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Around the world: Pope Francis finally delivers a long-awaited apology, a three-month ban from entering the world’s largest mangrove forest leads to 59 arrested, an Indigenous ranger wins an international award, work halts on a fertilizer plant that threatens ancient rock art and the 1987 deaths of two Aboriginal girls gets another look from investigators.

Pope Francis issued a historic apology for the "catastrophic" operation of Canada’s Indigenous residential schools, saying the forced assimilation separated children from their families, culture and language, ICT reported July 25.

"I am deeply sorry," the Pope said to a crowd that included thousands of survivors and Indigenous community members at the site of the former Ermineskin Indian Residential School in Maskwacis, Alberta, Canada, south of Edmonton. READ MOREDeusdedit Ruhangariyo, Special to ICT


Montana author James Welch Credit: Lee Nye photo courtesy the James Welch Native Lit Festival

The inaugural James Welch Native Lit Festival this week in Missoula will focus on contemporary Indigenous writers and celebrate the work of author James Welch, a key figure in the Native American Renaissance of the late 1960s and ’70s. The three-day event begins Thursday and is free and open to the public, bringing together nearly 20 writers from Indigenous communities across the United States for panel discussions, Q&As, readings and artist talks at the Wilma Theatre and the Missoula Public Library.

Festival founder and executive director Sterling HolyWhite Mountain, created the event for fellow Indigenous writers to come together and talk publicly about their work with one another.

“We need to create a space for ourselves to talk freely,” he said. Centering the event on Welch resonated for HolyWhiteMountain, who describes Welch as “the writer that other Native writers reference most often in conversations about writing. It’s a private conversation that has never been public.” READ MOREAnna Paige, Montana Free Press

Changing stream flows and warming waters in the Pacific Northwest are already impacting some salmon species and populations. Higher temperatures have also led a harmful salmon parasite to invade Alaska’s Yukon River. So while salmon might currently be on the menu, climate change is expected to impact major commercial and recreational fishing industries in the coming years. 2015 Photo by Bureau of Land Management.

BETHEL, Alaska — As the Yukon River begins to switch over to fall management, the numbers for the summer season are in and it is not looking good for Chinook and summer chum salmon. It is the second lowest summer chum run on the Yukon, and the lowest ever Chinook run. Fishermen along the river say that they’re having to rely increasingly on expensive store goods and food stamps to meet their caloric needs.

Each week during the summer, subsistence users and managers up and down the Yukon meet on a teleconference to share fish news and reports. This week on the call, Anvik First Chief Robert Walker, who is Athabascan, said that people are hanging on by a thread.

“These people are running out of food, basically,” said Walker. READ MOREOlivia Ebertz, KYUK

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As I step out of the Albuquerque sun into the breezy, Indigenous-led offices on Gold and Third Street, I am met by Native women, their warm greetings, their laughter. Little did I know their financial revolution—rooted in Indigenous values and worldviews—would soon leave me awestruck and in tears.

I have come to learn about their gargantuan, multi-faceted project, sparked by an ecosystem of powerful Indigenous organizations: Native Women Lead, New Mexico Community Capital, and Roanhorse Consulting LLC. These three teams collectively won a $10 million award through the “Equality Can’t Wait Challenge” to honor and empower Indigenous women entrepreneurs. They call this program: “The Future is Indigenous Women”.

In the process, they are disrupting how money moves and who can access it. Conventional institutions lend to people based on the “Five C’s of Credit”: Character, Capacity, Capital, Conditions, and Collateral. But these Indigenous organizations lend based on the “Five R’s of Rematriation”: Revolutionary, Restorative, Regenerative, Relational, and Rooted. READ MORELyla June Johnston. ICT Opinion

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Cheyenne and Arapaho Television celebrates its 10-year anniversary this month. It is Oklahoma’s only tribally-owned and operated TV station. Senior content producer Darren Brown joins us to describe its humble beginnings.

It's feast day mode for various pueblos all across New Mexico. Josie Kie is a potter from Laguna. She was featured in the 2011 film “GRAB,” directed by Billy Luther.

Congress is nearing its August recess, which means legislation is coming up before then. ICT regular contributor John Tahsuda has this commentary. He is a partner with Navigators Global. READ MOREICT

Rev. Marlene Whiterabbit Helgemo, the first Native woman ordained in the Lutheran church, will be remembered as a strong source for many.

Her obituary said she was constantly in touch with many people and “brought everyone warmth and a sparkle along with her signature purple eyeshadow.”

Marlene, Ho-Chunk Nation, died July 22. She was 75. She is survived by her spouse Harvey, two daughters and two grandchildren. READ MORE Kalle Benallie, ICT


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