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Health is a sovereign right

On Tuesday's ICT Newscast, the National Indian Health Board has a new advocate, we meet a Bush Fellow who advocates for motherhood and what flags mean for Indigenous people
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The National Indian Health Board appointed Aaron Payment, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe, to lead its government relations. He joins us to reflect on the issues facing healthcare on and off tribal lands.

Flags fly across the country as the U.S. prepares for its Independence Day, but what does this mean? Cheryl Crazy Bull, president and CEO of the American Indian College Fund has been thinking about this.

Access to health care in rural areas — especially for pregnant women — is at the heart of Rebekah Dunlap’s work. The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe citizen will use her Bush Fellowship to guide this work.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • A group of investors is asking the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to consider Indigenous people when enforcing rules on climate change.
  • A robotics team from the Cherokee Nation that took its talents all the way to the world championship. The team of middle school student from Oklahoma was one of several tribal representatives at the VEX Robotics Tournament held last month in Texas.
  • While Nunavik is experiencing some of the most dramatic effects of climate change, the northern Canadian region’s main power source includes diesel-powered generators. Now, Inuit are looking to harness untapped solar and wind power.
  • The Minneapolis American Indian Center closed this month. It is being prepared for its first major million-dollar renovation in its 47-year history. Renovations are expected to cost $25 million. 

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Shirley Sneve, Ponca/Sicangu Lakota, is vice president of broadcasting for Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter @rosebudshirley She’s based in Nebraska and Minnesota.

Aliyah Chavez, Kewa Pueblo, is the anchor of the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @aliyahjchavez.

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Kaitlin Onawa Boysel, Cherokee, is a producer/reporter for Indian Country Today. On Instagram: @KaitlinBoysel Boysel is based in Springfield, Illinois.

McKenzie Allen-Charmley, Dena’ina Athabaskan, is a producer of the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @mallencharmley

Drea Yazzie, Diné, is a producer/editor for the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @quindreayazzie Yazzie is based in Phoenix.

Maxwell Montour, Pottawatomi, is a newscast editor for Indian Country Today. On Instagram: max.montour Montour is based in Phoenix.

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