajuawak Kapashesit has tackled grief, the environment and now language preservation in his short films.

Anchorage mural honors Indigenous people, Alaskans: Artist uses influences from tribes across the state to create colorful scene.

‘Prey’ artist put final touches on hit movie: Arapaho artist Brent Learned drew from ledger and rock art to design the credits for the popular film.

INDIGENOUS A&E: Award-winning art, a Navajo thriller and Indian Market.

INDIGENOUS A&E: Americana art, new blues and a new grant.

ELECTIONS

Cherokee citizen nabs GOP nomination for OK Senate seat: Markwayne Mullin is headed to the general election this fall for US Sen. Jim Inhofe’s seat.

Lynnette Grey Bull gets nomination; Mary Peltola takes lead in Alaska: The Alaska special election, Senate race and Wyoming’s At-Large congressional district all have Indigenous candidates.

Voter engagement through skating: In an effort to promote civic engagement among Native youth on rural tribal lands, Protect the Sacred and NDN Collective hosted ‘Skate to the Polls.’

Organizers, state face hurdles to getting out Alaska Native vote: Orgs hope to create a groundswell of voter education and outreach.

Hawai’i primary features several Native Hawaiian candidates: Kai Kahele and Patrick Branco didn't advance.

Jonathan Nez, Buu Nygren advance for Navajo presidency: Arizona, Kansas, Washington, and Michigan have Indigenous candidates. The Navajo Nation selects its two contenders for the presidential seat.

'Once upon a time… Navajo women led': Nearly half of the presidential candidates this election cycle are women. The Navajo Nation, a matrilineal society, has never elected a woman to be president of one of the largest Indigenous nations in the country.

Choctaw Nation citizen seeks reelection in Tennessee: Tennessee Rep. Bryan Terry is expected to advance as the Republican nominee for the state’s general election in November.

Navajo Nation presidential candidates announce their running mate: Jonathan Nez chose a veteran and Buu Nygren selected a Navajo woman as his running mate who could be the first woman to hold that position if elected.

Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan heads to the general election: Seven Indigenous candidates advance to the general election for state House, Senate seats.

SPORTS

Indigenous athletes win state Gatorade Player of the Year honors: Hawai’i leads the way but Native athletes from Alaska, Idaho, Mississippi and Nevada also win top honors.

Devin Kahahawai, a Native Hawaian athlete who was Hawai'i's Gatorade Player of the Year for volleyball for the 2021-2022 season, cheers on the team at the 2021 Girls U18 World Championship. The team won a bronze medal. She was one of at least 10 Indigenous students to win State Player of the Year awards this year. (Photo courtesy of Volleyball World)

All-Star Baseball Showcase puts spotlight on high school players: Fifty youths took the field at a major-league stadium with professional coaching in Atlanta.

GLOBAL INDIGENOUS NEWS

GLOBAL INDIGENOUS: A king speaks out, Indigenous justice and help for horse people

GLOBAL INDIGENOUS: Child welfare, saving primates and backlash from farmers

GLOBAL INDIGENOUS: Logging victory, land payback and world tattoo expo

GLOBAL INDIGENOUS: Climate change, landback and another prison death

GLOBAL INDIGENOUS: Iron mines, fishing bans and honors for ‘Uncle Jimmy’

WATCH: ICT NEWSCASTS

Native creatives take the stage: Creative Natives on the screen. From a television station in Oklahoma, to new TV shows and a documentary about Wilma Mankiller.

Meet the aunties: Sisters play friends in the hit series, 'Reservation Dogs.' Meet a woman known as the Navajo Knitter shows, and Mary Smith sets the bar a little higher for all native lawyers.

Indian Market’s Centennial: An Indigenous woman astronaut goes to space. Morningstar Counseling is honored in Nebraska, and it’s time for the Santa Fe Indian Market.

A historic era: A history lesson in activism and the rise of the American Indian Movement. A Cherokee woman will soon lead the American Bar Association, and climate change impacts cactus harvest.

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