Indian country today is now ICT


The film industry and mainstream popular culture are known to promote stereotypical images of Native Americans. Are things improving? Eric Buffalohead is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Native American Studies at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is co-author of “Native Americans on Film: Conversations, Teaching and Theory”.

Earlier this year, a public health campaign called the Healthy Native Babies Project was not renewed by federal agencies. Its goal is to reduce infant mortality rates among American Indians and Alaska Natives. Health advocates are calling on President Joe Biden to take action. Abigail Echo-Hawk, who is the executive vice president of the Seattle Indian Health Board, explains.

Indian Country Today is a 40-year-old news organization. It’s been through four iterations, and now it’s evolving again. On June 24, our long-standing website, www.indiancountrytoday.com will become www.ictnews.org. Mike Kellogg, COO of IndiJ Public Media, introduces the new brand.

A Slice of Our Indigenous World

  • On Wednesday, federal officials heard from Indigenous leaders about the impacts of federal Indian residential schools. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, Laguna Pueblo, was among those who testified before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.
  • President Biden has appointed Patrice Kunesh as the Administration Commissioner for Native Americans. This office is under the US Department of Health and Human Services. It funds projects, training and resources for tribal nations and non-profit Indigenous organizations.

  • In Albuquerque, New Mexico, the famous Pueblo Indian Cultural Center has a new business.

  • A former ICT editor is being raised at one of the biggest news agencies in the world. Last week, Oglala Lakota citizen Katie Oyan was promoted to deputy news director for Local Success at The Associated Press.

Today’s Newscast was created with the work of:

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

Aliyah Chavez, Kewa Pueblo, is the presenter of the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @aliyahjchavez.

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R. Vincent Moniz, Jr., NuÉta, is the lead producer of ICT newscast. Do you have a great story to share? Submit it to [email protected]

McKenzie Allen-Charmley, Dena’ina Athabaskan, is a producer for the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @mallencharmley

Drea Yazzie, Diné, is a producer/editor for the television news ICT. On Twitter: @quindreayazzie Yazzie is based in Phoenix.

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

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

Mary Grace Pewewardy, Hopi/Comanche/Kiowa, is an intern for the ICT newscast. On Instagram: @mgpewewardy. Pewewardy is based in Phoenix and enjoys playing video games.

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