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Vision Maker Media: Representing since 1976

On Wednesday's ICT Newscast, we speak to a leader from Vision Maker Media. We also learn about Alaska history and about US senators working on gun reform
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Francene Blythe-Lewis, Diné, Sisseton-Wahpeton and Eastern Band Cherokee, is Vision Maker Media's executive director. This year, it funded $1 million to 11 documentaries through its Public Media Fund. It has also supported $180,000 through its Creative Shorts Fellowship. 

Emily Edenshaw, Yup'ik & Inupiaq, is the president and CEO of the Alaska Native Heritage Center. ICT's Shirley Sneve sat down with her at RES 2022 in Las Vegas.

ICT regular contributor John Tahsuda, Kiowa, is a partner at Navigators Global. He joins us to weigh in on the bipartisan group of U.S. senators working together to pass legislation on guns. The current talks from lawmakers include implementing red-flag laws, funding for mental health resources, and expanding background checks.  

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • The National Congress of American Indians is hosting its mid-year gathering in Anchorage.
  • In Connecticut, West Hartford's board of education recently changed the mascots of two high schools.
  • In Oregon, the state is paying college costs for tribal citizens attending schools within its borders.
  • In New Mexico, volcanic cones near Mount Taylor are gaining protection. 
  •  In Alaska, Native people of all ages attended Celebration over the weekend.


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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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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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