Singing for Merrie Monarch “instills pride”


The iconic Merrie Monarch Festival took place on the Big Island of Hawai’i this weekend. The festival was established in 1963 to perpetuate and preserve the art of hula, language and music. The festival serves as a competition to find the best hula groups of the year. Starr Kalāhiki is a gifted Hawaiian singer who sang two songs for a Hālau or hula band. She joins the show to share more.

The United Nations is organizing its Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues this week in New York. ICT is covering the event as part of the Global Office for Indigenous Affairs, an Indigenous-led collaboration between GristIndian country today, and High Country News. ICT correspondent Carina Dominguez, Pascua Yaqui, covered the event and shares the latest news.

The National Indian Gaming Association’s annual trade show and convention took place in Anaheim, California last week. The event serves as a meeting place for industry leaders and members of the Indian Gaming Association to vote on key items. ICT regular contributor Holly Cook Macarro, Red Lake Ojibwe, is back in our newsletter after attending the event.

  • The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is in full swing.
  • In California, tribal leaders are speaking out against the name of UC Hasting College of Law. It is named after Serranus Hastings who led a massacre against the citizens of Yuki.
  • Former WNBA star Shoni Schimmel has been charged with assault.
  • Brazil’s top samba schools performed on the last day of this year’s Carnival parades in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
  • The U.S. Postal Service honors the life and work of Ojibway citizen George Morrison by using his art on “forever” stamps.

You can find more details about these stories at the top of the show.

Wednesday’s Newscast was created with the help of:

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

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

Mary Grace Pewewardy, Hopi/Comanche/Kiowa, is an Indian Country Today intern. On Twitter: @mgpewewardy. Pewewardy is based in Phoenix and enjoys playing video games.

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