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First Nations to welcome Pope Francis

On the Thursday edition of the ICT Newscast, we get a preview of Pope Francis’ trip to meet with Canada’s residential school survivors. And it’s time for sports talk with Brent Cahwee. But first, a San Manuel leader receives high honors
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Earlier this year, Santos Manuel was given an honorary doctorate degree from California State University San Bernardino. Santos, who has passed on, was the founding leader of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

The tribe’s Vice Chairman Johnny Hernandez was honored to accept the degree for a man he has always admired.

Brent Cahwee from NDN Sports reports on Indigenous athletes. Janee Kassanavoid, Comanche, became the first Native woman to win a medal in the World Athletic Championships in the hammer throw.

More than 150,000 First Nation children were forced to attend state-funded Christian schools from the 19th century until the 1970s. The trauma of this forced removal resonates today. Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Canada starting on Sunday. ICT’s Miles Morrisseau will be there.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • Water, sacred land and healthcare for Urban Native people … those were the topics at the top of U.S. Senators’ minds on Wednesday. The Senate Indian Affairs committee held a legislative hearing yesterday to consider three bills that are being proposed into law.

  • The Tulalip Tribe offers weekly sessions for newborn to 3-year-old children. The academy’s goal is to help children converse in Lushootseed by kindergarten. For more information on this story, visit and search for “After decades of outlawed culture, a Tulalip revival.”

  • An Inuk pastor in Ottawa says opposition to an extended stay building for Inuit visiting for medical appointments is just plain hurtful. After a key vote from Ottawa’s city council, Manitok Thompson says she was shocked. APTN’s Fraser Needham has more.

  • Recently an Indigenous former professional athlete made their way down to Sesame Street. The children’s show teamed up with HiHo Kids to bring in Diné citizen Ryneldi Becenti for a visit. Becenti is the first Native American to play in the Women’s National Basketball Association.


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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.

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