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Mercedes Krause was making calls and reaching out to people in Nevada to run for office. She is chair of Nevada’s Statewide Native American Caucus and was working to increase the number of Indigenous candidates, which is part of the strategic plan for the caucus. It was at that moment she realized that if she was asking other people to take this leap, she had to do the same.

So, Krause threw her name into the race and is running for Nevada’s second congressional district, where 18 of the 27 tribal nations in the state reside.

“We have a lot of issues going on,” Krause said. “We need protection of sacred sites. Mining companies have a history of coming into the community, polluting areas, contaminating the water for communities and that is not slowing down. So, that is in a nutshell why I put my hat in the ring to run this election.”

Nevada’s primary election is Tuesday. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time. Nevada offers same day voter registration, meaning you can register to vote and cast your ballot on the same day. READ MOREPauly Denetclaw, ICT


The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) announced a $500,000 grant to IndiJ Public Media, an independent non-profit news organization that owns ICT, formerly known as Indian Country Today. ICT began as the Lakota Times more than 40 years ago and has transformed into a digital news site and a national weekday broadcast covering Indigenous communities.

The two-year grant will support “ICT Newscast with Aliyah Chavez,” which is carried daily by 40 public television stations across the country. Funding will also support IndiJ Public Media’s evolution and expansion as a multi-platform public media company.

“ICT is grateful for the support from CPB,” said Shirley Sneve, vice president of broadcasting at ICT. “We carry the legacy of Indian Country Today forward to public broadcasting audiences and Indigenous communities. As a nonprofit digital and broadcast journalism organization, we tell stories through the lens of our ancestors.” Sneve is a member of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, and Sicangu Lakota descent.

“ICT is a go-to source of trusted news and information by, for and about Native Americans,” said Kathy Merritt, CPB senior vice president, radio, journalism, and community service grant services. “CPB is proud to support this vital news organization, which provides a deep understanding of history and culture that adds important context to their reporting.” READ MORENews Release, Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Robert Redford and George R.R. Martin are the big names behind “Dark Winds,” but they’re not the most important.

That distinction belongs to the Native creators and actors who ensured the AMC mystery series rings true to the Native experience and enduring culture, which largely has been snubbed or recklessly caricatured by Hollywood.

This time the storytelling is “an inside job,” said director Chris Eyre, resulting in what he describes as a “Native American, Southwestern film noir."

Based on Tony Hillerman’s admired novels featuring Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police, AMC’s “Dark Winds” puts the newly teamed lawmen on a double-murder case that could be linked to a brazen armored-car heist.

The investigation and what underlies it is gripping but, as with Hillerman's books, what distinguishes “Dark Winds” is its intricate blend of nuanced characters and relationships, spiritual traditions and the devastating toll of entrenched inequality. READ MOREAssociated Press

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Native people prosecuted in certain tribal courts can also be prosecuted based on the same incident in federal court, which can result in longer sentences.

The 6-3 ruling is in keeping with an earlier ruling from the 1970s that said the same about a more widely used type of tribal court.

The case before the justices involved a Navajo Nation citizen Merle Denezpi, accused of rape. He served nearly five months in jail after being charged with assault and battery in what is called a Court of Indian Offenses, a court that deals exclusively with alleged Native offenders.

Under federal law Courts of Indian Offenses can only impose sentences of generally up to a year. Denezpi was later prosecuted in federal court and sentenced to 30 years in prison. He said the Constitution’s “Double Jeopardy” clause should have barred the second prosecution. READ MOREAssociated Press

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Lori Pourier, Oglala Lakota, is the founder of First Peoples Fund. The organization is celebrating its 25th anniversary by hosting a multi-day festival called, “We the Peoples Before.” It will be held from June 30-July 2 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Gabby Lemieux, Shoshone-Paiute, is a professional golfer on the Epson Tour. It is the developmental tour for the Ladies Professional Golf Association. She is the first Native woman on the pro tour.

Anna Ortiz is the global health & development director for Esperança. It's an international organization based in Phoenix, whose goal is health equity for everyone.



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