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Lummi poet curates anthology

On the Monday edition of the ICT Newscast, The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation has released a new publication that features the works of many of its literature fellows. Rena Priest, Lummi Nation, is the curator and editor of the anthology
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She is a Maxine Cushing Gray Distinguished Writing Fellow and the recipient of an Allied Arts Foundation Professional Poets Award. Priest is also the Poet Laureate for the state of Washington

We take a look at Heid Erdrich’s poetry film, “Pre-Occupied” co-directed by ICT senior producer Vincent Moniz.

Cronkite News brings us the story of traditional healing methods for treating mental health. Arizona and other states are seeking authorization from the federal government to cover these services under Medicaid. 

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • COP 27 kicks off in Egypt. This is an international climate convention that runs through Nov. 18, 2022. It brings more than 100 world leaders to discuss the issue of climate change. 
  • New Mexico biologists are working to rescue the silvery minnow, an endangered fish species in the Rio Grande. Drought and overuse have contributed to its demise. Water experts say even conservation efforts have hindered the effort.

  • Indigenous youth in Canada are stepping up to help solve their communities’ drinking water challenges. High school students from the Nunavik region in Quebec traveled to British Columbia to address the crisis. APTN’s Lee Wilson has more. (

  • Jhane Meyers says she wanted to make a film about strong Indigenous women with an all-Native cast and crew. She got her wish when she became the creative producer for the film, “Prey.” It’s streaming now on Hulu. 


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Kaitlin Onawa Boysel, Cherokee, is a producer/reporter for Indian Country Today. On Instagram: @KaitlinBoysel Boysel is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Mary Grace Pewewardy, Hopi/Comanche/Kiowa, is an intern for the ICT newscast. On Instagram: @mgpewewardy. Pewewardy is based in Phoenix, and enjoys playing video games.

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