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Education to entertainment: Changes in 2021

Students in North Dakota are now required to learn Native history. Native college students in Nevada get free tuition for in-state colleges. 2021 brought that and other major changes this year

Students in North Dakota public schools are now required to learn the history of tribes thanks to a bill authored by state Rep. Ruth Buffalo. She explains the curriculum and when it went into effect.

Educational change also came to the state of Nevada. Students from tribes in Nevada are able to attend a state university tuition free. Besides this change, the state removed the so-called "sundown sirens." These audible signals were reminders of the past when all Natives were supposed to leave town once the sun went down.

This law, left over from the 1800s, was removed by the governor. Stacey Montooth, the executive director of the Nevada Indian Commission, staged the signing at the historic Stewart Indian School.

Hollywood also saw some changes that started to brew in 1973. Sacheen Littlefeather refused the Oscar award for Best Actor on behalf of actor Marlon Brando. Brando wanted to bring attention to the mistreatment of Native people.

Today, Native writers and actors are seeing a burst of success with the launch of “Rutherford Falls” and “Reservation Dogs.” Both series have been renewed for a second season in 2022. Jana Schmieding, who is in both series, joins us to talk about her experiences. 

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