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Redistricting in Indian Country

Redistricting is a process that happens every 10 years. We learn how it will impact the Native vote in future election cycles. Plus, who is Bearsun?

Redistricting happens every 10 years, following the collection of the U.S. Census. In places around the country, district lines are being redrawn based on population numbers. 

Ahtza Dawn Chavez, Kewa Pueblo and Diné, is the executive director of the Native American Voters Alliance, Education Project. She joins the newscast to talk about the national impact of redistricting in Indian Country. 

A popular Japanese anime-style teddy bear is walking through Native lands. Hear from Noel Smith, a reporter for the Farmington Daily Times who followed him through the Navajo Nation

(Related: Who is Bearsun?

Plus, a 17-year-old in Nevada ran 50 miles over the weekend to reenact his great grandfather's escape from Stewart Indian School.

A slice of our Indigenous world 

  • Voting access should be more equitable for Native communities, that’s the goal of the newly introduced Native American Voting Rights Act of 2021.
  • A state plan in Texas to monetize cultural sites where Indigenous people were murdered and displaced is sparking a backlash.
  • A new initiative based in New York is supporting Indigenous people with space and thousands of dollars in fellowship money.
  • An Australian woman is helping Indigenous communities across the state of Queensland revive ancient weaving practices.

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Mark Trahant, Shoshone-Bannock, is editor of Indian Country Today. On Twitter: @TrahantReports Trahant is based in Phoenix.

Patty Talahongva, Hopi, is executive producer of Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter: @WiteSpider.

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