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On the winds of change

We'll tell you about Indian Country's big changes in leadership, tourism and gaming. Plus, Pulitzer Prize winning author Louise Erdrich talks about the craft of writing
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Peggy Flanagan, Ojibwe, is the second Native woman to serve in a statewide executive office, after Denise Juneau. In 2018, Flanagan was elected as Minnesota’s lieutenant governor. She joined ICT's newscast earlier this week to talk about her reelection bid.

A new organization is aiming to support Native nurses. The Oklahoma Indigenous Nurses Association is creating a community focused on improving Indigenous healthcare. Sonya Frazier, Chickasaw and Choctaw, is its first president. 

Founded in 1947, the Phoenix Indian Center is the largest and oldest in the country. For the past 17 years, Patricia Hibbeler, Salish and Kootenai, has led the center. She spoke with us about her almost two decades of work with the center.

Sports betting is changing things in the world of gaming and Native owned casinos. ICT’s Carina Dominguez reports.

In the 1950s, a night watchman from a tribe in North Dakota found out that emancipation, really meant the termination of his tribal nation as a legal sovereign government. Louise Erdrich, Ojibwe, won the Pulitzer Prize for these words that recorded her grandfather’s deeds in her book "The Night Watchman."

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  • COP26 is set to begin Monday. It’s the annual conference on climate change hosted by the United Nations. 
  • A new regulation meant to give voters in New Mexico easier and safer access to the ballot box, apparently isn’t working.
  • The National Congress of American Indians is going to bat against Major League Baseball. 
  • The University of Maryland has a new dining hall and they are naming it after the Piscataway Conoy tribe. 
  • If you enjoy watching Molly of Denali, here is another very cool reason to watch the new season.

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