“The voice of educators and students is essential”


Last week, US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visited New Mexico. He met students from the Santa Fe Indian School and traveled to Jemez Pueblo. After his visit, he sat down with ICT to explain the message he brought: that the voice of students and educators is essential.

Daryl Black Eagle Jamieson is a citizen of the Pocasset Wampanoag Tribe of the Pokanoket Nation. He is the bandleader of the Eastern Medicine Singers, who combine traditional psychedelic punk, spiritual jazz and electronica in a stunning mix. He shares the story that explains why much of their music is in the Massachusetts dialect of the Eastern Algonquin language.

Joseph Lee is Aquinnah Wampanoag and Indigenous Affairs Officer in Grist. He will cover the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues which begins on Monday. He joins us to explain the forum and its objectives. ICT’s Carina Dominguez is also in New York for the conference and will provide daily coverage.

(Related: Indigenous leaders meet at UN, push for human rights protections)

A Slice of Our Indigenous World

  • The federal government’s action restores the authority of California tribes to govern and manage the leasing of their lands.
  • In Washington State, deregistered citizens of Nooksack continue to fight to stay in their homes.
  • Step into the world of a disabled person. That’s the challenge presented at the 18th annual American Indian Disability Summit held in Phoenix earlier this month. Reporting by Patty Talahongva of ICT.

  • A key organization is entering its fourth year of partnerships with women cultural leaders.

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.

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 Indian Country Today intern. On Instagram: @mgpewewardy. Pewewardy is based in Phoenix and enjoys playing video games.

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