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Ecological and energy sovereignty

On the weekend edition of the ICT Newscast, a Native woman astronaut makes history. Traditional ecological knowledge gains traction in college curriculum. An Osage man takes on the Indian Reorganization Act, and energy sovereignty for native nations
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Nicole Mann made history last week when NASA and SpaceX launched their latest mission to the International Space Station. Mann is the mission commander and the first Native woman to go to space. NASA has this profile of the Wailaki woman who is an enrolled citizen of the Round Valley Indian Tribes.

A Yurok woman will join the Northern Arizona University faculty next year as the first professor of Indigenous forestry. Seahfa Ramos scholarship focuses on the intersection between wildlife, Traditional Ecological Knowledge and western science.

In Canada. an Indigenous woman gives back. She once sought healing from the residents of the James Smith Cree Nation. The Fisher River Cree citizen, Marcie Sinclair decided to begin harvesting and sending sacred medicines to the nation. APTN’s Sav Jonsa reports.

Jim Gray was the youngest person to lead the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. During that time, he worked through many issues to strengthen its government and the Osage people. Today he helps other tribes with issues, such as updating their tribal constitutions and expanding business development.

Many tribal nations in the U.S. work to repair lands that were altered by colonization. A project to restore the land of the Wampanoag is gaining traction. The People of the First Light hope to once again practice ceremonies and gather near the animals and plants they consider relatives. ICT’s Vincent Moniz reports.

Wahleah Johns is the director of the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs. It’s located in the U.S. Department of Energy. She is responsible for maximizing the development and deployment of energy solutions — that comes at a time when coal is a big issue in Indian Country.

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  • New Mexico’s governor has rescinded four proclamations from the 1800s that she called egregious. On Indigenous Peoples Day, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed an executive order abolishing these documents. One from 1851 directed the state to exclude Native people from being counted in official census documents.
  • Preservation efforts are underway for Indigenous paintings that have been rediscovered in a church. Last week, the National Institute of Anthropology and History announced that Indigenous symbols had been found in a town south of Mexico City.
  • Tied to their creation story, wild rice is a sacred food for the Ojibwe people in Minnesota. But the changing climate, invasive species, and pollution all continue to threaten the plant. ICT’s Vincent Moniz has the story.
  • Devery Jacobs has been named to TIME 100’s “Next 2022” list. Jacobs is widely known for her role as Elora in the hit Hulu and FX series “Reservation Dogs.” She was described by TIME as a significant voice and presence with a bright future ahead of her. 

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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.

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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