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Coming up on the weekend edition of the ICT Newscast: From the kitchen to the film industry, new Indigenous leaders are carving out their own paths to success. Plus, more on the quest to eliminate homelessness in Seattle
March 2022: Pyet DeSpain, Prairie Band Potawatomi and Mexican, is the winner of season one of the FOX cooking competition "Next Level Chef." (Photo courtesy of FOX)

Pyet DeSpain won “Next Level Chef," the new cooking competition from award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay. She is a citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi nation and Mexican. Both cultures inspire her recipes. DeSpain joins us to share part of her journey.

KitaTara (Cover?)

In California, one of the few Indigenous owned wine labels, Kita Wines, is closing its doors. ICT editor-at-large Mark Trahant spoke with the winemaker, Tara Gomez, who is one of the few Indigenous women to make wine.

KELLI MOSTELLER joins the newscast to talk more the 155th anniversary of the Potawatomi Nation's displacement. photo courtesy Kelli Mosteller

Kelli Mosteller, Potawatomi Nation

In Shawnee, Oklahoma, the Potawatomi Nation is remembering its 155th Anniversary of moving to Indian Territory. Kelli Mosteller, director for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center, joins us to discuss the history behind the anniversary. 

Indigenous Community Fashion Showcase organizer Rebekah Jarvey poses with models wearing her latest collection at the March 5, 2022 event. From left to right, Goldie Tom, Rebekah Jarvey, Brittanya Yazzie, Jolonzo Goldtooth, Royce Jarvey, Taina Estrada, Shenoa Jones and ShiCura Brown. (Photo by Carina Dominguez)

The Phoenix Indian Center is celebrating 75 years with the Indigenous Community Fashion Showcase. ICT correspondent Carina Dominguez was on the red carpet.

Pictured: Derrick Belgarde, Siletz and Chippewa-Cree, will serve as Chief Seattle Club’s executive director.

Derrick Belgarde, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon

The Chief Seattle Club now oversees millions of dollars in housing projects. Executive Director Derrick Belgarde talks about the struggles.

Adam Piron, new Director of the Sundance Institute Indigenous Program (Photo courtesy of the Sundance Institute)

Adam Piron has been tapped to succeed Bird Runningwater as the head of the Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program. Piron started as a short film programmer for the Sundance Film Festival.

Marty Two Bulls, Jr., Oglala Oyate

Marty Two Bulls, Jr., Oglala Oyate

The 2022 United States Artist Fellowship program comes with a $50,000 unrestricted prize. Among the 63 individuals honored is Oglala citizen Marty Two Bulls Jr.

Acclaimed Ojibwe visual artist Jim Denomie has died. To honor his memory, we're rebroadcasting his segment from TPT show "MN Original" in Minnesota.

Ojibwe artist Jim Denomie, shown here in his studio, died March 1, 2022, after a brief battle with cancer. (Photo by Joerg Metzner, courtesy of Todd Bockley/Bockley Gallery)
  • The census report card is being released and there are issues with the count for Native Americans.
  • In Colorado a new bill aims to create an Office of Missing, Murdered Indigenous Relatives. 
  • The Navajo Nation is in the process of identifying citizens who may be eligible for a car dealership settlement. 
  • Big changes are coming for New Zealand’s public TV and radio stations. 
  • From the fashion world to social media, tattoos are becoming more commonplace for some Indigenous women.

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