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Wrapping up RES 2022

On the Friday ICT Newscast, RES 2022 is a wrap. We bring you interviews with Native leaders, government officials and artists. And we mourn the loss of our relatives in Texas
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The ICT Newscast crew has been at the Reservation Economic Summit in Las Vegas this week. The event was sponsored by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development.

Many at RES were stunned to learn of yet another mass shooting this time in Texas. PaaWee Rivera reacted to the news. He’s a senior advisor to White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.

The Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., is working to improve its relations with tribal nations. At the helm is Heather Dawn Thompson. She is the director of the Agriculture Department’s office of tribal relations.

On the RES trade show floor, a new agriculture business called The War Chief Collection was created to combat alcohol and drug addiction. ICT’s Mark Trahant has the story.

The National Center recognizes 40 individuals under age 40 for their leadership and contributions to their community and family. Carly Griffith Hotvedt is an awardee this year. She’s the associate director of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative.

Bryan Polite is also a 40 under 40 awardee. He is the chairman of the Shinnecock Indian Nation.

ICT’s Kaitlin Onawa Boysel met an Acoma Pueblo citizen who has been attending the summit for more than 10 years.

A slice of our Indigenous world:

  • In the United States, people are now able to order another round of free rapid COVID-19 tests.
  • A new initiative by the University of California Berkeley is aiming to get more Native students studying law. 
  • Fashion leaders were in attendance at RES 2022. 
  • Indigenous designers in Bolivia are showcasing the unique Cholita fashion trends.

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

Thank you for watching!


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.

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

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.

Maxwell Montour, Pottawatomi, is a newscast editor for Indian Country Today. 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.