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Electric school buses for Native children

Coming up on ICT Newscast, EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan tells us how his agency is investing in Native communities. Plus, we’re featuring entrepreneur Ruth-Ann Thorn and more on a discrimination lawsuit filed by a Native educator

According to the Small Business Administration, women own more than 9 million businesses. Luiseño citizen Ruth-Ann Thorn is included in that number. For years, she's been an entrepreneur in San Diego. Her businesses have included art galleries and a skin care beauty line.

A new grant from the Environmental Protection Agency resulted in the purchase of an electric school bus on the lands of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan shares more on these efforts.

From education to federal Indian boarding schools, Source New Mexico senior reporter Shaun Griswold, Laguna Pueblo, has had his hands full. He joins us once again to talk about his latest reporting.

  • In Washington D.C. $9 million is being awarded to 13 Indigenous and Alaska Native nations for renewable energy. 
  • A plan is underway that would give $100 million to Indigenous leaders in California to help buy back ancestral lands. 
  • More companies are producing reports on E.S.G., which stands for Environment, Social and Governance. 
  • An Indigenous woman combines her love of painting with a childhood pastime. Patty Talahongva reports.

Find more detail on these stories at the top of today's show.


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