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Looking back on the journey

On the weekend edition of the ICT Newscast, we learn about a new honor for Billy Frank Jr, a social service agency celebrating 70 years, and a new museum exhibit showcasing Native truth
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A Minneapolis social service agency was founded in 1952. It will celebrate its 70th anniversary on Sept. 26. Louise Matson is the executive director of the Division of Indian Work.

The ICT news crew was in Las Vegas last week for the Reservation Economic Summit. Aliyah Chavez has this interview.

More than 4,000 people attended the RES 2022 conference. Sponsored by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, ICT staff had the pleasure of meeting many tribal leaders including young entrepreneurs. ICT's Shirley Sneve interviewed one of them.

The Field Museum in Chicago opened a new permanent exhibit called “Native Truths: Our Voices, Our Stories.” With over four years in the making, this interactive exhibit opens the door for Native people and their stories. Melina Chalkia has this report.

A slice of our Indigenous world 

  • In Washington, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, $13 billion set aside for tribes.

  • Chile's Constitutional Convention recognizes 11 Indigenous groups at a constitutional level for the first time.

  • Ty Defoe is an interdisciplinary artist who identifies as Two-Spirit. The writer, actor, dancer has collaborated on Grammy-award winning albums. ICT's Carina Dominguez talked with him about his projects, gender identity and Pride month.

  • Tlingit citizen John Kito has been the one and only principal of William Tyson Elementary School for 57 years. He's retiring. 


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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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