Skip to main content

Indian Country flourishes during spring

Our weekend edition of the ICT Newscast: More on the new office for missing and murdered Indigenous persons in South Dakota. Music from a classical guitar player and a milestone for ICT. Plus, hoop dancers compete in Phoenix!
Peri Pourier | Oglala Lakota Nation

Peri Pourier | Oglala Lakota Nation

South Dakota is funding a new office to look into cases of missing and murdered Indigenous persons–starting with private donations. State Rep. Peri Pourier breaks this down.


This week marks the first anniversary of IndiJ Public Media, the parent company that owns the ICT Newscast and Mark Trahant also celebrates an anniversary. Four years ago, he was hired to bring ICT back to life after the Oneida Indian Nation ceased publication.

Well, the dancers are back in style. In Phoenix, 100 hoop dancers from North America gathered at the Heard Museum for the world championship. ICT’s Shirley Sneve and Max Montour report.

Ricey Wild | Ojibwe

Ricey Wild | Ojibwe

Readers of the Minnesota-based newspaper, The Circle know the column by Ricey Wild called "It ain’t easy being Indian." Her English name is Kristine Shotley. She joins the show to talk about the beginning of her column and more.

Gabriel Ayala performs with a Cloud microphone. (Courtesy Cloud Microphones)

Gabriel Ayala performs with a Cloud microphone. (Courtesy Cloud Microphones)

Best Instrumental CD Best World Music and Artist of the Year are some of the awards Gabriel Ayala has earned from the Native American Music Awards over his career. He combines traditional Native values with classical music.

  • Governor Jay Inslee signed several bills impacting Washington tribal nations into law.
  • Canadian mining company K2 Gold indefinitely suspended operations on its controversial drilling project. 
  • The U.S. Department of Energy announces an additional $3.16 billion in new funding to enhance its weatherization program. 
  • A digital mapping project, by Indigenous professors at the University of Wisconsin, focuses on Ho-Chunk history. 
  • Seattle’s city council voted 7 to 0 to solidify Indigenous Peoples Day as a city holiday beginning this year.

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


Today's newscast was created with work from:

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

Shirley Sneve, Ponca/Sicangu Lakota, is vice president of broadcasting for Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter @rosebudshirley She’s based in Nebraska and Minnesota.

R. Vincent Moniz, Jr., NuÉta, is a producer for the ICT newscast. Have a great story you've just got to share? Pitch it to

Patty Talahongva, Hopi, is senior correspondent for Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter: @WiteSpider.

Kaitlin Onawa Boysel, Cherokee, is a producer/reporter for Indian Country Today. On Instagram: @KaitlinBoysel Boysel is based in South Carolina.

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

Maxwell Montour, Pottawatomi, is a newscast editor for Indian Country Today. On Instagram: max.montour Montour is based in Phoenix.

Mary Grace Pewewardy, Hopi/Comanche/Kiowa, is an intern at Indian Country Today. On Instagram: @mgpewewardy. Pewewardy is based in Phoenix, and enjoys playing video games.

Indian Country Today is a nonprofit news organization. Will you support our work? All of our content is free. There are no subscriptions or costs. And we have hired more Native journalists in the past year than any news organization ─ and with your help we will continue to grow and create career paths for our people. Support Indian Country Today for as little as $10. Sign up for ICT’s free newsletter.