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Rock Opera rewrites California history

On Monday's ICT newscast, we meet a Hoopa director, composer, and writer of the Native American Rock Opera 'Something inside is Broken.' Plus, a look back at the World Eskimo Indian Olympics and the future of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act

“Something Inside Is Broken" tells the true story of the Natives whose entire way of life was destroyed. It follows Johann Sutter who exploited and enslaved Indigenous people to build an empire at the start of California state's history. Jack Kohler, Hoopa, is the writer, composer, and director of the play. He shares more. 

ICT’s Quindrea Yazzie, Diné, recaps the World Eskimo Indian Olympics held last year in Fairbanks, Alaska. 

ICT has a partnership with Alaska Public Media to cover the complex issue of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. ICT’s special correspondent Meghan Sullivan, Koyukon Athabascan, brings us a story of identity among Alaska Natives.

A slice of our Indigenous world 

  • Congress has voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.

  • Officials from the Biden administration heard directly from tribal leaders last week in another round of engagement sessions.

  • After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, it is painful for some to see how much it costs to fill up at the pump.

  • In Florida, Indigenous Taino art from Puerto Rico is being showcased in Miami. 


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 Moniz is based in a bunker in Bismarck.

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

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