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What kind of Earth Day is this, 2022? We are surrounded by ideas about how we can make the shift away from fossil fuels … only to be thwarted by those who ignore the evidence, no matter how compelling.

The latest science from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change could not be more clear or emphatic: “The world is not on track to meet the global rise in temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius.”

Not on track? We are failing because even now – as the evidence continues to mount – there is an organized continued resistance to making dramatic shifts in energy policy.

Or as the United Nations puts it: “The window is closing rapidly, despite available solutions. It is now urgent that countries step up climate action.”

So what is being done? A lot. Then we shift into reverse. Followed by a bit more action. This is a pattern that shows just how stuck our governing structures have become.

Let’s start with “a lot.” READ MOREMark Trahant, Indian Country Today


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Meghan Sullivan, Koyukon Athabascan, is among four finalists in the emerging journalists category of the Covering Climate Now Journalism Awards.

Since joining Indian Country Today, Sullivan has covered a range of stories related to climate change impacting Alaska Natives. From the loss of subsistence fishing to leading the ANCSA at 50 series, her stories have been picked up in newspapers across the country.

Journalists and media outlets across the world enter the competition and are judged by 90 judges. It is the second year the awards have been held.

Read about all the categories and finalists in each, here.

Around the world: Pope Francis will visit Canada in July, the Aboriginal Land Council urges an electoral commission to improve Indigenous enrollment, the first Māori is appointed to UN's Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the first federal Indigenous research garden opens in British Columbia, and Native title is recognized in southern Queensland after 25 years.

CANADA: Pope Francis to meet school survivors in July visit

The week starts with news that Pope Francis is expected to meet with residential school survivors during his upcoming four-day visit to Canada in July, CBC News reported on April 15.

The Pope is expected to visit at least three cities, likely Edmonton, Quebec City and Iqaluit, according to sources who did not want to be identified because they were not authorized to speak about the matter.

The Pope originally announced plans for the visit during his Vatican meetings on April 1 with Indigenous delegates from Canada, where he gave an initial apology for the activities of individual Roman Catholic Church members in Canada's residential schools.

The Indigenous delegates who went to Rome expect the Pontiff to apologize on Canadian soil for the church's role in running residential schools. READ MORE Deusdedit Ruhangariyo, Special to Indian Country Today

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Federal authorities are taking to the airwaves to call attention to unsolved homicide and missing person cases on the largest Native American reservation in the U.S. as several states are starting to funnel more resources and investigators toward solving such cases.

The FBI on Tuesday announced it's running a 60-second radio ad in the Navajo language to call attention to what family members and advocacy groups have described as a crisis that is affecting Indian Country.

Airing twice a day on an AM radio station broadcasting from the Navajo capital of Window Rock, Arizona, the spot features a plea from the mother of Lee Michael Pahe, who was found fatally shot last summer in Naschitti, New Mexico.

“You don’t have to understand Navajo to feel the emotion of the mother who speaks about the loss of her son in this ad,” Special Agent in Charge Raul Bujanda of the Albuquerque FBI Division said in a statement. “Violent crime affects everyone the same way, and everyone deserves justice." READ MOREAssociated Press

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On Wednesday's ICT Newscast, Hawaiian artist Lehuauakea shares the traditional ways of making kapa. Plus, renewable energy gets a boost on sovereign lands. And John Tahsuda has more on the state of tribal gaming


Entertainment across all mediums continues to come out in droves. Earlier this week, Taika Waititi, Indigenous New Zealand/Maori descent, released the first trailer for his upcoming summer blockbuster, “Thor: Love and Thunder.

Also “Dark Winds” premiered its trailer for its inaugural season on AMC. The show is a psychological thriller set in the Four Corners region of the Southwest. “Dark Winds” centers on two Navajo Nation police officers trying to solve a double murder in the Four Corners region.

Elsewhere, “Night Raiders” which began streaming on Hulu features a number of Indigenous actors.


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