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Native biologists speak out

On the Thursday edition of the ICT Newscast, a new series highlights the natural beauty of the Great Lakes. A Potawatomi biologist is one of this year’s MacArthur Fellows and the midterm elections are right around the corner
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The prestigious MacArthur Foundation has announced its class of fellows for 2022. One of those fellows is a Citizen Potawatomi Nation professor, writer and scientist. Robin Wall Kimmerer is the author of “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants.”

(Related: MacArthur 'Genius Grants' awarded to Indigenous filmmaker, botanist)

There’s a new three-part documentary series now available for streaming in the U.S. “Great Lakes Untamed” showcases the natural history of the world’s largest and most important watershed. Chevaun Toulouse is from Sagamok Anishnawbek where she spent her youth in the wetlands.

The 2022 midterm elections are two and a half weeks away. ICT and FNX “First Nations Experience” are proud to share that we will bring you a three-hour live newscast from an Indigenous perspective. Our newscast will be broadcast from San Bernardino, California and will be jam-packed with coverage. ICT’s editor-at-large Mark Trahant will co-anchor the event.

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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.

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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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