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'Remarkable' legislation in New Mexico

On Wednesday's ICT Newscast, a long-time policy expert reviews legislation affecting Native communities in New Mexico, and we continue our "Global Indigenous" coverage. Plus, four Native Republicans are running for Congress

Lawmakers in New Mexico wrapped up their 30-day legislative session passing three key bills affecting Native communities. Policy expert and former governor of Cochiti Pueblo, Regis Pecos, breaks down their significance and shares when this legislation will be signed into law by New Mexico's governor. 

From Mexico to Aotearoa, there are Indigenous people all around the globe. That’s why Indian Country Today launched a new column called “Global Indigenous.” It is written by ICT freelancer Deusdedit Ruhangariyo and is edited by ICT senior editor Dianna Hunt. We learn the major headlines from this week. 

There are currently four Native Republicans running for U.S. Congress, with three of them running to be reelected to their current seats. ICT regular contributor John Tahsuda III is back to break down the candidates' campaign platforms and predicts how they will fare in their elections. 

A slice of our Indigenous world 

  • During a trip to Phoenix on Tuesday, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced her agency will allocate $1.7 billion to Indian water rights settlements that have been enacted. 
  • Last week, the Keeseekoose First Nation reported 54 potential unmarked graves have been found at the sites of two former residential schools.

  • It was a busy weekend as Native students, family and alumni gathered at the University of South Dakota. ICT’s Shirley Sneve reports. 

You can find more on these stories at the top of the show! 


Wednesday's newscast was created with help from:

Aliyah Chavez, Kewa Pueblo, is the anchor of the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @aliyahjchavez.

Maxwell Montour, Pottawatomi, is a newscast editor for the ICT newscast. On Instagram: max.montour Montour is based in Phoenix.

Mary Grace Pewewardy, Hopi/Comanche/Kiowa, is an intern at Indian Country Today. On twitter: @mgpewewardy. Pewewardy is based in Phoenix, and enjoys playing video games.