Paulette Jordan won Tuesday night’s primary in the Idaho governor’s race, setting her up for a tough November election but with a shot at becoming the nation’s first Native American governor.

Jordan, a two-term state legislator, defeated multimillionaire and Boise school board member A.J. Balukoff. With 96 percent of precincts in, Jordan won more than 58 percent of the vote to Balukoff’s 40 percent.

She prevailed despite being significantly outspent and up against her party’s establishment.

Jordan will now face Lt. Gov. Brad Little in November. He won Tuesday night’s GOP primary with 37 percent of the vote. He defeated U.S. Rep. Raúl Labrador and real estate developer Tommy Ahlquist.

It is a long-shot bid for Jordan, 38. She’s running as a pro-LGBTQ rights, pro-marijuana legalization, pro-Medicaid expansion Democrat in a deeply red state. The last time Idaho elected a Democratic governor was in 1990.

Little, 64, has been lieutenant governor since 2009 and is the heir apparent to current Gov. Butch Otter (R), who decided not to run for another term. He is anti-abortion, opposes same-sex marriage and is not a fan of expanding Medicaid, though he said he would not repeal a Medicaid expansion initiative on the November ballot if it is passed by voters.

Jordan does have some advantages, namely that her candidacy is just plain exciting. She is a young woman of color running for a seat that a woman has never held in Idaho. An enrolled member of the Coeur d’Alene tribe, she would make history as the country’s first Native American governor. And her campaign comes at a time when Democrats are energized and flooding the polls nationwide in response to Donald Trump’s presidency.

Democratic turnout was off the charts in Tuesday’s elections. Precincts in and around Boise, a major hub of Democratic voters, actually ran out of ballots at one point. Statewide, Democratic turnout was more than double what it had been in the 2014 primary. That year, about 25,000 Democrats voted for a gubernatorial candidate. This time, more than 65,000 did.

Republican turnout was up in Idaho too, but not by as much as Democratic turnout. More than 155,000 Republicans voted for a gubernatorial candidate in 2014. This year, more than 191,000 did.

Jordan, who has deep roots in Idaho’s ranching culture, has some appeal among independents. A March poll by Idaho Politics Weekly found that 19 percent of independents said they liked Jordan best. That’s compared to 13 percent of independents saying they preferred Ahlquist and 12 percent saying they liked Labrador. Nine percent of independents said they preferred Little.

The same poll showed no clear front-runner in the general election. Among all voters, Jordan polled at 15 percent. Labrador and Ahlquist polled at 16 and 15 percent, respectively. Little polled at 11 percent.


Adorable little raccoon Yasha from the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don does not spend all his time washing stuff - he prefers social work.

His main task is to calm down canine patients before their visit to the vet, and he is definitely great at it!

His owner, veterinarian Alexei Krotov, who noticed how good Yasha was in communicating with dogs, surely values his little buddy's help. However, this fluffy employee is not over popular with the feline visitors to the clinic.

Doctors sometimes need an assistant who can help them do their work in the most efficient way. Turns out, Aleksei Krotov, a veterinarian from Rostov-on-Don, Russia, has one of the best. And yes, it’s a raccoon.

Taking care of a raccoon has always been Krotov’s dream, so after he became a vet he decided to get one. This is how Yasha came into his life – Aleksei and his wife bought him from horrible conditions where he was living in Krasnodar district, and took him home.

At first he lived with them, but later the family decided to move him to Aleksei’s clinic. This is when the doctor noticed his amazing ability to calm stressed and sick dogs that come for treatment.

For this Yasha became a local celebrity and sometimes people come just to visit this adorable raccoon. Cats don’t really like Yasha, but he is amazing with dogs – and they’re really lucky to have such a fluffy doctor.


The Hollywood Reporter is reporting Alaska Native actor Martin Sensmeier will play legendary Jim Thorpe in a new movie that will be produced by Angelina Jolie.

The new movie is called “Bright Path: The Jim Thorpe Story.”

Sensmeier, 32, was previously in “Wind River,” “The Magnificent Seven” and “Westworld.” Sensmeier (Athabaskan-Tlingit) is an ambassador for the Boys & Girls Club of America, based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Thorpe (Sac and Fox/Potawatomi) won two Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and the pentathlon in 1912. Thorpe went on to play Major League Baseball, professional football and eventually founded the organization that became the NFL. He has been dubbed the “greatest athlete who ever lived”

The filmmakers of “Bright Path: The Jim Thorpe Story” have teamed with several tribes, including the Tuolumne Band of Mewuk Indians, the Mohegan Tribe, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, the Tonto Apache Tribe and the Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria.

The involvement of the tribes from Indian Country includes financing and accuracy in the story.

“As Native Americans it is crucial that we tell our own stories. Thorpe’s is a vital one, and Bright Path will break barriers. For the first time, a major motion picture about a Native man, starring a Native man, will be made and released to a broad general audience. We couldn’t be prouder to be a part of it,” says Mohegan chairman Kevin Brown (“Red Eagle”).

Thorpe’s story was told in 1951’s “Jim Thorpe: All American,” which starred Burt Lancaster.


“We are humbled by and grateful for this honorable act. Pilamayaye to the donor for your respect and generosity,” said Buck in a statement released by the tribe.

 A sacred pipe sold at a Boston auction on Saturday for nearly $40,000 is being returned to Minnesota by the individual purchased it. On Monday afternoon, Prairie Island Tribal Council President Shelley Buck said that after the auction, her tribe learned that the buyer had purchased the pipe “for the sole purpose of returning it to the Dakota Oyate (people).”

Skinner’s website described the historic item as follows:

Fine Plains Catlinite Stem and Bowl, mid-19th century, catlinite pipe with lead inlay, both on the bowl and the stem, intricate pattern on stem with thunderbird at the mouthpiece, birds, small animals, and arrows with abstract designs taking up half the top space, small morning stars along the rest of the edges, an old paper label reads: “Indian pipe, Made by a Sioux Chief “White Dog”, who was hung at Mankato Minnesota in 1862 – It was presented as a peace offering to Lieut King by the chief while a prisoner in his…,” lg. of stem 17 3/4, lg. of bowl 8 in.

Provenance: A private Boston collection, has been in the same family since the 1880s.

Last week, Native News Online reported the Lower Sioux Indian Community was attempting to stop the sale of the pipe. The estimated price for the pipe was listed between $15,000 and $20,000.

However, on Saturday, Skinner, Inc. said the pipe was sold for $39,975, nearly twice its estimated value. The buyer has chosen to remain anonymous.

A clever dog has figured out a way to pay for treats that has the hearts of dog lovers melting into a puddle.

Negro is a dog in Colombia who lives on the campus of Diversified Technical Education Institute of Monterrey Casanare.

For the past five years, faculty make sure that Negro is fed and a place to sleep at night. But that hasn’t stopped this dog from coming up with his own special way to get treats that’s actually quite ingenious and almost human.

Negro discovered a store on campus that sells cookies and one day noticed that students were handing over pieces of green paper (money) in exchange for the tasty treats. So the clever dog found his own green pieces – leaves – which he promptly brought over to the stand to pay for his own cookie.

“He would go to the store and watch the children give money and receive something in exchange,” teacher Angela Garcia Bernal told The Dodo. “Then one day, spontaneous, he appeared with a leaf in his mouth, wagging his tail and letting it be known that he wanted a cookie.”

How could the shop keeper refuse? That’s all the reinforcement Negro needed and now he comes by every day, leaf in mouth.

“He comes for cookies every day,”store employee Gladys Barreto said. “He always pays with a leaf. It is his daily purchase.”

Now that’s one smart pup!