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Lawmaker puts Lakota values first

On Tuesday's ICT newscast, we meet a South Dakota state lawmaker and an award-winning musician. Plus, all of the sights and sounds from this year's Denver March Powwow

Peri Pourier is a Oglala Lakota citizen and has been a member of the South Dakota House of Representatives since 2019. In her lawmaking career, she had advocated for tribal sovereignty and to address the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous people. She joins the ICT Newscast to outline her work. 

Gabriel Ayala is an award-winning Yaqui musician. He performs diverse genres of music such as classical, jazz, flamenco, and tango. He also performs JazzMenco, which is his original genre. He tells us about his music career — and even plays some of his music! 

After a two-year hiatus brought on by the pandemic, a major annual event returned with a bang last weekend. Stewart Huntington has more from the Denver March Powwow.

A slice of our Indigenous world 

  • Alaska Congressman Don Young died last week. Leaders in Indian Country remember his legacy. 

  • Leaders from the National Congress of American Indians met over the weekend in Chandler, Arizona. ICT’s managing editor Dalton Walker reports.

  • For the first time, the city of Denver gave 33 bison to three tribal entities. 


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

Kaitlin Onawa Boysel, Cherokee, is a producer/reporter for Indian Country Today. On Instagram: @KaitlinBoysel Boysel is based in Springfield, Illinois.

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

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