July 29, 2022

July was packed with news, and it started with Road to Healing. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s healing tour started in Oklahoma on July 9. U.S. Indian boarding schools survivors are finally being heard. ICT was in Oklahoma for the start. READ MORE.

A day before Oklahoma, ICT was in Taos, New Mexico, for a celebration that had been delayed for two years by the COVID-19 pandemic. A commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the return of Blue Lake on July 8, 1970, was held as a hybrid event at the University of New Mexico Harwood Art Museum in Taos. READ MORE.

A Cherokee man received the Medal of Honor from President Joe Biden. Dwight Birdwell, 74, was awarded the medal more than 50 years after his service in the Vietnam War. There have been 33 Medal of Honors given to Indigenous servicemen, about half from the Indian campaigns. READ MORE.

The International Olympic Committee has corrected the record books to reflect Jim Thorpe’s Olympic victories for the decathlon and pentathlon events in Stockholm’s 1912 Olympic Games. Thomas Bach, president of the IOC, said this solution was reached “thanks to the great engagement of Bright Path Strong.” READ MORE.

In Canada, Pope Francis apologized to the Indigenous people for the Catholic Church’s role in the brutal residential school system that separated children from their families, culture and language. “I am deeply sorry,” the Pope said, from the grounds where the former Ermineskin Indian Residential School operated from 1916 to 1975. ICT was there. 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 July here


Rosebud holds memorial service for boarding school relatives

By Vi Waln
The tribe set aside July 14 as Tiyata Glipi Anpetu, an official tribal holiday that recognizes the return of the remains of the nine children buried at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School cemetery … continue reading

‘You’ve left Indian country in a better place’ … continue reading

By Kolby KickingWoman
Oneida Nation of Wisconsin man exonerated for murder he did not commit after spending nearly 18 years in prison … continue reading

Climate Change

First climate agreement to center Indigenous voices gains international support

By Carina Dominguez
The Escazú Agreement establishes the relationship between human rights and environmental protections. The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues urged its member states to adopt it … continue reading


By Sandra Hale Schulman
Mr. Happy Face will help raise funds for other animals that, like him, got off to a rough start … continue reading

By Sandra Hale Schulman
Cherokee Nation and Tesuque Pueblo are drawing attention from award-winning directors with new on-site studios … continue reading


By Joaqlin Estus
Gaming new system can ‘backfire’ #NativeVote22 … continue reading

By Joaqlin Estus
The Alaska Contemporary Art Bank has chosen the best artists in the state, and among them are Alaska Native talent … continue reading


By Jourdan Bennett-Begaye and Kolby KickingWoman
UPDATED: ‘He rightfully reclaims being considered the greatest athlete in the world’ *Corrected … continue reading

By Dalton Walker
The popular basketball tournament highlights Native players from across the country and gives college scouts a glimpse of rezball … continue reading

Global Indigenous News


By Deusdedit Ruhangariyo
Coverage around the world on Indigenous issues for the week ending July 10, 2022 … continue reading

By Deusdedit Ruhangariyo
Coverage around the world on Indigenous issues for the week ending July 3, 2022 … continue reading

Indian Country Today newscast 

On this weekend edition of the ICT Newscast, the impact of tribal colleges and universities. An Ojibwe leader reflects on his career, and the future of coal on tribal lands … continue reading

On the weekend edition of the ICT Newscast, a Native studies professor talks stereotypes in the movies, and a program for healthy babies is in trouble. We visit with John Tahsuda about tribal elections. But first, and what do the stars and stripes mean to Indigenous people? … continue reading


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