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Sue-Meg name restoration: a 'healing effort'

The name of a California state park was recently restored to its Yurok name. We hear from a community organizer who worked on this initiative. Plus an update on what's happening in Washington

Skip Lowry is a Yurok descendant and community organizer. He worked on an initiative to restore the name of a California state park called Sue-Meg. It was previously named Patrick's Point. That name honored a homesteader who lived in the 1800s and is believed to have murdered Native people. Last week, the a California commission, voted unanimously to restore the park's name. It is located 300 miles north of Sacramento. 

Holly Cook Macarro, Red Lake Ojibwe, is a regular contributor to our show. She’s a partner at Spirit Rock Consulting. Holly has worked for tribal nations for more than 20 years and she’s a regular guest commentator on our program.

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