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Geothermal sovereignty

On Friday’s Weekend Edition of the ICT Newscast, redemption for a wrongful conviction. Sovereignty through geothermal energy. And he’s so ugly, he’s cute. Meet Mr. Happy Face
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On December 22, 2021, Danny Wilber walked out of prison. He served 18 years for a murder he did not commit. In 2005, Wilber was convicted of first-degree homicide and was sentenced to life in prison. Ultimately, a small team, including his partner, Lacey Kinnart, worked with forensic experts to prove his innocence.

Natural resources are something that many tribes rely on for survival and economic independence. But the Fort Nelson First Nation is heating things up. It’s exploring geothermal energy. Shirley Sneve has this interview with Chief Sharleen Gale.

Indigenous high school and college students took to Princeton University — and then to Capitol Hill in June. They are advocating for issues most important to them.

Diné musician and activist Jeneda Benally wanted something special for her birthday last year. Now Mr. Happy Face is a star! He was named the World’s Ugliest Dog.

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A slice of our Indigenous world:

Indigenous people in Colombia are a step closer towards self-governance. A court has ordered that the Colombian government must accept the applications of 14 territories. They have applied to become Indigenous Territorial Entities, according to news organization Mongabay.

Four U.S. school districts are receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding to change offensive imagery. In Michigan, 4 school districts will receive funds to rebrand or replace mascots that display inaccurate representations.

Canada's first Indigenous governor general Mary Simon's first official visit to the Yukon included art and the importance of education in the region. APTN’s Sara Connors has the story.

An all-Native youth sporting event on a major sports channel. The semi-final and championship games of the Native American Basketball (NABI) will stream on ESPN+.

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Today's newscast was created with work from:

Shirley Sneve, Ponca/Sicangu Lakota, is vice president of broadcasting for Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter @rosebudshirley She’s based in Nebraska and Minnesota.

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

R. Vincent Moniz, Jr., NuÉta, is the senior producer of the ICT newscast. Have a great story to share? Send it to

McKenzie Allen-Charmley, Dena’ina Athabaskan, is a producer of the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @mallencharmley

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.