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June was another month packed with Indian Country news.

First, for Indian Country Today, we officially changed our name to ICT.

ICT Editor Jourdan Bennett-Begaye explains: "ICT captures all the generations and voices in our communities and newsroom. It can still mean Indian Country Today to those who know its legacy and brand. It can also take on the name of Indigenous Communities Today, Indigenous Cultures Today, or more. We are leaving it up to interpretation of our readers." READ MORE.

Second, a familiar face is back at ICT. Miles Morrisseau, Métis Nation, is ICT's special correspondent and will continue to deliver important news from Canada. READ MORE.


For the first time in the history of the United States, a Native woman’s signature will appear on U.S. currency. Chief Lynn Malerba, Mutáwi Mutáhash (Many Hearts), Mohegan Tribe, was named next U.S. treasurer – the first Indigenous person to hold that position. READ MORE.

Owamni in Minneapolis was named "Best New Restaurant" from the prestigious James Beard Awards. The popular restaurant is owned by Sean Sherman, Oglala Lakota, and Dana Thompson, lineal descendant of the Wahpeton-Sisseton and Mdewakanton Dakota tribes. READ MORE.

Elections were also a major topic in June primaries across the country took place. Scroll down to see our election coverage.

Also, be sure to watch our daily newscast, “ICT Newscast with Aliyah Chavez.

Here are other ICT stories you should read up on.


Indigenous candidates head to US Senate runoff: Markwayne Mullin, Cherokee, and T.W. Shannon, Chickasaw, advance in Oklahoma; Rep. Tom Cole, Chickasaw, and Gov. Kevin Stitt, Cherokee, easily won primaries.

Supreme Court rejects EPA authority: Will tribes be the ‘last line of defense’ or opt for more coal development?

‘It’s the next step toward freedom’: California court grants Doug Stankewitz's request for new hearing on life without parole in 1978 murder.

Supreme Court limits historic McGirt ruling: ‘Where this Court once stood firm, today it wilts,’ Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote in the dissent opinion.

Tribal leaders meet with New Mexico officials: The 2022 State-Tribal Leaders Summit brings together the state’s 23 federally recognized tribes after two years of virtual meetings.

Native couple still championing LGBTQ rights: ‘We’re kicking in those doors now and we’re sitting down at the table.’

Lakota man shot and killed by police: Family and supporters say police used excessive force.

Treasury secretary makes ‘historic’ visit to Rosebud: Janet Yellen and newly appointed US Treasurer Lynn Malerba meet with tribal leaders.

Six Indigenous people selected for prestigious award: The Bush Foundation announces 2022 winners.

Trailblazing Ojibwe city council member dies: Renee Van Nett was laid to rest on June 7 after battling cancer. Minnesota honored her with a proclamation.

Brenda Meade, chair of the Coquille Tribal Council, middle, speaks on June 17, 2022 at an Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting. (Photo courtesy of ODFW)

Oregon tribe, state leaders enter historic agreement: Amid drastic declines in Chinook salmon in the Coquille River watershed, the Coquille Indian Tribe began pushing the state for more authority in managing natural resources, culminating in a state commission approving an agreement.

Native leaders push for boarding school commission: Interior Secretary Deb Haaland offers emotional testimony to Senate Committee.

‘We will never, ever stop having abortions’: The Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pa. v. Casey that affirmed the right for people who birth to access abortion.

California AG: Court should deny inmate’s petition for new hearing: Monache man maintains innocence in 1978 fatal shooting.

How to skin a rabbit, and other traditional knowledge: Nonprofit organization Manidoo Ogitigaan joins a growing effort to share traditional cultural instruction and Ojibwe language classes.

Another first: Indigenous woman named US treasurer: Biden Administration taps Mohegan Chief Lynn Malerba for treasury post.

Supreme Court hands down another tribal sovereignty win: Multiple federal Indian law cases still to be ruled on.

Opioid settlements to bring hundreds of millions to tribes: ‘If the states and the cities are at the table, we need to be at the table too.’

Former Navajo Nation vice chairman dies at 87: Navajo Nation leaders send their condolences to the Edward T. Begay family.

Canadian special correspondent joins ICT: ‘It is a wide spectrum that I’ll be reporting on.’

Released: Tribal playbook to infrastructure dollars: For the ‘ largest investment in tribal infrastructure in American history for Indian country.’


Alaska Native candidate holds on in US House special primary: Sarah Palin, Nick Begich, Al Gross, Mary Peltola advance in Alaska US House race.

Native candidates seeking seats in Montana Legislature: During the most recent session, there were 12 Native members, the highest number, both overall and percentage wise, since the information began being collected.

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Indigenous candidates in the 2022 midterms: Another election cycle that boasts Indigenous leadership.

Nevada primary has Indigenous congressional candidate: Both Indigenous candidates advance to the general election.

Seven Dems seek election to North Dakota assembly: Indigenous candidates are running for Senate and House in the Peace Garden State.


SEC urged to measure Indigenous risks: A development project could lose money if investors don't have information about Indigenous concerns. The Dakota Access Pipeline as a case in point.

Only path: ‘dismantle coal infrastructure’: How does a nation unwind its current coal operations – and the jobs that it provides. And just as important: What resources are available to make that transition work?


INDIGENOUS A&E: High fashion, award-winning video game, environmental art.

This Lakota grandma rocks: Heavy metal singing, black leather wearing Lakota matriarch follows her own warrior path.

Canada kicks off celebrations for Indigenous Peoples Day: A national holiday for Indigenous people across Canada features music, dancing and other events.

Rutherford Falls Season two show art is art directed by Jamie Okuma who is Luiseño/Shoshone-Bannock, Leith Mahkewa who is Oneida-Hopi, and Kahsenniyohstha Lauren Williams, Mohawk. (Photo courtesy of NBC Universal)

Rutherford Falls Season 2 ‘leaning into comedy’: Minishonka Nation is back.

Native-owned restaurant wins high honor: The Sioux Chef’s Owamni restaurant in Minneapolis received a James Beard award at a Chicago ceremony.

INDIGENOUS A&E: Beaded art, Northwest regalia and Diné band tour.

Comanche Nation vs. 'Predator': ‘Prey,’ the latest movie in the ‘Predator’ film franchise, premiers in August and will be released in full Comanche language.

'Waterman': Documentary film honors Hawaiian surfing legend: Native Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku spread surfing to the world.

'Native Truths: Our Voices, Our Stories' exhibition opens: With more than four years in the making, this interactive exhibit in Chicago opens the door for Native people and their stories.


Court sides with federal agencies in subsistence lawsuit: ‘Kuskokwim Chinook and chum salmon populations are in decline, and face risk of overharvest.‘

Tempers flare over definition of tribes, Alaska Native corporations: ‘We would have no problem if we had…just tribal governments.’

NCAI heads into midyear conference short its CEO: Participation is up at midyear conference in Alaska.


Lumbee basketball star continues to shine: Guard Kamdyn Curfman finishes 2021-2022 season as one of nation’s top three-point shooters.

The game never gets old: ‘I have been playing for a very long time. I just love the sport.’ They’re in their 70s, and the Anasazi Ladies basketball team isn’t stopping anytime soon.

The Anasazi Ladies.(Photo courtesy of Jennie Platero)

First Nation women’s hockey player expands her legacy: Victoria Bach draws from her Indigenous values in making her mark on international ice.


GLOBAL INDIGENOUS: Sacred items, a ‘sham’ investigation and school abuse.

GLOBAL INDIGENOUS: ‘Evil’ doctrines, honoring an activist and health.

GLOBAL INDIGENOUS: Music, art and owning a home.

GLOBAL INDIGENOUS: Surfing, politics and land disputes.

GLOBAL INDIGENOUS: An Aboriginal Supreme Court judge, school abuse and wrestling.


Co-management for Bears Ears: We meet an Ojibwe woman passionate about healthy mothers and children. The Alaska Native Heritage Center is a mainstay for cultural knowledge and education, and wisdom from a Yakama elder.

Looking back on the journey: We learn about a new honor for Billy Frank Jr, a social service agency celebrating 70 years, and a new museum exhibit showcasing Native truth.

'Keep telling your story': 'Rutherford Falls' returns for another season, brings us an update on impressive female athletes. Plus, a Lakota Nation film premieres at Tribeca.

Celebrating Pride Month: We meet an Arizona entrepreneur who’s paving the way. Plus, we learn about innovative programs in medical education, and an international nonprofit making connections for Indigenous health.

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