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Indian Child Welfare Act in court

On the weekend edition of the ICT Newscast, the challenge to Indian Child Welfare Act. Indigenous people break celestial barriers, and the chair of the Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs
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The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case Brackeen v. Haaland in November. It challenges the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act which protects Native children if they are removed from their families, tribes and nations. Sarah Deer is a professor at the University of Kansas and is the chief justice for the Prairie Island Indian Community court of appeals.

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.

When Chickasaw citizen John Herrington was in space in 2002, part of his mission was to help build new areas of the International Space Station. Fast forward to this exact moment, and that’s where NASA Astronaut Nicole Mann, Wailacki of the Round Valley Indian Tribes, is living. Herrington, who was the first Native person in space, gives us his unique perspective on this mission.

(Related: Nicole Mann: Continuing the legacy of carrying hopes, dreams)

Perhaps a few of the students who gathered in Palms Spring for the AISES conference dream of being an astronaut. David Cournoyer has this report from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society conference.

Climate change, rural economics and language loss are just a handful of issues before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. The committee chairman is Hawai’i’s senior Sen. Brian Schatz.

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  • We start our newscast 260 miles above planet earth at the International Space Station. Earlier this week, NASA astronaut Nicole Mann shared her experience living in space so far. At a press conference, organized by the Associated Press, Mann answered a question. The Round Valley Indian Tribes citizen made history in early October as the first Native woman in space.
  • The Redding Rancheria held its State of the Tribe event last week. Tribal citizens gathered at the tribe’s WinRiver casino for food, stories, music and gathering. The nation’s leaders used their speeches to highlight progress made by the tribe within the last two years. This event by the Redding Rancheria has been happening for over 20 years.
  • In Canada, a First Nations man says he'll use the constitution to prove he can sell cannabis within his tribe’s territory. APTN’s Angel Moore has the story.

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