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Geothermal means sovereignty

On Tuesday's ICT Newscast, a new report outlines the major challenges Native caregivers have in finding children quality child care. And a First Nation takes control of its energy. Plus, major stories from around the globe
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The Bipartisan Policy Center released a 71-page report in April about the struggles of receiving quality child care for Native children. Linda Smith is one of the report’s authors. She is the director of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s early childhood initiative.

Natural Resources are something that many tribes rely on for survival and economic independence. But the Fort Nelson First Nation is heating things up. It’s exploring geothermal energy. ICT's Shirley Sneve has this interview with Chief Sharleen Gale.

From Brazil to Australia, there are Indigenous people all around the globe. ICT’s column called “Global Indigenous” is a weekly round-up of Indigenous news from all over the world. ICT Senior Editor Dianna Hunt oversees the content. Read the entire column at

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • Lands sacred to Indigenous people are on the chopping block. Last week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals made a ruling on the government's decision to transfer Oak Flat to Resolution Copper. The court ruled the transfer does not substantially burden the Apache’s religious practices.

  • In Alaska, an Indigenous woman’s name won’t be on the ballot for U.S. Congress. Republican Tara Sweeney was running in hopes of fulfilling the remaining term of former Rep. Don Young, who died earlier this year. But Friday, the Alaska state supreme court ruled that she will not be on the ballot. Alaska’s special election will take place on Aug. 16.

  • With the pandemic taking a toll on many tribal health systems, the Cherokee Nation is taking major steps to help its citizens. ICT producer McKenzie Allen-Charmley reports. 

  • With just a few episodes left to air, AMC’s “Dark Winds” is already being renewed for a second season. The crime thriller set in the early 1970s debuted on June 12. It’s based on a book by non-Native author, Tony Hillerman. Indigenous actors Zahn McClarnon and Kiowa Gordan star.

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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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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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