Fiery Stories in Indian Country


Zahn McClarnon, Hunkpapa Lakota

Zahn McClarnon is an award-winning actor who has starred in over 80 film and television productions. He recently stole the hearts of many for his role in “Reservation Dogs.” He also stars in “The Last Manhunt” with Jason Momoa.

FEBRUARY 2022: Washington State Rep. Debra Lekanoff, Tlingt, and Aleut introduces bills in the state Legislature to address the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous parents.  (Photo courtesy of Lekanoff)

Rep. Debra Lekanoff, Tlingit & Aleut

Debra Lekanoff, a Tlingit and Aleut citizen, is the only Indigenous person currently serving in her state legislature. We discuss with her two bills that would address the current crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

John Tahsuda III, Kiowa

John Tahsuda III, Kiowa

To help us understand this complex issue surrounding the Nooksack Tribe deregistration of 306 tribal citizens, John Tahsuda III. He is the former Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs.

FEBRUARY 2022: David Barland-Liles was hired by the National Park Service on January 31, 2022 as the first full-time investigator of the hallmark law, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.  (Photo courtesy of Barland-Liles)

David Barland Liles, NAGPRA Investigator

Also on the show is David Barland-Liles, the first-ever Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act investigator. The law requires museums and federal agencies to identify Indigenous human remains and other objects of cultural significance and then return them to tribal nations. NAGPRA has gone over 3 decades without an investigator so far.

Voice of Pejuhutaziz - Teresa Peterson & Walter "Great" LaBatte, Jr. COURTESY Minnesota Historical Society Press

Vocals by Pejuhutaziz, writers Teresa Peterson and Walter “Super” LaBatte, Jr.

‘Voices from Pejuhutazizi’ is a new book by Teresa Peterson and her uncle Walter “Super” LaBatte, Jr. It combines Dakota legends and oral histories. Pioneer PBS in Granite Falls, Minnesota shares this story.

  • A new report from the Brookings Institution says Indigenous peoples are being left behind in this economy.
  • The Department of the Interior rejects North Dakota’s claim to the Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation minerals.
  • Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a virtual Indigenous friends of speed the event takes place on February 13.

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