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Stories of identity from Indigenous lands

On this weekend edition of ICT, we're bringing you stories on historical and sacred places, plus more on Indigenous identity

Interior secretary Deb Haaland traveled to the sacred site Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico last week. She was joined by tribal, state and federal leaders to celebrate the announcement that the Biden administration will block new federal oil and gas leasing within a 10-mile radius of Chaco over the next 20 years. Acoma Pueblo Governor Brian Vallo tells us about this special place.

Geronimo Louie has amassed more than 162-thousand followers on the social media platform: TikTok. He is a Chiricahua Apache and Diné content creator. The fashion designer and a youth director for Diné pride joins the show to talk about inclusion for two-spirit individuals.

On Thanksgiving Day, Indigenous people gathered in prayer and solidarity. The 43rd annual “Sunrise Gathering” was held on Alcatraz Island near San Francisco. Participants say it proves that 400 years later, Native people have not vanished. ICT’s deputy managing editor Dalton Walker reports.

This month the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act turns 50. This law set up a different type of enrollment for Alaska Natives. Our special correspondent, Meghan Sullivan, looks at identity among Alaska Native youth.

Jim Thorpe inspired generations of Natives. Now, Ojibwe and Oneida hip-hop artist Tall Pall is honoring Thorpe through music. We'll show you what the rap phenomenon from South Minneapolis, Minnesota is working on.

  • Residents on a Navy base in Hawai’i are asking for answers after “petroleum product” was discovered in their tap water. 
  • Washington state’s department of health is thinking outside the box to engage the issues some Native communities are facing. 
  • In Mexico, victims of sexual violence are seeking justice … with help from Indigenous activists. 
  • Get your snacks ready because the Indigenous Bowl is back!

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

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Aliyah Chavez, Kewa Pueblo, is an anchor for Indian Country Today’s newscast. On Twitter: @aliyahjchavez.

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.

Maxwell Montour, Pottawatomi, is a newscast editor for Indian Country Today. On Instagram: max.montour Montour is based in Phoenix.

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