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On Thursday's ICT Newscast, experts are calling on President Joe Biden to expand efforts to protect Indigenous babies. A look at Native stereotypes in the movies — how have things changed? Plus why is Indian Country Today changing its name? We find out
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The film industry and mainstream popular culture are notorious for promoting stereotypical images of Native Americans. Are things getting better? Eric Buffalohead is associate professor and chair of the American Indian studies department at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He co-authored “Native Americans on Film: Conversations, Teaching and Theory."

Earlier this year, a public health campaign called the Healthy Native Babies Project was not renewed by federal agencies. Its goal is to reduce rates of infant mortality among American Indians and Alaska Natives. Health advocates are calling on President Joe Biden to take action. Abigail Echo-Hawk, who is the executive vice president of the Seattle Indian Health Board, explains. 

Indian Country Today is a 40-year-old news organization. It’s been through four iterations, and now it’s evolving again. On June 24, our long-time website, will become IndiJ Public Media's Chief Operating Officer Mike Kellogg introduces the new brand.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • Federal officials heard from Native leaders about the impacts of federal Indian boarding schools on Wednesday. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, Laguna Pueblo, was among those who testified before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
  • President Biden has nominated Patrice Kunesh for the Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans. This office is under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It provides funding for projects, trainings and resources for tribal nations and Native nonprofit organizations.

  • In Albuquerque, New Mexico, the hallmark Indian Pueblo Cultural Center has a new enterprise.

  • A former ICT editor is being elevated at one of the world’s top news organizations. Last week, Oglala Lakota citizen Katie Oyan was promoted to deputy news director for Local Success at The Associated Press.


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

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.

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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