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Mashpee landback: 'A start in the right direction'

The chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag shares a land back victory, we preview the Sundance Film Festival and a reflection on President Joe Biden's first year in office

At the end of 2021, the Interior Department ruled roughly 320 acres of Mashpee Wampanoag land will stay in its control. We're checking in with Wampanoag Chairman Brian Weeden about his nation's plans to use the land to better the lives of its citizens. 

The 2022 Sundance Film Festival kicks off Thursday. We get the inside scoop from Adam Piron who is the interim director of the organization's Indigenous Program. He shares more about this year's line up.

Thursday marks the one year anniversary of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris taking office. What has the Biden administration done in their first year for Indian Country? Regular contributor Holly Cook Macarro, Red Lake Ojibwe, shares more.

A slice of our Indigenous world 

  • An underwater volcano erupted near the island nation of Tonga on Saturday. Officials are still surveying the damage. 
  • The Biden administration softly opened its online ordering system of rapid COVID-19 tests on Wednesday.
  • A Minnesota family is calling on a school to do more after they say an employee from a tutoring program made racist comments directed toward their 12-year-old child.
  • After weeks of delay, Brazil is beginning to vaccinate kids and it began with one brave Indigenous boy.

You can find more information on these stories at the top of the show. 

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Wednesday's newscast was created with help from: 

Aliyah Chavez, Kewa Pueblo, is the anchor of the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @aliyahjchavez.

Maxwell Montour, Pottawatomi, is a newscast editor for the ICT newscast. On Instagram: max.montour Montour is based in Phoenix.

Mary Grace Pewewardy, Hopi/Comanche/Kiowa, is an intern at Indian Country Today. On twitter: @mgpewewardy. Pewewardy is based in Phoenix, and enjoys playing video games.