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Watch out for wild aunties on the town now that the acclaimed series “Reservation Dogs” has returned for a second season.

In addition to all-Native writers and producers and top actors Gary Farmer and Zach McClarnon, the new season of the hit FX show features a sister act in the form of siblings Tamara and Sarah Podemski, Anishinaabe/Ashkenazi, from Toronto.

Sarah is returning for a second season as Rita Smallhill, the mother of Bear Smallhill, played by D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai. This season, she gets a visit from Bear’s aunt, played by real-life sister Tamara for three episodes.

The two have several scenes together and are excited about the sibling bond they bring to the roles. READ MORE. — Sandra Hale Schulman, Special to ICT


Two of Hawai’i’s most high profile Native Hawaiian candidates didn’t advance to November’s general election. However, another will try again at being elected to Congress.

The state held its primary on Saturday and most of the election is vote-by-mail with some voter service centers available for people registering to vote or voting in person.

U.S. Rep. “Kai” Kahele’s bid for governor after one term in Congress fell short. Democrats in Hawai’i overwhelmingly went with Lt. Gov. Josh Green. Green will face former two-term Republican Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona in November.

State Rep. Patrick Branco, Native Hawaiian, came in second in the race to replace Kahele in Hawai'i’s 2nd Congressional District. Former state Sen. Jill Tokuda advanced to face Native Hawaiian and Republican Joe Akana, who easily won his primary. Kahele defeated Akana in 2020. READ MORE.Pauly Denetclaw, ICT

Voter turnout was low – well below half – in 2020 in some parts of rural Alaska, where Alaska Natives are in the majority.

The National Congress of American Indians reports about 38 percent of registered voters in the Northwest Arctic Borough around Kotzebue voted in 2020. Nearly 70 percent of the population there is Alaska Native. In the Bethel census district, where 80 percent of the population is Alaska Native, turnout was 42 percent.

On the other hand, 75 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the Yukon-Koyukuk census district in interior Alaska, where 69 percent of the population is Alaska Native.

Alaska faces challenges getting the rest of rural Alaska to that high mark. (Turnout among U.S. registered voters in 2020 was 66 percent). This could be integral considering the number of Indigenous Alaskan candidates who are stepping into the state’s political arena. READ MORE. Joaqlin Estus, ICT

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When she was little, Dyan Youpee spent her afternoons in her dad’s office — sometimes doodling under his desk.

Dyan’s father, Darrell “Curley” Youpee, founded the Fort Peck Cultural Resource Department in 1995 and served as director for 22 years.

As a young girl, Dyan remembers listening to her father’s conversations. She didn’t realize it at the time, but she was absorbing valuable information.

“It was a revolutionary time,” she said. “I watched my dad fighting to have a spot at the table with federal agencies. So that language has always been part of my lexicon. It’s always been instilled in me that I was rich in culture.” READ MORE. — Missoulian

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On the Monday edition of the ICT Newscast, season two of 'Reservation Dogs' features the Podemski sisters. Plus, we’re visiting with a talented Navajo designer taking knitting to the next level, and it was primary election day in Hawai’i over the weekend. We have the latest.

Casey Thompson outlined his future in pen and crayon.

This was eighth grade — March 2014 — long before he was a high-profile Power Five football player and even before quarterback became his position of choice. When Thompson put his dreams on paper.

“Story of My Life,” reads the title written neatly on a sketch of an orange book. A winding timeline illustrates childhood highlights and predicts the next 13 years of his life. Of 11 entries, eight have something to do with football.

The sport has been Thompson’s consuming focus for as long as he can remember. It has brought him fame and accolades. He’s earning name-image-likeness profits and, probably, a shot a pro ball.

But there are places he can go where his own story is a footnote against the backdrop of time. READ MORE. — Omaha World-Herald


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