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Mohegan citizen to become the US Treasurer

In this Wednesday edition of the ICT Newscast, President Biden has appointed a Native woman as the next US Treasurer. We’ll introduce you to the newest member of the ICT newscast team, and a history lesson from a Yakama elder
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Meet Ted Strong, a Yakama elder, who is the vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility for Yakima Chief Hops. ICT Editor-at-Large Mark Trahant caught up with him at the Reservation Economic Summit.

McKenzie Allen-Charmley, Dena'ina Athabaskan, has joined the ICT Newscast as a producer. She talks about her journey from Alaska to Arizona to become a broadcast journalist.

Regular contributor Holly Cook-Macarro talks about the newest appointment in the Treasury Department.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen visited Rosebud, South Dakota to announce that Mohegan citizen Lynn Malerba will be the first Native woman to serve as treasurer. Malerba will also lead the department's newly established Office of Tribal and Native Affairs.
  • In Canada, the Assembly of First Nations has voted to suspend its first female national chief. Roseanne Archibald was first elected in July 2021. The advocacy organization said she has been suspended because of a public statement she made that allegedly attacked the integrity of the body. 

  • In Minnesota, a trailblazing Ojibwe city council member has died. Renee Van Nett was the first Native woman elected to the Duluth City Council. In early June, Van Nett died at 52 after losing a battle with cancer. Her strong commitment to her Ojibwe culture and spiritual ways showed through in all aspects of her life.

  • The Northeast tribes that make up the Wabanaki Confederacy are one the first in North America to greet the morning sun. To honor this, a Wabanaki prayer opens “We the Peoples Before,” a cultural celebration in Washington, D.C. 


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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.

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

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McKenzie Allen-Charmley, Dena’ina Athabaskan, is a producer of the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @mallencharmley

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.

Kaitlin Onawa Boysel, Cherokee, is a producer/reporter for Indian Country Today. On Instagram: @KaitlinBoysel Boysel is based in Springfield, Illinois.

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