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A flurry of legal decisions

Supreme Court cases that impact Indian Country. Plus, a Navajo lawmaker in Kansas, and changes to Canada’s child welfare system

In 2022, we will hear a flurry of decisions in the U.S. Supreme Court that will involve Federal Indian Law. In other circuit courts, there are also major decisions and cases to look for that involve Native people. 

Joining us is Cherokee Nation citizen Stacy Leeds who is a professor of law at Arizona State University. Leeds was the first woman to serve on the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court. 

Overhauling the Canadian Child Welfare System will soon be underway, thanks in part to First Nations woman Cindy Blackstock. Earlier this month, the Canadian government announced it will pay $31.5 billion to fix the nation’s child welfare system. Writer and producer Miles Morrisseau has been covering this topic and he joins the show with more background.

Christina Haswood, Navajo, beat out two other Democrats and faces no Republican candidate to represent District 10 in Kansas' House of Representatives. (Photo courtesy of Haswood campaign)

It has been one year since Navajo citizen Christina Haswood was sworn into office to represent district 10 in the Kansas state legislature. She was elected into office at age 26. Since she’s been elected, this Indigenous woman has advocated for change in Native communities. She joins the show to reflect on her first year in office — and to tell us if she will seek reelection.

  • As COVID-19 cases surge, the Biden administration is working to ramp up testing. 
  • New leadership is being announced at the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition. 
  • On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held a roundtable discussion between tribal leaders and U.S. Senators to collect insight on how to improve broadband services. 
  • In Phoenix, Arizona a new art space, founded by Indigenous women, is focused on building community.

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