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Native stories in books and movies

On the weekend edition of the ICT Newscast, new books feature different views of Native life, we meet youth who are making a difference in their communities, and Buffy Sainte-Marie takes the stage
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"Returning Home" is a new book about the Intermountain Indian School in Utah. It features artwork and poetry from the students. Farina King is an associate professor of Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma — and is one of three authors.

The Toronto International Film Festival wraps up this weekend. ICT’s special correspondent Miles Morriseau was there for opening night. We hear Buffy Sainte-Marie’s comments on the Doctrine of Discovery.

Ku Stevens is honoring his great-grandfather once again in his second annual remembrance run. The run’s purpose is to honor the children who survived boarding schools, as well as the children who never returned home. ICT’s Sierra Alvarez has the story.

Alvarez, is an intern this semester for the ICT Newscast, along with Pacey Smith-Garcia. He brings us this story of Young Inuit people who are learning ways to uphold their traditions.

Telling stories is what Ramona Emerson usually does with video, but this time she’s written a novel. "Shutter" is described as a blood-chilling, thriller and a supernatural horror all based near the Navajo Nation in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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A new documentary film, "For Walter and Josiah," focuses on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana. With September being National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, ICT senior correspondent Patty Talahongva spoke to the executive producer, Dana Hewankorn. She talked about the 22 citizens who died by suicide in 2017, which her film is based on.

  • New federal policies aim to improve Indigenous stewardship throughout the United States. The National Park Service released new guidance on Wednesday to strengthen Native representation in the management of federal lands. The new policy on what’s called co-stewardship is meant to give a stronger framework to park managers to work with tribal nations.
  • An Indigenous woman is hoping to create awareness about residential schools in a unique way. She is walking across Canada for residential school children who can't. APTN’s Tamara Pimentel has the story.
  • The Cherokee Nation passed a $3.5 billion dollar budget last week. This is the largest operating budget in the tribe’s history. Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said the funds will provide a “blanket of protection” for Cherokee citizens and visitors.

Today's newscast was created with work from:

Shirley Sneve, Ponca/Sicangu Lakota, is vice president of broadcasting for the ICT Newscast. Follow her on Twitter @rosebudshirley. She is based in Nebraska and Minnesota.

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.

Patty Talahongva, Hopi, works for ICT. Follow her on Twitter: @WiteSpider.

Maxwell Montour, Pottawatomi, is a newscast editor for the ICT Newscast. On Instagram: max.montour. Montour is based in Phoenix.

Kaitlin Onawa Boysel, Cherokee, is a producer/ reporter for ICT. On Instagram: @KaitlinBoysel.

Drea Yazzie, Diné, is a producer/editor for the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @quindreayazzie Yazzie is based in Phoenix.

Sierra Alvarez, Navajo, is an intern for the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @sierraealvarez.

Pacey Smith Garcia, Ute, is an intern for the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @paceyjournalist

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