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A new year, a new 'lens'

Tribal Chairman Jordan Dresser looks ahead with what to expect this year while photojournalist Tailyr Irvine has her lens set on recruiting more Indigenous photographers

Looking ahead and seeing what 2022 will bring to the Northern Arapaho Tribe, Chairman Jordan Dresser says while they will still be dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, there are good projects to complete with extra funding.

This new year could see better internet service for his tribe. This is a troubling area the pandemic exposed in Indian Country. Dresser is also looking ahead to the findings of the Interior Department’s investigation into U.S. run boarding schools.

For 2022, Tailyr Irvine is expanding her already impressive portfolio. She's a photojournalist who has covered assignments for the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, the Smithsonian, HuffPost, Buzzfeed and High Country News.

She also has a project with National Geographic. Irvine is the co-founder of Indigenous Photograph. The organization's goal is to increase the number of Indigenous photographers who can document the stories of their own communities. 

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