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Diné composer makes history

On the Thursday edition of the ICT Newscast, meet a Pulitzer Prize winning composer from the Navajo Nation, and the creative behind the B. Yellowtail Collective. Plus, Cheyenne and Arapaho Television turns ten
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Raven Chacon is the first Native person to receive a Pulitzer Prize for musical composition. He wrote “Voiceless Mass" which premiered last November in Wisconsin.

Bethany Yellowtail has been designing clothing for more than a decade. Her line, the B. Yellowtail Collective is based in Los Angeles. ICT’s Editor Jourdan Bennett-Begaye caught up with her in May at the Reservation Economic Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In May, the children of the Chippewa Cree Tribe received more than 3,000 new and gently used children's books. ICT’s Kaitlin Onawa Boysel has the story.

Monica Nuvamsa is taking puzzle making to a new level. About four years ago she started making puzzles from intricate Hopi designs. ICT’s Patty Talahongva reports. Nuvamsa paints each design then turns it into one small but challenging puzzle.

Ten years ago, Cheyenne and Arapaho Television started broadcasting. Known as CATV, viewers have come to enjoy shows with names like, “Indian Road,” “Making Regalia,” and “Frybread Flats.” Senior Content Producer, Darren Brown, tells us more.


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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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