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Nipmuc photographer records nature

This year marks 100 years since President Calvin Coolidge signed the Indian Citizenship Act into law. At the time only half of Native Americans were already considered citizens of their state or the united states. While this act granted citizenship to Native Americans, it did not immediately ensure equal rights. ICT political correspondent Pauly Denetclaw has more.

In many indigenous languages, there is no word for art. And for one Nipmuc man, it’s his life work. Shirley Sneve has this interview with Hawk Henries–a photographer and flute maker.

This Friday, the Canadian Screen Awards will be given out. This year a record number of nominees are Indigenous. Miles Morrisseau caught up with Kerry Swanson from Canada’s Indigenous Screen Office to mark this milestone.

A tribe in southern Arizona is teaching its community a trade that is not widely known. The Tohono O’odham nation to learn more about farriers, which are individuals who specialize in care for horse hooves. Cronkite news reporter Denzen Cortez has the story.

  • Spotted Tail was known as a peacemaker and leader of the Rosebud Sioux. In the 1870s, he befriended a U.S. Indian agent and gave him some traditional tribal items from his family. Six generations later, they’ve come home. Shirley Sneve reports.
  • Nationwide a growing number of native tribes are engaging in cannabis sales. According to trade data published by Marijuana Business Daily, nearly 60 cannabis retailers are tribally owned and operated– an increase of nearly 25 % since 2023.
  • New legislation will enforce cultural training for police officers and investigators solving cases of missing and murdered indigenous people in Alaska. Under the new law, the state must employ two full-time and dedicated MMIP investigators to pursue cold cases and provide cultural trainings for police officers.
  • Earlier this month the old Minnesota state flag was officially retired. A new one, waves above the capitol grounds. Its blue design is inspired by its motto of being the North Star State. It had been criticized by native people for decades. Many saying it reminded them of painful memories of both conquest and displacement. 
  • New federal research reveals shortcomings in how higher education collects, reports and analyzes data on indigenous students. The Institute for Higher Education Policy study examines the efficacy of American Indian and Alaska Native student data collections. It found that current data collection methods perpetuate historical harms and enable present-day erasure.

Today’s newscast was created with work from:

Shirley Sneve, Ponca/Sicangu Lakota, is the senior producer for the ICT Newscast. Follow her on Twitter @rosebudshirley. She is based in Nebraska.

Aliyah Chavez, Kewa Pueblo, is the anchor of the ICT Newscast. On Twitter: @aliyahjchavez.

Paris Wise, Zia and Laguna Pueblo, is a producer for the ICT Newscast. Email:

Stewart Huntington is a producer for the ICT Newscast. 

Quindrea Yazzie, Diné, is a video production editor for the ICT Newscast. Email: Yazzie is based in Phoenix. 

Daniel Herrera Carbajal is a video editor for the ICT Newscast. On Twitter: @daniulherrrera 

Pauly Denetclaw, Diné, is a political correspondent for ICT. Email:

Pacey Smith-Garcia, Ute, is a production assistant for the ICT Newscast. On Twitter: @paceyjournalist.

Ebonye Delaney is the Executive Producer for the ICT Newscast. Email:

Mark Trahant, Shoshone-Bannock, is ICT editor-at-large Email:

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