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Indian Country's year in review

Today we welcome National Congress of American Indians President Fawn Sharp and ICT’s Deputy Managing Editor Dalton Walker

Fawn Sharp, Quinault Indian Nation, has been leading the National Congress of American Indians since 2019. She is the third woman in the history of the 77-year-old organization to be president. A Native of firsts, Sharp is the first tribal leader to receive State Department diplomatic credentials for the UN Climate Change summit, which was held in Scotland this year. Sharp joins us to talk about NCAI's busy year.

Indian Country Today reaches a million readers every month and there have been many stories to come from 2021. ICT’s Deputy Managing Editor Dalton Walker, Red Lake Ojibwe, joins us for a look back at some of Indian County's biggest stories. 

Plus, we're taking a visit to an art show in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where Indigenous youth are creating art to reflect the battle with COVID, Jonathan Sims has all the sights and sounds.

  • The Biden administration announced it will continue to pause payments on federal student loans. 
  • Effects are being felt following the most powerful typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. 
  • Canadian First Nation Elders are concerned about youth losing their traditional subsistence ways, Coleen Rajotte has the story.

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

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The newscasts this year were created with hard work from:

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

Shirley Sneve, Sicangu Lakota, is vice president of broadcasting for Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter @rosebudshirley She’s based in Nebraska and Minnesota.

Patty Talahongva, Hopi, is executive producer of Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter: @WiteSpider.

Carina Dominguez, Pascua Yaqui, is a correspondent for Indian Country Today. On Instagram: @CarinaNicole7 Carina is based in Phoenix and New York.

Drea Yazzie, Diné, is a producer/editor for Indian Country Today. On Twitter: @quindreayazzie Yazzie is based in Phoenix.

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

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

Mary Grace Pewewardy, Hopi/Comanche/Kiowa, is an intern at Indian Country Today. On Instagram: @mgpewewardy. Pewewardy is based in Phoenix, and enjoys playing video games.

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

Mark Trahant, Shoshone-Bannock, is editor of Indian Country Today. On Twitter: @TrahantReports Trahant is based in Phoenix. 

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