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ICWA expert says law is 'the gold standard'

On Tuesday's ICT Newscast, the Indian Child Welfare Act has the potential to be overturned by the Supreme Court and a new climate report says global warming is about to get much worse. Plus, we visit with Cherokee actress Sheri Foster Blake
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The Indian Child Welfare Act is a 44-year law that defends Native children. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Texas vs. Haaland. It is a case that aims to overturn this hallmark law. Sarah Kastelic, Alutiiq, is the executive director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association. Dan Lewerenz, Iowa Tribe of Kansas & Nebraska, is an attorney with the Native American Rights Fund. They join the ICT newscast to discuss the implications of the upcoming decision by the high court. 

Sheri Foster Blake is a Cherokee actress who has a long list of credits to her name. She stars in "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” on Netflix and will also be in the upcoming series "Spirit Rangers." She joins the ICT newscast to talk about her work.

ICT’s editor-at-large Mark Trahant, Shoshone-Bannock, is breaking down a damning new climate report by the United Nations. The report estimates that some children who will be alive in the year 2100 will likely feel five times the amount of floods, storms, droughts, heat waves and other major weather events. 

A slice of our Indigenous world 

  • The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear Texas vs. Haaland, a case that seeks to overturn the landmark Indian Child Welfare Act, also known as ICWA.

  • As tensions rise in Ukraine, Native leaders in the United States are speaking out to condemn the actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • The founder of the United National Indian Tribal Youth Incorporated, also known as UNITY, has died at the age of 83.

  • An entrepreneur in Phoenix unexpectedly found her way into the art of making soap. ICT's Kalle Benallie reports. 

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Tuesday's newscast was created with help from:

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

Kaitlin Onawa Boysel, Cherokee, is a producer/reporter for Indian Country Today. On Instagram: @KaitlinBoysel Boysel is based in Springfield, Illinois.

Drea Yazzie, Diné, is a producer/editor for the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @quindreayazzie Yazzie is based in Phoenix.

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