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Derogatory names replaced

On the Wednesday edition of the ICT Newscast, an illustrator of a new children's book pays homage to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s achievements in office. Learn why hemp is being called the intelligent plant. Plus, the Interior's actions to remove a derogatory names from federal use
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An Indigenous woman is making history by being the first artist featured at this year’s Super Bowl. Lucinda Hinojos was chosen by the National Football League to have her work featured on official graphic designs. That includes game tickets and displays for Super Bowl LVII in Arizona as well as a mural located in downtown Phoenix.

Nicole Neidhardt’s Diné identity shapes her artwork — from illustrations and murals to Indigenous futurisms. Her newest work includes creating the illustrations for the upcoming book release called “What Your Ribbon Skirt Means to Me: Deb Haaland’s Historic Inauguration.”

A few tribes and some private organizations are growing hemp as an alternative for things like fuel, textiles — and even food. Patty Talahongva has this interview with Marcus Grignon, who took over a hemp project started by the late poet and activist John Trudell.

We heard earlier in our newscast about the Interior Department’s push to change the name of locations with the five-letter s-word. ICT regular contributor John Tahsuda is back to talk about these efforts.

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  • Seven more geographic locations across the U.S. will be renamed. In September, the Interior announced it had completed a final vote to remove the five-letter s-word from nearly 650 features. Then, last week, the agency announced, again, that it has changed the final seven names that were under review.
  • An influential Indigenous rights activist has made history by becoming a South American country's first-ever minister of Indigenous peoples. Last week, Sônia Guajajara was sworn into the highly-influential position in Brazil. She has been described as a relentless Indigenous rights advocate — and previously resisted former president Jair Bolsonaro's policies, describing them as institutionalized genocide.
  • The Shoshone-Bannock Nation is welcoming a new bookmobile to Fort Hall, Idaho. It’s part of an effort to help increase reading skills. Roselynn Yazzie has the story.

Today's newscast was created with work from:

Shirley Sneve, Ponca/Sicangu Lakota, is vice president of broadcasting for the ICT Newscast. Follow her on Twitter @rosebudshirley. She is based in Nebraska and Minnesota.

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

R. Vincent Moniz, Jr., NuÉta, is the senior producer of the ICT Newscast. Have a great story? Pitch it to

McKenzie Allen-Charmley, Dena’ina Athabaskan, is a producer of the ICT Newscast. On Twitter: @mallencharmley.

Maxwell Montour, Pottawatomi, is a newscast editor for the ICT Newscast. On Instagram: max.montour. Montour is based in Phoenix.

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

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

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

RipLey-Simone Kennebrew is an intern for the ICT Newscast. On Twitter: @ripleysimoneken

Daniel Herrera Carbajal is an intern for the ICT Newscast. On Twitter: @daniulherrrera

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