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A historic Kansas moment turns controversial

Coming up on Monday's ICT Newscast, women in Indian Country are making historical impacts, bringing different perspectives and winning awards

Kansas State Rep. Ponka-We Victors-Cozad, who is Tohono O'odham & Ponca, made history last week when she presided over the State House of Representatives. It marked the first time in Kansas history that a Native American presided. Unfortunately, that moment came with controversy. She joins the ICT newscast to share what happened.

In the 1990s, Ricey Wild started a column called “It ain’t easy being Indian.” She tells the adventures of an Urban Indigenous woman who moves back to her tribal lands. She joins the ICT newscast to give us insight on the path to her success.

Jenny Davis is a Chickasaw Nation citizen and an associate professor of anthropology and American Indian studies at the University of Illinois. Davis recently won the Chickasaw Nation “Dynamic Women of the Year Award.” She joins the ICT newscast to share her experiences. 

 A slice of our Indigenous world

  • A major report outlining the impacts of federal boarding schools is expected to be completed this week.
  • In Rapid City, South Dakota a lawsuit is being filed against a hotel that is banning Native people from staying in its facilities.

  • In Washington, D.C. last week, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson answered questions from U.S. Senators all in hopes to be confirmed as the next supreme court justice. 

  • A virtual celebration by California tribes was held yesterday on the recent transfer of the Klamath Dams.


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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