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Navajo composer wins Pulitzer Prize

On Tuesday's ICT Newscast, we reflect on the pandemic and an update on politics. Plus, we're hearing from the 2022 Pulitzer Prize winner who made history

Dean Seneca, Seneca Nation, is the leader of Seneca Scientific Solutions and is a global expert in health sciences. He's an epidemiologist and bringing us new information about new COVID-19 variants that are rising in parts of the country.

Raven Chacon, Navajo, is the first Native person to receive a Pulitzer Prize for musical composition. Awarded to "Voiceless Mass," the piece premiered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in November. He joins to newscast to share his work. 

The U.S. Senate holds a key vote on Wednesday that would codify Roe vs. Wade into law. Holly Cook Macarro, Red Lake Ojibwe, is back to break this all down and more. She's a partner at Spirit Rock Consulting and an ICT regular contributor. 

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • In Hawai’i, U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele is running for a new office. 
  • Last week, Indian Health Service announced Benjamin Smith as the new deputy director.

  • North Dakota is challenging the mineral rights of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nations.

  • After more than two years, a First Nations carver finally receives a resolution after police handcuffed him and his granddaughter. The APTN National News team has more.

  • James Tom, a Choctaw citizen, is helping revive the art of brain tanning animal hides.


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