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On the Wednesday edition of the ICT Newscast, after 30 years, an Honor the Earth’s founder expands its mission. A classical music radio program features all Native musicians. Plus, Republicans make strides in the House. What does that mean for tribal nations
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Honor the Earth uses Indigenous wisdom, music, art, and the media to raise awareness and support for Indigenous Environmental Issues. Its mission is to leverage this awareness and support to develop financial and political capital for Indigenous struggles for land and life. Celebrating 30 years, its co-founder Winona LaDuke joins us for a look back, and plans for the future.

There are a few Indigenous people in the professional world of classical music. A young Diné woman has her degree in music and now hosts a radio program featuring all Native composers and musicians. ICT’s Patty Talahongva spoke to Renata Yazzie about her love of classical music.

(Related: A Navajo's passion for piano)

The balance of power has shifted in the U.S. House of Representatives. What does this mean for Indian Country? Joining us is John Tahsuda. He’s a regular contributor to the ICT Newscast. A Kiowa from Oklahoma, he’s a principal with Navigators Global.

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A slice of our Indigenous world:

  • The Yup’ik town of Newtok is destabilizing due to climate change thaws in the permafrost. Located near the Pacific Ocean on the edge of the Ninglick River, Newtok has become one of the first communities in the U.S. to collectively move to a new location because of the climate crisis.

  • The Winnipeg Indigenous community is at odds with police over the search for the remains of missing and murdered Native women. Jeremy Skibicki was initially charged with the death of Crane River First Nation citizen Rebecca Contois. Some of the Indigenous woman’s remains were discovered at the Brady Road landfill in Winnipeg. In mid-December, police said it would not search another privately owned landfill for the remains of two other Native women.

  • President Joe Biden is approving a disaster declaration for the Havasupai Tribe in Arizona. The federal aid was ordered to support the nation's response and recovery efforts in areas affected by October flooding. Funds will be for the tribe and certain nonprofits to share costs for emergency work and repairs from flood damage.

  • A community in Tasmania is growing local produce and teaching kids about Native Australian foods. For a lot of people, being able to afford nutritious food is getting harder with the increasing cost of living. A local council has launched a project where produce is grown locally for local people, and children learn about Native foods. One third of the students in the area identify as Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander.

  • In Colorado, a new statewide alert will be sent out when an Indigenous person goes missing. The new system went live last week due to law signed in 2022. SB-22-150 established the Missing Indigenous Person Alert through the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

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Shirley Sneve, Ponca/Sicangu Lakota, is vice president of broadcasting for Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter @rosebudshirley She’s based in Nebraska and Minnesota.

R. Vincent Moniz, Jr., NuÉta, is the senior producer of the ICT newscast. Have a great story? Pitch it to vincent@ictnews.org.

McKenzie Allen-Charmley, Dena’ina Athabaskan, is a producer of the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @mallencharmley.

Patty Talahongva, Hopi, works for Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter: @WiteSpider.

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

Maxwell Montour, Pottawatomi, is a newscast editor for Indian Country Today. On Instagram: max.montour Montour is based in Phoenix.

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