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Energy policy on Native lands

On the Wednesday’s ICT Newscast, the director of the US Indian Energy office joins us. Plus, how did Native candidates fare in Tuesday’s primary elections? And what makes tribal elections unique?
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Diné citizen Wahleah Johns is the director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs. She is responsible for upholding and advancing her office’s mission to develop and deploy energy solutions that benefit Native Americans and Alaska Natives. Here’s an update about current projects and initiatives.

Six states held primary elections Tuesday, including Illinois, Colorado, Oklahoma, Utah, Mississippi and New York. ICT’s political correspondent Pauly Denetclaw gives us the latest results.

It’s election season all over the country. From national, state and local offices to tribal governments. After last year’s concerns over voter fraud, what steps will ensure that votes will be counted fairly. John Tahsuda joins us to talk tribal elections and what makes them unique. He’s a partner with Navigators Global.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • U.S. House committees got a progress report from the Bureau of Indian Education on Tuesday. The virtual hearing looked at the policies and priorities of BIE. A major topic of discussion was staffing. The education agency is currently deemed “high-risk” by the federal government. One official testified that the agency has a current staff vacancy of 33 percent.
  • A religious official plans to apologize for historic abuses toward Indigenous peoples in Canada. Pope Francis’ apology tour begins in late July and will focus on the abuses Indigenous children suffered at Catholic-run residential schools. More than 150,000 Native children in Canada were taken and made to attend these schools from 1819 to 1978.

  • A rare Indigenous eyewitness account of the Battle of Greasy Grass has been found in a museum in Canada. The illustration depicts the battle, which took place in Montana in June 1876. A written account was also discovered in the Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives. The letter comes from Lakota leader Standing Bear, who was just 17 when Lt. Col. George Custer attacked. That battle, also known as the Battle of the Little Bighorn, is celebrated as a victory for Indigenous people.

  • The Tahltan Nation has signed a consent-based agreement under the declaration of The Rights of Indigenous People’s Act with the province of British Columbia. APTN’s Lee Wilson has the details.


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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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