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Sacred site under attack

On the Thursday edition of the ICT Newscast, a Native leader is calling on Pope Francis to apologize to Indigenous people in the U.S. Sacred land to the Amah Mutsun is under threat of being destroyed, and we look at a new film about Oklahoma boarding schools
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Juristac is described as the heart of Amah Mutsun culture. It is a sacred place to the tribal nation located near the Bay Area in California. It’s under threat of being destroyed to build an open-pit sand and gravel mine. Amah Mutsun chairman Valentin Lopez tells us more.

Earlier this week, thousands of Indigenous people in Canada gathered to hear a historic apology from the leader of the Catholic Church. Shortly after, in the U.S., the president of the National Congress of American Indians Fawn Sharp published an open letter to Pope Francis. 

Jeff Palmer is a professor, director, and filmmaker. He wrapped up filming last Wednesday for a new short film, "Ghosts.” It tells the story of three Kiowa boys who ran away from a boarding school in Anadarko, Oklahoma, in 1891.

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There are new developments in Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s effort to remove the s-word from federal lands. Earlier this week, the agency announced that its task force has finished its review into more than 600 geographic features that have the s-word in it. 

In California, a tribal nation has made a major donation to a prominent law school. The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria donated more than $4 million to the law school at UCLA. The donation is creating two new faculty chairs who specialize in Federal Indian Law. 

Last week in Canada, the one-year countdown to the opening ceremony of the 2023 North American Indigenous Games was launched. It will be one of the largest sporting events held in the Atlantic region. APTN’s Angel Moore has the story.

The Cherokee Nation and Tesuque Pueblo are drawing attention from award-winning directors with on-site studios. In Oklahoma, the Cherokee have created a virtual soundstage. 

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