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The deadline to submit written testimony to the House of Natural Resources Committee is this week

Earlier this month, the House Natural Resource Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples held a hearing on the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies. Written testimony will be accepted through Thursday.

The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition is offering assistance to boarding school survivors in submitting testimony to support the legislation.

The coalition has provided a draft template on how to your story for Congress, a document explaining the legislation and is available for questions at

To send testimony, email

Also earlier this month, the Interior released its investigative report on the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative. Details here.


The Alaska Supreme Court said Tuesday that it has affirmed a lower court ruling that the board tasked with redrawing the state’s political boundaries had “again engaged in unconstitutional political gerrymandering” and ordered a new map be used for this year’s elections.

Superior Court Judge Thomas Matthews, in a ruling last week, said a majority of members on the Alaska Redistricting Board appeared to have adopted a map that splits the Eagle River area into two Senate districts for “political reasons.” That map would have given the predominantly Republican community of Eagle River control of an additional Senate seat while weakening the votes of a racially diverse neighborhood.

During earlier discussions, Alaska Redistricting Board member and Alaska Federation of Natives vice president Nicole Borromeo, Athabascan, said the decision opened the board up to “very easily winnable argument to partisan gerrymandering.”

Matthews ordered a new map to be used this year. The map that Matthews ordered the board to adopt in part pairs the Eagle River area House districts into a Senate district and was the other option the board had considered when it was weighing revisions in response to a prior order by the state Supreme Court.

(Related: Alaska Supreme Court rules against gerrymandering)

The Supreme Court, in its order Tuesday, affirmed Matthews’ order on the adoption of the new map. The decision came just over a week before the June 1 filing deadline for the August primaries. The Associated Press and ICT’s Joaqlin Estus contributed to this report.

It’s not about personal ambition for the three young women. It’s about serving others and that’s why they’re running for Béésh Bąąh Dah Si’ání.

Former Miss Navajo Nation titleholders Crystalyne Curley, Crystal Littleben, and Shaandiin Paul Parrish are running for Council delegate.

They’re all under 40 and already have years of political engagement behind them.

They’re in the vanguard of the next wave of Diné leaders and they’re potential weapons. But even so, they’re Naabeehó Bich’eekį’ by heart and sisters by soul. READ MORE. Krista Allen, Navajo Times

Around the world: The prime minister-elect in Australia vows to help Indigenous people, Indigenous women in Canada face a greater risk of violence and sexual assault, illegal mining in Brazil spreads in Indigenous territories, a forgotten community in northern Australia demands basic services, and a Yukon First Nation launches an app to make its language more accessible.

Coverage around the world on Indigenous issues for the week ending May 22. READ MORE. — Deusdedit Ruhangariyo, Special to Indian Country Today

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On Wednesday's ICT Newscast, we're covering day three of the Reservation Economic Summit. We’re talking to a senior advisor from the White House, a Cabinet secretary and another Native 40-under-40 award recipient.


The flier for his going away party says a lot about John Kito’s work as an educator.

Across the top of it are photos of people performing traditional dances of Alaska Natives, Pacific and South Pacific Islands, Mexico, Indonesia and Africa. The Anchorage Daily News reports the potluck buffet that night featured dishes representing Albania, Samoa, Laos and other countries.

“A night of cultural celebrations in honor of Principal John Kito,” the flier reads. “Help us celebrate Tyson elementary’s one and only principal. All of Tyson is invited.”

Below the invitation are photos of Kito, who is Tlingit and Japanese. In one he's receiving an award. Kito has been recognized as a Distinguished National Principal, which honors outstanding elementary and middle-level principals who ensure that America’s children acquire a sound foundation for lifelong learning and achievement. READ MORE.Joaqlin Estus, Indian Country Today


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