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Here is the latest Indigenous entertainment news:

Season two production of Peacock's "Rutherford Falls" has wrapped up. Now we wait.

The popular sitcom to many in Indian Country hasn't given a season two release date yet. But social media might be leaving clues for those curious.

Show star Jana Schmieding plays Reagan Wells and posted an Instagram photo this week of costars Michael Greyeyes and Kimberly Guerrero inside a vehicle. The two play the couple, Terry and Renee Thomas.

Rutherford Falls stars Ed Helms and Jana Schmieding, Cheyenne River Lakota

Schmieding called the two "Minishonka ICONS" in her post, giving a shout out to the fictional tribe in the show. However, Greyeyes and Guerrero were not alone in the vehicle. In the backseat was actress Kaniehtiio Horn, who made an appearance in "Reservation Dogs'' as "Deer Lady."

Horn posted an Instagram photo this week saying "Rutherford Falls" season two was a wrap and that she can't wait for "you all to meet Feather Day!"

So it looks like a new character is coming to Minishonka territory.

Now the question remains, when?

It might be soon. Season one premiered in late April, 2021.

The 10-episode first season is available to binge on Peacock.

Watch ICT's roundtable interview from last year with stars of the show, including Schmiedling and Greyeyes here.

A TV cooking competition has eyes on a chef from the Prairie Band of Potawatomi.

Thanks to Stephanie DeSpain, a traditional Native berry sauce known as wojapi is on its way to becoming a household word.

On a recent episode of the FOX cooking competition, “Next Level Chef,” DeSpain added wojapi to a short rib sandwich.

The show’s creator and co-host Gordon Ramsay declared her dish the winner, and praised her for highlighting the flavors of her heritage.

DeSpain spent her childhood on the Osage reservation in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, and says she is driven to popularize Indigenous cuisine.

She is still in the running for the $250,000 grand prize and a year-long mentorship with the celebrity chef hosts of the show. — Indian Country Today



Native American Music Awards voting ballot

Voting for the annual Native American Music Awards is now open.

Voting ends March 31.

Watch a compilation of music videos of nominees here:

Indigenous musician Logan Starts talks new video



Decolonized menu at Owamni by the Sioux Chef

Every culture seems to have food at the center of gatherings and a new Indigenous restaurant has a menu that’s entirely decolonized.

Owamni by the Sioux Chef opened on July 19 and prides itself on providing true North American cuisine. Sweet potatoes.

Owamni by the Sioux Chef prides itself on providing true North American cuisine.

The restaurant is in downtown Minneapolis on the banks of Haha Wakpa, also known as the Mississippi River. READ MORE.


Indigenous events, conferences in 2022

From Honolulu to Canada to Minnesota, numerous Indigenous events are taking place in 2022.

Many of the events offer optional virtual access congruent with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic such as the 40th Annual Protecting Our Children Conference in Florida. And some are returning after canceling or postponing dates in 2021 like the Gathering of Nations Powwow in New Mexico.

Notably, the midterm elections will take place Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Here are some key dates to keep an eye on.

February sees Sámi National Day and the month-long observation in the U.S. of Black History Month, a fitting time to explore online programs on Black-Indigenous connections in arts, Futurisms, and activism.

Listing prepared by Indigenous Media Initiatives.


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