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July was packed with news, and it started with Road to Healing. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s healing tour started in Oklahoma on July 9. U.S. Indian boarding schools survivors are finally being heard. ICT was in Oklahoma for the start. READ MORE.

A day before Oklahoma, ICT was in Taos, New Mexico, for a celebration that had been delayed for two years by the COVID-19 pandemic. A commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the return of Blue Lake on July 8, 1970, was held as a hybrid event at the University of New Mexico Harwood Art Museum in Taos. READ MORE.

A Cherokee man received the Medal of Honor from President Joe Biden. Dwight Birdwell, 74, was awarded the medal more than 50 years after his service in the Vietnam War. There have been 33 Medal of Honors given to Indigenous servicemen, about half from the Indian campaigns. READ MORE.

The International Olympic Committee has corrected the record books to reflect Jim Thorpe's Olympic victories for the decathlon and pentathlon events in Stockholm’s 1912 Olympic Games. Thomas Bach, president of the IOC, said this solution was reached “thanks to the great engagement of Bright Path Strong.” READ MORE.

In Canada, Pope Francis apologized to the Indigenous people for the Catholic Church’s role in the brutal residential school system that separated children from their families, culture and language. "I am deeply sorry," the Pope said, from the grounds where the former Ermineskin Indian Residential School operated from 1916 to 1975. ICT was there. READ MORE.

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Here are ICT stories you should read up on.


ICT heading for major bureau expansion: The American Journalism Project is investing $1.3 million for a three-year project.

ICT recognized for coverage of Indigenous communities: ICT is among the winners of the Native American Journalists Association’s annual awards highlighting top journalism.

‘Beloved auntie’ and reverend remembered: Minnesota dedicated July 26, 2022 to the late Rev. Marlene Whiterabbit Helgemo, Ho-Chunk Nation.

‘Don’t be afraid to stand up,’ the legacy of Tim Giago: The Oglala Lakota journalist ‘has been a champion of free press in Indigenous communities his entire career and faced challenges, threats and political pressure, but always pushed to bring essential news and information to the people.’

Memories: Tim Giago ‘made us all better’: ‘You've left Indian country in a better place.’

ICT to receive major journalism award: Three news organizations, including ICT, collaborated to tackle the impact of COVID-19 in Indigenous communities.

Rosebud holds memorial service for boarding school relatives: The tribe set aside July 14 as Tiyata Glipi Anpetu, an official tribal holiday that recognizes the return of the remains of the nine children buried at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School cemetery.

Cracking the corporate code: Serving on a corporate board is a good gig – and Indigenous people are missing.

Cacique’s Advice: ‘Learn to live from Mother Earth’: A new generation in Cuba is building on generations of Indigeneity.

ICT’s team expands: Four new staff hires at ICT.

Cherokee receives Medal of Honor: ‘Taking orders and causing trouble’: After more than 50 years, Dwight Birdwell receives the highest military decoration for his acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty.

Canada’s national chief wins vote to overturn suspension: First woman to lead the Assembly of First Nations says it’s time to ‘take back this organization.’

18 years lost, finally free: Oneida Nation of Wisconsin man exonerated for murder he did not commit after spending nearly 18 years in prison.

‘Learning is a lifelong journey’: Four Indigenous educators in Wisconsin are the first in the nation with a new doctorate in First Nations Education.

‘We are here and we are strong’: Coast Salish peoples finally recognized at San Juan Island national park.

Remembering the return of Blue Lake: July 8 celebrates the first land back and a ‘New Day’ for American Indians.

Road to Healing: Deb Haaland pledges boarding school truths will be uncovered: Survivor testifies: ‘I will never forgive this school for what they did to me.'

Indigenous candidates seek election to Washington state Legislature: Seminole descendant is running for Congress.

New documentary honors Rapid City boarding school children: ‘Remembering the Children’ premieres near unmarked graves on hillside.

Papal Visit: ‘Where harmony and peace reign’: Pope prays for healing by the sacred waters at Lac Ste. Anne.

Papal Visit: Pressure mounts for residential school apology: A six-day swing through the heart of Indigenous Canada is meant to be a ‘penitential voyage.’

Papal Visit: Pope takes first step toward apology: Pope Francis arrived Sunday in Canada to high expectations that he will apologize for the Catholic Church’s role in operating Indigenous residential schools.

Papal Visit: Apology at last in Canada: Pope Francis tells thousands gathered at Maskwacis he is sorry but the question remains: 'What's next?’

Papal visit: 'It's going to take a long time': The Pope’s apology brings renewed calls for reconciliation, reparations.

Papal Visit: Singer at peace after captivating world with protest song: ‘For the love of the children,’ she sang in Cree, after the Pope’s apology.

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Indigenous peoples want sacred items returned from Catholic museums: Pope’s Canadian visit spurs renewed interest in church’s collections of Indigenous artifacts.

First climate agreement to center Indigenous voices gains international support: The Escazú Agreement establishes the relationship between human rights and environmental protections. The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues urged its member states to adopt it.

Tribes open film studios to lure movie, TV productions: Cherokee Nation and Tesuque Pueblo are drawing attention from award-winning directors with new on-site studios.

Children's book keeps kids connected to Yaqui culture: ICWA children’s book, ‘Who Am I?: The Journey of Malichi,’ is the second in a book series commissioned by the Pascua Yaqui Tribe.

New Indigenous children’s series brings language to life: Author William Dumas draws from Rocky Cree stories he grew up with for the 'Six Seasons' series.

Travel is back: Native tourism destinations: 10 places to support with your vacation dollars.

World’s Ugliest Dog turns bleary eyes on helping rez dogs: Mr. Happy Face will help raise funds for other animals that, like him, got off to a rough start.

INDIGENOUS A&E: Protest art, Native food on film, mystery novel

INDIGENOUS A&E: Landback and water art, historical injustices on film

Alaska homeless camp out in tent city: Alaska Natives make up nearly 16 percent of Anchorage’s population and almost half of people living in the state’s largest city without housing are Native.

Will the Native vote count in Alaska? Gaming new system can ‘backfire.’

Two Alaska artists express love of family, culture: The Alaska Contemporary Art Bank has chosen the best artists in the state, and among them are Alaska Native talent.

State of Alaska recognizes tribes with historic bill: Alaska catches up with federal government, which already recognized hundreds of tribes in the state.

Finding talent at the Native American Basketball Invitational: The popular basketball tournament highlights Native players from across the country and gives college scouts a glimpse of rezball.

Jim Thorpe's Olympic record reinstated: ‘He rightfully reclaims being considered the greatest athlete in the world.’

Indigenous woman wins silver medal at World Games: Rebekah Howe brings home the first-ever U.S. medal in the sport of pétanque.

The first of many milestones for Haudenosaunee Nationals: There will be Indigenous players and teams at this summer’s biggest sporting events.

Nike store features Native basketball stars: Fans packed the house for Lindy Waters III and Chelsea Dungee.

GLOBAL INDIGENOUS: Apologies, arrests and accolades

GLOBAL INDIGENOUS: Ecotourism, endangered warru and honors for an Aboriginal leader

GLOBAL INDIGENOUS: Hopes for an apology, land disputes and native seeds

GLOBAL INDIGENOUS: Health, governance and discrimination over facial tattoos

Olympic gold returned: Jim Thorpe is finally in the record books. And a Lakota elder talks about reproductive rights. Plus, jumping through hoops with Ballet Arizona.

Indigenous higher education: The impact of tribal colleges and universities. An Ojibwe leader reflects on his career, and the future of coal on tribal lands.

Geothermal sovereignty: Redemption for a wrongful conviction. Sovereignty through geothermal energy. And he’s so ugly, he’s cute. Meet Mr. Happy Face.

Flags mean sovereignty: A Native studies professor talks stereotypes in the movies, and a program for healthy babies is in trouble. We visit with John Tahsuda about tribal elections. But first, and what do the stars and stripes mean to Indigenous people?

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