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On this weekend edition of the ICT Newscast, the impact of tribal colleges and universities. An Ojibwe leader reflects on his career, and the future of coal on tribal lands
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Tribal colleges and universities are valuable institutions on Indigenous lands. There are 32 TCUs around the country – the first one started in 1968 as the Navajo Community College. Hollie Mackey is the executive director for the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Native Americans and Strengthening Tribal Colleges and Universities.

The University of Minnesota’s first senior director of American Indian Tribal Nations Relations is retiring. From the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, Tadd Johnson is an attorney. He served in the tribal court system for more than 30 years. He was instrumental in the creation of a master’s program of Tribal Administration and Government. Earlier this week, he reflected on his career as a tribal attorney.

The problem for some 25 tribal nations is how to unwind coal dollars – and the jobs that it provides. Just as important is the question: Are there resources available to make that transition work? ICT’s Mark Trahant has this report.

ICT’s Miles Morrisseau has this video from Ontario, Canada on the shores of Lake Huron. It’s the 50th anniversary of the Kettle and Stoney Point First Nation Powwow. Let’s dance!

 A slice of our Indigenous world

  • Another wave of primaries features Indigenous candidates.
  • In Washington state, the San Juan Islands waterway is being renamed to honor an Indigenous leader.
  • A new performance about First Nations’ people and history of Canada’s Yukon province is wowing audiences. APTN’s Sara Connors has all the sights and sounds.
  • A documentary highlighting an alliance between California Natives and Japanese Americans is coming to an acclaimed TV series. “Manzanar Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust” is set to premiere on the POV series on July 18 on PBS stations.

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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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Mary Grace Pewewardy, Hopi/Comanche/Kiowa, is an intern for the ICT newscast. On Instagram: @mgpewewardy. Pewewardy is based in Phoenix, and enjoys playing video games.

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