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A historic apology

Coming up, meet the star of the upcoming series “PREY.” Pope Francis issues a historic apology to First Nations people
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Amber Midthunder is a Fort Peck Sioux actress from New Mexico. Growing up with an actor father and casting director mother, she began her own on-screen career early in life. She’s the star of the upcoming Predator prequel called “PREY.” It is the first film to be released in the Comanche language.

It has been 150 years since First Nations children were first removed from their homes and placed in residential schools operated by the Catholic Church. And finally, the leader of the Catholic Church has apologized. ICT’s Dianna Hunt reports.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • In Canada where the leader of the Catholic Church has made a long-awaited apology to Indigenous people north of the medicine line.
  • Pope Francis spoke to thousands Monday in the heart of Cree first nations in Maskwacis. Indigenous leaders reacted, saying while it was a special moment, it was also just the start of reconciliation.
  • The Native American Basketball Invitational is a wrap. In addition to plenty of rezball plays, the week of events also included a night of fun at a Nike store. ICT’s McKenzie Allen-Charmley has more.
  • Recently an Indigenous former professional athlete made their way down to Sesame Street. The children’s show teamed up with HiHo Kids to bring in Diné citizen Ryneldi Becenti for a visit. Becenti is the first Native American to play in the Women’s National Basketball Association.

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