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Fighting for truth, healing

On Monday's ICT newscast we are learning how one Indigenous rehab center is fighting alcohol and substance abuse disorders, Plus, a new federal Indian boarding school commission, and investigating a boarding school in South Dakota
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For over seven years, Sonya Brooks, Diné, has been a counselor at the "Native American Connections." Based in Phoenix, Arizona, it uses Indigenous practices to fight alcohol and substance abuse disorders.

Shawnee Chief Ben Barnes testified at the House subcommittee on Indigenous people for a new piece of legislation last week. If passed by Congress, HR 54-44 would establish a truth and healing commission on federal Indian boarding school policies. He joins the newscast to give us details of his experience. 

Mary Annette Pember is a national correspondent for ICT. She’s in South Dakota investigating the boarding school story for a project she is working on. She joins the newscast to explain this new project. 

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • In Washington, a group of federal lawmakers heard from boarding school survivors last week. 
  • In Arizona, a Navajo citizen Clarence Dixon convicted of murder was executed by lethal injection last week. 
  • A new report released by Congress explores "persistent structural barriers" in Indigenous communities.
  • Voters from North Carolina will head to the polls on Tuesday for primary election day. There are two Indigenous candidates on the ballot hoping to make history. ICT's Pauly Denetclaw reports

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