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O’odham waila music

On the Wednesday edition of the ICT Newscast, Gertrude Lopez is the only woman on the Tohono O'odham Nation to lead a waila band. Gertie and the T.O. Boyz have traveled across the country sharing their unique music. And John Tashuda gives his perspective on the 2022 Election
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A slice of our Indigenous world

  • This is the first year Alaskans are using ranked choice voting. This allows voters to rank candidates on the ballot in order of preference. Mary Peltola, Yupi’k, appears to be the lead. The Alaska Division of Elections hopes to certify the election results on Nov. 29.

  • The Kansas State Board of Education is recommending the public school districts eliminate Native American mascots to reduce the harmful impacts on students. The board’s goal is to make these changes in the next three to five years.

  • British Columbia officials are proposing historic changes to child welfare laws to uphold Indigenous rights. APTN’s Lee Wilson reports the province says the goal of the legislation is to keep Native children in the care of their communities.

  • Diabetes rates are soaring in Australia. Doctors are trying to close the life expectancy gap, especially among rural Indigenous communities. According to new research, the rates of diabetes in central Australia are some of the highest in the world. 


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

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

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McKenzie Allen-Charmley, Dena’ina Athabaskan, is a producer of the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @mallencharmley

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

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

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

Mary Grace Pewewardy, Hopi/Comanche/Kiowa, is an intern for the ICT newscast. On Instagram: @mgpewewardy. Pewewardy is based in Phoenix, and enjoys playing video games.

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