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On the Monday edition of the ICT Newscast, a tribal elder’s advice on reproductive health. What does the future of renewable energy look like now that coal is no longer king? A Bush Fellowship gives an Oglala woman an opportunity to address environmental needs
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She’s an educator and an advocate. And now she’s a Bush Fellow. Awarded to leaders in the Dakotas and Minnesota, the fellowship gives Janice Richards the means to make a difference for Oglala Lakota families.

At the end of June this year, the hallmark case Roe v. Wade was overturned. Cecilia Fire Thunder is an Oglala nurse, community health planner, and tribal leader. In 2004, she was the first woman elected as president of her tribal nation, but was impeached when she proposed a women’s health clinic for the Pine Ridge Reservation.

More and more energy advocates are calling for clean energy solutions. What does this mean for coal-rich tribes, like the Navajo Nation? There are also two-dozen other tribes that have coal reserves, power plants or mines. ICT’s Mark Trahant has the report in the Indigenous Economics Project about the future of energy.

A slice of our Indigenous world:

After 110 years, the Olympic record of Jim Thorpe has been reinstated. In the 1912 games, Thorpe claimed an overwhelming gold medal victory in the decathlon and pentathlon. But after the games, the International Olympic Committee found that Thorpe had been paid to play professional baseball.

Wisconsin is changing 28 place names that slur Indigenous women. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland recently signed a directive to replace the names of places with the s-word around the country. The slur was used to name places by White settlers, mostly in the 1800s.

In California, the Autry Museum of the American West premiered “Imagining the Indian, The Fight Against Native American Mascoting.” The documentary follows decades-long work to remove offensive words, images and gestures that still dominate non-Native sports culture. Charlie Perry has the story.

In Alaska, subsistence living for residents on the Yukon River is in danger. For the second year in a row, chum fishing will be closed because of projected poor run sizes of the species. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game estimates there will be less than 300,000 fish returning to the river. This is compared to the average which is around 1 million.

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