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On remote reservations, radio — not internet and podcasts — is the dominant form of communication. For many remote locations, there is no internet.

With that in mind, Jeneda Benally, Diné, a multi-award winning musician/singer/ songwriter with Sihasin and Blackfire, teamed up with Peabody Award-winning producer Greg McVicar, Tlingit, to create a new radio show aimed at young people.

The program, “Indigenous YOUth Nation,” or IYN, is a 29-minute radio show that engages tweens and teens about their own Indigenous culture with support from Native media professionals.

Created to celebrate culture, empower youth and nourish knowledge, the teen hosts take listeners on journeys that venture into the cultural and creative lives of various people to break down stereotypes, Benally said. READ MORE. Sandra Hale Schulman, Special to ICT


The Cherokee Nation has re-upped its efforts to seat a treaty-mandated delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives.

In 2019, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. nominated fellow Cherokee Nation citizen Kim Teehee to serve as the tribe’s first delegate. During a Rules Committee hearing Wednesday, Hoskin again called on the U.S. House to seat Teehee in accordance with the 1835 Treaty of New Echota.

During his testimony, Hoskin described the hearing as historic and said “treaties are binding commitments.”

“The Cherokee Nation delivered on its commitment long ago in land and lives. It is time for the United States to deliver on its promise,” said Hoskin. “We are grateful to Chairman McGovern and the members of the Rules Committee for holding this historic hearing. Now we’re asking the House of Representatives to take action and seat the Cherokee Nation’s delegate.” READ MORE.Kolby KickingWoman, ICT

On Wednesday, the 24th Navajo Nation Council held a special session to elect and confirm a new speaker of the 24th Navajo Nation Council for the remainder of the term.

Otto Tso was elected as the new speaker of the 24th Navajo Nation Council, according to a news release. He will serve until Jan. 10.

Tso is Naakai Dine’é born for Naaneesht’ezhi Tábaahá. His maternal grandparents are Lók’aa’ Dine’é and paternal grandparents are Tsi’naajínii and proudly represents the community of Tó Nanees Dizí (Tuba City), Ariz.

Seth Damon announced earlier this month that he would resign as speaker after holding it for nearly four years. — ICT

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Republicans won control of the U.S. House on Wednesday, returning the party to power in Washington and giving conservatives leverage to blunt President Joe Biden’s agenda and spur a flurry of investigations. But a threadbare majority will pose immediate challenges for GOP leaders and complicate the party’s ability to govern.

More than a week after Election Day, Republicans secured the 218th seat needed to flip the House from Democratic control. The full scope of the party’s majority may not be clear for several more days — or weeks — as votes in competitive races are still being counted.

But they are on track to cobble together what could be the party's narrowest majority of the 21st century, rivaling 2001, when Republicans had just a nine-seat majority, 221-212 with two independents. That’s far short of the sweeping victory the GOP predicted going into this year’s midterm elections, when the party hoped to reset the agenda on Capitol Hill by capitalizing on economic challenges and Biden’s lagging popularity. READ MORE. Associated Press

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There’s something out there – on the tundra, in the icy waters of Baffin Bay, and now it’s coming through the door. Who will save the remote town of Pangnirtung?

Horror films have traditionally featured macho men coming to fight off aliens and rescue the girls. A new breed of films, made by women filmmakers, is turning the scary gender tables on that premise, with the girls now doing the rescuing.

The hit movie, “Prey,” featured such a heroine, and now “SlashBack,” a new film by Nyla Innuksuk in her screenwriting and directorial debut, arrived in theaters and on demand on Oct. 21. READ MORE. Sandra Hale Schulman, Special to ICT

A Rosebud man is in Egypt this week to share his South Dakota experience with attendees of the 27th United Nations Climate Change Summit (COP27).

Matte Wilson is the director of the Siċaŋġu Food Sovereignty Initiative in Rosebud. Wilson is in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt to explain how the initiative is working to create a food system that is sustainable, scalable, healthy and informed by Lakota culture.

A film featuring the initiative called “Food 2050” is also being screened at COP27, where Wilson is participating in panel discussions. READ MORE. — South Dakota Searchlight


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