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Hawaiian kapa & pattern keeping

On Wednesday's ICT Newscast, Hawaiian artist Lehuauakea shares the traditional ways of making kapa. Plus, renewable energy gets a boost on sovereign lands. And John Tahsuda has more on the state of tribal gaming

Lehuauakea, Kanaka Maoli, is an interdisciplinary artist and kapa maker from Pāpaʻikou on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. They join us today with more on the traditional making of kapa, a cloth made out of tree bark and natural pigments. Lehuauakea is bringing new patterns into the traditional making of the fiber.

Tribal gaming enterprises have brought significant profits and jobs to Native communities. This industry was hit particularly hard during the pandemic. ICT regular contributor John Tahsuda III is the former senior counselor to the secretary of the Interior and principal deputy assistant secretary of Indian Affairs. 

Tribes across the country are taking sovereignty to the next level by creating power sources that are renewable and environmentally friendly. Our special report, "At the Crossroads," takes a deep dive. Ted McDermott is a freelance reporter at InvestigateWest who looks at efforts by tribes in geothermal, solar and wind power to meet the needs of citizens.

  • New legislation in Congress could eliminate a tax law surprise for some American Indian and Alaska Native students.
  • The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe’s marijuana operation continues to grow. Stewart Huntington reports.

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

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