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Economic sovereignty

On the Thursday edition of the ICT Newscast, we’re following the developments at the University of North Dakota where the remains of around 70 Indigenous ancestors are being held. Plus, more on the economic impact of sovereignty in Oklahoma, and meet an Oglala man who takes the bull by the horn
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The Supreme Court ruled in May 2020 that the Creek Nation continued to have its reservation status throughout Eastern Oklahoma. Known as the McGirt decision, it means that the state could not try a Muscogee citizen for crimes within that part of the state. The state of Oklahoma predicted chaos as a result of this decision. But that has not been the case and there is growing evidence that the tribes and local jurisdictions are finding new ways to work together. ICT’s Mark Trahant talked to Professor Robert Miller about the case, the economic impact, and what’s ahead.

This week the Minnesota Historical Society announced the digital repatriation of the Gilbert L. Wilson Collections to the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation in North Dakota. MHA citizen and president of her nation's college, Twyla Baker was part of the team helping to recover the items.

The Bison defined a way of life for many tribes across the country. The Oglala Lakota in present day South Dakota consider the animal to be sacred. Every part of the animal was used for clothing, tools, even the bladder carried water for the Plains Indians. The buffalo horn was used for a spoon. Now Kevin Pourier has elevated the humble spoon to an incredible piece of fine art.

A Slice of our Indigenous World

  • Human remains and sacred objects were found at the University of North Dakota. Officials made public that it has more than 250 boxes of ancestral remains and sacred items. The university says it is working with at least 13 tribal nations to discuss best practices in handling and returning the items. 
  • In Canada, family members of missing and murdered Indigenous women are honoring their loved ones in a special way. APTN’s Angel Moore has the story.
  • A Native-owned brewery in California has won big at a tasting championship. Mad River Brewing won in four regional and national categories in the summer event United States Beer Tasting Championship.

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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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