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Joey Montoya: 'You are on Native Land'

Urban Native Era's products are hitting the shelves of a major retailer. Plus, Diné reporter Alastair Bitsoi is updating us on tribal relations in Utah
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Joey Montoya, Lipan Apache, created the brand Urban Native Era in 2012. The company is best known for its hats, t-shirts, socks and stickers that include the phrase, “You are on Native land.” Last week, major retailer REI announced it will sell Urban Native Era’s products in 40 stores around the country. 

Utah is home to eight federally recognized tribal nations and there are more than 41,000 Native people living in the state. Alastair Bitsoi, Diné, is a reporter at the Salt Lake Tribune. He recently took a deep dive into tribal relations in the state.

An Indigenous North Carolina state representative is starting the new year off by running for national office. Charles Graham, Lumbee, is running for Congress with a reminder of how his tribe stood up to racism. Kaitlin Onawa Boysel has his story and more behind his viral campaign video. 

A slice of our Indigenous world 

  • In Arizona, a Navajo citizen is being appointed to serve in the state’s legislative body.
  • The annual Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day will be returning in person at the Arizona state capitol. 

  • In Bolivia, vaccination requirements are forcing the country’s second in command to his COVID vaccine.

  • An Indigenous North Carolina representative is starting the new year off by running for national office. 

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