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Paige Bethmann: 'Our goal together was to bring awareness'

Epidemiologist Dean Seneca gives important updates on the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Plus, Paige Bethmann tells us about her upcoming documentary called 'Remaining Native'
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Epidemiologist Dean Seneca first joined our newscast when the coronavirus pandemic ramped up in 2020. He's back to give important updates about the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Seneca is the founder of the company Seneca Scientific Solutions and professor at the University of Buffalo. He teaches about Indigenous health disparities and improving access to quality healthcare.

Paige Bethmann is a Haudenosaunee director and producer, based in New York City. Over the last 10 years, she has worked in non-fiction television. Paige is now using her talents to direct her first feature-length documentary called “Remaining Native.” It explores the legacy and impacts of Indian boarding schools that existed in the United States for over 150 years. 

A slice of our Indigenous world

  • Children, ages 12 to 15, are now eligible for a booster shot from drug-maker Pfizer.
  • Tribal leaders in New Mexico are asking to be consulted before the U.S. government finishes its plans to build an electricity line through its sacred landscapes.

  • In Washington state, the Squaxin Island Tribe is getting some of its land back.

  •  The Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center was lost during a string of early morning fires last week in South Dakota.

  • A first nations hockey player is making history in her profession.

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