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Celebrating Pride Month

On Thursday's ICT Newscast, we visit with a Diné activist who is celebrating Pride Month. Plus, a well-known organization for Native students has changed its name and a new film tells the story of the Lakota
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Vee Newton, Diné, is a hairstylist in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is celebrating June’s Pride Month. Newton is an advocate and leader in the gay and drag communities. 

Angelique Albert, Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, is the CEO of the Native Forward Scholars Fund. She is explaining the organization's recent name change. It had been previously known as the American Indian Graduate Center.

Jesse Short Bull, Oglala Lakota, is a director and documentarian. His latest project "Lakota Nation vs. United States" premieres June 11 at the Tribeca Film Festival. It dives into the history of the forced removal of the Lakota from the Black Hills. 

A slice of our Indigenous world 

  • In Los Angeles, the Summit of the Americas is in full swing. 
  • In Washington state, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation are celebrating a land back victory.
  • A new exhibit, the "Bosque Redondo: A Place of Suffering A Place of Survival," shows the Navajo Nation's tragic history and its continued resiliency.
  • Vice President of Sacred Sea Raynell Morris has called for an independent health review of Sk’aliCh’elh-tenautthe, an orca being held at the Miami Seaquarium.

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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.

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

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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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