Leaders Face Challenges – Indian Country Today


In January, Navajo Chief Peterson Zah received a lifetime achievement award from the Grand Canyon Trust. From 1982 to 1987, Zah was president of the Navajo Nation. He then became its first president in 1990. At 84, his long career spanned many sectors, including that of special adviser to the president on Native American affairs at Arizona State University.

Native Americans make up only a fraction of Rapid City’s population, but more than half of the prison population. A circle of elders plays a direct role in trying to change that. Stewart Huntington has more on Oyate’s court.

Mycoplasma bovis is common in cattle, but rarely fatal. For the buffalo, it is expensive. In March 2022, the New York Times reports on Fred Dubray’s bison herd — and this incurable disease. DuBray has been ranching on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota for 30 years. Take a look at this interview from April.

St. Mary’s Indian Residential School is a place linked to the story of ICT National Correspondent, Mary Annette Pember. The school once operated on the Bad River Ojibwe Reservation in Wisconsin. It was the school his mother attended.

In 2017, Jessie Taken Alive-Rencountre won the Great Plains Emerging Tribal Writer Award for her debut book, “Pet’a Shows Misun the Light.” Since then, the writer, who understands Lakota language and culture, has published three more children’s books, including his latest, “Rainbows in December.”

In February, we featured a new book from the Minnesota Historical Society Press. “Voices from Pejuhutazizi” is written by Teresa Peterson and Walter “Super” LaBatte, Jr. Pioneer PBS in Granite Falls, Minnesota, who featured LaBatte’s work in its Postcards series.

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