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Crystal Cavalier was in the eighth grade. Her grandmother was an educator. So, doing well in school was a top priority and Cavalier was a top student. Even at a young age, she dreamed of going to college. But being a young Indigenous woman in North Carolina, meant she had to work twice as hard as her peers in order to succeed in her community.

She applied to be a member of the National Honor Society. The school administration came back and said Cavalier didn’t meet the GPA requirements. She had a 92.7 and the school required a 93 percent average or higher. In disbelief, Cavalier’s grandmother recalculated the GPA. Cavalier actually had a 94 percent GPA.

Crystal Cavalier, Occaneechi Band of the Saponi, is running for Congress in North Carolina. (Photo by Crystal Cavalier for Congress)

She would have been the only student of color inducted into the National Honor Society that year. For two years, the family and the Alamance School District were embroiled in a lawsuit. Ultimately, the courts ruled that the school district had violated Cavalier’s civil rights, paid her out a settlement and backdated her induction to that school’s National Honor Society to two years prior.

North Carolina, a battleground state, has one of the earliest primary elections on May 17. The winners will head to the general election in November. Cavalier isn’t the only Indigenous person running in the North Carolina congressional race. State Rep. Charles Graham, after six terms, has made the move to run for congressional district seven on the Democratic ticket. READ MORE.Pauly Denetclaw, Indian Country Today

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Normally, when Raven Chacon is in the studio writing, composing or recording; he turns his phone off.

However, earlier this week the Diné musician did not and when his phone started to blow up, he learned the news of a pleasant surprise.

Chacon had won a Pulitzer.

Composer Raven Chacon appears at his Albuquerque home on Feb. 6, 2022. Chacon won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Music. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

“I had no idea that I received this award and I was getting texts by friends and family and saying I won and I was completely taken by surprise and eventually learned what was going on,” Chacon said on 'ICT Newscast with Aliyah Chavez.' “So yeah, I'm completely honored and humbled by it all, that my music has made it to that level.”

Chacon is the newest and latest “first-ever” in Indian Country after it was announced Monday that he had taken home the Pulitzer prize for music. READ MORE. — Kolby KickingWoman, Indian Country Today

NPR's Adrian Florido speaks with Pauly Denetclaw, correspondent with Indian Country Today, about her reporting on what it will mean for Indigenous people if Roe v. Wade Is overturned.

The flagship school of North Carolina’s university system is renaming a residence hall and a student affairs office long named for people tied to White supremacy.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will dedicate the Hortense McClinton Residence Hall and the Henry Owl Building in a ceremony on Friday, the school said in a news release.

McClinton was the school’s first Black faculty member when she was hired in 1966. Owl was the first Native American to enroll at the university as a graduate student in history in 1928, the news release said.

The residence hall had been named for Charles B. Aycock, a North Carolina governor and UNC alumnus who led a White supremacy campaign that condoned violence to terrorize black voters and their white supporters, according to a university report.

The student affairs office had been named for Julian Carr, a self-proclaimed Ku Klux Klan member who helped fund the Democratic Party’s white supremacy campaign of 1898 which stripped Black men of voting rights and institutionalized racial segregation, the university report said. — Associated Press

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Enough pieces of a bronze statue of a famous Native American ballerina that was stolen in Tulsa have been recovered to restore it, historical officials said.

The additional missing pieces of the statue of Marjorie Tallchief that were found include the head, said Tulsa Historical Society and Museum Director Michelle Place, according to the Tulsa World.

Still missing are the lower portion of each leg, both feet and one arm, but Gary Henson, one of the original sculptors, said he will be able to restore it.

The statue is believed to have been stolen April 28 and cut into pieces that have been found at different recycling centers in the Tulsa area, Place said, but no arrests have been made. READ MORE.Associated Press

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