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A stunning new Western series, “The English," is elevated with authentic Pawnee culture and history.

The six-part series, produced by the BBC and Amazon Prime, is set in the 1890s American West, not long after the removal of the Pawnee from Nebraska.

The story’s writer and director, Hugo Blick, is not Native, so he sought out IllumiNative’s president and chief executive Crystal Echo Hawk, who is Pawnee, to ensure historical accuracy.

Echo Hawk was involved with production from the initial script readings, and Pawnee historian and museum curator Matt Reed advised on props, costumes and tribal history. READ MORE.Sandra Hale Schulman, Special to ICT


Joye Braun was a firestorm.

A strong, fierce, lovable woman who fought and advocated for Indian Country throughout her life.

On Nov. 13 the Cheyenne River Sioux citizen died at her home in Eagle Butte, South Dakota at the age of 53.

Braun’s daughter, Morgan Brings Plenty, said she was a strong leader and someone who she admired and looked up to.

“She had this thing called ‘General Joye,’ which when she gets into a zone, she's unstoppable and she'll kind of be bossy and making sure things get done in a certain timeframe, so everything can run smoothly,” Brings Plenty said. “She was always full of laughter and she was always teasing people, making jokes, giving a grand old time of laughter and being fun; she was fun to hang out with.” READ MORE.Kolby KickingWoman, ICT

Around the world: Brazil, Indonesia and Congo push for a rainforest protection fund, reparations for Australia’s ‘stolen generations’ hits a snag, a group of weavers is recreating a 200-year-old Māori sail, and a film about Noongar elders wins an award in New York.

Coverage around the world on Indigenous issues for the week ending Nov. 20, 2022. READ MORE. — Deusdedit Ruhangariyo, Special to ICT

For years, the Indian Garden name assigned to a popular Grand Canyon campground has been a painful reminder for a tribe that was displaced by the national park.

Now, the name will finally be changed.

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The Havasupai Tribe and Grand Canyon National Park announced Monday that Indian Garden will be renamed Havasupai Gardens.

The U.S. Board on Geographic Names gave unanimous approval this month to the request from the National Park Service on behalf of the tribe, known internationally for the towering blue-green waterfalls on its reservation.

The area, about 4½ miles down the popular Bright Angel Trail on the South Rim, originally was called Ha’a Gyoh by the tribe. But by 1928, the park service had forcibly removed the last Havasupai resident from the inner canyon where his family had farmed for generations to make way for trails and a ranger station. READ MORE.Associated Press

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Gabriella Nakai joined about 100 other Native youth at the White House Tribal Youth Summit last week and tells us about her experience. We meet the new director of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in New Mexico. And hear what fans are saying about the NBA’s Phoenix Suns jersey that honors tribes.


The Department of Education announced on Tuesday it is extending the pandemic-era pause on federal student loan repayments until June 30 while legal challenges to the administration’s student debt relief program are fought over in the courts.

The agency said if the student debt relief program has not been put in place by June 30, and if litigation is still tied up in the courts, student loan payments will begin 60 days after that.

“Payments will resume 60 days after the Department is permitted to implement the program or the litigation is resolved, which will give the Supreme Court an opportunity to resolve the case during its current Term,” the department said in a statement. “If the program has not been implemented and the litigation has not been resolved by June 30, 2023 — payments will resume 60 days after that.”

Earlier the administration had said the pandemic-era pause would expire on New Year’s Eve. Two lawsuits blocking the Biden plan, including one brought by six GOP-led states, have been appealed by the Justice Department, but it’s unclear how long the legal process could take. READ MORE. Alaska Beacon


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