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A historic era

On the weekend edition of the ICT Newscast, a history lesson in activism and the rise of the American Indian Movement. A Cherokee woman will soon lead the American Bar Association, and climate change impacts cactus harvest
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The 1970s ushered in a new chapter of American Indian history. The return of Blue Lake to the Taos Pueblo, the occupation of Alcatraz Island and in 1972, the takeover of the BIA in Washington, D.C. The American Indian Movement rose up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Tribal elder and filmmaker Syd Beane reflects on the era.

Mary Smith is the new president-elect of the American Bar Association — which makes her the first Native American woman to hold the title. ICT’s editor-at-large Mark Trahant traveled to Chicago to speak with her.

Baidaj harvesting marks the new year for O’odham people and they’re noticing an alarming trend: earlier ripening of the saguaro cactus fruit. ICT’s Carina Dominguez reports.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • The California Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife; and the Committee on Native American Affairs met in Sacramento in a joint hearing on tribal water rights, with a goal was to identify and learn about past and current water issues related to California tribes.
  • In Oklahoma, the Cherokee nation is celebrating a new state-of-the-art initiative, with a ribbon cutting for a new $2 million MRI unit. It will be used to detect things like brain tumors, strokes, infections and dementia.
  • Last week, an Oklahoma court reinstated the sentence in the Castro-Huerta case. This conviction and sentence of a Tulsa man led to a U.S. Supreme Court decision on criminal jurisdiction in Indian Country. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals reinstated the child-abuse conviction and 35-year-prison sentence of Victor Castro-Huerta.
  • The new action-thriller “Prey” is making major buzz, when it made history as the number one premiere on Hulu to date. That includes all film and TV series’ debuts on the platform. It premiered in early August, starring Fort Peck Sioux citizen Amber Midthunder.

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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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