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Tribal nations and Native people are celebrating a decision made Thursday by federal regulators approving a plan for the largest dam removal plan in the country’s history.

The move is considered a crucial step in saving dwindling salmon populations but also as a sign the federal government is serious about respecting treaty rights and Indigenous culture.

“It's a historic change and it's really exciting,” said Amy Bowers Cordalis, a Yurok tribal citizen, attorney for the tribe and co-founder of a nonprofit aimed at protecting and restoring natural and cultural resources important to Native people. “And it's absolutely what they should do anyways and should have done a long time ago.” READ MORE.Chris Aadland, ICT

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A stunning new Western series, “The English," is elevated with authentic Pawnee culture and history.

The six-part series, produced by the BBC and Amazon Prime, is set in the 1890s American West, not long after the removal of the Pawnee from Nebraska.

The story’s writer and director, Hugo Blick, is not Native, so he sought out IllumiNative’s president and chief executive Crystal Echo Hawk, who is Pawnee, to ensure historical accuracy.

Echo Hawk was involved with production from the initial script readings, and Pawnee historian and museum curator Matt Reed advised on props, costumes and tribal history.

“This was such a special project because I am Pawnee,” Echo Hawk told ICT from New York City on Nov. 11, the day the series premiered in the U.S. on Amazon Prime. “I think the last time we had representation was in ‘Dances with Wolves.’ We've been partners with Amazon now for three years. They approached us in early fall of 2019 about this project.” READ MORE Sandra Hale Schulman, Special to ICT

In a remote hogan near the southern edge of the Navajo Nation, Wayne Wilson lights a fire, lays out eagle feathers and remembers his grandfather’s teachings.

“He would talk to me and tell me, ‘Grandson, we’re going to do things here together. We’re going to pray together. We’re going to sing together. And I need you to pay attention as much as you can, because I don’t know how things are going to change.’”

Wilson, like his grandfather before him, is a traditional Navajo healer. He uses herbs, song and ceremony to restore the mental and physical well-being of himself and others, incorporating other practices, such as acupuncture, when needed.

“It all depends on the individual,” he says. READ MORE. Cronkite News

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Barriers to secondary education come in many shapes and sizes, perhaps most notably in the lack of access to scholarships and financial aid.

For some, that aid can alleviate day-to-day stress and limit future debt — but for students like Duana Johnson, such awards are nothing short of life-changing.

“This is going to let me be able to catch my dream,” Johnson said.

Johnson, a 51-year-old Navy veteran and citizen of the Colville and Lakes Tribes, is one of two recipients of the 2022-2023 Dreamcatcher Scholarship at Clark College. The award grants $500 for tuition and books for Clark students who identify as Native American Indian, Alaska Native, Hawaiian Native or Indigenous to the Americas. It was originally introduced by Becky Archibald and Anna Schmasow, two former Clark students. READ MORE.The Columbian

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On the Monday edition of the ICT Newscast, The chief medical officer of the Indian Health Service gives an update on COVID-19 vaccines. An Ojibway veteran is being honored by the Canadian Postal Service with a new stamp. And, we talk to the first elected Indigenous bishop from the Midwest.

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While a healthy slice of America awaited Sunday's return of the hit series “Yellowstone,” star Kevin Costner was in Moab, Utah, scouting locations for yet another Western epic, “Horizon.”

Costner’s 60-some film credits, among them “Field of Dreams,” “The Bodyguard," “JFK” and “Bull Durham,” are an eclectic mix of dramas, baseball-centric tales and the occasional comedy. But the West's history and land have proven his creative bedrock.

His breakout role came in 1985’s “Silverado,” followed by starring roles in “Dances with Wolves,” his Oscar-winning directorial debut; “Wyatt Earp,” and “Open Range," which he also directed. He's donning the actor-director Stetson again for “Horizon,” planned as a four-film saga about pre- and post-Civil War western migration. READ MORE. Associated Press

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