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On the Monday edition of the ICT Newscast, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm joins the show. She tells ICT about her vision for tribal energy. Survivors of Canada’s 60s Scoop share their stories. As we enter the holiday shopping season, we have tips for protecting your identity
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Secretary Jennifer Granholm leads the U.S. Department of Energy. This means she advises President Joe Biden on the nation’s energy supply, carries out environmental cleanup and oversees 17 national laboratories. She also oversees the federal government’s trust responsibilities to tribes.

It has become known as the 60s Scoop in Canada which was the mass removal of Native children from their homes, community and culture. An estimated 30,000 Native children were adopted or fostered to mostly White middle-class homes in Canada. Coleen Rajotte spoke to some of the survivors who said the compensation is not good enough.

Identity theft experts say you must be vigilant to protect your identity and your banking information. To help you prepare, the Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition is hosting a webinar this week to educate Indian Country. Kelle Slaughter is the Identity Theft program manager with the Federal Trade Commission. Christy Finsel is the executive director of the Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • A recent virtual town hall spotlighted what’s at stake for Indian Country this election season. Social justice organization IllumiNative held a Facebook live event called Natives Vote.
  • Now to New Mexico where a major electric car maker is partnering with a tribal nation, for a second time, to open up shop. Last week, Tesla announced it will open a dealership on tribal lands by May 2023. The 35,000 square-foot facility will be located at Santa Ana Pueblo.
  • Tattoos have historically been a practice used by many Indigenous people — and in today’s day and age, that has evolved. ICT’s Pacey Smith-Garcia recently profiled a group of artists giving a modern-day spin on this practice.
  • Last week Indigenous women from around Latin America met in Guatemala to highlight the discrimination they face. The third annual Abya Yala Indigenous Women Summit saw hundreds of Indigenous leaders and representatives from 11 countries.
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