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Thunder Valley’s leader honored

On the Thursday edition of the ICT Newscast, Thunder Valley’s leader is honored by the Emerson Collective. An Indigenous scholar and author is ready to talk about their newest book. It's a scary. Meet a new judge in Arizona’s largest county
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Liberation for Lakota people through language, lifeways and spirituality. That is the vision of the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation. Its leader is Tatewin Means. She has been named a Dial Fellow by the Emerson Collective.

In Arizona, Maricopa County includes Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa and other cities. The area has a population of more than four million people, 85,000 are Indigenous. Charlene Jackson is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and was recently appointed by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to be a judge in the Maricopa County Superior Court.

(Related: 7 Indigenous women to sit on Arizona bench)

Erika Wurth is an Indigenous author whose work has appeared in Buzzfeed, Lithub and The Kenyon Review. She has a new literary horror novel called “White Horse,” which was released on Monday.

 A slice of our Indigenous world

  • President Joe Biden has issued a proclamation designating November as National Native American Heritage Month. Later this month, Biden is expected to meet with leaders of tribal governments at the White House Tribal Nations Summit.

  • In South America, Colombia is remaining a dangerous place for Indigenous land defenders. A new report from the National Commission for Indigenous Territories says that, in 2021, a Native person was killed every four days in the country. 

  • Canada’s correctional investigator Ivan Zinger released another report detailing the over-incarceration of Indigenous people in the country’s prisons. APTN’s national news team was at Zinger’s news conference on Tuesday as he laid out the possible root causes to the issue.

  • Chile and Mexico are coming together to honor an Indigenous Nobel prize winner in a big way. Last week, a mural of writer, diplomat and educator Gabriela Mistral was unveiled by Chilean President Gabriel Boric. The mosaic is a replica of one created by painter Roberto Montenegro and was donated by the Mexican Embassy to Chile.


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