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Sovereignty and jurisdiction

On the weekend edition of the ICT Newscast, an Alaska Native goes to Congress. An Oglala artist takes top honors. Sovereignty and jurisdiction in Oklahoma, and preparations for Orange Shirt Day in Canada
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Mary Peltola is set to fill the late U.S. Rep. Don Young’s term in the U.S. Congress. She is the first Alaska Native to serve. ICT’s McKenzie Allen-Charmley talked with her earlier this summer.

The bison defined a way of life for many tribes across the country. Every part of the animal was used for clothing, tools, even the bladder carried water for the Plains people. The buffalo horn was used for a spoon. Now, Kevin Pourier has elevated the humble spoon to an incredible piece of fine art.

In Canada, preparations have begun for the country’s second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Also known as Orange Shirt Day, the day recognizes the legacy of the Canadian residential school system. APTN’s Fraser Needham has the story.

In May 2020, the Supreme Court's McGirt decision ruled that the Creek Nation continues to have reservation status throughout Eastern Oklahoma. It means that the state could not try a Muscogee citizen for crimes within that part of the state. The tribe retains jurisdiction. ICT’s Mark Trahant talked to law professor Robert Miller about the case.

Summer is coming to a close, and to say a fond farewell, let’s take a look at the Kettle and Stony Point First Nation’s powwow from ICT’s Miles Morriseau.

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  • The leader of the Cherokee Nation delivered his annual state of the union address. Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr, delivered his speech via phone and a prerecorded message. He was in isolation following a rebound case of COVID-19.
  • Citizens from the five tribes that make up the Chinook Indian Nation are coming together to highlight their need for federal recognition. Chinook citizens rallied on the steps of a federal building in Seattle to raise awareness for their long fight.
  • Inflation has upset food supply and access across the country, but Native people living in urban areas are especially hard hit. This group accounts for 70 percent of the country's Native population. An Indigenous chef is getting creative to make sure urban Native families have access to the foods of their ancestors. ICT’s senior producer Vincent Moniz has the story.
  • The U.S. Economic Development Administration announced that Tulsa, Oklahoma will receive $38.2 million as part of the Build Back Better American Rescue Plan. The Indian Nations Council of Governments plans create new opportunities for research and development projects — all in hopes of creating up to 40,000 jobs.

Today's newscast was created with work from:

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

Aliyah Chavez, Kewa Pueblo, is the anchor of the ICT Newscast. On Twitter: @aliyahjchavez.

R. Vincent Moniz, Jr., NuÉta, is the senior producer of the ICT Newscast. Have a great story? Pitch it to

McKenzie Allen-Charmley, Dena’ina Athabaskan, is a producer of the ICT Newscast. On Twitter: @mallencharmley.

Patty Talahongva, Hopi, works for ICT. Follow her on Twitter: @WiteSpider.

Maxwell Montour, Pottawatomi, is a newscast editor for the ICT Newscast. On Instagram: max.montour. Montour is based in Phoenix.

Kaitlin Onawa Boysel, Cherokee, is a producer/ reporter for ICT. On Instagram: @KaitlinBoysel.

Drea Yazzie, Diné, is a producer/editor for the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @quindreayazzie Yazzie is based in Phoenix.

Sierra Alvarez, Navajo, is an intern for the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @sierraealvarez.

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