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Bird Runningwater and Gary Fife reflect on their careers in media, and a Jemez Pueblo potter makes history, plus an update on Oak Flat
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N. Bird Runningwater, Cheyenne and Mescalero Apache, spent 20 years at the Sundance Institute in the Indigenous film program and is leaving to take on new film projects with Amazon Studios. Patty Talahongva asked him to reflect on his work.

The Detroit Art Institute recently purchased four ceramic figurines created by Jemez Potter Kathleen Wall from the Institute of American Indian Arts. She was named a living treasure by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and talks with us about her art.

Native journalism goes back to 1828 with the launch of "The Cherokee Phoenix." In 1969, the American Indian Press Association started and one of its first reporters was Muscogee citizen Gary Fife. He joins us to share the wisdom he's gained in his many years in news radio.

Oak Flat is sacred to the San Carlos Apache people. The U.S. Forest Service is slated to turn over the land to the mining company: Resolution Copper. Terry Rambler is the chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe. Editor Mark Trahant asked him about the fight to save this sacred site. 

Myron Dewey, Walker River Paiute, passed away on Sept. 26. He is the founder of Digital Smoke Signals and the co-director of the film "AWAKE: A DREAM FROM STANDING ROCK." Today we show you the trailer from his film.

  • The growing movement to officially adopt Indigenous People’s Day in many local, state and federal governments. 
  • Indigenous protests in Paraguay flare into violence after land that was promised to Indigenous people went to others. 
  • The Omaha Tribal Historical Research Project in Nebraska is calling on lawmakers to restore lactating rooms. 
  • The volcano Kīlauea erupted for the first time in nearly a year on Wednesday afternoon. 
  • In Oakland California, Crystal Wahpepah is getting ready to open her first Indigenous foods restaurant.
  • Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel is opening a new spa and it includes influences from Native people.

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Aliyah Chavez, Kewa Pueblo, is an anchor for Indian Country Today’s newscast. On Twitter: @aliyahjchavez. Chavez is based in Phoenix.

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.

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Mark Trahant, Shoshone-Bannock, is editor of Indian Country Today. On Twitter: @TrahantReports Trahant is based in Phoenix. 

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