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'Ukrainians will fight to the death'

Coming up on the ICT Newscast, a retired colonel breaks down Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and more on two US Supreme Court cases. Plus, a Crow Creek Sioux health expert virtually speaks with the White House

The decision by Russia to invade Ukraine has shattered peace in Europe. Joining us is Oglala Lakota citizen Tom Brewer. He is a retired Army colonel and a Nebraska state senator. Brewer is talking about the fallout which is reverberating around the world.

Federal Indian law is on the docket for the Supreme Court this session. The high court will hear two cases, Denezpi vs. the United States and Ysleta del Sur Pueblo vs. Texas. Nambe Pueblo citizen and Stanford assistant law professor Elizabeth Reese is a federal Indian law expert who is breaking down what’s at stake.

The White House is starting a new initiative called the Health Equity Roundtable Series. Crow Creek Sioux citizen Victor Lopez-Carmen is in medical school at Harvard. He has been asked to join the series centering conversations on achieving equitable medical care for all Americans.

  • The Department of the Interior has taken new steps to replace the derogatory s-word from federal sites.
  • In Washington D.C., two supreme court cases involving federal Indian law are being heard this session. 
  • This week marks the 77th anniversary of the flag raising on Iwo Jima island during World War II. ICT's Patty Talahongva has more on the Gila River Indian Community citizen who helped raise that flag. 

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


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