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Celebrating Pride Month

On Friday's ICT Newscast, it’s Pride Month. We meet an Arizona entrepreneur who’s paving the way. Plus, we learn about innovative programs in medical education, and an international nonprofit making connections for Indigenous health
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Hair Nirvana in Scottsdale, Arizona is run by Vee. He’s been a mainstay in the LGBTQ+ community for decades. Let’s find out what Pride Month means to this Diné citizen.

“Esperança” believes in health equity for everyone. It is an international organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. Anna Ortiz is its Global Health & Development director.

The prestigious James Beard Foundation award for Best New Restaurant went to Owamni. Last summer, ICT’s Shirley Sneve dined at the Minneapolis restaurant.

ICT Editor-at-Large Mark Trahant caught up with Dr. Don Warne at the Reservation Economic Summit in Las Vegas last month.

In Juneau, Alaska, Native people recently gathered for a cultural event called Celebration.

A slice of our Indigenous world 

  • In Minnesota, Owamni was given the award for best new restaurant by the James Beard Foundation earlier this week. 
  • In Alaska, an election is underway to fill an empty seat in Congress.
  • June is the third anniversary of the Canadian government’s final report of the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The federal government held a press conference to mark the occasion. APTN's Fraser Needham reports.

  • The newest film, "Prey," is the first-ever film with a full dub in the Comanche Nation's language.


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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