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History making Native pro golfer

On Tuesday's ICT Newscast, First Peoples Fund celebrates it 25th anniversary, and more on climate resilience in the Peruvian Andes. Plus, we're visiting with Gabby Lemieux who is the first Native female professional golfer
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Lori Pourier, Oglala Lakota, is the founder of First Peoples Fund. The organization is celebrating its 25th anniversary by hosting a multi-day festival called, “We the Peoples Before.” It will be held from June 30-July 2 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.  

Gabby Lemieux, Shoshone-Paiute, is a professional golfer on the Epson Tour. It is the developmental tour for the Ladies Professional Golf Association. She is the first Native woman on the pro tour. 

Anna Ortiz is the global health & development director for Esperança. It's an international organization based in Phoenix, whose goal is health equity for everyone. 

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Native people prosecuted in the Courts of Indian Offenses can also be prosecuted in federal court for the same crime.
  • On World Oceans Day last week, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said her agency would end single-use plastics on public lands by 2032.
  • In Oregon, an Indigenous farmer is using time tested solutions to combat drought.
  • An Alaskan tribe is nominating the Pribilof Islands area for protective sanctuary status.
  • "Reservation Dogs" has picked up a Peabody Award.

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.

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

R. Vincent Moniz, Jr., NuÉta, is the senior producer of the ICT newscast. Have a great story 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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