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Madison Hammond: The first but not the last

On Tuesday's ICT Newscast, we meet the first Indigenous player in the National Women's Soccer League. An award-winning children's author tells us about her new book. Plus, an Ojibwe artist perpetuates culture through paintings and dance

Jessie Taken Alive-Rencountre, Hunkpapa Lakota, won the Great Plains Emerging Tribal Writer Award for her first book, "Pet'a Shows Misun the Light" in 2017. Since then, she has published three more children's books. Her newest work is called "Rainbows in December." 

Madison Hammond, Navajo and San Felipe Pueblo, is the first Indigenous player in the National Women's Soccer League. Hammond started her career in 2020 playing for the OL Reign, and before that, she played at Wake Forest University. She is currently a defender for the Angel City FC.

Red Lake Ojibwe painter Robert DesJarlait first began his career as an artist in 1984. He has authored and illustrated several curriculum units for Native education programs in Minnesota. We catch up with his latest works. 

A slice of our Indigenous world 

  • Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced Alaska Native Vietnam-era veterans will have an opportunity to receive some land back.

  • In Washington state, a Snoqualmie leader is speaking out to protect his tribe’s hunting and gathering rights.

  • In Oklahoma, Enoch Kelly Haney, an Indigenous artist, Seminole Chief, and former lawmaker, has died at age 81.

  • Schools within the University of California system will offer free in-state tuition to Native college students who are from federally recognized tribes and who live in the state.

  • A new exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum highlights some of the moves Indigenous people are making.


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