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Comanche warriors face off against a terrifying – and invisible – monster in the new film, “Prey.”

Using a cast comprised of Native American and First Nation talent, “Prey,” a new prequel movie of the “Predator” film franchise, travels back 300 years in the past to Plains territory where a technology advanced alien terrorizes the Comanche Nation.

The last time the Predator battled a Native person on screen was in the series original.

Sonny Landham, Seminole and Cherokee, played the Native tracker character Billy in 1987's "Predator" alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in a Central American rainforest battle by a militarized force. Unfortunately, Billy couldn’t stop the alien.

But, perhaps, this time the Native people do. READ MORE.Sandra Hale Schulman, Special to ICT


They are "small and mighty," but don't be fooled. These ladies got game.

The Anasazi Ladies, a senior women’s basketball team, continue to go forward in tournaments despite being in their 70s. While the team is not entirely made up of Native women, it represents Indian Country in tournaments across the United States.

“It’s really hard to find ladies now. Especially Native American ladies that are still willing to play and that can play at our age,” player Roberta Johnston said.

The 75-year-old Muscogee Creek citizen played in junior high school and said at that time there were no female sports teams. Instead, like many, she opted for rez ball.

“I have been playing for a very long time. I just love the sport,” she said. READ MORE. Kalle Benallie, ICT

A tundra wildfire continued to creep closer to an Alaska Native community in southwest Alaska, but mandatory evacuations have not been ordered, fire officials said Sunday.

The East Fork fire was within 3.5 miles of St. Mary’s, a statement from Alaska Wildland Fire Information said.

Even though it had moved 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) closer to the Yup’ik community since Saturday, fire managers said the progress has slowed somewhat because of favorable weather conditions. The temperatures were slightly cooler with rising humidity, which could help moderate fire conditions. However, winds are expected to remain steady out of the north, helping move the fire toward populated areas.

The fire is burning in dry grass and shrubs like alder and willow in the mostly treeless tundra in southwest Alaska. The fire was started by lightning May 31.

There are 204 personnel working the East Fork fire, which has grown to 190 square miles. Additional personnel are expected to arrive Monday.

St. Mary’s is located about 450 miles west of Anchorage. — Associated Press

Edward T. Begay, the former vice-chairman of the Navajo Nation and speaker for the Navajo Nation Council, died Sunday, according to his family. He was 87.

He passed in Albuquerque surrounded by family members.

“On behalf of the Navajo Nation, we offer our condolences and prayers to Honorable Begay’s family. We also thank his loved ones for sharing his life with us and for all of their family’s contributions to our Navajo people. He was a very loving and caring person who always put the people first. We pray that his family takes comfort in knowing that he is with God and watching over them now,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.

The Navajo Nation Council started Monday’s special session with a moment of silence. READ MORE.Pauly Denetclaw, ICT

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Kamdyn Curfman prides himself on his shooting.

He routinely fires up 500 shots per day to keep his edge. It has paid dividends for the former Virginia Military Institute basketball standout as Curfman was recently named an All Conference performer for the Division I university. He finished second in all Division I basketball with 117 three-pointers.

Curfman, only the third Lumbee to play Division 1 college basketball, has now transferred to Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, where he will play his final two seasons for the Thundering Herd.

Marshall head basketball Coach Dan D’Antoni announced the signing of the former VMI standout on April 16.

"He's an outstanding young man, who brings work ethic, leadership and efficiency on both sides of the ball," D'Antoni said. "Off the court, he is great in the classroom." READ MORE.James Locklear, Special to ICT


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