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'We deserve to know what happened'

On Thursday's ICT Newscast, we are learning about the Interior Department's federal Indian boarding school investigation. Plus, cancer in North Carolina and more on Natives in philanthropy

Erik Stegman, Nakoda, is the CEO of Native Americans in Philanthropy. He joins the newscast to share more on his organization's listening tour and its findings.

Ronny Bell, Lumbee, is a social science and health policy professor at the Wake Forest Medical School. In North Carolina, current data shows that cancer is the leading cause of death for Native people. Bell is leading efforts in the state to understand better how widespread this issue is. 

Deborah Parker, Tulalip, is the CEO of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition. She, alongside federal officials like Secretary Deb Haaland, attended a Wednesday press conference to release the findings of the boarding school investigation. She joins the newscast to give more details. 

A slice of our Indigenous world 

  • On Wednesday, the Interior released the first volume of its investigative report on federal Indian boarding schools. 
  • In Canada, officials are examining experiences and deaths of Innu children in provincial care in Canada’s Newfoundland and Labrador. APTN’s Angel Moore reports.
  • The 51st annual Stanford Powwow was held over the weekend.


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