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On the Wednesday edition of the ICT Newscast, a tribal nation has donated $9 million to support the California Indian Nations College. And, toxic pollutants endanger subsistence in Alaska
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The California Indian Nations College is aiming to become the first stand-alone, fully accredited tribal college California has had in decades. And it just received a major financial boost. In May, Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians Chairman Darrell Mike announced it has committed more than $9 million to support this goal.

Arctic Indigenous Peoples have an increased risk to exposure to harmful chemicals, according to new Environmental Science and Pollution Research. Vi Waghiyi, Environmental Health and Justice Program director at Alaska Community Action on Toxics led the study.

Holly Cook Macarro is from the Red Lake Nation and a partner with Spirit Rock Consultant. Minnesota’s Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, White Earth Nation, is on the primary ballot on Aug. 9. It’s been a challenging four years for this Ojibwe woman and Gov. Tim Walz with the pandemic and the murder of George Floyd.

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A slice of our Indigenous world:

A Cherokee citizen has been awarded the highest military honor in the United States. President Joe Biden honored army specialist Dwight W. Birdwell with a medal of honor.

According to Environmental Science and Pollution Research, marine animals hunted by Yupik residents of St. Lawrence Island were found to have varying levels of manufactured chemicals.

The first Native American treasurer is laying out her economic agenda. Mohegan Chief Lynn Malerba says she comes from leaders who instilled in her the need to keep her nation healthy. President Biden recently appointed her to be the nation’s treasurer.

Indigenous high school and college students took to Princeton University, and then to Capitol Hill in June. The Summer Policy Academy has announced it has signed a new agreement with Princeton to continue the program for the next five years. 

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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 the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @quindreayazzie Yazzie is based in Phoenix.

Maxwell Montour, Pottawatomi, is a newscast editor for Indian Country Today. On Instagram: max.montour Montour is based in Phoenix.
Mary Grace Pewewardy, Hopi/Comanche/Kiowa, is an intern at Indian Country Today. On Instagram: @mgpewewardy. Pewewardy is based in Phoenix, and enjoys playing video games.