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The Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision Wednesday morning, allowing Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo, located near El Paso, Texas, to offer electronic bingo at its gaming facility.

Conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the opinion for the court and was joined by fellow conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett and the three liberal justices to form the majority opinion.

“In this case, Texas contends that Congress expressly ordained that all of its gaming laws should be treated as surrogate federal law enforceable on the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Reservation. In the end, however, we find no evidence Congress endowed state law with anything like the power Texas claims,” Gorsuch wrote. READ MORE. — Kolby KickingWoman, ICT


Nevada primary has Indigenous congressional candidate

Mercedes Krause is headed to the general election this fall. She overwhelmingly won the Democratic nomination with 47.1 percent of the votes in a crowded Democratic primary. Krause was one of seven candidates in the June 14 Nevada primary.

She has a tough road ahead to unseat Mark Amodei, who has been elected six times to represent the 2nd congressional district.

However, 18 of 27 Indigenous nations that reside in the state are located in district 2. Indigenous people make up 1.7 percent of the population in Nevada and live in the more rural areas of the state. The population as of 2020 is around 37,700.

The Native vote could give Krause a competitive edge. In states like Arizona and New Mexico, whole elections are swayed by the Native vote. So, this is definitely going to be a race to watch this November. READ MOREPauly Denetclaw, ICT

U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Friday rolled out guidelines for a new youth service program meant to create job opportunities for Native Americans while boosting their cultural connections to nature through conservation projects on tribal and public land.

The Indian Youth Service Corps is the latest addition to the Biden administration's plans for building a 21st century version of the New Deal-era Civilian Conservation Corps. The mission includes everything from clearing brush to reduce wildfire threats and restore forests to preserving historic sites, helping with archaeological research and building trails.

Haaland talked about a childhood spent hiking to the top of high desert mesas, wading through ice-cold streams and learning about the world's interconnectedness from her grandparents while walking through corn fields at Laguna Pueblo in west-central New Mexico.

“I want everyone to have that profound connection to the great outdoors that I was gifted, and we can help more people access nature no matter where they're from or what their background,” she said during a call with reporters. “We will help lift up the next generation of stewards for this Earth.” READ MOREAssociated Press

Around the world: First Nation calls for Pope to rescind ‘evil’ policy, rural Māori stroke survivors experience 'worst outcomes', Indigenous activist honored with statue, acclaimed coach helps Māori prisoners stay out of jail, and proposed legislation in Canada would give Indigenous groups a voice in protecting historic sites.

CANADA: Pope should rescind ‘evil’ Doctrine of Discovery

The interim grand chief for Dehcho First Nations said Pope Francis should rescind the Catholic Church’s Doctrine of Discovery, a policy dating back to the 1400s that lets Europeans claim Indigenous lands as their own, if he wants to make amends with Indigenous people in Canada, CBC News reported on June 11.

The Dehcho First Nations released a statement calling on the Vatican, the Government of Canada and the British Crown to reject the "fraudulent and evil" Doctrine of Discovery.

"Leadership had a statement to the Pope saying that the Pope's apology is meaningless to the Dehcho unless the Pope rescinds the Doctrine of Discovery," according to CBC News. "The Church [was] the one that started this whole thing, and they have to end it by rescinding that document.” READ MOREDeusdedit Ruhangariyo, Special to ICT

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Francene Blythe-Lewis, Diné, Sisseton-Wahpeton and Eastern Band Cherokee, is Vision Maker Media's executive director. This year, it funded $1 million to 11 documentaries through its Public Media Fund. It has also supported $180,000 through its Creative Shorts Fellowship.

Emily Edenshaw, Yup'ik & Inupiaq, is the president and CEO of the Alaska Native Heritage Center. ICT's Shirley Sneve sat down with her at RES 2022 in Las Vegas.

ICT regular contributor John Tahsuda, Kiowa, is a partner at Navigators Global. He joins us to weigh in on the bipartisan group of U.S. senators working together to pass legislation on guns. The current talks from lawmakers include implementing red-flag laws, funding for mental health resources, and expanding background checks.


CARLISLE, Pa. — For more than a century they were buried far from home, in a small cemetery on the grounds of the U.S. Army War College. Now they're heading home.

The Army began disinterring the remains of eight Native American children who died at a government-run boarding school at the Carlisle Barracks, with the children's closest living relatives poised to take custody.

The disinterment process, which began over the weekend, is the fifth at Carlisle since 2017. More than 20 sets of Native remains were transferred to family members in earlier rounds.

The children had lived at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, where thousands of Native children were taken from their families and forced to assimilate to white society as a matter of U.S. policy — their hair cut and their clothing, language and culture stripped. More than 10,000 children from more than 140 tribes passed through the school between 1879 and 1918, including famous Olympian Jim Thorpe. READ MOREAssociated Press


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