Please see below various stories and events of interest concerning the Native American community.

March 1, 2024


Greetings, relatives:

Let’s take a moment to catch up on the news that made headlines in February.

We start with one of our most-read topics this month. The death of Nex Benedict, a 16-year-old transgender student from Oklahoma, brought a national audience to a small community near Tulsa. Felix Clary has more

In the Pacific Northwest, The 50th anniversary of the Boldt Decision took place. A landmark lawsuit reaffirmed treaty fishing rights after decades of intertribal activism, inspired by the civil rights movement. Luna Reyna has more.

Elders and citizens of the Bay Mills Indian Community welcomed home the set of four scrolls — used by Ojibwe peoples to record historical and religious information – with ceremony and dignity, and at least a few tears. The scrolls had been set for auction at Cottone Auctions based in New York on behalf of a private collector. Mary Annette Pember has more

National Congress of American Indians President Mark Macarro delivered his first State of Indian Nations address in Washington, D.C. Kolby KickingWoman has more.

We can’t talk about the news without talking about the election season. This year is a presidential election year and ICT breaks down primary election versus caucus and how it affects presidential elections. Pauly Denetclaw has more

Be sure to watch our daily newscast, “ICT Newscast with Aliyah Chavez” Replays of each show can be found there.

Here are February ICT stories you should read up on and share in your network.


Find all of the best of February here




Lily Gladstone snags another major win

By Renata Birkenbuel
Barrier-busting Siksikaitsitapii and Nimíipuu actor rides wave of inclusivity, shines light on language revitalization … continue reading

Lily Gladstone during the 30th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, 2024.

Lily Gladstone accepts the award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role for “Killers of the Flower Moon” during the 30th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)


Peggy Flanagan: ‘The system failed Nex Benedict’

By Aliyah Chavez
Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan says anti-2SLGBT+ bills in Oklahoma ‘failed’ nonbinary student Nex Benedict. Her reaction comes as vigils are planned for the Choctaw descendent around the country … continue reading

Peggy Flanagan at International Women's Day ERA Rally.

Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan speaking at an International Women’s Day ERA Rally at the Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota (File photo by Lorie Shaull, Creative Commons)


A Native voting ecosystem in Nevada

By Pauly Denetclaw
Grassroots organizations, the state Indian commission, county governments and tribal nations work collectively to increase Native American voter engagement #NativeVote24 … continue reading

Moapa-Paiute Community Center.

A poster hangs on a door at the Moapa-Paiute Community Center at the Moapa River Indian Reservation in Moapa, Nev., Tuesday, June 14, 2022. (Wade Vandervort /Las Vegas Sun via AP)



Chinook Indian Nation land claim settlement awarded, nation could be closer to federal recognition

By Luna Reyna, ICT + Underscore News
The federal government awarded over half a million dollars to the Chinook Indian Nation to settle the nation’s long-running land claim. The nation believes the decision strengthens its nearly two-century fight for federal recognition and its campaign to secure a land base in its traditional territory … continue reading

Chinook Indians

Chinook Indian Nation land claim settlement awarded, nation could be closer to federal recognition.


By Joaqlin Estus
‘Time is running out for our rivers, our fish, and our people’ … continue reading

Stikine River in the Tongass National Forest - helicopter view.

The Stikine River Flats area in the Tongass National Forest is viewed from a helicopter on July 19, 2021. The Stikine River flows from British Columbia to Southeast Alaska. It is one of the major transboundary rivers impacted by mines in British Columbia. Alaska tribes and communities are seeking some new protection to avoid downstream impacts. (Photo by Alicia Stearns/U.S. Forest Service)


Reservation braces itself after OB-GYN program closes

By Amelia Schafer, ICT + Rapid City Journal
Indigenous women in South Dakota often lack access to specialized maternal healthcare, leading to higher rates of poor outcomes … continue reading

The Couteau Des Prairies Health Care System.

The Couteau Des Prairies Health Care System, a 25-bed, nonprofit hospital, is the only inpatient resource for the entire reservation and was the only hospital with a functioning OB-GYN Department until February 1, 2024. (Photo by Amelia Schafer, ICT/Rapid City Journal)


Kali Reis goes toe-to-toe with Jodie Foster in ‘True Detective’

By Miles Morrisseau
The Wampanoag/Cape Verdean boxing champion brings light to Night Country and perhaps delivers one of the most quotable lines in Indigenous pop culture history … continue reading

Kali Reis

Kali Reis in ‘True Detective’.



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