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Seaplanes: Puyallup's new venture

On Thursday’s edition of the ICT Newscast, seaplanes are the newest venture for the Puyallup Tribe in Washington. Three Native youth hit the road to explore Indian Country. Plus, he’s a poet, teacher, and ICT’s new senior producer. Meet R. Vincent Moniz, Jr.
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When people visit Ruston Way in Tacoma, Washington, they will soon see a new seaplane terminal and restaurants. The ventures are the latest projects for the Puyallup Tribe. The tribal nation with 5,000 citizens recently announced it is adding seaplane services to its economic portfolio. Matt Wadhwani, the financial officer of the Puyallup Tribe explains.

For too long, Native peoples stories and futures have been written by others. But today, Native leaders and Native youth are writing their own path forward. Featured on the PBS series Roadtrip Nation, Kimberlee Blevins from the Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation tells us more.

R. Vincent Moniz, Jr. has joined the ICT Newscast as its senior producer. He’s NuÉta and Oglala from the Three Affiliated Tribes. This award winning poet and filmmaker was raised in the Little Earth of United Tribes housing projects in South Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a ruling in a highly disputed case in Indian Country. On Wednesday, the high court ruled in the case Oklahoma versus Castro-Huerta. In a 5-4 vote, it said that the state of Oklahoma has the ability to prosecute non-Native people, when the victim is Native and the crime is committed on tribal lands. This decision ultimately limits the scope of the 2020 ruling in McGirt v. Oklahoma. 

  • In the Grand Canyon State, local Native students can now attend college at the University of Arizona free of charge. The university announced that any student enrolled in any of the state’s 22 tribal nations can now receive free tuition and fees. The program is the first of its kind in an Arizona public university.

  • Pride Month 2022 is coming to a close, and the Heard Museum’s festivities included an all-Native drag show including Indigenous queens and poets who are LGBTQ-plus. Audrianna Smith from Cronkite News has more.


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.

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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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