Skip to main content

States address tribe’s need

On the weekend edition of the ICT Newscast, an overdue apology and an update on voter suppression. Also, states are acting on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives. Meet this year’s Miss Navajo
  • Author:
  • Publish date:

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures honored Sacheen Littlefeather for her life's work last week. She graciously accepted the Academy's apology for the hostile reception she received at Oscars in 1973. At the time, the actress refused an Oscar award on behalf of actor Marlon Brando. ICT’s Senior Editor Dianna Hunt spoke to Sacheen Littlefeather before the ceremony.

The newly-crowned Miss Navajo is Valentina Clitso. This is her first time competing in the time-honored competition, which features events such as butchering cooking and public speaking.

It wasn’t until the passage of the Snyder Act in 1924 that Native Americans were granted the right to vote. Nearly 100 years later, Indigenous people still face many obstacles to fully participating in elections. Derrick Beetso is the director of Indian Gaming and Self-Governance at Arizona State University’s law school, and a board member of ICT’s parent company, IndiJ Public Media.

Minnesota is strengthening its relationship with the 11 tribes that share its boundaries. Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, White Earth Nation, announced the promotion of Patina Park to executive director of Tribal State Relations. She will serve as a direct link between the Governor’s office and tribal communities.

In South Dakota, government officials welcomed tribal leaders to the capitol to help launch a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons initiative. Stewart Huntington has the story.

Scroll to Continue

Read More

  • The FBI has released new data this week about Native people who are missing in a key geographic region. The latest list by the federal agency shows 183 Indigenous people who are missing from New Mexico and the Navajo Nation.
  • In Canada, there are new efforts towards advancing education in the Yukon. The First Nations School Board, which has been in development for the last few years, became fully operational at the end of August. APTN’s Sara Conners reports.
  • In Australia, Indigenous land owners won challenge in federal court this week. The ruling prevents an energy company from drilling for gas off the country's north coast. This decision against Australian oil and gas company, Santos Limited, is seen as a major win for Indigenous rights.
  • In California, an Indigenous woman is on her way to making history. Last week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Hoopa citizen Dawn Blake to the state board of forestry and fire protection. If confirmed, Blake will be the first Native and the first woman to ever serve on the board.

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.