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Pueblo of Acoma sticks together

Acoma Pueblo Gov. Brian Vallo tells us how the tribe handled COVID-19. Plus, what will the Interior Department’s investigation into American boarding schools reveal?

There are 19 pueblos in the state of New Mexico. In the western part of the state is the Pueblo of Acoma. In 2019, Brian Vallo was appointed governor of Acoma Pueblo. Before that he served as the director of the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe. He joins today to talk COVID-19 recovery and the latest happenings in the community.

ICT correspondent Mary Annette Pember is working on a new story about the boarding schools and although there are many similarities between the Indian residential school system in Canada and the Indian boarding school era in the states, there are several important differences. 

Plus, popular travel destinations like Hawaii saw massive declines of tourists last year due to COVID-19. Now the islands have opened back up and Native Hawaiians say they're feeling the effects of tourists on their homelands. Aliyah Chavez has more.  

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You'll find more details on these stories at the top of today's show

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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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