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Native legislation in Congress: 'We need action'

U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández plays a key role in advancing legislation about Native people in Congress. She tells us about her priorities. Plus, we're talking about the filibuster with John Tahsuda
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The Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples oversees the federal trust responsibility to tribal nations. It screens legislation introduced in the U.S. House for all matters regarding Native Americans and Native Hawaiians. New Mexico representative Teresa Leger Fernández serves as chair of the committee. She tells us about her policy priorities and more.  

John Tahsuda III, Kiowa, is a regular contributor to the ICT newscast. In 2002, he worked as the staff director for the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. He also is a former principal deputy assistant secretary for Indian Affairs and served in that position from 2017 to 2020. He is a partner at Navigators Global, a company that provides political services to several industries including tribes. Tahsuda tells us about how ending the filibuster could impact Indian Country. 

A slice of our Indigenous world 

  • The Department of the Interior is seeking nominations for members of a new advisory committee that will identify derogatory geographic names and replace them. 

  • The Havasupai Tribal Council has decided to extend the suspension of tourism until June 1, due to COVID-19 concerns.

  • The Cherokee Nation is investing $430 million into building new health facilities.

  • A new store in Minnesota is bringing Lakota culture to the public.

You can find more details on these stories at the top of the show.

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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 twitter: @mgpewewardy. Pewewardy is based in Phoenix, and enjoys playing video games.