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NMAI's history-making director

We meet the new director of the National Museum of the American Indian. The Cherokee Nation has a new incentive program for filmmakers. Plus, some citizens of the Crow Tribe want to hunt big game off their reservation
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Cynthia Chavez Lamar, San Felipe Pueblo, is the next director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. She is the first woman to hold this position and joins us to talk about her future plans for the institution. 

The Cherokee Nation announced a $1 million program that will provide incentives for filmmakers to shoot movies on tribal land. Jennifer Loren, the leader and director of the program, tells us more about this first-of-its kind opportunity for her tribe. 

ICT and Underscore reporter Chris Aadland tells us more about Crow citizens who want to hunt big game off their reservation land. Aadland shares the legal battles and pending legislation preventing the hunters from doing so. 

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