“Our decision to step down was heartbreaking”


Navajo citizen Ginger Sykes Torres hoped to be the first Native person elected to Congress from Arizona. That changed after a lawsuit was filed challenging his candidacy. The county determined she did not have enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. This prompted Torres to retire from the race. She joins the TV news to explain why.

Last week, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in Oklahoma vs. Castro-Huerta. It will decide Oklahoma’s authority to prosecute certain crimes on Indigenous lands and follows the landmark 2020 McGirt decision. ICT journalist and producer Kolby KickingWoman, Blackfeet and A’aniih, followed the case.

St. Mary’s Indian School is a location linked to the story of ICT national correspondent Mary Annette Pember. The school once operated on the Bad River Ojibwe Reservation in Wisconsin. It was the school his mother attended. Pember shares more about this place.

A Slice of Our Indigenous World

  • Indigenous leaders championed indigenous voices at a conference in Canada last week.

  • A new Native history course from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology confronts the school’s complex heritage.

  • Last week in Las Vegas, Nevada, a California tribe became the first Indigenous nation to own and operate a casino in the gambling capital of the world.

  • The first Native American Poet Laureate celebrates the end of her third term at the Library of Congress.

Aliyah Chavez, Kewa Pueblo, is the presenter of the ICT newscast. On Twitter: @aliyahjchavez.

R. Vincent Moniz, Jr., NuÉta, is a producer of the television news ICT. Do you have a great story to share? Submit it to [email protected] Moniz is based in a bunker in Bismarck.

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

Kaitlin Onawa Boysel, Cherokee, is a producer/reporter for Indian Country Today. On Instagram: @KaitlinBoysel Boysel is based in Springfield, Illinois.

Mary Grace Pewewardy, Hopi/Comanche/Kiowa, is an Indian Country Today intern. On Instagram: @mgpewewardy. Pewewardy is based in Phoenix and enjoys playing video games.

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