Skip to main content

Voting rights on the table

On the Wednesday edition of the ICT Newscast, November’s midterm elections are around the corner. We are learning about voting rights lawsuits, and previewing next week’s National Voter Registration Day. Holly Cook Macarro is in Washington, D.C. for the week’s historic events
  • Author:
  • Publish date:

It wasn’t until the passage of the Snyder Act in 1924 that Native Americans were granted the right to vote. Nearly 100 years later, Indigenous people still face many obstacles to fully participating in elections. Derrick Beetso is the Director of Indian Gaming and Self-Governance at Arizona State University’s law school, and a board member of ICT’s parent company, IndiJ Public Media.

National Voter Registration Day is Sept. 20. This national campaign helps voters register, update their information and understand the voting process. With November’s midterm elections around the corner, there are some steps to make it an easy election day. Alexander Castillo-Nunez is the civic engagement coordinator with the Intertribal Council of Arizona.

It has been a busy week in Washington, D.C. with Native women making history left and right. ICT regular contributor Holly Cook Macarro joins us from the nation’s capital.

A Slice of our Indigenous World

  • Congresswoman Mary Peltola was officially sworn into office — making her the first Alaska Native ever elected to Congress. Peltola, who is Yupik, is the only representative Alaska has in the U.S. House of Representatives. She will be on the ballot again for November’s midterm elections where Alaskans will decide whether or not to elect her to a full two-year term in office.
  • There is soon-to-be a new space for Indigenous leaders at the Department of Homeland Security. Last week, the agency announced it has established its first-ever advisory council on Tribal Homeland Security. The purpose of this group is to give Native leaders a chance to advise the agency’s secretary on policies and practices that affect Native communities.
  • Last week, Indigenous people protested outside the Constitutional Court in Ecuador. Among the singing and dancing in Native languages, there were also cries for justice. Tribes say mining and oil companies are exploiting their resources.
  • Ku Stevens is honoring his great-grandfather once again in his second annual remembrance run. The run’s purpose is to honor the children who survived boarding schools, as well as the children who never returned home. ICT’s Sierra Alvarez has the story. 
Scroll to Continue

Read More


Today's newscast was created with work from:

Shirley Sneve, Ponca/Sicangu Lakota, is vice president of broadcasting for the ICT Newscast. Follow her on Twitter @rosebudshirley. She is based in Nebraska and Minnesota.

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

R. Vincent Moniz, Jr., NuÉta, is the senior producer of the ICT Newscast. Have a great story? Pitch it to

McKenzie Allen-Charmley, Dena’ina Athabaskan, is a producer of the ICT Newscast. On Twitter: @mallencharmley.

Patty Talahongva, Hopi, works for ICT. Follow her on Twitter: @WiteSpider.

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

Kaitlin Onawa Boysel, Cherokee, is a producer/ reporter for ICT. On Instagram: @KaitlinBoysel.

Drea Yazzie, Diné, is a producer/editor for the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @quindreayazzie Yazzie is based in Phoenix.

Sierra Alvarez, Navajo, is an intern for the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @sierraealvarez.

Pacey Smith Garcia, Ute, is an intern for the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @paceyjournalist

Indian Country Today is a nonprofit news organization. Will you support our work? All of our content is free. There are no subscriptions or costs. And we have hired more Native journalists in the past year than any news organization ─ and with your help we will continue to grow and create career paths for our people. Support Indian Country Today for as little as $10.