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'Educator and student voices are essential'

On Monday's ICT newscast, we hear from the U.S. Secretary of Education. Plus, we meet the bandleader of the Eastern Medicine Singers and the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues starts today

Last week U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona traveled to New Mexico. He met with Santa Fe Indian School students and traveled to Jemez Pueblo. After his visit, he sat down with ICT to explained the message he brought: that student and educators' voices are essential. 

Daryl Black Eagle Jamieson is a citizen of the Pocasset Wampanoag Tribe of the Pokanoket Nation. He's the bandleader of the Eastern Medicine Singers, which combines traditional, psychedelic punk, spiritual jazz, and electronics in a stunning blend. He shares the story behind why much of their music is in the Massachusetts dialect of the Eastern Algonquin language.

Joseph Lee is Aquinnah Wampanoag and an Indigenous Affairs Fellow at Grist. He will be covering the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues which begins Monday. He joins us to explain the forum and its goals. ICT's Carina Dominguez is also in New York for the conference and will provide daily coverage. 

(Related: Indigenous leaders convene at UN, push for human rights protections)

 A slice of our Indigenous world

  • Action by the federal government is restoring authority to California tribes to govern and manage the leasing of their lands.
  • In the state of Washington, disenrolled Nooksack citizens are continuing to fight to stay in their homes.
  • Step into the world of someone who is disabled. That is the challenge presented at the 18th annual American Indian Disability Summit held in Phoenix earlier this month. ICT’s Patty Talahongva reports.

  • A key organization is introducing its fourth year of partnerships with female cultural leaders.


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

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Mary Grace Pewewardy, Hopi/Comanche/Kiowa, is an intern at Indian Country Today. On Instagram: @mgpewewardy. Pewewardy is based in Phoenix, and enjoys playing video games.

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