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On the weekend edition of the ICT Newscast, NDN Collective takes action after a young man lost his life. We feature two Indigenous winners of the MacArthur Fellowship. A Hopi woman gets out the vote – in her language
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In South Dakota where voters will weigh in on Amendment D. It’s a ballot measure to expand Medicaid. South Dakota is only one of 12 states that limit the public insurance program and Indigenous people in the state make up 30 percent of the state’s uninsured.

In Alaska, a popular tribal consortium is working to save the salmon through democracy. The United Tribes of Bristol Bay announced its endorsements for candidates who support protecting Bristol Bay’s wild salmon. The Salmon Slate endorsements for the 2022 general election include Lisa Murkowski and Pat Chesbro for U.S. Senate, and Mary Peltola for the U.S. House.

The Native Americans Veterans Memorial is the first-of-its kind on a national scale. It will be dedicated on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. It’s located in Washington, D.C. outside of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

In Idaho, the Shoshone Bannock nation hosted a Halloween themed event to highlight its citizens with invisible disabilities. Natives put their costumes on early to take part in the Shoshone-Bannock Vocational Rehabilitation’s annual Glow Run/Walk.

A young man lost his life coming to the aid of a female relative. Blaine Pourier was shot on March 18 at the Grand Gateway Hotel in Rapid City, South Dakota. He died 16 days later. The incident sparked protests across the city after the hotel owner banned Native Americans. NDN Collective led the efforts to file lawsuits against the hotel owners for racial discrimination. Nick Tilsen is the president and CEO of NDN Collective.

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Mexico has become a deadly place for land and water protectors — and the Yaqui people of northern Mexico have been hit especially hard by these attacks. ICT’s Pacey Smith-Garcia has more.

The prestigious MacArthur Foundation has announced its class of fellows for 2022. It includes Citizen Potawatomi Nation professor, writer and scientist Robin Wall Kimmerer. She’s the author of “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants.” Sandra Schulman has this interview.

According to the Voting Rights Act, election offices are required to translate voting materials into different languages. That’s if more than 10,000, or at least five percent of voters are not proficient in English. Cronkite news reporter Alexia Stanbridge visited tribal nations in Arizona who are working on these efforts.

Ho-Chunk citizen, filmmaker and poet Sky Hopinka received a MacArthur Fellowship. The award-winning filmmaker’s short and feature-length films move between both Indigenous history and current experiences.