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The only Native candidate in the Tennessee state Legislature will have a quiet primary election Thursday night as he heads to November’s general election.

Tennessee state Rep. Bryan Terry doesn’t have a Republican opponent in the state primary election. Neither does his Democratic opponent, who he has already beaten, twice.

The Choctaw Nation citizen told ICT in an email that he understands the significance of his position. Terry has been in office since 2014, representing district 48. The district covers part of Rutherford county and a part of the city, Murfreesboro, located in central Tennessee. READ MOREKalle Benallie, ICT


The forecasted low in Gallup is 17 degrees, cold even for February, but the man’s jacket is unzipped when the headlights find him slumped against a darkened storefront, a Broncos cap pulled over his eyes. “I’m going to get you some place warm,” Public Safety Officer Gabriel Lee Jr. says as he helps the man into the back of the police van.

In a downtown hospital emergency room, where most clinicians attend to urgent injuries or illness rather than their underlying causes, licensed professional clinical counselor Sheryl Livingston asks a Navajo patient what she enjoys most about alcohol. The patient laughs in surprise, then begins to open up.

Outside a new drug and alcohol treatment facility in a sandy lot, a circle of men sit sweating beneath the domed canvas of a hogan, a pile of volcanic rocks fresh from the fire glowing faintly between them, their folded knees close enough to touch. Medicine man Robinson Tom asks for a prayer and a dozen voices mingle Diné and Spanish and English in the stifling heat. READ MORENew Mexico In Depth

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – From 10,000 feet, 83-year-old Donald Kinzer dropped into the sky on July 15 to recapture his past as an Army paratrooper during the Vietnam War.

“My body don’t bend like it used to,” he joked after landing at the Muskogee-Davis Regional Airport south of the city. “But it was fun.”

Nearly 50 years had passed since Kinzer jumped last. A Cherokee Nation citizen, Kinzer, of Chelsea, Oklahoma, estimates he spent eight of his 22 years in the U.S. Army parachuting. During that time, he logged 77 jumps. READ MORECherokee Phoenix

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Lael Morgan, an Alaska journalist who authored more than a dozen books including several essential works on the state and its history, died Tuesday, July 26, in Anchorage.

She was 86.

Morgan’s adventurous spirit was evident in both her extensive travel and the subjects she covered. Born in Rockland, Maine, in 1936, she moved to Alaska in 1959 with her husband, Dodge Morgan. READ MOREAnchorage Daily News

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The 1970s ushered in a new era of American Indian history. The return of Blue Lake to the Taos Pueblo, the occupation of Alcatraz Island and in 1972, the takeover of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C. The American Indian Movement rose up in Minneapolis. Today, we meet Syd Beane, a Dakota man whose organizing efforts still live on.

Reporting about economics in Indigenous communities is something becoming more commonplace because of Mark Trahant. He is ICT’s lead correspondent on a special series called the Indigenous Economics Project.

Summer is typically when children have more time to learn new skills. For a group in Phoenix, they can now add hoop dancing to that list. ICT’s Aliyah Chavez and Max Montour learned about a new initiative aiming to teach culture and dance.


  • Remembering Ty Largo, a trendsetting public relations agent for major Phoenix restaurants
  • New K-12 charter school will serve a growing Alaska Native population in Mat-Su
  • Mankato set to recognize Indigenous origin of its land

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