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Singing for Merrie Monarch 'instills pride'

On Wednesday's ICT Newscast, we recap the Merrie Monarch festival and the National Indian Gaming Association's annual tradeshow. Plus, we have the latest on the UN's Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues happening this week

The iconic Merrie Monarch festival took place on the big island of Hawai’i over the weekend. The festival was first created in 1963 to perpetuate and preserve the art of hula, language and music. The festival serves as a competition to find the year's best hula groups. Starr Kalāhiki is a gifted Hawaiian singer who sang two songs for a Hālau or hula group. She joins the show to share more.

The United Nations is hosting its Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues this week in New York City. ICT is covering the event as part of the Global Indigenous Affairs Desk, an Indigenous-led collaboration between Grist, Indian Country Today, and High Country News. ICT correspondent Carina Dominguez, Pascua Yaqui, has been covering the event and shares the latest.

The annual National Indian Gaming Association's tradeshow and convention was hosted in Anaheim, California last week. The event serves as place for industry executives to meet — and members of the Indian Gaming Association to vote on key items. ICT’s regular contributor Holly Cook Macarro, Red Lake Ojibwe, is back on our newscast after attending the event. 

  • The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is in full swing. 
  • In California, tribal leaders are speaking out against the name of the U.C. Hasting College of Law. It is named after Serranus Hastings who spearheaded a massacre against Yuki citizens. 
  • Former WNBA star Shoni Schimmel has been charged with assault. 
  • Brazil's top Samba schools performed on the last day of this year’s Carnival parades in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
  • The U.S. Postal Service is honoring the life and work of Ojibwe citizen George Morrison by using his art on "forever" stamps.

You can find more details on these stories at the top of the show. 


Wednesday's newscast was created with help from:

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

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