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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:

Chefs Crystal Wahpepah, Kickapoo, and Sean Sherman, Oglala Sioux, are in serious running for major restaurant awards.

Wahpepah and Sherman are 2022 James Beard award finalists.

Wahpepah, who runs Wahpepah’s Kitchen in Oakland, is in the Emerging Chef category.

Sherman is up for two awards. He is a finalist for Best Chef, Midwest, and his restaurant, Owamni by the Sioux Chef in Minneapolis, is up for best new restaurant.

Chef Crystal Wahpepah has arrived
Decolonized menu at Owamni by the Sioux Chef

Winners will be announced June 13. For a full list of finalists, click here.

Dana Thompson and Sean Sherman, executives of The Sioux Chef (Photo courtesy of the Sioux Chef)

Watch: Chef Crystal Wahpepah talks restaurant


Denver March Powwow is back

One of the largest powwows around – the Denver March Powwow – starts Friday.

The Denver Coliseum is hosting the three-day powwow. Details are here.

Face masks are encouraged.

Tracey Deer's 'Beans' wins major film prize

"Beans" won the Toronto Film Critics Association’s 2021 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award.

Tracey Deer, Mohawk, directed the movie. The prize includes $100,000.

"Beans" is available on Hulu. The movie chronicles the 78-day standoff between Mohawk communities and government forces in Quebec, Canada, known as the Oka Crisis. The movie follows Beans, played by Kiawentiio, and her journey as a young girl to advocate.

“Movies like Beans are the reason the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award exists,” said Rogers Vice-Chair Phil Lind. “At their best, films are an unflinching conversation about who we are, and the events that shaped us. To see the Kanesatake Resistance through the eyes of a child is to humanize history.”

A scene from "Beans," a movie directed by Tracey Deer. (Photo courtesy)

Oscars set for end of March

The 94th Academy Awards are scheduled for 8 p.m. EDT, Sunday, March 27, on ABC.

Oscar nominees are led by "The Power of the Dogs," with 12, followed by 10 for "Dune."

Disney’s “Encanto,” an animated film about an Indigenous family living in the mountains of Colombia, is nominated for three, including Animated Feature.

Jason Momoa, Native Hawaiian and Pawnee ancestry, appeared in "Dune."

Variety is reporting that Momoa and "Dune" co-star Josh Brolin are in the works to present categories at the Oscars during the pre-ceremony.

For a full list of nominees, click here.

Hoop dance championships in Phoenix

The Heard Museum's 32nd annual World Championship Hoop Dance Contest returns in person March 26-27.

Last year's contest was virtual and this year's contest was pushed back roughly a month from mid-February to late March.

Details about the Phoenix event can be found here.

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