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Indigenous leadership takes root in many sectors

On Tuesday's ICT Newscast, we’re in Las Vegas for the 2022 Reservation Economic Summit. We’re talking to the chairmen from the Nisqually and Shinnecock nations, and more from an Indigenous thought leader
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One could argue that there’s never been a more passionate advocate for treaty rights than Billy Frank Jr. The Nisqually citizen led the Washington state tribe in protecting the environment, as well as subsistence fishing rights. Willie Frank III is Billy's son. He is the current chairman of the Nisqually Tribe.

Lillian Sparks Robinson’s 20-year career in Washington has prepared her to run her own business called Wopila Consulting. She is a past commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans — and a former executive director of the National Indian Education Association.

Every year, the National Center recognizes 40 Indigenous leaders under the age of 40. Bryan Polite has been recognized with this honor this year. He chairs the council of trustees for the Shinnecock Indian nation.

A slice of our Indigenous world:

  • U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski co-hosted a roundtable discussion on public safety and justice in Native communities last week. 
  • In Argentina, a landmark criminal trial has found the state guilty of a massacre of more than 400 Indigenous people nearly a century ago.
  • President Joe Biden has appointed Casey Sixkiller as the regional administrator for the U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s region 10.
  • One Acoma Pueblo citizen has been attending RES for over 10 years. ICT's Kaitlin Onawa Boysel reports. 

Find more details on these headlines at the top of today's show.

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