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Coming up on the weekend edition of the ICT newscast, we hear from the first Indigenous female pro soccer player. And more on the U.S. Secretary of Education's visit to New Mexico. Plus, a children’s book author honors her parents and it's time to dance your style
Jessie Rencountre is a dancer, a mother, a writer, a wife, and a counselor. For the past twelve years, she has been a school counselor in the Rapid City School District. Twenty percent of the district students are American Indian.

Jessie Taken Alive - Rencountre | Hunkpapa Lakota

In 2017, Jessie Taken Alive-Rencountre won the Great Plains Emerging Tribal Writer Award for her first book, “Pet’a Shows Misun the Light.” Since then, she has published three more children’s books. 

Last week, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona traveled to New Mexico. There, he met with students at the Santa Fe High School and Jemez Pueblo. Cardona said his message to students and educators is simple: Their voices are important. 

Step into the world of someone who is disabled. That is the challenge presented at the 18th annual American Indian Disability Summit held in Phoenix earlier this month. ICT’s Patty Talahongva reports.

Red Lake Ojibwe painter Robert DesJarlait focuses on Ojibwe family life. And after battling cancer twice, he’s become a huge advocate for physical and spiritual health. His father, legendary visual artist Patrick DesJarlait, gave him a foundation to find his own voice through art.

Robert DesJarlait | Red Lake Ojibwe

Red Lake Ojibwe painter Robert DesJarlait focuses on Ojibwe family life. And after battling cancer twice, he’s become a huge advocate for physical and spiritual health. His father, legendary visual artist Patrick DesJarlait, gave him a foundation to find his own voice through art.

Aspen, Colorado is home to the world-renowned Aspen Institute. Its annual “Ideas Festival” is dedicated to improving the world. Though the Colorado ski town is synonymous with ideas, Indigenous world-views are not always centered. Stewart Huntington takes a look at local efforts to change that.

Madison Hammond is a trailblazer. She is the first Indigenous player in the national women's soccer league. Madison started her career in 2020 playing for the OL Reign and before that, she played collegiately at Wake Forest University. She is currently a defender for Angel City FC which is based in Los Angeles, California.

Madison Hammond | Navajo & San Felipe Pueblo

Madison Hammond is a trailblazer. She is the first Indigenous player in the National Women's Soccer League. Hammond started her career in 2020 playing for the OL Reign and before that, she played collegiately at Wake Forest University. She is a defender for Angel City FC, which is based in Los Angeles, California.

The U.S. Postal Service is honoring the life and work of Ojibwe citizen George Morrison by using his art on stamps. Five of his landscape paintings are included in the spring 2022 release. A painter and sculptor, he is known as the founder of Native American modernism. Morrison was a teacher and mentor to many, including ICT producer and award-winning poet R. Vincent Moniz, Jr. He brings us a touching tribute.

  • One of Indian Country’s biggest celebrations is returning in-person.
  • Justice may soon be on the way for a First Nations citizen and their young grandchild. APTN’s Tina House has more. 
  • Several candidates have announced their bid for Navajo Nation president.

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

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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.

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