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On Thursday’s ICT Newscast, a new COVID variant concerns healthcare workers. Leadership at the Osage Nation responds to threats to sovereignty. An investigative report finds that non-Native hunters are poaching wildlife on tribal lands — and getting away with it in Wyoming
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A new COVID-19 variant, BA.5, is spreading. Epidemiologist Dean Seneca has this warning, and believes Indigenous people need to heed this advice, and may have higher infection rates due to preexisting health issues.

A new Tribal Congress is getting to work at the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear wins reelection and responds to the Supreme Court’s Castro-Huerta decision. Shannon Shaw Duty, editor of the Osage News, reports.

The fish and game code for the Shoshone and Arapaho says only tribal citizens with proper permits and tags may hunt on tribal land. Savannah Maher reports on how non-Native hunters are trespassing and poaching animals — and getting away with it. Her investigation is called “Who does the state of Wyoming consider a poacher?”

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • A key hearing was held Wednesday to confirm the nominee to lead the Indian Health Service. U.S. Senators heard from Roselyn Tso, who has been nominated by President Biden to become the next IHS director. If confirmed, Tso would oversee over 15,000 federal employees and a multi-billion-dollar budget.
  • In Alaska, a new agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture will increase access to healthy foods in underserved communities. Under the Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement, the initiative will improve resiliency in food deserts, and work to increase food consumption from locally grown farmers.
  • The U.S. Forest Service released its draft decision and findings on a new gold exploration project by Minneapolis-based F-3 Gold for lands in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Cheyenne River Sioux Chairman Harold Frazier says the tribe is opposed to any exploration or development, since these lands are sacred.
  • In Australia, Indigenous art detectives are helping to discover a mystery involving painted priceless bark works. These men from Arnhem Land have traveled the continent to see art made by their ancestors, more than a hundred years ago.
  • AMC is wrapping up season one of its thriller, “Dark Winds” on Sunday. The series has already been renewed for a second season, which will arrive on AMC plus and AMC next year.The season one premiere on June 12 attracted an audience of over 2.2 million viewers on the platform.


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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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