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Abigail Echo-Hawk: 'The pandemic is not over'

On Wednesday's ICT Newscast, a Pawnee expert breaks down the physical and mental toll of the coronavirus pandemic. Plus, stories of tribal citizens at the Spokane Tribe of Indians and a politics update

Abigail Echo-Hawk, Pawnee, is the chief research officer of the Seattle Indian Health Board. She is also the director of the Urban Indian Health Institute, a tribal epidemiology center. Echo-Hawk has a message for Native communities: "The pandemic is not over." She breaks down the effects of the two-year pandemic. 

ICT's "At The Crossroads" special report looks at the state of the economy in Indian Country. For the Spokane Tribe of Indians in Washington, some tribal citizens say getting a job is forcing them to choose between being employed or losing out on much-needed food and housing assistance. Monica Peone, editor of the Rawhide Press, shares more on her reporting. 

Holly Cook Macarro, Red Lake Ojibwe, is a regular contributor to the ICT Newscast. She is a partner at Spirit Rock Consulting. She breaks down a stalled COVID-19 relief package and fundraising efforts of Native candidates running for Congress. 

  • Four Alaska Natives are running for U.S. Congress to fill the seat of the late Rep. Don Young.
  • New legislation could legalize gay marriage for the Navajo Nation.

  • In Hawai'i, a new piece of legislation aims to restore the original name of a long-standing community. 

  • In Arizona, a Navajo man is challenging his execution date made by the Arizona Supreme Court. 

  • A firefighter for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community continues to fight for his life. 

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

ICT NEWSCAST WITH ALIYAH CHAVEZ LOGO

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.