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'Rutherford Falls' returns this month

On Thursday's ICT Newscast, a new agriculture department in North Carolina, subsistence rights in Alaska, and season two of 'Rutherford Falls' premiers this month
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Chairman John L. Lowery, Lumbee, leads the efforts on a new opportunity in his tribe of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The new department will direct farming, natural resources, conservation, and food sovereignty programs. 

Sierra Teller Ornelas, Navajo and the executive producer of the NBC series, “Rutherford Falls", says season two will be launching on June 16 on the streaming service Peacock. ICT Editor Jourdan Bennett-Begaye caught up with her at RES 2022 for some insights. 

The federal government is suing the state of Alaska over fish openings on the Kuskokwim River. ICT's Joaqlin Estus joins us to talk about it. 

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland has tested positive for COVID-19.
  •  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced $147 million in grants.

  • In Canada, a new housing project for Indigenous youth in care or those aging out of the system in Manitoba is now complete after undergoing renovations. APTN'S Darnell Stranger has the story.

  • In Oklahoma, the Cherokee Nation announced its pilot program, "Fostering Hope."


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.