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Native artist sees with his hands

On the Wednesday edition of the ICT Newscast, how is the Indian Health Service gearing up to protect Indian Country from monkeypox? Michael Naranjo has made his mark on the world of art despite not being able to see. Will a Continuing Resolution pass to avoid a government shutdown?
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He is described as "the artist who sees with his hands." Since 1968, Michael Naranjo, Tewa, has been blind. Despite this, his art shows movement and expression. It captures the nature of the animal he sculpts or the person he depicts in bronze.

Around the United States, health experts are grappling with how to handle the outbreak of monkeypox. That includes the Navajo Nation, who has been proactive in its approach. In July, the nation set up a Monkeypox Preparedness Team. The Chief Medical Officer for the Indian Health Service Loretta Christensen tells us more.

Alaska Native villages will be getting emergency relief from the Interior Department. It’s just one area of tribal lands that are affected by climate change. ICT regular contributor Holly Cook Macarro, Red Lake Nation, is a partner with Spirit Rock Consulting.

A slice of our Indigenous World

  • The Interior announced it is distributing $2.6 million to Alaska Native villages who were hit by a powerful storm in mid-September. The remains of Typhoon Merbok brought major flooding and high winds, wreaking havoc across hundreds of miles of coastline in Alaska. The aid money will go to 45 Alaska Native villages.
  • New research shows there is an increased health risk for children who lack access to running water. Children from rural communities in western Alaska have a 53 percent higher rate of getting middle-ear infections. Lack of running water is a chronic problem in rural Alaska, affecting 22 percent of rural Alaska homes are dealing with this issue.
  • In Macon, Georgia where Muscogee citizens gathered recently to celebrate their culture and to advocate for their sacred lands to be protected. ICT’s Pacey Smith-Garcia has the story.
  • It has been more than a week since the United Kingdom’s queen was laid to rest, leaving some Indigenous people to acknowledge her role in different countries. Last week the Australian government declared a nationwide public holiday for Queen Elizabeth II. The day was also marked by protests that focused on the harm the British colonization caused to Indigenous Australians.
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