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Laughing and learning language

We are meeting puppets teaching the Ojibwe language and the new editor of Indian Country Today. Plus, we get an update on Arizona's redistricting process and what it means for tribal nations

"Nanaboozhoo" is a puppet teaching the Ojibwe language through comedy. His show is a regular podcast feature and can be heard on Bemidji, Minnesota, radio stations KAXE and KBXE. Michael Lyons, the voice behind the puppets, joins us today. 

Indian Country Today is making history again. Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, Diné, was named the next editor of ICT, making her the first female editor in our news organization’s 40-year history. She joins the show to talk what the next chapter of ICT looks like. 

Across the country, state legislatures are drawing maps to reflect new districts brought on by the U.S. census population changes. In Arizona, the Independent Redistricting Commission is deep in the process right now. ICT correspondent Carina Dominguez talked to experts about voter suppression efforts throughout the state. 

A slice of our Indigenous world 

  • Legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives is aiming to extend a year end deadline for spending CARES funding by Alaska Native corporations and tribes. 
  • In eastern Washington state, work is being stopped after ancestral remains were discovered at a construction site.
  • In Minnesota, the White Earth Nation could be the center of a big renewable energy project.
  • A new report by the Ms. Foundation for Women is calling out the lack of philanthropic investment in Indigenous women and girls.

  • A school in Utah is naming a Native student to homecoming royalty for the first time in its history.

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Aliyah Chavez, Kewa Pueblo, is an anchor for Indian Country Today’s newscast. On Twitter: @aliyahjchavez

R. Vincent Moniz, Jr., NuÉta, is a producer at Indian Country Today. Have a great story you've just got to share? Pitch it to Moniz is based in a bunker in Bismarck.

Maxwell Montour, Pottawatomi, is a newscast editor for Indian Country Today. On Instagram: max.montour Montour is based in Phoenix.

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