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Judge Deborah Ann Begay, Diné, was elected as Justice of the Peace for Moon Valley — a city close to Phoenix — in 2020. Part of her job includes officiating weddings for couples from many backgrounds. She joins the newscast to share some stories of love.

Powwow emcee Deanna StandingCloud, Red Lake Band of Ojibwe, hosted a virtual speed dating event over the weekend. She recaps how it went. 

A filmmaker and jewelry designer join us to celebrate their love story. Razelle Benally, Oglala and Diné, is in her thesis year at New York University’s Tisch School of Fine Arts. Tania Larsson, Gwich’in, uses land-based materials to create northern Indigenous adornment. We learn more. 

A slice of our Indigenous world 

  • After months of negotiations, a group of Democratic and Republican Senators are moving to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.
  • Protections of the gray wolf are being restored across much of the United States.
  • A new nursing degree is bringing colleges together in Colorado to teach an Indigenous-focused health curriculum.
  • The Los Angeles Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 in Super Bowl LVI on Sunday, making Walker River Paiute citizen Austin Corbett a Super Bowl champion.

Find more details on these headlines at the top of today's show.

Thank you for watching!

ICT NEWSCAST WITH ALIYAH CHAVEZ LOGO

Feb. 16: This newscast was updated to reflect the correct spelling of Razelle Benally and to reflect her location in Jersey City, New Jersey. 

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