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Co-managing public lands: ‘The idea is ripe’

Coming up, tribal co-management of public lands is gaining traction. Plus, more on the complex governance issues facing Alaska Natives

Chickasaw citizen Kevin Washburn has worked to improve federal Indian policy both from within the federal government and from the outside. He is the dean of the University of Iowa College of Law — and served as the assistant secretary for Indian affairs at the Department of the Interior in the Obama administration. He joins the ICT newscast to talk about how tribal nations could seek to contract with the federal government to co-manage public lands. 

ICT’s Meghan Sullivan has been working on a series of special reports for the 50th anniversary of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. The series in partnership with Solutions Journalism and the Alaska Center for Excellence in Journalism. She tells us about her stories ​​”Alaska without ANCSA? Look to Metlakatla” and “Being Good Relatives."

  • On the heels of the White House Tribal Nations Summit, Native youth took center stage at the White House Tribal Youth Forum. 
  • Tomorrow the annual conference for boarding school survivors and descendants kicks off in a virtual forum. 
  • A new program called “The Tribal Hub” aims to be a bridge to culturally responsive services including suicide prevention and access to behavioral health.
  • The American Indian College Fund and Pendleton Woolen Mills are announcing the 2021 Tribal College Blanket contest winner.

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

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