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Chaco Canyon: Decades in the making

Acoma Pueblo Governor Brian Vallo is talking about his trip to sacred Chaco Canyon and the announcement that went along with it. Plus Joaqlin Estus is explaining details on recipients for the Honoring Nations awards

Acoma Pueblo Gov. Brian Vallo traveled to the sacred site Chaco Canyon in Northwestern New Mexico last week. He was joined by tribal, state and federal leaders celebrating the announcement that President Joe Biden will block new federal oil and gas leasing within a 10-mile radius of Chaco over the next 20 years. He joins us to talk about the history and challenges they faced to get to this point. 

ICT's national correspondent Joaqlin Estus covered the Honoring Nations awards presented by the The Harvard Project on the American Indian Economic Development. The idea is celebrating the stories of the outstanding programs in self governance. She joins the show to talk details on the winners. 

A slice of our Indigenous world 

  • In Oklahoma City, the Association of American Indian Physicians is teaming up with the CDC to increase COVID-19 and flu vaccinations for Indigenous people.
  • In Canada, a First Nations health expert is losing her job after her Indigenous ancestry claims prove to be false.
  • In the 1800s, some 21 artifacts made by Nez Perce people were collected by the Ohio History Connection.

  • In Bolivia, Indigenous people are marching 90 miles in support of their president.

  • Lung cancer takes the life of Australia’s most acclaimed Indigenous actor and dancer, David Gulpilil.

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