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Native candidates advance in primaries

On the Wednesday edition of the ICT Newscast, an insider’s look into Natives at Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook. Tuesday’s primary elections results – we break down which Native candidates won. And meet the makers of Mankiller: Activist, Feminist, Cherokee Chief
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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, formerly known as Facebook. 

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.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • The Navajo Nation, a matrilineal society, has never elected a woman to be president of one of the largest Indigenous nations in the country. Fifteen candidates are vying to be the next Navajo Nation president this election season.
  • The world premiere of “Reservation Dogs,” season two was held at the River Spirit Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma last weekend. Kaitlin Onawa Boysel was there.
  • In Mexico, Indigenous people are working to preserve dishes from their ancestors while competing with modern day foods. Around 50 chefs, restaurateurs and small traders took part in a pre-Hispanic food fair organized by Mexico City.
  • In Massachusetts, a group of Native student-athletes took the court to show off their skills.

  • The First Light Scholar Athlete program is in its pilot year, hosted by the Native Organizers Alliance.


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Shirley Sneve, Ponca/Sicangu Lakota, is vice president of broadcasting for Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter @rosebudshirley She’s based in Nebraska and Minnesota.

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Kaitlin Onawa Boysel, Cherokee, is a producer/reporter for Indian Country Today. On Instagram: @KaitlinBoysel Boysel is based in Springfield, Illinois.

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