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Pyet DeSpain: 'Be proud of where you come from'

On Monday's ICT's newscast, the 'Next Level Chef' breaks down her winning moments. The Sundance Institute has a new director and Robert Levi Jr. is the first elder and culture bearer in-residence at California State University San Bernardino

Pyet DeSpain, Prairie Band of Potawatomi and Mexican, was crowned the winner of the FOX cooking competition “Next Level Chef” last week. She joins the show to talk about her experience and the tough road it took to make her success a reality.

The Sundance Institute recently hired a new director to take over the Indigenous Program. Adam Piron, Kiowa and Mohawk, is its new leader. He joins the ICT newscast to talk about his goals for the new position.

Robert Levi Jr., Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla, was a teacher for 38 years at various schools including at the Sherman Indian High School. Last week, he was named California State San Bernardino’s first-ever elder and culture bearer in residence. He joins the newscast to talk about why this position is needed to support Native students.

A slice of our Indigenous world  

  • As election season begins to warm up, ICT is taking a look at the issues and policies affecting Indigenous communities.
  • After a battle with cancer, acclaimed Ojibwe visual artist Jim Denomie has died.
  • More than 600 artists gathered in Phoenix, Arizona over the weekend to participate in the 64th Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market.
  • The Cherokee Nation is embracing tech to help its endangered language.
  • If you’re looking to get your start in the animation world “Netflix” just released an opportunity for Indigenous creatives. 

Monday's newscast was created with help from:

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

 R. Vincent Moniz, Jr., NuÉta, is a producer for the ICT newscast. Have a great story you've just got to share? Pitch it to Moniz is based in a bunker in Bismarck.

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

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