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The Alaska Supreme Court on Saturday upheld a lower court’s ruling that will keep Republican Tara Sweeney, Iñupiat, off the ballot for the August special election in Alaska’s U.S. House race.

In a brief written order, the high court said it affirmed the decision of Superior Court Judge William Morse, who agreed with a decision by Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai to not advance Sweeney, the fifth place finisher in the June 11 special primary, to the special election after the third place finisher suddenly dropped out.

The court did not elaborate on its reasoning but said a full opinion will follow at a later date. Morse on Friday ruled in favor of the elections division. The decision was appealed by the plaintiffs in the case.

Forty-eight candidates ran in the special primary for Alaska’s House seat, which was left vacant by the death in March of Republican Rep. Don Young, who held the seat for 49 years. READ MORE.Associated Press

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A tomahawk once owned by Chief Standing Bear, a pioneering Native civil rights leader, has been returned to his tribe after being housed for decades in a museum at Harvard University.

Citizens of the Ponca tribes in Nebraska and Oklahoma visited the Massachusetts university on June 3 for the ceremonial return of the artifact, the tribes said in a recent announcement.

Standing Bear had originally gifted the pipe-tomahawk to one of his lawyers after winning the 1879 court case that made him one of the first Native Americans granted civil rights.

The tomahawk changed hands several times before being acquired by Harvard in 1982. READ MORE. Associated Press

Amatoya, a Tulsa-based manufacturer of custom-designed Native American furniture, will launch its collection in six showrooms this summer.

“Amatoya has set a new bar for timeless, true Native American design, quality, and craftsmanship,” said founder Cray Bauxmont-Flynn. “Since starting our company three years ago, our handsome, sculptural pieces have caught the eyes of discerning designers, hotel proprietors, and even set decorators. Now we are offering our collection in showrooms across the country.”

Dallas, Denver, and Washington, D.C., showrooms debuted on June 22. Locations in Chicago, Seattle, and Tulsa will launch the following month.

The Dallas showroom, the sole location operating under the Amatoya brand, will open in The Gallery at the Dallas Market Center. It will feature 38 pieces from the Tulsa company's home and hospitality collection, ranging from tables and chairs to sofas, cabinets, and textiles. The other locations will display eight to 12 pieces within partner showrooms. READ MORE.Cherokee Phoenix

As the audience screamed its enthusiasm, the click of heels echoed across the hall. Indigenous drag queens took the stage to perform classic pop songs – gratefully accepting dollar bills from fans in the front row.

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The Heard Museum, renowned for showcasing Indigenous art from around the world, opens its doors free of charge on the first Friday of each month. This month, First Friday showcased the museum’s inaugural Native Drag Show, which was limited to Indigenous queens, to celebrate Pride Month.

“I want to make sure the audience is smiling,” said Pyraddiction, who hosted and performed in the June 3 show. “If they’re not smiling, I will come to you, perform right in front of you, look into your eyes and make sure there’s that connection.”

After seeing her first drag show at 21, Pyraddiction fell in love with the artform and began participating in drag competitions while creating outfits from anything that could “pass off as drag,” she said in an interview. READ MORE. Cronkite News

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The Tulalip Resort Casino in Washington state was named top casino, according to the website, Online Betting Guide.

It beat out Las Vegas casinos like the Bellagio and Mandalay Bay Casino.

The resort has a 12-story hotel, seven different restaurant options, an outdoor pool and large gaming space. It's located north of Seattle near the Canadian border.

Online Betting Guide used Trip Advisor reviews and Instagram hashtags based on visitors.

To see the entire list, visit OLBG.com.

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