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On the Monday edition of the ICT Newscast, reproductive options in Indian Country. Meet a woman who wants the Dakota language to take center stage for her tribe’s daily communications, and the Redding Ranchera wins a lawsuit against its local city
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Revitalizing any language is challenging, and Erin Griffin is ready to go. She is the recipient of a 2022 Bush Fellowship and is a student of the Dakota language. She is finishing a doctoral degree in Indigenous language and culture revitalization.

Indigenous Women Rising is one of the only Indigenous abortion funds in the country. After Friday’s overturn of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, the organization is reacting. Nicole Martin who is the organization’s sex educator tells us what this means for Indigenous people.

In northern California, the Redding Rancheria recently won a lawsuit against the local city of Redding. The tribe sued the city after it abandoned a road leading to a casino that the tribe was building. Redding Rancheria CEO Tracey Edwards gives us the details.

A slice of our Indigenous world 

  • The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned a landmark decision that has been upheld for decades. The high court reversed Roe versus Wade on Friday. This means the constitutional right to an abortion, no longer exists.
  • Since 1973, abortions have been permitted during the first two trimesters of pregnancy. Going forward, abortion rights will be determined by state — unless Congress acts.
  • In Oklahoma, Tuesday’s primary election is set. ICT’s Pauly Denetclaw is tracking two Native candidates running for Congress. 
  • A chance meeting is helping to return sacred artifacts to an Indigenous nation. According to the New York Times, nearly 20 years ago, Yaqui citizen Andrea Carmen was invited to view a Swedish museum’s Americas collection She spotted artifacts from her tribal nation. It took the museum 11 years to issue an official response — and eight more for the artifacts to be returned.
  • In New York state, Indigenous Peoples' Day is officially being recognized in Rochester. Its city council unanimously voted to permanently recognize the holiday. Ronalyn Pollack, who is the chair of the Indigenous Peoples’ Day Planning Committee, says the monumental vote was long overdue. All city offices will officially be closed on Oct. 10 of this year. 


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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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