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COVID-19 is once again on the rise. And we have more on a Native family in Colorado who lost their home to fire. Plus, a look at events in Washington and tribal sovereignty
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It’s been two years since the first cases of COVID-19 were reported. And now with the Omicron variant, new cases are on the rise. Epidemiologist Dean Seneca tells us what this means for Indian Country.

Just days before the new year, the most damaging wildfire in Colorado’s history ripped through the state. Fueled by hurricane force winds, the Marshall fire quickly destroyed and damaged more than 1,000 homes. Ime and her husband Gary Salazar join the show to tell us what happened. 

This week also marks the anniversary of the Capitol Insurrection. A year later, more than 700 people have been indicted. The deadly attack injured 140 officers and left five dead. Walter Lamar gives us some perspective. His company, Lamar and Associates, provides law enforcement and security consulting services to tribal governments.

Fawn Sharp has led the National Congress of American Indians since 2019. She updates us on the relationship tribes now have with the federal government.

Jordan Dresser is the chairman of the Northern Arapaho Tribe in Wyoming. ICT asked him about the Interior Department’s boarding school investigation.

Next week, the PBS series Independent Lens will feature “Home from School: the Children of Carlisle.” It documents the Northern Arapaho’s repatriation efforts. We take a look.

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  • In Washington state, two Tulalip fishermen are celebrating a big legal win. 
  • The American Indian College Fund is using major funding to create a future with more Indigenous teachers. 
  • Ohio's Indigenous community is working to be seen as more than just history. 
  • One of Indian Country’s most beloved leaders is ready to be minted.

Find more details on these headlines at the top of today's newscast.


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