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On the Wednesday edition of the ICT Newscast, a Native candidate is on the ballot in Alaska’s special election next week. We learn the results of how Native candidates fared in Tuesday’s primary elections. Plus, more on the Inflation Reduction Act.
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Mary Peltola is a Yup’ik Eskimo, salmon advocate, and Democrat who represented the Bethel region in the Alaska House of Representatives for 10 years.

The Senate has sent the Inflation Reduction Act over to the House of Representatives. Early indications don’t show much hope of Republicans crossing the aisle to support this legislation. John Tahsuda joins us with a prediction on what action the house will take.

Tuesday’s primary results in Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin are in. ICT’s Pauly Denetclaw has an update on Minnesota — home to seven Anishinaabe reservations and four Dakota communities. 

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • The National Park Service announced it will give $2.1 million in grants to assist in the return of ancestral remains and cultural artifacts. This comes as part of the hallmark law: the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, also known as NAGPRA. 
  • The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced $841,000 in housing grants for Native veterans. These grants are going to three entities to help 45 Native veterans experiencing homelessness.
  • In Washington State, a special task force has issued its first report on how to combat the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and people. The 25-member task force issued ten recommendations to the governor and the state’s legislature. 
  • Indigenous boxing champion and actor Kali Reis has just been cast in one of the lead roles for the upcoming season of HBO's "True Detective." When Reis first won the World Boxing Association’s 140-pound belt last November, ICT's Carina Dominguez covered the action.

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