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Indian Country's coal dilemma

In this Tuesday edition of the ICT Newscast, we learn about the impact of tribal colleges and universities. A First Nations Forge Fellow looks to the past for inspiration — and coal is not king anymore
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The Forge Project is a Native-led art, culture, and decolonial education initiative in Upstate New York. Six Indigenous thought leaders have been awarded fellowships, including Tania Willlard. Her multimedia work melds the contemporary and traditional — and its intersections between cultures.

There are 32 TCUs around the country — the first one started in 1968 as the Navajo Community College. Hollie Mackey joins us to talk about the legacy of learning on tribal lands. She’s the executive director for the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Native Americans and Strengthening Tribal Colleges and Universities.

The problem for some 25 tribal nations is how to unwind coal dollars, and the jobs that it provides. Just as important is the question: Are there resources available to make that transition work? ICT’s Mark Trahant has this report. It’s part of the Indigenous Economics Project, with funding from the Bay and Paul Foundations.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • People in the U.S. can order another round of free rapid COVID-19 tests. The White House announced that tests are now eligible to be re-ordered using at Each household can place an order of eight rapid tests for free. To order by phone, you can call 1-800-232-0233.
  • In Canada, plans are moving ahead to build a new residence for Inuit in Ottawa who are staying longer for medical appointments. The city's planning committee approved Larga Baffin’s application, but some remain opposed to the project.
  • Tuesday marks a solemn anniversary for the loved ones and fans of world-renowned hoop dancer Nakotah LaRance. It’s the second anniversary of his accidental death at age 30. He was a nine-time championship winner, and a Cirque du Soleil performer.
  • Indigenous Australian advocates are fighting to save ancient rock art.The 40,000-year-old sacred rock art in Western Australia is being affected by pollution. 


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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.

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Mary Grace Pewewardy, Hopi/Comanche/Kiowa, is an intern for the ICT newscast. On Instagram: @mgpewewardy. Pewewardy is based in Phoenix, and enjoys playing video games.

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