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On today's ICT Newscast, protesters gather in South Dakota and residential schools are under scrutiny, we have the latest. Plus, US Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez talks about government funding for Native communities

The Great Sioux Nation Tribal Chairman’s Association called a special meeting in Rapid City, South Dakota last weekend. Protesters marched on the Gateway Grand Hotel after the owners banned all Indians from the property. Managing Editor Kevin Abourezk is covering the events as they unfold and joins us with more detail.

A portion of the $1.5 trillion spending package President Joe Biden signed into law will go to support Native communities. Joining us is U.S. Rep Teresa Leger Fernandez, the New Mexico Democrat and chair of the House subcommittee on Indigenous people. She will be breaking down what this means for Indian Country.

Indigenous leaders and residential school survivors traveled to Rome to meet with Pope Francis this week. In the U.S., ICT national correspondent Mary Annette Pember traveled to Wisconsin to visit the former boarding school her mother attended. Pember has been covering American Indian boarding schools for decades. She joins us to share more on her recent experience. 

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • This week Pope Francis met privately with survivors of Canada's residential schools
  • In New Mexico, sales for recreational cannabis are set to begin on Friday.
  • A tribal nation in Montana is celebrating its final step to restore part of its territory. 
  • The National Indian Council on Aging just received millions of dollars in donations from Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. 
  • The Buffalo Bandits of the National Lacrosse League  celebrated its Native American Heritage night.

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


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