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Children’s book teaches traditional values

On the Thursday edition of the ICT Newscast, experts are calling for greater support for Native farmers. A Stockbridge-Munsee composer’s work is performed in Venice, and a new children’s book teaches traditional values
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The Native Farm Bill Coalition released a new report earlier this month. It included more than 150 policy changes for lawmakers to better support Native farmers and producers. Carly Griffith Hotvedt is the associate director of Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas’ School of Law. She joins us. 

The Venice Biennale has made a commitment to decolonizing music. Last year it featured George Lewis emphasizing how discrimination affects African Americans in Western music. This year the music of Brent Michael Davids was featured and he joins us.

There’s a new Red Lake Ojibwe picture book that teaches traditional values through a journey of three cousins. Elizabeth Barrett wrote it, and Jonathan Thunder illustrated the book. But the inspiration for “Mashkiki Road” came from Elizabeth’s uncle, Thomas Barrett. He's the CEO of Red Lake Boys and Girls Club.

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  • On Friday, all state employees will have the day off for California Native American Day, and they will get paid for it. Last year, Assemblymember James Ramos passed legislation that designated the fourth Friday of September as the holiday.
  • Earlier this week, organizers celebrated National Voter Registration Day. That included an organization in Arizona. ICT’s Sierra Alvarez was there. According to data from Advance Native Political Leadership, there are over one million Native people who are eligible to vote but are not registered.
  • The largest school district on the Navajo Nation is becoming more energy efficient. Chinle Unified School District has just received its first of three electric school buses.
  • The Native American Media Alliance is hosting its fourth annual animation lab, and it is now accepting applications for this year. Participants who are accepted will work on a script or comic, then develop it into an animated film or series. 

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