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Rez Dogs: The wait is over

Graffiti artists paint the town with the Cheyenne River Youth Project. Plus "Reservation Dogs," the long awaited series, premiers today.

In Eagle Butte, South Dakota, youth are encouraged to spray graffiti and taught by some of the country's greatest Native artists at RED CAN. This annual event for the Cheyenne River Youth Project is just one of the many programs happening in South Dakota. Julie Garreau is the founder and its executive director. She joins us today. 

After a summer filled with promotions, teases and previews, new series "Reservation Dogs" is being released today on FX and Hulu.

The story centers around teenagers living in Oklahoma who want nothing more than to leave their small town for the glamour of Los Angeles. But it’s how they go about this effort and giving non-Natives a glimpse of life on the reservation that makes this show so unique.

Taika Waititi, Māori, and Sterlin Harjo, Seminole and Muscogee, are the producers of this series that features a cast of Native actors and story plots written by Native writers, not to mention Native directors.

Last week, the stars came out in L.A. to premier "Reservation Dogs." ICT's Max Montour went to catch up with the stars and learn a little more about this groundbreaking show. 

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • Bryan Newland is now confirmed as the assistant secretary overseeing Indian Affairs at the Interior Department.
  • The coronavirus is proving its still spreading quickly, regardless of vaccination status. 
  • The Makah Indian reservation at the far northwest tip of Washington remains closed to keep its citizens safe.

  • The fifth time is the charm, at least for one Yavapai woman who is now Ms. Wheelchair USA. 

  • A new board game is bringing Cree language and culture to northern Canadian communities.

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Mark Trahant, Shoshone-Bannock, is editor of Indian Country Today. On Twitter: @TrahantReports Trahant is based in Phoenix.

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