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Sequoyah: 'A story about triumph'

Sequoyah created a unique set of characters that developed the Cherokee syllabary. A new film takes a look at this legendary visionary. Plus, an update from Washington
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Sequoyah was born in the 1770s and is credited with creating the Cherokee language syllabary. A new film takes viewers on a journey about his life and the legacy he's left behind. "Searching for Sequoyah" was written and produced by LeAnne Howe, Choctaw. It was co-produced and narrated by Joshua Nelson, Cherokee. Howe and Nelson join our newscast to tell us more. 

John Tahsuda III, Kiowa, is a regular contributor to Indian Country Today's newscast. In 2002, he worked as the staff director for the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. He also is a former principal deputy assistant secretary for Indian Affairs and served in that position from 2017 to 2020. Currently, he is a partner at Navigators Global, a company that provides political services to several industries including tribes. 

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Mark Trahant, Shoshone-Bannock, is editor of Indian Country Today. On Twitter: @TrahantReports Trahant is based in Phoenix.

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