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Using augmented reality to tell Dakota stories

Minnesota is the home of a new art installation using augmented reality to tell Dakota stories. Plus, we learn about the historic new leader of a commission that protects fishery resources in the Pacific Northwest

A new art installation in St. Paul, Minnesota called the "Dakota Spirit Walk" uses an app, geolocation and 3D animation to guide users along a nature path. As people walk along the path, they are introduced to Dakota spirits including grandmother earth, grandfather stone and thunder beings. The creator Marlena Myles joins us to share what inspired her to use this technology to tell stories of her ancestors. 

Aja DeCoteau is the first woman to be named the executive director of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission— and she's taking the job at a critical time when climate change and dams are affecting salmon populations along the Columbia River. ICT and Underscore reporter Chris Aadland spoke to DeCoteau and joins us to tell us more about her vision.

(Read more: Treaty rights organization welcomes first woman executive director)

Lenape people are working to re-establish their presence as the Native people whose land New York City stands on. Stewart Huntington tells us more about the Lenape Center. 

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • The Bureau of Indian Affairs launched a new website on Friday that is dedicated to solving cases of missing and murdered Indigenous people.
  • On Dec. 8, the Department of Interior accepted 283 acres of land into federal trust for the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians.
  • In North Dakota six sites using an Indigenous slur are set to be renamed.
  • The Gila River Indian Community signed a $72 million agreement on Friday to use new funds from the infrastructure bill to complete its community water settlement.
  • The Navajo Nation is reporting 7,500 hardship assistance checks have been unclaimed. The deadline to pick them up in Dec. 23. 
  • 19-year-old Quannah Chasinghorse will be featured in a January issue of ELLE magazine. 
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Wednesday's newscast was created with help from: 

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. 

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