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Charges filed against Bureau of Indian Affairs

On the Wednesday edition of the ICT Newscast, the Bureau of Indian Affairs is being accused of assault and abuse. A Gila River woman is paving her path in the STEM field. And the importance of tribal consultation
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Robin Villareal is the chief information officer at Gila River Hotels and Casinos in Chandler, Arizona. She is one of few Native women working in the STEM fields.

The American Civil Liberties Union of North Dakota is accusing the Bureau of Indian Affairs of assault and abuse against a Native women. Lissa Yellow Bird-Chase says she was in the process of helping another woman when she was arrested in 2021. Her attorney, Stephanie Amiotte gives us details. She's the legal director for the ACLU in North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

A tribe in Utah criticized the White House for not adequately consulting its leadership ahead of the creation of a national monument on ancestral lands in Colorado. However, representatives from the other two tribes in Colorado, the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute, say they were on board with the plan. ICT regular contributor John Tahsuda comments on the importance of tribal consultation.

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  • The Los Angeles City Council has installed a new president. On Tuesday, Paul Krekorian was selected to lead the body after a week of scandal and public outrage. It comes as former council president Nury Martinez resigned over racist comments. The city council’s first-ever Native member stepped up to help address the issue. Mitch O’Farrell, a citizen of the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma, was the acting president for a few days.
  • A groundbreaking First Nations filmmaker has died at the age of 46. Fans of horror and Indigenous films were shocked, and saddened, by the sudden passing of Mi’kmaw filmmaker Jeff Barnaby. The late director is known for his two unforgettable feature films “Rhymes for Young Ghouls” and “Blood Quantum.” He is survived by his wife, filmmaker Sarah Del Seronde and son Miles. Barnaby died in Montreal after a yearlong battle with cancer, according to his publicist.
  • Mexico has become a deadly place for land and water protectors — and the Yaqui people of northern Mexico have been especially hit hard by these attacks. ICT’s Pacey Smith-Garcia has the story. 

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Pacey Smith Garcia, Ute, is an intern for the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @paceyjournalist

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