Skip to main content

Is the pandemic over?

On the Wednesday edition of the ICT Newscast, Visit Native California is a statewide tourism campaign that will showcase tribal nations. A pandemic update, and ICT regular contributor John Tahsuda is back to talk politics
  • Author:
  • Publish date:

There are dozens of federally recognized tribes in California. A new tourism campaign by the state is hoping to highlight the many cultures and lifeways of those Indigenous people. Reid Milanovich is the chairman of the Agua Caliente Tribe.

President Joe Biden claimed the pandemic is over in an interview with “60 Minutes” earlier this week. Many are now saying that statement could complicate efforts to get COVID-19 under control. Dean Seneca runs Seneca Scientific Solutions Plus.

Lawmakers have until Sept. 30 to pass a continuing budget resolution, all in hopes of avoiding another government shutdown. What does this mean for tribes? ICT regular contributor John Tahsuda is a partner with Navigators Global.

A Slice of our Indigenous World

  • On Monday and Tuesday, Indigenous people were the topic of discussion for candidates running for office in Georgia. Several major organizations, including Four Directions, hosted the forum in Atlanta. Organizers, including O.J. Semans, Sr., said the state was chosen because of its role in the 2020 election. Georgia is home to three state recognized tribes and some 146,000 Native voters.
  • European Union lawmakers are backing a proposed law that would ban agricultural sales linked to the destruction of forests. A report by the Brazilian conservation nonprofit Imazon shows that Indigenous Amazon territory continues to be a main target of deforestation. One lawmaker spoke about the part the European Union plays by importing goods connected to this harmful destruction.
  • In Canada, the family of an Indigenous man, who was shot and killed with a bean-bag gun by police in Vancouver, is speaking out. APTN’s Tina House has more on the incident under investigation.
  • The Navajo Nation is confirming more cases of the Monkeypox. Earlier this week, the nation said it has three new cases — bringing the total to four. According to the nation, the recent cases involve individuals that live in the eastern, central and western agencies of Navajo. 
Scroll to Continue

Read More


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

Indian Country Today is a nonprofit news organization. Will you support our work? All of our content is free. There are no subscriptions or costs. And we have hired more Native journalists in the past year than any news organization ─ and with your help we will continue to grow and create career paths for our people. Support Indian Country Today for as little as $10.