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'They need to pay attention to us'

Coming up on the weekend edition of the ICT Newscast: We hear from national and local leaders who are supporting water rights and unhoused Native people. Plus, we’re taking you behind the scenes of the second anniversary of the launch of this broadcast

Muscogee and Cherokee citizen Cherrah Giles is the chairwoman of the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center. Giles tells us how her career of service to her community began and offers advice on how others can start.

Pictured: NIWRC Director of Research and Policy Rose Quilt, Confederated Tribes and Bands of
 the Yakama Indian Nation.

Cherrah Giles | Muscogee & Cherokee citizen

Housing the unhoused. It’s an issue that leaders are tackling everywhere. In Minneapolis, The American Indian Community Development Corporation provides key services to Natives. Leading the effort is Mike Goze who is Ho-Chunk. He gives us an overview of the support they offer.

The chair of the House subcommittee on Indigenous peoples is New Mexico Rep. Teresa Ledger Fernández. Among other topics, she has more on how President Joe Biden’s infrastructure law will help Navajo communities with water issues.

Well, leave it to technology to find its way into teaching Native languages. An app for emojis made especially for Chickasaw people is now available. It features about 40 words and phrases. And one Chickasaw mother in Phoenix is already enjoying the new app. Patty Talahongva reports.

Tribal leader Greg Sarris has a new book that was just published. It’s called "Becoming Story." He’s the chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and he tells us more about some of the book's major themes.

Micheal Goze, director of American Indian Housing Development Corporation, Minneapolis. (Courtesy Michael Goze)

We also have a look at the official book trailer for Sarris' “Becoming Story.”

  • In Virginia, after 350 years, one tribe is set to care for the land of its ancestors. 
  • A Native non-profit is working to build a center of healing and hope. Stewart Huntington reports.
  • This week marks the two-year anniversary of the ICT newscast. We launched on April 6, 2020.

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.