Native American Rights Fund, Wisconsin Supreme Court, Katie Thorson discussed on Native America Calling


This is national native news. I'm Antonio Gonzalez. Organization supporting Native Americans right to vote are working to educate people about the upcoming Wisconsin Supreme Court election. Katie thorson reports, abortion access, voting districts, and voting rights are likely to come before the Wisconsin Supreme Court in the coming years. And while those issues impact everyone, they're more likely to disproportionately affect Native American communities, says Native American rights fund staff attorney Allison nest would. But she stresses that doesn't mean that all native people feel the same way about each issue. But it means that they should have the same voice that other Americans or other wisconsinites have in selecting who makes the decision on those issues. To that end, the Native American rights fund and the Wisconsin native vote program are working to educate Native Americans on the Supreme Court. What's at stake and making sure they know they're voting rights. Ness wood is focused on educating people on the judicial system itself, like the oath Wisconsin judges take to administer justice with respect to persons, or essentially the concept of justice is blind. And this is a great concept, but it's not always in line with how communities experience the court system. And so a couple of examples of that evidence shows that even among people who commit crimes of similar severity, people of color are receiving longer sentences more jail time than white folks. Wisconsin native vote manager D suite wants to make sure Native Americans have all the information they need to make an educated vote. She says things like minimal or lack of broadband connectivity and rural reservations can be another barrier for Native Americans to exercise their right to vote. I'm not saying that they're left out of modern day society and the technology, they just don't have the kind of broadband or the kind of technology to support that. The Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice election is April 4th. I'm Katie thorson reporting. The U.S. interior department recently unveiled plans to bolster the number of wild bison herds across their native grasslands. Aaron Bolton has more. U.S. interior secretary Deb haaland announced the formation of a federal working group that will outline how the federal government can help tribes and conservation groups bolster herd numbers and gain training to manage herds. Holland also announced a $25 million investment to establish new herds, fund tribal bison transfers and co management of herds with tribes. The department currently manages 11,000 bison on public lands across 12 states, four national native news, Aaron Bolton. Tribal college and university students from across the country are preparing to take home awards after three days of competing in more than 20 events, including archery speech, chess, and hand games, more than 1000 people gathered in Albuquerque, New Mexico this week for the 2023 American Indian higher education consortium conference. Student Joanna Cooley from Saginaw chippewa tribal college in Michigan spend time Monday presenting her scientific poster before judges students and other ahec attendees. Cooley says her poster describes how to decolonize diets and teach people how to preserve food from their gardens. So along with the gardening, we're also doing food preservation workshops and classes. We have a full state of the art mobile food preservation kitchen that will be on site this spring. So that community members and students can harvest their vegetables and go straight into the classroom and learn how to preserve them themselves. Cooley worked on her poster for about four to 6 weeks, awards will be given out Tuesday night. There are more than 30 tribal colleges and universities across the country. I'm Antonia Gonzalez.

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