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Delbert Anderson remembers the moment he got hooked on jazz.

Born on the Navajo Nation in Shiprock, New Mexico, his clans are the Folded Arms People (maternal), Red Cheek People (paternal), Red House People (maternal grandfather), and Bitter Water People (paternal grandfather).

He was only in the 4th grade when he knew he wanted to blow his own horn.

The students were asked to pick out their instruments for the music program the day after a jazz band performed at the school to demonstrate the instruments. There was a trombone player who mesmerized young Anderson that day.

“He just started to solo and solo and he soloed...for me, it felt like forever, for a very long time. But that got me kind of thinking, where’s all this music coming from? He's not looking at anything, you know,” Anderson told Indian Country Today in a recent interview. READ MORE.Miles Morrisseau, Special to Indian Country Today


Tribes across the country are facing climate changes such as drought, higher temperatures, and sea level rise.

Federal agencies offer aid for dealing with the effects, but tribes have criticized how those services are delivered, saying regulations and policy put much of the help out of reach for many tribes.

Now, a U.S. Government Accountability Office report has pinpointed problems at key federal agencies and recommended changes in how they are handling the climate crisis for Alaska Native villages.

At a Senate Indian Affairs Committee roundtable discussion on Native communities and the climate crisis held in March 2021, tribal representatives described dire conditions across Indian Country.

In California, tribes see devastating wildfires. In Nevada, Walker River Paiute farmers and ranchers have lost up to 40 percent of their crops and herds due to water shortages. And flooding on the Mississippi River raises concerns about nuclear contamination near the Mdewakanton Sioux lands on Prairie Island in Minnesota. READ MORE.Joaqlin Estus, Indian Country Today

Indigenous artists were seen and heard at this year’s Juno Awards, a weeklong celebration of Canadian music culminating in a televised awards ceremony.

For the first time, the Indigenous music category was broken into two separate categories – contemporary and traditional – and the Humanitarian Award was bestowed upon Inuit musical icon Susan Aglukark.

Aglukark is the most decorated Inuit musician/singer/songwriter in Canada, having won four Junos in 11 nominations since the release of her debut album in the early 1990s.

The highlight of the evening was Aglukark’s acceptance of the Humanitarian Award from Canada Governor General Mary Simon, Dene. Aglukark was radiant in the traditional clothes of her people and spoke eloquently to the assembled crowd and viewers across the country in her Inuit language of Inuktitut. READ MORE.Miles Morrisseau, Special to Indian Country Today

Native Hawaiian composer and violinist Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti will premiere a new work this month inspired by Lahaina noon, the Honolulu mayor’s office said Friday.

The Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts commissioned the composition together with Chamber Music Hawai'i. The chamber will perform the work at noon on May 26.

Lahaina noon refers to the moment when the sun passes exactly overhead at midday and objects with smooth sides appear to have no shadow. The phenomenon occurs in May and July and can only be observed in the tropics.

In Hawaiian culture, Lahaina noon is viewed as a time of great mana, or power, when the sun is overhead and the shadow retreats into the body.

The work will debut at a celebration honoring the 45th anniversary of Sky Gate, a 1977 sculpture by the late artist Isamu Noguchi. At Lahaina noon, the sculpture projects a perfect ring. — Associated Press

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On Monday's ICT Newscast, we’re on location at the 2022 Reservation Economic Summit in Las Vegas. We’re talking to a leader at the National Center, a restauranter, and the head of tribal relations at the U.S. Agriculture Department.


Three doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine offer strong protection for children younger than 5, the company announced Monday. Pfizer plans to give the data to U.S. regulators later this week in a step toward letting the littlest kids get the shots.

The news comes after months of anxious waiting by parents desperate to vaccinate their babies, toddlers and preschoolers, especially as COVID-19 cases once again are rising. The 18 million tots under 5 are the only group in the U.S. not yet eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.

The Food and Drug Administration has begun evaluating data from rival Moderna, which hopes to begin offering two kid-sized shots by summer.

Pfizer has had a bumpier time figuring out its approach. It aims to give tots an even lower dose — just one-tenth of the amount adults receive — but discovered during its trial that two shots didn’t seem quite strong enough for preschoolers. So researchers gave a third shot to more than 1,600 youngsters — from age 6 months to 4 years — during the winter surge of the omicron variant. READ MORE. Associated Press


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