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Her message was to continue to live by the values she taught and to speak of it, said her grandson

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Chairman Matthew Wesaw talks to us about governing one band in two states. Plus Stuart Huntington uncovers more than just the history of one South Dakota Boarding School.

Native Vote is a nonpartisan campaign initiated by the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). It is designed to encourage American Indian and Alaska Native people to exercise their right to vote. With the heightened political participation of Native people, Indian Country has become an increasingly powerful voting bloc. 

The right to vote is considered a fundamental right within our democracy; however, for Native Americans, the fight to obtain voting rights is couched in a long history of racism and struggle.

This will be an election like none other, but rest assured, it will go on. Thankfully, our democracy is resilient. We’ve held elections in wartime, during the Great Depression, and amidst the 2018 flu pandemic. We can do this! We will do this. However, central to holding

The tribe's chief accuses Superintendent William McKee Jr. of being inconsistent and unprofessional

Stories we're following: Resignation follows release of recorded comments on proposed Alaska mine, Indigenous leaders among Time’s 100 most influential, Washington court rules on Indian Child Welfare Act, and more

'We are dealing with a company that has lied to everyone’

Chef Brian Yazzie tells us how his group's effort in Minneapolis, Minnesota is going. Plus we'll check in with Patricia Whitefoot who is working to make sure the Yakama people are all counted in the Census.

Brett Hankison charged with three counts of wanton endangerment * This story has been updated

Rudy Soto, Shoshone-Bannock, is a candidate for Congress in Idaho's first congressional district #NativeVote20

Stories we're following: Bills on missing and murdered Indigenous head to president, U.S. COVID-19 rate hits new high, changing rules leave tribes struggling to spend COVID-19 relief funds, and more

‘We’re almost afraid to use the money because we don't want to have to pay it back’

‘Missing and murdered Indigenous women are no longer invisible’ now that Savanna’s Act and the Not Invisible Act have passed Congress

'Native American voters don’t have the same opportunity to vote by mail that other voters in Arizona have'

Three women from the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nations work to raise voter awareness; plus Mary Annette Pember gives us the latest from tribes participating in COVID-19 vaccine trials

Angela McCarthy, a descendant of Chief Satanta, died last week in Oklahoma City

Native sleuths uncover legal details that could lead to long-awaited resolution over boarding school property

Stories we're following: Dr. Anthony Fauci and Navajo leaders discuss vaccine study at virtual meeting; Tuesday town hall focuses on importance of Native vote; and a rare Mescalero Apache basket goes on exhibit

Voting rights activist criticizes county recorder's letter to tribe as 'unprofessional, almost childlike'

Navajo citizens still leery of COVID-19 vaccine trials

Navajo citizens still leery of COVID-19 vaccine trials

Hopi Federal Judge Diane Humetewa discusses the impact Ruth Bader Ginsburg had on tribal nations; National Correspondent Dalton Walker has the latest on TikTok and an Oneida cyclist

‘I'm a kid from a small town and I've had some great opportunities. But my goal has always been to work for our people.’

Remaining silent would make me complacent to the teachings I have been raised with and that I hope to instill in my children and my students

Governor's office said the state Supreme Court doesn't have the final say, adding that a federal court will decide

News we’re talking about today, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, including Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death; COVID-19 vaccine trials on two tribal nations; Mark Ruffalo wins first acting Emmy award and more

'My Native American culture is with me all the time' *This story originally appeared on

Neilson Powless, Oneida, is the first Native American to compete in race history

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TikTok won’t face the most drastic sanctions until after the Nov. 3 election, but WeChat users could feel the effects as early as Sunday

Tribal leaders praise the decision to participate in a vaccine trial but many citizens distrust the government’s process

Indigenous reactions of Justice Ginsburg’s death * This story has been updated

Former President Bill Clinton: "Ruth Bader Ginsburg does not need a seat on the Supreme Court to earn her place in the American history book ... she has already done that."

On the Indian Country Today newscast for Friday, September 18, 2020 is guest Dr. Lee Francis IV, Johnnie Jae and Weshoyot Alvitre

National Congress of American Indian's two-day event is the largest since its inception


The Census has long failed to accurately tally populations in Indian Country; COVID-19 is hampering attempts to fix that. *This story originally appeared on

Is it respectful for family members to mislead or guide their own elders into political positions for their own purposes?

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More call for pause as US weighs New Mexico drilling plan

News we’re talking about today, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, including protests over First Nations lobster fishing in Nova Scotia; Finland’s return of Pueblo human remains; a court ruling on Oklahoma gaming compacts with two tribes; and more

The nation looks to spend $177 million before the end of the year

The prominent Musqueam leader fought for his aboriginal right to hunt and fish

On the Indian Country Today newscast for Thursday, September 17, 2020 is guest Melanie Moniz, followed by Indian Country Today reporter Kolby KickingWoman

Lawsuit says state of South Dakota failing to offer adequate voter registration services

News we’re talking about today, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020: FBI offers reward for info about SD slaying; Allegations surface of sterilization of women in migrant detention center; Indigenous controlled burns could help Californians; and more

Erin Tapahe, Diné, earns large TikTok following for her Native related videos