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Olympic gold returned

On the weekend edition of the ICT Newscast, Jim Thorpe is finally in the record books. And a Lakota elder talks about reproductive rights. Plus, jumping through hoops with Ballet Arizona
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It took over a hundred years, and now Jim Thorpe is finally the official winner of gold medals in the 1912 Olympics. It took tenacity and lots of communication from different people over the years to make this happen.

Among those who led the way is Nedra Darling, who heads Bright Path Strong, and Billy Mills, who won Olympic gold in 1964.

Last month, the hallmark case Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court. ICT’s Pauly Denetclaw caught up with Cecilia Fire Thunder in Washington, D.C. The Oglala Nation citizen is a nurse, community health planner and tribal leader.

Ballet Arizona is jumping through the hoops with Native children this summer. Hoop dance, that is. One of the organizers, Ginger Sykes Torres was the first female to win at the hoop dance world championships.

A slice of our Indigenous world 

  • The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe is taking steps to reform its constitution around blood quantum. Currently, the tribe, which includes six Ojibwe bands, requires a person to have 25 percentt tribal blood to be enrolled. Many advocates say blood quantum is a policy imposed by the federal government to extinguish Native people — while others say expanding citizenship would limit already scarce resources for tribal populations.
  • The Menominee Indian Tribe is teaming with Hard Rock International to open a casino and entertainment center on the west side of Kenosha, Wisconsin.
  • After 40 years, an Indigenous fire department finally has a new hall.
    The state-of-the-art facility is the result of determined leadership says Mohawk Fire Chief Scott Maracle. APTN’s Annette Francis has more.
  • Portsmouth, New Hampshire officials decided to permanently recognize Indigenous Peoples Day, and remove Columbus Day from its city calendar.The effort is part of more than a two-year journey from Portsmouth High School students.


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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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