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Repatriating Native Hawaiian ancestral remains

On Monday's ICT Newscast, a delegation of Native Hawaiians is accepting ancestral remains from a German museum, and we meet the 2022 Oklahoma 'Mother of the Year.' Plus, he is a face you might recognize. A First Nations physician is running to be the Canadian Medical Association president

Germany’s Übersee-Museum began repatriating eight iwi kupuna, or Native Hawaiian ancestral remains in February. A delegation from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs held a ceremony during the handover to accept the remains. Edward Halealoha Ayau and Kamakana Ferriera were part of the coordination efforts. They join the newscast to share more on this repatriation journey. 

Robyn Sunday-Allen, Cherokee, was selected as the 2022 Oklahoma "Mother of the Year," making her the 76th woman in Oklahoma to hold this honor. We talk to her about this honor. 

Dr. Evan Adams is the actor who played Thomas Builds-The-Fire in the 1998 film “Smoke Signals.” Then in 2002, Adams graduated from medical school and began his career as a physician. Now, he is running to be the president of the Canadian Medical Association. For the last five years, Adams served as the chief medical officer at the First Nations Health Authority in British Columbia. He tells us about his candidacy platform.

A slice of our Indigenous world 

  • The United Nations estimates more than 500,000 Ukrainians have fled the country following the unprovoked attack by Russia. 
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced new guidelines on masking, but some tribal nations say they will continue mandating masks on tribal lands. 
  • Police in Detroit, Michigan are apologizing after breaking up a sugarbush ceremony in a city park last week.
  • The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is putting pressure on the Biden Administration to completely shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline.
  • February is Mahina ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i or Hawaiian Language Month. To celebrate, Hawaiian Airlines surprised its guests with special flights only in Hawaiian. 

Monday's newscast was created with help from:

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

R. Vincent Moniz, Jr., NuÉta, is a producer for the ICT newscast. Have a great story you've just got to share? Pitch it to

Drea Yazzie, Diné, is a producer/editor for the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @quindreayazzie Yazzie is based in Phoenix.

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