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Sovereignty and climate change

On the weekend edition of the ICT Newscast, Sovereignty and climate change are front and center for Indigenous lands. A new children’s book from Red Lake Ojibwe citizens
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There’s a new Red Lake Ojibwe book that teaches traditional values through a journey of three cousins. Elizabeth Barret wrote it, and Jonathan Thunder illustrated the book. But the inspiration actually came from Elizabeth’s uncle, Thomas Barrett.

Citizens of the Otoe-Missouria tribe have returned to Nebraska. In 1833, the tribe was forced to move to Oklahoma’s Indian Territory. Now, tribal citizens are being honored. Lincoln’s mayor and the Native community welcomed them with a proclamation, and celebration. ICT’s Shirley Sneve reports.

The prestigious Udall fellowship is awarded to Native students in health care. Tamee Livermont is Oglala Lakota and pursuing her M.D. at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Native people make up 1.9 percent of the population in Washington state, but when you look at the state prison’s, that number rises to 5 percent. At a state penitentiary in Walla Walla, Native people are doing their part to stay connected to culture.

With recent reports of Indigenous collections found at universities in North Dakota and Kansas, we are seeing more Native people and tribal nations taking control of their stories and archives. Alexander Soto is doing just that. He is the Director of the Labriola National American Indian Data Center at Arizona State University’s library.

In Macon, Georgia, 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.

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 Oct. 17. The Wisconsin Academy will host a gathering called “Climate Fast Forward.” Dylan Jennings is the Associate Director of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute.

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Last week was National Voter Registration Day. ICT’s Sierra Alvarez reports. According to Advance Native Political Leadership, there are over 1 million Native people who are eligible to vote but are not registered.

  • The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana and the City of Marksville signed an agreement to transfer ownership of the Marksville Historic State Park back to the tribe. The park is located on burial grounds containing ancestral remains from Tunica-Biloxi citizens that once inhabited the area.
  • The National Indian Health Board celebrated its 50th anniversary. The nonprofit works as a united voice for Indigenous health care policy. ICT’s Pauly Denetclaw has the story.
  • In Idaho, a citizen of the Shoshone Bannock nation is chasing a career in acting. LaShayne Hevewah is in two upcoming film productions that include a small role in Marvel's “Echo” series and Kevin Costner’s “Horizon.”

Today's newscast was created with work from:

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.

R. Vincent Moniz, Jr., NuÉta, is the senior producer of the ICT Newscast. Have a great story? Pitch it to

McKenzie Allen-Charmley, Dena’ina Athabaskan, is a producer of the ICT Newscast. On Twitter: @mallencharmley.

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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