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'They're just natural scientists'

On Wednesday's ICT's newscast we are learning about candidates running for Alaska's House seat. Plus, an Alaska Native Engineering Program and another special report

ICT’s regular contributor John Tahsuda is a former senior counselor to the Secretary of the Interior and principal deputy assistant secretary of Indian affairs. He’s breaking down the candidates running for Alaska’s House seat to replace Don Young.

The Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program was given huge boot in funding last month. The $5 million is dedicated to expanding the program’s Acceleration Academy allowing students to earn their high school diploma while earning college credit. Joining us today is Herb Schroeder, the founder of the program.

Continuing our special "At the Crossroads" reporting. The cleanup of abandoned, decades-old uranium mines in tribal lands is stirring a demand for workers. Managing editor for New Mexico In Depth Marjorie Childress joins the show with more on Indigenous peoples' complicated history, and future with uranium. 

  • Tribes from Florida to Alaska are working together to harness alternative sources of energy.
  • Indigenous leaders in Maine say they would like access to federal level tribal grants and programs.
  • In Australia, trail walking in Tasmania's remote south west wilderness is increasing in popularity but at what cost?
  • Icon of TV & Film Gary Farmer talks about past and present projects. 

Find more details on these stories at the top of today's show!


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

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

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Mark Trahant, Shoshone-Bannock, is editor-at-large for Indian Country Today. On Twitter: @TrahantReports Trahant is based in Phoenix. The Indigenous Economics Project is funded with a major grant from the Bay and Paul Foundations.

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.

Patty Talahongva, Hopi, is executive producer of Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter: @WiteSpider.

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