San Carlos Apache Tribal Chairman Terry Rambler is leading calls to Congress in an effort to save a piece of land that is sacred to his tribal nation. Oak Flat is located in southwestern Arizona, some 14 miles from the tribe's boundaries. It is currently under threat of being mined for copper. Rambler gives us an update about his advocacy and whether a piece of legislation could save the land from being destroyed.
John Tahsuda III, Kiowa, is a regular contributor to ICT's newscast. In 2002, he worked as the staff director for the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. He also is a former principal deputy assistant secretary for Indian Affairs and served in that position from 2017 to 2020. Currently, he is a partner at Navigators Global, which is a company that provides political services to several industries, including tribes.
- The Spirit Lake Nation in North Dakota is getting new border signs after years of advocating for it.
- A judge is recommending the Makah Tribe in Washington state be allowed to resume its traditional gray whale hunt after a decades-long legal battle with environmental groups.
- Fossilized footprints discovered in New Mexico indicate that early humans were walking across North America around 23,000 years ago.
- Yurok tribal members and community organizers are urging a California state park commission to approve the renaming of a state park in Northern California to its Indigenous Yurok name “Sue-meg.”
Mark Trahant, Shoshone-Bannock, is editor of Indian Country Today. On Twitter: @TrahantReports Trahant is based in Phoenix.
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