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2021: A look back at Indigenous representation

In this special edition of Indian Country Today, we’re looking at Indigenous representation in 2021. From breakthrough Native television shows and actors to award-winning books and museums

2021 started off with a Tlingit artist winning a Caldecott medal for her artwork in "We Are Water Protectors." The book was illustrated by Michaela Goade and written by Carole Lindstrom. It was the first time an Indigenous person ever won the Caldecott.

Peacock's "Rutherford Falls" premiered in April. It reflected a time for Natives on screen and behind to shine on a major stage. We hear from the show's actors and writers. 

Indigenous actresses Tantoo Cardinal, Cara Jade Myers, JaNae Collins, and Jillian Dion will play Lizzie Kyle, Anna Brown, Rita Smith, and Minnie Smith in Martin Scorsese's upcoming film, "Killers of the Flower Moon." (Photo courtesy of Osage News)

The novel “Killers of the Flower Moon” is the basis for a major motion picture featuring Leonardo DiCaprio. It is set to premiere next year. The book tells the tragic story of Osage people who were mysteriously murdered in the 1920s. ICT's Kaitlin Onawa Boysel tells us more. 

A new state-of-the-art museum opened in September in Oklahoma, City. The First Americans Museum aims to represent Native people through storytelling like museums. ICT's Kaitlin Onawa Boysel was on location. 

Ricko DeWilde is a reality tv star on National Geographic's "Life Below Zero." In a November interview, he tells us what that experience is like. 

FX and Hulu’s hit show “Reservation Dogs” premiered in September. ICT's Max Montour attend the show's red carpet event and caught up with some faces you might recognize.  

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Wednesday's newscast was created with help from: 

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

Frank Blanquet is a freelance video editor for Indian Country Today. 

Vincent Schilling, Akwesasne Mohawk, is associate editor of Indian Country Today who enjoys creating media, technology, computers, comics and movies. Twitter @VinceSchilling

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

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