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Mental health resources for Native vets

On the Thursday edition of the ICT Newscast, tackling the high rate of suicide among Native veterans. We’ll find out about one community led group on the Navajo Nation. Plus, a Ponca woman leads mental health efforts in Nebraska.
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Anitra Warrior was named Woman of the Year at the annual “Inspire — Celebrating Women's Leadership Awards” in Lincoln, Nebraska. Warrior, a citizen of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, owns Morningstar Counseling, serving Indigenous people in Nebraska.

The suicide rate is high in Indian Country. That includes for Native veterans who often suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Diné Naazbaa Partnership does outreach to veterans to help them have a better quality of life. Bernie Tyler is the program lead.

Summer is typically when children have more time to learn new skills. Here’s one example of that from Phoenix, Arizona.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • In Kenya, votes are being counted to elect the nation’s next leader. Tuesday’s election was a close one with lower-than-usual voter turnout.
  • On Monday, both of the candidates running for Navajo president announced their running mates. In November, citizens of the Navajo Nation are set to head to the polls in to choose their next leader.
  • Navajo officials declared a state of emergency due to increased flooding from monsoon rains. A flood watch remains in effect on the tribe’s vast territory that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
  • A new school is opening this fall with the goal of revitalizing the Wolastoq language. APTN’s Angel Moore has the story.

Today’s newscast was created with work from:

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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Aliyah Chavez, Kewa Pueblo, is the anchor of the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @aliyahjchavez.

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Drea Yazzie, Diné, is a producer/editor for the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @quindreayazzie Yazzie is based in Phoenix.

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Kaitlin Onawa Boysel, Cherokee, is a producer/reporter for Indian Country Today. On Instagram: @KaitlinBoysel Boysel is based in Springfield, Illinois.

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