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Indian Country is on fire

Things are heating up all over the world. What does climate change mean for Indigenous people? Plus, tribal nations across the country are looking at what it means to be a citizen

July was the world’s hottest month since the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration started keeping track 142 years ago. But what does this mean for Indigenous lands? Jade Begay, Diné and Tesuque Pueblo, from NDN Collective joins us to discuss.

Child sexual abuse is a scourge on communities, and experts say it may affect as many as half of all Native American children. Our partners at the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at Arizona State University have a special report.

What is an enrolled tribal citizen? Blood quantum, when and where one is born are just a few considerations. The Bois Forte Band of Chippewa are grappling with this. Its chair, Cathy Chavers, joins us. She also chairs the Minnesota Chippewa Tribes.

The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act turns 50. It created corporations, but there’s still tribes in Alaska. ICT Reporter Meghan Sullivan is working on a series of stories to put this into context. Younger generations are worried.

Ku Stevens’ great grandfather Frank Quinn attended the Stewart Indian School in 1913. He ran away three times. Ku decided to reenact his great grandfather's escape. ICT's Kaitlin Onawa Boysel reports.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • Interior Secretary Deb Haaland says the Interior’s plan to investigate government run boarding schools will soon be unveiled. 
  • For the first time, a Native American may become the director of the National Park Service. 
  • A voting win for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe in Arizona, as the tribe reaches an agreement to reinstate an early voting site on its lands. 
  • The Bureau of Indian Affairs is modernizing how it maintains titles to federal Indian trusts and restricted fee lands. 
  • California’s Senate is on a path to approving a paid Native American Day for its court workers.
  • The Green Country All-stars, a team made up of Indigenous athletes, are the new Little League World Series Champions.

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Mark Trahant, Shoshone-Bannock, is editor of Indian Country Today. On Twitter: @TrahantReports Trahant is based in Phoenix. 

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

Patty Talahongva, Hopi, is executive producer of Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter: @WiteSpider.

Kaitlin Onawa Boysel, Cherokee, is a producer/reporter for Indian Country Today. On Instagram: @KaitlinBoysel Boysel is based in California.