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Peacock made the decision to cancel “Rutherford Falls” two and half months after its release in mid-June, reported Deadline. The show starred Jana Schmieding, Cheyenne River, and Ed Helms.
Viewers applauded the show for its large Indigenous writer’s room, and Indigenous cast and crew since it debuted on April 22, 2021.
“It’s been my life’s honor to make Rutherford Falls, something that reflects Native life as I’ve always seen and felt it, filled with excellence and silliness and love. I have to believe we’re not done yet, and pray we find a new home for this awesome show,” wrote the show’s co-creator and executive producer Sierra Ornelas, Diné, on Twitter. “Forever grateful to Mike, Ed, Jana, Michael, Jesse, the entire cast, crew, and support staff who risked freaking covid, risked sharing their stories and histories to make this show. We started something that’ll never be stopped. We ain’t done, but what we made will stand the test of time.”
On July 31, Ornelas encouraged viewers on Twitter to watch or rewatch the show since it was the last two weeks of data sampling. “So do it! (This is how they decide about a pick up),” she wrote.
Many viewers are expressing their sadness and anger on social media.
“I’m pissed and heartbroken that #RutherfordFalls was cancelled by @peacockTV. This show brought me (and so many of us) home in so many ways. I know Indigenous representation doesn’t end here,” wrote Kaitlin B Curtice, Potawatomi. “Sending love to the folks who created and poured love into this incredible series.”
Another wrote that the show would be a “slam-dunk pickup for any smart streamer or network out there.” — Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, ICT
Sept. 2 is the birthday of the last queen of the Kingdom of Hawai’i. She is celebrated fiercely by Native Hawaiians on her birthday. For example, the Queen Liliuokalani Outrigger Canoe Races started Thursday and runs through Monday in Kailua Bay, according to West Hawaii Today.
While she was the monarch and the first queen of Hawai’i, her kingdom was overthrown by the U.S. government in 1893. It's basically the moment the U.S. said give us Hawai'i or we'll kill your people. She signed a formal abdication in 1895 and the U.S. annexed Hawai’i in 1898. Liliuokalani died at the age of 79 in 1917.
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Santa Fe Indian Market was extra stylish for its centennial year, with a museum show dedicated to contemporary Native fashion and a grand finale runway show at the convention center with 14 Indigenous designers.
The Santa Fe Indian Market’s Centennial also featured powerhouse events that brought together big names in the arts. The exclusive event, Indigenous Futures: Envisioning the Next 100 Years, at La Fonda on the Plaza Hotel, was hosted by IllumiNative, the Native woman-led social justice organization dedicated to building power for Native peoples. READ MORE. — Sandra Schulman, Special to ICT
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On this weekend's edition of the ICT Newscast, it’s back to school. Find out what to expect this school year. A athletic director in Oklahoma makes history, and Johns Hopkins invests in Indigenous health and policy
They’re both Republicans in sparsely populated heavily Republican states. One lost in her primary; the other didn’t.
What’s deciding the different fates of Wyoming’s Liz Cheney, and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski?
It’s likely Alaska’s new ranked choice voting system together with Alaskans’ independent streak, say political analysts. READ MORE. — Joaqlin Estus, ICT
- Alaska Natives celebrate Mary Peltola's historic election: Supporters of Yup'ik woman say she has a knack for connecting with people #NativeVote22
- Redistricting: Removing Native voices: Leaders of the Kansas legislature want to gerrymander Rep. Sharice Davids out of Congress, while discrimination lawsuits are piling up in states that have approved final district maps #NativeVote22
- Navajo Nation conducts unprecedented election recount: Over one week, nearly 48,000 ballots from 110 chapters across three states, 13 counties, will be counted by machine and hand #NativeVote22
- At least 10 Native children reported missing in last 2 weeks: Experts say they generally see an uptick in missing persons cases during the summer when the weather is warm and school is out of session
- First female chief elected in Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, by CBC
- Photo Essay: Inaugural Native and Indigenous Bike Ride a Success, by Underscore News
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