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Expression through Sami dance

Låvda is the world's first Sami screendance festival. We learn more about the upcoming event. Plus, redistricting and the U.S. Supreme Court

The Låvda Sápmi Screendance Festival is the first of its kind. It gathers Sami dance films from Sweden, Finland and Norway. The festival will take place in Jokkmokk, Sweden this week. Liv Andersson Aira is the festival's manager. She joins the ICT newscast to tell us more about this new event. 

John Tahsuda III, Kiowa, is a regular contributor to our newscast. In 2002, he worked as the staff director for the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. He also is a former principal deputy assistant secretary for Indian Affairs and served in that position from 2017 to 2020. Currently, he is a partner at Navigators Global, a company that provides political services to several industries including tribes. He joins us today to talk redistricting and the U.S. Supreme Court. 

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Wednesday's newscast was created with help from:

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

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

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