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'Incredible' Indigenous scholars

Coming up, more on the number of Natives working at Arizona State University. Plus, a new show looks at the impact of Indigenous knowledge

Indigi-Genius is a new web show devoted to sharing the past and present scientific and cultural impact of Indigenous creations and knowledge. Written and hosted by Laguna Pueblo citizen Lee Francis IV, who is a self-described "Indigi-Nerd." The 12 episode series covers a range of global Indigenous topics while breaking down science, culture, and history.

Arizona State University is celebrating a milestone with the high number of Native scholars working throughout the university system. The university employs approximately 60 Indigenous scholars, which is the largest cohort ever at ASU. Leading this effort is Lumbee citizen Bryan Brayboy who joins the show.

Liberty Wildlife nurtures Arizona through wildlife rehabilitation, education and conservation, and it’s also a feather repository. ICT's Patty Talahongva reports.

  • The NFL’s Washington Football Team announced its new name and logo. 
  • Tribal nations have reached a settlement over the toll of opioids in Native communities. 
  • South Dakota is working on two bills that would allow Native people to hunt, fish and visit state parks for free. 
  • In New Mexico, a site with images dating back 8,000 years was spray-painted with racist slurs and symbols.

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