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Making 'Molly of Denali' as 'authentic as possible'

The award-winning PBS KIDS show 'Molly of Denali' has some talented Indigenous people working behind the scenes. We visit with some of its creative producers. Plus, an Alaska Native podcaster gives us insight on her journey

When "Molly of Denali" first aired in 2019, it became the first cartoon series to feature an Alaska Native character as the lead. For many, the show has taken on a bigger meaning while showcasing the life of Alaska's first people to children everywhere. Princess Johnson is a producer and cultural advisor on the show. Yatibaey Evans is a creative producer. They tell us more about Molly and her friends.

Alice Glenn is the award-winning host of podcast "The Coffee & Quaq." The show started as a way to share the modern-day lives of Alaska Natives living in rural and urban areas. Glenn shares her journey.

A slice of our Indigenous world:

  • A federal investigation is being launched after Nooksack citizens in Washington state are being threatened to be removed from their homes.
  • The "Indigenous Futures Survey" aims to document the feelings and challenges of Native people living today. 
  • In Pennsylvania, 15 historical items are being returned after being taken for almost a century.
  • A new food sovereignty documentary is highlighting three Indigenous women in Arizona.

  • Indigenous Santa made a stop on his sleigh to visit with Native children at the First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City before delivering his presents this year. 

You can find more details about these headlines at the top of Tuesday's show. Thanks for watching! 

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