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D'Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai wrote that on his Instagram story of a short clip when Snoop Dogg read the 2022 Golden Globe nominations Monday morning.
That’s right. “Reservation Dogs” was nominated for a Golden Globe.
It’s a simple post on Sterlin Harjo’s Instagram account, “Congrats Rez Dogs team!” that indicates a historic achievement by a Native director that has created an Indigenous comedy series, with an all-Native writer’s room and topics of reservation life. READ MORE. — Vincent Schilling, Indian Country Today
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The last decade has mostly been amazing for the Native Americans who ran for public office. Recite the names and it’s an easy answer as to the, “why.” Deb. Yvette. Sharice. Ruth. Such amazing people and stories. And each shared a legacy: They campaigned in a district where they could win.
That’s not the case for some 390 or so House seats (out of 435 districts). Most congressional districts tip toward the Republicans or Democrats in a way that makes competition tough. It’s like running a mile uphill. A task that’s much easier on flat ground (or even downhill).
The story of Indigenous participation in elections has largely been a success story. Helen Peterson, Oglala, wrote about the transformation of pueblos that had zero voters in 1952. “But in 1956, after a voter education program, only two pueblos still clung to their traditional conservative attitude toward voting while achieving 100 percent registration.” READ MORE. — Mark Trahant, Indian Country Today
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Heidi Holton remembers the day Ojibwe puppeteer Michael Lyons called in to the radio station where she worked.
She’d been following his puppets, Nanaboozhoo and Natasha, on YouTube, and commenting about their use of the Ojibwe language and culture.
“He said, ‘How about ‘Boozhoo Nanaboozhoo’ on the radio?’” she recalls. She stopped a moment to think.
“Hmm. Puppets on the radio? That might just work!” READ MORE. — Dan Ninham, Special to Indian Country Today
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- Is Joe Biden's failure to stop drilling a betrayal or a smart political move?: Environmental groups are disappointed but some argue Biden’s turnaround will preserve political capital for actions with more climate impact.
- Tribes weigh in as New Mexico redistricting bills advance: The map includes recommendations for the heavily Indigenous northwestern region of the state that are endorsed by the Navajo Nation, the Jicarilla Apache Tribe and New Mexico’s 19 Indigenous pueblos.
- Legal system fuels missing relative crisis: The scope of missing Indigenous people is even more broad when considering ongoing family separations and forced assimilation.
- WATCH: Laughing and learning language: We are meeting puppets teaching the Ojibwe language and the new editor of Indian Country Today. Plus, we get an update on Arizona's redistricting process and what it means for tribal nations.
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