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Chickasaw Nation’s White House

On the Wednesday edition of the ICT Newscast, we learn the story behind the Chickasaw Nation’s White House; the Phoenix community will be celebrating Native American Recognition Days for the next three months, and we get a politics update
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The Chickasaw White House was built by Douglas H. Johnston, the governor of the Chickasaw Nation. He and his family lived in the White House for 41 years, from 1898 to 1939. Audrea Dickerson is the manager of the historic property and tells us more. 

The Interior Department has several initiatives underway to address federally-run boarding schools. It also has other initiatives aimed to improve relations between tribes and the federal government. ICT regular contributor John Tahsuda is back to break this down.

Each year, volunteers from the urban Native community in Phoenix set up a number of events to mark what they call “Native American Recognition Days.” ICT's Patty Talahongva is a community volunteer. She joins the show to tell us about the events kicking off this weekend. 

A slice of our Indigenous world 

  • The 20th anniversary Sovereignty Run, hosted by the National Congress of American Indians, kicked off on Cherokee lands in Oklahoma earlier this week. Runners will trek over 1,700 miles to California to bring visibility for tribal sovereignty.
  • Applications are open for the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art’s book residency grant. It is a 10-week program for Indigenous authors who will print and bind their own limited-edition book.
  • In Canada, Marcie Sinclair is harvesting and sending sacred medicines to the James Smith Cree Nation following a series of deadly stabbings. APTN’s Sav Jonsa reports.
  • This year’s Miss USA pageant featured an Indigenous contestant named SaNoah LaRocque. While the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa citizen did not place in the competition, many were quick to note her presence.

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

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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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