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A decade of service in Oklahoma

On the Wednesday edition of the ICT Newscast, summer is a popular time for feast days in pueblo communities. We meet a Laguna Pueblo potter who tells us more. A groundbreaking TV station in Oklahoma celebrates its 10th birthday. John Tahsuda gives us an update on the Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs
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Cheyenne and Arapaho Television celebrates its 10-year anniversary this month. It is Oklahoma’s only tribally-owned and operated TV station. Senior content producer Darren Brown joins us to describe its humble beginnings.

It's feast day mode for various pueblos all across New Mexico. Josie Kie is a potter from Laguna. She was featured in the 2011 film “GRAB,” directed by Billy Luther.

Congress is nearing its August recess, which means legislation is coming up before then. ICT regular contributor John Tahsuda has this commentary. He is a partner with Navigators Global.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • On Tuesday, the Pope traveled to the water’s edge at Lac Saint Anne. It is a sacred lake where First Nations communities have traveled to for over 100 years — many have cited healing powers from the water. Every year on the Catholic feast day of Saint Anne, tens of thousands of Cree, Metis and other First Nations people make the pilgrimage to the site. Among the pilgrims this year was Pope Francis.
  • The Chief Seattle Club in Washington state is breaking ground on a new building for unhoused Native people. The Sacred Medicine House is a 120-unit development that will focus on permanent, supportive housing for adults. 
  • Portland State University is adding its name to the growing list of colleges and universities who are making college more accessible to Native students. The university announced that Native students who are enrolled citizens of any federally recognized tribe will be eligible to receive in-state tuition rates — even if they don’t live in Oregon.
  • San Felipe Pueblo and Navajo citizen, Madison Hammond, continues to make waves in the National Women’s Soccer League. She is the first Indigenous American player to play at this level. Vic Samuels from Cronkite News has more with the Angel City FC defender. 

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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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