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The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Wednesday on the most significant challenge to a law that gives preference to Native families in foster care and adoption proceedings of Native children. The outcome could undercut the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act, which was enacted in response to the alarming rate at which Native and Alaska Native children were taken from their homes by public and private agencies. 

The White House has issued an official Proclamation on Native American Heritage Month, noting that “during National Native American Heritage Month, we celebrate Indigenous peoples past and present and rededicate ourselves to honoring Tribal sovereignty, promoting Tribal self-determination, and upholding the United States’ solemn trust and treaty responsibilities to Tribal Nations.”

The number of Indigenous candidates who run for office continues to grow every cycle with 2018 being the year the nation saw the first Indigenous women go to Congress, and an even greater number running in 2020. Now, Indian Country Today has compiled a database of Indigenous candidates on the ballot in 2022– totaling at least 140 candidates across the country. 

Keep reading for a full news update. 


Native Child Welfare Law Faces Major Supreme Court Challenge

AP News, Felicia Fonseca, November 7

For Native Americans, A 1978 Adoption Law Protects Children. Critics See A Racial Preference.

USA Today, John Fritze, November 7

Supreme Court’s ‘Sleeper’ Case Is Major Clash Over Native American Adoptions

The Hill, John Kruze, November 5

High Court To Hear Water Dispute Between Navajo, Government

AP News, November 4

Hoopa Valley Tribe Sues Us Over California Water Contracts

AP News, Kathleen Ronayne, October 31


Brooklyn Bridge Fills With Support For MMIP

Native News Online, November 3

Native American Heritage Month

ABC News Anchor Refers To Indigenous People As “Creatures” In Reference To Native American Heritage Month

Native News Online, Darren Thompson, November 4

Google Doodle Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

Chrome Unboxed, November 1

A Proclamation On National Native American Heritage Month, 2022

The White House, October 31


140+ Indigenous Candidates Ran For Office In 2022

Indian Country Today, Pauly Denetclaw, November 3

7 Indigenous Women To Sit On Arizona Bench

Indian Country Today, Carina Dominguez, November 3

Navajo Presidential Hopefuls Represent Change Or Continuity

Felicia Fonseca, October 31


Massachusetts Museum Returns Sacred Artifacts, Remains To Sioux Tribes

USA Today, Trent Abrego, November 6

Report Shows How North And South Carolina Native Americans Can Improve Economic Resiliency

WCAC, Jane Monreal, November 6

The Sacheen Littlefeather Controversy Highlights A Debate Over What It Means To Be Native American

CNN, Harmeet Kaur, November 5

Native Comics Get Graphic With New Convention And Spider-Man Release

Indian Country Today, Sandra Hale Schulman, November 5

Boise State University Provides Scholarships for Idaho Tribal Citizens

Native News Online, November 5

In A First, U.S. Pays Tribes To Move Away From Climate Threats

The New York Times, Christopher Flavelle, November 4

USDA Rural Development Observes Native American Heritage Month

USDA, November 1

Tribe Seeks To Adapt As Climate Change Alters Ancestral Home

AP News, Tammy Webber, November 1