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Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day

On the weekend edition of the ICT Newscast, interviews with changemakers — from a Diné elder to a buffalo rancher and a Dakota culture bearer. Plus, a very personal boarding school story
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In January, Navajo leader Peterson Zah received a lifetime achievement award from the Grand Canyon Trust. From 1982 to 1987, Zah served as the chairman of the Navajo Nation. He then became its first president in 1990. President Zah reflected on his work from his home in Window Rock, Arizona.

Native Americans make up just a fraction of the Rapid City’s population — but more than half the jail population. A circle of elders is playing a direct role in trying to change that. Stewart Huntington has more.

Mycoplasma bovis is common in cattle, but rarely deadly. For buffalo, it’s taking a toll. In March, the New York Times reported on Fred Dubray’s bison herd — and this disease that has no cure. Fred has been ranching on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota for 30 years. Take a look at this interview from April.

St. Mary’s Indian boarding school is a place tied with history to ICT’s Mary Annette Pember. The school once operated on the Bad River Ojibwe reservation in Wisconsin. It was the school her mother attended.

In February, we featured a new book from the Minnesota Historical Society Press. “Voices from Pejuhutazizi: Dakota Stories and Storytellers” is written by Teresa Peterson and Walter “Super” LaBatte, Jr. ICT brings you part of a film from Pioneer PBS in Granite Falls, Minnesota that features LaBatte’s work.

Around Turtle Island, organizers are gearing up for Monday’s Indigenous Peoples Day. In the U.S., the second Monday of October has historically been celebrated as Columbus Day. The change has picked up momentum as several major cities and states have officially chosen to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day.

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Many will also be watching Netflix as it releases a new animated series called “Spirit Rangers” on Monday. Read the full list of events on the ICT website.

Many people in South Dakota are headed to the Black Hills Powwow this weekend. In the meantime, many Native organizations have been meeting to talk business. ICT’s Shirley Sneve was there this week and has this report.

One of the biggest Indigenous art markets in the country is setting its sights on a new weekend location. The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts announced the debut of the Santa Fe Indian Market at Albuquerque.


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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