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Northwest battles an invasive species

On the Tuesday edition of the ICT Newscast, Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernandez talks Navajo fairs and voting in Indian Country. Tribes along the Pacific Northwest coast are in a desperate fight to fend off an invasive species, and efforts to find reasons behind mental health issues facing Native youth.
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Food. Dancing and parades. Those were some of the sights in Shiprock, New Mexico, over the weekend at the Northern Navajo Nation Fair. One of the many attendees was Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernandez. She is one of New Mexico’s three representatives in the U.S. Congress and her district includes several tribal nations.

Tribes along the Pacific Northwest coast are dealing with an invasive species of crab. The European green crab is a threat to Native species, such as shellfish and eelgrass, which is crucial for the salmon and other fish. Ed Johnstone is the chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission.

Hearings are taking place across Indian Country to learn more about mental health issues facing Native and Native Hawaiian children. They are being held by the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children. Dolores Subia BigFoot is a commissioner with the organization. 

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A slice of our Indigenous world

  • Emergency funding is being set aside for tribal communities affected by Hurricane Ian. President Joe Biden approved an Expedited Major Disaster Declaration for the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The declaration provides aid that will be used for recovery efforts like temporary housing and home repairs.
  • The Department of the Interior has launched its program called Indigenous Food Hubs. In partnership with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Indian Education, the hubs will provide food that is sourced from Native producers and vendors. So far there are four hubs located at Bureau of Indian Education schools and four at Bureau of Indian Affairs detention centers.

  • Preparations are underway for NASA's next launch to the International Space Station. There will be history made when that happens as Nicole Mann is set to become the first Native woman to go to space. ICT’s Pacey Smith-Garcia has the story.

  • Millie Thompson Williams was elected to serve as the Second Chief for the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas. The role of the Second Chief is to serve as an ambassador for the tribe and provide cultural advice. Williams has been a lifetime member of the community and is an educator with the tribe's head start program. 


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Shirley Sneve, Ponca/Sicangu Lakota, is vice president of broadcasting for Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter @rosebudshirley She’s based in Nebraska and Minnesota.

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