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Zuni youth and food sovereignty

On the Thursday edition of the ICT Newscast, Indigenous Peoples Day is almost here. We preview the events happening around the country. We learn about a new project at Zuni Pueblo increasing food sovereignty. Meet an emerging artist from Canada increasing Indigenous representation in the music industry
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From one of the creative centers in Arctic Canada, Nunavut artist Jacob Okatsiak wants to inspire the next generation of Indigenous artists in the music industry. With a new single and an album on the way, Okatsiak combines tradition into his artistry. ICT producer McKenzie Allen-Charmley caught up with him while he was on the road.

The fall season means harvest time, and in New Mexico, Zuni students are learning to not only plant their food but to cook it as well. The Zuni Youth Enrichment Project is supported by a grant from the CDC's Tribal Practices for Wellness in Indian Country. Brittny Seowtewa, Zachary James and Kenzi Bowekaty are part of the crew.

Indigenous Peoples Day is four days away. So how are people celebrating? ICT’s Kolby KickingWoman has compiled a list of some of the major events happening across Turtle Island.

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  • Four astronauts launched into space Wednesday at a whopping 17,000 miles per hour from Cape Canaveral, Florida. NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission is being led by Nicole Mann, who has officially made history as the first Native woman in space.
  • According to census data released by Statistics Canada in 2021, Indigenous children accounted for 53.8 percent of all children in foster care. That number is disproportionate when compared to non-Indigenous children. APTN’s Fraser Needham has the story.
  • Application to apply for student loan forgiveness is expected to launch next week. In August, President Joe Biden announced that if you have federal student loans and make under $125,000 a year, $10,000 of student loans can be forgiven. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona spoke to ICT to say the pandemic spurred Biden to take action.
  • The new series "Spirit Rangers" is coming to Netflix, Monday, Oct. 10. This historic series is believed to be the first children’s show in U.S. television history to be created by a Native woman. Chumash citizen Karissa Valencia created the show with an all-Native writing room.

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

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