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On the Monday edition of the ICT Newscast, health advocates are celebrating 50 years at the National Indian Health Board. The Native American Journalists Association could get a new name, and a new Indigenous-led school opens in Rapid City, we’ll see how the first few weeks are going
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This is the third week of classes at the Oceti Sakowin Community Academy in Rapid City, South Dakota. It is a partnership between NDN Collective and the NACA Inspired Schools Network. Mary Bowman is one of the founders.

Leaders from the Native American Journalists Association met in Phoenix last month and unveiled a new logo. The 39-year-old organization started as the Native American Press Association. And now the name of the organization could change again. Francine Compton is the president of the organization.

The National Indian Health Board is celebrating its 50th anniversary next week at its annual National Tribal Health Conference in Washington, D.C. Stacy Bohlen is its CEO.

A Slice of our Indigenous World

  • Indigenous actress Sacheen Littlefeather was honored over the weekend by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. An apology was read to the Apache and Yaqui actress. It came nearly 50 years after Littlefeather was booed and mistreated at the 1973 Oscar awards.
  • There are new efforts underway to advocate for tribal sovereignty. Last week, the National Congress of American Indians announced it will host its 20th annual Sovereignty Run. The run will begin in early October on Cherokee lands in Tahlequah Oklahoma.
  • In Canada, an Indigenous designer is preparing to wow the crowds at one of the biggest fashion events in the world. Mi’kmaw citizen Ingrid Brooks is all set to showcase designs inspired from her nation during New York Fashion Week. APTN’s Angel Moore has the story.
  • Cheering crowds filled up an Indigenous town in Ecuador last weekend, as dressed-up donkeys were once again allowed to race. The Great Donkey Race is over 874 yards and is part of annual celebrations in the local area. The races happen in the town of Salcedo, which is an agricultural area with many Indigenous communities.
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