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'Star Wars' in Navajo shines bright

On Wednesday's ICT Newscast, we learn the story behind the Navajo translation of "Star Wars." Plus, an Indigenous photographer shares her practice and wildfires in New Mexico

Manuelito Wheeler, Diné, is the director of the Navajo Nation Museum. Along with a team, Wheeler helped bring "Star Wars: A New Hope" to movie screens in the Navajo language. On this May 4, Wheeler shares how this project happened. 

Dawn LeBeau, Cheyenne River Lakota, photographed a sick bison herd for a story in The New York Times. That bison herd is owned by Cheyenne River rancher Fred DuBray. We hear the stories behind the photos. 

New Mexico is dealing with an early wildfire season. There is a wildfire close to tribal lands called the Cerro Pelado fire. Margaret Wright, a freelancer reporter, has been covering the fire and gives us the latest updates.

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You can find more details on this story at the top of the show. 


Wednesday'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.

Maxwell Montour, Pottawatomi, is a newscast editor for the ICT newscast. On Instagram: max.montour Montour is based in Phoenix.

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

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