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On the Tuesday edition of the ICT Newscast, Alaskans are sending a Native woman to Congress. We learn about the upcoming urban tribal forum in North Dakota, and the National Native American Hall of Fame is ready to induct a new class of outstanding leaders
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In 1952, the federal Urban Relocation Program, moved thousands of Native people from their tribal lands into cities. Today, census data shows 70 percent of Indigenous people live away from their communities. Cheryl Kary, executive director of the Sacred Pipe Resource Center, tells us about the upcoming Urban Tribal Forum.

The National Native American Hall of Fame will induct nine outstanding Native Americans into its body on Nov. 5. These people have made major contributions in the fields of government, law, publishing, sports and entertainment. James Parker Shield established the award in 2016.

Mary Peltola is going to Washington D.C. Last week’s victory in a special election makes her the first Democrat in nearly half a century to represent Alaska in the House. Her run was history-making, prevailing over former Gov. Sarah Palin. ICT National Correspondent Joaqlin Estus has more.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data last week showing that American Indians and Alaska Natives will see a dramatic change in life-expectancy. Data from 2021 says that the life expectancy for American Indians and Alaska Natives is 65 years and two months. That is a drop of six years and six months from data in 2019. COVID-19 as the main cause. Accidental injuries, mostly from drug overdoses, were the second largest contributor.

In Canada, preparations have begun for the country’s second ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Also known as Orange Shirt Day the holiday recognizes the legacy of the Canadian Indian residential school system. APTN’s Fraser Needham has the story.

In Africa, Indigenous leaders say Nigeria's Osun River is toxic from pollution. For centuries worshippers have gathered every summer at the sacred river to offer prayers and ask for healing. Religious leaders say the water has become polluted due to the activities of miners and large corporations.

As more and more tribal nations consider investing in cannabis, a new organization is highlighting Native voices in the industry. Launched last week, the Indigenous Cannabis Industry Association is working to promote equity and economic opportunity for Natives. The non-profit is the brainchild of Rob Pero.

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