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Plains Indian sign language: 'It is our connection to the soil'

For International week of the deaf, we visit with a Meskwaki woman working to advance Native people. Plus, the latest on the Native vote in California

It is International week of the deaf. Joining the ICT newscast is Sarah Young Bear-Brown. She is from the Meskwaki nation in Iowa — and her list of professional titles is long. She is an advocate, activist and mother. She was recently invited by the White House to join a virtual conversation about Native people who are disabled. 

Also joining us is Amber Braithwaite. She is Crow Creek and serves as the American Sign Language interpreter for today's newscast. 

Holly Cook Macarro, Red Lake Ojibwe, is a regular contributor to our show. She’s a partner at Spirit Rock Consulting. Holly has worked for tribal nations for more than 20 years and she’s a regular guest commentator on our program.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • Pfizer says its vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11. Native doctors say this will have great potential for Indian Country. 
  • The mystery around the death of Gabrielle Petito has some in Indian Country frustrated about a lack of attention for Indigenous people.
  • American Samoa reported its first case of coronavirus last week.
  • Members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe Ambulance Service were notified they had been let go without notice after the organization was taken over by IHS.
  • No’u Revilla won the 2021 National Poetry Series competition this month, making her the first Native Hawaiian to win. 

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Mark Trahant, Shoshone-Bannock, is editor of Indian Country Today. On Twitter: @TrahantReports Trahant is based in Phoenix.

Patty Talahongva, Hopi, is executive producer of Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter: @WiteSpider.