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Indigenous imagination

Lee Francis IV shares Indigenous representation and imagination through comic books. Plus, an update on seven Alaskans stranded at the Yukon River.

Lee Francis IV is Laguna Pueblo and the executive director of Woodcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. He is the owner and CEO of Native Realities Publishing, and founder of the Indigenous Comic Con and Red Planet Books and Comics. He is an award-winning poet and writer, whose work revolves around education and how Native peoples and Indigenous communities are represented in popular culture.

In western Alaska, seven people were stranded while taking a 120-mile hunting trip down the Yukon River. ICT's Joaqlin Estus reported on the story and joins the show to talk about how they made it out and survived. 

A slice of our Indigenous world 

  • Monday kicks off the first day of the White House Tribal Nations Summit.
  • Tribes are getting more than $73 million in grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to help them meet the needs exposed by the pandemic.
  • Honoring Native warriors who served. The head of the Department of Veterans Affairs paid his respects during Veterans Day at an event at the National Museum of the American Indian.
  • Well, go dust off your moccasins!  

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