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Indigenous astronauts in space


October 19, 2022

Climate change, missing and murdered Indigenous people and language loss are just a handful of issues that are heard in the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. This body is made up of elected officials whose job is to learn about these difficulties in Native communities and to propose solutions. Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawai'i chairs the committee.

When Chickasaw citizen John Herrington was in space in 2002, part of his mission was to help build new areas of the International Space Station. Fast forward to this exact moment, and that’s where the second Indigenous NASA Astronaut, Nicole Mann, is living. Herrington, who was the first Native person in space, gives his unique perspective on this mission.

Celebrating our Unity is the theme of this year’s conference for the Alaska Federation of Natives. The annual AFN conference is starting on Thursday. It’s the largest gathering of Alaska Natives in the state. ICT’s Joaqlin Estus gives highlights.


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