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Music from France

Violinist Laura Ortman joins the ICT newscast to talk about her music. Plus reporter Deb Krol tells us about her new series on efforts to protect sacred spaces in the southwest.

Laura Ortman is a classically trained violinist from the White Mountain Apache Tribe. She joins us today from France where she tells us about her residency there. Ortman even gives a live performance. Stay tuned! 

Recent reporting by the Arizona Republic's Deb Krol, Xolon Salinan, gives a glimpse into sacred sites that are not controlled by tribal nations. We visit with her about her six-part series, “Indigenous people find legal, cultural barriers to protect sacred spaces off tribal lands." 

A slice of our Indigenous world:

  • In south Lake Tahoe, the mandatory evacuation order is now downgraded to a warning for the city limits.
  • A former educator in New Mexico steps down after pressure from a pueblo and other tribal leaders.
  • Another update on the shocking story of a male nurse who raped a permanently incapacitated Native woman in Phoenix. 
  • The University of Arizona is naming a new endowment fund for Native graduate students in honor of a tribal leader who fought for water rights. 
  • Pharrell Williams, the award winning musician, is finding ways for Indigenous communities to use his platform. 

(Related: Pharrell, Dee Jay Two Bears collaborate on adidas Sičhona sneaker)

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