Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut has the right to return – Indian Country Today


Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut is a southern resident orca who was captured in the Salish Sea in the 1970s. The whale is at the Seaquarium in Miami, Florida, where advocates say its health is rapidly declining. Raynell Morris, a citizen of the Lummi Nation, joins us to talk about the many years she spent advocating for the release of her relative.

Both the public and private sectors rely on good data to make decisions. Tribes are no different and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis wants to help with that. Casey Lozar, vice president and director of the Center for Indian Country Development, explains this initiative to us.

Racial disparities plague the criminal justice system in Rapid City, South Dakota. Natives make up only a fraction of the city’s residents, but make up more than half of the prison population. A circle of elders is trying to change that. Journalist Stewart Huntington has more.

A slice of our Indigenous world:

  • Changes are coming to the Bureau of Indian Affairs correctional program.
  • Learn more about the National Congress of American Indians State of Indian Nations Address and Executive Council Winter Session.
  • A Venice, California lifestyle brand is under fire for cultural appropriation charges.
  • People across Indian Country celebrate the contributions of a civil rights champion.

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