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'Spirit Rangers' set to stream

On this Wednesday edition of the ICT Newscast, "Spirit Rangers” by Netflix will hit the streaming platform in October. We meet the show’s creator. Traditional fire management is being revived for Karuk women. Regular Contributor John Tahsuda takes a look at Alaska’s rank choice voting
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In 2020 Netflix announced a new all-Native fantasy-adventure series called “Spirit Rangers.” The animated show is finally set to be released in October. Karissa Valencia is the creator of the project and previews the adventures.

It is the traditional role of the Karuk women to manage the forest lands around their villages. This included conducting controlled burns to keep the forest healthy and strong. Once colonizers arrived, this practice was outlawed for 100 years which meant the women could no longer take care of the forests. Karuk women Aja Conrad and Vikki Preston explain.

Mainstream media paid little attention to representative-elect Mary Peltola before she won Alaska’s special election last week. However, after she won the race with over 50 percent of the vote, many people listened. Joining us to comment on the role rank choice voting is John Tahsuda. He’s an ICT regular contributor and partner with Navigators Global.

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