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Miss USA competition: 'It was a dream'

On the Thursday edition of the ICT Newscast, this year’s Miss North Dakota USA is Indigenous. We visit with SaNoah LaRocque. A look at Brackeen v. Haaland, the case before the Supreme Court that could change the Indian Child Welfare Act. A partnership with ICT and Reveal examines Indigenous boarding schools in the U.S
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The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case Brackeen v. Haaland in November. At the heart of the case are American Indian and Alaska Native children — and specifically who can get custody of them in cases where their parents are unable to care for them. It challenges the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act. Sarah Deer is a professor at the University of Kansas and the chief justice for the Prairie Island Indian Community court of appeals.

SaNoah LaRocque was crowned Miss North Dakota USA earlier this year. Since then, the Harvard University graduate has represented her state and tribal nation, on some pretty big stages. SaNoah joins us now virtually to tell us about competing in this year’s Miss USA pageant.

ICT National Correspondent Mary Annette Pember has been reporting for months on Indigenous boarding schools in the United States. A two-part podcast called “Buried Secrets: America’s Indian Boarding Schools” starts this weekend.

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