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Investing in Indigenous reproductive justice

On Wednesday's ICT Newscast, a new report looks at the funding landscape for Indigenous women's reproductive health. We reflect on a grim milestone in Indian Country's COVID-19 fight. Plus, a break down of President Biden's first State of the Union Address
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The Ms. Foundation for Women released a new report earlier this year called "Tired of dancing to their song: an assessment of the Indigenous women's reproductive justice funding landscape." One of the findings from the report includes that Native women's reproductive choices are directly tied to colonization. Coya White Hat-Artichoker is a co-author of the report. She says Indigenous women's reproductive justice needs to be put front and center. 

March 2 makes the two-year anniversary of the first believed COVID-19 death in Indian Country. ICT's editor Jourdan Bennett-Begaye looks back on her reporting and shares more about where Indian Country is in the pandemic. 

President Joe Biden delivered his first State of the Union Address on Tuesday. The speech came as a war in Ukraine continued and a nation tries to heal from the pandemic. ICT regular contributor Holly Cook Macarro, Red Lake Nation, joins us to break down the address. She is a partner at Spirit Rock Consulting.

  • President Joe Biden faced a tougher-than-expected task in Tuesday's State of the Union address. Many in Indian Country were quick to notice the ribbon skirt of Saginaw Chippewa citizen Melissa Isaac
  • On Tuesday, the Kapawe’no First Nation says it has discovered 169 potential unmarked graves at Saint Bernard Mission School. 
  • The basketball arena was rocking in Phoenix, Arizona over the weekend as a White Mountain Apache team tipped off against a Navajo team. ICT's Patty Talahongva reports. 

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


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 the ICT newscast. On Instagram: max.montour Montour is based in Phoenix.

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