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Steadying a herd in crisis

On Thursday's ICT Newscast, a bison herd faces a deadly disease and we discuss the economy of North Dakota's oil fields. Plus, Indigenous Big Band Music

Mycoplasma bovis is a common bacteria found in cattle, but it is rarely deadly. For bison, it is taking a grim toll. Last month, the New York Times reported on Fred Dubray’s bison herd, saying this disease has no cure. The Lakota citizen has been ranching on the Cheyenne River tribal lands in South Dakota for 30 years. 

An all-Indigenous 16-piece big band is making its premiere performance next month in Olympia, Washington. It’s co-directed by Delbert Anderson, Diné on trumpet, who we’ve featured on the ICT Newscast. Julia Keefe, Nez Perce, joins us today. She is a jazz vocalist, actor, activist, and educator.

ICT’s "At the Crossroads" special report is taking a look at the state of the economy in Indian Country. In North Dakota, we learn about the oil industry. Joining us is veteran journalist Jodi Rave Spotted Bear. The Mandan Hidatsa & Arikara Nation citizen is the founder and director of the Indigenous Media Freedom Alliance.

A slice of our Indigenous world:

  • COVID-19 death data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will soon surpass one million. 
  • In California, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has elected a familiar female leader. 
  • The University of Southern California dedicated a center to a prominent Native leader on Monday. 
  • Muscogee (Creek) citizens are making an effort to re-establish a presence in their original homelands. 
  • A jungle city in the Amazon is hosting its first Indigenous fashion show.

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


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

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.

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

Mary Grace Pewewardy, Hopi/Comanche/Kiowa, is an intern at Indian Country Today. On Instagram: @mgpewewardy. Pewewardy is based in Phoenix, and enjoys playing video games.

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