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'Our decision to withdraw was agonizing'

On Monday's ICT Newscast, Ginger Sykes Torres tells us about her decision to end her campaign for Congress. Plus, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Oklahoma vs. Castro-Huerta last week and more on federally run boarding schools in Wisconsin

Navajo citizen Ginger Sykes Torres hoped to be the first Native person elected to Congress from Arizona. That changed after a lawsuit was filed contesting her candidacy. The county determined she did not have enough signatures to qualify for the ballot in November. This prompted Torres to withdraw from the race. She joins the newscast to share why. 

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Oklahoma vs. Castro-Huerta. It will decide Oklahoma's authority to prosecute some crimes on Native lands and is a follow up to the landmark 2020 McGirt decision. ICT reporter and producer Kolby KickingWoman, Blackfeet and A'aniih, has been following the case

St. Mary's Indian School is a place tied with history to ICT's national correspondent Mary Annette Pember. The school once operated on the Bad River Ojibwe reservation in Wisconsin. It was the school her mother attended. Pember shares more on this place.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • Native leaders advocated for Native voices at a conference in Canada last week. 

  • A new course on the Indigenous history of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is confronting the school’s complicated legacy.

  • Last week in Las Vegas, Nevada, a California tribe became the first Indigenous nation to own and operate a casino in the gambling capital of the world.

  • The first Native American U.S. poet laureate is celebrating the end of her third term at the Library of Congress. 


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