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Young Indigenous people doing extraordinary things

Coming up, inside 'Reservation Dogs,' a Sámi screendance festival, decolonizing wealth and building Indigenous health equity.

The co-creator of "Reservation Dogs" takes us behind the scenes. Sterlin Harjo is a Seminole and Muscogee Creek citizen, who grew up in rural Oklahoma. The Hulu FX series features stories close to Harjo’s home.

This weekend, Sámi dancers take to the screen for a virtual festival. ​The goal of the festival is to gather screen dance makers from all over Sápmi and show the diversity in the Sámi culture and dance. Dancer and festival coordinator Liv Aira tells us about dance in Sámi culture. 

Funding for Indigenous projects isn’t easy, but a Lumbee author is changing that. Edgar Villanueva’s best selling book, Decolonizing Wealth has created a movement.

Victor Lopez-Carmen is a third-year medical student at Harvard University wishing to bring health equity to Native communities. Major media company Forbes recognized his work earlier this month by selecting him as a recipient of its “30-under-30” award under its healthcare category. 

Fifty-four high school athletes gathered in Minneapolis for the fourth Indigenous Bowl. Sponsored by 7G, the game was last Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium — the home of the Minnesota Vikings. The players on the purple and gold teams were from 16 states and represented 37 tribes. ICT’s Shirley Sneve and Kolby KickingWoman have this report.

  • The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition says it will share its own research with the Department of the Interior. 
  • Native American students at a university in Minnesota are asking for an investigation into the boarding school once housed on the campus. 
  • For three years, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have raided Wet’suwet’en camps over the pipeline conflict in British Columbia.
  • The Alaska Federation of Natives Convention kicks off on Monday. 

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

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

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