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Shawls in shades of pink

We explain how 'Indigenous Pink Day' ties into Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Plus, could the National Park Service soon have its first Indigenous leader?

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for Native women. Meskwaki citizen Melissa Buffalo is the CEO of the American Indian Cancer Foundation. She joins us today to tell us about "Indigenous Pink Day," a day aimed at bring awareness to the disease for Native people.

The National Park Service is more than 100 years old and it’s never been led by an Indigenous person, but that may soon change. The federal agency oversees more than 85 million acres of national parks, monuments, battlefields and recreation areas across the U.S. ICT and Underscore reporter Chris Aadland has more on Charles Sams III, who has been nominated to be the next director of the National Park Service. 

  • Advocates for the sacred site Oak Flat will be in federal court on Friday.
  • Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau made a visit to Kamloops, British Columbia to visit with an Indigenous community.
  • Indigenous communities from the Amazon are suing Ecuador’s government in an effort to halt oil development. 
  • An Osage doctor is the recipient of the prestigious 2021 Rural Physician of the Year award. 
  • A new book, “Notable Native People,” hit the bookshelves this week.

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Today's newscast was created with work from:

Aliyah Chavez, Kewa Pueblo, is an anchor for Indian Country Today’s newscast. On Twitter: @aliyahjchavez

Kaitlin Onawa Boysel, Cherokee, is a producer/reporter for Indian Country Today. On Instagram: @KaitlinBoysel Boysel is based in South Carolina. 

Drea Yazzie, Diné, is a producer/editor for Indian Country Today. On Twitter: @quindreayazzie Yazzie is based in Phoenix.