Pyet DeSpain: “Be proud of where you come from”


Pyet DeSpain, Prairie Band of Potawatomi and Mexican, was crowned the winner of FOX’s “Next Level Chef” cooking competition last week. She joins the show to talk about her experience and the difficult path it took to make her success a reality.

The Sundance Institute recently hired a new director to take over the Indigenous program. Adam Piron, Kiowa and Mohawk, is its new leader. He joins the ICT newscast to talk about his goals for the new position.

Robert Levi Jr., Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla, was a teacher for 38 years at various schools including Sherman Indian High School. Last week, he was named the first Elder and Culture Bearer in Residence in the state of California in San Bernardino. He joins the newscast to explain why this position is needed to support Indigenous students.

A Slice of Our Indigenous World

  • As election season begins to heat up, ICT takes a look at issues and policies affecting Indigenous communities.
  • After a battle with cancer, renowned Ojibway visual artist Jim Denomie has passed away.
  • More than 600 artists gathered in Phoenix, Arizona over the weekend to participate in the Heard Museum Guild’s 64th Indian Fair and Market.
  • The Cherokee Nation is embracing technology to help its endangered language.
  • If you’re looking to get your start in the world of animation, “Netflix” has just launched an opportunity for native creatives.

Monday’s Newscast was created with the help of:

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

R. Vincent Moniz, Jr., NuÉta, is a producer of the television news ICT. Do you have a great story to share? Submit it to [email protected] Moniz is based in a bunker in Bismarck.

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

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