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Tribes tackle climate change

On the Tuesday edition of the ICT Newscast, climate change will be top of mind for Midwestern tribes at an upcoming gathering. A future medical doctor wins a major fellowship, and the nation’s oldest Native sorority turns 28
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The prestigious Udall fellowship is awarded to outstanding Native graduate students who are pursuing degrees in the healthcare field. Tamee Livermont is a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation and is pursuing her M.D. at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Alpha Pi Omega is the oldest Indigenous sorority in the country and was founded at the University of North Carolina. Sorority members come from more than 130 tribes and 24 chapters nationwide. Mardella Sunshine Richardson is the grand president of the sorority.

Hurricanes, floods and wildfires are symptoms of climate change. We watch the news and wonder what we can do, on a personal level, to make a difference. These are questions that Midwestern Tribal Nations will tackle on October 17. The Wisconsin Academy will host a gathering called Climate Fast Forward. Dylan Jennings is one of the presenters. He’s the Associate Director of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute.


A slice of our Indigenous world

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill package authored by Native Assemblymember James Ramos. The laws include an alert system for missing and murdered persons, education, and declaring September 23, California Native American Day.”

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Native people make up 1.9 percent of the population in Washington state, but 5 percent for those incarcerated. ICT’s Aliyah Chavez has this report.

In Brazil, Indigenous people are taking to the streets to demand an end to the violence against Native people. Along with songs, Indigenous activists demonstrated in San Paulo last week. Protestors are against what they call "a culture of impunity" which has led to dozens of deaths and illegal land grabs in the rainforest.

Indigenous leaders interested in running for office have the opportunity to hit the ground running. Advanced Native Political Leadership is hosting a virtual information session on its program called the Native Leadership Institute. 

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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.

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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.

Pacey Smith Garcia, Ute, is an intern for the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @paceyjournalist

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