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Sports betting in California

More from an organization strengthening Indigenous governance, And how California's online sports betting measure will affect tribes. Plus, remembering one of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers
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An organization founded in 2016 is dedicated to strengthening Indigenous governance and leadership development resources in Minnesota and North and South Dakota. Wayne Ducheneaux II is its executive director and he joins us. He’s a former tribal council member from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, and a board member of ICT’s parent company, IndiJ Public Media.

A hot issue that's on the November ballot in California is Proposition 27, which would allow online sports betting. Daniel Salgado, the chairman of the Cahuilla Band of Indians, relates its implications for Native nations.

Samuel Sandoval has died at the age of 98. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943. Sandoval was one of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers – responsible for developing the unbreakable code used across the Pacific during World War II. Journalist Shondiin Silversmith wrote about this remarkable man and she joins us today.

A slice of our Indigenous world:

In South Dakota, after claims of prejudice, one tribal nation is suing a county for what they say is diluting the Native vote. The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe recently achieved a majority Native voter district for electing members of Lyman County’s Board of Commissioners.

In Montana a judge has found a new state election law is unconstitutional. In the case, plaintiffs have argued the bills make voting more difficult for young people, Native Americans, the elderly and those with disabilities.

The Battle for residential school records could be heading to Canada’s highest court. Survivors of the former Saint Anne’s residential school in Ontario have applied to the Supreme Court to have their case heard. APTN’s Fraser Needham has the latest.

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Shirley Sneve, Ponca/Sicangu Lakota, is vice president of broadcasting for Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter @rosebudshirley She’s 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 Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter: @WiteSpider.

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

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