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Creating space for transgender & Two-Spirit youth

On Monday's ICT Newscast, we learn about an online tool kit helping transgender and two-spirit Native youth. Plus, more from an Oglala Lakota mental health nurse practitioner and abortion rights

Alessandra Angelino is the co-author of an online tool kit called “Celebrating Our Magic.” She is a resident physician at UNC's Children's Hospital in North Carolina. The toolkit shares resources for Native youth, families and medical professionals.  

" Celebrating our Magic" 

" Celebrating our Magic" 

Whitney Fear, Oglala Lakota, is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She takes a holistic and trauma-informed approach to help individuals with behavioral health issues and substance abuse disorders. She is part of SHIFT, a community of nurses ready to make a positive change for each other and the profession. You can watch her story in "Who Cares: A Nurse's Fight for Equity."

Last week, a draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court was leaked. It showed that the high court had internally voted to overturn the landmark decision in Roe vs. Wade. The court has not released an official ruling on the case and is expected to in June or July. ICT’s political correspondent Pauly Denetclaw has been covering this story and shares its impact for Indigenous communities. 

A slice of our Indigenous world 

  • In Washington, the Biden administration is awarding millions of dollars to help expand internet access for dozens of tribes.
  • Last week, the state’s governor Janet Mills signed a new law that legalized sports betting in Maine. 
  • In Oklahoma, Tulsa police officers are searching for information in the case of a missing statue of a Native ballerina.
  • A lawmaking body in Canada held a hearing called the "forced and coerced sterilization of persons in Canada.” APTN’s Fraser Needham reports.  

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