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Fighting for underfunded performing arts

On Tuesday's ICT newscast we learn about a report that's explaining underfunded Native performing arts. Plus, NDN Collective met with Indigenous people in South Dakota to come up with a plan to fight discrimination

Clementine Bordeaux, a Sicangu Lakota researcher, has been working on a report called "Brightening the Spotlight." It was created to give light to underfunded Native performing arts. The report was funded by the First Peoples Fund and NORC at the University of Chicago. We learn more about what they found. 

Sarah Manning, Shoshone & Paiute, is the communications director for NDN Collective. In March, a hotel in Rapid City, South Dakota tried to ban Native Americans from its property. NDN Collective met with the community to come up with a plan to face this discrimination. 

ICT's special report "At the Crossroads" is brings the Institute for Nonprofit News together with eight other news partners. The goal is to answer the question: What is the State of the Economy in Indian Country? In Oklahoma, meat-processing plants are turning out to be a key driver of economic growth. Muscogee Media Managing Editor Liz Gray breaks down her story as part of this report. 

A slice of our Indigenous world 

  • In Washington, the Interior Department is announcing a major investment to combat climate change in Indigenous communities.
  • In the capital of Brazil, thousands of Indigenous citizens made their voices heard last week.
  • On the homelands of the Akwesasne in New York, marijuana sales are flourishing. 
  • If you can’t wait to stream the hit tv show "Rutherford Falls," we know where you can see some episodes of the new season.
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