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Voter access examined

On the Wednesday edition of the ICT Newscast, more than $1 million will be gifted to 16 groups from the Indigenous Earth Fund. The only Indigenous county recorder in Arizona talks about voter intimidation. We take a closer look at Oklahomans running for office
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The Decolonizing Wealth Project Fund and Liberated Capital is awarding more than $1 million to 16 Indigenous-led organization. This is the first group of grantees for the Indigenous Earth Fund. Edgar Villanueva is the founder of the project and the author of the best-selling book “Decolonizing Wealth.”

With just days to go before the midterm elections, some voting officials are dealing with a lot of animosity. In Arizona, the largest county in the state, Phoenix voters complained of being intimidated when they started dropping off their ballots in October. Early Voting in Arizona started Oct. 12. In Tucson, the Pima County recorder is a citizen of the Tohono O'odham Nation. Gabriella Cázares-Kelly is the first Native to hold an elected office in Pima County.

There’s a number of Native people running for state and federal office in Oklahoma – Including Cherokee citizen Kevin Stitt, who wants another term as governor. Navigators Global partner John Tahsuda joins with his predictions. He’s Kiowa from Oklahoma.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • After three years, the largest gathering for Native people in Alaska returned at the end of October. The Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention brought in thousands of delegates and participants across the state to address critical issues of public policy and government for the Alaska Native community. ICT’s McKenzie Allen-Charmley was there.
  • In California, tribes are reacting to an out-of-state corporate online sports betting measure. The Age-Verified Tribal Online and In-Person Sports Wagering Regulatory Act or Proposition 27 is highly opposed by California tribes. The tribes’ position is that Prop 27’s real motive is generating corporate profits to send out of California.
  • Indian Health Service is expanding its services to meet the needs of Indigenous patients. IHS is increasing access to telehealth across its federal facilities for American Indian and Alaska Natives. This platform will be available for multiple devices and allows televideo visits in places with low broadband availability.
  • In Australia, a collection of story books is helping to tell tales of Indigenous culture. Early childhood years are important to a child's development, but you can't be what you can't see. Reading material that tells the stories of Australia's Indigenous communities have been hard to find. The Our Yarning Initiative is changing that.
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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