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Restoring the land

On today's show we have Maggie Lorenz who is the executive director of the Lower Phalen Creek Project. Plus ICT regular contributor Brent Cahwee talks about the 18th annual Native American Basketball Invitational.

The Twin Cities of Minnesota are on Dakota Land. The confluence of waterways made it a perfect hub for commerce and ceremony. In 1766, an English explorer stumbled upon an important Dakota sacred site. He named it Carver’s Cave.

Its original name, however, is Wakan Tipi and has now been reclaimed. It’s part of a larger inner city effort to clean up toxic waste and restore the land. Maggie Lorenz, executive director of the Lower Phalen Creek Project leads these efforts.

A look at Native sports. The 18th annual Native American Basketball Invitational and youth summit sees representatives from over 150 tribal nations who play 436 games of basketball.

ICT regular contributor Brent Cahwee is giving us a rundown on players to watch at this year’s tournament. Brent is the co-founder of the very popular website ndnsports.com which covers Native athletes from high school to pro sports.

A slice of our Indigenous world  

  • Construction is underway for The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation’s 26 million dollar greenhouse complex.

  • Indigenous communities in Cusco Peru are celebrating the return of an Andean relic.
  • A new novel looks at the relationship between women and seeds. 
  • The Walker Art Center in Minnesota is announcing a Dakota created addition to its Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

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