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A foundation of leadership

Coming up on the ICT Newscast, one of our featured guests for Women's History Month co-founded a major organization for Indigenous women. Plus, a newly formed council aims to Indigenize college athletics, and we break down major headlines from around the globe

As a college student at Oregon State University, Yurok citizen Susan Masten was elected president of the newly formed Native American Student Association. From that election forward, Masten has led a lifelong career as a political activist and advocate for women's and tribal rights. She also founded Women Empowering Women for Indigenous Nations. She joins us.

Nicole Been, Muscogee (Creek), is a member of the newly formed Indigenous Athletics Advancement Council. She tells us how the council will aim to Indigenize the NCAA women's Final Four games in Minneapolis. Been is the associate athletics director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Oklahoma. 

From Canada to Australia, ICT’s senior editor Dianna Hunt oversees the coverage on Indigenous people all around the globe. That’s why Indian Country Today launched a new column called “Global Indigenous.” Hunt is back with this week’s round up of Indigenous news from all over the world.

  • President Joe Biden announced Wednesday he is nominating Roselyn Tso as the next director of the Indian Health Service.
  • Many are calling on police in Thunder Bay, Ontario to reopen cases involving deaths of 14 Indigenous people.
  • More on how Ukrainian scarves connect to Indian Country. 
  • In California, one of the few Indigenous owned wine labels, Kita Wines, is closing its doors. ICT editor-at-large Mark Trahant reports.

Find more details on these stories at the top of today's show.


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