August 30, 2022

We start our best August coverage with a first for a Native astronaut. Nicole Aunapu Mann will be making history as the first Native woman to fly into space this fall. ICT Editor Jourdan Bennett-Begaye caught up with Mann to talk space and beyond. READ MORE.

In South Dakota, ICT learned that Red Cloud Indian School will dig for graves. The announcement came after a search with ground-penetrating radar was inconclusive about whether remains might be under what is now a concrete slab in a corner of the large basement. ICT’s Mary Annette Pember reports. READ MORE.

In Canada, we learn about an Okanese First Nation author facing criminal charges in the U.S. and Canada. Dawn Dumont Walker is accused of kidnapping her son, faking their deaths. ICT Special Correspondent Miles Morrisseau is following the case. READ MORE.

We can’t talk about August news without “Reservation Dogs.” The popular show is back for its second season. ICT’s Sandra Hale Schulman caught up with some wild aunties, Tamara and Sarah Podemski, Anishinaabe/Ashkenazi. READ MORE.

Also, be sure to watch our daily newscast, “ICT Newscast with Aliyah Chavez.”

Here are ICT stories you should read up on.

Find all of the best of August here


‘Sometimes we hear the voices of children playing there’

By Mary Annette Pember
Spirits of children buried at boarding schools provoke reckoning in Oklahoma and beyond … continue reading

By Mary Annette Pember
Excavation in former dormitory basement the next step after inconclusive radar results … continue reading

By Jourdan Bennett-Begaye
NASA Astronaut Nicole Aunapu Mann will be traveling to the International Space Station and, if chosen, is on route to potentially being the first woman on the moon … continue reading

Climate Change


Fifty years later and Congress is ready to act on climate change

By Mark Trahant
Brookings: ‘It’s an odd way to write legislation, but if that’s what it takes to pass the most important climate bill ever, so be it’ … continue reading

By Carina Dominguez
Baidaj harvesting marks the new year for O’odham people and they’re noticing an alarming trend, earlier ripening of the saguaro cactus fruit … continue reading


By Kolby KickingWoman
Inaugural festival brings together Native writers from around the country … continue reading

By Dan Ninham
Ajuawak Kapashesit has tackled grief, the environment and now language preservation in his short films … continue reading



Lynnette Grey Bull gets nomination; Mary Peltola takes lead in Alaska

By Pauly Denetclaw
Updated: The Alaska special election, Senate race and Wyoming’s At-Large congressional district all have Indigenous candidates #NativeVote22 … continue reading


Voter engagement through skating

By Carina Dominguez
In an effort to promote civic engagement among Native youth on rural tribal lands, Protect the Sacred and NDN Collective hosted ‘Skate to the Polls’ #NativeVote22 … continue reading


By Dan Ninham
Hawai’i leads the way but Native athletes from Alaska, Idaho, Mississippi and Nevada also win top honors … continue reading

By Dan Ninham
Fifty youths took the field at a major-league stadium with professional coaching in Atlanta … continue reading

Global Indigenous News

By Deusdedit Ruhangariyo
Coverage around the world on Indigenous issues for the week ending Aug. 21, 2022 … continue reading

By Deusdedit Ruhangariyo
Coverage around the world on Indigenous issues for the week ending Aug. 7, 2022 … continue reading

Indian Country Today newscast 

On this Friday edition of the ICT Newscast, sisters play friends in the hit series, “Reservation Dogs.” Meet woman known as the Navajo Knitter shows, and Mary Smith sets the bar a little higher for all native lawyers … continue reading

On this weekend edition of the ICT Newscast, an Indigenous woman astronaut goes to space. Morningstar Counseling is honored in Nebraska, and it’s time for the Santa Fe Indian Market … continue reading


Paypal donate button

To advertise with us, please contact Heather Donovan at (315) 447-6145 or

Follow Indian Country Today on social media