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Lots happening in and around Indian Country when it comes to Indigenous arts and entertainment talent and Native pop culture.

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Here is the latest Indigenous entertainment news:

Zahn McClarnon, Hunkpapa Lakota, is an award-winning actor who has appeared in more than 80 film and television productions. He most recently stole the hearts of many for his role in “Reservation Dogs,” which has been renewed by Hulu and FX.

McLarnon, though not the largest guy, plays the character “Big,” a police officer in the popular show. He's set to appear in "Dark Winds," a show that centers on two Navajo Nation police officers in the Four Corners area.

He tells us about his acting career.

Watch McClarnon’s conversation with ICT’s Aliyah Chavez:

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Speed Friending

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a virtual Indigenous Speed Friending event is taking place on Feb. 13.

Dating in Indian Country comes with its own challenges.

Even if you find someone who matches your likes and hobbies, because the community is so small, you also have to make sure you’re not related.

And that’s where the Speed Friending event comes in.

Dakota citizen and organizer Victoria Marie says you can join to look for a romantic interest, or to find new friends.

Powwow emcee and host of the virtual event Deanna StandingCloud, Red Lake Nation, says she hopes to keep the event lighthearted and fun.

To register, visit Indigenous Lotus.

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Watch 'Hawkeye,' stay for 'Echo'

Over the holidays, Disney released "Hawkeye," a Marvel superhero also known as Clint Barton played by Jeremy Renner. But another stole the show.

Alaqua Cox portrays Maya Lopez, the super fighter “Echo” in the latest Disney+ series. An "Echo" series was announced in November and is coming to the platform, perhaps as soon as this year. For now, the entire first season of "Hawkeye" is available to watch now.

Side note: Zahn McClarnon has a role in "Hawkeye" and is a key character in Lopez's world.

Read more about "Echo" and Cox here.

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‘Marvel’s Voices: Heritage #1’

The issue is one of several titles that is part of Marvel’s critically acclaimed and celebrated title works from the Marvel’s Voices line, which has been celebrating, as Marvel cites, “titles spotlighting Black, Asian, Indigenous, LGBTQ+, Latino and Latinx creators and characters inspired by the communities and culture surrounding them.”

Two Indigenous writers contributing to this issue are “Rutherford Falls” writer and actor Bobby Wilson, Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota, and artist and writer Steven Paul Judd, Kiowa and Choctaw. Both spoke with Indian Country Today. READ MORE.

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When in Denver...

Visit the Indigenous restaurant Tocabe.

Co-founder Ben Jacobs, Osage Nation, modeled the restaurant after one his parents opened in 1989 called Grayhorse: An American Indian Eatery. The eatery also offers online ordering.

“We consider ourselves an ingredient-driven restaurant because we're not Osage specific. We are open for anyone to come in but also want to make sure that we are welcoming of all Native and tribal communities,” Jacobs said. “As a friend once said, we're a community-driven experience.” READ MORE.

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