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For three-quarters of a century, Native community members have cried foul over how 1,200 acres of Indian school land was doled out into non-Native hands.

And for three-quarters of a century they’ve come up empty, their efforts ignored or denied, any action delayed.

Now they are asking the federal government to intervene in a high stakes effort to turn the tide, an unprecedented action seeking what is believed to be a first-of-its kind legal action called a reversion.

“Our community can’t wait anymore,” said Tatewin Means, a member of the Rapid City Indian Boarding School Lands Project and former attorney general of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. “We want what’s just and right.”

The Rapid City Indian Boarding School operated between 1898 and 1933 as one of hundreds of boarding schools across the country designed to implement federal policies of assimilating Indigenous children and stripping them of their language, culture and family. READ MOREStewart Huntington, Special to ICT


Alan R. Parker died at 79 years old on Aug. 5 surrounded by prayers and the love of his family. He dedicated his life to advocating for tribal rights to self-governance and inherent sovereignty and contributed to the design and development of some of the most important laws affirming tribal sovereignty. But most importantly he was a loving husband and father.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sharon Parker; his children Christina Parker and James Alan Parker; four grandchildren, Shahndiin Parker Roanhorse, Siale Edmo Parker, Imasees Alan “Little Bear” Parker, and Miyosiwin Elizabeth Parker; four sisters, one brother, and many beloved cousins and nieces and nephews.

Parker was born in 1942 on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation while his father served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After his return, his father moved his family to the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation in Montana where Parker was enrolled as a citizen of the Chippewa Cree Tribal Nation. READ MORE Carina Dominguez, ICT

In a crisp, white shirt, Markwayne Mullin addressed the crowd at his watch party held at the Stokely Event Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma Tuesday night. Surrounded by his family, he thanked the boots-on-the-ground volunteers who worked for his campaign, knocking on doors, to help get him elected.

Mullin is one step closer to being the fifth Indigenous person ever elected to the U.S. Senate. He now heads to November’s general election as the favorite. He won Tuesday’s GOP primary runoff for one of Oklahoma’s U.S. Senate seats, making him a likely favorite in the known conservative state to win the seat U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe is leaving early after nearly 30 years in office. An Indigenous person hasn’t been in the Senate since 2005.

“I just want to tell everybody we couldn't do this without you,” Mullin said. “In fact, I feel guilty when you guys are walking up to me and tell me, congratulations, because so many in this room, and so many that didn't get to make it here tonight, you guys spent countless hours volunteering for us, knocking doors, supporting us financially, posting on social media. None of this is possible without you guys.”

Mullin, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, defeated former Speaker of the Oklahoma House and banking executive T.W. Shannon, Chickasaw, after the two advanced from a 13-candidate Republican primary field in June. Because Inhofe is retiring early, Mullin will serve the remaining four years left on Inhofe’s term. Mullin got 66.4 percent of the votes and Shannon got the remaining 33.6 percent. READ MOREPauly Denetclaw and Carina Dominguez, ICT

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Paulina Alexis plays Willie Jack on “Reservation Dogs,” The Hulu-FX series is the brainchild of Sterlin Harjo and Taika Watiti. ICT editor Jourdan Bennett-Begaye caught up with her.

The movie "Prey" is a prequel to the movie "Predator." It's the first film to be released in the Comanche language. Dan Trachtenberg is the director and Jhane Myers is the producer. They spoke with ICT's McKenzie Allen-Charmley.

ICT also had a chance to talk with Amber Midthunder who plays Naru — the female heroine. She talked about the impact she has as an indigenous actress.

"Ghosts" is the story of three Kiowa boys who ran away from a boarding school in 1891. Jeff Palmer is the filmmaker.

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Around the world: Canada gets its first Indigenous Supreme Court justice, the Māori king warns politicians to stop using race issues for political gain, Indigenous fashion designers are drawing international attention, more than 50 environmental defenders have died in the Amazon, and a new trust will help Māori horseback riders.

CANADA: First Indigenous woman named Supreme Court justice

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed Ontario Judge Michelle O’Bonsawin to the Supreme Court of Canada, making her the first Indigenous woman to serve on the nation’s highest court, APTN News reported on Aug. 19

Before the appointment, she had served five years as a judge on the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Ottawa and had taught law at the University of Ottawa. O’Bonsawin also served as the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group’s general counsel for eight years. READ MORE Deusdedit Ruhangariyo, special to ICT


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