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The words “Equal Justice Under Law” are inscribed above the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

The terse phrase powerfully underscores the conviction that the nation’s judiciary occupies a special plane of existence in which momentous decisions are made in a protected sphere of legal purity.

For many Supreme Court watchers, however, the court’s recent rulings overturning abortion rights, expanding gun rights, limiting the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency and blurring the lines separating church and state reflect the alarming impact of an ultra-conservative majority among justices.

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, the Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments in Haaland v. Brackeen, a case that will decide if the ICWA is constitutional. READ MORE. — Mary Annette Pember, ICT


More than a decade ago I was in Seattle at the top of the Westin Hotel with a few dozen people watching election returns at the Native Vote Washington Watch Party. Of course it was cool. Those of us there were sharing an experience, good or bad, about the future of the country.

That idea is powerful. In 2012 I wrote in my blog. “Let’s watch the election together. Let’s bring Indian Country together, reflecting on the election, what it means, and thoughts about what’s going to occur next.”

I was thinking about shared watch parties (and my live-blogging). Yet It hadn’t even occurred to me that the production itself, the reporting of the election news, could be transmitted through an Indigenous lens.

Watch ICT's three-hour live broadcast from FNX studios in San Bernardino. Reporters, correspondents and commentators in 11 states will be ready with live reports from across the country. READ MORE. Mark Trahant, ICT

No human remains were found in the recent excavation and soil survey conducted recently at Red Cloud Indian School, where a worker reported seeing three small graves years ago, according to a statement published on the school’s website on Nov. 4.

The anomalies discovered in May with ground-penetrating radar were found to be related to building products such as mortar used for laying bricks and to rodents burrowing in the soil, according to the statement.

A final report will be produced and posted on the school’s website “once a final examination of soil samples from the site has been analyzed,” according to the statement.

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“To be clear,” the statement notes, “no human remains were found in the soil survey.” READ MORE. Mary Annette Pember, ICT

Comic books by indigenous artists are taking off in popularity, illustrating the power and vision of Native storytellers with an inaugural convention and a big-name Marvel release.

Ariel Baska, a writer for Comics Book Showcase who compiles online lists of Native comic storytellers, said on the site Comics Bookcase that “the power of the word and the image together, I believe, in some ways makes the comic book the ideal medium to connect with mythic symbols, concealed histories, and tales of daring.”

The rise of Indigenous comics is set to be celebrated Saturday, Nov. 5, with the Cherokee Nation’s first-ever Indigenous comic convention, SkasdiCon, slated for Saturday, Nov. 5, at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

The convention comes on the heels of a new Marvel comic featuring Spider-Man, written by Taboo, the world-famous Shoshone musician of the Black-Eyed Peas, and B. Earl, and illustrated by Juan Ferreyra. READ MORE.Sandra Hale Schulman, Special to ICT

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Raymond Naranjo sings for rain, his voice rising and falling as he softly strikes his rawhide-covered drum.

The 99-year-old invites the cloud spirits, rain children, mist, thunder and lightning to join him at Santa Clara Pueblo, where Tewa people have lived for thousands of years on land they call Kha’p’o Owingeh, the Valley of the Wild Roses.

“Without water, you don't live,” says Naranjo's son Gilbert, explaining the rain dance song his father, a World War II veteran, has sung for decades — and with increasing urgency as the tribe fights for the survival of its ancestral home.

With unsettling speed, climate change has taken a toll on the pueblo's 89 square miles that climb from the gently rolling Rio Grande Valley to Santa Clara Canyon in the rugged Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico. READ MORE. Associated Press


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