The nation’s first full-time NAGPRA investigator


The landmark law called the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act requires museums and federal agencies to identify Native human remains — and other objects of cultural significance — and then return them to the tribal nations to which they belong. David Barland-Liles was hired by the National Park Service last week as a civil penalty investigator. He tells us about his new role.

John Tahsuda III, Kiowa, helps us understand the complex issue of deregistration happening in the Nooksack Tribe in northern Washington. He is the former Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs.

Sunday’s Super Bowl LVI will grab the attention of many. ICT’s Kaitlin Onawa Boysel shares the indigenous roots of football.

A Slice of Our Indigenous World

  • An oil spill last week in the Amazon region of Ecuador left thousands of indigenous people without access to water and fishing.
  • In Oklahoma, prominent Native artist Walter “Bunky” Echo-Hawk Jr. has been charged with lewd behavior.
  • At Bde Unmaalso known as Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, two indigenous groups joined the Art Shanty projects over the weekend.
  • The 2022 Sundance Film Festival was virtual and had seven satellite screening locations across the country. Reporting by Carina Dominguez of ICT.

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.

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

Maxwell Montour, Pottawatomi, is a newsletter editor for ICT Newsletter. On Instagram: max.montour Montour 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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