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On the Weekend Edition of the ICT Newscast, the Pope issues an apology. It’s feast days for Pueblos in New Mexico and we remember our founding editor, Tim Giago
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Emotions ran high in Canada, as Pope Francis wrapped up visits with First Nations people. It has been 150 years since Indigenous children were removed from their homes and placed in residential schools operated by the Catholic Church. And finally, the Pope has apologized. ICT’s special correspondent Miles Morrisseau was there. Our senior editor Dianna Hunt joined to share more of ICT’s reporting.

The Pope’s visit to Canada coincided with Saint Anne’s Day. It's a feast day that is celebrated by various Pueblos all across New Mexico Josie Kie is from Laguna Pueblo. She’s a potter, and was featured in the 2011 film “GRAB,” directed by Billy Luther, that focuses on feast day celebrations.

The Native American Basketball Invitational is a wrap. In addition to plenty of rezball, the week included a night of fun at a Nike store. ICT’s McKenzie Allen-Charmley has the story.

ICT’s founder, Oglala Lakota journalist Tim Giago died at the age of 88 last weekend. He founded the Lakota Times, which later became Indian Country Today, and now, ICT. He was one of the first to bring to light the tragedies of Catholic Boarding Schools. ICT’s Shirley Sneve interviewed him a year ago.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • The FBI has released a list of verified missing persons in key states with Native populations. The news was first reported Monday and shows that the list of missing Native Americans is more than 170 people.
  • In South Dakota, the Oglala tribal council has officially suspended all activity for a Christian mission located in their territory. Last week, in a statement, Oglala president Kevin Killer demanded that the Jesus is King church leave their lands immediately.
  • Peru’s Indigenous president is marking his first year in office. Many Indigenous people used the power of their vote to choose school teacher Pedro Castillo for president last year. They were drawn in part by the possibility of seeing the nation led by someone with roots like their own.
  • In Washington, at the Tulalip Tribes’ early learning academy — near the site of the former Tulalip Indian Boarding School — children are leading the community in healing. The Lushootseed Department offers weekly sessions for newborn to 3-year-old children. 

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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.

R. Vincent Moniz, Jr., NuÉta, is the senior producer of the ICT newscast. Have a great story? 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.

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