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Reclaiming Indigenous birth practices

On the Tuesday edition of the ICT Newscast, Indigenous Alaskans reclaim traditional birthing practices. The decline of newspapers and the impact on Indigenous journalism
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Reproductive justice is the mission of the Alaska Native Birthworkers Community. The grassroots group is reclaiming Indigenous birth practices to support families throughout their birthing journey. Margaret David and Abra Patkotak talk about its work.

ICT is one of a growing number of news outlets that have become nonprofit organizations to deliver the news. Joining us to talk about this new model is Mark Trahant. He’s an award-winning journalist and was on the ground floor of rebuilding Indian Country Today and rebranding ICT.

A slice of our Indigenous world:

  • Indigenous astronaut Nicole Mann continues to boldly go where no Native woman has gone before. Last Friday the NASA astronaut and first Native American woman in space exited the International Space Station.

  • A sexual misconduct case against a Pawnee artist is moving ahead to a trial. Last week at a preliminary hearing, a Pawnee County judge ruled that there is enough evidence to try the case against Walter “Bunky” Echo-Hawk Jr.

  • A new report says Native Americans are significantly overrepresented in the U.S. prison system. The report, released by the MacArthur Foundation, reveals the issue worsens in states with larger Native populations. According to the study, Indigenous people are incarcerated 38 percent over the national average.

  • A seed bank in Arizona is helping to keep Indigenous agricultural pathways alive. Before grocery stores and fast-food, Indigenous people in the Southwest depended on their innovative farming techniques. Native Seeds SEARCH, a nonprofit seed bank, is keeping that knowledge alive by restoring traditional crops that go back hundreds of years.

  • The Rappahannock people lived off the rich, fertile land in the area around Fones Cliffs, a unique rock formation in the state’s Northern Neck. After illegal land grabs and discriminatory policies, the Nation was left with just a fraction of lands they still hold sacred. Now through a recent deal with a conservation group, the tribe is regaining roughly 960 acres along a four-mile stretch of the cliffs. 

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