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Colorado River: ground zero for climate crisis

Coming up on the weekend edition of the ICT newscast: The Colorado River is in danger, we visit the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in Oklahoma and an award-winning artist takes bold steps

The Colorado River is ground zero for the climate crisis. As water levels plummet, it threatens the lifeblood of 30 federally recognized tribal nations, seven states and Mexico. Daryl Vigil is the water administrator for the Jicarilla Apache Nation. And he serves on the Board of Trustees for the Colorado River Water Users Association.

Lehuauakea is a multimedia artist and Kapa maker from Pāpaʻikou on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. Kapa is a traditional cloth made from trees and natural pigments. Lehua is bringing new patterns into the traditional making of the fiber. As someone who represents a new generation of artisans, Lehuauakea wants to honor the centuries-old tradition.

Liz Grey, from Muskogee Media, reports in our special series, "At the Crossroads." Agriculture is a strong force for the Muscogee (Creek) nation. As part of CARES Act funding, a meat processing plant is becoming an economic driver, and ranching has a long tradition.

Free Press is central to democracy and when it’s threatened by government actions, Rebecca Landsberry-Baker wants you to know more. The Muscogee (Creek) citizen is part of the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and a 2022 NBC Original Voices Fellow.

Nearly 100 years ago, Albert Barnes left Philadelphia to visit New Mexico. He fell in love with the art and culture of the Pueblo and Navajo people. And now, for the first time, his collection of Native art is being featured in the exhibit called “Water, Wind, Breath: Southwest Native Art in Community.” ICT’s Patty Talahongva reports.

Guggenheim Fellowships were awarded to 180 scientists, writers, scholars, and artists honored across 51 fields of study. Cannupa Hanska Luger is one of them. He is a citizen of the Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold. Making his home in New Mexico, after he studied at the Institute of American Indian Art, his work is as bold as the state’s landscape. Creativity is in his family.

  • People around the globe are celebrating Earth Day, but how much is really being done to save the planet? 
  • Judi Gaiashkibos is making history with a hall-of-fame honoring. 
  • Stewart Huntington takes a look at local efforts to add Indigenous ideas to the culture of Aspen, Colorado. 
  • Wednesday night marked the iconic Merrie Monarch Festival on the big island of Hawai’i.

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