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Celebrating 70 years

On Wednesday's ICT Newscast, a Minnesota nonprofit turns 70 and the Shinnecock’s take on the cannabis industry. Plus, gun control is back on the table
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Louise Matson, White Earth Band of Ojibwe, is the executive director of the Division of Indian Work, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this fall. They were founded in 1952, and It's a mainstay in Minneapolis that provides services for Indigenous families and individuals. 

Chanae Bullock, Shinnecock, and Montauk, is the managing director of the tribe's cannabis business, Little Beach Harvest. ICT interviewed her at the RES 2022 in Las Vegas. Shirley Sneve has this insight into how the tribe's business is going. 

The House Judiciary Committee is taking up wide-ranging gun control legislation after several mass shootings in the U.S., including at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and two teachers were killed. Regular political contributor John Tahsuda joins the ICT newscast to break this down.

A slice of our Indigenous world  

  • In New York, the Saint Regis Mohawk is supporting a state bill that would ban Native mascots, logos and names.
  • Citizens of Montana’s Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes are reclaiming management of its bison range.
  • In Canada, sacred items belonging to a 19 century Blackfoot leader are being returned. APTN’s Tamara Pimentel has the story. 
  • In Minnesota, the remains of an Indigenous person who lived 8,000 years ago will be making their way home.

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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