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An update on Native candidates

On the Wednesday edition of the ICT Newscast, the midterm elections are less than two weeks away. Another Kansas lawmaker tells us why she is retiring from office after more than a decade of service. Maegan Rides At The Door talks to us about healing from childhood trauma
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Kansas state Rep. Ponka-We Victors-Cozad was first elected to office in 2011. For nearly a decade, she was the only Native lawmaker in the state. She is not seeking reelection. We learn why. 

This week the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children is hosting a two-hour Zoom hearing to address childhood trauma. The effort’s hope is to help tribes create programs to better respond to this issue. One of the panelists is Maegan Rides At The Door, the director of the National Native Children's Trauma Center at the University of Montana.

Election Day is less than two weeks away. We reported in Wednesday's newscast about the 11 Indigenous candidates running for seats in the U.S. Congress. Holly Cook Macarro reflects on what these races mean to Native people is. She’s Red Lake Ojibwe and a partner with Spirit Rock Consulting.

A slice of our Indigenous world 

  • There are 11 Indigenous candidates running for seats in the U.S. Congress. In Hawai’i, Republican and Native Hawaiian candidate Joe Akana is running to become one of the state’s two members of the U.S. House. In Oklahoma, Chickasaw citizen Tom Cole is running for reelection as a Republican. He has been in that position since 2003. Ho-Chunk citizen Sharice Davids is also running for reelection as a Democrat representing Kansas. She is seeking a third term in the U.S. House.

  • In Virginia, Democrat and Comanche citizen Taysha DeVaughan is running to be elected to Congress for the first time. Lumbee citizen and Democrat Charles Graham is hoping to be elected to the U.S. Congress for the first time as well in North Carolina. In Wyoming, Democrat Lynette Grey Bull is hoping to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. She is Northern Arapaho and Hunkpapa Lakota. In New Mexico, Republican and Cherokee citizen Yvette Herrell is running for reelection as a member of the U.S. House.
     

  • Democrat Mercedes Krause, who is Oglala Lakota, is running to be elected to Congress for the first time from Nevada. In Oklahoma, Congressman Markwayne Mullin is running to be elected to the U.S. Senate. This is notable because there hasn’t been a Native person to serve in this body since Ben Nighthorse Campbell in 2005. In Alaska, Rep. Mary Peltola, Yu’pik, is hoping to be elected to a full term in the U.S. House. She is running as a Democrat. And in California, Republican John Mark Porter is running to be elected to Congress for the first time. He is Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone.
     

  • Three suspects were arrested for a shooting that killed two and left a tribal officer injured in Washington state. Colville citizen Robin Redstar was shot in the arm after pursuing suspects in a nearby shooting in the city of Keller, which is one of the tribe’s residential communities.
     

  • A community college in the Blood Tribe’s territory is teaching job skills and Blackfoot culture. APTN’s Chris Stewart has the story.

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