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Apache Stronghold receives good news on its fight to save Oak Flat. Zack Ducheneaux gets Agriculture Department nod. Russian Museum displays Spirit Lakota Dakota artist’s work. Rhode Island’s Tomaquag Museum is on the move, so is Indian Country Today’s studio.
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Janie Hipp, president and CEO of the Native American Agriculture Fund, comments on Zack Ducheneaux’s appointment.

Naelyn Pike carries on a family tradition of protection of Apache sacred lands.

Narragansett Lorén Spears announces a capital campaign for the Tomaquag Museum.

Marlena Myles uses technology to teach traditional Dakota mythology and Russian relations through an exhibit at the Minneapolis Museum of Russian Arts.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • The U.S. Forest Service withdrew its final environmental impact statement for a huge copper mine near Superior, Arizona — halting a land swap for Oak Flat — deemed sacred by many Apaches and other Southwestern tribes.
  • The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources has voted to move Deb Haaland's Interior nomination to the full U.S. Senate. The nomination has been contentious, with many Republicans taking aim at Haaland's stances on fossil fuels, and pledging to try to defeat her.
  • President Joe Biden made additional disaster assistance available to the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians. The declaration OKs extra federal funds for Public Assistance projects undertaken as a result of severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides.
  • The Urban Indian Health Institute distributed over $580,000 in grants to nine urban Native organizations nationwide to battle chronic disease in Indian Country.
  • At just 24 years old, Myia Antone is the youngest ever recipient of the Tim Jones Community Achievement Award. She is the founder and director of Indigenous Women Outdoors, a new non-profit organization that helps First Nations women reconnect to their traditional territories and roots through backcountry sports on the North Shore and in Squamish.

Some quotes from today's show 

Janie Hipp

“Zack Ducheneaux is one of our nation's experts on how agricultural lending is not quite right now. And this has been my career as well. As a country, we need to get it right on how we extend capital and credit to all farmers and ranchers. We're in the middle of an intergenerational shift within the agricultural sector to younger people. We need them to stay in, in the game and with us, no matter who they are.”

“We're in a crucial time with the Oak Flat fight against Resolution Copper and the Tonto National Forest. So to see Biden's administration put a hold on the land exchange, I think it's the first step of many steps that need to come. Because as of right now, even though the land transfer has been halted, it doesn't mean that it will be completely protected. We need a congressional act to put that in place for the protection of Oak Flat.”

Lorén Spears

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“To elevate the respect for the traditional ecological knowledge that our communities have and the access to the land and the resources that are there and in a truly traditional and respectful way that's really important. And having the 18 acres at the University of Rhode Island it's still a rural space, but it's more conducive to access for tourists. It's on a bike path.”

Marlena Myles

“Growing up in an urban area, there was never anything that really taught about Dakota People. It's the same with the exhibit when I did the Russians and Alaska Natives, I think most of us just learn a paragraph about how America bought Alaska and that's it. So growing up here in the twin cities, there was never anything that talked about Dakota People here that's why I wanted to create free resources like the Dakota land map that shows the language is still here today.”

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Mark Trahant, Shoshone-Bannock, is editor of Indian Country Today. On Twitter: @TrahantReports Trahant is based in Phoenix. 

Shirley Sneve, Sicangu Lakota, is a producer/writer for Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter @rosebudshirley She’s based in Nebraska and Minnesota.

Aliyah Chavez, Kewa Pueblo, is a reporter-producer at Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter: @aliyahjchavez or email her at

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