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On the Monday edition of the ICT Newscast, an Indigenous filmmaker is bringing Native artists together for an evening of performances. Meet one of the creative Natives behind "Reservation Dogs." Plus, dangerous times for Mexican activists
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Missy Whiteman is an Indigenous filmmaker behind the short film “Coyote Eats Chocolate.” That project has sparked a Trickster Cinematic Universe. Last weekend her “OWAMNI X: Expanded Cinema Experience” combined film and live painting with Native song and dance.

Osage citizen Ryan Redcorn is a writer, director, and comedian whose work can be seen in both seasons of the hit TV series “Reservation Dogs.” He is also the co-founder of Buffalo Nickel Creative, a media production company that has been keeping him busy.

The killing of Indigenous people, land and environmental defenders is a chillingly common occurrence in Latin America, and Mexico is one of the world’s most dangerous countries for activists. ICT’s Carina Dominguez reports on these vicious attacks against Mexican women journalists, human rights defenders and land campaigners. 

A Slice of our Indigenous World

There are new developments in the quest to build the controversial 30-meter telescope on a sacred mountain. Mauna Kea is located on the big island of Hawai’i. Now the National Science Foundation says it is considering a future investment in building the telescope. Moving forward, the National Science foundation says it will not make a decision on funding until after it considers public input and an environmental review.

Over the weekend the Santa Fe Indian Market celebrated its 100th birthday. Jeremy Felipe has all of the sights and sounds.

In Spokane, Washington, a new Native-owned restaurant is serving what it calls Native American comfort food. The main item in most of the dishes is frybread and customers are describing it as fast, fresh and filling! The menu is based on things that you’d find being served at any powwow or Native family gathering. Yakama citizen Jenny Slagle is the owner of Indigenous Eats.

In Colorado, where an upcoming show is aiming to push the needle closer toward decolonization. In Denver, a new all-Indigenous Drag show is called “Wagon Burners.” It is sponsored by IllumiNative--a Native woman-led social justice organization whose mission is to build power for Native people.

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