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Co-management for Bears Ears

In this weekend edition of the ICT Newscast, we meet an Ojibwe woman passionate about healthy mothers and children. The Alaska Native Heritage Center is a mainstay for cultural knowledge and education, and wisdom from a Yakama elder
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Rebekah Dunlap is a certified nurse midwife. From the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior, she is determined to revitalize Ojibwe practices around childbirth, and a Bush Fellowship will help her accomplish that.

Emily Edenshaw is the president and CEO of the Alaska Native Heritage Center. She’s also a recipient of the "40 under 40" award from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. She relates the uniqueness of her culture.

Ted Strong, is a former Yakama judge, and is currently vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility at Yakima Chief Hops. He talks wisdom of elders with ICT’s Mark Trahant at the Reservation Economic Summit in Las Vegas.

A slice of our Indigenous world

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  • Five Utah tribes will now co-manage Bears Ears National Monument, alongside the federal government for the first time. The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service signed a cooperative agreement with the Hopi Tribe, the Navajo Nation, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, and the Pueblo of Zuni.

  • Indigenous Americans are taking a stand to protect their sacred mountain against a resort’s expansion. More than a dozen Indigenous nations who hold the mountain sacred have fought the Arizona Snowbowl Resort’s existence since the 1930s. The Hopi’s name for the mountain is The Place of Snow on the Very Top. 

  • A Biden administration order in November requires tribal consultation for decisions by agencies such as the forest service. The order encourages the use of traditional ecological-knowledge in land management practices as well as co-management with tribes.

  • Last month, over 100 high school graduates gathered in the Canadian city of Whitehorse for a special ceremony. APTN’s national news team captured what was on the minds of these bright young people.


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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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