Happy Wednesday! Here’s a look at what’s happening today:

President Joe Biden nominates Muscogee Nation citizen to federal bench

Lauren J. King, Muscogee Nation, has been nominated for the U.S. District Court bench.

If confirmed, she'd be the first Native federal judge in Washington state history, and only the third Native federal judge currently serving, according to the White House.

King was one of six nominees announced by the White House on Wednesday.

"These individuals embody President Biden’s commitment to ensure that his judicial nominees represent not only the excellence but the diversity of our nation with respect to both personal and professional backgrounds," the statement said. 

Lauren J. King, May 12, 2021 (Photo courtesy of Foster Garvey website)

Since 2012, King has practiced at Foster Garvey, P.C. in Seattle. She chairs the firm’s Native American Law Practice Group and has served as a pro tem appellate judge for the Northwest Intertribal Court System since 2013.

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Tulalip fish buyers win settlement

The settlement is small, but the message is big.

Although the state Fish and Wildlife Department did not admit liability, “we can infer an apology from a $50,000 check,” said Galanda, a citizen of Round Valley Indian Tribes and managing lawyer at the Seattle-based Galanda Broadman firm.

Fishermen Hazen Shopbell and Anthony Paul, who owned the now-defunct Puget Sound Seafood Distributors, were arrested and their homes on the reservation were searched by state fish and wildlife officers in 2016 during an investigation into allegations they unlawfully used their fish-buying license and trafficked in fish or shellfish.

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Deb Haaland approves new Cherokee Nation constitution

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland approved a new constitution for the Cherokee Nation on Wednesday that ensures the protection of the Cherokee Freedmen.

Cherokee law directs that constitution changes be approved by the Department of the Interior.

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State moving forward with plans to allow sports gambling

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. (AP) — State gambling officials and the Kalispel Tribe of Indians have reached an agreement that would allow sports gambling to occur at Northern Quest Resort.

A tribal spokesman said the move is one of the biggest developments for the Kalispel Tribe since it first got approval in 1998 to build Northern Quest.

“This is pretty monumental. This is a big deal,” Kevin Zenishek, executive director of casino operations at Northern Quest, told The Spokesman-Review.

(Related: Sports betting: The new, shiny toy)

The Kalispels are one of numerous Washington tribes that have received preliminary approval to pursue sports gambling, said Brian Considine, legislative manager of the Washington state Gambling Commission.

Cherokee Nation sending masks to India

The Cherokee Nation is the latest tribe to step up to help India fight its COVID-19 battle.

Like the Navajo Nation, the tribe is shipping masks to India, which has seen a surge in cases.

“We’re all optimistic. We’re all hopeful that things will get better, but you look at the headlines. You look at what’s going on in India right now,” Cherokee Chief Hoskin told KJRH in Oklahoma.

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