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Pauly Denetclaw, Navajo, is coming on board to Indian Country Today as a political correspondent in Washington.

She starts on April 4 and is looking forward to gearing up for the upcoming election cycle and preparing for the 2024 presidential election. She is especially interested to see how many Indigenous people run for local and state offices compared to the 2020 election.

(Photo courtesy of Pauly Denetclaw)

“I feel like now it’s a really exciting time to create this position and to more closely follow and to build upon the work that ICT has already done with following the politics and Indigenous people who are running for office,” she said.

Denetclaw said her interest in politics began in the 2008 presidential election when she was in junior high. Her parents were already interested in politics and followed the election closely. She said when her mom took her along to vote, it made her “feel seen.” READ MORE Indian Country Today


The Arizona Coyotes want a new state law that legalizes sports betting changed to allow them to keep running their mobile sports gambling operation when they move from Glendale to Arizona State University’s hockey arena next season.

But the Arizona Indian Gaming Association and multiple tribes oppose the last-minute measure approved by the Arizona Senate’s appropriations committee on Tuesday. They argue that the 2021 law that legalized sports betting was part of a complex deal they negotiated with Gov. Doug Ducey that updated the tribal gaming compact.

The Coyotes say the change is needed because ASU’s arena only holds 5,000 people, and the law that allowed professional sports team to run retail sports books and mobile gambling operations requires facilities to seat at least 10,000.

An attorney who represents the Arizona Indian Gaming Association said a law that was just passed last year should not be changed just because the Coyotes found themselves needing a new arena. He said the updated compact that waived tribes’ exclusive right to operate gambling in Arizona was dependent on limiting when, where and how sports teams ran their operations. READ MORE Associated Press

The deadline for Native peoples to take the Indigenous Futures Survey is Thursday, March 31. The survey is a “multi-year Native-led research project designed to illuminate the authentic experiences, systemic challenges, and priority issues of Native peoples today,” according to the website.

The survey takes 15-20 minutes to complete and asks participants to share opinions and experiences on issues for themselves and their communities.

Previous iterations of the survey have been used to inform Congress and tribes across the country on issues including COVID-19, identity, culture and civic engagement in Native communities.

Partners of the Indigenous Futures Survey are IllumiNative, the Native Organizers Alliance and Research for Indigenous Social Action and Equity.

The survey can be filled out here.

March was full of big news in Indian Country.

Catch up on the stories that made headlines this last month. READ MOREIndian Country Today

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On Wednesday's ICT Newscast, the American Indian Development Corporation CEO shares his efforts and the Interior Department is proposing revision on key processes affecting Native communities. Plus, we have all of the sights and sounds from the 2022 Hoop Dance World Championships.



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