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"ICT Newscast with Aliyah Chavez" is coming soon.

This week, Indian Country Today announced the future of its growing newscast with Aliyah Chavez named the new anchor.

Chavez, Kewa Pueblo, is the new face of the newscast.

“As a young girl growing up on the Rez, I never dreamed this would be possible. But I dreamt and worked — and here we are!” Chavez said.

The daily half-hour newscast started in March 2020, the start of the pandemic, and has evolved exponentially since with ICT Editor Mark Trahant, Shoshone-Bannock, and Executive Producer Patty Talahongva, Hopi, co-anchoring.

The newscast runs on a variety of PBS stations nationwide and reaches an international audience in Canada and Australia… READ more.

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Ojibwe basket weaver works to save tradition and the environment

BAD RIVER RESERVATION, Wisconsin — The rhythmic sound of mallet hitting wood rings through the forest at April Stone’s homestead. She and her assistant are patiently pounding strips of bark from a black ash log to be used for making baskets.

Artisan April Stone of the Bad River Band of Ojibwe makes a basket from black ash wood bark at her studio on the Bad River Reservation in Wisconsin in March 2021. She is now worried the trees are threatened by an invasive beetle. (Photo by Mary Annette Pember/Indian Country Today)

Stone’s home, nestled in the woods on the Bad River reservation in Wisconsin, is inundated with all things related to the skill of making black ash baskets. There are ash logs strewn across the yard, some already pounded thin, some waiting for their stubborn bark to be removed by the unforgiving mallet. There are strips of black ash bark soaking in the bathtub of her home, rings of pounded bark hanging in her studio, nearly covering the walls, and partially finished baskets drying outside in the sun.

Stone, a citizen of the Bad River Band of Ojibwe, even sports an ash leaf tattoo on her upper chest.

“Making black ash baskets is my life and my passion,” Stone said.

Stone is now worried, though, that the precious resource — and the changing environment — are being devastated by an invasive species, the emerald ash borer beetle... READ more.

Jill Biden visits Alaska Native Medical Center

Jill Biden is on her way to the Tokyo Olympics. But first, a stop in Alaska.

The first lady stopped in Anchorage on Wednesday. She had planned to visit the Alaska Native Medical Center to encourage people to get COVID-19 vaccinations.

After Tokyo, Biden is scheduled to stop in Hawaii on Saturday before she returns to Washington... READ more.

Massive wildfires in West bring haze to East Coast

A scoop plane drops water onto a burning ridge in Washington state where a fire line had been created by crews of wildland firefighters, Monday, July 12, 2021 at the Lick Creek Fire, south of Asotin, Wash. (Pete Caster/Lewiston Tribune via AP)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Wildfires in the American West, including one burning in Oregon that's currently the largest in the U.S., are creating hazy skies as far away as New York as the massive infernos spew smoke and ash into the air in columns up to 6 miles high.

Skies over New York City were hazy Tuesday as strong winds blew smoke east from California, Oregon, Montana and other states. Oregon's Bootleg Fire grew to 616 square miles — half the size of Rhode Island... READ more.

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Rosebud ancestors buried in emotional ceremony

The Crow Dog Tiospaye made a special shell dress for their ancestor Dora Her Pipe, daughter of Brave Bull who was a brother to Jerome Crow Dog. Dora's remains were among those of nine children brought home to South Dakota on July 16, 2021, more than 140 years after being forced to attend the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania. Photo by Vi Waln for Indian Country Today)

Dora Her Pipe (Brave Bull) just wanted to go home.

After being ripped from her family in South Dakota at 16 and shipped 1,500 miles to the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in 1879, she asked to be sent home in January 1881 because of illness.

Just three months later, she was dead. It would take another 140 years before she returned to her family and her homelands, wrapped in a buffalo robe in a cedar box.

Dora, the daughter of Brave Bull, was among nine Sicangu ancestors to make it home last week, more than a century after they died at the notorious boarding school. They were escorted home to Rosebud Friday, stopping first at Whetstone Bay, where they had taken a steamboat to Pennsylvania in 1879… READ more.

Tobacco-free coalition changes name to respect Native ceremonial use

A tobacco-free coalition in Wisconsin has changed its name to acknowledge the ceremonial use of tobacco by Native people.

The Tobacco-Free Dane County Coalition is changing its name to Dane County Alliance Against Commercial Tobacco, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

The coalition's focus will remain on companies that produce and market cigarettes, chewing tobacco and other cancer-causing products... READ more.

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Her powwow voice

The future of the powwow emcee is female.

“I want lady emcees to be the norm, and I want us to start hearing us at celebrations and seeing us do big things,” Kwe Blomgren said.

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