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WASHINGTON — Here is this week's roundup of news and policy updates from Washington, D.C. that affect Indian Country. 

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OJ Seanans, Sr. (Sicangu Oyate) joined Native Native News Online's publisher and editor Levi Rickert (Potawatomi) on Friday's edition of Native Bidaské. The two discusssed the importance of the Native vote in the upcoming 2022 midterm elections on November 8, 2022

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WASHINGTON — Leaders of the Native American Church of North America (NACNA) are meeting on Capitol Hill this week to discuss continued protections of American Indian religious freedom, particularly the protection of peyote habitat.

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The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which develops and executes the president’s budget, announced it has appointed Elizabeth Carr (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians) to the new permanent Tribal Policy Advisor position.

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This week’s Tribal Business News Round-Up includes details of the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts partnering with a Native-owned blockchain registry to protect Indigenous artists from fraud.

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South Dakota voters will benefit from a court settlement reached between state officials and two tribal nations that resolves a lawsuit challenging the state’s numerous violations of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).

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WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, Sept. 1, members of the Department of the Interior will testify before two House Natural Resources Subcommittees to highlight the Department’s commitment to strengthening Indian Country.
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WASHINGTON – The National Congress of American Indians announced today that it has elevated Larry Wright, Jr. (Ponca Tribe of Nebraska) to the post of executive director for the national advocacy group.  

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WASHINGTON — Federal officials have renamed nearly 650 sites across the country as part of an initiative to remove the ethnic slur “sq__” from federal lands.