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Water shortage impact on tribes

On the Tuesday edition of the ICT Newscast, the Southwest is running out of water, we'll tell you what that means for tribes. Plus, there’s a history-making new athletic director at Bacone College, And a comic book features Natives living on Mars
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Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma has a new, history-making athletic director. Tera Cuny-Baker is the first woman to hold the position at the school. It’s not the first time she’s made history. Tera was the woman to have her jersey retired by Oglala Lakota College after she scored over 1,000 points in her collegiate career.

Kayla Shaggy has loved to draw since she was young. After graduating with her art degree from Fort Lewis College in Colorado, she took the plunge and drew her first comic book. "The Sixth World," is about Dinora, a Navajo girl, who lives on Mars with her grandmother — but then something happens that changes the young girl's life.

Lake Mead and Lake Powell serve water to dozens of tribes and several western states, but with water levels at historic lows, the question on everyone’s mind is how to save it. The Bureau of Reclamation set a deadline for all parties to come up with plans to conserve millions of gallons of water. Amelia Flores is the chairwoman of the Colorado River Indian Tribes.

A 17-year-old Navajo girl died following a collision on a school field trip. Officials say Holbrook Indian School student Kiarra Alma Gordon died after a crash between her school bus and a semi-truck.

In Oklahoma’s Pawnee County District Court, a prominent artist is facing an additional felony. Walter 'Bunky' Echo-Hawk, Jr. was originally charged with lewd behavior with a child under 16 years old. Prosecutors are now adding a charge of felony possession of juvenile pornography.

In Brazil, the last citizen of a tribe has passed away after decades of resisting contact. The country's Indigenous protection agency, called Funai, made the announcement on Saturday. The citizen was known as the "Man of the Hole" and he lived in complete isolation for the last 26 years.

In Bolivia, Indigenous people are continuing a time-honored tradition that preserves a delicacy made with potatoes. The process was started 5,000 years ago as a way to combat food scarcity. ICT senior producer Vincent Moniz reports.

The first-ever Pedalpalooza Native and Indigenous bike ride rolled out over the weekend. Until now, the Portland-based Pedalpalooza has never had a ride geared exclusively toward Native and Indigenous riders.

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Shirley Sneve, Ponca/Sicangu Lakota, is vice president of broadcasting for Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter @rosebudshirley She’s based in Nebraska and Minnesota.

Aliyah Chavez, Kewa Pueblo, is the anchor of the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @aliyahjchavez

R. Vincent Moniz, Jr., NuÉta, is the senior producer of the ICT newscast. Have a great story? Pitch it to vincent@ictnews.org.

McKenzie Allen-Charmley, Dena’ina Athabaskan, is a producer of the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @mallencharmley.

Patty Talahongva, Hopi, works for ICT. Follow her on Twitter: @WiteSpider.

Drea Yazzie, Diné, is a producer/editor for the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @quindreayazzie Yazzie is based in Phoenix.

Maxwell Montour, Pottawatomi, is a newscast editor for Indian Country Today. On Instagram: max.montour Montour is based in Phoenix.

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