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On Tuesday’s ICT Newscast, Billy Mills tells us about Jim Thorpe’s legacy and the Olympics. Stepping up the Native vote in Washington State, and art and climate change in Alaska
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Climate change is already being felt by Alaskans who are dependent on subsistence hunting and gathering — and Alaskan artisans are no different. Joining us today is Yup’ik Forge Fellow Ilgavak. He is a culture bearer, artist, designer, filmmaker, and educator.

Environmental issues are top of mind for this Native Activist. Alyssa Macy is the CEO of the Washington Environmental Council — and Washington Conservation Voters. She’s working to get out the Native vote.

It took over a hundred years, and now Jim Thorpe is finally the official winner of gold medals in the 1912 Olympics. Among those who led the way is Nedra Darling, who heads Bright Path Strong. Also joining us is Oglala citizen Billy Mills, who is still the only American to win Olympic gold in the 10,000 meter race.

A slice of our Indigenous world:

In Virginia, the nation’s first Native Cabinet secretary is healing from a fall. On Sunday, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland was injured during a hike in the Shenandoah National Park. Doctors have confirmed she broke her left fibula.

Children in Phoenix are learning to hoop dance at Ballet Arizona.

Last weekend an Indigenous hammer thrower helped continue U.S. dominance at the world championships. Comanche citizen and Team USA member Janee' Kassanavoid received a bronze medal at the World Athletics Championships.

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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 and managing editor of the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @aliyahjchavez.

R. Vincent Moniz, Jr., NuÉta, is the senior producer of the ICT newscast. Have a great story to share? Send it to

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

Kaitlin Onawa Boysel, Cherokee, is a producer/reporter for Indian Country Today. On Instagram: @KaitlinBoysel Boysel is based in South Carolina.

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.