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Ime Salazar: 'Our home was lost’

A Native family shares the heartbreaking story of their escape from the Marshall Fire in Colorado. Plus, an update on politics
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Days before the start of 2022, the most damaging wildfire in Colorado’s history wreaked havoc. The Marshall Fire was fueled by 110 mph winds, damaging more than 1,000 homes over the course of hours. Ime and her husband Gary Salazar's home was lost to the blaze. She recollects her family's escape and about the outpouring of support her family has received. 

Just when we thought we turned the corner, a new variant of COVID-19 roars through the country — and Congress is still at an impasse. ICT's regular contributor Holly Cook Macarro shares more about the West Virginia senator who has created a "one man gridlock."  

A slice of our Indigenous world: 

  • The State of Alaska plans to sue the federal government over Alaska Native land that is contaminated.
  • The deputy secretary of the U.S. Commerce Department speaks to ICT about broadband investments in Indian Country.
  • The Wampanoag Nation is receiving roughly 320 acres of its land back.
  • Daryl Noon was sworn in as the chief of the Navajo Nation Police Department on Monday. 
  • The Washington Football Team will reportedly unveil its new name and logo on Feb. 2. 
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Wednesday's newscast was created with help from: 

Aliyah Chavez, Kewa Pueblo, is the anchor of the ICT Newscast. On Twitter: @aliyahjchavez.

Maxwell Montour, Pottawatomi, is a newscast editor for Indian Country Today. On Instagram: max.montour Montour is based in Phoenix.

Mary Grace Pewewardy, Hopi/Comanche/Kiowa, is an intern at Indian Country Today. On Instagram: @mgpewewardy. Pewewardy is based in Phoenix, and enjoys playing video games.