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Reflections on 1970s activism

On the Thursday edition of the ICT Newscast, we look back at 50 years of the American Indian Movement and the BIA takeover. We continue our coverage on Indigenous Economics. Plus, hoop dancing for the next generation
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The 1970s ushered in a new era of American Indian history. The return of Blue Lake to the Taos Pueblo, the occupation of Alcatraz Island and in 1972, the takeover of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C. The American Indian Movement rose up in Minneapolis. Today, we meet Syd Beane, a Dakota man whose organizing efforts still live on.

Reporting about economics in Indigenous communities is something becoming more commonplace because of Mark Trahant. He is ICT’s lead correspondent on a special series called the Indigenous Economics Project.

Summer is typically when children have more time to learn new skills. For a group in Phoenix, they can now add hoop dancing to that list. ICT’s Aliyah Chavez and Max Montour learned about a new initiative aiming to teach culture and dance.

A slice of our Indigenous world:

Voters from the Navajo Nation will see familiar faces in the tribe’s general election. Both Jonathan Nez and Buu Nygren are advancing in the nation’s presidential race.

A recent COVID-19 pandemic study shows a decline in life span for Native Americans. A report published last week by researchers Noreen Goldman and Theresa Andrasfay shows a decrease in life expectancy for Native American people born during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Artifacts taken from Wounded Knee, South Dakota, highlight the slow pace of repatriations. Items in a Massachusetts museum are believed to have been taken from ancestors massacred at Wounded Knee Creek in 1890. A federal database shows 870,000 items in various institutions should be returned to tribes by law.

A prominent Indigenous organization is aiming to find out the response of Indigenous people on Pope Francis’ apology last week. The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition has a form on its website asking Indigenous people about their reactions to the apology.

Reviews are already in for the first two episodes of "Reservation Dogs’" second season. Many people in and outside of Indian Country have been waiting for the next episodes of the Peabody Award winning comedy.

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Drea Yazzie, Diné, is a producer/editor for the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @quindreayazzie Yazzie is based in Phoenix.

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