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Current Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and former vice presidential candidate Buu Nygren will go head to head in the tribe’s presidential election in November.

Both garnered the most votes out of a 15-candidate pool. More than 47,501 Navajo voters cast ballots in the tribe's primary election — a nearly 39 percent turnout among more than 123,000 registered voters, according to unofficial results from the tribe's election office. The tribe generally sees a turnout of around 50 percent. The results won't be certified until after a challenge period.

This photo provided by Larry Price shows Buu Nygren in his campaign for president of the Navajo Nation on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, in Red Mesa, Arizona. Navajos were voting to decide which two of 15 presidential hopefuls to advance to the tribe's general election in November. (Larry Price via AP)

Nez brought in more than 17,000 votes in the primary election, and Nygren got nearly 13,000 with all 110 precincts reporting, according to unofficial results. Rounding out the top five were attorney Justin Jones, former Navajo Attorney General Ethel Branch and Greg Bigman, chairman of the Diné College Board of Regents, who collectively received nearly 14,000 votes.

The general election is on Tuesday, Nov. 8.


In Kansas, Rep. Sharice Davids, Ho-Chunk, will be facing Republican candidate Amanda Adkins for a second time in a more conservative congressional district 3. After redistricting the mostly suburban district took on more rural voters, making the seat a toss-up. READ MOREPauly Denetclaw, ICT


One of the few remaining Navajo Code Talkers, Samuel Sandoval, died at the age of 98.

“Sam was a great warrior. (He) served his country well; especially using the top secret Navajo Code,” Navajo Code Talker and Navajo Code Talker Association President Peter MacDonald said in a text message to The Arizona Mirror.

“He wanted to tell all Navajo families and (the) younger generation the importance of our Navajo language,” he added. “He’ll be terribly missed.”

Pictured: Navajo Code Talker Samuel Sandoval.

The Navajo Code talkers were a group of U.S. Marines who used their Native language to transmit messages during World War II. Only three are still alive today: MacDonald, John Kinsel Sr. and Thomas H. Begay.

“Navajo Code Talker Samuel Sandoval will always be remembered as a loving and courageous person who sacrificed more than we will ever know to defend our homelands using our sacred Navajo language,” Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said in a press release.

“We are saddened by his passing, but his legacy will always live on in our hearts and minds,” he added. “On behalf of the Navajo Nation, we offer our prayers and heartfelt condolences to his wife, Malula Sandoval, his children, and many loved ones.” READ MOREShondiin Silversmith, AZ Mirror

HELENA, Mont. — A Montana law that would have required people who turn 18 in the month before an election to vote in person — thus denying them the option to vote absentee — violates the state Constitution, a judge has ruled.

District Court Judge Michael Moses, in his ruling Wednesday, said the law passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature was not the least restrictive way to make sure people meet age and residency requirements to vote.

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The state House initially passed a bill under which election officials would not process or count ballots until the voter met the age and residency requirements. However, the bill ultimately approved by the Republican-controlled legislature and signed by Gov. Greg Gianforte “arbitrarily subjects a subgroup of the electorate to different requirements,” Moses wrote.

Moses declined to issue a summary judgement on three other election-related bills being challenged by the Montana Democratic Party, Native American tribes and youth voting advocates. The plaintiffs have argued the bills make it more difficult for young people, Native Americans, the elderly and those with disabilities to vote. READ MOREAssociated Press

Around the world: Young leaders demand a greater voice for Indigenous people in finding climate solutions, an Ontario community returns land to a neighboring First Nation, the Shuar community in Ecuador wins land protections, four Yukon First Nations purchase air ambulances, and an Aboriginal man has died in a Western Australia prison.

ITALY: Youth leaders demand climate inclusion

Young leaders attending the Fridays for Future International Meeting in Turin, Italy, called for greater inclusion of Indigenous people and local communities in climate solutions, reported on July 29.

Shuar Indigenous men listen to Ecuador's speakers at the opening of a new village, Comunidad del Milenio Panacocha in Ecuador's Amazon region, on Jan. 16, 2014, in this file photo. The Shuar people in 2022 finally won national protections for some of their lands in the ancestral Tiwi Nunka Forest, which provides a home  and sustenance for the Shuar Indigenous community of El Kiim.(AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa/FILE)

The meeting – which came amid a heatwave and wildfires across Europe – ended in a strike for climate action on Friday, July 29, reported.

Fridays for Future, known as FFF, is a youth-led global protest movement that started in August 2018 when 15-year-old Greta Thunberg began a school strike for climate action outside the Swedish parliament. The group has now spread to more than 750 cities, with students periodically staging strikes from school on Fridays to press for climate action. READ MOREDeusdedit Ruhangariyo, ICT

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The critically acclaimed documentary about Wilma Mankiller is now streaming. Director Valerie Red-Horse and Producer Gale Anne Hurd join us to talk about the film.

Social media has been a game changer for how we communicate. And Indigenous communities have wholeheartedly embraced and spanned the digital divide. Shirley Sneve has this interview with Natashia Affia Moore. She’s Atka Aleut and Cherokee and a project manager at Meta.

Primary elections were held in five states on Tuesday, including Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington. The Navajo Nation also held its primary election. ICT Political Correspondent Pauly Denetclaw has the results.


The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe recently achieved a majority Native voter district for electing the members of the Lyman County Board of Commissioners. However, the board in place decided not to instate the landmark district in time for the November 2022 election. So, the tribe and several individual citizens filed a federal Voting Rights Act complaint.

“The board’s decision to delay implementation of its new redistricting plan was adopted with a discriminatory purpose, in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act … and the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution,” the plaintiffs contend.

The South Dakota U.S. District Court will decide if the county must apply the new plan in this year’s general election or may delay its rollout. Applying it will assure the potential for tribal citizens of voting age to seat two candidates of choice in their commission’s new District 1 contest.

A delay by county leaders means this year’s polling remains at-large. It will exclude Lower Brule constituents from full participation in commission races for two election cycles, until 2026. The county claims the delayed implementation is necessary due to “constraints of the current election cycle.” READ MORETalli Nauman, Buffalo's Fire


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