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Coming up on the weekend edition of the ICT Newscast: We continue to celebrate Women’s History Month with three more Indigenous leaders. And more on a renewed effort to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline. Plus, the Denver March Powwow welcomes dancers back to the arena

Don Young, “the congressman for all Alaska,” has died at age 88. He was the current dean of the U.S. House of Representatives. After being elected in 1973, he was the longest serving Republican in the history of Congress. Regular contributor John Tahsuda pays tribute to Young’s accomplishments.

Coinciding with world water day, NDN Collective released a data-driven report that lays out a detailed timeline of events, focusing on three major areas: treaty rights, engineering and construction flaws, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. NDN Collective president and CEO Nick Tilsen gives background on the report.

Pictured: NDN Collective president and CEO Nick Tilsen addresses supporters before his evidentiary hearing on Wednesday, October 27, 2021.

Nick Tilsen, Oglala Lakota

Charting a new direction, that was the theme for the National Congress of American Indians executive council. ICT’s managing editor Dalton Walker reports.

Created in 1965, the National Endowment for the Humanities has had just 11 leaders. Navajo citizen Shelly Lowe is the first Native person to lead the NEH. She led Harvard University’s Native American program, and served as a member of the National Council on the Humanities.

Native Voices at the Autry has new leadership, and she definitely knows her way around the stage. Cherokee citizen DeLanna Studi is the chair of SAG-AFTRA’s National Native Americans Committee, and the Artistic Director of Native Voices at the Autry. Plus, she’s a 2022 United States Artists Fellow. Courtesy DeLanna Studi

DeLanna Studi, Cherokee

DeLanna Studi chairs the SAG-AFTRA’s National Native Americans Committee. Native Voices at the Autry has new leadership, but she’s not new to the stage. Plus, the Cherokee citizen is a 2022 United States Artists Fellow.

Cora McGuire-Cyrette posing

Oglala Lakota filmmaker Jimmy Warne put on a film camp for Lakota youth. And as part of a project, his students produced a piece on the event.

As we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month, we feature the Ontario Native Women’s Association. Its leader is Anishinaabek citizen Cora McGuire-Cyrette. She reflects on its charge.

After a two-year hiatus brought on by the pandemic, dancers and singers are back in the arena. Stewart Huntington has more from the Denver March Powwow.

  • A new federal report highlights the hurdles Native voters face when trying to cast their ballots. 
  • ICT’s editor-at-large Mark Trahant reports on a potentially huge impact on financial institutions. 
  • If you’re Indigenous and want to work, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce wants to see your regalia. 
  • An Algonquin artist is bringing together their culture and science fiction to engage in cosplay.

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