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On the Tuesday edition of the ICT Newscast, the story of the outstanding baseball player Louis Sockalexis is coming to ESPN. Minnesota invests in tribal relations, and meet the new director of the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation
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Tribal relations in Minnesota just got a boost from the state government. Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, White Earth Nation, announced the promotion of Patina Park to executive director of Tribal State Relations.

Baseball fans might know the name Louis Sockalexis but he remains largely unknown to most people. In 1897, he joined the Cleveland team that was called the Spiders at the time. His story will be told on ESPN when it broadcasts "Deerfoot of the Diamond," on Sept. 27.

There's a new CEO in charge of the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation. It's just the second week of work for Whitney Rencountre but he's no stranger to the sculpture being carved, or the mission.

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  • There’s a new push to make four areas into national monuments. Earlier this month, an article from the Pew Charitable Trusts called on the Biden administration to make these changes in Texas, Colorado, Nevada and California.
  • Citizens of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation are headed to the polls for the tribe’s primary election. According to its website, the nation has nearly 17,000 enrolled citizens. However, less than 5,000 live within MHA territory. Since 1986, the tribe has required non-resident voters to return to its tribal lands to vote. That makes voting a challenge for the 73 percent of the total population who live off the reservation.
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  • A new addition to the National Football League is increasing Native representation in professional sports. Lumbee citizen Keenan Allen is one of few Native players in the NFL. The Los Angeles Chargers star is a wide receiver and plays a fundamental role in the team’s high powered offense.

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.

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

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

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