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'Spirit Ranger's' musical maestro

Coming up, we’ll meet the Native composer behind the 'Spirit Rangers' theme song. Plus an Indigenous poet calls his new book “a love letter” to the protests at Standing Rock. And RSV, COVID-19 and the flu are causing concern at children’s hospitals
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Perhaps you have, or know, children who are fans of the Netflix series, "Spirit Rangers." This animated program is about Kody, Summer and Eddy, three Indigenous siblings who have secret powers they use to protect the national forest where they live. And scoring the music is Raye Zaragoza. She joins us to talk about her work on the series.

Oglala Lakota citizen Mark Tilsen is a poet and educator from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. His latest book of poetry is a snapshot of his time at the Standing Rock NO DAPL protests. Tilsen spoke to ICT senior producer Vincent Moniz about what you'll find in this collection.

This fall season is being hit with a triple-threat of diseases. And children’s hospitals are reporting more and more cases of these illnesses. Dean Seneca is here to break it all down. He is the founder and CEO of Seneca Scientific Solutions and recently served as director of the Great Lakes Inter-tribal Epidemiology Center.

A slice of our Indigenous world:

  • The largest Indigenous nation in the country is looking to seat a delegate in Congress.

  • In Canada, a vigil was created to honor the victims of violence, addictions, suicide. APTN’s Chris Stewart has more.

  • One tribal nation in rural northern Wisconsin, is using a 25 million dollar grant to build its own internet service.

  • And in California, state officials are building a monument to honor the state's tribes.
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Aliyah Chavez, Kewa Pueblo, is the anchor and managing editor of the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @aliyahjchavez

R. Vincent Moniz, Jr., NuÉta, is the senior producer of the ICT newscast. Have a great story? Pitch it to

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Drea Yazzie, Diné, is a producer/editor for the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @quindreayazzie Yazzie is based in Phoenix.

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

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