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On the Tuesday edition of the ICT Newscast, Chickasaw and Kansas state lawmaker Stephanie Byers won’t seek reelection. Meet 2022 MacArthur fellow Sky Hopinka. The Native Authors Program takes writers to the next level
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The MacArthur Foundation has announced its class of fellows for 2022, including Ho-Chunk citizen, filmmaker and poet Sky Hopinka. The award-winning filmmaker’s short and feature-length films move between both Indigenous history and current experiences. Sandra Schulman has this interview.

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

Kansas State Representative Stephanie Byers will not seek reelection. She was elected to office in 2020 and was one of three Indigenous women serving in the Kansas state House. Rep. Byers tells us about her term and decision to put family first.

The Native American Community Development Institute and All My Relations Arts are hosting the Native Authors Program. They've tapped Art Coulsen to lead this writers group to help them develop their focus.

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A slice of our Indigenous world

  • The White House says it will host its Tribal Nations Summit next month on Nov. 30 to Dec. 1. The gathering will be an in-person event at the Interior in Washington, D.C. The summit gives tribal leaders a chance to meet directly with senior level officials of the Biden administration.
  • The director of the Southwestern Association of Indian Artists has left her position. According to reporting by the Santa Fe New Mexican, Kim Peone is no longer with SWAIA. The state attorney general’s office confirmed it is working with SWAIA after it received two complaints alleging that the non-profit was behind on audit reports.
  • In Canada, any crime associated with unmarked graves at former residential schools will now be investigated by the jurisdictional police force. The announcement was made by a federal Justice Minister during a meeting with Indigenous leaders in Nova Scotia. APTN’s Angel Moore has the story.
  • In Bolivia, Indigenous models took the runway in beautiful garments. Last week Aymara women posed in their traditional multicolored clothing, with some taking a step further adding fluorescent colors. Colombian designer Laura Laurens, who created some of the pleated dresses and ponchos, says she was very impressed.

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