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Indigenous advocates in San Antonio, Texas, are opposing any further disturbance of the natural landscape near the headwaters of the San Antonio River — an area that is home to the Coahuiltecan creation site, a Native American Church pilgrimage site, and habitat for migratory birds.

They also want to see the story of the city’s First Peoples told, rather than restoring structures they say are associated with displacement and segregation.

The San Antonio area — known by its First Peoples as Yanaguana, or “Land of the Spirit Waters” — was historically a center of worship and trade among the Coahuilteco, Comanche, Lipan Apache and other Indigenous peoples in the region. READ MORE. Richard Arlin Walker, Special to ICT

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Tex Hall, a former chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes, enters the race in 2022 answering a call to bring representative leadership to the TAT Tribal Business Council. If elected, this would mark a fourth term for Hall.

Hall told Buffalo’s Fire he’s been listening to tribal citizens of the Fort Berthold Reservation. He said they want tribal government accountability and need greater representation for water and land owner rights. Hall said he will address citizen concerns about the current tribal administration, which has failed to bring transparency to the people of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation.

“They're really upset about it and they want change,” said Hall. “I was fine. I ran three times. I been there and did that. They told me that ‘this is a runaway train where we lost our rights and we want you to run, return our rights back to us.’” READ MORE.Buffalo's Fire

Perched like a figurehead on the bow of the boat, the girl hoists the harpoon. She scans the waves for a streak of white, a plume of red, guiding her to her target below. Around her, a chorus of outboard motors screams into the brisk breeze. Flocks of gulls keep raucous watch from above, while polar bears patrol silently on distant shoals. All are after the same quarry—a pod of beluga whales swimming along the coast of Hudson Bay in Nunavut, part of the Inuit homeland in northernmost Canada.

“There, over there,” come excited yells, arms waving toward a circle of roiling water about 20 meters ahead. A young beluga, wounded by gunshot, is thrashing. A fin stabs the surface. Then a patch of belly flashes toward the sky. Now it’s up to Rolanda Uquuyuq Tiktaq, a young Inuk out on her first hunt, to plant the harpoon and claim her first kill.

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Tall and slender, the middle schooler from Arviat—a 2,900-some, predominantly Inuit hamlet on Hudson Bay’s west shore—may not fit your classic hunter stereotype. She rocks a diva headwrap, glam rhinestone sunglasses, and a stylish maroon parka. Her favorite subject in school is math. She wants to be a cosmetologist when she grows up. But she also wants to learn the life skills of her ancestors and gain the environmental wisdom passed from generation to generation of Inuit hunters. READ MORE.Hakai Magazine

Sounds and vibration give life and disrupt it.

Take a walk in any city park, and you’ll notice many wearing headphones to cancel out the noise that interjects modern urban existence. A walk in the bosque is only as serene as the distance between overpasses. Portable speakers are now common on hiking trails, furthering the disconnect from a true natural soundscape.

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This is why the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition outlined protections for the pristine sounds nature creates, showing how the sonic environment is connected to the five tribes’ culture and their very existence.

The land management plan from the coalition was released for public review last week. It contains a history lesson on why Bears Ears National Monument is tied to cultural identity practiced for thousands of years and still to this day by the people from Hopi, Zuni, Navajo, Ute and Ute Mountain tribes. READ MORE. Source New Mexico

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On the Monday edition of the ICT Newscast, a new study looks at college affordability for Native students. We’re learning about the happenings at the Toronto International Film Festival, and a new documentary tackles the high rate of suicide on the Flathead Reservation.

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When Natalie Bennett was walking surveying a beach on Annette Island as part of a team trying to defend Southeast Alaska from marine invaders, she made a major but ominous discovery: the state’s first documented shell of an invasive European green crab.

Bennett, a summer intern with the nonprofit Sealaska Heritage Institute who was working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, noticed the tell-tale spines on the side of the eye areas. Right away, she notified one of her internship advisers, Barb Lake of NOAA Fisheries.

“I told her, ‘This is kind of concerning me,’” Bennett said. “I handed it to her, and she said, ‘No, it can’t be.’”

Bennett’s July 19 discovery was the first step in confirming that European green crabs had spread farther north on the continent than ever been recorded before. They are small but highly aggressive crustaceans that are notorious for damaging native ecosystems. READ MORE. Alaska Beacon

The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition is launching a national media advocacy campaign called, “7 Weeks of Action for 7 Seven Generations.”

The coalition, along with tribal leaders, elected officials, advocates, and boarding school survivors, are calling on Congress to pass the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies Act

The campaign launches on Sept. 13 with a virtual kickoff event and sets in motion seven weeks of action to engage Congressional leaders. — ICT

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