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NBC's, MSNBC's new Tlingit commentator

On Wednesday's ICT Newscast, we learn about a Tlingit citizen who has been named a contributor to NBC News and MSNBC. More on a push for a Haudenosaunee lacrosse team at the 2028 Olympics. Plus, a politics update with John Tahsuda
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Alyssa London, Tlingit, made her first appearance as an NBC and MSNBC contributor on the cable show "Morning Joe" on Tuesday. There are not many Indigenous people working at NBC or any other national network. In her new position, London will weigh in on the issues and policies impacting Native communities in the U.S.

Rex Lyons, Haudenosaunee, is on a quest to allow the Haudenosaunee Nationals Team to play lacrosse in the 2028 Olympics. The tribe originated the game of lacrosse. They called it "the Creator's game." Ironically, the Haudenosaunee have been banned from competing internationally. The journey is also the subject of a documentary in progress.

ICT regular contributor John Tahsuda comments on Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt who has been threatening tribal sovereignty despite being a Cherokee citizen himself. On Fox News Sunday, the governor warned tribal nations not to create abortion safe havens.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • In North Carolina, early results show state lawmaker Charles Graham has won his primary election.
  • In Arizona, a Navajo citizen named Clarence Dixon was executed by lethal injection last week. 
  • A new crop of Haskell Indian Nations University graduates are being honored for their work and commitment. Jared Nally reports.

  • Olivia Benally became the publisher of the Navajo Times earlier this month. She is the first female to the lead the organization.

  • Season two of "Reservation Dogs" returns on Aug. 3. 


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