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Russia's invasion impacts Arctic communities

On Wednesday's ICT Newscast, we're taking a closer look at how the Russian invasion of Ukraine impacts Arctic communities, and more on our coverage of the 50th anniversary of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Plus, a recap of this week's grim two-year anniversary of COVID-19

Holly Cook Macarro, Red Lake Ojibwe, is a partner at Spirit Rock Consulting and has worked for tribal nations for more than 20 years. She shares how tribes are continuing their coronavirus pandemic response. She also outlines the next steps in President Joe Biden's nominee to lead the Indian Health Service. 

Meghan Sullivan, Koyukon Athabascan, is a special correspondent for Indian Country Today. We're breaking down her recent story titled, "Monitoring the Arctic in Russian invasion of Ukraine." 

December 2021 marked the 50th anniversary of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, also known as ANCSA. This one act changed the structure of how Indigenous people in Alaska are organized. But what was life like before ANCSA? ICT’s Patty Talahongva, Hopi, shares some stories from Alaska Native elders.

  • President Joe Biden signed a $1.5 trillion spending bill on Tuesday. It includes funding for Native communities. 
  • The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation is donating $5,000 to help medical refugees of Ukraine. 

  • The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe continues to break new ground in the evolving cannabis industry. Stewart Huntington reports.


Wednesday's newscast was created with help from:

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

Patty Talahongva, Hopi, is senior correspondent for Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter: @WiteSpider.

Maxwell Montour, Pottawatomi, is a newscast editor for the ICT newscast. On Instagram: max.montour Montour is based in Phoenix.

Mary Grace Pewewardy, Hopi/Comanche/Kiowa, is an intern at Indian Country Today. On twitter:




Pewewardy is based in Phoenix, and enjoys playing video games.