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Coming up on the ICT Newscast: From Hollywood to Washington, Indigenous women are making a difference. We visit with actress DeLanna Studi and the National Endowment for the Humanities' new chair Shelly Lowe. Plus, an incredible hoop dancer gears up to defend his title at the world championship

Native Voices at the Autry has new leadership, and she definitely knows her way around the stage. Cherokee citizen DeLanna Studi is the chair of SAG-AFTRA’s National Native Americans Committee, and the artistic director of Native Voices at the Autry. Plus, she’s a 2022 United States Artists Fellow.

Scott Sixkiller Sinquah grew up watching his father and older brother hoop dance and now he is a world-renowned hoop dancer himself. In 2020, he won first place in the adult category of the hoop dance world championship. He'll be defending his title at the end of March.

The National Endowment for the Humanities was created in 1965, and since then has had just 11 leaders. Navajo citizen Shelly Lowe is the first Native person to lead the national organization. Lowe was nominated by President Joe Biden last fall and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate last month.

  • U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona spoke with attendees from the National Indian Education Association conference. 
  • There will be no charges for an Australian police officer who was involved in the death of an Indigenous teenager. 
  • The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has a new trustee. 
  • The White House is rolling out another key nomination for Indigenous communities. 
  • Walker River Paiute Super Bowl champion Austin Corbett is very close to securing himself a payday.

Find more details on these headlines at the top of today's show.


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