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Leading the way during a pandemic

Native leaders are charting their own paths. Now, their work is being recognized by a major organization in Indian Country. Plus, we learn how the son of a nationally acclaimed artist is following in her footsteps

Being a leader is always challenging, and in these past 19 months, the COVID-19 pandemic has created even more obstacles. Each year the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development honors 40 outstanding Native leaders under the age of 40. Cherokee citizen Chris James is the president and CEO of the National Center and he joins us to talk more about this year’s class.

Neal Ambrose Smith grew up surrounded by the art made by his mother who is nationally acclaimed creative Jaune Quick-to-See Smith. Her works have been shown in every major museum in the U.S. for decades. Sandra Hale Schulman recently profiled the mother-son duo and she joins us to tell us about their latest projects.

  • In Colorado, the U.S. government is approving a name change for a prominent mountain. 
  • The Canadian government is pledging up to 40 billion dollars for First Nations kids. 
  • For 73 years, Natives in South Dakota have fought to own part of an Indian boarding school. Stewart Huntington reports. 
  • Congratulations are in order for 9-year-old Native entrepreneur Miles Sickey who won the award for “highest business potential” at the Acton Children’s Business Fair in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

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