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New film features Comanche language

On the Tuesday edition of the ICT Newscast, a new movie introduces the Comanche language. A climate emergency protest shuts down the streets of Washington, D.C. Major Indigenous stories from around the globe, and will the Inflation Reduction Act garner support?
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Director Dan Trachenberg and producer Jhane Myers of the new movie “Prey” are the creative minds behind film history. The "Predator" prequel is the first film to release in the Comanche language. We have them both for an exclusive interview with ICT.

ICT’s column called “Global Indigenous” is a weekly round-up of Indigenous news from all over the world. Senior editor Dianna Hunt oversees the content, and she back with this week’s round up.

Last week, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, announced that he would support the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which used to be called Build Back Better. It includes significant climate, health care, and tax policy reforms. In a closely divided house and senate, Democrats see this is a big win. But is it? Holly Cook Macarro joins us to break this down. The Red Lake Ojibwe citizen is a Partner with Spirit Rock Consulting. 

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • Indigenous activists want President Biden to declare a climate emergency. The streets surrounding the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. were shut down yesterday in a protest regarding climate change. Ikiya Collective is a frontline direct-action group of femme, queer, and two-spirit Black, Indigenous, and queer folks of the global majority organizing in Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico.
  • The pope’s visit to Canada last week sparked a renewed interest in the church’s collections of Indigenous artifacts. One of the Vatican museums’ least-visited collections of artifacts is fast becoming its most contested. The Vatican’s Anima Mundi Ethnological Museum houses feathered headdresses, carved walrus tusks, masks and embroidered animal skins.
  • There are new developments in lawsuits brought on by Nicholas Sandmann. In 2019, the then 16-year-old Covington Catholic High School student was involved in an incident with Omaha citizen Nathan Phillips. Last week, a federal judge threw out the lawsuits, saying news organizations could not be sued because of first amendment rights.
  • She is described as a beloved auntie. Last week, Reverend Marlene Whiterabbit Helgemo died at age 75. The Ho-Chunk citizen was the first Native woman to be ordained in the Lutheran church. The state of Minnesota honored her by declaring July 26, 2022 as a day named after her. 
  • In North Carolina, a tribal nation is fighting to restore the name of a mountain peak. The mountain is currently called Clingmans Dome. It is located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Eastern Cherokee people say their people used the mountain as a refuge during the Trail of Tears.  

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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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