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Lithium mining at Thacker Pass

On the Thursday edition of the ICT Newscast, Cherokee actor Wes Studi shares stories of his long career. Plus, the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony chairman tells us how his nation is working to protect sacred land. And, former North Dakota lawmaker Ruth Buffalo discusses her recent visit with Leonard Peltier
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In 2021, former President Donald Trump approved a lithium mining project at Thacker Pass in northern Nevada. The site is the largest known lithium deposit in the U.S., which experts say is key to creating batteries for electric cars. Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Chairman Arlan Melendez explains its cultural significance.

It was the hit movie “Dances with Wolves” that first introduced audiences to Wes Studi. Since then, he’s gone on to act in more than 80 films and many television shows. Patty Talahongva has this interview.

Leonard Peltier has been described by some as America’s longest political prisoner and has served more than 46 years in a federal maximum-security prison. The Indigenous activist was convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of two FBI agents in the 1970s. Former North Dakota state legislator Ruth Buffalo recently met with him.

  • In Albuquerque, New Mexico, tribal leaders celebrated the passing of a new federal law to protect sacred objects. The Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act prohibits items to be exported and increases penalties for stealing Native objects. Jeremy Felipe has this report from the event
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  • A pair of First Nations sisters are hoping to be exonerated after almost 30 years in Canada’s prison system. Odelia and Nerissa Quewezance have maintained their innocence ever since their 1993 second-degree murder conviction. The sisters are among 12 Indigenous women that three senators are calling to be exonerated.
  • Indigenous hockey players in Canada will soon have their legacy displayed on a trading card. The NHL First Peoples Rookie Cards will feature eight Indigenous hockey players across multiple eras. This limited-edition project is courtesy of the sports and trading card company Upper Deck.

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Shirley Sneve, Ponca/Sicangu Lakota, is vice president of broadcasting for the ICT Newscast. Follow her on Twitter @rosebudshirley. She is based in Nebraska and Minnesota.

Aliyah Chavez, Kewa Pueblo, is the anchor of the ICT Newscast. On Twitter: @aliyahjchavez.

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Maxwell Montour, Pottawatomi, is a newscast editor for the ICT Newscast. On Instagram: max.montour. Montour is based in Phoenix.

Drea Yazzie, Diné, is a producer/editor for the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @quindreayazzie Yazzie is based in Phoenix.

Pacey Smith Garcia, Ute, is a production assistant for the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @paceyjournalist

RipLey-Simone Kennebrew is an intern for the ICT Newscast. On Twitter: @ripleysimoneken

Daniel Herrera Carbajal is an intern for the ICT Newscast. On Twitter: @daniulherrrera

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