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Yurok protect natural resources

On the Tuesday edition of the ICT Newscast, a professor in Indigenous forestry challenges Western science — and the Yurok sign a historic agreement between the nation and California. Plus, a Mohegan playwright excels as a one-woman act
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Perhaps the audience in England was surprised to see a Mohegan woman in Europe to study Shakespeare and to write plays from an Indigenous perspective. ICT Senior Correspondent Patty Talahongva sat down with Madeline Sayet to talk about her journey and her play called, "Where We Belong."

For decades tribal citizens have had limited access to traditional lands for gathering food and medicine, and making cultural items like baskets. In September, the Yurok tribe signed an agreement with the state of California. Rosie Clayburn is the tribal heritage preservation officer.

There’s a new tenure track professor in science at Northern Arizona University. Seafha Ramos will be the school's first professor of Indigenous forestry and she says it is her dream job. Her research focuses on the intersection between wildlife, traditional ecological knowledge and Western science.

A slice of our Indigenous world:

  • President Joe Biden issued a proclamation to honor Native people. He declared Oct. 10 Indigenous Peoples Day. This is the second year in the row this action was taken. In a separate proclamation, Biden also declared Oct. 10, Columbus Day — making it a dual holiday.
  • In Canada, a Wet’suwet’en group opposed to the Coastal GasLink pipeline is raising concerns as the company prepares to drill under the Morice River. APTN’s Lee Wilson has this report.
  • Indigenous women are reaching for public office in Brazil's elections. Women make up more than half of the country's electorate, but you wouldn't know that if you looked in the nation's halls of power. That’s because they represent less than one-sixth of Congress, and an even smaller fraction are also Black or Indigenous.
  • A new drama called “Alaska Daily” is on the streaming service Hulu. Shuswap citizen and actress Grace Dove along with Hillary Swank play journalists unraveling cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women.
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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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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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