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'It's been a pleasure to watch Indian Country evolve'

Richard Trudell reflects on his 40-year law career working to make Native communities better. Plus, politics with John Tahsuda

When Richard Trudell was growing up he didn't picture himself going to law school. But he did. And when Trudell graduated, he estimated there were only a "handful" of Native attorneys in the country. That started his four decade career in law where he founded the American Indian Lawyer Training Progress and influenced major policy actions. The Santee Dakota citizen reflects on his 40 years of defending Native nations. 

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. He joins us today to talk about the "Build Back Better" legislation and more. 

A slice of our Indigenous world 

  • On Tuesday, President Joe Biden said the government will provide 500 million free rapid tests. It will also increase support for strained hospitals, and will double down on vaccination and boosting efforts. 
  • In South Dakota, the Oglala nation is dealing with the legacy of a former Indian Boarding School in its territory, R. Vincent Moniz, Jr. reports.
  • In Alaska, the Aleut community of St. Paul Island is proposing a new initiative called the Pribilof Islands Marine Ecosystem PRIME Initiative. 
  • PBS KIDS cartoon character Molly Mabray of "Molly of Denali" is inviting children to ring in the holidays with her.

You can find more details on these stories at the top of Wednesday's show. Thank you for watching!

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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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Mary Grace Pewewardy, Hopi/Comanche/Kiowa, is an intern at Indian Country Today. On Instagram: @mgpewewardy. Pewewardy is based in Phoenix, and enjoys playing video games. 

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