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On this weekend edition of the ICT Newscast, it’s back to school. Find out what to expect this school year. A athletic director in Oklahoma makes history, and Johns Hopkins invests in Indigenous health and policy
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There is excitement in the air as summer comes to an end and school starts again. A Santa Domingo educator tells us what students and teachers can expect this school year.

Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma has a new, history-making athletic director. Tera Cuny-Baker is the first woman to hold that position at the school. It’s not the first time she’s made history – Oglala Lakota College retired her jersey after she scored over 1,000 points in her collegiate career.

Indigenous organizers are finding innovative ways to reach voters. ICT’s Carina Dominguez has the story.

A leader in Indigenous medicine is headed to Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Don Warne will serve as the provost fellow for Indigenous Policy — and co-director of the Center for American Indian Health. He’s leaving the University of North Dakota, where he was a professor and chair of Indigenous Health, associate dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, director of the Public Health Program, and co-director of InMED–Indians into Medicine.

Native nations have marked the passing of time in a variety of ways. For the Hopi people, the seasons are tied to the agricultural cycle, as well as ceremonies. The Natwani Coalition is a non-profit organization located on Hopi in northern Arizona. Its mission is to “strengthen Hopi agriculture and food systems.” Kyle Nutumya talks about the cycle of life for the Hopi. It revolves around corn – a sacred plant for the people.

As the season changes, another event that many folks look forward to in August is Indian Market in Santa Fe. It’s a production of the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts. And they celebrated its Centennial Anniversary this year. Jeremy Felipe brings us this report.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • In Alaska, a Yupik person has done something never achieved before. On Wednesday, Mary Peltola was elected as Alaska’s only member of the U.S. House of Representatives. This makes her the first Alaska Native to ever be elected to Congress. Peltola, who is a Democrat, won with 51 percent of the vote in an upset over former Gov. Sarah Palin. The seat in Congress became vacant after former Congress member Don Young died in March.

  • In Canada, an Indigenous member of Parliament is speaking out about a disturbing trend of harassment against those in the media. APTN’s Fraser Needham has the latest.

  • Friday marks the birthday of an Indigenous matriarch who fiercely protected her people long ago. Before Hawai’i became a state, it was an independent nation. In 1877, Queen Lili‘uokalani became the first woman to rule. She was sadly the last monarch of the Kingdom.

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Shirley Sneve, Ponca/Sicangu Lakota, is vice president of broadcasting for the ICT newscast. Follow her on Twitter @rosebudshirley She’s based in Nebraska and Minnesota.

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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