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Tom Brewer, Oglala Lakota

Tom Brewer, Oglala Lakota

After weeks of speculation, Russia invaded Ukraine this week. As world leaders condemn the attacks, Nebraska State Sen. Tom Brewer offers his perspective. The retired colonel served 36 years in the Army, including in six tours in Afghanistan.

In a file photo U.S. Marines of the 28th Regiment of the Fifth Division raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, on Feb. 23, 1945. American Indian Ira Hayes was among the soldiers raising the flag in the famous photo.

In a file photo U.S. Marines of the 28th Regiment of the Fifth Division raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, on Feb. 23, 1945. American Indian Ira Hayes was among the soldiers raising the flag in the famous photo.

This week marks the anniversary of the U.S. flag raising on Iwo Jima during World War II. The Gila River Indian Community in Arizona still honors one of the flag raisers who was a reluctant hero. Patty Talahongva reports.

Regis Pecos is a long-time policy expert in New Mexico. He is the former governor of Cochiti Pueblo and co-directs the Leadership Institute at the Santa Fe Indian School. (Photo courtesy of Pecos)

Lawmakers in New Mexico are passing key bills important to Native communities. Regis Pecos, the former governor of Cochiti Pueblo, shares the impact of these new state initiatives.

Ruth Buffalo, Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation

Ruth Buffalo, Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation

Ruth Buffalo is the first Native American female Democrat elected to the North Dakota legislature. During her 1st term, the Mandan Hidatsa & Arikara Nation citizen has helped to pass an Indigenous education for all bill as she continued to advocate for missing and murdered Indigenous people.

Citizens from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe honor college athletes in Vermillion, South Dakota.

Citizens from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe honor college athletes in Vermillion, South Dakota.

In South Dakota, 600 high school students, parents and alumni traveled to Vermillion to honor college athletes over the weekend. ICT’s Shirley Sneve has more.

Lee Francis IV, PhD, Laguna Pueblo

Lee Francis IV, PhD, Laguna Pueblo

New Mexico PBS released the first episode of "Indigi-genius." Written and hosted by Lee Francis, a self described Indigi-Nerd, the series covers a range of global Indigenous topics. 

A slice of our Indigenous world:

  • The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is celebrating a major victory. 
  • In Minneapolis, Minnesota, Augsburg University is offering full tuition to all Native Americans. 
  • Food sovereignty is an issue many tribal nations are addressing, Patty Talahongva reports. 
  • Thousands of youth hockey players across Canada will soon be flashing past the blue line in orange practice jerseys.

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

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Aliyah Chavez, Kewa Pueblo, is the anchor of the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @aliyahjchavez.

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Patty Talahongva, Hopi, is senior correspondent for Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter: @WiteSpider.

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