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Dozens of Indigenous candidates are seeking public office across the U.S.

Eleven Indigenous candidates are running for Congress. The midterm elections include the possibility of having the first Native candidate serve in the Senate since 2005.

Other candidates are seeking seats on the state level. For our election-related coverage, click here.

ICT created an interactive list of candidates through Airtable below. Did we miss someone? Email ICT's political correspondent, Pauly Denetclaw, at VIEW LIST HEREICT


A plan to search for unmarked graves at a former boarding school in Kansas is on hold amid a disagreement between a Shawnee Tribe and state and city officials overseeing the site.

The Kansas Historical Society announced last year that the Kansas Geological Survey at the University of Kansas would conduct a ground-penetrating radar survey at the Shawnee Indian Mission in Fairway.

However, Fairway officials last week said the proposal was on hold indefinitely after Shawnee Tribe Chief Ben Barnes raised concerns that the tribe was not consulted about the proposal and future plans for the 12-acre site.

The Shawnee Tribe pushed last year for a study of the site, formerly known as the Shawnee Indian Manual Labor School. It was one of hundreds of schools run by the government and religious groups in the 1800s and 1900s that removed Indigenous children from their families to assimilate them into white culture and Christianity. READ MOREAssociated Press

Around the world: Big wins for Indigenous activists in Brazil, Manitoba elects its first woman as grand chief, an Indigenous birthing center will be built in Australia and New Zealand works to improve water quality for remote Māori communities.

BRAZIL: Elections bring wins for climate, Indigenous activists

Brazil’s President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva — who defeated far-right President Jair Bolsonaro in a tight election Oct. 30 — brought reassurances to Indigenous people in the

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Amazon rainforest by pledging to fight deforestation and protect environmental activists, The Guardian reported on Oct. 31.

Lula, who significantly reduced deforestation while previously serving two terms as president, promised to make the environment one of the government’s top priorities, saying he would crack down on illegal mining, logging and ranching. READ MOREDeusdedit Ruhangariyo, Special to ICT

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The Decolonizing Wealth Project Fund and Liberated Capital is awarding more than $1 million to 16 Indigenous-led organization. This is the first group of grantees for the Indigenous Earth Fund. Edgar Villanueva is the founder of the project and the author of the best-selling book “Decolonizing Wealth.”

With just days to go before the midterm elections, some voting officials are dealing with a lot of animosity. In Arizona, the largest county in the state, Phoenix voters complained of being intimidated when they started dropping off their ballots in October. Early Voting in Arizona started Oct. 12. In Tucson, the Pima County recorder is a citizen of the Tohono O'odham Nation. Gabriella Cázares-Kelly is the first Native to hold an elected office in Pima County.

There’s a number of Native people running for state and federal office in Oklahoma – Including Cherokee citizen Kevin Stitt, who wants another term as governor. Navigators Global partner John Tahsuda joins with his predictions. He’s Kiowa from Oklahoma.


SHISHMAREF, Alaska — Search online for the little town of Shishmaref and you’ll see homes perilously close to the ocean, and headlines that warn this Native community in western Alaska is on the verge of disappearing.

Climate change is partially to blame for the rising seas, flooding, erosion and loss of protective ice and land that are threatening this Inupiat village of about 600 people just a few miles from the Arctic Circle.

But the dire situation is only part of the story.

The people of Shishmaref are resourceful and resilient, said Rich Stasenko, who arrived to Shishmaref to teach in the ’70s and never left. “I don’t see victims here.”

Yes, residents have voted twice to relocate. But they haven’t moved. There’s not enough money to fund relocation. And perhaps, most importantly, there are no places like Shishmaref. Elsewhere they would be far from prime spots for subsistence hunting, fishing and berry picking that make up most of their nutrition. They would be dispersed from their close-knit community that takes pride in its traditions, and celebrates milestones at their homes, local school and one of the world’s northernmost Lutheran church. READ MOREAssociated Press


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