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A glimpse at Indian Country's creatives

This weekend edition of Indian Country Today is packed to the brim with creative Natives.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • Pope Francis has agreed to meet in December with Indigenous survivors of Canada's residential schools.
  • Some Native students are eligible for in-state tuition even if they don’t live in Colorado.
  • A newly renovated entertainment center is opening tomorrow at the Tachi Palace Casino Resort in California.
  • The future of the powwow emcee is starting to look a lot more feminine.

You can find more details on these stories at the top of today's newscast. Also included in today's newscast: 

First Peoples Fund was recognized with a $6 million investment from MacKenzie Scott. It’s part of a wider $2.7 billion gift to 286 high-impact organizations that have been historically overlooked. Stewart Huntington reports.

Native Voices at the Autry Museum of the American West has a new audio feature. The New Adventures of Super Indian is streaming online for free until July 28th. Joining us is the creator of Super Indian, Arigon Starr, who herself is super talented. Starr is a musician, actor, she writes plays, and is the illustrator of Super Indian.

Killers of the Flower Moon is in production on Osage Land in Oklahoma. It’s a crime story based on a dark chapter in Oklahoma history. It’s directed and produced by Martin Scorsese, based on the nonfiction book by David Grann. Leonardo DiCaprio stars alongside Jesse Plemons, Lily Gladstone, and Robert De Niro. Shannon Shaw Duty, Editor of the Osage News, tells us what it’s like to have her town transformed into a movie set.

A woman from the North Slope of Alaska is one of the very first Inupiat Conservation Biologists. Kaitlin Onawa Boysel has the story.

Indian Country Today’s Managing Editor is Jourdan Bennett-Begaye. She joins us from our Washington, D.C. Bureau. Jourdan tells everyone what its like juggling a virtual newsroom with reporters all over the country. Bennett-Begaye also serves on the board of the Native American Journalists Association.

Ty Defoe is Ojibwe and Oneida. He’s a versatile artist who identifies as Two-Spirit. He’s collaborated on Grammy-award winning albums, an actor, dancer and a writer. Carina Dominguez talked with him about his projects from New York.

Thank you for watching!

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

Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, Diné, is the managing editor for Indian Country Today based in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter: @jourdanbb or email her at

Aliyah Chavez, Kewa Pueblo, is a reporter-producer at Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter: @aliyahjchavez or email her at

Carina Dominguez, Pascua Yaqui, is a correspondent for Indian Country Today. She's bases in Phoenix and New York.
Twitter: @Carinad7, Instagram: @CarinaNicole7

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

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