A busy year for the Muscogee

We visit the principal chief as well as the ambassador of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation to see how the tribe is doing. Plus, more on the meeting this week between the vice president and tribal leaders.

David Hill was elected to serve as the principal chief of the Muscogee Creek Nation in 2019. That same year his Nation took its fight to protect it's sovereignty all the way to the Supreme Court and won. The McGirt v. Oklahoma decision the summer of 2020 was a groundbreaking triumph for all of Indian Country. The court held that the land the Muscogee Creek Nation was guaranteed in exchange for leaving their ancestral home remains a reservation today.

Jonodev Chaudhuri has practiced law for more than 15 years, primarily in private practice representing tribal nations and commercial entities. Additionally, Ambassador Chaudhuri served as a judge on five different tribal courts, including serving as Chief Justice of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Supreme Court. Chaudhuri’s professional background also includes service as a community organizer, adjunct professor, public defender, legal services director, and author. 

ICT’s managing editor Jourdan Bennett-Begaye was at the White House this week where the vice president met with tribal leaders about voting rights. There are a number of challenges tribes face in this coming election with increased voting restrictions in a number of states. 

Native Tribes in Alaska also face a certain amount of stereotypes. But here’s a story that goes beyond that. And some might say, beyond belief! But the Alaska Native games serve a purpose and have been adapted for centuries. Drea Yazzie reports.

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • An Indigenous person could be the city of Seattle’s next mayor.
  • Mary Simon is now officially Canada's 30th Governor General, and the first Indigenous person to hold the role. 
  • In California, water protector’s are teaching the youth about Yurok traditional and canoeing culture. 
  • Lawmakers are proposing a $6.7 billion plan to bring clean drinking water to Indian Country. 
  • Native owned and organically grown, that’s the motto of a new tequila company, Mark Trahant gives us a taste. 

Find more details on these stories at the top of today's show.

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Mark Trahant, Shoshone-Bannock, is editor of Indian Country Today. On Twitter: @TrahantReports Trahant is based in Phoenix. 

Patty Talahongva, Hopi, is executive producer of Indian Country Today. Follow her on Twitter: @WiteSpider.

Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, Diné, is the managing editor for Indian Country Today. On Twitter: @jourdanbb Bennett-Begaye is based in Washington, D.C.

Drea Yazzie, Diné, is a producer/editor for Indian Country Today. On Twitter: @quindreayazzie Yazzie is based in Phoenix.

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