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LAC STE. ANNE, Alberta, Canada — She is glowing as she stands near the shores of Lac Ste. Anne, wearing the same white buckskin dress and beaded headband that captivated the world.

But this time Si Pih Ko didn’t break into song in Cree as she did Monday in Maskwacis, with tears streaming down her face — a symbol of protest at Pope Francis’ first public appearance on what he calls a “penitence pilgrimage” across Canada.

Instead, on Tuesday, she stood beaming as the sun sparkled on her beadwork and her smiles at the sacred waters of Lac Ste. Anne. It was as though the weight of the world had been lifted from her shoulders.

“I'm on my healing journey,” she told ICT. READ MOREMiles Morrisseau, ICT


The board of a San Francisco law school founded by a 19th century rancher who sponsored deadly atrocities against Native Americans is recommending that it change its name to the College of the Law San Francisco.

The board of directors for UC Hastings College of the Law voted Wednesday to make the recommendation to state lawmakers, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The college name is enshrined in state law and cannot be changed without legislative action.

Hastings counts among its graduates major movers and shakers, including former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris.

But it was also founded in 1878 by Serranus Clinton Hastings, a wealthy rancher and former chief justice of the California Supreme Court who helped orchestrate and finance campaigns by white settlers in Mendocino County to kill and enslave members of the Yuki Indian tribe.

The recommendation comes amid strong objections from descendants of Yuki and Round Valley tribal members who hoped for an indigenous name, the Chronicle reported.

The school began to investigate its founder's legacy in 2017 and the board voted in November to change the school's name. It is also working on "restorative justice" initiatives, including a formal apology.

In 2020, the law school at the University of California, Berkeley stripped itself of a 19th century namesake who espoused racist views that led to the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act. — Associated Press

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Candidates for state Legislature in Washington state hope to boost the number of Indigenous people serving in the state’s House and Senate.

Of the state’s 147 legislators — 98 in the state House of Representatives and 49 in the state Senate — only one is Native American: state Rep. Debra Lekanoff, Tlingit, of the 40th District.

“Our state legislature would benefit from having more Indigenous representatives and senators,” said Lekanoff, who is unopposed for a third term.

“The understanding of how tribal government works in Washington state – and there are 29 of them – is really a strength not many candidates would have. When you are Native American and belong to one of those tribes or work with them, you bring a skill set of understanding how tribal governments contribute to local governments and state government at a fiscal level, to the workforce and as a playing partner in growing those communities and building safe communities. And they bring valuable insight to the decision-making process.” READ MORERichard Arlin Walker, Special to ICT

July was packed with news, and it started with Road to Healing. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s healing tour started in Oklahoma on July 9. U.S. Indian boarding schools survivors are finally being heard. ICT was in Oklahoma for the start.

A day before Oklahoma, ICT was in Taos, New Mexico, for a celebration that had been delayed for two years by the COVID-19 pandemic. A commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the return of Blue Lake on July 8, 1970, was held as a hybrid event at the University of New Mexico Harwood Art Museum in Taos.

A Cherokee man received the Medal of Honor from President Joe Biden. Dwight Birdwell, 74, was awarded the medal more than 50 years after his service in the Vietnam War. There have been 33 Medal of Honors given to Indigenous servicemen, about half from the Indian campaigns.

The International Olympic Committee has corrected the record books to reflect Jim Thorpe's Olympic victories for the decathlon and pentathlon events in Stockholm’s 1912 Olympic Games. Thomas Bach, president of the IOC, said this solution was reached “thanks to the great engagement of Bright Path Strong.” READ MOREICT

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On the Thursday edition of the ICT Newscast, a Native leader is calling on Pope Francis to apologize to Indigenous people in the U.S. Sacred land to the Amah Mutsun is under threat of being destroyed, and we look at a new film about Oklahoma boarding schools


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