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Celebrating & protecting Indigenous art

On Monday's ICT Newscast, we meet all kinds of Indigenous artists: a Tlingit culinary artist and a Mniconjou Lakota poet. Plus, a Canadian woman is using her talents to expose fraudulent Indigenous art

We continue our celebration of Women's History Month. Mary Goddard, Tlingit, is a jeweler and culinary artist. Her artwork can be seen in Alaska in places like Sitka and Juneau — and even on her food blog. 

Taté Walker, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, is an award-winning storyteller who is debuting a new book of poetry called “The Trickster Riots.” It will release in June and will include illustrations by Walker's 13-year-old trans/nonbinary child who is a painter and a graphic artist.

Lucinda Turner is a Canadian woman who has been carving with an Indigenous Nisga'a artist for 26 years. She found a passion in combating fraudulent Indigenous art and discovered that the works of Indigenous artists were being stolen and listed on the internet for sale. Turner now writes “takedown letters” on behalf of 50 artists and has sent out over a 1,000 letters to 30 different internet companies. 

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • The state of Oklahoma’s appeal in the McGirt case is set and the Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for April 27th.

  • The National American Indian Housing Council has launched an online resource hub for tribal housing assistance.

  • Native Hope, an outreach program of the Saint Joseph’s Indian School, gave $250,000 dollars to fund an missing and murdered Indigenous persons investigator in South Dakota.

  • In Arizona, a Navajo police officer has died. According to the Arizona Department of Safety, 54-year-old sergeant Leo Becenti Jr. was hit by an oncoming car on March 9.

  • Chefs Crystal Wahpepah and Sean Sherman were announced last week as finalists for the 2022 James Beard award.


Aliyah Chavez, Kewa Pueblo, is the anchor of the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @aliyahjchavez.

R. Vincent Moniz, Jr., NuÉta, is a producer for the ICT newscast. Have a great story you've just got to share? Pitch it to Moniz is based in a bunker in Bismarck.

Drea Yazzie, Diné, is a producer/editor for the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @quindreayazzie Yazzie is based in Phoenix.

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