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Meet a Native woman astronaut

On the Thursday edition of the ICT Newscast, NASA astronaut Nicole Mann will make history this fall when she becomes the first Native woman in space. Tribes fight for food sovereignty, plus a wall that heals
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When the SpaceX Crew-5 mission blasts into outer space this fall, you are definitely going to want to watch. That’s because a citizen of the Wailacki of Round Valley Indian Tribes is set to become the first Native American woman in space. ICT editor Jourdan Bennett-Begaye interviewed NASA astronaut Nicole Mann.

Since the Vietnam Memorial was created in Washington, D.C., millions of Americans have visited and paid their respects to family and friends who served in that war. For those who can't make it to the nation's capital, the wall can now come to them. The Wall That Heals is a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Jeri DeCola is helping to bring it to Payson, Arizona.

Some tribal leaders say the coronavirus pandemic taught them many lessons. For the people on the Walker River Paiute Tribe in Nevada, one of those lessons included food sovereignty. Tribal leaders signed a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The tribe’s chair, Amber Torres, tells us more.

(Read more: First Native woman in space)

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • Opposition figure Raila Odinga says that he will challenge the results of Kenya's close presidential election this week. That comes as William Ruto, the country’s current deputy president, was declared the winner in Tuesday's election.

  • In New Zealand, a river’s personhood status is offering a hopeful future for increased sovereignty for Māori communities. In 2017, New Zealand passed a groundbreaking law granting personhood status to the Whanganui River.

  • The Native Women’s Association of Canada is calling for the Canadian government to negotiate a rapid return for Dawn Walker. The Okanese Cree woman is being held in an Oregon jail after fleeing to the United States with her seven-year-old son. APTN’s Leanne Sanders reports.


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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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