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Coming up on the ICT Newscast's weekend edition: We're discussing the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Plus, how Susan Masten is empowering women leaders. And more from some of Indian Country's crowd-pleasing performers

Indian Country is celebrating the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. One of those lawmakers is Ho-Chunk citizen and U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids of Kansas.

With the Violence Against Women Act’s reauthorization, where does this leave prosecution for tribal nations? Choctaw citizen Trent Shores is an attorney with GableGotwals, and a former U.S. Attorney. He advises clients regarding Native law and cybersecurity.

The first Native nation to legalize marijuana continues to break new ground in the evolving and expanding of the cannabis industry. Stewart Huntington has more on Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe’s marijuana venture.

Susan Masten is a lifelong advocate for women and tribal rights. She was president of the National Congress of American Indians and chair and vice-chairperson of the Yurok Tribe. In 2004, Susan founded the organization "WE-WIN" which stands for Women Empowering Women for Indian Nations.

And we go to basketball where Navajo citizen Shawn Martinez helps provide in-game entertainment for the Phoenix Suns and Mercury!

The Heard Museum will welcome some the best Native dancers to the World Hoop Dance competition on March 26 and 27. Scott Sixkiller Sinquah took the crown in 2020 and talks more about this year's competition.

The Native American Rock Opera, “Something Inside Is Broken," tells the true story of the Natives whose entire way of life was destroyed in the name of progress. The play is written, composed and directed by Hoopa citizen Jack Kohler.

  • Cherokee leadership are among many Indigenous voices hailing the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
  • People in the United States are now able to order another round of free rapid COVID-19 tests. 
  • Model, actress, and advocate Ashley Callingbull has her eyes set on the swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated magazine.
  • ICT correspondent Carina Dominguez speaks with the makers of the SXSW film festival official selection “Long Line of Ladies”

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