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Coming up on the weekend edition of the ICT Newscast: A photographer documents the elders of her tribe, 'Star Wars' in the Navajo language and there’s a new Miss Indian World

Tashina Red Hawk was crowned Miss Indian World last weekend at the Gathering of Nations powwow in Albuquerque. The 18-year-old Sicangu Lakota woman competed with 23 contestants for the title that started in 1984.

This week marked the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Emmilee Risling has been missing since October 2021 in California. Her family and friends refuse to give up hope. ICT's Vincent Moniz reports.

A couple of weeks ago, ICT interviewed Fred DuBray about his bison herd and its infection with Mycoplasma bovis. DuBray’s story was also documented in the New York Times and that story included photographs by Dawn LeBeau. 

St. Mary’s Catholic Boarding School has historic ties to ICT’s Mary Annette Pember. The school once operated on the Bad River Ojibwe Reservation in Wisconsin. Her mother went to school there.

May the fourth be with you was spoken all over the country by "Star Wars" fans this week. It has special meaning for a Diné family that worked for years to translate the iconic movie into the Navajo language. Manuelito Wheeler explains.

A California tribe is the first Indigenous nation to own and operate a casino in Las Vegas. This effort is being made with Native values at the forefront. Stewart Huntington reports.

Cheers went up as gaming officially began at 9 p.m. Pacific Time Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at the grand re-opening of the Palms Casino Resort. The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians made history with the opening, becoming the first to own and operate a resort in Las Vegas. (Photo by Stewart Huntington for Indian Country Today)

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • In Washington, the Interior and Justice departments are taking steps to address missing and murdered Native people.
  • This week, the Indian Health Service Office of Urban Indian Health Programs awarded $8.3 million in grants.
  • After two weeks, the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations is still waiting for an investigation it called for.

  • Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians citizen SaNoah Larocque won the title of Miss Dakota.  

Find more details on these stories at the top of today's show.

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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

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.

Maxwell Montour, Pottawatomi, is a newscast editor for Indian Country Today. On Instagram: max.montour Montour is based in Phoenix.

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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