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On the Thursday edition of the ICT Newscast, the Phoenix Suns wear a new jersey dedicated to the 22 tribes in Arizona. See how the NBA players like their new look. Thousands are on their way to Washington, D.C. to attend the dedication ceremony of the National Native American Veterans Memorial. The first tribal political appointee in FEMA’s history joins the show to talk about her new role
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The Phoenix Suns are unveiling a jersey today that honors the 22 tribal nations of Arizona. ICT’s Patty Talahongva and Max Montour got an exclusive look when the players saw the jerseys for the first time. Check it out.

In October, following the release of FEMA’s first-ever National Tribal Strategy, the agency announced that Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma citizen Kelbie Kennedy will serve as the first ever FEMA National Tribal Affairs Advocate.

A three-day dedication event for the National Native American Veterans Memorial starts Friday. Tribes from across the country will be a part of the Native veterans procession on the National Mall. Rebecca Head Trautmann is the project curator for the memorial and is an assistant curator at National Museum of the American Indian. 

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • Crowds of Indigenous advocates and supporters rallied behind protecting a hallmark law. On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Brackeen versus Haaland. The case has the potential to overturn the Indian Child Welfare Act that became law in 1978. 

  • On the Pine Ridge Reservation, officials have released new information about a recent excavation at an Indian boarding school. A team at Red Cloud Indian School says they have found no human remains following a survey of the soil.

  • For the first time in Arizona history, seven Indigenous women will be sitting on the bench. They will be serving different roles throughout the justice system working as judges and justices of the peace. Diane Humetewa is a U.S. District Judge and Charlene Jackson has been appointed as a Superior Court Judge. Deborah Begay and Susie Nelson are both Justice of the Peace judges. Other judges include Sara Mae Williams, Victoria Steele and Jennifer Jermaine.

  • Rickey Armstrong, Sr. was elected as Seneca Nation President in New York last week. During his previous two terms, Armstrong oversaw the opening of the nation's first two gaming operations, and also led the nation through the beginning months of the pandemic.

  • A fish tied to the Native people in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest is making a comeback. Not so long ago the pirarucu nearly vanished as illegal and unsustainable fishing swept the lakes with large nets. It can weigh up to 450 pounds and is by far the largest of 2,300 known fish species in the Amazon. 


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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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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