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Louisiana tribe gets land back

On the weekend edition of the ICT Newscast, land back in Louisiana, artists gather in Rapid City, South Dakota, and the 'Singing Psychologist.' Plus, a look at the Alaska Federation of Natives meeting
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The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana is celebrating a Land Back victory.

For years, tribal leaders tried to get ownership of the Marksville Historic State Park, a place that is home to burial sites. Marshall Pierite, the chairman of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana describes the land.

Racing Magpie, an arts collective in Rapid City, SD, was awarded $40,000 over two years from the Wagner Foundation and VIA Art Fund. Peter Strong and Mary Bordeaux talked with ICT’s Shirley Sneve about the grant.

For years Darryl Tonemah has worked with tribal communities and organizations to tackle both mental health and physical health. He has a Ph.D. in counseling, psychology and cultural studies. He's also an award-winning musician. Now he’s blended both in a podcast series called "The Singing Psychologist."

After three years, the largest gathering for Native people in Alaska is back. The Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention brought in thousands of delegates and participants across the state. Leaders addressed critical issues of public policy and government for the Alaska Native communities. ICT’s McKenzie Allen-Charmley reports.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • In California where a tribal nation is suing the federal government for allegedly violating its tribal sovereignty. Earlier this week, the Hoopa Valley Tribe renewed a lawsuit it filed against the Trump administration in 2020. The lawsuit alleges that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation failed to collect over $340 million from California farms that rely on federally-supplied water.
  • State recognized tribes in Alabama and North Carolina are continuing to work towards becoming federally recognized. Groups in both states are hoping that two outgoing U.S. senators can help them achieve what has been just out of arm's reach. 
  • A ground search of a former boarding school has been delayed. Last year, the Kansas Historical Society announced it would partner with the state’s geological survey and the University of Kansas to conduct a ground-penetrating radar survey at the Shawnee Indian Mission. Chief of the Shawnee Tribe Ben Barnes said the tribe was not consulted about the proposal.

  • A popular search engine redesigned their logo in honor of Native American Heritage Month. On Nov. 1, Google’s logo was redesigned by Spirit Lake Dakota, Mohegan, and Muscogee artist Marlena Myles to depict a game of stickball.

  • “Molly of Denali” is kicking off its third season with new episodes. This fan-favorite series on PBS, follows the adventures of 10-year-old Molly Mabray, who is a curious and resourceful Alaska Native girl. The award-winning series features outdoor adventures and the celebration of Alaska Native communities. 


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.

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McKenzie Allen-Charmley, Dena’ina Athabaskan, is a producer of the ICT Newscast. On Twitter: @mallencharmley.

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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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