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Ecology and traditions

On this Monday edition of the ICT Newscast, a distinguished Indigenous professor talks about his career and next chapter. We learn about the ecology at Leech Lake and its traditions, and we talk more about a United Nations recommendation that aims to protect environmental defenders
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She’s an educator and an advocate, and now she’s a Bush Fellow. Shirley Nordrum has poured her life’s work into her community. She’s a University of Minnesota Extension Educator serving Leech Lake, White Earth and Red Lake. Shirley infuses traditional ecological knowledge into her work and lifeway.

Recently retired professor Tadd Johnson is the University of Minnesota’s first senior director of American Indian Tribal Nations Relations. In the role, he serves as the bridge between the entire University of Minnesota system and tribal nations in the region.

The first climate agreement to center Indigenous voices is gaining international support. The Escazú Agreement establishes the relationship between human rights and environmental protections. The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues urged its member states to adopt it. ICT's Carina Dominguez joins us with more.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • In Oklahoma, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland heard stories from boarding school survivors last week. It was her first stop on her Road to Healing tour Dacoda McDowell-Wahpekeche has this report. 

  • In New Mexico, the Taos Pueblo celebrated a major landback anniversary over the weekend. Tribal citizens and supporters gathered to honor the 50th anniversary of the return of the sacred Taos Blue Lake.

  • In Cuba, a new generation is carrying on Indigenous knowledge. Current estimates show that 20,000 Indigenous people make up 30 communities here. Many live in farming communities but also work in teaching and public health fields. To learn more about this story, search for Cacique’s Advice: Learn to live from Mother Earth at

  • We’re getting the first sights of season two of the acclaimed TV show “Reservation Dogs.” FX released its trailer last week. The second season of the series premieres on Hulu on Aug. 3 with two back-to-back episodes. 


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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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