Recognizing the Strength of Indian Country


Halealoha Ayau, ‘Ōiwi

Earlier this month, Germany’s Ubersee museum began repatriating eight iwi kupuna, or Native Hawaiian ancestral remains. One of the delegates who traveled to Bremen was Halealoha Ayau from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. He tells us about effort.

Evan Tlesla II Adams, an actor and Coast Salish physician from the Sliammon Band near Powell River, British Columbia, Canada, will be the keynote speaker at the AISES national conference.

Evan Tlesla II Adams, an actor and Coast Salish physician from the Sliammon Band near Powell River, British Columbia, Canada, will be the keynote speaker at the AISES national conference.

In Canada, Dr. Evan Adams is in the running to become president of the Canadian Medical Association. In 2002, Evan Adams graduated from medical school to begin his career as a doctor. But at that time, most people knew him as Thomas Builds-The-Fire, a character he played in the 1998 movie “Smoke Signals.”

In Phoenix, the basketball arena was bustling this past weekend. The game was streamed in Navajo and Apache. Reporting by Patty Talahongva of ICT.

Sheri Foster Blake, Cherokee

Sheri Foster Blake, Cherokee

We’re celebrating Women’s History Month by taking you to California, where Cherokee citizen Sheri Foster Blake shares some special moments during her Hollywood career. She is an actress with a long list of credits to her name, including the very funny series “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidyouon Netflix and TNT’s “Crazy Horse” where she starred alongside Michael Greyeyes.

Courtesy: NICWA

Sarah Kastelic, Alutiiq

Dan Lewerenz, Tribe of Iowa Courtesy of NARF

Dan Lewerenz, Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear Texas vs Haaland, a case likely to overturn India’s Child Welfare Act. Sarah Kastelic, a citizen of Alutiiq, is the executive director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association and she tells us more about this case. Dan Lewerenz, a citizen of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, is an attorney with the Native American Rights Fund. Lewerenz explains how a potential new Supreme Court justice could impact the outcome.

Leya Hale, of Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota and Diné Nations, is a producer for Twin Cities PBS whose new documentary film, "Take her home," will premiere on February 22, 2022 at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, Montana.  (Photo courtesy of Vision Maker Media)

We also take a look at a clip from “Bring Her Home.” The documentary covers deeply emotional issues and is directed by Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota citizen and award-winning director Leya Hale.

Kamia Begay, Navajo

Kamia Begay, Navajo

A 13-year-old entrepreneur in Arizona unexpectedly discovered the art of soap making. Reports from Kalle Benallie of ICT.

  • South Dakota lawmakers missed an opportunity to fund schools structured around Oceti Sakowin language and culture.
  • In Seattle, Washington, a newly constructed residential complex provides housing for homeless natives.
  • Marvel Comics apologizes for its portrayal and appearance of Pocahontas.
  • A Navajo family started an outdoor art market where Native artists could sell their creations. Reporting by Patty Talahongva.

Find more details about these stories at the top of today’s show.

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