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On the Monday edition of the ICT Newscast, a First Nations woman talks about the Pope’s visit and impact on communities. Paulina Alexis talks about the next season of "Reservation Dogs." We meet the newest team member of the Association on American Indian Affairs
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When the pope traveled to the homelands of First Nation’s people last week, a lot was made of the headdress gift given to the leader of the Catholic church. One group, which is the largest organization for Indigenous women in Canada is the Native Women’s Association of Canada, Carol McBride, the president of the association.

Ojibwe citizen CC Hovie is the new public affairs and communications director for the Association on American Indian Affairs. Founded in 1922, the organization works to change the path of federal policy from assimilation, termination and allotment, to sovereignty, self-determination and self-sufficiency. She joins us to talk about her new role, the 100-year history of her organization as well as its future.

The second season of "Reservation Dogs" is nearly upon us. ICT’s editor Jourdan Bennett-Begaye asked breakout star Paulina Alexis how the year went for her following the show's release.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • Tribal leaders are testifying on the Indian Health Service Advanced Appropriations Act. The bill increases tribal and federal government efficiency, reduces federal taxpayer waste, and saves American Indian and Alaska Native lives.
  • The Navajo Nation’s more than 400,000 tribal citizens were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. President Jonathan Nez testified before the United States House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee.

  • Tribal nations are divided over the status of Freedman descendants. Last week the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held a hearing on the status of Indian Freedmen. The five largest tribes in the Oklahoma are split on complying with treaties signed more than 150 years ago.

  • A search for unmarked graves at a former Canadian Residential School is underway. Tseshaht First Nation officials say the search for the gravesite at the former Alberni Indian Residential School has begun. APTN’s Lee Wilson has the latest.

  • In Nevada, a Yerington Paiute runner is continuing his journey of healing from the trauma of boarding schools. Ku Stevens will host his 2nd annual Remembrance Run on Aug. 12. He will run approximately 50-miles through rugged terrain, starting from Yerington Paiute tribal lands to the Stewart Indian Boarding school. ICT will cover this journey later this month — and so far, confirmed guests include several tribal leaders, a U.S. senator and Olympian Billy Mills. 


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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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