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On Tuesday's ICT Newscast, a financial coach breaks down money management. Plus, searching for footprints with Indigenous archeologists and a Native student at ASU is able to afford tuition
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Karen Edwards, Choctaw, is the manager of the Native Bank ON and serves as a financial coach with the Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition's program. She is breaking down money management techniques. 

Joe Watkins, Choctaw, is an Indigenous archeologist. He is premiering in the new PBS science series NOVA called "ICE AGE Footprints." The film is a one-hour documentary that follows archaeologists investigating remarkable ancient footprints in White Sands National Park in New Mexico. 

It’s graduation time in many communities across the country. Last year, Kiera Charley’s graduation meant leaving home to pursue an interest in astrophysics. She was named a Flinn Scholar at Arizona State University, which meant her family could afford her tuition. ASU News has this report 

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • Over the weekend, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, Cherokee, warned tribal nations not to create abortion safe havens.
  • More lands are becoming available to eligible Alaska Native Vietnam-era veterans in the form of allotments. The Bureau of Land Management is taking steps to free up 27 million acres for vets. ICT’s Joaqlin Estus reports.

  •  In Arizona, The Gila River Resorts and Casinos announced that its guests have donated nearly $174,000 to area nonprofits.


Today’s newscast was created with work from:

Shirley Sneve, Ponca/Sicangu Lakota, is vice president of broadcasting for Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter @rosebudshirley She’s based in Nebraska and Minnesota.

Mark Trahant, Shoshone-Bannock, is editor-at-large for Indian Country Today. Email: On Twitter: @TrahantReports Trahant is based in Phoenix. The Indigenous Economics Project is funded with a major grant from the Bay and Paul Foundations.

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 for the ICT newscast. On Instagram: @mgpewewardy. Pewewardy is based in Phoenix, and enjoys playing video games. 

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