‘Star Wars’ in Navajo shines brightly


Manuelito Wheeler, Diné, is the director of the Navajo Nation Museum. Along with a team, Wheeler helped bring “Star Wars: A New Hope” to Navajo-language movie screens. On this May 4, Wheeler tells how this project unfolded.

Dawn LeBeau, Cheyenne River Lakota, photographed a herd of sick bison for a feature in The New York Times. This bison herd is owned by Cheyenne River rancher Fred DuBray. We hear the stories behind the photos.

New Mexico faces an early wildfire season. There is a forest fire near tribal lands called the Cerro Pelado fire. Margaret Wright, freelance journalist, covered the fire and gives us the latest updates.

  • Indigenous advocates are making their voices heard in the national abortion debate.
  • Cree country star Shane Yellowbird has died aged 42.
  • Emmilee Risling has been missing since October 2021 in California. Reports by Vincent Moniz of ICT.

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Wednesday’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 ICT Newsletter. On Instagram: max.montour Montour is based in Phoenix.

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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